Dr. Sylvia Gearing

Nationally renowned clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Sylvia Gearing has been a pioneer in psychology for over thirty years. She is the Executive Director of Gearing Up Counseling Centers where she oversees both the administrative and clinical staff. For over thirty years, Gearing Up has addressed the mental health needs of thousands of Texas adults, teens, and children with the latest, most effective approaches in clinical psychology and counseling.

Dr. Gearing graduated Magna cum Laude in Psychology from Duke University and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She studied at the prestigious Masterson Institute in New York City for several years where she worked with the late James Masterson M.D., an international authority on borderline and narcissistic personality disorders.

For several years, Dr. Gearing has developed and taught Gearing Up’s acclaimed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program for emotion regulation for both adults and adolescents. She has completed additional training and study in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and much more. Dr. Gearing has completed advanced DBT training with Dr. Marsha Linehan’s, the founder and developer of DBT treatment, organization Behavioral Tech including:

– Getting To The Heart of the Problem; Targeting, Assessing, and Solving Problem Behaviors (Level 2 Training)
– Adapting Your DBT Program for Substance Use Disorders or DBT-SUD (Level 4 Training)
– Intensive Training In the Dialectical Behaviors Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD (Level 4 Training)

In addition, Dr. Sylvia Gearing is enrolled in the following upcoming trainings (as of November 2019):

– DBT Intensive Team Training (Level 3 Training) – January 2020
– DBT For Complex PTSD (Level 4 Training) – February 2020

She has presented over 2500 hours of her DBT based curriculum to Gearing Up adult and adolescent groups and classes. From its inception, this outstanding program has included skills and strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Positive Psychology, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Neuroscience, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Self Compassion skills, and the latest research findings on mindfulness, trauma, and more.

As an author and TV expert, she has impacted the lives of millions. From 1997 to 1998, she was a frequent contributor in women’s issues on NBC’s Today Show in New York. For almost two decades she has been featured on hundreds of newscasts, radio shows, and talk shows including Dr. Phil, Donahue, Geraldo, and Sally Jesse Raphael. She is a frequent source and contributor for bloggers, academicians, and popular writers, and she has been quoted in numerous books. In addition, her television appearances and video blogs have been featured on Huffington Post, AOL.com, and CNN.com.

For over fifteen years, Dr. Gearing has been a psychology expert for DFW CBS 11 News where she has appeared on over 1,500 newscasts. She reported on a variety of topics in psychology, popular news, and research. Since launching in May 2010, her blogs and online videos have drawn millions of views from around the world.

Her first book, “Female Executive Stress Syndrome: The Working Woman’s Guide to a Balanced and Successful Life” (Summit, 1994), launched her national media career. She has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Modern Bride, Ladies Home Journal, Weight Watcher’s Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Dallas Morning News. In addition, her videos on stress and working women were aired on thousands of United Airlines flights in the late nineties. The National Association of Executive Women honored Dr. Gearing in 1995 with a featured article on her work. Dr. Gearing was on the cover of the association’s magazine, which was distributed to over 250,000 women worldwide.

Dr. Gearing has been a popular speaker in Dallas and across the country. She has spoken for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, J.C. Penney, Forbes Magazine, Infiniti Automobile, Andrews and Kurth, Deloitte and Touche, and Hunton and Williams. Her speeches capture the unique perspective of a veteran psychologist who has worked in broadcast media for over a decade. These two highly divergent disciplines have shaped her understanding of how to present complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences in an entertaining and effective manner.

Dr. Gearing is a member of the Texas Psychological Association, the Dallas County Psychological Association, and the National Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Dr. Gearing has been married to Dr. Milton Gearing for over thirty-seven years and they have two grown sons and a wonderful daughter in law. The Gearing’s younger son, Chris Gearing, is the CEO of Gearing Up Counseling Centers, Inc. and oversees all marketing, financial, and business matters for the clinic. Dr. Gearing’s older son, Charles, is a commercial litigation attorney in Dallas and her daughter in law, Rachael, is an attorney specializing in health care law.

