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  • Shemila
    Shemila Chancellor, LCSW
    Founder and CEO

    Shemila: Mid Cities Counseling Center, PLLC's mission is to provide individualized, high-quality mental health care on a personal level. As a psychotherapist and mental health counselor, I have created a practice that I believe in and would choose for my own family members. It is never easy to reach out for help, but it is the first step to a journey towards peace and joyful living.

    After serving Combat Veterans' throughout Central Texas for many years, I decided to move closer to my family and establish my current practice serving DFW and the Mid Cities. I have a focus on starting where the client is and believe in working with my patients to maintain and improve their mental health and emotional well-being. We work together to create balance and peace during all stages of life. I provide services in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

    I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Masters of Science in Social Work. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from The University of North Texas. I am certified by the American Board of Social Worker Examiners and come to my practice with over 19 years of experience in diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, in good standing, Academy of Clinical Social Workers and Certified Social Worker in Health Care. I am a member of the Association of VA Social Workers. I am also certified in the Prepare Enrich assessment for pre-marital and married couples, Gottman Trained and EMDR Trained.

  • Julia
    Julia Leonard, LPC-S
    Clinical Director

    Julia: I have been working in the DFW area with individuals and families for several years. I want to help you with your daily struggles or through an unusually difficult time. I have experience working with anxiety, trauma, and depression. I love working with children and adults. My main theory of practice is cognitive-behavioral therapy. I have experience working with the tribunal process of the Catholic Church. I would love to help you with the annulment process.

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation from the University of North Texas and a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University.

    Schedule with Julia!

  • Lori Taylor, LCSW
    Lori Taylor, LCSW

    Lori: I enjoy the opportunity to walk alongside clients as they make strides toward accomplishing their goals or through the anxieties that life may bring. Most recently, I have practiced in an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting with a primary focus on CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Crisis Management. I love working with adults, adolescents and couples. I am Gottman Trained.

    I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Pre-Counseling from Oklahoma Baptist University. I earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas.

    Schedule with Lori!

  • Arlene Kauffman, LMFT
    Arlene Kauffman, LMFT

    Arlene: Arlene Kauffman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, psychotherapist who provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families primarily using Experiential, Solution-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her approach can be eccentric, direct, and playful. As such, she has been blessed to be told by numerous clients how no one has ever listened or really heard them, until now. From her pleasant welcoming office, to her genuine affable manner, Ms. Kauffman collaboratively works with and where her clients are.

    She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Anger Management Counselor, continuing to educate herself, hone her craft, and collect various tools to help her many diverse clients. Though Mondays may pose as a trial, Ms. Kauffman looks forward to each week as an opportunity to help others heal, recognize strength and abilities, and acknowledge that we are all a work in progress, that we are enough, and we that can create our own happily ever after.

    Ms. Kauffman is married to her very own “Indiana Jones” for 33 years and counting, have 3 incomparable sons comfortable enough to play pranks on her and volunteer her talent for baking on a semi-regular basis, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson she is entitled to spoil. So, if you don’t find her in the kitchen on her day off, she is either tending to her growing garden, jewelry making, or upcycling treasures she’s either found at garage sales or thrift stores.

    Schedule with Arlene!

  • Alejandra Castro, LPC Associate
    Alejandra Castro, LPC-Associate

    Alejandra: I have been working with children and teenagers for 27 years. I love to see them thriving and overcoming difficulties, helping them to be resilient and healthy. I like partnering with parents to improve their children's psychological well-being while using a relational approach supported by trust and nurture.

    My clinical experience includes working with children who have experienced Developmental Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Tics and eating disorders, Impulse control, or other issues that may impact their healthy development.

