Our Team of Professionals
Ruth Whitely Phd, LPC-S, BCN, NCC
Dr Whitely is a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in Child and Adolescent Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, Dr Whitely conducts Group Therapy and Animal or Equine Assisted Therapy. Animal and Equine therapeutic interventions are highly effective for at-risk adolescents and resolving issues within families or individual therapeutic issues. Dr Whitely integrates professional services for businesses with Equine Corporate Workshops addressing, team building, problem solving, company growth plans, time management, change management, human resources, and organizational development.
Dr Whitely’s approach focuses on short term therapy, incorporating techniques from various therapies to address the underlying, or root issues, so you become free of the stress and emotional drain of the issues that you are facing, moving you beyond coping to resolution of issues. Dr Whitely’s therapeutic approach is based on current research in the field, addressing your unique needs, incorporating a therapeutic approach that is most efficient for you, to bring your issues to resolution.
Dr Whitely’s goal for clients is to move through therapy in the most efficient, yet comprehensive manner. This approach helps you resolve issues and move into a fuller life, facilitating personal growth.
Contact Dr Whitely to discuss your needs and how her experience and training can assist you in moving beyond these issues towards resolution and healing.
Steve Neal, MS, LPC
Hello, I graduated with my degree in counseling after being in the boiler operation business for thirty years. I wanted to wait until my children grew up before I made such a big career change. Parenthood is the most important job you’ll ever have and twelve-hour shifts allowed me to be off whole days at a time. Because of this I was able to take them to school, pick them up, etc.; the little things that matter. I didn’t like my employment situation but the sacrifice was well worth it. Today my kids are fully functioning adults with their own lives so now I’m moving into a different phase of my life. Change is always scary so thank goodness I have someone who has been there the whole time.
My wife and I have been married for twenty seven years so I know how rewarding and difficult a good marriage can be. I work with my clients to help them learn how to adapt to the difficulties so that they can more enjoy the good parts. Due to very different backgrounds, we don’t think anything alike and this is to be expected. We have learned to accept each other as individuals and appreciate the difference. I am devoted to showing other couples how to do this so that they can find the relationship peace that I have found.
I am proud to have served eight years in the United States military with the Navy and Army and I consider it an honor and a duty to help my fellow veterans and active duty service members as well as their families. I am a Desert Storm veteran and I offer special programs to those who qualify (call for details); This enables me to assist some at no cost. I know first-hand how traumatic experiences can be and ask that you please not wait; the duty to each other does not end once we put on civilian clothes.
I also have a disability that gives me difficulties most people don’t have to deal with. The one bright spot in this is my service dog Lucy. When you come into our building, she will be the little black dog greeting you with tail wagging. This is one of her true joys in life; the other being ball chasing. She is completely devoted to me and teaches me what true love means on a daily basis.
I work with individuals, couples of all kinds, families and I specialize in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy; a method that you can only find here for miles and miles around.
In short, we are here to help and you can begin to grow and flourish today, all it takes is a phone call.
When you come in I may greet you with a bark but believe me it’s just my enthusiasm! I am really good at my job and enjoy meeting new people so please feel free to come by and say hello. If you have any questions I do answer my email in between playing ball and taking naps. Thanks
Gail Fry MA, LPC, CDBT
Through life Gail has always believed that it is important to be there for those who are struggling in life. Since the 1980’s she served by supporting women and families in crisis or those who suffered a trauma. Today that passion is still to help those people who need encouragement or to be challenged to find a healthier way of living through learning the skills they need to get there. Those skills include learning how to take care of themselves while their struggles get easier through looking at life differently. She wants therapy to move towards healing and a better happier life. Gail specializes in child, adolescent, and adult individual and group therapy.
Jonathan D. Cadwell, MEd, MS, LPC
Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor holding degrees in Master’s of Education in Counseling, Student Affairs and Master’s of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a member of the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and the International Association for Sandtray Therapy (IAST). Since 2002, he has participated in the mental health and social fields by performing services for behavioral/mental health wellness, alcohol/substance abuse, family systems, career counseling plus consulting/facilitating group therapies which contribute to an enlightened understanding of situations from multiple perspectives.
He is trained in numerous traditional modalities including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Person-Centered Therapy and has experience utilizing Anger Management techniques. Jonathan also offers the unique, nontraditional form of Sandtray Therapy where sand and miniatures activate the nonverbal way of thinking increasing capacity for self-expression, self-awareness and communication development. He is currently attending a training course for certification in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals.
Jonathan works with middle/late adolescents (ages 15+) and adults to identify individual, couple and family needs. He creates personalized plans with clients to address depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, trauma, emotional awareness, adjustment/change, behavioral and emotional disturbances as well as many other life hurdles. Jonathan has available evening appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning at 5:15pm. He looks forward to working with you to create the most effective treatment course to help you overcome your unique challenges.
Lorry Royal, MS, LPC, NCC, CSC
Lorry is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is currently
pursuing her Doctorate in Counselor Education. She has over 20 years of comprehensive
experience, working primarily with children, adolescents, and teens. She also counsels with
adults, couples, and families.
