At The Oaks Life Center, we believe that every person who seeks counseling has their own answers to their unique situations and our role is to facilitate finding those answers. Good mental health is built on a solid foundation of effective skills and tools we learn or fail to learn along the way. However, our life experiences as children and as adults, can sometimes leave cracks or even shatter that foundation.
Our therapists work together with you to explore the issues and identify changes that will help to mend and rebuild that foundation leading to hope, health and healing.
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 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, 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 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 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.
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.
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 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).
Kasey Shaw is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from Baylor University. She started her counseling career working with victims of crime and abuse through a rape crisis center and child advocacy center, and then specialized in working with clients experiencing complex trauma. She trained in using EMDR and TF-CBT as trauma treatment interventions. Kasey is passionate about helping clients find the strength within their own stories to overcome challenges in various stages of life.
Specialties: Trauma, anxiety, depression, crisis, ADHD
Kendra Root, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She began her career began her counseling career at Millwood Hospital; working with children, adolescent, and adult patients and their families. Kendra believes in a collaborative approach between client and therapist to work together in navigating life’s twists and turns.
Specialties: depression, anxiety, crisis, relationships, teens, adults
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.
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.