Dr. Milton Gearing

Dr. Milton Gearing is one of Dallas’ most respected experts in psychological testing and the assessment of mental health issues in various populations including adults, adolescents and children. As the Clinical Director of Gearing Up Counseling Centers, he oversees and supervises all psychological evaluations, attention and cognitive assessments, education evaluations, and threat assessments in the practice. His testing department completes thousands of evaluations per year and he is well known for his extraordinary expertise in test interpretation and the use of complex data in deciphering and integrating test results into clinical treatment. His ability to create an accurate and coherent psychological profile is unparalleled. All of Gearing Up’s clinicians rely heavily on his expertise and utilize his findings to refine and update treatment goals, assess outcomes, and advise clients about ongoing clinical issues.

Dr. Gearing began his career with unprecedented success in research and publishing his work in professional journals. The prestigious Psychological Bulletin published his review of professional literature in the use of the MMPI in prison populations in 1979. He continued to research the area of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in hospital settings. He collaborated and published several notable studies with other psychologists at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Dallas in the early 1980’s.

Following the completion of his doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Gearing was the supervising psychologist at the Substance Abuse Unit at Terrell State Hospital for several years. He left that position to become the Executive Director of the Plano Child Guidance Clinic. From 1987 to 1989, he was the chairman of the Psychology Department at Charter Psychiatric Hospital where he supervised all psychological testing and evaluations, participated in recruitment and credentialing of professional staff, and worked in program development. Dr. Gearing also worked extensively in both individual and group therapy with hospitalized adults and teens. He has been in private practice in Plano since 1986.

Dr. Gearing completed his undergraduate education at the College of William and Mary. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the distinguished graduate program at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Gearing then pursued his post-doctoral training at the prestigious Masterson Institute in New York City. During his postdoctoral training, he worked with internationally renowned psychiatrist, Dr. James Masterson. Dr. Masterson was one of the original theorists and foremost experts on the treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders.

Dr. Gearing has completed seventy-nine hours of advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). At the weekly DBT Team Meeting, Dr. Gearing often presents on psychological testing, specific case consultations on treatment and testing, and new innovative research in the field. He has completed advanced DBT training with Dr. Marsha Linehan’s, the founder and developer of DBT treatment, organization Behavioral Tech including:

– Getting To The Heart of the Problem; Targeting, Assessing, and Solving Problem Behaviors (Level 2 Training)
– Adapting Your DBT Program for Substance Use Disorders or DBT-SUD (Level 4 Training)

In addition, Dr. Milton Gearing is enrolled in the following upcoming trainings (as of November 2019):

– DBT Intensive Team Training (Level 3 Training) – January 2020

Dr. Gearing’s highly respected programs in parenting and effective communication with emotionally dysregulated children and teens have won him a wide following in the Dallas area. He collaborated with his wife, Dr. Sylvia Gearing, in writing and presenting the Growing Families Strong program to support modern parents. Their innovative program combines key elements of the Collaborative Parenting Program, principles of Mindfulness Training, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Gearing has been married to Dr. Sylvia Gearing for over thirty-seven years. The Gearings have two grown sons and a wonderful daughter in law. Their younger son, Chris Gearing, is the CEO of Gearing Up Counseling Centers, Inc. and oversees all marketing, financial, and business matters for the clinic. Dr. Gearing’s older son, Charles, is a commercial litigation attorney in Dallas and his daughter in law, Rachael, is an attorney specializing in health care law.

Antonette Anuwe, M.A., L.P.A.

Antonette Anuwe offers a diverse array of psychological assessment and professional counseling services. Joining Gearing Up in 2015, she brings excellent experience from psychiatric settings, educational environments, and psychologist offices specializing in forensic services and psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. Antonette has completed extensive training in the administration and scoring of psychological testing, intellectual and educational testing, and professional report writing. In 2016, she completed an advanced training program in projective personality testing and is now working under the supervision of Gearing Up Clinical Director, Dr. Milton Gearing.

Antonette has a passion to help children and teens. In previous positions, she worked with children struggling with both developmental and social challenges. In that capacity, she conducted play therapy and group activities and games geared toward enhancing social skills. In addition, Antonette provided education to their parents to help them support their child’s continued social and emotional development.

