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Enduring Families Staff

Every psychotherapist has an active mental health license to practice in the state of Texas. Brief bios and copies of credentials are available below. Additionally, all of our staff receives 15 hours of training on Technology-Assisted Counseling in accordance with best practices recommended by TexLa.

Our Team

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Juana E. Garcia, Ph.D., MS. LMFT

Veteran Services Counselor

Dr. Juana Elida Garcia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas. Juana holds a master’s and Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Women’s University. Juana’s career included working for the Ross Institute for Trauma at University Behavioral Health (UBH) and volunteer work at Immaculate Conception Church where she served immigrant families from Mexico, Central, and South America. Juana currently conducts therapy, from a systemic approach, with Veterans and their families via tele-mental health and in-person services. Juana is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and trained in psychodrama, play therapy, and sand tray. Juana has military family members and is dedicated to helping the veteran population deal with traumatic experiences.   

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Folashade Williams, MS, LMFT Associate

Veteran Services Counselor

Folashade is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Texas. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree, with a minor in Human Development, from Howard University (Washington, D.C.). Following her undergraduate studies, Folashade obtained her Master of Science in Counseling degree from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). Folashade is currently under clinical supervision to become independently licensed in the state of Texas. During TeleMental Health sessions, Folashade uses Client-Centered Therapy to build a therapeutic relationship with her clients, Bowenian Family Therapy, and other interventions tailored to each client’s presenting concerns. She is passionate about helping children, adults, couples, and families understand how trauma can be multigenerational and seeks to change faulty patterns into healthy behaviors and relationships. In the future, she hopes to be EMDR and Play Therapy trained with a certification in Sex Therapy. Folashade has a host of family and friends that are veterans of the military to include her grandfather, Wesley Ellis Jr. , who was a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

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Kim Powell, Ph.D., LPC-S

Veteran Services Counselor

Dr. Kim Powell is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the State of Texas. Kim has a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University in Family Therapy and a master’s degree from West Texas A&M. Kim has counseled children and families in public schools as a Certified School Counselor and an intervention counselor. Kim first became interested in treating individuals with trauma when she counseled survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at Denton Country Friends of the Family. Kim has training and experience treating individuals with the evidence-based trauma treatments of Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Kim’s father was in the military and served in the Korean Conflict. Kim is honored to help veterans with their traumatic experiences and to live their best lives.

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Mary Elizabeth Arena, DPC, MAMH, LPC

Veteran Services Counselor

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Arena is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Mary holds a Master’s in Mental Health from Saint Mary’s University and a DPC (Doctor in Professional Counseling) from Mississippi College. Mary’s career includes working for Catholic Charities, serving Hispanic refugees, and volunteer work at Saint Francis Church where she served immigrant families from Mexico, Central, and South America. Mary became interested in treating individuals with trauma when she counseled domestic violence survivors at Denton County Friends of the Family. Mary is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and in Play therapy. Mary has been certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) and DBT (dialectic behavioral therapy). Mary also completed the training to become a life coaching with orientation in treating children and adults with ADHD. Mary’s future goals are to become certified in EMDR and Play therapy. Mary has military family members and is dedicated to helping the veteran population deal with traumatic experiences.

Contact Us

To get started, please call our veterans department intake coordinator at 817-332-6329 or toll free at 1-877-332-6329.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to promote wellness and recovery from alcohol, addiction and mental health issues.

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Michele Donahue, MS, LPC

Veteran Services Counselor

Credentials

Michele is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University. Michele has experience working in Mental Health private practices around the DFW area serving many different populations. Michele uses a trauma-based approach to helping clients heal and develop resilience to cope with the challenges of life. She believes in a whole-body approach to therapy and the impact that trauma has on both the mental and physical health of clients. She is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and utilizes Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and other interventions to enhance each client’s strengths and resilience. Michele’s goals for the future are to be certified in EMDR, EFT, and Child Centered Play Therapy. Michele has several family members who are veterans and is dedicated to helping the veteran population achieve their goals of health and well-being.

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Cassandra Donahue, MS, LPC, LMFT

Veteran Services Counselor

Cassandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She obtained a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University. Cassandra has experience working in Mental Health hospitals and Residential Treatment Centers around the DFW area serving many different populations. Cassandra uses a trauma-based approach to helping clients heal and develop resilience to cope with the challenges of life. She believes in a whole-body approach to therapy and the impact that trauma has on both the mental and physical health of clients. She is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and utilizes Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and other interventions to enhance each client’s strengths and resilience. Cassandra’s goals for the future are to be certified in EMDR and EFT. Cassandra has several family members who are veterans and is dedicated to helping the veteran population achieve their goals of health and well-being.

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Ana P. Rodriguez

Veteran Services Intake Coordinator

Ana’s current position at Recovery Resource Council is as a Veteran Services Intake Coordinator and Navigator. Ana’s job is to complete an intake, interview, and place clients for counseling and facilitate any other type of help-related services and/or resources, either from Non-Profit Partners or from the community agencies or throughout the metroplex. Ana has worked for Denton Independent School District for 10 years as a Co-teacher, Special Education Inclusion, and paraprofessional and translated into Spanish to help students master subject content. Ana has experience translating Spanish for all ARD’s and IEP meetings at the Elementary and Middle School levels. Ana has worked for the Los Angeles County University Southern California Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Premature clinic under one umbrella.  Ana’s responsibilities were to do research, and case management, for the families and translate into Spanish to advocate for families in need who had premature or special needs children. 

Ana’s passion has always been to help people, be informed, get involved, and update her resources to be ready and available. 

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Mayra Berrios

Veteran Services Intake Coordinator

Mayra’s current position at Recovery Resource Council is Bilingual Veteran Services Intake Coordinator and Navigator. Mayra supports the mental and emotional well-being of veterans and their family members by scheduling and completing intakes, interviews, and places clients for counseling, and facilitates any other type of help-related services and/or resources. Mayra served as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy, while stationed overseas she served as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman. While stateside Mayra served as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Since discharge from the Navy, Mayra has worked with survivors of domestic violence and volunteered as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate within Tarrant County. Mayra hopes to break the negative stereotypes and prejudice associated with mental illness and encourage veterans to seek help through counseling.    

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April Eastman, MS, LMFT 

Clinical Director of Veteran Services

April Eastman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas.  April holds a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Family Studies.  April’s career includes working in Mental Health hospitals and different advocacy centers around Tarrant County serving many different populations.  April believes that the therapeutic environment and counselor/client relationship should foster an individual, family, or child’s freedom of expression and openness to be oneself.  April strives to connect with every client with absolute positive regard.  April’s main goals as Veterans Mental Health Director is to support in bridging the gap that exists between Veterans Mental Health needs and supportive qualified professionals. April has several family members who are veterans including her grandfather, cousins, and uncles.

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Casey Gutierrez, Ph.D., LPC

Deputy Director of Veteran Services

Casey is a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. He is a Bronze Star Medal recipient who completed three deployments in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After the military, he was awarded a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology degree from Tarleton State University and a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Casey is a trained clinician in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He wholeheartedly believes in the mission of Recovery Resource Council, in supporting staff, and in providing the best possible evidence-based services to enable clients in their pursuit for betterment.

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Veteran Services Counselor

Credentials

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