Our Staff

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LEAH WILSON MCDILL

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor 

Founder of New Life

leahmcdill@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 312

I enjoy working with individuals to address boundaries, negotiation of power in relationships, conflicts in intimacy and/or spirituality, shame, grief & loss, and those adjusting to a diagnosis of a chronic medical issue (as I am a Type-I diabetic and a 2x cancer survivor).  I invite clients to consider how past relationships influence current relational patterns and how these often influence current anxiety and depression.  I pursue this by a) grieving past pain, and b) focusing on a client’s internal resources to help manage his/her greatest fears and unmet fantasies.  Lastly, I enjoy teaching graduate students at Texas State University and training LPC-Interns on how to integrate Christian faith within the therapy process here at New Life.  Taking clients at our Round Rock location.

 

Education: 

Doctorate of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Oral Roberts University
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy, Oral Roberts University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Oral Roberts University

 

Professional Memberships: 

The Net Connection, Co-Founder 

Christian Counselors of Texas

 

Teaching Affiliation:  Adjunct Professor at Texas State University

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DEANA REED

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Clinical Director

deanareed@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 318

At times, the stress of life can become overwhelming and downright painful.  Having someone to help you navigate this difficult season can be the answer toward healing. Pain and conflict can affect every area of life if left unidentified and unexplored. My desire is to help you come to a place where you recognize the root of the pain, and determine where unhealthy perceptions, patterns and behaviors originate.  I also specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Trauma is an emotional response to an event, and can leave us with long term reactions/symptoms that manifest themselves in a variety of ways. I am certified in  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which helps to reduce the negative feelings associated with a traumatic event. Clients may choose either the southwest (Bee Cave) or north (Round Rock) locations. ​Please let me know if I may help with your journey of healing and health!

Education:    

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Texas State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Texas State University

 

Certifications:

Certified EMDR Therapist

     (for more information on EMDR Therapy, visit www.emdria.org)

Consultant-in-Training (for EMDR trained clinicians seeking certification)

Memberships:

EMDRIA International Association

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JESSICA PATTERSON

Licensed Professional Counselor

jessicapatterson@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 321

I believe that everyone has the ability to achieve mental and emotional well-being and to lead a life that is worth celebrating. I am passionate re: helping guide you and your family on this journey of healing. With compassion and understanding, I provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I work with each individual to empower him/her to build on strengths and attain personal growth. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in life and in relationships. By integrating Bowen Family Systems theory and sound Biblical principles, we will unearth long-standing relational patterns that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Among my areas of expertise are marriage, parenting, blended and nuclear families, relationship issues, divorce recovery, as well as a wide variety of challenges that are facing teens and young women.  Taking clients at our North Location.

Education:    

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Oral Roberts University
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Oral Roberts University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Oral Roberts University

 

Certifications:

Positive Discipline Parent Educator

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RACHEL ELISA GARDNER

Licensed Professional Counselor

rachelgardner@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 310

Greetings, and saludos! I am skilled in resourcing families in tough situations ranging from withdrawn or rebellious teens to anxious children, from parental conflict to just feeling stuck. When mental health symptoms appear in a child or teen, I prioritize coaching the parents in order to reorient the leadership of the family towards emotional transformation and long-term growth. Having over ten years of experience in the mental health field, I also provide treatment for individual adults for a variety of issues including grief, life transitions, and intense forms of anxiety and depression. I am able to incorporate EMDR as needed.

 

My counseling approach is Bowen Family Systems, which means that whether you are seeking individual or family treatment, I think that the best way to get to the root of the presenting symptoms is to explore how family of origin dynamics contribute to the issue at hand. Throughout  many decades of research, Bowen Theory has proven itself to be an incredibly efficient “road map” for getting unstuck. In my practice I have witnessed countless families discover new options for facing old problems and be able at last to move forward towards their goals. 

 

And if Christian/Catholic spirituality is important to you, I can incorporate that into treatment upon request. 

 

Please feel free to email or call with any questions. I’d be honored to walk with you on your journey. Taking clients primarily at our Southwest Location.

