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Identify patterns that hurt your marriage. Rebuild the bonds between you.

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Addiction Recovery

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Freedom and hope for a new life.

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Healing from Trauma

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Even small emotional shocks can interfere with life.

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Personal Counseling

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Helping you and your family.

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Marriage Counseling
Identify and stop negative patterns, work through relationship difficulties, and rebuild the bond that allows for intimacy.
Addiction Recovery
Identify and address the underlying issues that keep addictions present in your life.
Trauma Healing
Build emotional support around the large and small traumatic life events that can create emotional flooding, intrusive memories, and over-reactivity.
Individual Therapy
Work one-on-one with a therapist to plan and create positive changes in your life.
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History of Healing and Recovery

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Teens
I understand troubled teen issues as I was a troubled teen.  I help teens improve their performance at school, cope with peer pressure, rebuild trust with their parents and be more responsible and respectful.  The YouthSTAR program has helped well over 100 teens break free from problematic porn use.
Families
Families with relationship issues and mental health challenges have been receiving guidance and support for over two decades.  Most families at the end of treatment report they are able to overcome their issues and are grateful for the clarity and closeness they now enjoy.
Individuals
For over 25 years I have helped individuals overcome a wide array of complex personal problems,  from depression and anxiety to trauma and addiction.  LifeSTAR Dallas program since its inception in 2010 has helped well over 500 individuals and couples heal from sex addiction and betrayal trauma and restore marriages that were in crisis.
Couples

I have worked with countless couples with communication challenges and sexual issues to repairing relationships damaged by infidelity.  I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused (EFT) Therapy.  Outcome studies for EFT show that over 75% of couples report significant improvement in their relationships after treatment.  EFT shows better outcome studies than any other couple therapy model. Over 125 couples have attended the bi-annual Hold Me TIght weekend workshop.

Simple Process

How Does It Work?

Getting the support you need is simple.

Step 1:

Schedule your first appointment

Whether you’re ready to schedule now or want to ask questions and see if I’m the right fit, click below.  Free 15 min. consultations are done by phone or telehealth.

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Step 2:

We discuss it and create a plan

We’ll meet and discuss your history and current struggles, then create goals to accomplish in your therapy.

Step 3:

Work through issues

Whether your journey to healing involves one-on-one counseling sessions, group sessions, or a combination, you will get the support you need to reach your goals.

Step 4:

How we’ll know you’re done

When the primary problems/symptoms for which you sought counseling fade in frequency or intensity, many clients end counseling or spread out their visits to be less frequent.

Questions Patients Ask

Frequent Questions

How do I know if I need therapy?

Just the fact that you are considering getting some professional help is a clue that it’s probably a good idea to talk with a counselor. If you have tried everything you can think of and are still feeling “stuck” in negative patterns of emotions, thoughts, behaviors or relationship patterns, it’s time to seek help. Feel free to contact a therapist to discuss your situation and determine whether therapy could be helpful for you. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others you should seek help immediately by calling 911 or going to an emergency room.

 The National Mental Health Association suggests psychotherapy for people when:

  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness, helplessness, and hopelessness.
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function from day to day.
  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or to others.
  • They are troubled by emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends.
  • They are having problems with interpersonal relationships.
What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, also called “talk therapy” or counseling, is the process of self-awareness and personal growth that occurs through the therapeutic relationship. Through this relationship we can help you to resolve emotional “blocks”, to gain insight into your emotions, to change troubling behaviors, to resolve problems, and to develop skills that allow you to feel better, make healthy life choices, and experience more fulfilling relationships. Therapy sessions are held in different formats, such as individual, couple, family and group.

How does therapy help?

The therapist role is to guide you in your process of self-awareness and act as a catalyst for behavior change by uncovering ways that you are unknowingly hindering your own progress. We will help you to develop the skills and insight to make desired changes in your life. A positive therapeutic relationship provides a safe environment to explore emotions, thoughts, and behavior. It is a “relationship” laboratory of sorts; a chance to try out new ways of relating, responding, and feeling.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values.
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships.
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.
  • Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures.
  • Improving communication skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you.
  • Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones.
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems.
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.
Will health insurance pay for my therapy?

We encourage payment  from the client at the time of your counseling session. We are happy to provide you with a detailed receipt to help you seek reimbursement from your insurance company. You may want to call them to ask if your plan has “out-of-network mental health benefits” and get details about your benefits. In addition, you must qualify for a mental health diagnosis in order to have insurance reimburse you for treatment. Insurance generally does not cover relationship/marriage counseling. Here at CMFC, we offer a sliding-fee scale of $50-$150 per hour of counseling. You are welcome to contact clinicians directly to learn more about your payment options to ensure therapy can fit in your budget.  If a financial arrangement cannot be worked out for you, we are happy to help you find another counselor.

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My Biography

About Me

I received my Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah in 1995. I started Family First Counseling in 1998 in Utah, which grew to be a leading agency in helping individuals, couples and families overcome many complex problems. I sold this agency and moved to Dallas TX in 2010 to develop the Center for Marriage & Family Counseling Center.

I care deeply about people. I believe that people are innately good. Sometimes good people struggle with very complex personal or relationship problems.

My 25 years of experience combined with my education has prepared me with a skill set to help people heal complex problems and improve relationships. I specialize in marriage, addiction, trauma and helping people be happy and enjoy loving relationships.  I have advanced training in helping couples with complex issues such as infidelity, problematic sexual behavior, and developing a more mature and connected loving relationship.

What our customers say

Client Testimonials

The support, expertise, questions, advice and personal stories put me at ease and allowed me to open-up. This is a new beginning for us. I feel a renewed sense of hope to manage my issues, and have a better marriage.
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