Educated at two of the most prominent universities in Texas, Baylor University and Texas A&M University, Antonette has developed an intense and unwavering interest in professional excellence. At Baylor, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Psychological Evaluation and Assessment
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Child Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Group Therapy
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Bipolar Disorders
• Panic and Social Anxiety
• Mindfulness Training
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Anger Management
• Grief and Loss
• Diagnosing Social Skills Deficits
• Social Skills Training
• Parenting Training and Consultation
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – completed over 55 hours of advanced DBT training, co-lead for 100’s of hours of DBT group sessions
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – Certified
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents (ARC)

Among Antonette’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Child and Family Studies (minor) from Baylor University
• Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
• Member of PSI CHI International Honor Society In Psychology

Cathy Baeza, LCSW

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Francine Esquiliano, LPC

Francine Esquiliano, LPC, an exceptionally poised and highly skilled Licensed Professional Counselor brings years of outstanding experience to Gearing Up. For many years, she has assisted in case consultation and the management of direct patient care, clinical assessments, patient treatment planning, discharge planning, skills training, psychoeducation, promoting treatment adherence, promoting health and wellbeing, and medication training for clients to increase adherence. She worked in a variety of settings to deepen her commitment to mental health issues and to serve the welfare of others.

This illustrious experience and training has shaped Francine’s perceptive and thoughtful approach to counseling. Her nuanced understanding of her clients’ issues helps her to establish attainable therapeutic goals accurately and effectively. She is gifted in creating rapport and a comfortable and safe therapeutic environment with each client. She generates results by suggesting new and helpful perspectives, teaching coping skills that work, and offering excellent care and counsel. Compassionate, perceptive, and a keen listener, Francine helps her clients invest in therapy to achieve their goals effectively.

Due to her years of experience with hundreds of clients in a variety of outpatient settings including private practice, outpatient clinics, public behavioral healthcare centers, and a Child’s Advocacy Center, Francine developed a passionate professional interest in trauma. While she understood that life can be painful, challenging, and even devastating at times, she also developed a keen understanding of how traumatic events can disrupt the most gifted of lives. Francine sought out additional training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and she offers this highly specialized treatment for all types of trauma. She is committed to teaching her clients the coping skills they need to tackle the tough memories, painful thoughts and emotions, and family issues associated with both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma. Her greatest hope is to help her clients move beyond their painful experiences to build a life of health, hope, and healing.

Francine is pursuing advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and in Mindfulness Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MBCT). She works closely with Dr. Sylvia Gearing and Gearing Up’s advanced DBT team to guide her clients through this revolutionary curriculum of coping skills that can lead to unprecedented improvement. She participates in weekly DBT team meeting with routine case consultation, cutting edge training, and unified team treatment planning.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Child Individualization Therapy (Play therapy)
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Dual Diagnoses Disorders
• Bipolar Disorders
• Panic and Social Anxiety
• Mindfulness Training
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Anger Management
• Grief and Loss
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) (in process)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Trauma Therapy using the Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) (in process)
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Suicide & Crisis Interventions with Clients and Families

Among Francine’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Wesley College
• St John’s College School of Liberal Arts, Associates
• Southwestern Adventist University, BS in Psychology
• Southwestern Adventist University, Master’s in Counseling Psychology
• Capella University, Doctoral Candidate in Psychology with specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Alisha Garcia, M.S., L.P.C.

Alisha Garcia brings a fresh perspective, professional enthusiasm, and her soothing demeanor to her clients at Gearing Up. She is a supportive and engaged clinician who strives to make therapy not only warm and nurturing for her clients but also highly effective. She has worked in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings in her early career and has crafted an excellent approach to complex counseling issues with children, adolescents, and adults.

Prior to joining Gearing Up, Alisha developed her psychotherapy skills in a broad array of psychiatric settings. Recently, she was a program specialist at the prestigious Excel Center in Fort Worth. She led groups for children and adolescents to teach them effective coping skills to use at home and at school. She coached them on understanding and implementing these skills in the real world and helped them to decrease their emotional distress and self-sabotaging behaviors.

At Millwood Hospital, Alisha was an intake specialist where she conducted intake assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy on a weekly basis. She regularly dealt with emergency psychiatric and crisis stabilization issues in an inpatient setting. Alisha has also been an early intervention specialist in a well-known public agency where she provided individual therapy for children and family therapy for both children and adults.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Child Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Marital Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Parent Training and Consultation
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Bipolar Disorders
• Phobias
• Panic Attacks
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Oppositional and Defiant Children
• Defiant Teens
• Anger Management
• Grief and Loss
• Divorce Grief
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – completed over 55 hours of advanced DBT training
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
• Marriage and Family Therapy

Among Alisha’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University
• Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

Brandi Herzog, M.A., L.P.C., L.C.D.C, A.T.R..

