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Meet the Team


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Meet the Team


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Cheryl Butler, MA, LPC

...is  passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families find not only balance to the every day demands that (we) have but to have JOY while doing it!

 With extensive training in education and counseling, Cheryl has worked with families going through transitions (divorce, merging families, parenting, and marriage) as well as individuals struggling with self-esteem, confidence, communication techniques, and interpersonal relationships.  She utilizes an eclectic approach rooted in family systems, attachment theory, and CBT.  

 Her work with teenagers lends itself to being able to relate to the emotional and biological processes during the pre/pubescent years for our youth- making her knowledgeable and relatable to all ages! She is passionate about closing the gap that often gets created between children and their parents- allowing for the home to have unity and harmony!

While not in the office, you will find Cheryl with her main loves: her three young boys and husband. She embraces all aspects of being a “boy mom” (minus the mess) and believes that the home is the best classroom.  It is not uncommon to see her catching critters or doing science experiments…  Her interests range from being engrossed in a good book (recently Nightingale is her favorite), watching documentaries, Starbucks all day, and dreaming of traveling the world (penguins in the Arctic and an African safari being top of the list).  She loves living in the South, yet often still calls herself a Yankee and Penn State Proud!

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Lindsay Gentles, MA, LPC 

Lindsay is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her Master’s in Counseling from Sam Houston State University in 2013 after following a passion to connect with others and walk through challenging life circumstances, offering hope and promoting balance.

   A love for people and an understanding for the connection between Spirit, Mind, and Body has given Lindsay the passion to work with adolescents and adults as they face various obstacles in their lives.  She specializes in perfectionism, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, and disordered eating issues. Lindsay also works closely with clients for faith-based counseling as well as relationship struggles and other difficult life transitions.  She can share her experience as a college athlete living with the demands and pressures to produce at the highest level.  Lindsay has experience working with junior high, high school, and college-aged students and their parents for nearly 15 years in a various settings. 

        After years of personal growth, Lindsay enjoys a healthy balance of faith, family, exercise, and leisure activities.  She enjoys staying active—running, coaching, water sports or chasing around her three precious girls.  Lindsay values spending time with her husband and family whether it’s watching football on the couch or vacationing at the beach!

        She respects the clients’ beliefs and values and has genuine concern for her clients.  Lindsay believes that everyone has a right to enjoy their life and she desires to share the tools and techniques that will help individuals experience that joy.

Contact lindsay@truenorthtw.com

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Hannah Shaw, MA, LPC

 Hannah graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from LeTourneau University and a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has extensive training in counseling and works with children, adults, couples, and families. She works with a wide range of issues including: low self-esteem, communication difficulties, unresolved emotional difficulties, and relationship problems.

Hannah provides a calm and compassionate atmosphere in which clients can safely explore thoughts and feelings. She is focused on a holistic approach to counseling, helping individuals, couples, and families find balance in everyday life. Her passion is to work alongside each client as they grow and change and to give her client’s tools to succeed outside of therapy. Her approach to counseling is eclectic drawing from person centered and cognitive behavior therapy.

In her free time you can find Hannah with her husband, curled up with a good book, or crafting.  She is a fitness enthusiast and most recently has competed in a Spartan race. 

Contact Hannah at hannah@truenorthtw.com

 

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Merrissa Hughes, M.Ed., LPC  

Merrissa graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Texas Southern University. Merrissa is a former educator with over 10 years of teaching experience. She enjoys working with a wide range of issues including: ADHD, over eating, body image issues, problems at school, career changes and social skills coaching.

Merrissa is a fully trained EMDR therapist. Her approach to counseling is multi- faceted utilizing client centered aspects and CBT. Merrissa seeks to work with clients to enable them to make positive changes in their lives. She enjoys working with children, teens, and women.

When Merrissa isn’t counseling she is planning activities for her family. She is wife and a mom of two active children. Merrissa is also a fan of the arts and loves singing and dancing. She is group fitness instructor and her favorite classes to teach are: Zumba, Pound and Pop Pilates. Merrissa enjoys traveling and her dream vacation is Italy.

Contact Merrissa at merrissa@truenorthtw.com

 

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Dana Spinler, MA, LPC-Intern

Dana has spent a lifetime as a listener and encourager. She launched into adulthood with a B.A. in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduation, her life as a military spouse began and here she learned sacrifice and problem solving. For the next sixteen years, she created a home for her husband and three children and they went through two deployments. During this time, she wore many hats as a social worker, Navy wife, teacher, stay-at-home mom, homeschool educator, women’s advocate, business owner, and adoptive parent.     She then entered graduate school and earned a M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University.

Dana has received training in Gottman Couples Training and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  As a counselor, she brings her personal and professional experience along with a sense of humor to guide people to self-acceptance of their uniqueness and encourage their authenticity.  She is passionate about helping adolescents, individuals, couples, and families harness their resources to address difficulties, take a new direction, and move into a place of hope. Her life experiences have allowed her to be empathetically  present with people through rough times, disappointments, heartaches, and general uncertainty.  She brings with her a style of counseling that helps clients build resilience through acceptance with a commitment to finding hope.

Her free time finds her in an over 40 running club, reading, attending gymnastic meets, and traveling with husband. Additionally, she is part of a group interesting diverse women who write blogs to encourage other women.

Dana is under the clinical supervision of: Dr Jerry Terrill, DSM, LMFT S, LPC S, 1 (281) 744-1147

Contact Dana at dana@truenorthtw.com

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R. Korey Adams, TNTW Summer Intern

Korey Adams is a Psychology student studying at Dallas Baptist University. Currently in the final semester of his Senior year, he is aiming towards attending graduate school in the hopes of receiving a Masters degree in Counseling. Korey’s love for people and desire to serve others is what led him to the counseling field.

When not working Korey enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Korey keeps himself active by committing to a daily workout routine, helping others with errands, and occasionally doing yard work.

We are so thankful to have Korey part of our team this summer! If you see him up at the office, be sure to say hello!