Our Therapists

Shawn Maguire, LPC

Shawn Maguire, LPC

I know whether you are from Oklahoma City Or Edmond you’re looking at my bio because you have one question. Can I help you? Can I help you with your relationships, overcome the hurts from the past, or overcome an unrelenting issue that’s causing you pain?  The answer is YES!  As a licensed counselor I have been helping people navigate the most treacherous and painful seasons of life for over 25 years. I have seen couples start at the brink of divorce and finish by renewing their vows because they created a new marriage that’s incredible.  I have helped men and women through overwhelming anxiety to create a life where peace and joy are the norm. I now see couples in decade number two enjoying an amazing marriage because they started it by investing in Premarital counseling.

You may still be wondering how I can help you.  You say “I have low self esteem” or another issue which I haven’t mentioned.  I can still help because I start by getting to know the real you. The you the world never sees but you live with every day.  Because I get to know the unique you, together we identify and overcome the issues causing you pain. From there I prayerfully and strategically create an action plan to move you towards accomplishing your goals.  

When you contact me to set up an appointment, this is where the rubber meets the road. From the first session to the last you will be placed in a position to work through these issues.  A place where God can truly revolutionize your life and your relationships as you do the work.

What happens if you don’t call or come in to set up an appointment? The answer looks you in the mirror every day. You will create more and more of the life you are now living.

If you are ready for something different, something transformative and significantly better then contact me to set up an appointment.  Why are you still reading this? You are so worth the time and investment!  Take the next step to start moving towards your better life Today.  

More About Shawn

As a licensed professional counselor (LPC) Shawn has served the Edmond and Oklahoma City area for over 25 years.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Flagler College in the beautiful town of Saint Augustine, Florida.  He went on to earn two master’s degrees from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first Masters is in Marriage and Family Therapy and the second Masters is in Christian Counseling. Shawn says that attending Oral Roberts University was an experience that transformed his life.  He remembers it as a place where his eyes were opened to see how big, amazing, and truly loving God is.

Over the past 25 years Shawn has specialized in areas such as marriage counseling, OCD, anxiety, and helping parents raise amazing kids.  He has extensive additional training in areas such as EMDR, CBT, and NLP. These, among all the other techniques Shawn uses are applied from a Christian worldview.  Today the majority of his focus and what he is most known for is being a relationship expert. Shawn discovered that if he can help the couple then he can have an impact on them and their children for generations to come. This has been his passion and focus for many years.

He also enjoys consulting with business leaders or budding entrepreneurs.  Through New Vision he has helped dozens of clients transition from employee to business owner.  He has helped owners create cultures where people love going to work and the business and people thrive.  

Shawn’s passion is helping his clients maximize their potential.  He does this through helping them break free of destructive patterns and limiting beliefs.  Then, he equips them with the tools and resources to build their dream relationships, business, and life.  

When not at work Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, growing closer to God and friends along with anything that has to do with fishing and the outdoors.  The crown jewel of his life is his amazing wife Tanda and their two children Berklee and Hayden. Shawn says they represent God’s grace and His blessing him in ways we could never earn.

Caleb McKean, LPC

Caleb McKean, LPC

Are you looking to have a better life—have more intimacy with God—find ways to make relationships more meaningful? Are things seeming to weigh you down and create burdens too much to carry? What you will find with me is a solid connection of Biblically based approaches with powerful counseling techniques. With the help of God, you can expect more out of counseling and movement towards a more abundant life.

When you meet with me you can expect to find a focus on the gospel of Jesus with the strength of the Holy Spirit. I find myself dependent upon Him to create lasting change that fills lives with peace and joy. I’ve seen many marriages changed and individuals who break through seemingly endless depression, anxiety and performance issues. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! I help people connect to deeper places with God, while they make the shifts in life to help set them free in their thoughts.

I can help you identify purpose through scripture. You can find tools that will guide you even when you are done with counseling. Utilizing understanding of Behavioral Health and Neuroscience we can create new thought patterns. I can help change those negative thoughts, and get you unstuck from past hurts and wounds. Together we can find healing that doesn’t just make the pain stop; it allows you to become the fullness of yourself in God.