    I serve my clients using cognitive behavioral therapy, gestalt therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, DBT, enhanced CBT for eating disorders (CBT-E), TBRI, and comprehensive behavioral interventions for tics. I am licensed to provide counseling services in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I graduated from Rafael Urdaneta University with a grade in Clinical Psychology and a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palo Alto University PAU. I am a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner through the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. I can practice with clients that speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

    Alejandra: He trabajado con niños y adolescentes por 27 años. Mi pasión es ver a los niños superar dificultades, mientras crecen saludables y resilientes. Me gusta trabajar en equipo con los padres para mejorar el bienestar psicológico de sus hijos, utilizando un enfoque relacional respaldado por la confianza.

    Mi experiencia clínica incluye trabajar con niños que han experimentado traumas del desarrollo, ansiedad, depresión, tics y trastornos alimenticios, control de impulsos u otros problemas que pueden afectar su desarrollo saludable.

    Empleo terapia cognitiva-conductual, terapia Gestalt, terapia de juego y arena, DBT, CBT para trastornos alimenticios (CBT-E), TBRI e intervencion global del comportamiento para tics.

    Tengo una licencia como consejera Profesional asociada en el estado de Texas. Me gradué de la Universidad Rafael Urdaneta con un grado en Psicología Clínica y una Maestría en Consejería en Salud Mental de la Universidad de Palo Alto PAU. Soy una profesional entrenada en Intervención Relacional Basada en la Confianza (TBRI®) a través del Instituto Karyn Purvis de Desarrollo Infantil de la Universidad Cristiana de Texas. Puedo atender en mi consulta a personas que hablan inglés, español y chino mandarín.

    Si deseas agendar tu cita en español por favor llama a 817-888-8131

    Schedule with Alejandra!

  • Jessica Ellison
    Jessica Ellison, LMSW

    Jessica: I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective therapy to individuals seeking support and guidance in navigating life's challenges.  I have had numerous years of experience in the human services field, where I have had the privilege of working with diverse clients facing a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief, ADD/ADHD, Autism, trauma, relationship issues, LGBTQIA+ and life transitions. My approach is integrative, drawing from various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, and strengths-based approaches to tailor treatment to meet each client's unique needs and goals. I believe in creating a warm, nonjudgmental space where clients feel heard, valued, and empowered to explore their thoughts and emotions openly. Together, we will work collaboratively to identify patterns, develop coping strategies, and cultivate insights that foster healing and growth. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where you can embark on your journey toward wellness and self-discovery. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Texas. I earned a Master of Clinical Social Work from The University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University. In addition to my clinical and educational experience, I bring my own personal life experience with me in relating to and connecting with others. Whether you are seeking short-term support or long-term therapy, I would love to accompany you every step of the way.

    Schedule with Jessica!

  • April Daugherty, LCSW
    April Daugherty, LCSW

    April: Let me meet you where you are, and together we can take this journey. Through my years of working in the military, school setting, partial hospitals and during my time as a professor I have developed a strong passion for helping individuals figure out “who they are, how they are and why they are”. I use an eclectic approach in order to meet the needs of my clients, and together we can figure out all of the whos, whats, whens, hows and wheres of this thing we call life. I look forward to working and growing with you and building on your authentic self and life aspirations.

    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas. I graduated from Texas Christian University with my Masters in Social Work. I also hold a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Eastern New Mexico University. I finished my Bachelors while serving in the United States Air Force as a Medic. I enjoy working with adolescents, LGBT+ populations, young adults, and couples.

    Schedule with April!

  • Sharla
    Sharla Farmer, LMSW

    Sharla is a Licensed Masters Social worker With experience in numerous areas of social work, including medical social work, a partial hospitalization program for teens and with children in foster care. I have a Bachelors of Communication from the University of Texas in Arlington and a Masters of Social Work also from UTA. I love working with children, teens and adults. It’s a great feeling to help individuals, families and couples develop tools that they can use to meet their own goals and work out solutions that are right for them.Coming from a communication background, I feel that good communication skills are key to most relationships and love helping empower families by teaching them how to improve their lines of communication. The primary modes of therapy that I use are client centered, solution-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I love an indirect play therapy approach when working with young children.

    Schedule with Sharla!

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