Our Team

For your convenience, we offer a variety of counseling services at our Dallas, Galleria, and Southlake offices. All of our providers are professionally trained, properly licensed, and highly skilled to help you meet your therapeutic goals. We accept most major insurances and are dedicated to providing high quality services at affordable rates. Our support staff is available to answer any questions you may have. 

 

 
 

Our Dallas Office

(214) 530-0021
Info@taylorcounselinggroup.com

11300 N. Central Expressway
Suite 610
Dallas, Texas 75243

Our Dallas Team

Dr. Christopher Taylor

Christopher S. Taylor, Ph.D. LPC-S is an adjunct professor of counseling ethics at Dallas Theological Seminary and Amberton University. As a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a master's degree in Counseling, Dr. Taylor utilizes existential psychotherapy to provide treatment for individuals struggling with loss of identity, depression, anxiety, and divorce recovery. As a board-approved supervisor with a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision, Dr. Taylor currently provides supervision for licensed interns. In 2015, Dr. Taylor was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as a professional member.

All of our master level clinicians offer an affordable private pay rate of $90 per hour session. Read the profiles below to learn more and schedule online 24/7.

Mallory O'Neal

Mallory earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified middle school teacher, as well as a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator for premarital and marital counseling. Mallory specializes in adolescent issues, spirituality, depression and mood disorders, anxiety, body image issues, life stage transitions, couples and marital, interpersonal conflict and communication, parenting, and healthy boundaries in relationships.

Emily Larzabal

Having struggled with anxiety growing up, Emily Larzabal is well aware of how difficult it can be to deal with emotional issues. Wanting to provide the same healing she received through counseling, she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her master’s degree in Counseling at Dallas Baptist University.

Kimberly Presley

Kimberly earned her undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Social Work from Baylor University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who discovered her passion for helping others by growing up outside Chicago and getting to know the need in the city. She believes that we all have capacity for change and growth when we feel understood, fully known, and accepted.

Constance Canada

Constance Canada is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Rehabilitation Services and her master's degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University.  Constance has worked with a broad spectrum of clients since receiving her master's degree in 2012.  She believes in assisting people to meet their potential.

Katherine Ansley

Katherine's educational background includes a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Texas.  

Cecilia Wright

Cecilia is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, boundaries, codependency, self-worth issues, and shame. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.

Lauren Gilland

Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her passion is walking alongside her clients on their journeys toward healing, peace, and a meaningful life.

 

Allison Conway

Allison focuses on adolescent therapy, body image issues and eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. 

Desiree Nitka

Desiree is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a diverse clinical history, working with clients of all ages and backgrounds.   She believes that therapy needs to be a safe space where clients can come as they are, and not feel judged.  Desiree walks the path with clients to an authentic and fulfilled life. 

 

Christopher Hinds

Chris Hinds received an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Amanda Stretcher

Amanda obtained her Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology at Austin College and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. Amanda has joined the Taylor Counseling Group team because she believes they share her same core values, and she enjoys collaborating with her clients to help them grow and achieve their goals.

 
 

Christian Hill

Christian is a third year graduate student pursuing a master’s in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has had the privilege of studying under some of DFW’s premiere counselors, including Dr. French Jones Ph.D, LPC-S, Dr. Stephen Chock Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist, and Dr. Christopher Taylor, Ph.D, LPC-S, and author of “My Digital Practice”. Christian focuses his work in depression and anxiety, interpersonal conflict and communication, identity development, couples and premarital, and life stage transitions.

David Buck

David R. Buck earned his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University and his bachelor’s degree in University Studies with a primary focus in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

 
 
 

CHRISTOPHER S. TAYLOR, PH.D. LPC-S

Christopher S. Taylor, Ph.D. LPC-S, author of My Digital Practice and host of the For Self-Examination podcast, is an adjunct professor of counseling ethics at Dallas Theological Seminary and Amberton University. Dr. Taylor utilizes existential psychotherapy to provide treatment for individuals struggling with loss of identity. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as a professional member. In 2018, he was unanimously voted as Vice Chair of the board.