Brandi Herzog offers a wealth of experience and dedication to her counseling clients and their families. With the combination of her counseling skills and her expertise as an experienced art therapist, Brandi delivers an integrated approach to the counseling experience. In mental health, integrated approaches that combine state of the art counseling approaches with other therapeutic approaches such as art and music therapy, yoga, and nutritional classes enhance healing from trauma, depression and anxiety and can increase relapse prevention. Brandi’s professional expertise includes extensive experience in complex trauma, post traumatic stress disorder and addiction issues. In addition, she is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and has a strong background in substance abuse and addictions. Brandi is also a licensed as a National Art Therapist by the American Art Therapy Association.

With the Gearing Up treatment team, Brandi strives to design the most effective and compassionate treatment approach with her clients. She is an active member of the Gearing Up Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) treatment team and meets weekly with the team to consult on cases, review updates in DBT and to learn about other topics in psychology. Brandi is skilled in using DBT to facilitate mastery of the fundamental coping skills including mindfulness training, distress tolerance skills and emotion regulation skills. Her work using DBT helps clients implement the key skills that lead to more effective solutions, better decision-making and deeper connections with others. All of these important steps in therapy help her clients build a life worth living. After having completed an additional fifty hours of advanced education in DBT, Brandi now co-leads the Growing Boys’ Strong DBT group with Dr. Sylvia Gearing.

Brandi’s professional experience includes extensive experience in individual and group therapy in inpatient and residential settings. In these settings, Brandi has led multiple groups on a weekly basis using an art therapy approach. She conducted individual therapy and coordinated care with physicians and psychologists and other mental health professionals. In an Advocacy Center for Crime Victims, Brandi has also counseled both children and adults who were victims of violent crimes including sexual abuse, neglect and trauma. In this setting she conducted group therapy, art therapy, substance abuse counseling and assisted parents in developing more effective parenting skills.

Brandi graduated with a bachelor of arts in Studio Art from acclaimed Baylor University. She earned her Master of Art in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned the prestigious designations of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the State of Texas.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Child Individual therapy
• Substance Abuse Evaluation & Addiction Counseling
• Family Therapy
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Addictions
• Substance Abuse
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Bipolar Disorders
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Defiant Teens
• Anger Management
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Grief and Loss
• Divorce Grief
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Art Therapy
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – completed over 55 hours of advanced DBT training
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Among Brandi’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Baylor University
• Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas
• Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
• Licensed National Art Therapist by American Art Therapy Association

June Holcomb, M.A., L.P.C., L.C.D.C.

June Holcomb is a talented and highly skilled counselor who has devoted her life to mastering the science and art of professional counseling. She brings vast experience in mood disorders, addictions, crisis intervention, trauma, personality disorders, individual counseling and assessments, and marital and couples counseling. She is an enthusiastic and welcoming counselor who sincerely meets her clients where they are and moves them forward to success. She works hard to understand her client’s goals and ambitions while remaining focused on the practical steps that they must take to achieve their dreams.

Prior to joining Gearing Up, June was an intensive outpatient substance abuse counselor for the Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. Following her work in substance abuse at the CSCD, she became the clinical team leader for Transicare where she supervised a team of case managers. Her team was charged with providing assessments and counseling for inmates in the Dallas County Crisis Services Project. June has been credited with training, mentoring, and overseeing a clinical team that has greatly reduced recidivism in the corrections system and has improved the mental health of their clients.

June graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Shortly after, she earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Amberton University. She has earned the prestigious designation of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Substance Abuse & Addiction Counseling
• Marital/Couples Counseling
• Family Therapy
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Addictions
• Substance Abuse
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Bipolar Disorders
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Defiant Teens
• Anger Management
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Grief and Loss
• Divorce Grief
• Marital/Couple Issues
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – completed over 55 hours of advanced DBT training, co-lead for 100’s of hours of DBT group sessions
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – Certified
• Couples Therapy

Among June’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas
• Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

Tammera McClenton, M.A., L.P.C.

Finding the right counselor can sometimes feel like a never-ending struggle. A counselor who approaches psychotherapy as a serious and sacred relationship is rare, let alone one that approaches their work with a dedication to offering the most advanced therapy tools and strategies in the industry. Tammera McClenton brings all of these qualities and more to her therapy practice. She offers not only an insightful perspective; she is also dedicated to assisting you in building the life that you envision. Compassionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated, she uses her counseling acumen to help direct and assist you in not only learning about more effective coping skills, but also integrating, mastering, and using those skills in moments of adversity.