Lorry developed a strong passion and expertise for working with children, adolescents and
teenagers through her professional experience as a school counselor. Children, tweens, and
teenagers are in a constant struggle to find ways to identify who they are as individuals,
compounded by the whirlwind of emotional, physical, and psychological changes that are taking
place within them. In addition, the pressures and demands of school, friends and peers, family, and society can become overwhelming. When working with children and adolescents, she works collaboratively with parents, the family as a system, school counselors, and others in order to provide an optimum level of care for her clients. Her other passion is working with horses through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Using horses, in an experiential manner, helps clients to learn more about themselves and others, through
the process of participating in activates with the horses. With the help of the therapist, participants are able to process their feelings and emotions, while also learning to identify behavioral patterns. She is an EAGALA certified equine therapist. Lorry provides a compassionate and unbiased environment in which her clients can safely work through their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that may be keeping them in an uncomfortable or painful place. She believes the ultimate goal of therapy is to help individuals learn to live life to
the fullest and in as meaningful a way as possible. Through developing an ownership and responsibility to oneself, individuals are then empowered to continue with their new growth mindset. Her orientation to working with individuals, couples, and families includes a holistic, integrative approach to client-centered therapy, using traditional psychodynamic and Adlerian Therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Child Centered Play Therapy.
Ashlyn Royal, M.S., LPC-Intern
Ashlyn is a License Professional Intern. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She specializes in Play therapy, working with at-risk adolescents and single mothers. She has conducted counseling groups with children ranging in age of 4-18 and single mothers using Trust Based Relational Interventions in order to alleviate perplexing behaviors and to gain sensory awareness. She is also currently receiving training in Neurofeedback and Brain mapping. One of the main values that Ashlyn believes in is creating a non-judgmental environment for children and adults alike to share what is happening in their lives. She provides a safe space for people to express, learn, and grow into the persons they want to be.
Ashlyn is a fur mom to three cats, and in her free time enjoys playing card games with her friends, doing yoga, and binge watching Netflix. She feels it’s imperative to make self-care a priority when life gets overwhelming. Ashlyn believes that with the help of a counselor to gently reflect and to be present in the moment, anyone can achieve the goals they want with time and patience.
Christian Henry, M.S., LPC-Intern
Christian is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern from Commerce, Texas. She obtained her Master's Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2019, where she is also currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Counselor Education with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy and Play Therapy. Christian has experience in working with geriatrics, adults, adolescents, grief, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, marital conflict, and identity issues. She has conducted both individual and group therapy in which she believes both types of therapy are beneficial in their own way. She enjoys utilizing techniques such as mindfulness, aromatherapy, and guided meditation to assist clients in becoming more connected with their inner self and as a tool for coping with depression, anxiety, and trauma. While acquiring and expanding her knowledge resulting from a variety of training and meeting competency requirements, Christian has been educated on a broad and diverse range of Marriage and Family topics and situations. She also aspires to become a Certified Christian Counselor in her future endeavors. Christian believes that the equation for growth related to mental health is motivation + forgiveness (of self or others) = change and healing.
Aside from being a therapist, Christian implements her passion for social justice and minority advocacy by being an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, NAACP, and the Social Justice Division of Texas Counseling Association. Further, being a first generation college student and a member of TRIO Upward Bound, Christian advocates for students who are the first in their family to pursue a college education. In her spare time, she enjoys play time with her nephews, cooking, working out, traveling, and implementing research for further enhancement of the counseling profession.
Telisha was born in Manhattan, NY and moved to North Texas at a young age. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years and during that time has acquired a wide set of skills ranging from front desk, insurance, billing, and customer service, to practice management. Her primary focus for the past 10 years has been management of specialty clinics.
In her private time, she enjoys reading, music, and spending time with loved ones (including her dog, Jersey). She has a passion for animals and volunteers with DCAP in her spare time.
“I absolutely love the team I work with. We are friends and we are a family. I am incredibly blessed that Dr. Whitely gave me the opportunity to join this group.” ~ Telisha Miranda, Office Manager
Chelsye began working for us as our Billing Coordinator in April of 2019, after working for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity for two and a half years. She comes from a varied administrative support background, most recently in the construction industry.
Being a mother of four, as well as a wife, Chelsye enjoys spending most of her time with her family either playing games or being outdoors. Her other interests include attending concerts, singing, cooking, and organizing.
Steve graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specializing in business development and management. Steve has spent the majority of his working life dealing with financial management, financial products and the long term effects of financial well being of individuals.
Steve quotes," This is my first endeavor into the field of mental health and the connecting issues of human behavior." Having never been involved or connected to this side of life, I have found it quite satisfying to experience the joys found in people that are overcoming difficulties. We as humans spend so much of our time "Making a Living" that we many times miss out on the good small things of family, friends and just living."
My priorities at the Mental Health Clinic are to continue the growth of the clinic and expanding the Equine Therapy program.. Be safe and be happy my friends.
My life priorities are my 2 grand boys and their discovery of the many wonders of life as they grow up.