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Christy Graham
There are many therapy choices we can offer. We also have a wide knowledge base of competent co-parenting coordinators, mediators, and therapists that can work to develop a treatment plan for your situation. We will work with you to find just the right treatment for your goals--even if it isn't with us!

About Christy Graham

My growing up years were spent all over Texas and Kansas, but I graduated from high school in Conroe. College Station was my home in undergrad--WHOOP!--and once I received my BA in Psychology at Texas A & M, I moved on to Sam Houston State University for my masters in Clinical Psychology.

My work as a therapist started in 1999 at a Mental Health Mental Retardation center. I first worked with adults diagnosed with chronic mental health issues and then moved to work with children and families. I was fully licensed by the state of Texas in 2000 and received my registration as a play therapist in 2001.

My family moved to Denton in 2001 and I began working with extremely traumatized children who were unsafe for themselves and others. My work changed substantially in 2003 when I became a mother for the first time and a private Christian therapist. I've been working with children, families, and traumatized women since then while learning to integrate my life as a wife, mother, and Christian. Working with clients, courts, and schools is never boring, but God is good!

Recently, I have moved to a no insurance practice. My unique experience and qualifications, as well as my desire to serve my clients, not the insurance companies, has motivated me to redirect my energies from reimbursement to clients.

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Ashley Barkley, LPC

I entered the field of counseling and mental health in 2004 based on my love and interest in interacting with people. I felt drawn to a helping profession as I recognized how the course of my life had changed based on the positive influences of others in my life.

I am from Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma twice (Boomer Sooner!). In 2005, I graduated with my degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. I completed my Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling in 2009. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 7 years of experience.

I began my career in the reunification of children and families who had been in the foster care system in Oklahoma. I am familiar with the court system and feel passionately about helping families learn to parent effectively together in challenging situations.

In 2010, I became a school counselor. This provided me with a great understanding of schools and the struggles that children often face in a group setting. I believe that environment plays a large role in healthy functioning so something unique that I offer clients in conjunction with office therapy is a one or two session observation of the client in their natural environment (i.e. home, school, daycare).

I have worked in many areas of the counseling field and have truly loved the different dynamics that they offer. My focus has been children and families but I enjoy working with a variety of people.

I moved to Denton two years ago, and while I’m not quite ready to call myself a Texan, I have truly embraced Denton and love the charm and authenticity of the city. I do not take insurance as I feel that it divides my focus from therapy to insurance administration, which is outside of my knowledge base and my passion.

I am so excited to be the newest member at Acorn Counseling EducationServices and I look forward to serving you!


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Laura Westbrook, LPC Intern
Supervised by Christy Graham, LPC-S

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I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College in 2014, and am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern working under the supervision of Christy Graham, MA LPC-S RPT-S. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1988, I worked in corporate Human Resources for many years. As I was raising my own family, I gained much experience in the church with several personal help ministries. These experiences created in me a strong desire to work with people on a deeper, more meaningful level.
My goal is to provide a safe and caring environment for clients to process life experiences and hurts, and help them overcome hindrances that prevent them from having satisfying lives and relationships. Living authentically in a broken world can be challenging, and at times leaves us feeling discouraged without a sense of hope. Coming alongside clients as they embrace the courage to overcome life’s challenges and become all they were created to be is one I consider an honored privilege.
My counseling approach is holistic, taking into consideration the whole person on an emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual level, and spiritual beliefs are incorporated in the counseling process, if so desired. I try to meet people where they are and help them feel understood. My passion to help people grow emotionally and spiritually, overcoming patterns that have perpetually held them back.
I enjoy working with couples, individuals, adolescents, or children. Major Issues of focus typically include family-of-origin issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, grief, anger, personal crisis, communication patterns, balance in life, and career issues, and I commonly use play therapy with clients under the age of 10. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, give me a call. I’d love to meet with you.

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Laura Lanier, LPC Intern
Supervised by Christy Graham, LPC-S

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Counseling can be a powerful tool for learning new things about yourself and new ways to respond to situations. You don’t have to feel trapped by your emotions or your thoughts or the way you’ve always been. Give yourself some space to share and process your hurts and your patterns and I will strive to listen well and give guidance when needed.

After graduating with my Bachelors degree in Psychology from Texas A&M in 2013, I didn’t want to waste any time before beginning work on my Masters degree in Counseling at the University of North Texas. In 2016, I received my Masters degree and became a Licensed Professional Counselor–Intern under the supervision of Christy Graham, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S.

As part of my Masters degree coursework, I completed an internship at the Chrysalis Eating Disorder Treatment Program in Denton, where I gained experience working with women and teenage girls who were in recovery for a variety of eating disorders, as well as related concerns such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. This experience gave me a passion for the concerns of body image, self-esteem, and developing a healthy relationship with food. I am experienced in working with adolescents and adults, and my heart for counseling is centered in these groups.

My goal is to help you carve out a space in which you feel safe and able to process through the hard things in your life. As your counselor, my goal would be to listen and reflect your thoughts and feelings, but also to teach new techniques and skills, with the goal of empowering you to overcome the patterns of thinking, feeling, or behaving from which you would like to experience freedom.

I look forward to meeting you and working hard together. Schedule a time to talk with me through my online scheduling site, email me at [email protected] or call at 940-222-8703 ext 705.


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Al Wade
Licensed Professional Counselor

My counseling career started after 20 years of managing a team of customer service agents in a telecom call center, and six years in a call center for a pharmaceutical distributorship. I was concerned with the behavioral issues of employees that directly and indirectly impacted their job performance and started sharing my life experiences with them in an effort to ease their discomfort.

In 2010 I went back to school and earned a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University in 2012 and became a Counselor-Intern in 2013. My internship was completed under the supervision of Dr. Ken Johnson, PHD, LPC- whose incredible love for the well being of all people shaped and increased my desire to become a counselor.

As a Christian, my faith heavily influences my approach to counseling. Although I don’t label myself as a “Christian Counselor”, I am certainly a Christian who is a Counselor. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. Anxiety, anger management, depression, grief and shame are some of the dysfunctions I can help with. An area that I am certified to work in is DWI Offender Education. The number of automobile accidents involving an intoxicated driver in the State of Texas is highly alarming, and educating drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving is an area of special interest for me.

Watching college sports, especially football, is a favorite hobby of mine and I enjoy playing golf and softball every chance I get. Providing counseling services for clients of Acorn is an opportunity for me to use the gifts that God has blessed me with.
Call me at 940-222-8703 ext 702 or send me an email to: [email protected] or schedule some time online with me, right here.