Meet the Staff

Administrators

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Theresa "Terri" Donsbach
LCSW-S, CT
Executive Director
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Theresa "Terri" Donsbach
LCSW-S, CT, Executive Director

Terri Donsbach, LCSW-S, is the new Executive Director for Youth and Family Counseling, in Lewisville and Denton. She began her career in the 1990’s in non-profit, providing therapy for Trauma, Abuse, Sexual Offenders and as a Batterers Facilitator. Since that time, she has done Hospice, Forensic evaluations, Court assessments, and inpatient/outpatient care. She has been an adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida, and moved into management in the late 90’s. Since being in Texas, she was the Practice Manager for UTSW’s Department of Psychiatry, and the Clinical Director and Risk/PI Director for two UHS hospitals in Denton. She is extremely excited to be returning to Non-profit work, where she believes that true Community Mental Health work is best completed. 

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Kem Lawson
Funding and Grants Coordinator

Kem started at Youth and Family Counseling as an AmeriCorps VISTA who helped the agency in building capacity in areas such as fundraising, grant writing and volunteer recruitment. She has developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector and loves the way it positively impacts lives.

Kem is currently working on receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Women’s University. She aspires to be an LPC that provides services to hearing as well as deaf clients.

Staff

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Dancia Brionez
Receptionist - Lewisville Office
Dancia works evenings in the Lewisville Office as the part-time receptionist. She has nearly a decade of experience in the medical field as a receptionist and has established a good rapport with all of the therapist at our agency. Dancia enjoys the give and take of providing excellent customer service for our clients and believes in treating others as she would like to be treated.
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April Neal
AmeriCorps VISTA
 
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April Neal
AmeriCorps VISTA

April is excited to be the new Vista for Youth and Family Counseling.

She is passionate about youth and service and plans to continue advocating for this population long term. Currently pursing her degree at Texas Woman's University, April does Spoken Word poetry and thrifting on her spare time. During her year of service, she plans to fundraise and grant write with purpose to continue all the great things we do here.

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Lulu Rodriguez
Receptionist Denton Office

Lulu works as the part-time receptionist at the Denton location in the evenings. She will be graduating from the University of North Texas this May with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She plans on returning to her hometown in southern California to pursue graduate school. Lulu enjoys dancing, spending time with her family, and traveling during her spare time. She is excited to learn more about the counseling profession while being a part of the YFC Denton team! 

Therapists

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Alysaa Aakre
LMSW

Alyssa obtained her bachelors degree in Social work with a minor in substance abuse and addictions from the University of North Texas and her Masters degree in Social work with an emphasis on mental health from the University of Texas at Arlington. Alyssa has worked in acute and outpatient mental health settings for adults and children struggling with mental health issues and addiction. Alyssa's objective is to support and enhance the lives of her clients in order for them to reach their full potential.

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Adriana Davidson
LMSW
Adriana Davidson received her Masters of Science degree in Social Work with a focus in Mental Health & Substance Abuse from the University of Texas at Arlington. She received specialized mental health and substance abuse clinical training for working specifically with children and youth funded through the US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Miss Davidson is bilingual and can counsel clients in English and Spanish. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker under the supervision of Theresa Donsbach, LCSW-S, CT. Adriana enjoys working with clients of all ages, but has a particular interest in working with youth that are experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, and any other life difficulties. Adriana’s approach is guided by a systems theory perspective with an eclectic practice model on a case by case basis that may include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and problem solving therapy. She has previous experience working within a school district in the elementary, middle and high school level. In addition to that she has experience working in an addiction and recovery center where she conducted intakes and facilitated anger management and parenting classes. She believes in offering clients a safe space where they can feel compassion, no judgement, empathy and acceptance
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Gaby Gonzales
M.A., LMFT-A
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Gaby Gonzales
M.A., LMFT-A

Gaby received her Master of Science in Counseling degree, with a focus in marriage and family therapy, as well as chemical dependency, from Southern Methodist University. Gaby also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, working under the supervision of Candy Marcum.

Gaby enjoys working with individuals of all ages. She has previously worked providing crisis stabilization to suicidal individuals and those suffering from chronic mental illnesses throughout north Texas. Gaby is bilingual and fluent in Spanish. Gaby enjoys working with Spanish speaking families, breaking down communication barriers, and bi-cultural issues within the family system. Gaby practices an eclectic approach that is tailored to the individuals needs.

Justine Guzman
M.A., LPC-Intern

Justine received her Bachelor's in Psychology, with a minor in Sexuality Studies from the University of North Texas and her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. Her Master's thesis explored the relationship between ethnicity and rape myth acceptance for women who consume pornography.

She has gained experience through work in outpatient facilities as well as residential treatment facilities and local advocacy centers. Although Justine loves working with all kinds of clients in all kinds of therapy modalities - teenagers, LGBT issues, sexuality issues, and ethnic identity issues are her main areas of interest. Justine aligns herself with a multitheoretical therapeutic orientation, bringing in cognitive behavioral, client-centered, and feminist interventions into the session.

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Lynn Marshall
LPC - S
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Lynn Marshall
LPC - S

Lynn Marshall has an undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Science and a graduate degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University.   After serving a four year commitment in the Air Force, she moved to Texas to settle down and raise a family. It was then that she decided that returning to college a little later than most would not only benefit her but her children as well. Her life experiences along with her education have proven to be of great benefit. Lynn specializes primarily in teens and women’s issues; but has worked with couples, and issues related to alcohol and drug addiction. Although she does not work with children, she currently teaches a parenting class that meets weekly.  

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Suzanne Nieves
M.A., LPC-Intern

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York and a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University in Garland, Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern working under the supervision of Lori Vann, M.A., LPC-S in Carrollton, Texas.

