Therapists - Extended Biographies

 

Read more about what makes all of our team members so great!

Courtney Jordan, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Masters of Arts in Counseling

Dallas Baptist University (2012)

Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Education

Southwestern Adventist University (2010)

Professional Experience

2015 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2013 - 2016: Sundance Behavioral Healthcare, Director of Outpatient Admissions/Assistant Administrator/Intake Manager/Intake Coordinator/Program Therapist (Elementary, Teen, and Adult)

2014 - 2014: The Warm Place, Group Facilitator

Personal Background

Courtney is a native to the greater Fort Worth area, where she currently resides with her husband and two mischievous cats.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering, singing, attending church, and spending time with her family.

Areas of Treatment

Courtney has always been passionate about working in the helping field and leading others to achieve their fullest potential.  She actively sees clients from various backgrounds. She has experience working with a wide range of ages and issues from very young children with severe behavioral issues all the way to adults who simply wish to strengthen their marriage or overall functioning.  She was also recently recognized in DFW Child Magazine as one of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 "Mom-Approved Practitioners" for her work in the Counseling field.

Jeffrey "Jeff" Hastings, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminatry, Dallas (2013)

Professional Experience

2017 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2016 - 2017: Innovations - Mesa Springs, Program Therapist

2015 - 2016: Sundance Behavioral Healthcare, Program Therapist

2014 - 2015: Bair Foundation, Social Service Worker 

2013 - 2014: The Oaks Baptist Church, Interim Youth Pastor

Areas of Treatment

Jeff enjoys the diversity of working with all ages, individuals, couples, and families.  He has significant experience working with adolescents, particularly males, and individuals who may have recently been discharged from inpatient or PHP/IOP settings.

Brooke Melton, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Masters in Science in Counseling, emphasis in Mental Health 

Oklahoma State University (2016)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Austin College (2014)

Professional Experience

2018 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2017 - Present: Sundance Behavioral Healthcare, Arlington, Outpatient Program Therapist

2016 - 2017: Sundance Behavioral Healthcare, Arlington, Lead Intake Specialist

2015 - 2016: Payne County Youth Services, Stillwater, OK, Practicum Student and Masters Intern

Areas of Treatment

The majority of my experience has been working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues, including depression, self harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, trauma/abuse, LGBT issues, spirituality, family conflict, bullying, poor self esteem, anger management, and drug abuse. The population I work with is 9 and up in an individual, group, or family setting. In therapy, I practice using a person centered theoretical orientation but often utilize CBT and Solution Focused therapy to help clients challenge their irrational beliefs and gain self-awareness. As a therapist, I believe ever individual is their own expert and I am here to help guide them to be their most authentic self.

Kali McDonald, LMFT, LPC

Full-Time Therapist & Field Placement Manager

Education

Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy

Texas Wesleyan University (2015)

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology

Texas State University (2012)

Professional Experience

2018 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2016 - Present: The Art Station, Therapist

2015 - 2016: Mesa Springs Innovations, Clinical Therapist

2014 - 2015: The Art Station, Practicum Student Therapist

2013 - 2014: Sundance Behavioral Hospital, Education Coordinator

Areas of Treatment

Kali is a Tarrant County native and thinks DFW is the best place to call home. Kali graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology, then graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 2015 with a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kali has worked with a broad range of populations and issues, as well as various levels of care from individual and family counseling to inpatient facilities. Kali completed her year long graduate internship at a local art therapy agency and then returned to work for the same agency for over two years and enjoys utilizing therapeutic art directives in her practice with clients.  Kali has also worked at a partial hospitalization program with teens, and enjoys helping adolescents navigate the unique challenges that their stage in life often brings.

 

Kali is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients in a solution focused mindset to accomplish their goals and potential. Kali believes in the importance of viewing problems systemically and emphasizing client's personal values and strengths to accomplish lasting change. She helps clients to search for times when they were able to defeat their problems, and create a new life for themselves based on their successes. She frequently implements concepts of artistic expression and exploration to discover alternate ways of processing identified issues.

 

Kali focuses her therapy sessions on meeting the client where they are at in their life, and helping them find creative solutions to accomplish their goals. Kali also works with couples, helping them work together to reach the best version of themselves both within, and independent of their relationships. Kali is passionate about helping her clients discover new possibilities within themselves, and nurture strengths that are often forgotten so they can live the life they want for themselves. 

