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 a professional staff of over eleven counselors. 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.

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, DBT, MBCT, and much more. Dr. Gearing also completed advanced DBT training with Dr. Marsha Linehan’s organization Behavioral Tech.

She has presented her DBT skills based curriculum to Gearing Up adult and adolescent groups for over one thousand hours. Personally developed by Dr. Gearing, this outstanding program includes skills and strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Positive Psychology, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Self Compassion, the latest research findings on mindfulness and trauma, and much 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 was a psychology expert for the local CBS 11 News where she 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 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-six 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 at Figari and Davenport and her daughter in law, Rachael Nelson Gearing, is a corporate attorney.

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). He trained with Behavior Tech, Dr. Linehan’s company in Targeting, Assessing and Solving Problem Behaviors. Dr. Gearing participates in the weekly DBT team meeting at Gearing Up where he often presents on psychological testing, specific case consultations on treatment and testing, and new innovative research in the field.

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. Currently he is collaborating with his wife, Sylvia Gearing in writing and presenting the Growing Families Strong program to support and empower modern parents.

Dr. Gearing has been married to Dr. Sylvia Gearing for over thirty-six 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 at Figari and Davenport and his wife, Rachael Nelson Gearing, is a corporate attorney.

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
• Child and Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Anxiety, Depression and Trauma in Children and Teens
• Diagnosing Social Skills Deficits
• Social Skills Training
• Parenting Training and Consultation

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

Tina Doyle-Hines, M.A., L.P.C.

Tina Doyle-Hines brings her exceptional poise, clinical expertise, and years of outstanding experience to Gearing Up. For thirteen years, Tina served our country in the United States Air Force where she deepened her understanding of mental health issues and her commitment to serving the welfare of others. During that time, she managed direct patient care, oversaw the mentoring of 180 Medical Service Corps officers in graduate level healthcare administration and leadership, and approved and tracked command level correspondence, performance evaluations, and awards.

Her outstanding service contributed to Tina’s perceptive and thoughtful approach to counseling. Her amazing, nuanced understanding of client issues helps her to establish attainable therapeutic goals accurately and effectively. She is gifted in establishing rapport and creating a comfortable and safe therapeutic environment with each client. Compassionate, perceptive, and a keen listener, Tina helps her clients invest in the process of therapy to achieve their goals.

Due to her years of experience with hundreds of clients in the military and other settings, Tina has a professional interest in trauma. She understands that life can be painful, challenging, and even devastating at times. Traumatic events eventually visit all of us. Tina delivers highly skilled treatment for all types of trauma and has completed supervision and training in Complex Trauma. She is committed to teaching her clients the coping skills they need to tackle the tough experiences and issues associated with Complex Trauma. Her greatest hope is to help her clients move beyond their painful experiences to build a life of achievement and contribution.

Tina is an expert in the most cutting edge therapies in the industry. She has completed fifty-five hours of advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She works closely with Dr. Sylvia Gearing, the DBT clinical director to guide her clients through this amazing curriculum of coping skills that can lead to unprecedented improvement. She participates in the weekly DBT team meeting where there is case consultation, updates on new findings in psychology and presentations on topics such as cultural competence and psychological testing. Tina also works with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (CBT).

Specializations and Experience In:
• 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
• Divorce Counseling
• Marital and Couple Issues
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Has completed fifty hours of DBT advanced training
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
• Eating Disorders
• Complex Trauma Disorder
• Suicide & Crisis Intervention

Among Tina’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University
• Master of Arts in Science in Administration from Central Michigan University
• Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University

Erin Gabehart, M.A., L.P.C.

Authentic, quick to listen, and generous with her support, Erin Gabehart provides a safe and reassuring therapy experience. Once she has established rapport, Erin is extremely perceptive in providing astute and well-grounded explanations for current clinical symptoms. She guides her clients carefully through therapy with poise and compassion. Her clients look forward to their sessions and make excellent progress due to her commitment to their welfare and to her dedication in providing the latest innovations in the counseling world.

Prior to becoming a staff therapist at Gearing Up, Erin worked in a variety of settings including the following: Juvenile Justice Center, Illinois Department of Corrections, The Camelot Schools, Residential Therapist, private practice, clinical supervisor at the Gateway Foundation, and in several positions in the insurance industry.

Erin is dedicated to mastering and presenting the most effective approaches to her clients. She is interested in trauma recovery (both PTSD and Complex Trauma), substance abuse treatment and recovery, marital and relationship issues, child and adolescent issues, and all issues related to adult challenges. She has completed fifty five hours of advanced education in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and works on the DBT team at Gearing Up.

Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (minor in Psychology) from MacMurray University. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a fully accredited Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas.

Specializations and Experience In:
• Child Individual Therapy
• Adolescent Individual Therapy
• Adult Individual Therapy
• Substance Abuse Evaluation & Addiction Counseling
• Family Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Mood Disorders (Depression/Anxiety)
• Addiction Recovery
• 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:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Among Erin’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology from MacMurray
• Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

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 Lewisville. 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)
• 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.

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.

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)—Has Completed an Additional Fifty Five hours of 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

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)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
• 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

Kayla Holguin, M.A., L.P.C.

Thoughtful, well spoken, and compassionate, Kayla Holguin is a marvelous counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults. Skilled in creating a comfortable, non-judgmental atmosphere, Kayla is highly detailed and organized in her approach. Validating and understanding, Kayla is dedicated to the highest quality of client care and works hard to meet and surpass her client’s expectations.

Kayla brings talent and imagination to the task of treatment planning and goal setting while giving her clients hope that their lives can be better and brighter. By engaging her clients in learning invaluable coping skills and more effective strategies, she supports their empowerment and emotional self-control. These important moments in therapy renew their investment in therapy and restore their hope in their future.

Kayla’s expertise comes from years of graduate study at top universities and experience working in clinics, hospitals, and residential treatment centers. She has worked at the prestigious Meridell Achievement Center where she provided direct care in developing problem solving and decision-making skills. She worked in a private counseling center during her internship for her master’s degree. She has worked in a facility providing behavioral intervention for spectrum children and adolescents. She implemented Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to help them manage maladaptive behaviors and social skills.

Kayla has also worked in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) where she provided individual, group and family therapy for patients with dual diagnoses. Her last position was at Dallas Behavioral Hospital where she assessed patients, created treatment plans and discharge plans to assist the physicians in their care of these patients.

After several months of dedicated study, Kayla completed fifty-five hours of advanced education in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Currently, she works directly with Dr. Sylvia Gearing, the DBT Director, in teaching in weekly DBT Skills groups. She participates in the weekly DBT team meetings with Dr. Gearing to review the latest developments in the field.

Specializations and Experience In:
• 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
• Defiant Teens
• Anger Management
• Grief and Loss
• Divorce Grief
• Family Conflict Issues

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Fifty Five Hours of Advanced DBT Training Completed
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
• Marriage and Family Therapy

Among Kayla’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Texas Tech University
• Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

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

Nathalie Martinez 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)
• 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 (in training), Texas Women’s University
• Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas

Rachel McNeil, M.Ed., L.P.C.

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Megan Podlaski, M.A., L.P.A.

With a warm smile and a welcoming presence, Megan Podlaski is a talented and enthusiastic counselor. Validating and sincere, Megan makes therapy a place for collaboration and progress. She holds the elite designation of licensed psychological associate in Texas. Megan has extensive experience in psychological evaluations, intelligence testing, attention deficit disorder evaluations and diagnostic interviews. She is also experienced in treating adults, adolescents and children in individual therapy for a variety of issues in a variety of settings.

Megan effectively treats many conditions including serious and recurrent depression, overwhelming anxiety, complex trauma, acute and chronic stress, and grief and loss. She is currently working with the Gearing Up Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team and offers this highly effective therapy to her clients. Megan has completed fifty-five hours of additional advanced education in DBT. Currently, she co-leads one of the Growing Girl Strong DBT groups with Dr. Sylvia Gearing, the director of the DBT program at Gearing Up.

Megan is a very perceptive therapist who is skilled in offering compassion, accurate perspective, and validation while pushing for change. She focuses on the client’s most pressing challenges while helping them to process and make decisions with a balanced and wise point of view. She is especially capable of focusing on the most effective coping strategies to help the client weather the current stress skillfully. Megan also practices with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Both of these therapy systems are highly effective in treating mood disorders.

Megan graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She completed her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She also completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Texas at Tyler. She holds the prestigious license of Licensed Psychological Associate from the Texas State Board of Psychologists.

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

Specialized Training In:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Fifty Five Hours of Advanced DBT Training Completed
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Among Megan’s many accomplishments are the following:
• Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Valley State University
• Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Michigan School of Professional Psychology
• Masters of Arts from the University of Texas at Tyler
• Licensed Psychological Associate in Texas

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-Has completed sixty one hours of advanced DBT training
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• MBCT 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