Debi Mattocks, founder of The Oaks Life Center, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor who has been in the mental health field since 1998. Her warm, down to earth personality and approachable demeanor enable clients to feel at ease. She is an experienced clinician who uses a collaborative approach, working with the client to identify issues affecting their lives and working together to facilitate hope, healing and growth. Debi has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, couples, seniors and families in crisis.
ROCI RUFFIN MS, LPC
Roci Ruffin received her Bachelor’s from Baylor University (Sic’em Bears!) and her Master of Science from Texas Women’s University in Counseling and Development. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked as a clinical therapist at a local child psychiatric hospital for over five years. She loves working with the “littles” (children 5-10 years old) and their families. It is her goal to help them grow and engage in a big world that is not always set up for them. She works with families to help them open up communication, parent with positive discipline, and recreate a routine that works for them.
ALICIA CEYNAR MA, LPC
Alicia Ceynar, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Mankato State University. She began her career in teaching, moved to the corporate world, and changed careers mid-life. Alicia began her counseling career in private practice and has worked in hospitals leading adolescent, adult, and family groups. Alicia has a collaborative approach to encourage and come alongside people through difficult situations, help them improve their sense of well-being
Tiffany Turner, MS, LPC-S
Tiffany is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northeastern State University. She began her career working with Child Protective Services providing support to at-risk children and families. Since that time, she has and continues to work as a Crisis Intervention Counselor at a local high school, in addition to providing outpatient counseling services for adolescents, adults, families and groups. She uses a variety of techniques based on client strengths and needs to focus on current concerns and past experiences to facilitate healing and change. She assists clients in recognizing negative thinking patterns and behavior, to change those patterns and move towards growth, increased quality of life and healing. Treatment approaches are all strengths-based and include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-centered, Art and Sand tray techniques.
ANDREA LOWE MSW, LCSW-S
Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor who graduated from Louisiana State University in 2005. She began her career as a Social Worker providing therapy services to children, adolescents, and families in the foster care system. Since this time, she moved to the Lone Star State and has worked extensively in the foster/adopt system, behavioral health, and the outpatient setting. Andrea has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy to children ages 4 through adult’s age 84 who are experiencing a variety of life stressors, transitions, and disorders.
Faith Gibson, MS, LPC-S
Faith Gibson, MS, LPC-S is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Supervisor with a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Additionally, she has a Bachelor degree in English: Creative Writing as well as a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Butler University in Indiana. Faith believes in participating in therapy as part of a collaborative team to help empower and create hope with her clients.
HEATHER BRAUN, MS, LCSW
Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Before coming to The Oaks Life Center, Heather worked for Child Protective Services, the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, and at Sundance Hospital as a clinical supervisor. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families She has also completed training to use EMDR with adults and children. Heather has a collaborative approach that is strengths based using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. She provides individual and family therapy to children and adolescents, as well as their families.
Michelle Adams, LPC
Michelle Adams is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides individual and family therapy. She received her Master’s degree in counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She has spent more than 10 years working with adults, youths(7-12), teenagers and families who are experiencing crisis from situational stressors to substance abuse and addiction. Michelle has worked in private practice, a behavioral health hospital, a variety of community agencies and residential drug treatment programs.
Susie Hunter, M.Ed., LPC
Susie graduated from The University of North Texas with a M. Ed. in Counseling and from Texas Woman’s University with a B.S. in Family Studies. Susie has over fourteen years experience working in her own practice, school settings and at various agencies in the Metroplex. She has respect and compassion for all clients and works with many different theories of counseling such as CBT, Solution Focused, Gestalt and Family Systems in areas inclusive of trauma, PTSD, parenting, relationships, anxiety, depression and grief.
Yolanda Fraser, LCSW
Yolanda has 20 years of experience in trauma work helping individuals recover their lives from emotional, sexual and physical abuse. She is a graduate of Fordham University in the School of Social Service. Yolanda utilizes a developmental approach to address the current crisis that is presenting at your particular stage of life. She specializes in working with trauma survivors and those dealing with grief and loss issues. She has specialized training in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral and Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM).
Kim Chapman, MSSW, LMSW Intern
Supervised by Debi Mattocks, LCSW-S
Kim earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas in Arlington. She has worked with the Fort Worth Police Departments’ Victim Assistance Program since 2014 working with individuals and families affected by domestic violence and crisis. Kim is experienced and educated in domestic violence, trauma, personal relationships, crisis intervention and coping with stress. Her passion is to walk beside individuals and families that are seeking to improve their lives and abilities to make positive choices for themselves and their families.
Krisann Stegall, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Tiffany Turner, LPC-S
Krisann is a Professional School Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas A&M-Commerce and a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Texas at Tyler. She began teaching in 1994, and became a Professional School Counselor at Elkins Elementary in 1999. In 2006 she helped open Greenfield Elementary School, where she continues to work as an elementary school counselor. Krisann is now in her 19th year as a school counselor and is beginning the Licensed Professional Counselor journey as an Intern. Her experience has been kindergarten – 5th grade, ages 5-11. She provides psycho-education, teaching children about self-regulation, social skills, mindset, mindfulness, coping skills and self-esteem, for individuals and small groups.
Jessica Seidel, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Bessie Ann Christenson, MA, LPC-S
Jessica is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, and Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman's University. She has a passion for working with children and families and specializes in working with ADHD, anger management, anxiety and self-esteem. She is Infant Mental Health Endorsed by First3Years, trained in Trust Based Relational Intervention Principals, Nurturing Parenting, Triple P Parenting, and Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Curriculum.