SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER OF EAST TEXAS

We’re East Texas’ largest and most culturally diverse therapy team. Our focus on Mind, Body, Spirit and Community in a faith-informed setting makes us unique from any counseling experience you’ve ever had.

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER STAFF

MAGGIE ECKHARDT
MAGGIE ECKHARDT Ph.D.
Maggie works with a variety of clients, with special interest in individuals with trauma including children, teens and adults.
DAVID WHEELER
DAVID WHEELERLPC
David works with adolescents, adults and couples. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among other techniques in addressing individual needs.
MARGARET THURMOND
MARGARET THURMONDLPC
Margaret specializes in Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety, anger, depression, trauma and relationship issues.
MARTHA CARNEY
MARTHA CARNEYLPC
Martha enjoys working with survivors of severe abuse & trauma, addressing concerns such as anxiety, depression, childhood & sexual abuse, abusive relationships, and life transitions. Martha is certified in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
LARISSA SMITH
LARISSA SMITHLMSW, supervised by Russell Bailiff, LCSW-S
Larissa is a bilingual therapist, who works with children, teens and adults to address issues of trauma, grief, depression, anxiety and attachment. She combines treatments like TBRI and EMDR to reduce the impact of difficult experiences and build skills for positive change.
KEREN ACUNA
KEREN ACUNALPC, RPT
Keren is a bilingual therapist certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is a Circle of Security Parent Facilitator. Keren works with children, teens and adults using CBT, EMDR, Brain Gym and is a Registered Play Therapist.
SHIRIN TAVAKOL
SHIRIN TAVAKOLLPC - INTERN
Shirin is an LPC – intern who focuses on individual counseling. She believes in a holistic approach that provides her clients a safe haven to work through life’s challenges. Shirin enjoys working with women of diverse backgrounds, and she can offer counseling in both English and Farsi.
GAYLA JACOBS MCNATT
GAYLA JACOBS MCNATTLPC-S
Gayla is certified in EMDR, and loves working with children, often including play therapies, as well as adolescents and adults on issues like anxiety, depression, anger, grief and parenting challenges.
KEITH WRIGHT
KEITH WRIGHTMA, LPC
Keith is a US Military Veteran who focuses on males (+14) and couples. Keith is Certified in EMDR/CBT among others to address issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD. He also uses solution-focused therapies to address needs.
RANDY MOATE
RANDY MOATEPH.D. PC, NCC, LPC-INTERN
Randy is an LPC-intern with a Ph.D. in Counseling & Human Development Services and a Masters in Counselor Education. Dr. Moate uses a client-centered approach when working with adolescent and adult populations on issues such as depression, anxiety, and existential issues.
JACOB FOWLER
JACOB FOWLERCLIENT SERVICES ASSISTANT
Jacob is often the first kind voice our clients hear and the first smiling face many will see. Making sure you receive prompt appointment reminders, assisting with appointment changes, and offering a caring environment are his specialties.
OLIVIA BODIFORD
OLIVIA BODIFORD LPC - Intern, supervised by Gayla McNatt, LPC-S
Olivia enjoys working with adolescents and adults and uses an eclectic approach to counseling, integrating CBT, Mindfulness, and other body-centered techniques.

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER
OPERATIONS TEAM

MEAGAN VRBA
MEAGAN VRBATEAM LEADER, CLIENT SERVICES
Meagan works diligently to ensure that every client has a positive experience at Samaritan. From helping with required documentation, to answering common client questions, she will ensure that your needs are addressed at every visit and in between.
KATIE LITTLE
KATIE LITTLEADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER
Team Leader, Client Services

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

CHRIS TAYLOR, MPA, C.M.
CHRIS TAYLOR, MPA, C.M.EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Chris is an experienced senior leader, with more than twenty years in the healthcare, public and nonprofit sector, and ten years in the chief executive role. As a former public health official, he has a strong interest in leveraging community engagement toward addressing key social challenges, such as the stigma around mental health and wellness.
BRITTANY GAYETSKY
BRITTANY GAYETSKYLCSW, DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Brittany loves working with adolescents and adults, combining client-centered, existential and psychodynamic therapies. She is also trained in Hakomi, a mindfulness-centered, somatic therapy, and integrates body-centered techniques into her practice.
LANCE BOLAY
LANCE BOLAYDMIN, DIRECTOR OF SPIRITUAL INTEGRATION
Lance spends time building Samaritan’s relationships with faith homes around East Texas, educating our staff on the integration of one’s spiritual beliefs into counseling and is also available for individual, family & group spiritual direction.
MICHAEL HAZELTINE
MICHAEL HAZELTINE LPC-INTERN, Director of Community Education
Michael is an LPC – intern who works with teens, adults, and couples using a person-centered approach. He is a fully trained EMDR therapist who uses mindfulness, CBT, and spiritual integration to help people overcome PTSD, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.

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