 

For more information about Bowen Family Systems Theory, see here:

https://www.thebowencenter.org/

Es mi pasión y trabajo ser un instrumento de curación y crecimiento personal en la vida de  otros. Como terapeuta, le  acompañaré en su camino hacía una vida plenamente vivida. En nuestra relación y conexión, el crecimiento es facilitado y sostenido por nuestra mutua responsabilidad. Considero que los individuos siempre llevan consigo su familia. Por eso si usted busca tratamiento individual o para múltiples miembros de su familia, yo trabajo bajo la teoría sistémica de Bowen. Este enfoque terapéutico siempre considera que la familia, no el individuo, es la unidad básica de la emoción. Al acompañar a las familias, es mi esperanza y propósito facilitar nuevas maneras fructíferas de relacionarse, y caminar con ustedes hacía una vida plena, libre, mutuamente responsable y compartida. Tengo varios años de experiencia con adolescentes en riesgo. Además, trabajo con adultos en tratamiento individual.  Recibiendo nuevos clientes primariamente en la oficina del sur. 

 

Para más información sobre la teoría de Bowen, haz clic aquí:

https://www.thebowencenter.org/en-espanol

 

Education:

Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at St Mary’s University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Bowen Theory Trainer at New Life Counseling Center since November 2016

EMDR Trained 

 

Professional Memberships:

Catholic Psychotherapy Association since June 2014

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ANGEL HIRSCH

Licensed Professional Counselor 

angeliahirsch@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 323

Life can become overwhelming at times. Each of us experiences hurt, pain, frustration, disappointment, sadness, or anxiety in our lives. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or family/marital distress, or maybe you are simply hurting deeply, there is help available.  I am dedicated to providing caring, professional, confidential, and effective counseling to my clients. Through the application of a family systems perspective, my goal is to provide a compassionate, safe place where you are able to discuss your concerns, identify the problem and work toward personal goals to heal from trauma, improve relationships, overcome life’s challenges, gain insight, learn new life skills, grow as a person and become all that you were created to be.  For those who have experienced trauma, I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which helps to reduce the negative feelings associated with a traumatic event.

Education:     

Master of Arts, Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Bachelor of Arts in Education, Central Bible College

 

Professional Memberships:   

American Association of Christian Counselors
Certified EMDR Therapist

     (for more information on EMDR Therapy, visit www.emdria.org)

Also listed on AllTherapist.com

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Courtney Lipscomb

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

courtneylipscomb@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 319

I view the human person as innately endowed with dignity on a journey toward finding meaning, value, and purpose in life.  Each individual is unique; yet, each is also influenced by and influences others through relationship. By working with you from a systems perspective, I walk alongside you while you work to gain insight into how your family of origin may have helped to contribute to what brings you to counseling, without blame, and define your goals for therapy.  We will work together to discover what may be impeding growth and flourishing. I am trained in working with traumatic experiences, past and present, and, should clients desire, I will integrate Christianity into the therapeutic work. I work with individuals, couples, adolescents, older adults, and families. Please contact me to discover more about your growth.

 

Education:

     Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, University of Texas at Dallas

     Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Divine Mercy University

 

Certifications:​​

     Christian Counselors of Texas

     American Counseling Association

     Catholic Psychotherapy Association

     EMDR trained

     

     

     

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Payton Sparks

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

paytonsparks@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 314

I feel honored to walk with my clients through their struggles and support them as they work towards positive change. My ultimate hope is to empower individuals who are stuck, ashamed, unheard, or scared. I believe through a collaborative, therapeutic relationship everyone can gain greater insight into what is contributing to their problems, learn to embrace their strengths, and feel empowered to build a more solid sense of self to reach their full potential. Working with clients from a Bowen Family Systems perspective, I view everyone as a part of a larger, more complex system and believe exploring relational patterns and unique roles through this systematic viewpoint helps achieve a greater sense of awareness and healing. My passion is working with individuals, alongside their parents and siblings, with developmental disabilities and special needs, as I am especially aware of the unique challenges within this system. In addition to my experience working with substance use and trauma, I also work with young adults individually, as well as adolescents and families who are experiencing various issues related to depression, anxiety, life transitions, relational conflict, and self-esteem. I would love to speak with you and learn about how I can support you through the counseling process!