Tammera helps her clients articulate and realize their vision of the life they wish to live. To achieve that goal, she helps her clients build new coping strategies that lead to improved mood regulation, enhanced ability to tolerate frustration and disappointments, a renewed ability to stay focused and effective even when we are upset, and a self confidence that leads to much more positive outcomes in life. Decision making improves, resilience skills increase, and relationships will deepen as her clients become more emotionally calm and regulated.

Generous with her validation, focus, and presence, Tammera provides a rewarding therapy experience that is soothing, dependable, and reassuring. Clients are able to fully understand the origins of their challenges, the steps that they need to take to resolve them, and the changes they need to make in the future to embrace those improvements permanently. Throughout the therapy process, Tammera always remains supportive, compassionate, and professional as her clients continue to integrate skills and complete their treatment goals.

Tammera has experience in mood disorders (depression and anxiety), child and adolescent issues, family issues, and clinical issues related to adult challenges. She is in the process of completing fifty-five hours of advanced education in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and a certification in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also completing a clinical certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is an active member of the DBT team at Gearing Up.

Tammera graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Christian Ministry from Oral Roberts University. She earned her Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University. She is a fully accredited Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Child Individual Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Trauma conditions
• Defiant Teens
• Anger Management
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Grief and Loss
• Divorce Issues
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) (Fifty-Five hours) (in process)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certification (in process)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Certification (in process)

Among Tammera’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Oral Roberts University
• Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Christian Ministry, Oral Roberts University
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

Ebony Morrow, LMFT-A

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Kelly Piagnarelli, LPC

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Nathalie Martinez Raper, M.A., L.P.C.

Nathalie Martinez Raper is a congenial and talented Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings. She establishes rapport quickly and is both perceptive and engaging during her client’s sessions. Her humility and kindness are prominent characteristics and help her clients feel both comfortable and supported as they work through the issues in their lives. She is attentive, compassionate, and accurate with her observations and interventions.

In keeping with the Gearing Up dedication to educational excellence, Nathalie has completed fifty five hours of advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is also completing her doctorate in Family Therapy at Texas Women’s University. She is very interested in working with families in resolving conflict, improving communication, and renewing the bonds of family connection and intimacy.

Nathalie has a central professional interest in trauma and has trained in both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and in Complex Trauma. She is dedicated to helping her clients overcome the long term problems caused by single episode or complex repetitive traumas. Traumatized people often experience emotional turmoil, the inability to maintain a cohesive sense of self, hypersensitivity to others, an inability to express and use emotions effectively, emotional withdrawal, and more. Many of us who have been traumatized struggle with finding balance in emotions and we often feel vulnerable and hyper emotional without understanding why. Addictions, eating disorders, remaining consistently engaged in work and home, chronic mood swings, and more are all characteristics of unresolved trauma. Nathalie equips her clients with a library of coping skills and strategies specifically built for traumatized victims to manage their lives effectively.

Prior to joining Gearing Up, she worked as a behavioral skills trainer at an autism center. As a counseling intern she worked in a variety of settings including Hope’s Door, Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Texas Women’s University Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic. Most recently, she was a therapist at Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Child Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Applied Behavioral Analysis
• Marital Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Parent Training and Consultation
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Bipolar Disorders
• Phobias
• Panic Attacks
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Oppositional and Defiant Children
• Defiant Teens
• Anger Management Issues
• Grief and Loss
• Divorce Grief
• Domestic Violence Recovery
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – completed over 55 hours of advanced DBT training
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
• Marriage and Family Therapy
• EMDR (in training)

Among Nathalie’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, the University of California at Riverside
• Master of Arts in Community Counseling, Argosy, University
• Doctoral Degree in Family Therapy (pending), Texas Women’s University
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

Omari Smith, LPC

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Janease Traylor, LPA

Janease Traylor is a dedicated Licensed Psychological Associate who brings many years of outstanding experience to Gearing Up. Her previous experience includes collegiate level lecturing, professional clinical researcher, and experiences in both neurofeedback and biofeedback programs. She listens intently, motivates clients with ease, and offers compassion at difficult moments. Her clients regularly remark upon her deep insight and astute suggestions in her sessions.