Working with various state and private organizations such as Child Protective Services since 2008, Dr. Taylor has experienced the lack of community support for broken homes in both urban and rural communities. In an endeavor to alleviate this issue, Dr. Taylor served as the court coordinator and program developer for Legacy Family Court in Dallas County from 2013 to 2016. In 2015, Legacy Family Court was recognized as “An Agent of Change” by the Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and was awarded an official resolution by Dallas County. In 2016, the Agricultural Commissioner appointed Dr. Taylor to serve on the Rural Health Task Force to assist in developing solutions for the expansion of mental health programs in rural Texas communities. 

Dr. Taylor completed his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a focus of existentialism at Texas A & M University. He continues to research and write on the subject of identity and existential development.

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Existential Psychotherapy

  • Identity Development

 

 
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Mallory o'neal, M.A. LMFT

Mallory earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified middle school teacher, as well as a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator for premarital and marital counseling. Mallory specializes in depression and mood disorders, anxiety, life stage transitions, couples and marital, interpersonal conflict and communication, parenting and healthy boundaries in relationships.

Mallory is a systems therapist incorporating multiple techniques into her approach. She has a passion for helping others understand and navigate through their complex worlds in order to achieve a happier and balanced way of life. In addition to her middle school teaching experience, Mallory has worked in a variety of counseling settings including intensive outpatient substance abuse clinics for adults and adolescents, non-profit counseling center for youth offenders and their families, faith-based pregnancy center, outpatient behavioral healthcare clinic, county jail, and private practice.

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages 13+ (Mallory does not have evening or weekend availability)

  • Premarital and Marital Counseling

  • Parenting Education and Development

  • Codependency Issues

  • Women’s Issues

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

 

 
 
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Emily Larzabal, M.A. LPC

Having struggled with anxiety growing up, Emily Larzabal is well aware of how difficult it can be to deal with emotional issues. Wanting to provide the same healing she received through counseling, she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her master’s degree in Counseling at Dallas Baptist University. Emily specializes in shame, boundary issues, codependency, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Emily uses a Family Systems approach to identify core issues that may have started in childhood, Cognitive Behavioral Theory to help replace lies with truth, and Narrative Theory to help clients re-write their story. Emily has experience working in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, non-profit centers counseling refugees, and private practice. 

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages: 18+

  • Faith-Based Counseling

  • Couples Counseling

  • Shame

  • Trauma

  • Certified CPT Provider

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Codependency

  • Grief

 

 
 
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Kimberly Presley, MSW, LCSW

Kimberly will be taking family leave for three to four months starting the end of January 2019.

Kimberly earned her undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Social Work from Baylor University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who discovered her passion for helping others by growing up outside Chicago and getting to know the need in the city. She believes that we all have capacity for change and growth when we feel understood, fully known, and accepted. Each person is unique and sees the world differently, and her hope is that she can understand, know, and accept you in order to assist you in the healing and growing process.

Kimberly spent the majority of her career working at a residential treatment center in Chicago. On Chicago's West Side, she was first a therapist, and later clinical director, for adolescents and their families who lived in the inpatient psychiatric facility. She specializes in adolescents, survivors of trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, complex family systems, self-image/self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and conflicts, and suicide. She utilizes various interventions from TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems, and strategic family therapy.

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Age: 12+

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Cognitive Processing

  • Adolescent Issues

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Mood Management

  • Couples Counseling

  • Faith-Based Counseling

  • Family Counseling

  • Stress Management

 

 
 
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Constance Canada, M.A. LPC

Constance Canada is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Rehabilitation Services and her master’s in Professional Counseling from Amberton University.  Constance has worked with a broad spectrum of clients since receiving her graduate degree in 2012.  She believes in assisting people to reach their potential by being honest, straightforward, and meeting the clients where they are emotionally, so the therapeutic process will be tailored to you, the client. Life is difficult and everyone needs someone with whom to talk.

