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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Erica Elliott, MS, LPC

Erica Elliott, MS, LPC

I understand that life’s challenges are unique and complex. I have spent over 25 years helping people change their lives and live more successful quality of life. I have completed numerous trainings in relationship, marriage and family, attachment, anxiety, alternative health and wellness, trauma, grief and loss, parenting, Christian counseling, NLP, CBT, energy psychology, and neurobiology just to help you learn the best tools to get you to a great place. Now all it takes is you to say yes to a better you, you’re just a call a way to your new journey to healthy living!

Counseling doesn’t have to last for years many as there are some people who experience transformation with learned tools in 8 sessions.  I’m here to help you find yourself and realize your full potential. If you’re feeling lost, anxious, confused or stressed, I’ll show you how to move forward in a mindful manner. You deserve to have a great life! Are you ready? 

I started in the counseling field almost 30 years ago and so much has changed. One thing that hasn’t changed is my love for helping people grow. I’ve helped thousands of clients break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. Life’s too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals. Get in touch today for the next step to a better you!  

Blessings! Erica Elliott, MS, LPC

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Dustin Walker

Dustin Walker

Do you ever feel alone in your thoughts, unable to communicate with those around you?  Do you feel like when you try to talk about it you just can’t find the words or that you’re met with criticism and judgement?  Do you feel like no one understands you? As your therapist, it’s my desire to come alongside you and meet you where you are; to know you for who you are.  

As Christians, we are not immune to the effects of depression, anxiety, or trauma, however I believe we have a great hope because of Jesus.  Though the world can try to blind us to His love, I believe that there is nothing too far gone from His ability to redeem; no matter how dark the depression, how hopeless the marriage, or how crippling the anxiety.  Through Gospel-Centered counseling, you will begin to experience the Peace that surpasses all understanding.  

I can show you how God created your heart and how it interacts with daily life.  You will understand the patterns of thought and feeling that form your desires and drives, and I can help you understand how God created them to a specific purpose.  I fully believe that when you understand the pattern, you gain the ability to change the pattern to align with His design.  

I like to help people like you uncover the deep structure of their beliefs and values in order to discover the root of the problem.  This is important because we often feel pressured to change our behavior without examining our hearts. But to me, that’s the equivalent of taking bad fruit off a tree and stapling good fruit onto the branches.  It doesn’t make sense! And that is because it is in the roots that good or bad fruit begins.  

I received my Master’s in Counseling from Mid-America Christian University.  I am married with three kids and a very hyper labradoodle, and I enjoy writing fiction and being immersed in a book.     

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Jessica Forehand, LPC Candidate

Jessica Forehand, LPC Candidate

You aren’t sure why, but you’ve always felt like a burden. You don’t want to be alone, but worry if people got to know the real you, they wouldn’t like you. Maybe this came on the heels of a traumatic experience or maybe it’s always been there and you don’t know why. You aren’t sure if you can trust anyone to help and wonder if anything will ever change. You desperately want to heal, but sometimes you feel like giving up

I have GOOD NEWS! God never meant for you to do this alone and I can help. You don’t have to do this by yourself anymore. I want to be there for you and with you through the pain and walking you into healing and transformation. Using a biblical approach combined with proven counseling techniques, we will build your individual path to growth and freedom together. I have a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in clinical mental health counseling. I use a solution-oriented, strengths-based approach and focus on holistic wellness (mind, body, and spirit). I enjoy working with adolescents age sixteen and up, college students, young adults and couples. I can help with a variety of problems including stress management, anxiety, depression, life direction, and interpersonal problems. If you are ready to experience change and freedom, call and schedule your first appointment today!

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Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson

Do you just want to be well? Maybe you find yourself longing for peace of mind. Perhaps you feel like you have more questions than answers and you really don’t know where to turn. Good news: you’re not alone and there is help available.

Jesus came that we may have life – not just life, but abundant life (John 10:10). That’s a promise from the Word of God. You may ask, “If that’s a promise, why am I not experiencing that?” Well, while we are on this earth, we are going to experience trouble and suffering. That’s also found in the Word. But even though we, as Christians, are not immune to life’s difficulties, we have a Greater Hope. We have a Savior Who offers healing and grace freely. Sometimes Jesus gives us immediate healing, and sometimes we have to walk through a journey of healing that tries our faith. No matter how deep and dark the valley, God will be with you every step of the way.

In counseling, I use biblical principles as well as effective and proven therapeutic techniques. I believe that we are made up of body, mind, and spirit and as such, when one is not working well, the other parts of us suffer so we must address all parts. We all want to be well and whole. Jesus wants us to be well and whole. I would love to partner with you on a journey to wellness, to wholeness. To the abundant life you’ve been dreaming of and hoping for.

I have worked with many different people of all backgrounds and ages, many of whom have suffered from depression, anxiety and panic attacks, ADHD, trauma, loss, behavioral issues, marital difficulties, and problems with anger. I received a Master’s degree in the Science of Counseling from Mid-America Christian University.

Remember: there is hope. You will experience peace and joy again. When God is in it, it’s not over. Let’s get started today! You’re worth it.

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