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Dr. Kate Stark, PhD
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Not accepting new therapy clients at this time, evaluations being scheduled about 4 months out.
I'm a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology with a dedication to normalizing and increasing understanding of mental health and neurodiversity. I have 17 years combined training and work experience in the fields of education and mental health. When providing therapy, I strive to help clients set short and long-term goals, identify strengths and values, increase positive coping and/or communication 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 collaborative. My specialty niche includes anxiety (including social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety), ADHD, autism, and depression. I also have training and experience in evaluations for dyslexia and other learning disabilities. When providing psychological or psychoeducational evaluations, I focus on meaningful and tailored recommendations for home and school.
Training Background: I obtained my B.S. from Texas A&M University (Special Education and Psychology), followed by a M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin (School Psychology with emphasis in child clinical psychology, family therapy, and neuropsychological assessment). I completed my predoctoral internship at Lewisville ISD and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado in the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Unit. I have been a licensed psychologist and school psychologist in Colorado and Texas and have worked in various settings including hospital, school districts, community mental health, private practice, and as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University.
Therapy Age Range: 10 and up
Evaluation Age Range: 2 and up
Founder and Owner of PEACE Psychology Center
Kim Libby, MEd, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) originally from Florida and more recently from Austin, TX. I have extensive experience as a middle and high school teacher, special education teacher, coach, and school counselor. I also have experience working in inpatient settings and substance abuse recovery settings. I received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida and a Master's in Educational Psychology (Counselor Education) from the University of Texas at Austin.
When providing therapy, I believe in a client-centered approach focusing on building self esteem, resiliency, distress tolerance, and brain-body integration. The modalities that I most commonly use are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB).
Finding the right therapist for you or a loved one can be tough. I'm here to provide a safe, non-judgmental space to help others improve their relationships with themselves and the world around them. I think it's important to spend time getting to know my clients and making our time together more of a conversation as opposed to an interrogative session.
I think therapy is about helping an individual understand the actions and choices they have so they can make changes that are right for them. I think everyone can benefit from therapy, regardless of their current situation or troubles. I became inspired to be a therapist by the positive effect it's had on my own life. We could all use an outside and unbiased perspective on our lives in order to see what's really in front of us and help us lead the lives we want.
BCBS, United Healthcare/Optum, or out-of-network
Age Range: 13 and up
Dr. 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 PEACE Psychology Center 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.
Rebecca Dolan, LMSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), born and raised in Texas. I graduated with my master's degree in Social Work in 2021 and have been working with children for over 7 years in various settings.
My passion is utilizing Child-Centered Play Therapy with children ages 3-10 who are struggling but feel uncomfortable talking about, or are unable to talk about, their emotions or experiences. Play therapy can give your child the freedom and space to process these things at their own pace while in the safe environment of a playroom with a trained therapist. This type of therapy can help with issues such as anxiety, defiance, trauma, attachment, and more. When a child is able to use their primary language of play, there is hope for healing and growth. In addition, I specialize in helping children and teens overcome OCD. I want to help your child break free from obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that are weighing them down and holding them back. I use the gold standard treatment for OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) combined with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Your child is so much more than a diagnosis or a list of symptoms. I aim to see the child as a whole, especially their strengths. My goal is to provide unconditional support while helping your child achieve their full potential.
I am currently under the clinical supervision of Kierra Lloyd, LCSW-S, RPT, until I reach the 3000 hour requirement to receive my independent (LCSW) license.
Out-of-network, at a reduced rate
Availability: Only accepting play therapy clients at this time
Age Range: 3-10 for play therapy, or children and adolescent clients struggling with OCD
Dr. 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.
Evaluation Age Range: 2-18
Dr. Rosie Staal, PsyD
Rosie Staal, PsyD is a warm and caring clinical psychologist who specializes in providing psychotherapy,
psychological assessment, and consultation services. She has been trained to use cognitive-behavioral
therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal therapy to help individuals improve their
overall emotional well-being. Dr. Staal has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in
inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings.
In clinical practice, Dr. Staal focuses on delivering evidence-based treatments, and she is skilled in
working with individuals who are diagnosed with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral concerns
including ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, depression, anxiety, as well as those
experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties. She particularly excels at making a differential
diagnosis in cases where there is diagnostic uncertainty. Dr. Staal is also available to provide training
and consultation services.
Dr. Staal earned her Doctorate in Psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and she is a
Licensed Psychologist in Texas. She is the author of the DM-ID 2 Workbook, which is a tool that assists
mental health providers to make an accurate mental health diagnosis in individuals with an intellectual
disability. She has presented at professional conferences and is the recipient of the American
Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Psychology Division Research Award.
Dr. 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 provides intermittent virtual social skills group with a gaming component.
Carrie Babcock, SSP, LSSP
Educational Consultant and Advocate
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Carrie Babcock has years of experience working as a licensed specialist in school psychology. During her time as a school psychologist, she was involved in performing evaluations to identify and recommend special education eligibility for children and adolescents with various needs. Her role also involved working as a part of a multidisciplinary team and communicating with systems such as the child's family and school staff. She is now working as an advocate and is passionate about creating a collaborative working relationship to help parents communicate with the school, to understand their child's 504 plan or IEP, and to advocate for relevant services or accommodations. She takes a collaborative and non-confrontational approach to helping parents understand their child's educational services, empowering parents to participate in their child's IEP or 504 meetings, and in communicating with the school.
Out of network (insurance does not cover educational advocacy)
Age Range: 3-18