Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider
Licensed Deregistration Specialist EMDR Provider,
Certified Family Trauma Professional
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Sex Trafficking/Instructor
Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons has been in private practice since 2000. She holds a PhD in Family Therapy, a Master of Education in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in family systems and child/adolescent development, and Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. Dr. Thurston- Simmons holds three licenses: She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and a Licensed Deregistration Specialist. She is a trauma expert, trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) with specializations in Feeling State Addiction and Migraine/Headache protocols. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is both a Certified Hypnotherapist and certified EFT therapist for a variety of issues, including specialized training for chronic pain and cancer care. She is also a Certified Family Trauma Professional and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Sex Trafficking. Together with her husband, Brian Simmons, she cowrote and instructs the only certification training course of it's kind available on human sex trafficking, training professionals & paraprofessionals both domestically and internationally. Dr. Thurston-Simmons works in private practice and designs programs and training for various community agencies, including hospital child/adolescent dual diagnosis treatment, sexual abuse, sexual addictions, and sex offender treatment. She has served as Clinical Director and Director of Outpatient Services for both psychiatric in-patient and day (PHP/IOP) hospitals. She also provides psychosexual evaluations for pretrial and post-conviction cases as well as provides expert court testimony in criminal and civil courts. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is certified in the TOVA to assess ADHD, in the PCL-R to assess psychopathy, and in sex offender risk assessments. Serving as both Clinical Director and Director of Outpatient Services for psychiatric hospitals, she has experience in directing, developing, managing, and supervising in-patient psychiatric programs, day (PHP/IOP) hospital programs, outpatient clinics, staffs of therapists, therapist-interns, medical technicians, nurses, and psychiatrists. Dr. Thurston-Simmons enjoys treating a variety of therapeutic issues for a number of specialties, including: Marriage & family issues, trauma, abuse, grief & loss, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, self-injury, parenting skills, divorce care, premarital counseling, infidelity, pornography, sexual issues, spirituality, sexual abuse, sexual offending, and sexual addiction. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is an advocate for victim safety and victim rights and is frequently providing professional consultation and community education through public speaking in workshops, conferences, expert witness court testimony, and other public speaking engagements. She is an avid supporter and advocate on task forces for ceasing Human Sex Trafficking, has served as Treasurer for Texas-ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders), is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, is a member of the Northeast Tarrant County Mental Health Professionals Association (NTMHP), and has served on the Board of the Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council/TSCAAC, Treatment Planning subcommittee, and is on the Advisory Board for Arizona Trauma Institute/Trauma International Institute. In addition to working domestically, Dr. Thurston-Simmons and her husband, Brian Simmons, work internationally and have traveled to Iraq assisting the rescue and trauma programs of sex trafficking victims/family refugees as well as developing a child soldier restoration program. She has deigned a Sex Buyer First Offender/John rehabilitation program utilized by organizations interested in eradicating human sex trafficking. Dr. Thurston-Simmons and her husband, Brian Simmons, also provide trauma trainings and support for First Responders and families and have a passion for treating the traumas that First Responders experience. Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Individual
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Family
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Sex Trafficking/Instructor
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Brian Simmons is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas specializing in stress & trauma related disorders. Brian currently co-owns a counseling practice and a consulting business with his wife in Southlake, Texas. One area of primary focus is first responders, and first responder related stress. Brian holds three trauma certifications and is considered an expert in the field of trauma. Brian and his wife have three training courses: Sex Trafficking and Sex Industry Exploitation (Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist), Neurophysiology and The Stress Response, Mental Health Needs of Law Enforcement. These training courses have collectively been used to train mental health professionals and para-professionals across the US and in multiple nations worldwide. Brian also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Arizona Trauma Institute. Brian and his wife have and continue to train first responders across the State of Texas in partnership with the First Responder Mental Health Alliance. Mr. Simmons has spent much of his time working in the field of survivor recovery from human sex trafficking. Brian currently serves as the Executive Director of an anti-human trafficking start up investigations company. Since 2016, Brian has also worked in varying capacities with four other non-profits in the battle against sex slavery: 2019-Present (Advisory Board Member for SWAT League); 2019-2020 (Director of Operations for Express Missions International); 2016-2017 (Director of Clinical Care for Valiant Hearts); 2017-2019 (assisting an NGO that focused on rescuing women and children from ISIL controlled territory in Iraq & from Boko Haram in Africa). Prior to receiving his counseling license in 2010 Brian obtained a Texas Peace Officer License in 2001 and served as a full-time law enforcement officer. First with the Dallas Police Department and then with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. During his law enforcement career Brian obtained the following specialized training: Special Weapons and Tactics, Hostage Negotiations, Mental Health Peace Officer, Field Training Officer, TCOLE Instructor, Forensic Hypnosis, and earned a Master Peace Officer Certification. Brian received his Master’s in Counseling from Amberton University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Simmons completed his counseling practicum hours @ Burning Tree Ranch, a residential dual diagnosis substance abuse rehabilitation treatment center specializing in treating prior treatment relapse cases. He also interned at the North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center providing remote stabilization and crisis counseling. Brian aslo obtained post-graduate through Safe Haven of Tarrant County facilitating Batterer Intervention Prevention Program (BIPP) groups and conducting program intake assessments. Mr. Simmons is a Certified Hypotherapist, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) provider, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner. Mr. Simmons also utilizes specialized EMDR training in Feeling State Addiction Protocol and Migraine Pain Reduction protocol's in his treatment. Overall Brian utilizes a mind/body based treatment approach that combines relevant talk therapy modalities, psychoeducation, mindfulness and somatic stabilization techniques, with Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) and Trauma Informed treatment techniques to address client's presenting symptoms and achieve their treatment goals.
