Marriage and Family Therapy in Oklahoma City Ok

Counselors

Shawn Maguire, LPC

Shawn received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Flaggler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He then went on to receive two masters degrees from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first is in Marriage and Family Therapy and his second master’s degree is in Christian Counseling.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Shawn has also developed expertise in many other areas relating to individual freedom from depression, OCD, anger, anxiety and more. He has been trained in EMDR, NLP, and CBT (to name a few) and uses these techniques under the umbrella of a Christian worldview. He integrates his skills in a way that offers a highly personalized approach that is tailored to each client.

Outside of the office Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, anything outdoors, and fishing.

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Shae Gilbert, LPC

Shae Gilbert, LPC

Have you been wounded or experienced trauma that has left you feeling hopeless and helpless? Both can be many things and come in all shapes and sizes. Your trauma could be having an abusive relationship or living in a world that is full of fear and chaos. It can be losing someone or something that you love and never being able to grieve and heal.

Whatever the trauma is, if it remains unprocessed it will come out in ways you may not expect and mostly will not like. It may look like intense emotional reactions, constant stress, sickness and physical pain just to name a few. You may be reading this wondering if your issues may be affecting your relationships. The reality is that we all have issues and left unresolved they can spiral out of control and cost us relationships with those we love the most.

Are you tired of suffering in the pain of unresolved issues and ready for something better? If your answer is yes on any level then you have come to the right place. I am here to guide you toward awareness of how trauma affects your life and create a safe space to allow you to process and work through the agony of what happened. I use evidence based practices rooted in Christian principles to help you gain control of your mind, emotions, body and your life.

Throughout my career as a Licensed Professional Counselor, I’ve worked with individuals, relationships, families and adolescents to overcome mental and emotional obstacles. I’ve seen women become empowered through setting healthy boundaries in their relationships, and find peace through processing trauma from their past. I have seen relationships and families transformed through dealing with the issues that have been causing them pain. I have successfully counseled men, women, and children into experiencing freedom from anxiety, depression and chronic stress. Are you ready to make the first decision towards the best version of yourself? All you need to do is contact us through phone or email to set up an appointment.

My education began at Cameron University, in Lawton, OK earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and finished at Mid America Christian University with a Master of Science degree in Counseling.

I have been married for over 10 years and love spending time with my husband. Marriage has taught me that two imperfect people can enjoy a great life if they commit to and focus on working on themselves first.

So, what are you waiting for? I know working on yourself is difficult and may feel overwhelming right now. However, the incredible freedom, peace, and loving relationships that await on the other side are worth it. And simply put, I believe you are worth the effort and hope I get the chance to help you discover how amazing and valuable you are. Your next step is to simply call or reach out through email to set up an appointment. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Ben Thompson, LMFT

Ben is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Ministry at Oklahoma Christian University and his Master’s degree in counseling at the Harding School of Theology in Memphis, TN. Ben’s foundational verse for counseling comes from Romans 12:2 which says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” He helps individuals, couples, and families defeat the patterns that are holding them back from experiencing life, relationships, and God to the fullest.

Ben works with couples who are committed to their relationship and want to learn how to love, respect, and enjoy each other at a greater level. He helps couples find what behaviors are holding them back from the marriage they want, and then works with them to reclaim the marriage they dreamed of. He also works with men and women seeking to grow personally, relationaly, and spiritually. He is not afraid to challenge his client’s perceptions and limiting beliefs while using humor and empathy to help create change.

When Ben is not at work, he is spending his time with his wife of 15 years and his daughters. He enjoys life to the fullest, and makes whatever pancake shapes his daughters request.

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Dustin Walker, LPC

You’re feeling misunderstood; like you can’t quite articulate the raging storm happening in your mind. And rather than try to reach out and connect with people, you isolate yourself because connection takes too much energy. It’s almost not worth it to you to try and explain yourself because you’ve been hurt too many times. I can help you with that.

I believe that healing happens when two things occur: when you are fully seen for who you are, and when you are able to make sense of your experiences. When you enter my office, you’ll find that I enter your world where you are. The first thing you’ll receive is unconditional acceptance which is essential to being heard. Being heard is essential to connection, and connection is essential to healing.

The second thing you’ll receive is language to be able to understand your own thoughts and emotions. Others can make you feel like you’re crazy for the things that you think, but there’s a reason behind your feelings. Meeting with me will help you uncover what that is.

My counseling approach combined with Christian beliefs, has been fueled by an interest in neurobiology. The brain changes as our moods change, and it’s easy to make yourself feel worse because you don’t have the ability to just “snap out of it”. The truth is, nobody does. With me you’ll learn to navigate these mood changes in a way that makes sense and doesn’t rely on simply “getting over it” or “letting it go”.