I attended Denver Seminary as a graduate student to gain my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health. There, I developed great skills in counseling that help catalyze my deep care of people into knowing a fuller sense of themselves in the Kingdom of Heaven. Completing my degree, along with my lovely wife, we continually develop our 10 years of marriage, while parenting our wonderful boys.

Katie MacDougall, LPC

Katie MacDougall, LPC

Hi, my name is Katie. If you’re clicking on this link, something in your life likely isn’t going the way you’d like it to go. In fact, something (or everything) quite possibly feels like it’s completely falling apart. Know that as I’m writing this, I’m praying that God will give you the courage to reach out for help and that you’ll begin to experience comfort and life transformation in the midst of the most difficult circumstances.

What Counseling Means to Me

Unlike a lot of professions, I consider what I do a privilege and a calling. I actually enjoy going to work each day because I have the honor of partnering with people during times of great turmoil and suffering. I consider each hour I spend with people in therapy to be sacred because I know how difficult it can be to share pain with someone else. It is incredibly vulnerable to reach out for help, but it is also incredibly powerful. John 10:10 (ESV) says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Right now you might feel like the thief is winning, but I truly believe that Jesus can bring abundant life through the transformative work of Christian counseling.

To me, Christian counseling means there are always at least three people in the room: the client (you), the therapist (me), and the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit’s presence and help, I know there would be no progress. We would just spin our wheels together. With the Holy Spirit, I see individuals, couples, and families grow to reach the goals they desire.

I consider myself a goal-oriented therapist. While I’m not afraid to camp out on hurts that require lengthy processing, my intent is to continuously work myself out of a job with my clients. I want my clients to get to the point where they no longer need therapy. As much as I miss them when they leave, I want them to eventually experience freedom from their pain, achieve their goals, and leave therapy. Goals apply to all types of therapy I do, but they are different for each client and each issue.

Here are some specifics about how I counsel different groups/issues:

Couples: I see a lot of couples and I absolutely love it. While counseling couples can get tense at times, I work to structure couples counseling in a way that each person feels heard and valued. In couples counseling, we will work to increase connection, communication, and conflict resolution.

Anxiety/Depression: Anxiety and depression can be some of the most distressing time in a person’s life. It can be so difficult to reach out for help during this time, but I feel so humbled each time someone does. With both of these issues, I tend to focus on helping clients control their thoughts and emotions in light of Scripture and prayer.

Trauma: If you are reaching out because you have experienced trauma, know that I am truly honored that you would even consider seeing me to help you in this area. Trauma is a painful part of our fallen world. Trauma counseling is often the slowest type of counseling I do because I know it takes building a special trust with a therapist before diving into the deepest parts of these painful situations. I use a variety of different methods to help people walk through their past pain, but all include the client leading the way at their own pace.

Children/Adolescent or Family: In each of these types of counseling, I truly believe that it is important to incorporate the entire family. The level of family incorporation is dependent on the age of the child/adolescent and the situation, but I know that a situation with a child/adolescent likely will not change without incorporating the family. For children, I often use toys/games, which often helps children feel more comfortable to talk and process.

Self-Esteem: I also see a lot of clients struggling with low self-esteem. I don’t view self- esteem as really valuing ourselves. I view self-esteem as discovering how God views us. Many of my clients need help discovering how God views them and I feel privileged to help them discover that.

There are so many other issues that bring people to counseling and no one perfectly fits in one of those boxes. However, I hope that gives you an idea of some of what I do in the counseling room.

My Training

Now that you know a little about what I do, I think it’s also important to tell you a little bit about my credentials. At New Vision Counseling and Consulting, we marry cutting-edge counseling techniques with biblical principles. I think it’s important that you also know that I’m trained well.

I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a specialization in licensed counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the State of Oklahoma. I am also a Prepare/Enrich Marital Facilitator and a SYMBIS Premarital Facilitator. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

In addition to my therapeutic training, I also believe in prevention and advocacy for mental health issues. As a result, I am also a Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Facilitator, which is a program designed to prevent childhood sexual abuse. I particularly enjoy training churches on how to prevent these horrendous crimes against children.