Brandon Van Schaick, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Master of Science, Counseling Psychology

Tarleton State University (2017)

              

Bachelor of Science, Psychology

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2014)

 

Professional Experience

2020 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2018 - 2020: Mesa Springs Hospital, Program Therapist

2017 - 2017: Millwood Hospital, Counseling Intern

2017 - 2017: Tarrant County Community College, Counseling Intern​​

Areas of Treatment

Brandon's clinical experience has been primarily working with adolescents with various behavioral and emotional issues, as well as helping the families of these individuals communicate more effectively, and problem solve to further facilitate the healing process. He has additional experience working with addiction/substance abuse among teens and adults, depression, self-harm, suicidal and homicidal ideation, anxiety, trauma/abuse, impulse control, family conflict, communication issues, LGBT issues, poor self-worth, thinking errors, toxic perfectionism, anger management, bullying, identifying and breaking unhealthy patterns, etc. His main goal throughout the therapeutic process is how he can work together with clients to facilitate a healthier, happier overall client.

Carrie Ellis-Crnkovich, LCSW

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Masters of Science in Social Work

University of Texas at Arlington (2009)

Bachelor of Science in Social Work 

Franciscan University of Steubenville (2009)

Professional Experience

2019 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, PRN Therapist

2017 - 2019: Wellspring Family Services, Contract Therapist

2017 - 2018: Wesley Family Services, Behavior Specialist Consultant/Mobile PRN Therapist

2014 - 2017: Vogel Alcove, Clinical Family Support Specialist

2014 - 2016: Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Contract International Foster Care Home Study Writer
2013 - 2015: Opportunities Counseling Center, Counselor
2012 - 2014: Tarrant County, Contract Social Work
2010 - 2012: Early Childhood Intervention, MHMR of Tarrant County, Infant Mental Health Specialist
2009 - 2009: Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Intern, Refugee Services Match Grant Program

2007 - 2008: Missouri First Steps, Family Service Coordinator
2006 - 2006: Trinity Health Systems, Social Work Intern
2005 - 2006: Help Me Grow of Jefferson County(Ohio), Service Coordinator
 

Areas of Treatment

Carrie is passionate about working with young children and their families and has received the Infant Family Specialist Endorsement (IMH-E II). She has been a practicing social worker for 13 years and enjoys working with children struggling with attachment, behavior problems, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum disorders, developmental disorders and trauma.

Abigail Parnell, LCSW

PRN Therapist

Education

Masters of Social Work

Baylor University (2007)

Bachelors of Arts in Social Work

Baylor University (2004)

Professional Experience

2019 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2016 - Present : Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center, Transplant Social Worker

2015 - 2016: John Peter Smith Hospital, Social Worker Inpatient Adolescent Unit Behavioral Health

2014 - 2015: John Peter Smith Hospital, Behavioral Therapist

2012 - 2014: John Peter Smith Hospital, Inpatient Case Manager

2009 - 2012: Waco Center for Youth, Treatment Team Coordinator

2007 - 2009: Communities in Schools, CIS Program Manager

2005 - 2006: Bair Foundation, Foster Parent Recruiter

Areas of Treatment

Abigail is passionate about working with individuals of all ages, particularly teenagers. She has experience with CBT, Solution Focused, and Strengths-Based to help her clients move forward and make change.

Lauren Heiple, LPC

PRN Therapist

Education

Masters of Arts in Counseling

Dallas Baptist University (2015)   

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Dallas Baptist University (2012) 

Professional Experience

2018 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2016 - Present: Community Counseling Associates, Therapist

2014 - 2017: Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County, Therapy Intern

2012 - 2016: Green Oaks Hospital, Mental Health Technician II & Financial Counselor

Areas of Treatment

Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor & Certified Anger Management Specialist I. Along with her work with anger management, she is very experienced working with children and adolescents, especially those who have experienced trauma. With training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, & Play Therapy, Lauren specializes in working with individuals ages 3 & up dealing with trauma/abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, behavioral issues, as well as couples & families. Lauren is able to provide faith-based services upon request. 

Lauren will be seeing clients at the Plano location.

Stacey Selby, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology

Tarleton State University (2015)

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Texas at Arlington (2006)

Professional Experience

2019 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2017 - 2019: Johnson County Child Advocacy Center, Therapist

2016 - 2017: Star Council on Substance Abuse, Counselor Intern

2015 - 2016: Star Council on Substance Abuse, Group Leader

Areas of Treatment

Stacey has experience working with children and adolescents who have suffered abuse, including sexual abuse, and/or other types of trauma. Stacey also has experience with adults facing stage of life adjustment issues, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, poor coping and poor self-image. Stacey has spent extensive time working with both adults, mostly women, and teens with substance use issues, and has experience with teens experiencing anger, and self-harming behaviors. Stacey works with ages 5 and up, and with both individuals and couples. She uses solution focused therapy, trauma informed therapy and other therapy modalities, as she walks alongside her clients on their journey.