Anxiety, depression, marital stress, and parenting issues can be troubled waters, but visiting with me will be like stepping from a battered boat onto a sturdy ship navigated by the One who can walk on water!

I received my Master's in counseling from Mid-America Christian University and it was a great experience of becoming skilled at helping people transform their lives. During my time in school, I developed an interest in trauma-based modalities and neuro linguistic (NLP) programming. When I am at home, I enjoy spending time with my wife, three kids, and dog. I also enjoy reading and writing fiction.

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Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson, LPC Candidate

Do you wonder if you’ll ever feel like yourself again? Maybe you’ve experienced the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a livelihood or dream. Maybe you find yourself struggling with depression or overwhelmed by anxiety. You might feel broken and hopeless and like your life is over. Good news - it’s not over! I can help.

I received my Master’s of Science in Counseling from Mid-America Christian University. As someone who is passionate about mental health, I work to educate and empower those who come to me for help. I have worked with people of all ages and with those who have suffered loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, anger issues, and marital issues.

These are the words of Christ as He read from the Old Testament and proclaimed Himself to be the fulfillment of prophecy:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

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Emily Boyers

Emily Boyers, LPC

Do you ever feel like no one understands? Are you feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless or lost? Maybe you’re struggling to find connection with others around you. Sometimes change feels impossible and happiness seems unattainable.

The good news is that no matter how messy life becomes, our God is always working behind the scenes for you! There is always hope. More good news: you have already taken the first step. That first step takes so much courage!

I believe you matter. God made you and you are worthy of love. God created you in His image and called you for a purpose. He also created you for connection. I would love to make a new connection with you, as well as support you in strengthening other relationships in your life.

As a Christian counselor, I use evidence-based approaches coupled with Biblical principles to support you in reaching your goals and living out God’s purpose for your life. I strongly believe that you already have the tools you need to succeed, and that together we can discover ways to use them more effectively. We will work together to examine your mind and heart and how these form your behaviors and patterns, which can lead to lasting change. I want to help you focus on God’s presence and pursue His plan for your life.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Oklahoma Wesleyan University and my Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Arkansas. I have experience working with clients of all ages on issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, relationship issues, stress and anger management, life direction and more.

Faith and family are at the center of my life. I live with my husband and our miniature Australian shepherd. In my free time, I enjoy Crossfit, being outdoors, reading, and college football.

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Carrie Lance

Carrie Lance, LPC

The truth is no one goes to counseling because life is amazing. If you are like me, you are seeking help because something has happened that is really beginning to have a negative impact on your life. Are there circumstances or uncontrollable events that feel overwhelming to you, causing fear or anxiety, and leaving you with little joy and meaning each day?

As you think about seeing a counselor, please know that this decision is not a sign of weakness, helplessness, or even a lack of faith. In fact, it is the opposite. When you decide to start counseling, it reveals strength in you to “try one more thing”, and also reveals that there is still a spark of hope in you that things can get better.

I would consider it a privilege to partner with you to build on that strength and hope. When you invite me into your story, you can expect me to use effective and innovative counseling techniques guided by Biblical principles. And since we are taking this journey together, I will uniquely tailor the techniques I use to you and what you need in this season.

As a licensed professional counselor (LPC) for more than 20 years, I have worked with children, adults, and families as they have faced a variety of challenges including grief, trauma, medical issues (illness, injury, pain), anxiety, and parenting/family issues, work stress and marriage. I attended Southern Nazarene University where I earned both a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Since that time, I have lived in Oklahoma making me a proud almost-lifelong Okie.

My parents were missionaries to Africa and I grew up with a very different experience than most Americans. This experience helps me relate to people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, and it instilled in me a passion to find common ground among people. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 30 years. Together we enjoy life with 2 adult children, 1 college student, 1 son-in-law, a most adorable granddaughter, and one ornery cat. In my free time I enjoy fishing, hiking, and the beauty of nature . I love to read, knit, cook, listen to music, and try to beat my family in almost any board game. What about you? You have a unique story too. My desire for you is to realize that there is hope for you right now, and you can take the next step to a new chapter in your story. All you have to do is click on the “contact” tab or call us to get started with your first appointment.

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Joshua Rhodes, LPC Candidate

Joshua Rhodes, LPC Candidate

Do you feel like life is becoming unmanageable and you do not know how to regain control? Are you living a stressful life because your kids are angry, depressed, and anxious? Do you desperately want to ease their burdens but don’t know how? Is your relationship unhealthy and you feel like nothing is working and feel hopeless that things will change?

Are you ready for you to regain control of your life and receive the help you need? If you answered yes then I can help you! Through counseling, I have helped children, teens, and adults overcome the obstacles in their life, work through their pain and create a better life. I do this by getting to know the true you and going to the source of the issues you are facing. Through my non-judgmental approach you are seen, heard, and valued during our time together.

