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Gretchen Hentsch-Cowles, M.S., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Greta is the clinical director and founder of Hopemead. She completed her Master of Science in Family Therapy at Texas Woman's University and she is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Greta has completed the Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner training and has trained with Peter Levine as well as training with Pia Mellody and John Gottman. She is certified by Bessel van der Kolk in Trauma Stress Studies, and also is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
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. She integrates Pia Mellody's treatment model (Post Induction Therapy) and follows the work of Patrick Carnes, Bessel van der Kolk, Dan Siegel, Steve Hoskinson (Organic Intelligence) and John Bradshaw closely to support her research and therapeutic style in addressing trauma and PTSD related issues.
Greta also specializes in 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.
Sheeza Mohsin, PhD. (C), 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.
Damian McClintock, M.A., (PhD. C), Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
Damian is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern who specializes in Play Therapy and Couple and Family Therapy. He completed his Master’s in Couple and Family Counseling at East Tennessee State University and is currently completing his PhD in Counseling at the University of North Texas where he specializes in Play Therapy and works as an Assistant Director at the Center for Play Therapy.
In his clinical work with children, Damian practices Child-Centered play therapy (CCPT) and was trained by leading therapists, researchers, and authors in CCPT including: Dr. Garry Landreth, Dr. Sue Bratton, and Dr. Dee Ray. In CCPT, Damian uses play and the therapeutic relationship to provide a safe, consistent therapeutic environment in which the child can experience full acceptance, empathy, and understanding from the counselor and process inner experiences and feelings in a developmentally appropriate fashion. The goal of CCPT is to develop the child’s potential to move toward integration and self-enhancing ways of being. CCPT is included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based programs and Practices.
In his work with parents, Damian follows the Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) model created by Dr. Garry Landreth and Dr. Sue Bratton. Through CPRT, Damian works with parents to develop an empathic and loving relationship with their children by teaching them some of the basic child-centered play therapy skills. During session, Damian will teach parents how to respond more effectively to their children’s emotional and behavioral needs in order to: reduce child behavior problems, reduce stress in the parent-child relationship, and increase empathic interactions between parents and children. CPRT is also included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based programs and Practices.
When working with couples, families, and adolescents, Damian maintains a Person-Centered approach informed by other theories of counseling including: Gottman method, Virginia Satir’s Human Validation Process Model, and his training in CCPT and CPRT. Damian works at an emotional level to build a therapeutic relationship of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness. He uses a strength-based approach and emphasizes clear communication, empathic interactions, and the positive potential of every individual. Damian also incorporates expressive art activities and Sandtray therapy into sessions in order to help clients more readily visualize their concerns and communicate them effectively.
As a theme throughout all of his clinical work, Damian emphasizes the healing power of a genuine, empathic, and unconditional relationship.
Supervisor: Leslie Jones, PhD, LPC-S, RPT.
Lori Runge, PhD, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Associate
Lori is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate, and she is trained in Systematic Family Therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Lori completed her doctorate in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University; her research interests continue to be on mindfulness in couples and family therapy. Lori has spent hundreds of hours training and researching mindfulness, she has trained with Jon Kabat Zinn, Shanna Shapiro, as well as Daniel Siegal. Lori’s current research is focused on the mechanisms underlying the positive outcomes of mindfulness in couples and family therapy.
Lori understands that each individual, couple and family have their own unique story. She helps her clients resolve the challenges they face based on their perspective and what they want their outcome to be. Lori uses her training in mindfulness to help her clients begin the process of acceptance and awareness. Once clients begin the process of acceptance and awareness they are better able to understand and explore their options for creating the life they want to live with clarity.
When Lori works with couples dealing with relationship challenges she uses her training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Family Systems Theory and mindfulness (MBSR) to create a comprehensive therapeutic treatment plan focused on the couple’s specific challenges. Lori works in tandem with her clients to ensure that their goals are aligned with the treatment plan to create a positive sustainable shift in their relationship. Lori believes that her clients are the experts in their lives and what she provides is objective guidance for them to uncover their strengths and gifts, enabling them to live their best life.
Lori’s greatest joy is to see her clients stop living in the past or the future and instead choose to embrace the present and live in the moment. She wholeheartedly believes that self-love, awareness, acceptance and forgiveness are keys to living an authentic and joyful life.
Supervisor: Don Zablosky, LMFT-S, LPC-S.
Debbie Simon, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist
Debbie Simon is an E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist. After experiencing a personal crisis, she decided to try yoga. She immediately experienced the peace of mind the practice is so well known for. After a few years, she decided to learn more and has been teaching and studying yoga and yoga therapy for 15 years. She has specialties in trauma sensitive yoga, yoga for cancer, addiction, depression and anxiety. She has studied many styles of yoga, including Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini and mindfulness meditation. She integrates these teachings in a way that is holistic and beneficial for all types of clients, who may be dealing with trauma. The corner stone of her teaching philosophy is based on the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, a collection of 196 sutras on the theory and practice of yoga which defined yoga as “the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind.” She believes the therapeutic aspect of yoga must include all 8 limbs of yoga (as found in the Sutras) personal self-care, community care, physical practice, pranayama, (breathing exercises), drawing the senses inward, concentration, mediation and union. Her belief is that anyone can do yoga and that yoga in and of itself is therapeutic when properly taught and practiced. She uses teachings form the Yoga Sutras, energy work inspired by the chakras and the koshas. she integrates these teachings into an individualized yoga therapy session that meets the needs of each client.
She co-led a mindfulness meditation study for Medical center Lewisville, studying the benefits of mindfulness meditation for those under hospital care. Meditation has been repeatedly shown to help ease depression and anxiety. She was the President of Yoga Bridge, a non-profit Yoga for Caner organization dedicated to bringing yoga and meditation to those in treatment for cancer. Debbie is also a presenter of Yoga for Cancer for Breathing Deeply Yoga therapy school based in New York. She is continuing her studies with Breathing Deeply through an 871-hour advanced yoga therapy program. But at her heart she believes yoga is a simple practice and is for any and everyone- the breathing, the quieting of the mind and stillness can bring peace and well-being to all.
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.
Angela Dooley, Office Manager
Angie brings years of expertise and experience in medical practice management to Hopemead, where she strives everyday to make our clients' needs a priority with respect and care.
Angie handles the day to day management of the practice and is now studying towards her professional Social Worker licensure.