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages: 16+

  • Couples Counseling

  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction

  • Trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • LGBTQ Issues

  • Distance Counseling

 

 
 
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Katherine Ansley, M.A. LPC

Life changes are frustrating and time-consuming for everyone. Not everyone is able to roll with the punches or handle them with a smile. Katherine’s perspective is that the client is right: ‘Adulting’ can be draining. Katherine helps her clients, from children to families, find perception in change and the ability to strengthen their self-confidence in a healthy and positive way. 

People do not fit in boxes, so Katherine’s therapy approach is fluid. She has been trained in Play Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Humanistic Approach. 

Katherine’s educational background includes an MA in Professional Counseling from Amberton University and a BS in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from University of North Texas.  

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages: 12+

  • LGBTQ Community & Youth

  • Family Conflict

  • Communication Development

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Divorce Recovery

  • Sex Traffic Surviors

  • Trauma

 
 
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Cecilia Wright, MA, LPC

Languages: English, Spanish

Cecilia is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, boundaries, codependency, self-worth issues, and shame. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Cecilia was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as in Family Systems Therapy. She integrates the two by knowing that our thoughts affect our emotions, while understanding how our family roles affect how we operate in daily life.

Having moved from Venezuela to the US during early adolescence, Cecilia understands the difficulty in life transitions and having to adapt to a new way of living. She has a passion for culture and diversity.

Cecilia meets people where they are and strives to create a safe environment to challenge people and help them grow. She has experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults in both the outpatient and clinical setting.

 

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Pending: Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages 7+

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Family Counseling

  • Shame

  • Faith-Based Counseling

  • Codependency

 
 
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Allison Conway, M.A. LPC

 

Allison focuses on adolescent therapy, body image issues and eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Allison is certified as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator for premarital and marital counseling.

Allison has extensive experience treating adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including working with inpatient children and adolescents (ages 2 to 12) at Cook Children’s Hospital and residentially with adolescents at Heartlight Ministries. She also has experience leading group therapy related to body image and eating disorders, volunteering to assist individuals calling a crisis hotline, and providing one-on-one counseling and group therapy for both adolescents and adults.

Allison adopts a holistic approach in her practice, and seeks to address her patients’ psychological and mental, as well as physical, challenges. In addition to her work in counseling, Allison has significant experience related to health, nutrition, and wellness, and has been a certified personal trainer.

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Age: 9+

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Addiction

  • Faith-Based Counseling

  • Couples and Marriage

  • Eating and Body Image

  • Codependency

  • Distance Counseling

 
 
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Lauren Gilland, M.A. LPC

Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her passion is walking alongside her clients on their journeys toward healing, peace, and a meaningful life. 

Lauren is skilled and experienced in working with a wide variety of ailments including anxiety, cultural conflict, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, life transitions, mood disorders, personality disorders, relational strain, spiritual crisis, substance abuse, and trauma. She works primarily with older adolescents and adults and specializes in integration of a variety of interventions from ACT, CBT, DBT, EFT, family systems therapy, and motivational interviewing. Based on clients’ personalities, Lauren also includes creative elements, such as art and music, into her therapeutic work. 

 

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages 13+

  • Codependency & Enmeshment

  • Domestic Violence

  • Eating Disorders

  • Faith-Based Counseling

  • Identity Development

  • Substance Abuse Disorders

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma & PTSD

 
 
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Christopher Hinds, M.R.C. LPC

Chris Hinds received an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Since then, he has become a Licensed Professional Counselor working with mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, trauma, and stress. He has also worked in facilities specializing in people with chronic illness including pain and traumatic brain injury.

He has a passion for helping adolescents and young adults adjust to difficult transitional periods in their lives and supporting them through the difficult issues that can arise in developing their identity and discovering what they want out of their life. Growing up is already hard enough without all of today’s educational, technological, and social stress. Adults aren’t the only ones who experience anxiety and depression. Also, knowing what to do once you are out of school or relatively new out in the “real world” can be a time of crisis. This can include self-esteem issues, conflicts, career difficulties, communication issues, and difficulty with interpersonal relationships. He has experience helping people of all ages through depression, anxiety, and stress. Having received counseling services in the past himself, he knows how difficult it can be to take the steps necessary to ask for help. He believes building a good relationship between therapist and client, along with concrete strategies, can help set people back on the road to recovery.

