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Gretchen Hentsch-Cowles, M.S., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Greta is the director and founder of Hopemead. She completed her Master of Science in Family Therapy at Texas Woman's University. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Greta has completed the Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner training, trained with Pia Mellody and John Gottman, and is certified by Bessel van der Kolk in Trauma Stress Studies.
Greta specializes in working with families, individuals, and couples facing PTSD and trauma, childhood and adult abuse, betrayal trauma, medical trauma, somatic disorders, chronic pain, various phobias, such as a fear of flying, developmental trauma, codependency, aging, financial issues, co-addiction, and compulsive behaviors. Greta's treatment approach is fundamentally rooted in Family Systems Therapy, whereby each member of the family is considered to play a role in the emotional, behavioral, and relational patterns within the family system. This approach allows for every member of the family to make changes and heal, never identifying a single member as the scapegoat or "identified patient". She integrates Pia Mellody's treatment model (Post Induction Therapy) and follows the work of Patrick Carnes, Bessel van der Kolk, Dan Siegel, and John Bradshaw closely to support her research and therapeutic style in addressing trauma and PTSD related issues.
Greta also specializes on working with individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) through various accidents or sport activities. If untreated, the effects of concussions and TBIs can leave individuals feeling fatigued, confused, stuck, and frustrated that they have not been able to return to normal activities or cannot handle work as before. Sleep and physical issues can occur, and a lack of clarity in mental focus, a "foggy" brain, usually prevents individuals from returning to their usual activities. Somatic Experiencing® can help with restoring the nervous system to a more balanced state, and discharge the lingering effects of the traumatic event surrounding the concussion.
Greta's treatment approaches are guided by her personal experiences and understanding of recovery as well as her theoretical and clinical training. As a result of her own personal growth in recovery, Greta is compassionate and understanding all the while capable of challenging and coaching her clients in their recovery. Families and/or couples naturally become stuck, frustrated, or experience events that are destabilizing and painful. These life experiences are opportunities for individual and relational growth and healing. Problems can be effectively addressed when an integrated approach to therapy is adopted. Her therapeutic approach explores the emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and somatic systems, wherein unresolved past issues reside and may often cause present life problems.
Greta has published in the Journal for Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (A Systemic Review of the Literature on the Role of the Partner of the Sex Addict, Treatment Models, and a Call for Research for Systems Theory Model in Treating the Partner), and has contributed to the Italian journal www.65perricominciare.it on depression and self-worth.
Greta has also most recently published a novel, Velda Bryson: Disruptor.
Bilingual in French and English.
Rick Gordon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CSAT, EMDR
Rick is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in the state of Texas. He has been working as a therapist in both Pennsylvania and Texas for over 25 years. He has spent most of his career working with both individual and families struggling with trauma and addictive disorders. He is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, and is trained in EMDR both level I and level II. He Master of Social Work from BrynMawr Graduate School in clinical social work. He spent 1-1/2 years of post-graduate training in Structural Family therapy at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Center in center city Philadelphia.
Rick’s passion is working with people struggling with all addictive disorders and their families. Trauma so often accompanies addictive disorders and Rick believes that unless the under lying trauma can be explored and resolved recovery from addiction is almost impossible. His training in EMDR, a specific method for trauma has made even the most difficult issues resolved.
Rick has a gentle empathic approach that helps his clients feel safe, protected and most importantly understood. Addiction impacts all family members and Rick’s ability to get family members engaged in the therapeutic and recovery process allows each family member to go through their healing process.
Rick has been trained by and incorporates the work by some of the best internationally known leaders in the field of addiction, trauma, and codependency. Names like Dr. Patrick J Carnes, Dr. Stephanie Carnes, John Bradshaw, Pia Mellody, Dr. Susan Johnson and Dr. John Gottman.
Rick’s personal journey through recovery allows clients sense of ease. They know that he truly does understand the bumps and setbacks that can be part of one’s recovery story. Individual, couples, family, group work and strong spiritual connections are all necessary as one embarks on their personal recovery story.
Sheeza Mohsin Dhanani, M.S., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Sheeza is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Associate training in Systemic Family Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples and Families. She has completed her Master’s in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University and is working on her PhD in the same discipline focusing on Couples and Families and a variety of relational issues.
Sheeza looks at couples & families at a broader spectrum using Family Systems Therapy, which evaluates the entire family as a contributor to the situation. The idea behind this approach is that each member of the family impacts other members, whether they are aware of it or not. Relational patterns can be inherited or traced from one generation to another.