A Little More About Me

I always say, “Any counselor worth her grain of salt has done her own counseling work.” I don’t think every counselor has to have their own therapist, but I do think it’s important that every therapist is continuously working on their own health (emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, etc.). I take that piece of being a counselor very seriously. I can say that I’ve been in your shoes and looked for my own counselor at different points in my life—it is not easy!

As I’ve looked for my own counselor, I’ve had my own criteria (as I’m sure you do). For me, it helps to know a little about the person I’m considering trusting with the deepest parts of my life. So here is a little extra information about me.

Around the office, the other therapists often refer to me as “the guardian.” That came from a personality test we took together during a team training, but it is a good description of who I am. While this means that sometimes I am resistant to change, it means that I am very loyal and protective.

If you see me around the office, you’ll likely see me with a cup of hot tea. You’ll never see me with a cup of coffee, but I find very little as comforting as a warm cup of Vanilla Chai. I also love dogs and being outside. I have a love/hate relationship with spin class and dessert.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Regardless of what method you choose for working through the pain you’re experiencing; may you not grow weary in doing good. Grace and peace to you.

Ben Thompson, LMFT

Ben Thompson, LMFT

I help people change their lives and relationships by helping them defeat the patterns that are keeping them stuck, unsatisfied, and unhappy. I do this with a blend of warmth, humor, Scripture, and challenge. I work with couples who are convinced they can be better but struggle with knowing how to get there. I also work with individuals who want to not only gain insight into themselves but who also want to experience more out of life.

With over a decade of experience as a therapist, I help clients discover what is behind their behavior and then challenge them to grow and change. I lead them through this growth process so they can experience life and relationships more fully. I am committed to doing what it takes to help his clients push through their old patterns and limits so they can get results.

I am a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. I am a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Bible and Ministry, and then received my master of arts in counseling degree from Harding Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. I am married to my beautiful wife (15 years and counting) and have two amazing daughters. I consider my marriage to be one of the most difficult, but also one of the most rewarding parts of my life, and this inspires my passion to help others do the hard work that it takes to have an awesome marriage and life.

Misty Tafao, LADC

Misty Tafao, LADC

Have you been feeling tired, anxious, or depressed? Perhaps you feel like your marriage is falling apart and you’re not sure how to fix it. You’ve tried many things, and nothing seems to help. Maybe you have been unable to figure out why you feel and/or behave the way you do. Most people are not living the full, balanced life that they were created to live. Often they are struggling to just get through each day. Reaching out for help is not easy to do, but you are already on the right track by taking the initiative. I’m glad you are here.  Empowering others to achieve personal growth and healing is something that I am passionate about, and I will work to inspire you to overcome your past hurts and break damaging patterns in your life. Know that when you invite me into your journey, I will create an environment of compassion and understanding, without the burden of judgment.

I use various methods in my practice to help usher in change, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I am a certified SYMBIS facilitator, which enables me to prepare engaged couples for marriage. I have a Masters in Substance Abuse Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelors in Human Services with a Minor in Psychological Studies from Wayland Baptist University. I am a Licensed Alcohol Drug Mental Health Counselor (LADC/MH).

I am a U. S. Army veteran and have an Active Duty spouse.  Therefore, I am uniquely qualified with firsthand insight on the challenges of adapting to change and a military lifestyle. In the last 10 years, I have lived in 3 different states with my husband and children, but I call Louisiana home.  In my free time, I enjoy eating good food, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family.

Gina Helms, LPCC

Gina Helms, LPCC

Are you looking for real answers to your problems, your pain, or your relationships? Are you tired of wasting time, and trying to do everything on your own? Are you ready for some real and genuine progress in your life? I can help!  

If you are looking for complete transformation and not just a quick fix, I have hope for you.  As a counselor, I am committed to helping you get to the root of the issue-whether you are stuck in a relationship that is going nowhere or experiencing hopeless days of depression, I am dedicated to helping you find real solutions that bring lasting results.

Over the last decade, I have worked with hundreds of couples helping them go from simply surviving in their marriage, to completely thriving in their marriage! I believe that every couple has a 100% chance of success!

I have also seen numerous individuals suffering from severe anxiety and depression completely turn their lives around, experiencing newfound peace and joy in their everyday lives. I have seen countless people go from a life of constant worry and confusion to a life of meaning and purpose.

