Meet The Team
Tamara McFarland, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Schedule with Tamara by contacting her at 469-867-2240
Dr. McFarland is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Tamara is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator trained by Dr. Brené Brown and her team. She loves learning about how the concept of shame shapes our lives and how vulnerability sets us free. Tamara studied marriage and family dynamics in her doctorate program. She is certified in the Gottman marriage counseling method I & II and utilizes Sue Johnson's theory of Emotionally Focused Therapy for repairing attachment in couples work.
Tamara received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her Master's Degree in Counseling and Supervision from Texas Woman's University. Tamara received her Doctorate in Counseling from Texas A&M Commerce.
Tamara is trained in EMDR therapy I & II which is used for treating trauma. She completed level one of the Trauma Resilience Model®- TRM training from the Trauma Resource Institute with Elaine Miller-Kraus. She was trained in Post Induction Therapy by Pia Mellody of the Meadows in Wickenburg Arizona. This therapy addresses the trauma of childhood and attachment that continue to show up in our adult lives and relationships.
Tamara trained as a play therapist in her master's program at Texas Women's University and continues to work with children and adolescent and to supervise play therapy interns. Tamara spends more of her time now helping parents address underlying parenting issues and to repair attachment bonds with their children and teens. She works with substance abuse, sexual and pornography addiction and understands the trauma underlying the addiction and the betrayal trauma of partners. She also understand that addiction affects the whole family and works to provide wrap around treatment for the entire family. Currently Dr. McFarland is studying Somatic Experiencing therapy which involves addressing how trauma is held in the body and how emotions affect pain and the health of the body. She has interest in the neurobiology of trauma, emotions and behavior. She is excited to introduce the Mindspa at the Haven and a Massage Therapy component to assist with the affects of trauma.
Tamara is a blood cancer survivor and values every moment of life. She is passionate about helping people, She sees every individual as precious and believes everyone has purpose. She loves the people that she works with. Tamara loves dogs and has two golden retrievers certified as Therapy Dogs. You may meet Chloe her seven year old or Mia her 3 year old. Tamara has been married for 31 years and has two married son. She has 6 grandchildren who are the loves of her life. She loves to garden and kayak.
Melissa Cluff, MS, LMFT, CSAT
Schedule with Melissa by contacting her at 817-756-9725
EMDR trained, PIT trained
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT license #201348) who loves what I do! I provide individual, couple, group, and family counseling, specializing in treating relationship issues, sex addiction and trauma.
My favorite quote is “Real is better than perfect,” by Dorothy Satten. I believe being authentic and open in our relationships builds connection with those that are most important to us. We are all working through something—whether it is trauma, addiction and/or relationship issues—and when we have people in our lives we can share those struggles with, the task does not appear so daunting because we know we are not alone. I would love to help you strengthen the relationships in your life!
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2004 and went on to receive my Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Science, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Oklahoma State University in 2007. I have received intensive training in each of my specialty areas of sex addiction, trauma and relationships.
I trained with Patrick Carnes and became a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). My certifications in treating trauma include EMDR, Level 1 & 2, and training with Pia Mellody in her Post Induction Therapy (PIT) model. In addition, I have received several years of instruction in Psychodrama through the Bridging Harts Psychodrama Training Institute. Currently, I am working toward my certification in the Neuroaffective Relational Model, a model addressing attachment and relational and developmental trauma.
Although I was not born in Texas, I consider myself a Texan! I am the oldest of five children, with four younger (but much taller) brothers. I love my nieces and nephew and find great delight in being their aunt. When not providing therapy, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking my dog, traveling, trying new healthy recipes, doing home & lawn organizational projects, catching up on my TV shows, and working out.
Sara Ferguson, LCSW
Schedule with Sara by contacting her at 281-799-8760
I believe healing from life’s hard challenges is possible whether they be from trauma, relationship problems (marriage, divorce, betrayal, step parenting, care taking), or from addictions; either chemical or process addictions, depression, anxiety, grief, health issues, physical or sexual abuse, loneliness, low self-esteem and the many other issues life can throw our way. Hope is real and healing can happen so life can become satisfying and joyful. I am passionate about helping others become their best selves by partnering with them to process and resolve struggles that keep them from achieving peace and happiness and to accomplish their personal life goals.
I am EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) I & II trained and specialize working with those who have experienced big or little traumas that interfere with daily life. Serving with clients in addiction treatment facilities has strengthen my resolve to help people heal from the underlying problems that keep them from having the success and joy that can be experienced in life. I consider your whole life and environment, including relationships, mental/physical heath, work/school, and spirituality to see the full picture. I then join with you to create a personal plan to achieve healing, true happiness and your personal goals.
I love working with and empowering people of all ages. My personal experience with marriage, motherhood, a blended family with step children, grandchildren, family addictions, and divorce and the healing power of faith has enriched my life and fired a strong passion in me to help others find the healing and joy that is achievable in this life.
I look forward to working with you so that you may achieve healing and joy.
Michael Martino, MS, LPC, NCC
Schedule with Michael by contacting him at 940.368.3285
I am a nationally-certified bilingual counselor who specializes in working with teenagers and young adults in healing depression and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, building self-worth and self-esteem, developing social skills, resolving adolescent behavior concerns, healing from Trauma through EMDR and helping overcome pornography and addictions.
My approach to therapy is strength-based, person-centered, and solution-oriented. I take special interest in helping teenagers reach their full potential and help them balance their desires to be more independent with the need to make safe and healthy decisions about their lives based on correct, proven principles.
