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
For more on our counselors, continue to our Counselor Directory.
What’s the Difference Between Premarital Counseling and Couple’s Counseling?
This is a question we get often! It is easy to think, “We aren’t married yet, so we need premarital counseling.” But that actually is not the distinction between the two types of counseling.
Premarital counseling is a course of 8 sessions that “scratch the surface” of several main topics related to marriage. If the wedding is officiated by a Church on Rush Creek pastor, the last two sessions are conducted by the pastor. The Rush Creek Counseling Center follows a curriculum that satisfies the requirements for “Together in Texas” which will provide a certificate of completion and give you a discount of $60 off the marriage license application.
Topics included in premarital counseling include:
- Communication and conflict
- In-laws and previous marriages (blended family dynamics)
- Building intimacy
- Faith and spiritual roles
- Sex in marriage
- Roles, responsibilities, and decision-making
Couple’s counseling, sometimes called marriage counseling, addresses specific issues that need much more in-depth work. It will help you recognize and resolve conflicts as well as strengthen your marriage. As a general rule, if an issue takes more than one or two sessions, then couple’s counseling is more appropriate.
To schedule an appointment for professional counseling or premarital counseling, please call 817-704-6991 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our normal office hours are 8:30am-9pm, Monday-Thursday, and limited appointments on Friday. At times you may need to leave a message when our staff is unavailable, but please be assured that your voice message is confidential and will be responded to as soon as possible. If you are a new client, please download and complete the forms below to bring with you to your first scheduled appointment.
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 817-704-6991.
Our counselors are not paid staff of The Church on Rush Creek. Therefore our fees for LPC counselors are $80 per client hour (45-50 minutes). For LPC-Interns our fees are $60 per client hour (45-50 minutes; 30-45 minutes for children). Pre-marital counseling is $60 per session.
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 am an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) trained therapist. 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.
Zach Lowrie MA, LPC Intern
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.
Randi Beyl, MA, LMFT
It is my greatest passion to help people who have experienced or are currently experiencing difficult life transitions, and traumatic or stressful life events. I strive to help my client’s find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as: peaceful, whole, complete and safe.
Clinical interests include: Individuals and couples work with an emphasis on improving communication skills, self-esteem as well as parenting education, and using positive discipline skills. I facilitate sessions with a holistic, strengths-based focus. I look at the whole of the individual, couple, family, community/culture and how all of these parts come together. I highly encourage individuals, couples and families to incorporate a faith based, validation approach in their day to day lives in order to build confidence and overcome the barriers and changes they desire.
Specialty areas of clinical practice include: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Adolescent Behavioral and Emotional issues, Family and Relational issues, Premarital Counseling, and Grief Counseling.
My educational background includes: Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix, Las Vegas, Nevada Campus (2011). Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead Campus (2006).
Kezia Drake, MS, LPC Intern
Supervised by Sharon Good, MA, LPC-S
I felt the call to counseling when I was 17 years old and my passion for people has not wavered. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Science in Psychology Counseling degree from Tarleton State University. I am married and have 2 children.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Counselor! I love people and want to see them have their best life. I would count it my privilege to walk alongside you to help you process your worries, hurts, grief, anger, disappointments and more. I enjoy working with children, teens, adults, married couples, premarital couples, and families. It would be my honor to help you live your best life; one that is positive, emotionally healthy, and balanced.
Ashley Coleman, MHR, LPC Intern
Supervised by Audra Dahl, MA, LPC-S
While you and I may not know each other personally, we are not strangers to life challenges, pain and conflict. As your counselor, it would be my privilege to journey with you through these tough times of transition and help you as you discover new direction and meaning. At my core, I simply love people, and I believe it is important to maintain a life that is as emotionally and mentally healthy as possible. Whether you’re a single parent, a married couple, a family, or an individual in need of change, I look forward to working with you.
I earned both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s of human relations, with an emphasis in professional counseling, from the University of Oklahoma; and I furthered my studies in counseling at Dallas Baptist University. Away from counseling, I enjoy sharing my life with my loving and hilarious husband and our super cute one-year-old son.
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.