If you are still wondering if there is real hope for you, let me assure you, there is! You are not alone. You simply need someone with the knowledge and tools to help you.

My goal as a counselor is to provide you with an environment in which you feel heard and understood. Together we will uncover and discover the real you…the you that is free from fear and low self-esteem….the real you, that is actively engaging in a life worth living!

I am not the type of counselor who just sits back, listens to your pain, empathizes, and then wishes you a better life.  No way! I am committed to seeing results! I will prayerfully design an action plan designed just for you so that you experience a real and meaningful change in your everyday life.

How can I be this confident? It is because I believe that the “God who began a good work in you,  will also be faithful to complete it.” (Philippians 1:6) God never stops short. He always finishes what He starts. He has started a good work in you, now let’s partner together and see it completed!  

I rely on the wisdom of Scripture as my primary source of truth and transformation, but I also rely on evidenced-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused strategies in my practice.

Before starting a private practice, I taught school for ten years. Next, I went to work for a local agency providing an array of services as a Family Support Coach. I  have over a decade of experience coaching hundreds of couples, helping them to have deep, meaningful relationships through psycho-education and improving their communication skills. I absolutely love working with couples in all stages of their relationship, from premarital to empty nesters.

On a personal note, I was married for 24 years when my husband passed away, after suffering a long illness. I am now remarried to a wonderful, godly man. When not working with clients, I enjoy many activities with my husband including white water kayaking, cycling, and rock climbing. My husband has two grown children who are married and have given us three precious grandchildren, and I have three grown children, all of who bring us tremendous joy!

I grew up in northern Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma for my undergraduate degree. I received both my masters’ degrees at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia

Dana Wright, LPC

Dana Wright, LPC

Imagine what your life would look like if you felt as grand as God made you. Imagine what life would be if you stood on His promises everyday – confidently and joyfully. It is my vision for you to step out into this world – confidently and joyfully, permanently planted firmly in His promises. I am ready to help you accomplish this with the hard work and determination of counseling and therapy.
Although you will not find the word “grit” in the Bible, it is there nonetheless – cloaked in words like steadfastness and endurance (1 Corinthians 15:58; Luke 21:19). Steadfastness is the determination to remain at your post come what may. Endurance is the determination to keep moving toward your desired goal despite external challenges and internal weariness; I am here to help you develop your grit and determination.

My office is a place of consideration, respect, gratefulness, and gentleness in a direct and empathic environment. Together we will focus on the self-care techniques required for physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and professional health. Our focus will be to heal the mind, body, and spirit. To achieve healing, change is needed and change takes courage. You have courage because you are here on this site seeking help and healing. Change can be difficult and challenging, but you will not do it alone – I will be here to work diligently with you and I am devoted to providing a plan for healing that is steeped in scripture and built upon a solid foundation of the evidence-based practices of Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Relational EMDR.

I have 30 years of experience working with families and children. Communication is the key to any relationship. We will explore how to turn toward one another, how to reach out and express your needs, how to be giving, loving and forgiving! Learning to navigate relationships: marriage, friends, work, children, parents, can be daunting and overwhelming but with perseverance and prayer these relationships will bring you great joy. I have been married for 31 years and I believe that the best teacher is experience, and while my marriage is not perfect, my husband and I labor through the highs and lows and are determined to make each moment, each day, each week, each year, better than the last.

My counseling experience is broad and I am confident, assured, motivated in working with depression, anxiety, couples, individuals, young people trying to find their way, and children experiencing trauma or difficulty. I have solid experience ranging with children as young as four to people who are simply young at heart. I love people. I appreciate walking beside you in your journey – celebrating the joy, and walking through the valleys. God is always present and sometimes we need to readjust to allow him to turn the tides in our live.

Life is a journey and every trial can help us be better, do better, and live better. Together we will focus on all there is to be grateful for and learn how to leave the pain behind.

On a personal note,
I love all things FAMILY! I consider my off time best spent with my husband, my two sons, my daughter-n-law, and our precious, precious grandsons. I love to laugh, and my grandsons, aged four and two, provide ample opportunity for laughter. My three sisters and my mom are my best friends, and it is always a good time when we are together. Summer is my most favorite season. I love the warmth, the sun, and God’s beauty all around me, soaking it all in, praising him for the opportunities to live life to it fullest.