When working with your child or teen, I often use TBRI and other methods and activities to connect with them on their level. I get to know them and what fascinates them to connect with them to open doors to their hearts. Once these doors are opened, we can begin to empower them to start investing and making changes that will transform their life.

My approach is to use Biblical principles combined with effective counseling techniques as the foundation of how I help you. I use techniques such as CBT and Reality Therapy to uncover the roots of why life is the way it is and why you have not been able to change until now. From there, I create an action plan tailored uniquely to you.

I have seen lives transform from depression, anxiety, stress/anger management, relationship issues, behavior management, parenting struggles, communication issues and so many more.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Oklahoma and my Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling at Oklahoma State University.

My relationship with Jesus and family is the core of who I am. I love to be outdoors at any chance I can get to fish, bike, hike, and play sports! I also love to cook, travel, and woodwork. One of my favorite quotes is “Religion is a guy in church thinking about fishing. Relationship is a guy out fishing thinking about God” - Unknown.

I am excited to begin this journey together. The journey where you break free from what is keeping you captive and begin living the best version of yourself!

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Michael Lecy

Michael Lecy

It can be an incredibly vulnerable decision to walk into a room and begin to share the intimate details of who you are and what you’re experiencing with someone you just met. I know taking that first step is hard. And that is why I will do everything I can to create an inviting atmosphere where you feel safe and can begin transforming your life.

Whether you are struggling with relational issues, mental health struggles, emotional pain, family brokenness, fears, or something else, I can help you discover healing and wholeness through it all. I believe that growth, wholeness, and transformation are for everyone, not just a select few.

Along with being a life coach, I have invested 15 years serving as a pastor to families, college students, couples, and young adults. In those roles, I practiced pastoral counseling dealing with premarital couples, marriages, families, and individuals.

I am also passionate about helping those in ministry or struggling to understand their relationship with Jesus and find deeper connection and life in their faith. I have a masters degree in theology and many years of pastoral counseling experience that uniquely equips me to help people in ministry. I am currently in school pursuing a degree to be a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have been married for eleven years and am blessed to have four children. In my free time I love getting outside, laughing, and going on everyday adventures with family and friends. I look forward to helping you grow, heal, and experience the wholeness you’re longing for.

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Lynly Grider

Lynly Grider

Do you frequently experience anxiety-related feelings? Do you experience feelings of depression and loneliness that make you feel unworthy? You don't have to solve the problem by yourself, and you are not alone. Finding the underlying cause and getting to know you on a true level are key components of my approach to treating depression and anxiety. Your potential is limitless. We can come up with solutions together so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

I'm a counselor-in-training at Mid America Christian University working toward Oklahoma's LPC certification. I'm passionate about employing cutting-edge counseling methods like solution-focused therapy and CBT combined with art therapy to assist women in overcoming conditions like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I am drawn to work with military families, special needs families, and women in ministry because of the unique challenges of their world.

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Linda Gerber, LPC

Linda Gerber, LPC

I believe that “Counseling” is a gift that you give to yourself. It is the gift of healing. It is a gift that opens you to improved self-understanding and acceptance, and it is a gift of investment in yourself. Could you benefit from the gift of counseling? Are you stuck in traumatic thoughts, depression, or anxiety? Are your fears keeping you from living a healthy and satisfying life? Are you suffering from grief or loss? Have you experienced trauma that hijacks your emotions and feels like it controls your thoughts? Are you losing important relationships and are not sure why? I am here for you and ready to help through counseling.

Life can sometimes seem like a series of struggles. And one struggle can often build upon another. My desire to serve others through counseling grew out of traumatic childhood experiences that left me feeling poorly equipped for life. I experienced depression, poor self-worth, anxiety and flashbacks. I have also experienced severe grief when my beloved husband died after almost 32 years of marriage. I was left to figure out being single and living alone as my life as I knew it and many of my dreams were buried with him. Can you relate?

Through extensive counselor training that spans three decades, remaining open to receive help from others, God has restored my heart and I know he can bring healing and restoration to your heart too!

I have been a licensed Counselor for thirty years and would be honored to to guide you on your journey towards hope and healing. I will meet you where you are with a non-judgemental posture. My office will be the safest place for you to bring your real self with all the hurt and baggage that is weighing you down. And together, we will unpack your pain and trauma and begin moving forward into your healing. I offer faith based counseling and using tools like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for issues in the areas of grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, marital and premarital counseling.

I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and my master's degree in Applied Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. I am a proud mother of two sons and an adoring grandma for 3 grandchildren.

When I am not working I love spending time with my family and playing with my energetic and fun-loving grandchildren and having fun with friends eating out. I enjoy swimming, playing board games, reading, gardening and cooking.

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