SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER OF EAST TEXAS

We’re East Texas’ largest and most culturally diverse therapy team. Our focus on the integration of Mind, Body, and Spirit while honoring individual beliefs and practices ensures your counseling experience will be like none you have had before.

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER STAFF

MAGGIE ECKHARDT
MAGGIE ECKHARDT LPC-S, 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).
Don Neal
Don NealLPC
Information coming soon!
 Tiffany Carpenter M.A., LPC-Associate
Tiffany Carpenter M.A., LPC-Associate
Tiffany Carpenter is an LPC-Associate, supervised by Maggie Eckhardt, LPC-S, Ph.D. Tiffany has an educational background in Marriage and Family Therapy and is experienced in trauma informed care. She enjoys working with victims of trauma, and adolescents.
MICHAEL HAZELTINE
MICHAEL HAZELTINELPC
Michael is an LPC who works with teens, adults, and couples using a person-centered approach. He is fully trained EMDR therapist who uses mindfulness, CBT, and spiritual integration to help people overcome PTSD, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.
 Larissa Smith, LMSW
Larissa Smith, LMSW
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.
KEITH WRIGHT
KEITH WRIGHTMA, LPC
Keith is a US Military Veteran who focuses on males (+14) and couples. Keith is trained in EMDR/CBT (and other techniques) 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
Dr. Moate is an LPC with a Ph.D. in Counseling & Human Development Services and a Masters in Counselor Education. Randy uses a client-centered approach when working with adolescent and adult populations on issues such as depression, anxiety, and existential issues.
GAYLA JACOBS MCNATT
GAYLA JACOBS MCNATTLPC-S
Gayla is trained 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.
OLIVIA BODIFORD
OLIVIA BODIFORD LPC
Olivia enjoys working with adolescents and adults and uses an eclectic approach to counseling, integrating CBT, Mindfulness, and other body-centered techniques.
MICHAELA CREW
MICHAELA CREWCLIENT SERVICES ASSISTANT
Michaela is one of the first friendly voices you will hear when you call us. With a background in helping others, Michaela is ready to listen and walk you through the client onboarding process.
MEAGAN VRBA
MEAGAN VRBACARE COORDINATOR
Meagan works with our community medical partners to create a continuum of care, linking individuals to the appropriate mental health care they need.
Jacob Fowler
Jacob FowlerClient Services Assistant
Jacob is one of the first friendly voices you will hear when you call us. With a background in helping others, Jacob is ready to listen and walk you through the client onboarding process.

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT TEAM

CHRIS TAYLOR, MPA, C.M.
CHRIS TAYLOR, MPA, C.M.EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In his role as executive director, Chris ensures that the culture of SCCET is one that attracts and retains a highly skilled and motivated workforce, while keeping the Center focused on its mission and vision. Making SCCET a destination for clients is also a primary goal. Chris has worked in senior leadership for over 16 years, most recently as the Executive Director of a local public health agency.
KATIE LITTLE
KATIE LITTLEADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER
Katie manages SCCET’s financial operations, ensuring that the Center works diligently to best utilize its resources and remains in compliance with local, state and federal laws. Katie also provides support to senior leaders, monitoring key data sets for timely decision-making.
KISSY STANLEY
KISSY STANLEYDirector, Business and Client Continuity
Kissy leads our Client Services Team, supporting your journey by ensuring scheduling, communication, payment and follow-up activities are as simple as possible.
LANCE BOLAY, DMin
LANCE BOLAY, DMinDirector of Mission Impact
Lance spends time building relationships with the community and our philanthropic partners, with the goal of ensuring we carry out our mission in ways that benefit the community.
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 currently training in Hakomi, a mindfulness-centered, somatic therapy, and is integrating these techniques into her practice.

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