Kathy Gissler

Kathy Gissler

Hope. It’s why you’re here, reading this. You still have hope that things can be, should be better in your life. You just need some help getting there through Christian Counseling. First, I’m so proud that you have the courage to pursue Christian counseling because the best marriage counseling, family counseling, and individual counseling isn’t easy. It can be tough and even painful at first, but it’s so worth it when you start seeing things change for the better in your life. My job as a Christian counselor is to help you find and navigate the path to “better” in your life.

What to expect
When you first come in, we’ll spend some time getting to know each other, because YOU are important. We’ll talk about what’s going on in your life, discuss how things got to this place, figure out what you would like to change in order for things to be better. Then, through the best Christian counseling practices we will work together to map out a plan to get you there. If you’re familiar with counseling perspectives, I use a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person centered, and solution focused therapy. We’ll work together on discovering what Christian counseling approach is best for you. Most of the time, I will give you something to work on between our appointments, because that’s how we make changes, by practicing them. When we come back together, we’ll talk about how the changes worked, and will build on the positive results. My promise to you is that I will always be honest with you, and will be in your corner, helping you and encouraging you all along the way. This is how I help you through Christian counseling.

About me
I know that choosing a counselor can be a challenge, so here’s a little bit about me. I’ve been married for a long time (over 35 years) to the same guy, and we have 5 grown children. I’m a Christian, and that permeates every part of my life. I see people of all faiths (or no faith), but use the Bible as the foundation for how I counsel. That is partially why I use the term Christian counseling to describe what I do. I started out my professional life as a teacher with a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, then “retired” to raise my family. After having two children, we became a foster family, and adopted our 3 youngest children. During that time, I returned to school, got my Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and started this career that I love. I’ve worked as a counselor for over 15 years in Illinois, 2 years in Texas, and now in Oklahoma. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, singing, being creative, walking, doing yoga, and smooth water kayaking.

Areas of specialty
Over the years as a counselor and with training, I specialize in Christian Marriage counseling, couples counseling, grief/depression/anxiety/stress, parenting, women’s issues and I typically work with adults, and look forward to meeting YOU!

A key verse I believe that informs my Christian counseling approach is “For I know the plans I have for, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a HOPE.” Jeremiah 29:11

Daniel K. Edwards, II., MS, LMFT

Daniel K. Edwards, II., MS, LMFT

You feel completely overwhelmed. For so long you have put everyone else’s needs before your own, and now you have nothing for yourself. Maybe your problems are seemingly getting worse, maybe you feel lost, unsure of how or what you should do next. The house is a wreck, kids are fighting, your boss is upset about something, and once again you feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. You try to go to sleep, but your mind will not stop replaying all of your failures over and over again. You know your body is telling you there has to be a reduction in your anxiety. You are having trouble sleeping, constantly feeling on edge, most of the time your stomach is in knots, and you are both mentally and physically exhausted. This current storm you are going through leaves you feeling worthless, as if you’ve wasted so much time and energy? It is my desire and prayer for you that you do not continue living this life.

By working together with couples, individuals, and families they learn new ways to overcome feelings of anxiety and stop imprisoning themselves. Together we will find new ways that you can find support within yourself, and from others. We will examine how our words get mixed up when talking to family members creating more stress, anxiety, and mindreading scenarios. We will create an environment in which you are able to talk about your needs and wants in such a way that neither you nor those in your family feel threatened or insecure. You owe it to yourself, relationships, and family to have your outlook on life be better.

In counseling I put an emphasis on creating a “team” atmosphere that helps draw the family closer together. Just as on a sports team where each team member has a role to perform and responsibilities the team relies upon. We will discuss and create roles and responsibilities within your family, relationships, and self. I do not want you to continue being overwhelmed and struggling with life. Let us work together to change your situations so you can have the life you have always wanted.

About me
I am a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, and enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. My collegiate education at Central Washington University for my Bachelors, and Cameron University for my Masters provided me with the foundations to helping people. However, my life experiences, and work with individuals, couples, and families provides necessary expertise to help those in need.