Our Staff

About Us

Hope Russell

Licensed Professional Counselor

Supervisor, Clinical Director

Hope Russell has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2007. She earned her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her counseling experience is inclusive of all emotional issues, and her range of knowledge results from working with clients in the inpatient, outpatient, educational, and community mental health settings. She has also worked within the religious sector as a counselor, mentor, advocate, adviser and life coach. Hope has a strong faith in GOD, and provides Christian Counseling upon request.

Hope is quite comfortable treating individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and phase of life related issues. She sees adults as well as teens, and has experience with behavioral issues, workplace conflict, grief and adjustment disorders. Hope is passionate about the institution of marriage, and enjoys working with married couples to establish, restore, and enhance their marital relationship. She also routinely provides family therapy as well. Hope utilizes a Solution Focused Therapeutic approach, infused with various techniques from other modalities, in her work with individuals, couples, and families.

Life is hard, problems arise, people get stuck, and bad things happen. It makes matters worse, when you feel like you’re going through it alone. I totally understand what it’s like to be around a room full of people and feel alone. There is hope, no pun intended…. For many that is a journey, and I am here to walk with you on your journey toward better days. It’s not often easy, it will require effort on your part, but I believe in the therapeutic process and it does work.

Hope and her husband Douglas have been married for 29 years, and are the proud parents of five adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.

Ariel Barnes


Supervised by: Dr. Felicia Holloway, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Ariel is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific Union College, in Napa Valley California. She worked as a high school educator in her hometown in Texas and went on to earn her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University.

Ariel has had the opportunity to work in various therapeutic settings such as: high schools, hospitals, and counseling centers, providing individual and group programming.  Her experience involved working with couples, families, children, and adolescents impacted by depression, anxiety, violence, trauma, and abuse. While Ariel enjoys helping all individuals through various walks of life, her passion is helping young people discover themselves and navigate through the challenges of today.

It is Ariel’s hope that at the end of your therapeutic journey, you will feel more empowered, fulfilled, and equipped to face the various transitions of life. Ariel understands that people experience lots of challenges in life and without the proper tools those challenges can be difficult to navigate. Interacting and collaborating with clients of various cultures and walks of life has helped Ariel to develop an inclusive, unbiased and empathetic approach to therapy.

Ariel uses various therapeutic modalities to suit the needs and desires of each client (she also provides Faith-based counseling upon request). She believes everyone deserves a place where they can feel safe to be vulnerable during life’s most difficult times. With an open mind she will explore and assist you in discovering resources that are within and around you.  She will also help you discover effective and practical tools you can implement to improve your daily life.

Ariel loves to spend time with her family, cook, and travel. Yoga, fitness, and meditation is a big part of her life, along with watching and playing sports.

Tonya Burton

Licensed Professional Counselor

Tonya Burton is a licensed professional counselor.  She is a graduate of Austin Peay State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications.  She holds a Master’s degree in counseling from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas Texas.  She is also a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she earned a Masters of Divinity degree.  

Tonya’s clinical experience includes treatment for mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and behavior modification.  Tonya is passionate about helping her clients learn healthy coping skills, build self-esteem, and develop effective pattens of communication.  In addition, she provides  grief counseling, spiritual counseling (upon request), and works with individual experiencing life transitions and women’s issues.  She uses a Cognitive Behavioral, Client-Centered, and a trauma-informed approach to therapy.  She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Throughout her career, Tonya has served as a behavioral health therapist, clinical supervisor, theological and community outreach educator, and spiritual director.  She has a heart for services, education, and community outreach, and is active in several local and national organizations.

Tonya loves spending time doing yoga, meditation, and reading a good book, while drinking a soothing cup of tea.  She also enjoys speaking to various groups, as a conference and workshop speaker.

Addie Shepherd

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Addie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, working under the supervision of Hope Russell, LPC-S. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and also holds a master’s degree in School Counseling from Amberton University.

Addie has zs years’ experience working in the helping profession. Her vast experience comes from her work within the education, foster care and juvenile justice system. Her experience working with teenagers, through student outreach programs, and young women, and families from diverse populations has led Addie to believe that a positive
therapeutic relationship is essential to cultivating healing, health, and hope.

Addie has a desire to meet her clients where they are with compassion, empathy, warmth, understanding and a lack of judgment. She uses Client-centered therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, in addition to other modalities to address her client’s needs. She collaborates with her clients to develop unique and individualized treatment plans that helps the client reach their therapeutic goal. She provides faith-based counseling upon request.

Addie believes that we are all moving through life doing the best that we know how with the tools that we have. Life beats us up and we can adopt coping skills that can sometimes cause further damage. At times we need the help of an outside, objective professional to help us correct false beliefs, harmful coping skills, and provide support for us as we navigate our way through difficult seasons. Addie understands that taking that first step toward counseling can be scary, let her walk through it with you!

In her spare time, Addie enjoys playing board games and watching Dallas Mavericks basketball with her fiance. She has two rescue pugs and a Catahoula mix that keep her on her toes. She loves traveling, attending concerts, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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