Nancy Nilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Southwest Texas State University and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from The King’s University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She is EMDR-Advanced trained. Ms. Nilson acquired a variety of practicum training and experience at several locations, including: New Solutions Counseling, PLLC, where she is trained in various trauma & stress-related disorders, anxiety, depression, self-injury, suicidality, ADHD, relationship issues, addictions, personality disorder spectrum, child/adolescent therapy, parenting skills, marital/couples issues, divorce care, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, & sexual offending. Ms Nilson has worked with The Keller Counseling Initiative counseling children from Keller ISD elementary, middle, and high schools with various clinical disorders such as, anxiety, mood disorders, suicidality/self-injury, anger management, grief & loss, parenting skills, divorce care, and ADHD. Ms. Nilson also works at The Sante Center for Healing where she educates families on a myriad of addictions, recovery, boundaries, relationship skills, conflict resolution, and family systems dynamics for stabilization and recovery. Ms. Nilson has also worked as a middle and high school special education teacher for several years, and subsequently owned her own photography business for 16 years while working with families, children and teens including working with a non-profit organization with teens for 11 years. She has gained experience working in rehabilitation, private practice, and non-profit settings with a wide variety of populations. Ms. Nilson enjoys treating a variety of clinical areas, including: trauma, abuse, at risk youth, family/marital relationships, depression, anxiety, and addictions. Her passion is in healing trauma as well as working with at-risk youth and providing marital/couples' therapy.
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist - Individual
Jason Allen is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of Texas focusing on trauma counseling, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and marriage/family relationships. He has several professional certifications and has worked with clients in multiple practices throughout the state of Texas. As a trained counselor and former member of law enforcement/military, Allen brings a unique mixture of high-quality professional training and real-life experience to the practice. Extensive previous experience in high-stress, life-or-death situations has allowed Allen to gain insight into the trauma and grief that many people have experienced, but few have processed in a healthy way. Allen is also extensively trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective technique that allows trauma survivors to process repressed events in a healthy way and move forward in their lives. Allen received a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from LeTourneau University, as well as a Master of Arts in Human Counseling degree with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. He uses a Salutagenic approach to treatment along with psychoeducation, and empirically validated treatment modals to assist client’s in addressing presiding issues and helping clients achieve their treatment goals. Allen has a passion for helping his clients break free from mental and emotional struggles that hold them back from building strong relationships and experiencing a joyful life. In addition to treating other often experienced conditions Jason specializes in working with first responders, military personnel, veterans, and their families who are experiencing difficulty due to traumatic experiences. Allen served in the military for more than a decade and was deployed to the Middle East two times. He returned to the States and worked in the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department in Las Cruces, NM for years. During his time as a police officer, Allen noted that many situations he encountered could have been avoided if those involved had pursued alternative measures such as therapy and counseling; this included both problems within the home and the aftereffects of experiencing traumatic events. It was during his service that Allen realized his true calling as a counselor. He moved beyond protecting the people in his community and began instead to walk alongside them through the healing process. Allen believes that everyone, regardless of their past experiences or present turmoil, can find purpose and have a vibrant, full life going forward. Allen’s overarching approach to treatment involves an integrative approach utilizing a variety of approaches based on the needs of the individual client.
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