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KATE STARK, PHD
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Founder and Owner of PEACE Psychology Center
After many years of training and work experience, I am excited to finally be settled at PEACE Psychology Center to provide therapy and assessment to children, adolescents, and young adults. I have been a licensed psychologist in Colorado and Texas and have worked in various settings including school districts, hospital, community mental health, private practice, and as an instructor at TCU. I obtained my B.S. from Texas A&M University, followed by a M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. I completed my predoctoral internship at Lewisville ISD and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado in the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Unit.
When providing therapy, I strive to help clients identify strengths and needs, increase positive skills, improve relationships, and increase self-acceptance and self-compassion. I most often utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and exposure with response prevention. My therapeutic style is strengths-based, collaborative, and compassionate. I also make a point to integrate humor and practice skills through games when appropriate.
My specialty niche includes ADHD, autism, depression or anxiety in children and adolescents (including social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety). I also have training and experience in assessment of dyslexia and learning disabilities. I have been grateful to receive training in school psychology and family therapy, which allows me to focus on the child's system in addition to individual concerns. When providing psychological evaluations, I focus on meaningful and tailored recommendations for home and school.
I have an interest in gender differences in experienced and observed symptoms as well as gender-bias in diagnoses, particularly for ADHD and Autism.
I also enjoy writing in my spare time and wrote the children's book, "Enjoy the Ride!: A Book to Help Understand and Cope with Feelings", which is best suited for children ages 5 to 11.
JANE JOOSTE, PHD
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am a licensed psychologist, a licensed specialist in school psychology, and a licensed professional counselor. Originally from the UK, I began my career in mental health as a counseling psychologist in South Africa 25 years ago, gaining deep appreciation for multicultural perspectives and integrating a variety of sound therapeutic techniques to collaboratively support my clients. After completing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas in 2007 and working in Lewisville ISD for 12 years, I am excited to have joined Dr. Stark at PEACE Psychology to continue to assist families in the DFW area.
I recognize that during these uncertain and stressful times, both children and adults are struggling to deal with layer upon layer of loss: This may include disruption of routines and learning, fewer social contacts with extended family and friends, illness/ death of loved ones, a general climate of mistrust within our communities, and the inability to celebrate basic developmental milestones like birthdays, graduations and traditional holidays in expected ways. I would be privileged to work with you to understand your child’s unique needs and come up with some practical strategies to move towards feelings of greater success. My therapeutic style is to focus on building a sound supportive relationship with my clients. While empathizing with their challenges, I encourage them to explore and draw upon their underlying strengths. I consider parents to be the expert on their children and endeavor to keep them in the loop as much as possible throughout the therapeutic process.
My passions include play therapy, helping caregivers reframe problem behaviors and collaboratively coming up with more effective strategies for relating to their child, tweaking study skills to improve executive functioning, and facilitating improved social skills through fun small group activities. I am recognized within Texas as a Board-Approved LPC Supervisor and I enjoy mentoring the next generation of mental-health care providers.
WILBETH LUGO-MORALES, PHD
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology. I obtained a B.A. in psychology from The University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus and a Ph.D. in school psychology from The University of Iowa. I am a native Spanish speaker originally from Moca, Puerto Rico. I moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2018 to complete my predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the Lewisville Independent School District. I have a passion for serving children, adolescents, and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. I strive to be a culturally responsive psychologist who can guide clients in their journey in an open and non-judgmental way. As a Latina, I understand and respect the important cultural differences in values and family dynamics. I have several years of experience conducting psychoeducational evaluations in the school setting to identify various diagnoses, such as autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety. I am skilled at working individually with children experiencing emotional or academic challenges. One of the most satisfying aspects of my profession is accompanying parents and guardians in their journey of understanding their child’s strengths and needs and guiding them to find culturally-appropriate resources for children in their community. I enjoy developing and conducting social skills and support groups for children and adolescents to face everyday life challenges. I believe that every child can learn with the appropriate supports in place. I integrate different therapeutic modalities in counseling based on the client’s unique needs and experiences. For example, I use culturally-informed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Play Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. It is my goal to help children and their families feel comfortable sharing their concerns in a way that feels more natural for them. I respect the courage it takes for many families to open up and seek professional help for their children.
Soy psicóloga licenciada y especialista licenciada en psicología escolar bilingüe (español/inglés). Obtuve un bachillerato (B.A.) en psicología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez y un doctorado (Ph.D.) en psicología escolar de La Universidad de Iowa (The University of Iowa). Español es mi primer idioma; nací en Moca, Puerto Rico (un pueblo pequeño al oeste de la isla). Me mudé al área de Dallas-Forth Worth en el 2018 para completar mi internado predoctoral y mi entrenamiento postdoctoral con el Distrito Escolar de Lewisville (Lewisville Independent School District). Me apasiona trabajar con niños, adolescentes y familias cultural y lingüísticamente diversas. Me esfuerzo por ser una psicóloga que guía a sus clientes de manera abierta y sin emitir juicio sobre su travesía. Como Latina, entiendo y respeto las diferencias culturales y la importancia de los valores y dinámicas familiares. Tengo varios años de experiencia llevando a cabo evaluaciones psicoeducativas en escuelas para identificar varios diagnósticos, tales como autismo, déficit de atención e hiperactividad, depresión y ansiedad. También tengo amplia experiencia trabajando individualmente con niños que enfrentan retos emocionales o académicos. Uno de los aspectos más satisfactorios de mi profesión es acompañar a padres, madres, y/o cuidadores en su travesía para entender las fortalezas y necesidades de sus hijos y ayudarles a encontrar recursos culturalmente apropiados en su comunidad. Disfruto organizar y facilitar grupos para el desarrollo de habilidades sociales y de apoyo para que niños y adolescentes puedan enfrentar los retos de su vida. Creo que todos los niños pueden aprender cuando se tiene el apoyo adecuado. Uso diferentes modalidades terapéuticas basadas en las necesidades y experiencias únicas de mis clientes. Por ejemplo, uso Terapia Cognitiva Conductual (considerando aspectos culturales), Terapia Breve Centrada en Soluciones, Terapia de Juego, y Terapia Narrativa. Mi meta es ayudar a niños y sus familiares a sentirse cómodos compartiendo sus preocupaciones de la manera que sea más natural para ellos. Respeto la valentía que conlleva buscar ayuda profesional para sus hijos.
RYAN HOLT, PHD
Ryan Holt, PhD holds an active Texas license as a psychologist, although he is currently working as a school psychologist in the Inland Empire of Southern California. His Texas license allows him to provide virtual telehealth services to individuals in the state of Texas. He earned a M.A. in experimental psychology at California State University, San Bernadino, and a PhD in psychology at University of Rhode Island. He completed an APA internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Lewisville Independent School District. He currently specializes in conducting special education evaluations for children and adolescents. He has experience providing individual and group therapy for school aged children as well as family therapy. He became interested in the clinical utility of games for developing social skills during his graduate programming. Dr. Holt will be joining PEACE Psychology Center for the summer in providing a virtual social skills group with a gaming component.