Janease has worked closely with the Gearing Up DBT team to refine and master her skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). As a DBT practitioner, she restores perspective and mindful awareness, outlines specific strategies for improvement, and coaches her clients on considered and specific uses of DBT skills and strategies in the moment. She reinforces her client’s clinical progress each week by reviewing their use of skills across different areas of their lives (e.g., with family and friends, romantic relationships, at work or school, in the community, etc.). They see remarkable results as she assists them in managing their moods, their thoughts, and their behaviors week to week.

Janease has completed dozens of hours of advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), one of the most effective and highly sought after therapies for depression and anxiety in the industry. She is well versed in the core principles, the overall philosophy, and the abundant coping skills and strategies of DBT. Janease is a member of Gearing Up’s DBT clinical team, and she meets weekly with her colleagues to review and improve the delivery of DBT services at Gearing Up.

Additionally, Janease works closely with Dr. Sylvia Gearing, the DBT Clinical Director, in teaching DBT skills in weekly group skills classes. She is an excellent presenter, an articulate advocate of the philosophy and practice of DBT, and shares many helpful tips on how to implement these skills in real life and in the moment. The group clients enjoy her observations, insights, and her pragmatic approach to skills usage in solving real life problems.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Psychological Testing
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Bipolar Disorders
• Panic and Social Anxiety
• Mindfulness Training
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
• Anger Management
• Grief and Loss
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Suicide & Crisis Intervention

Among Janease’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Science in Psychology
• University of Central Arkansas
• Master of Science in Psychology
• University of Louisiana at Monroe
• Licensed Professional Counselor
• Overall Outstanding Graduate Student
• Paper presented at American Psychological Association Convention.

Melissa Woods, M.A., L.P.C.-S., L.P.A.

Melissa Woods is an extraordinarily accomplished counselor. She has a reputation for outstanding and innovative work with children, adolescents, and adults. She has been a counselor with Gearing Up for over eleven years and holds the designation of Director of Child & Adolescent Services. She is a gifted and seasoned clinician who enjoys a superlative reputation as one of the best counselors in North Texas.

Prior to joining Gearing Up, Melissa worked at the Dallas County Juvenile Department as a Psychology Assistant on the Psychological Evaluation Team. In this capacity, she worked with acclaimed senior psychologists from UT Southwestern Medical School in evaluating hundreds of children and teens. She became an expert in adolescent psychological evaluation, interviewing, and clinical treatment.

In addition, Melissa is an experienced clinician in the treatment of traumatic stress in children and adolescents. She has studied the ARC system (Attachment, Self Regulation and Competence) and uses this cutting edge system in the evaluation and treatment of children and teens at Gearing Up. Melissa has also completed fifty-five hours of advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Fluent in Spanish and equipped with twenty years of clinical experience, Melissa possesses a keen understanding of a variety of psychological disorders, treatments and therapies. As a forensic evaluator, she has evaluated hundreds of adolescents, adults, and their families for court. In addition, Melissa has spearheaded Family Training Programs, Anger Management Programs for individuals and families, and has conducted therapy and assessments in Spanish for many years.

Specializations, Experience, and Training:
• Individual Therapy With Adolescents
• Individual Therapy With Men and Women
• Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
• Complex Trauma
• Mood Disorders
• Depression and Anxiety
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – completed over 60 hours of advanced DBT training
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• MBCT – Certified for Adults and Children
• Neuroscience and Yoga in the Treatment of Complex, Developmental or Repeated trauma.
• Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
• ADHD Assessments
• Family Therapy

Psychological Assessments In:
• Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
• Learning Disabilities
• Educational Testing
• Psychological Testing
• Projective Testing

Melissa’s many accomplishments include the following:
• B.A. in Psychology, with a Minor in Spanish, Baylor University
• Masters of Arts in Counseling, The University of North Texas
• Licensed Member of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
• Licensed Member of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
• Licensed Member of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as an LPC Supervisor
• Dallas County Juvenile Department Employee of the Year–Psychological Services, 1999
• Dallas County Juvenile Department Employee of the Month, February 1999.
• Dallas County Juvenile Department–Psychology Division, Staff, 1997 to March 2007
• Early Childhood Intervention Therapy Group for Children (ages 3-12)
• Conducts Therapy and Assessments in Spanish
• Managed High Volume Referrals for Psychological Intervention in Psychological Department at the Dallas County Juvenile Department
• Clinical Supervisor for Interns Completing the Masters Degree at the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University
Clinical Supervisor of L.P.C. Interns