Melinda Kallmeyer, LPC

PRN Therapist

Education

Masters of Education in Counseling

Tarleton State University (2011)

 

Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies

Texas Tech University (1998)

Professional Experience

2017 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2013 - 2017: ACH Child and Family Services, STAR Counselor

2010 - 2016: The Parenting Center, Counseling Intern

2012 - 2013: YWCA, Counseling Intern

2013: Trauma Support Services of North Texas, Counseling Intern

1998 - 2008: Crowley Independent School District, Teacher

Areas of Treatment

Melinda is Trained and Certified as a Facilitator in the PREPARE/ENRICH for dating, engaged, and married couples and on the Twogether in Texas Website as a Marriage Education Service Provider.  Along with her work with couples of all ages, she is very experienced working with school-aged children and adolescents, especially those who have experienced trauma.  She completed training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as in Play Therapy Strategies for Tweens and Teens at UNT. 

Ebony Skinner, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

Texas Wesleyan University (In Progress)

Master of Arts in Counseling

Texas Wesleyan University (2014)

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Texas Woman's University (2010)

Professional Experience

2019 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2019 - Present: The Parenting Center, Therapist

2018 - 2019: Wellbridge Hospital, Outpatient Therapist

2018 - 2019: Wellbridge Hospital, Interim IOP Director

2015 - 2018: Wellbridge Hospital, Director of Referrals and Admissions

2015 - 2015: Wellbridge Hospital, Intake Admissions Coordinator

2014 - 2014: Mesa Springs Hospital, Counseling Intern

2014 - 2014: Excel Center, Counseling Intern

2010 - 2010: Denton County MHMR, Case Management Intern

Areas of Treatment

Ebony is currently pursuing a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She believes problems are relational and that courage, confidence and strength can grow in connection. Ebony has experience working with adults and children in a variety of therapeutic settings including inpatient hospital settings, community mental health clinics and intensive outpatient therapy programs. She has worked alongside clients dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem/issues related to self worth, phase of life adjustment, grief/loss and trauma.

Alma Garcia, LCSW

PRN Therapist

Education

Master of Science in Social Work

University of Texas at Arlington (2003)

Bachelor of Social Work

University of Texas at El Paso (1997)

 

Professional Experience

2018 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Bilingual Therapist

2015 - 2018: Legacy Counseling Center, Bilingual Psychotherapist

2003 - 2015: Parkland Health & Hospital System, Mental Health Counselor

1994 - 1999: Sexual Trauma & Assault Response Services, Outreach Advocate / Counselor

Areas of Treatment

Alma was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She attended and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1997 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She found her first social work job at the local rape crisis center. It was a work she thoroughly enjoyed and grew to be passionate about. She moved to Dallas in 2000 to continue her education. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she immediately began working as a medical social worker. In her work as a medical social worker she discovered a passion for helping those who suffer with anxiety and depression. She also found that she could successfully help patients with chronic health issues using similar techniques. Most recently she focused her efforts on working with people living with HIV/AIDS. She has also worked with people struggling with substance abuse issues.  Alma is bilingual in English/Spanish, as well as proficient in American Sign Language.  She is passionate about working with families and individuals ages 13+ at the Arlington North and South locations.

Kristin Bruce-Cardwell, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Masters in Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy

William James College (2015)

Bachelor in Equine Science: Therapeutic Riding

University of New Hampshire (2013)

Professional Experience

2019 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2015 - 2019: Adapt Community Solutions, Crisis Intervention Specialist

2014 - 2015: Bradley Hospital: Art Therapy Intern

2013 - 2014: Dynamy Youth Academy, Intern

Areas of Treatment

Kristin has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Kristin's experience includes serving those with a history of trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders in inpatient, outpatient as well as community settings. Kristin is a Path Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a Certified Crisis Worker through the American Association of Suicidology.

Mariana Marquez Vega

Full-Time Mid-Level Therapist

Education

Master of Social Work

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (2018)

Professional Experience

2020 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2019 - 2019: Wellbridge Healthcare, Therapist

2018 - 2019: Southwest Key Programs, Clinician

2018 - 2018: Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, Case Manager

2018 - 2018 Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, Intern

2017 - 2017: Rio Grande State Center, Intern

2017 - 2017: Cameron County Mental Health Task Force, Intern

2015 - 2016: Edinburg Parks and Recreation, Group Leader

2015 - 2015: Amador Rodriquez Juvenile Boot Camp, Intern

Areas of Treatment

Mariana is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. She found her first job as a case manager at a Behavioral Health clinic for youth and families. She then expanded her career as a Clinician at an immigrant shelter for teenage boys. During that experience, she discovered a passion for mental health in teenagers with diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, gried, and anger management. She then relocated six hours north to the outskirts of Fort Worth and expanded her experience to adults and geriatrics. 