In her treatment approach with couples, Sheeza utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is based on Susan Johnson’s explicit conceptualization of marital distress and adult love, supported by extensive research on marital distress and adult attachment. Sheeza works compassionately with couples to help them create a shift in their interactional positions and initiate new cycles of interaction, so a secure bond between couples can be created and strengthened. This helps foster romantic and sexual intimacy with couples of various cultures, faiths and ethnicities alike.
Sheeza specializes in high conflict couples, blended families, divorce, depression, self-esteem, infidelity, compulsive behaviors as well as Multi-faith and Multicultural families. She utilizes a Strategic, Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Approach in an effective and results oriented therapeutic treatment plan that is designed for the client to exit therapy empowered with tools to help him or herself.
When working with adult romantic relationships Sheeza primarily utilizes Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) where her Externship training was led by Susan Johnson, the creator of the model. EFT views couples distress in terms of negative cycles and injuries that make secure bonding impossible and uses experiential learning that is divided into steps and stages to help couples in romantic love relationships drastically improve their relationships.
For her dual career couples and Executive clients, Sheeza utilizes Lominger Voices 360 Coaching and Leadership Architect for competency building while using EFT for connecting couples in their intimacy and relational challenges. Sheeza is certified in the Jungian Myers-Briggs tool which helps her develop her clients Leadership strengths and Emotional Intelligence as they progress in their careers, while keeping their personal and romantic relationships healthy and connected.
Supervisor: Don Zablosky, LMFT-S, LPC-S.
Skila Ramirez, RYT 500, Yoga Therapist
Skila Ramirez is a 500-ERYT, Yoga Therapist. Skila’s in-depth studies of special populations, the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and psychosomatic illnesses has been used in the development of yoga school curriculums and therapy programs around the world.
She has studied many styles of yoga and energy work, and she integrates these and various modalities of healing into each individual customized program. Her therapeutic approach with the application of yoga’s physical and energetic concepts is recognized and used in hospitals and cancer treatment centers in the Dallas and Ft. Worth metropolis. Her endorsements include Women’s Special Services Division of The Medical Center of Plano, Wellness Guide & Yoga Therapist for Methodist Health Systems, Prenatal Yoga Specialist for Medical City Dallas, City of Plano Parks & Recreation Senior Center Specialty Instructor, and Pranaa Ayurveda Spa & Yoga Studio – Yoga Therapist, Recovery Yoga (PTSD) & Prenatal advisor.
Skila's specialties include the use of yoga’s physical, philosophical, and energetic philosophies for pain and stress management. She’s actively studied yoga since 2002, and after practicing for several years and studying with many reputable leaders in the field, she decided to become a certified yoga teacher in 2005. Since then, she’s focused on sharing the practical application and integration of yoga into a Western lifestyle for those who would like to lead a healthier and more holistic life.
DeAnna Shires, M. Ed., RYT 500
DeAnna is a Certified Hatha Yoga teacher with specializations in Yoga for Beginners, Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Therapeutics, Ayurveda, and Yoga for Recovery and Emotional Healing. Since beginning her personal yoga journey in 1993, DeAnna has been blessed to have studied with a plethora of wonderful teachers from around the world, most influential being Karen Prior, E-RYT 500 of N2Yoga for Hatha & Therapeutics, Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) in the areas of Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda, Anodea Judith for the Subtle Body/Chakra System, and Jill Kline for Reiki. DeAnna is the Director and Author of the Breathe Into Awareness Teacher Training programs at the 200 Hour Level and Co-Author, along with Jan Guinn E-RYT 500 at the 500 Hour Level. In addition to yoga related services, DeAnna is a Life Coach trained through the Gardner Institute, offering Mindset for Success and Core Coaching with a Neuroscience approach.
Taylor Zebrosky, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor, LCDC
Taylor Zebrosky is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Taylor also is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDC-I), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is trained in EMDR therapy. Taylor has a Bachelors of Art in Psychology, and a Master’s of Science in Counseling, both from the University of North Texas. Taylor’s specialization includes Clinical Mental Health Counseling for adults with a focus in couples therapy and addiction counseling. Taylor completed her internship experience at an addictions treatment facility working with clients in inpatient treatment for substance and process addictions.
Taylor wholeheartedly believes in the importance of healthy relationships, not only with those we love, but with ourselves. She is passionate about helping individuals and couples build healthy coping strategies, effective communication skills, and identify and pursue personal growth. She believes we all have areas for growth and she works collaboratively with the client using effective counseling techniques to dispute faulty beliefs that are hindering ability for growth, happiness, and success.
Taylor is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honor Society).
Taylor specializes in work with adults and couples. Taylor’s experience includes but is not limited to, individuals with process and substance addictions, depression, anxiety, anger, career development, couples therapy, relationship abuse, shame, and trauma.