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages: 16+

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Identity Development

  • Career Counseling

  • Life Transitions

  • Traumatic Brian Injury

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma

  • Distance Counseling

 
 
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Amanda Stretcher, M.A. LPC

Amanda obtained her bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology at Austin College and her master’s in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. Amanda has joined the Taylor Counseling Group team because she believes they share her same core values, and she enjoys collaborating with her clients to help them grow and achieve their goals.


Amanda has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and she has a passion for working with addiction, both substance and behavioral, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, personality disorders, and with women’s issues. Taking a client-centered approach, Amanda also utilizes CBT, ACT, and DBT in her work with her clients.

 

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Scott & White Health Plan

  • Pending: Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages: 18+

  • Couples Counseling

  • Faith-Based Counseling

  • Trauma Recovery

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Grief Counseling

  • Addiction Recovery

  • Personality Disorders

  • Identity Development

  • LGBTQ Counseling

 
 
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Desiree Nitka, MSW LCSW

Desiree is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a diverse clinical history, working with clients of all ages and backgrounds.   She believes that therapy needs to be a safe space where clients can come as they are, and not feel judged.  Desiree walks the path with clients to an authentic and fulfilled life.  She is passionate about helping clients work through identity issues, unresolved trauma, anxiety, depression, negative self-talk, life transitions, self-esteem issues and whatever struggles they face.  Desiree believes that our unique strengths are valuable resources in the journey towards recovery.

Desiree earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.  She has provided counseling and guidance to at-risk adolescents and their families, children exhibiting signs of distress through behavioral concerns, geriatric hospice patients, nephrology patients, and women who have experienced domestic violence.  Her holistic, trauma focused, person-centered, and dynamic approach to counseling enables her the freedom to work with a wide-range of clients.  She also believes that it is important to consider the “whole” person through examining the mind-body connection in the healing process.  Her preferred interventions include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Narrative, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBCT). 

 

 

 

INSURANCE NETWORKS

  • Pending: Aetna

  • Pending: Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Pending: Cigna Behavioral Health

  • Pending: Scott & White Health Plan

  • Pending: Tricare

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages: 5+

  • Play Therapy

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief

  • Self Esteem

  • Identity issues

  • Women's Issues

  • Anger Management

  • Codependency

 
 

David Buck, M.S. LPC

Not Currently Accepting New Clients

David R. Buck earned his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University and his bachelor’s degree in University Studies with a primary focus in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. David provides basic consultation and coaching services by partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential by providing support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that clients already have in order to enhance the quality of their lives through individual, couples, and family work. David also works as a clinician/technician at a local mental health and wellness center south of Dallas. His goal is to continue developing into an ethical and competent clinician providing guidance and support to his clients for more wellness-centered, fully-actualized living.

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Age: 7+

  • Identity Development

  • Suicide Prevention

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Grief Counseling

  • Divorce Recovery

 

 
 
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Christian Hill, Counseling Student

Supervised by: Dr. Christopher S. Taylor, Ph.D. LPC-S

Christian is a third year graduate student pursuing a master’s in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has had the privilege of studying under some of DFW’s premiere counselors, including Dr. French Jones Ph.D, LPC-S, Dr. Stephen Chock Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist, and Dr. Christopher Taylor, Ph.D, LPC-S, and author of “My Digital Practice”. Christian focuses his work in depression and anxiety, interpersonal conflict and communication, identity development, couples and premarital, and life stage transitions.

Christian is especially interested in working with adolescents and emerging adults, and in assisting them to navigate life stages in hopes of better transitioning into fully functioning adults. He is passionate about embarking on a journey of self-discovery with his clients in hopes of finding their truest self. He draws upon an integration of CBT, Existential Psychotherapy, and Logotherapy, and is a dedicated learner of his craft. Christian is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator for premarital and marital counseling.

COUNSELING SERVICES

  • Ages: 10+

  • Adolescents

  • Identity Development

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Couples & Premarital

  • Issues facing College Students

  • Life Stage Transition

  • Relationship Issues