 

Education:

     Masters of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, New York University

     Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

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Tonea Smith

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

toneasmith@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 313

Compassion is the best word I can find to describe what matters to be in the relationship between a client and myself. The amount of vulnerability and courage it takes to be aware and also act on the awareness that you need guidance is monumental. That act can literally be life-changing. I honor the role of being the one to provide guidance, not as someone who knows more than you, but as someone who is genuinely interested in walking with you towards healing.

Throughout this journey, I'll operate out of the Bowen Family Systems theory. It's my belief that most of our stressors are related to the imbalances found within our immediate families or our 'base'. Our main goal is not to figure out who or what to blame for that stress, but to instead figure out how to get that base balanced.

I have a passion and experience in working within the areas of marital/couples counseling, affair recovery, pre-marital counseling and women’s issues. 

The integration of Christianity can be incorporated upon client request or prompting.

Education:
Bachelors of Arts in Development and Family Studies, University of North Texas
Masters of Science in Professional Counseling, Texas Woman's University

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Deborah Robertson

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

deborahrobertson@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 328

I am passionate about working with people!  And life can be hard at times, suggesting a need for support that encourages and equips—which is my role for you.  Many issues can contribute to overall mental health and can impact long-term emotional and physical wellness.  You may be facing situations of stress, relationship conflicts, marital/family issues, employment struggles, caregiving issues, grief and loss, or life transitions.  I use the Bowen Family Systems theory in my approach, helping you to recognize patterns of thought, communication, or behavior that may be creating more stress than calm.  I will invite and guide you towards learning new patterns and responsive techniques which empower self and  lessen situational anxieties you may be experiencing.  As a lifetime learner, I also bring to our sessions a depth of experience gained from different life roles--as a lawyer serving people, a caregiver of elderly parents, and co-creator of family with my husband of 40+ years.  And, by your questions or at your request, I will integrate Spirituality in our conversations.  Difficult as it is sometimes, life can be filled with the richness of purpose, hope, and  joy.  Working with individuals, couples, or families, my goal is to help each client discover a richer, more positive  life along the way.  If you are interested in this journey, I hope to hear from you so we can work and walk together.

 

Education:

Master of Arts (MA) - Mental Health Counseling, Seminary of the Southwest in Austin

Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) - School of Law, University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Science (BS) - Criminal Justice, double minors Psychology/Business, UT Arlington

 

EMDR Trained

(Visit www.emdria.org for more information on EMDR Therapy.)

 

Professional Memberships:

American Counseling Association

ASERVIC (Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling)

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Mary Carlisle Crehore

Graduate Student Intern

mccrehore@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 317

I’m interested in engaging people's stories and holding space for them to make meaning from the parts of their stories that are sticky, uncomfortable, painful, and even unclear. My passion for counseling started in ministry, and I consider it a great privilege to walk alongside people as they grow, change, grieve, and get more settled in their own story. Populations that I work with include those experiencing transition, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, body shame and body dysmorphia, spiritual turmoil, loneliness, and wrestling with relational conflict. I will be using Bowen Family Systems theory to provide structure and wisdom for the work that I do with clients. Though we live in an individualistic culture, we are relational beings. I am passionate about using Family Systems theory because it helps make sense of how an individual's needs, desires, and traits interact with the most formative people in their life. If you're interested in working with me please contact me with the information provided above.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and History, Vanderbilt University
Candidate for Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Seminary of the Southwest

Memberships:
American Counseling Association
Christian Counselors of Texas, Austin Chapter
Counselors for Social Justice, Seminary of the Southwest Chapter

Certifications:
Safeguarding God’s Children
Psychological First Aid Certified

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Hannah Pate

Graduate Student Intern

hannahpate@nlcc1.com

512-238-1700 ext. 311

I believe that relationships are the avenue in which we are both hurt and healed. It is my goal to develop a safe, truthful, and grace-filled therapeutic relationship with you so that you can experience freedom, restoration, and change that will have positive ripple effects in your life. No matter how big or small your struggles feel, you have a wealth of internal resources and tools to navigate life with hope. In therapy together I will help you help yourself by drawing out the understanding you already have to navigate life’s challenges. I work with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages and backgrounds using Bowen Family Systems theory. Integrating Christian spirituality is available upon request.