Gina Torres, LCSW

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Master of Social Work

San Jose State University (2003)

 

BA in Sociology: Social Services Option

California State University: Hayward (2000)

 

Professional Experience

2019 - Present: Alliance for Children and Families - Therapist

2018-2019: Vogel Alcove - Clinical Social Worker

2014-2018: Vogel Alcove - Social Emotional Learning Specialist

2012-2014: Arizona Youth and Family Services - Case Manager/On-Call Administrator

2009-2012: Arizona Youth and Family Services - Behavioral Health Technician

2008-2009: Child Protective Services, Seattle, WA - Social Worker (Investigations and Case Management)

2003-2009: Child Protective Services, Stockton, CA - Social Worker (Intake and Investigations) 2003-2003: Multi-Service Center South Shelter: Mental Health Case Manager

2002-2003: Child Protective Services, San Jose, CA - MSW Intern Case Manager

2001-2003: Tri-City Homeless Coalition - Shelter Counselor

2001-2002: Tri-City Homeless Coalition - MSW Intern Coordinator for RISE program

2000-2001: Seneca Center: Building Blocks Therapeutic Preschool - Mental Health Assistant 2000-2000: Seneca Center: Building Blocks Therapeutic Preschool - Mental Health Assistant Intern

 

Areas of Treatment

Gina has 20 years of experience in various positions as a social worker working with children and their families who have history of or are currently dealing with neglect; abuse; domestic violence; homelessness and/or other trauma; mental health conditions; behavioral struggles; relationship struggles; poor self-regulation and attachment struggles. Gina is a Registered Facilitator of the Circle of Security program and will be completing her Trauma Therapy Certificate in 2020 through Trauma Support Services of North Texas. Gina enjoys working with children as young as infants and their families.

Denver Dykes,LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Master of Arts in Counseling

Dallas Baptist University (2014)

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Dallas Baptist University

Professional Experience

2020 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2017 - 2020: Cenikor Foundation, Mental Health Counselor

2015 - 2017: Community Healthcore,Therapist - Qualified Mental Health Professional II

2015 - 2015: Management & Training Corporation, Substance Abuse Counselor I

2014 - 2015: Advance Counseling Centre, LPC- Intern

Areas of Treatment

Denver is an EMDR trained therapist who has experience working with all age groups. She is experienced in working with individuals and families, including those with depression, grief and loss and substance abuse/use.  

Marie Steffens, LCSW

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Master of Social Work

Florida State University (2007)

Bachelor of Social Work

Florida State University (2006) 

Professional Experience

2020 - Present: Alliance Child and Family Solutions, Therapist

2017 - 2020: PSP Counseling, Therapist

2016 - 2013: Baycare Homecare, Medical Social Worker

2013 - 2010: Meridian Behavioral Healthcare,Therapist

2010 - 2009: Christian Family Services, Adoptions Therapist

2009 - 2008: Suncoast Center, Inc., Family Therapist


Areas of Treatment

Marie has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Her theoretical approach is cognitive behavioral and solution focused, as well she is well versed in adjusting her therapeutic approach to meet client's needs. Marie's client interests include: family conflict, domestic violence, survivors of physical and emotional abuse, postpartum depression, anxiety, trauma and self-esteem. She enjoys talking to clients without judgment.​

Ana Boise, LPC

Full-Time Therapist

Education

Master of Arts in Community Mental Health and Counseling

Argosy University (2014)

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Marymount University (2010)

Professional Experience

2020 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

2019 - 2020: Bacon Street Youth and Family Services, Clinician

2018 - 2019: Elk Hill Farm, TDT Counselor

2016 - 2018: Family Priority, LLC,  In-Home Counselor

Areas of Treatment

Ana has experience working with children and adolescents who have suffered from a range of issues, including ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar and other childhood onset disorders as well as various types of trauma. Ana has experience with adults experiencing adjustment issues, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, poor coping. Ana works with all ages, individuals, couples and families. She uses solution focused therapy, trauma informed therapy and other therapy modalities to assist clients through the counseling process.

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Full-Time Therapist

Education

Professional Experience

2020 - Present: Alliance Child & Family Solutions, Therapist

Areas of Treatment