Sometimes challenges in life can become difficult, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and confused. Suzanne provides a safe and trusting therapeutic space empowering you with the tools necessary to overcome these challenges and live a fulfilling life.

Suzanne works with adolescents and adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, abuse, self-harm, anger, relationship difficulties and other life challenges. She also enjoys working with couples and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator.   She believes premarital counseling can provide couples with skills necessary to navigate the road ahead and to build a strong foundation for their marriage. Suzanne is available for Christian counseling upon request.

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Laurence Saputra
MS LPC Intern
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Laurence Sapatura
MS LPC - Intern

Laurence earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a focus in Social Psychology and Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington and completed his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University.  Laurence spent five years working as a Rehabilitation Specialist and Case Manager at Denton County MHMR where he worked with individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues.  Laurence completed his clinical internships by providing existential and expressive art therapy to individuals at MHMR and the Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic at TWU.  Laurence’s objective is to work with individuals to help them discover and apply meaning to their lives and their circumstances, encouraging them to embrace freedom and a healthy lifestyle. Laurence is Supervised by Dr. Pedro Blanco

 

 

 

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Arianna Stern - Luna
M.S., LPC-Intern, NCC
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Ariana Stern - Luna
 M.S., LPC-Intern, NCC

Ariana received her Master of Science in Counseling degree, with a focus in play therapy, from the University of North Texas, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, as well as a National Board Certified Counselor, working under the supervision of Dr. Laura Pace, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT.

Ariana enjoys working with clients of all ages, but has a particular interest in working with children and their families to create positive change through prevention and early intervention. She previously provided both play therapy and individual counseling services for The Counseling and Human Development Center, the community clinic at the University of North Texas. Ariana has also gained valuable clinical experience through her work with The Art Station, a non-profit that provides art therapy for the Fort Worth area. At this agency she learned to incorporate expressive arts therapies for individuals across the lifespan, working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of presenting concerns to promote healing through art making.

Ariana utilizes a person-centered approach to counseling and believes that establishing a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship is fundamental to the change process. By creating a trusting atmosphere, the client is able to gain personal awareness and grow towards his or her full potential.

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Jessica Tovar
M.A., NCC, LPC-Intern

Jessica Tovar holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Central Arkansas and a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern working under the supervision of Cassie Reid, LPC-S.

Jessica provides a safe place for individuals to be themselves and to experience acceptance, honor, and support.  She does individual counseling for adults and adolescents and pre-marital counseling for couples.  She works with a variety of circumstances such as Spiritual issues, grief and loss, self-worth, anxiety, and depression. Jessica enjoys walking with clients through their unique circumstances and having the opportunity to encourage and celebrate them along the way.

Therapy is collaborative and always tailored to fit the client’s needs and circumstances. Jessica values utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator and loves working with couples preparing for marriage
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Jamie Walker
M.A., NCC, LPC

Jamie received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been with Youth and Family for over two years.

Jamie trained as an intern at Denton County Friends of the Family where she provided individual therapy to female victims of relationship violence and sexual abuse and co-facilitated a Violence Intervention and Prevention Program for male offenders of domestic violence. As an intern at University Behavioral Health, Jamie co-facilitated intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient group therapy. She also has experience in couples and family counseling. Jamie completed her Master’s thesis on the subject of Depression, Resilience, and Coping Strategies. She integrates many theoretical orientations into her treatment with emphases on cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, and person-centered approaches.

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Teressa Ward
LPC -Interm
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Terressa Ward
LPC - Intern

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (under the supervision of Marcey Mettica, MS, LPC-S, RPT) and a National Certified Counselor. I received my Masters of Science Degree in counseling from one of the top ranked counseling schools in Texas, The University of North Texas. I believe everyone, including children, when given a judgment free and safe environment, can find the confidence within themselves to thrive. I align with the child-centered/person-centered approach, meaning that I allow my clients to lead and guide each session in a self-directed manner.  My hope is to provide encouragement, empathy and genuine acceptance to facilitate a safe environment in which my clients can freely express themselves.   

I have specialized training in play therapy, working with children age 3 and up. Additionally, I am privileged to work with adolescents, parents, and adults using play, activity, group, and talk therapy. I also offer Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT), which I am very passionate about because I believe in order to attain the most lasting change, collaboration between children, parents, and myself are imperative.          

Stephanie Wright
M.A., LPC-Intern
Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Northwestern State University, and earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Whitney Russell, LPC-S.

Stephanie trained as an intern working with adolescents and adults through individual, family, and group therapy. She has gained diverse experience with different levels of care including inpatient mental health, residential treatment, and outpatient community settings. Although Stephanie is excited to work with clients who have a wide range of presenting issues, she is especially interested to work with racial and cultural minorities, victims of trauma, couples, young adults, and adolescents. Stephanie employs a multitheoretical approach based on emotion-focused, multicultural/feminist, and cognitive-behavioral therapies to create the best atmosphere for a collaborative therapeutic relationship and client growth.
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Carren Ziegenfuss
LMSW

Carren obtained her Master of Social Work, with a Certificate in Child Welfare, from The University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Carren is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), under the supervision of Terri Donsbach, LCSW-S.

Carren is an Army Veteran and her husband retired from the Army in 2015. Carren has over 20 years’ experience working and volunteering in military communities across the United States. She has a wide range of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities. Carren has also worked with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Carren provides a safe space, without judgment, to build trust and rapport with clients. She focuses on the needs of a client, rather than specific therapeutic interventions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is her primary model of therapeutic intervention, but she also has training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma Informed Care.

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Contact Info

Lewisville Office:

105 Kathryn Dr

Building 3A

Lewisville, TX 75067

(972) 724-2005

Denton Office:

1980 E. University Dr

Denton, TX 76209

(972) 724-2005