Counseling for Children
As believers in Christ, we are told that the kingdom of God is “righteousness, peace, joy” (Romans 14:17), but in our struggles of day to day living we don’t always feel that peace and joy. In fact, Jesus also tells us in John 16 that we will have trouble but be encouraged because He has overcome the world.
At the Rush Creek Counseling Center, we provide a confidential place to face those struggles with the assistance of a professional counselor. Therapy is tailored to the specific needs of the individual, couple or family. The process of growth and development in every person looks and feels different; therefore we attempt to meet people where they are and incorporate various assignments and techniques with traditional “talk” therapy.
All of our counselors are committed Christians who have training in counseling, theology or both. Licensed therapists and professional Christian counselors are available for:
- Individuals & Families
- Children & Adolescents
- Play Therapy for Young Children
- Pre-Marital & Marital Counseling
Our Counseling Center also offers psychological testing including:
- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2-RF)
- Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II)
- Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)
- Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA)
- Myers-Briggs Temperament Analysis (MBTI).
These assessments have many applications such as employment screenings, career counseling, pre-surgical testing, and counseling. As an aid in counseling, psychological testing is a way to thoroughly assess presenting problems, determine diagnoses, determine the level of care needed, and create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and issues. For more on our counselors, continue to our Counselor Directory.
For more on our counselors, continue to our Counselor Directory.
If you would like to schedule or change an appointment using our confidential and HIPAA compliant Full Slate calendar, please click on the button below. For initial appointments for couple’s counseling, please put both of your first names in the “First Name” field. If you prefer to make the appointment by phone, please call 8817-704-6991.
Our counselors are not paid staff of The Church on Rush Creek. Therefore our fees for LPC counselors are $75 per client hour (45-50 minutes). For LPC-Interns our fees are $55 per client hour (45-50 minutes).
Psychological Testing Fees:
An initial evaluation as well as a results session is included in the fee for psychological testing. Fees vary according to which assessments are administered. For more information on fees please contact one of our Counselors. Currently we do not submit insurance claims but will provide you with a detailed receipt for your own submission, if requested. We do accept payment in the form of cash, check, and most major credit cards. For more on our counselors, continue to our Counselor Directory.
Audra Dahl, MA, LPC-S
Director of Counseling
I love being a counselor because it is so rewarding to help people, both individuals and couples, through difficult times, both past and present. Helping people work through issues of sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, forgiveness, relationships, and anger is my passion. I believe that we are mind, body, and soul and that all three need to be addressed for complete healing. I use an integration of insight-oriented and cognitive therapies and techniques according to the client’s needs and abilities.
I consider it an honor to be chosen to walk beside someone on their path to healing and I hope that we can have some laughs along the way. My favorite comment from a client is, “You are so not what I expected!”
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling, both from Dallas Baptist University. In addition to counseling, I am an adjunct professor at DBU teaching undergraduate psychology classes and I am an LPC Supervisor and enjoy training and mentoring LPC Interns. In my spare time, I am a long-time member of the Christian Counselors of Texas, Inc. where I have served as Secretary-Elect, Secretary, President-Elect, and am currently President. My greatest accomplishments are a happy and healthy marriage for over 25 years and my two adult children.
Justin Ziebarth, MA, LPC
I followed a call to become a counselor so I can help people who are hurting. It would be my honor to walk with you as you work to restore your marriage, or the difficulties you are experiencing personally. My heart is to see your marriage made whole and for you to experience peace from your personal difficulties. One of my favorite aspects of counseling with others is to help them begin to understand things from a heart level.
I think that is something everyone, including myself, needs to work on more often. We know from the Bible that as humans we look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. I find that when people can begin to see things at this level then real change can begin to occur. Seeing that happen for clients is one of the most exciting and satisfying things I get to experience!
You will find a safe and knowledgeable atmosphere with me to address whatever you may be facing. I have earned degrees from DBU with a BA in Philosophy and minor in Biblical Studies, and a Master of Arts in Counseling. I teach undergraduate psychology classes at DBU as an adjunct professor, and regularly present on topics related to marriage in local and state organizations. In 2017, I will have been married for 15 years to my loving wife, and we enjoy raising three children together.
Kym McKenzie, MAMFC LPC
I joined the Rush Creek Counseling Center in 2013. It has been my greatest passion fulfilled to be able to walk along side both children and adults in the midst of difficult times. My passion thrives in being able to aid others in the healing process, while using Biblical principles and giving hope to those that may not know it is there.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, marriage, family and parenting issues. I enjoy incorporating art into therapy when appropriate, as well as play with children to help them find a way to understand and work through their feelings.
I received my BS in Social Work degree from Howard Payne University and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I thoroughly enjoy being married to one of the funniest men I know and look forward to many more years of laughing together.
