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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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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Dana Wright, LPC

I have 30 years of experience helping families and children. I believe that communication is an essential element to all healthy relationships. I will help lead you to the kind of communication that allows you to reach out and express relational needs in a healthy way – communication that allows you to be giving, loving, and forgiving. Communication that allows us to turn towards one another. All relationships – marriage, friends, work, children, and parents – can be overwhelming or discouraging. I will help you develop relationships that will bring you great joy. I believe that the best teacher is experience. I have been married for 31 years and have worked with my spouse to forge a relationship that brings us both great comfort and great joy. We have learned to labor through the lows and to be thankful through the highs.

I have a broad range of experience from the public school classroom, to a private practice office to the clinical setting of a mental health facility. I am confident and motivated in working with depression, anxiety, couples and individual counseling, young adults trying to find their way, and children experiencing trauma or difficulty. In my office, you will find a place of respect and consideration in a calm and direct environment. To heal, change is needed and change takes courage. You have the courage to change as evidenced by your presence here. You will not do it alone. I am here to provide a plan for healing that is focused on the evidence-based practices of Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Relational EMDR and infused with sound scripture.

Life would be much different if we all felt as amazing as God made us. If we confidently and joyfully stood on His promises, healing and forgiveness would be a natural and joyful part of our everyday. This way of life can be accomplished with diligent determination that is presented through the hard work of counseling and therapy. I am resolved to walk by your side as you navigate a world that allows you to walk confidently and joyfully in His healing.

The Holy Bible is full of confidence building words like “steadfastness” and “endurance.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 and Luke 21:19 give one the assurance that His word allows us to remain planted firmly at our post – no matter what comes our way. Endurance builds one’s determination to keep moving toward a desired goal regardless of the obstacles that have been placed in the path. I will help you overcome the obstacles that are keeping you from your best self, your best relationships, and your most confident life.

My family is my center and my lessons in grace. My time away from the office is best spent with my husband, my sons, my daughter-in-law, and our precious, treasured grandsons. I love to laugh, for it is good for the soul, and my grandsons, aged four and two, provide ample opportunity for laughter. They are a big part of the reason I now call Oklahoma home. I have three sisters and a mom that are my best friends, and when we are together laughter is always present. I love the warmth of the summer season and the hot, hot sun. If it’s not 80 degrees outside, I think it’s too cold. The beach, a boat on the lake, or a sunny patio are my happy places. I enjoy being outside in the summer weather – playing in the backyard with my sweet boys, pleading with my summer tomatoes to be fruitful and plenty, or sitting in my favorite swing on the patio.

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Kathy Gissler

Everyone goes through struggles in life, even Christians. Some struggles are due to life circumstances that are out of our control, like death, illness, tragedy, or the actions of others. Some struggles are because of mistakes we have made, and some struggles are just part of living. John says, “I have told you these things that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome this world.” John 16:33. I love that He doesn’t leave us with the assurance of trouble, but gives us hope for the future. That's what Christian counseling is about: looking honestly at our life and the struggles we go through, and then working toward a better future with our faith intact and Christ at the center.

Sometimes, as believers, we can be afraid of counseling. We wonder if the therapist will say things, or ask us to do things that are not consistent with our faith. When we choose a Christian counselor, I think we get the best of both worlds. We get a certified, licensed counselor with the education to be able to counsel well, along with a solid Christian foundation. When I’m working with Christians, I will often use scripture during our sessions to support positive life change, and will gladly pray with my clients during our time together.

I have been a committed Christian for a long time, and work to honor God in every area of my life both personally and professionally. I love working with other believers, helping them to work through their personal concerns, and leaning on their faith in the process. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oklahoma and Texas, and am also a Nationally Certified Counselor. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Illinois State University, and a Master’s Degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield. If you think that Christian counseling may be for you, I encourage you to reach out and make an appointment.

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Gina Helms

Are you tired of feeling stuck in your life, your relationships, and emotional turmoil? Are you tired of waking up with the same problems day after day? Do you wish you had real answers to life’s most difficult questions? Take heart. There is hope.

As a professional I have helped countless individuals walk through some of life's toughest challenges. I believe that no situation is hopeless, and no individual is helpless. Using the best psychological evidenced-based theories along with the wisdom of Scriptures, I partner with my clients to get the root of their pain and design a personalized plan for greater health, wholeness, and joy.

I have seen multitudes of marriages completely restored, depression defeated, and anxiety eliminated.You are no exception! God has a plan and a purpose for your life. You do not have to continue to suffer alone. My goal is to offer you a safe place where you feel accepted and valued on your journey. Don’t wait any longer to find real help and live the life you have dreamed of. Reach out today and get started on a new path to real living.

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Erica Elliott, MS, LPC

Welcome to your journey of hope, healing, and growth! My name is, Erica Elliott. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years in the counseling field. When I was12 years old I felt a calling on my life to be a counselor and help others. Coming from a broken family I wanted to help other families as well as my own. While still in high school I joined the USARNG to become a Behavioral Science Specialist. Trained at Ft. Sam Houston Academy of Health Science Center and then spent twelve and a half years in the USARNG serving veterans as Behavioral Science Sergeant, Medic, and Admin. I am a graduate of Southern Nazarene University with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 1997.

I have worked in the counseling field in various areas and with various modalities such as neuropsychology, geriatrics, children and adolescents, vocational rehab, substance abuse, CBT, holistic and nutritional wellness, trauma, NLP, grief, Christian Counseling, brain spotting, attachment, and marriage and family. In the past 10 years most of my career has focused on marriage and family counseling with combat veterans, police officers, first responders, veteran’s diversion program and their family members.

I have a passion for the biological and neurological aspects of counseling and integrating that into treatment. I have taken numerous trainings and read numerous books and research articles in the areas of Neuropsychology and applied these to her love for counseling people. I previously worked in the Neuropsych field for a period of time. I have developed and implemented various workshops and small group trainings for church groups, first responders, and clinical providers. I also, have training in Christian Counseling and love to share how the Bible and Science line up with relationships and healing. It is my passion to help individuals come to a holistic form of healing physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I enjoy helping people achieve their goals by being solution focused, and want you to see that change and healing are possible even with a few sessions. Most clients say they have learned skills to dramatically change their lives and relationships in just a few sessions.

When I am not counseling in an office I enjoy doing community activities, lots of family time, exercise, time with friends, singing, being in the country, writing, flying, as well as mini traveling to explore places.

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Dustin Walker

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

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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Jessica Forehand, LPC Candidate

Right now life is hard. It feels like everything you plan falls apart no matter how hard you try to keep it together. Sometimes the painful reality of your life makes it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. You feel like you have lost all hope of anything changing. It seems like you face one hurdle after another and you don’t know how much longer you can survive. Your job is suffering, your relationships are suffering, and your health is suffering. You want to live out your identity in Christ and wake up each morning filled with joy and hope but just can’t seem to get there. You realize that you can’t do it on your own anymore but don’t know what to do next.

I have GOOD NEWS! God never meant for you to walk this road alone and I am here to help. I use a holistic approach that combines Biblical principles and counseling techniques to help you in spirit, mind, and body. I come alongside you and help you remove barriers in your life and find clarity and direction. Together, we can create a plan for you that meets your needs. I have a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Oklahoma. I work from a solution-focused, strengths-based perspective that helps me get to know and help the REAL you. I love helping adolescents age sixteen and up, college students, young adults, and couples. Using a positive and creative approach to therapy I believe I can help you heal and grow. Let’s start by booking your first appointment today!

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