I have a passion for the great outdoors and love camping, back-packing, canoeing, and rock-climbing; but I frequently encounter unforeseen challenges as I free-climb through life. As we are all exposed to the elements of life unexpectedly, I strive to help secure an anchor of hope, and bring support and understanding to your personal journey.
Karen Stone, MS, LMFT
Schedule with Karen by contacting her at 214-454-9672
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). I received my undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in Rehabilitation with a minor in Addictions. I completed my Master's of Science degree at Texas Woman's University in Family Therapy and have been in private practice since 2011.
I believe working with individuals as they heal their trauma is a privilege. To this end I have trained in EMDR (level I and II), completed PIT training with Pia Melody at the Meadows, completed level one of the Trauma Resilience Model®- TRM training from the Trauma Resource Institute with Elaine Miller-Kraus and I am currently working to complete Somatic Experiencing® training. Additionally, I have completed level 1 training in the Gottman Method Couples therapy and facilitated Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight ™ intensives for 3 years. I participated in a psychodrama training group with Bridging Harts for 5 years.
Brené Brown’s work has been personally life changing for me and I love sharing her concepts with my clients and have been a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator since 2014.
I run a group for women who have experienced betrayal trauma due to their spouses’ sexual addiction.
I have been married for 46 years, we have 5 children, 11 grandchildren. I love spending time with my family, traveling, kayaking, hiking, and my dog Finn.
Sylvia Hill, PhD, LPC-S, NCC
Schedule with Sylvia by contacting her at 972-929-2962
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor. I received my undergraduate degree from University of Maryland University College (now Global Campus). My Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology was obtained through Regis University in Denver, Colorado. I recently completed my PhD in Counseling through Texas A&M University Commerce.
I work with individuals and couples. I am Level I and II Gottman trained. I am completing Level 1 training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. This is my primary model for working with people. In IFS I help people get to know the various aspects of themselves (called parts) and to develop a relationship with their parts that will allow the parts that have been wounded by trauma or other life events to heal. I have found this to be a revolutionary, non-pathologizing way of working with people that has been a blessing to myself and my clients!
I am a late bloomer – I got my master’s degree 3 weeks before I turned 50 and my PhD a month before I turned 65. I am a testament to the fact that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams! I have been married for over 40 years, with three children and 9 grandchildren. I love movies and all things Harry Potter.
Lauren Bowman, LPC-Associate
Supervised by Dr. McFarland
Schedule with Lauren by contacting her at 972-839-2454
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, under the supervision of Tamara McFarland. I received my Bachelors Degree in English from Brigham Young University, and my Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Lamar University.
Everyone deserves to feel empowered, seen, and at peace. Through an authentic and empathic therapeutic relationship, my objective is to help each client find the tools they need to be successful, cope with life’s challenges, and accomplish personal goals. Whether struggling with anxiety, depression, body image, self-confidence, trauma, self-harm, or life-transitions, I believe that everyone has the personal strength and ability to create healthy patterns, resilience, and become the most well and thriving version of themself.
I utilize a holistic therapeutic approach including person-centered, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Counseling should be collaborative, confidential, and in a comfortable and accepting environment. Client’s guide the process, finding how they can best reach their full potential.
As a native Texan I love Tex-Mex, Blue Bell ice cream, and Saturdays on the lake. Other favorite past-times include skiing, reading, and spending time with my spouse and children. I have given many hours over the last 20 years volunteering with children and youth at my church, served for over a decade on various PTA boards, and love supporting local High School sporting events.
Emilee Crowder, Counseling Intern
Supervised by Dr. McFarland
-Schedule with Emilee by calling 469-437-7851
I am an LPC intern, under the supervision of Tamara McFarland. I am finishing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Texas, and I will be graduating in December.
At the end of the day, life is hard and everyone wants to feel heard and understood. I believe that human connection is so necessary, especially as we navigate our way through life’s difficulties. I know the importance of providing an empathetic and non-judgmental space for others, and I want to provide that in every unique client relationship. Dr. Bruce Terry wrote “you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved.” I hope that as I provide that needed empathy to each client, they will believe more fully in themselves, learn to love themselves and make desired changes in their lives.
Along with an empathetic and unconditional space, I want to provide opportunities for clients to explore their feelings and make meaning of their daily situations. I know that in life, our experiences and interactions can result in many emotions, including confusion and pain. I want to help people to work through the misalignment between what they are currently experiencing and what they ideally want out of their life. I see the value in acknowledging our feelings in order to learn more about ourselves. I believe that as our self-understanding grows, we can show up more authentically for ourselves and others.
I am eager to help anyone who is seeking a safe therapeutic space, but I am specifically interested in women and adolescent emotional health. My areas of interest include depression, anxiety, self esteem, life changes, career, body image, trauma, and general women’s issues.
I grew up in Washington, D.C. with my parents and three sisters. I later lived in Utah for almost ten years, as I completed my undergraduate degree at BYU and worked for LDS Charities. Living in Washington D.C. gave me a love of learning about history and various cultures. My time in Utah catered to my love of nature, and I would explore nearby canyons and national parks as often as possible. While Texas is rather flat and does not have as rich of a history as the East Coast, I have come to truly appreciate this area in the past three years. In my free time I enjoy getting outside with my dog Potato, exploring Dallas on my bike, and eating any good food I find along the way.