I look forward to working with you.
Jeff Wadsworth, MA, LPC Intern
Supervised by Audra Dahl, MA, LPC-S and Sharon Good, MA, LPC-S
My passion is to serve; therefore, it was of no surprise when my decision to pursue the vocation of Christian Counseling came to a reality. Starting in early adolescence, following into teenage years, my life was immersed in turmoil until answering the Call from the Lord in 2007.
Since my profession of faith, the Lord has blessed me with sending me around the world on Global mission trips to the harsh jungles of Nicaragua and Honduras building churches for indigenous under-reached people groups and aiding in Pastors Training Conferences in various parts of South America. I have been blessed to serve in ministries such as feeding the homeless in south Dallas, Upward Christian Basketball Association, and volunteering as a mentor at Church camps around the metroplex.
My experience in the field of counseling began at Metrocare Services in Dallas, Texas on the Competency Restoration team with the Dallas court systems aiding in restoring competency to people suffering from severe mental disorders such as schizoaffective, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. My experience is not limited to severe mental disorders, as I have a passion for reaching youth and aiding them to overcome troubled times in life. In addition, the Lord has called me into aiding and restoring marriages through His Hand and for that I am forever grateful!
I joined the Rush Creek Counseling team in May of 2014. I obtained my Bachelor degree in Christian Studies and Psychology at Dallas Baptist University Magna Cum Laude. Following, I earned a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University with Honors.
Katie Bowman, MEd, LPC Intern
Supervised by Sharon Good, MA, LPC-S and Audra Dahl, MA, LPC-S
I count it a privilege to be let into the lives of our youth and families. Today’s young peoples’ struggles are unique to the times but God’s hope, love, grace and peace is greater. I joined the Counseling Center in May of 2015 but have worked with adolescents in several ministry settings over the past decade.
I currently enjoy my position at Pantego Christian Academy as the Director of Academic Advising and College Placement. As a school counselor, I have experience in counseling adolescents and families; searching for the best ways families can communicate, connect and grow. My passion is to walk alongside individuals through the healing journey, to find out what works while discovering the hope, promise and grace in our Lord Christ Jesus.
I graduated with my undergraduate from University of Texas at Arlington in 2009 and from Texas Christian University with a Master’s in Education/Counseling in 2013. I’m currently an LPC-intern supervised by Sharon Good and Audra Dahl. Having served on the Service Learning Advisory Committee at University of Texas at Arlington, worked as a teaching assistant at Texas Christian University, I am a current member of Texas Counselor Association, NACCAP and sit on the Advisory Board at Texas Wesleyan University. I’ve been happily married for six years and enjoy being a new mom, spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and crafting.
Supervised by Sharon Good, MA, LPC-S
I’m a Texas boy born and raised, but I don’t have much of an accent. Since I was a boy my mother taught me how to carry the burden of others. Caring for people and listening to them as they search for answers is more than a job for me; I consider it my calling. I have a desire to see people walk with a confidence in their step that they are significant. Whether it’s teens, families, marriages, or individuals, I would love to meet with you and help see you through any challenges you are facing today.
Sherry Fancher, MA, LPC
One of my greatest joys in life is to be able to walk alongside people regardless of where they are at in life. I believe that people, when provided the right resources, can find healing even in the most difficult places. My desire is to create an environment based on trust and integrity that will provide you a safe place to share openly about life circumstances that have impacted you. I enjoy working with people from all age groups and all different walks of life.
I received my calling to be a counselor on a bus ride to a mission trip in Juarez, Mexico. God had given me the verse in Isaiah 61:1 to “bind up the brokenhearted”. From there, I began my formal training in counseling. My career started in 2012 in a non-profit counseling center serving children, adolescents, and adults on trauma related matters. It was in this setting that I saw how God was able to use counseling as a powerful tool to heal the brokenhearted.
My education includes a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Baylor University and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am married to a loving husband and have enjoyed seeing him grow to become an incredible new father. I love arts and crafts, cooking, wedding planning, visiting new places, and seeing where life takes me.
I am generally the first personal contact you will meet when you call the Counseling Center or email our office. I joined the team in December of 2006, back when there were only 3 of us on the team! I am the “keeper of the calendars” and strive to make a connection for those who are struggling to a source of help and direction. The favorite part of my job is to know I have given someone hope in their situation.
I know, many times, making that 1st phone call for help is a huge obstacle for you. It takes courage to admit that you need help….and then to act on it. I want to convey compassion and empathy to each caller and email request.
I am a longtime member of The Church On Rush Creek where I volunteer in a number of other service areas throughout the year. I enjoy exploring new adventures, spending time with my family, bargain hunting, golfing and anything artsy.