 

Leave behind days ruled by your circumstances and emotions, and step towards a life not shaken by what comes your way. The past is your ally in repairing your present and ensuring an abundant future. If you’re interested in working together, don’t hesitate to give me a call.


 

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Auburn University

Candidate for Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Seminary of the Southwest

 

Memberships:

Association of Play Therapy

Christian Counselors of Texas, Austin Chapter         

 

Certifications:

Safeguarding God’s Children

Psychological First Aid Certified                     

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Tommy Estes

Graduate Student Intern

I’m genuinely passionate about helping people. As a Combat Veteran, I understand that life can let us down and at times make us feel lost in our pain. However, I have learned that there is hope and tools to help us process our pain and struggles. No matter how big or little your struggle may be, I am here to build a trusting and safe relationship with you. My hope is to provide a safe space for you to experience freedom and renewal in all areas of your life.

 

I work with adolescents, couples and adults of any age while using the Bowen Family Systems theory. Your past does not have to define you and your best days are ahead of you! Christian Integration is available upon request or prompting. If you’re interested in letting me join you in this journey of healing, I would love to hear from you. 

 

Education:

Bachelor of Theology (BTh) Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary 

Master of Theology (M.Th) Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary

Candidate for Master of Arts in Counseling, B.H. Carroll 

 

Memberships:

Christian Counselors of Texas, Austin Chapter

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Samantha Stokesberry

Graduate Student Intern

I believe in the power of “ubuntu,” a Zulu phrase that means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.”  As humans, we are all connected and impacted through our relationships. The relationships we have with others can cause us to experience feelings of hurt, anxiety, suffering, pain, joy, and love. I believe that trauma and relational wounds can be mended through healthy and safe relationships.  My goal as a counselor-in-training is to provide my clients with a safe space where they can seek insights, gain understanding, and solve life’s problems without fear of judgment or shame.  

 

I am passionate about partnering with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, especially those who have experienced severe trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, and sexual brokenness.  I have over five years of experience specializing in recovery work with women and minors who have been sex trafficked in the USA and abroad.  I want my clients to know that no matter what they’ve been through, they are worthy of love and restoration, and that hope and healing are possible.  During sessions, I will be using a family systems approach as we work together to accomplish goals and heal from past hurts.  A grace-based Christian worldview can also be incorporated into sessions at the client’s request.  

Education:

Candidate for Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Liberty University

Bachelors of Science in Sports and Fitness; Human Performance, University of Central Florida

Memberships:

American Christian Counseling Association

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David Yentzen

Graduate Student Intern

I view life as a continuous journey where we all encounter a wide variety of experiences. Life is also full of challenges and opportunities; sometimes these opportunities are better navigated with assistance from a knowledgeable and informed professional. I have previously spent a career in healthcare assisting people and this sparked my new passion for counseling. I appreciate that people progress best when in a safe and nurturing environment and I strive to provide this to all my clients, and I look forward to assisting you in finding the best possible path for you. 

 

While each of us is a unique individual, I recognize that most people also live within a social environment where networks of personal interaction influence us all. This is why I will use the Bowen Family Systems theory when working with individuals or couples. I am eager to use Family Systems theory because it places an importance on an awareness of emotions, clear thinking, recognizing patterns of behavior, and gaining new skills. I welcome working with clients that have anxiety, depression, suffered from traumatic events, adult survivors of childhood trauma, and care-givers’ fatigue. I hope to work with you on your path to wellness, so please contact me.       

 

Education:

Candidate for Master of Education in Counseling and Development, Lamar University at Beaumont, Texas (Candidate, Summer 2022)

Associate Degree in Nursing, San Jacinto College at Pasadena, Texas

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas.

 

Professional Membership:

American Counseling Association