Meet the Team
ABOUT RUSSELL PAYNE
Before earning my licensure and starting my career as a counselor, I spent 8 years as a police officer. Two things I learned as an officer; there are a lot of hurting families out there; and for the children, if we can intervene early and give them the support they need we can change the direction of their lives!
I became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 1996 and since then I have worked part-time private practice in marriage and family, Biblical/Christian Counseling, and with clients who struggle with mood disorders, adjustment disorders, PTSD and other difficulties. As a Christian I believe that my mission is to love first and offer a place of healing and recovery for all who are hurting.
Over the last 23 years my career has been in the school setting working with students with Behavior Disorders, Emotional Disturbances and Autism Spectrum Disorders. While direct services to students has been my specialty, I also work closely with parents, families, school staff and other professionals to bring a team approach to providing growth and strength for our kids.
I consider it an honor and a sacred privilege to be invited into the lives of people when they are in crisis and, sometimes, in a place of high vulnerability. It is also a privilege and honor to be a part of the healing process and to see strength and joy come back into their lives!
Russell specializes in children and adolescents/behavior problems, play therapy, marriage and family counseling, Christian/faith based counseling, men's issues, anxiety, depression, and general life stresses and stressors.
ABOUT TINA HERRERA
I am a licensed clinical social worker who earned an MSSW from the University of Texas at Arlington. I spent 6 years working at Child Protective Services as an investigator of child abuse and neglect. I have spent 12 years working in the public schools; providing individual/group counseling, behavior management, and as a 504 coordinator.
I chose private practice because I have a desire to help others with issues that come into our lives. I believe in approaching each client individually without judgement. As a therapist, I am open, honest, and realistic.
The most important job I have is being a Mom. I spend a lot of my time on the sidelines of baseball, football, soccer, hockey, and golf; none of which I have ever played but may cheer like I know all about it.
Tina specializes in children and adolescents/behavior problems, divorce, grief, family and marriage counseling, anxiety, depression, and general life stresses and stressors.
ABOUT MELISSA GOLDTHWAITE
I am a licensed clinical social worker, who earned a Masters degree in Social Work from Loma Linda University in Southern California. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. I was born and raised in sunny Southern California and moved to Texas 12 years ago. I have been a school social worker for the past 12 years and have also worked as a medical social worker at Cook Children’s Medical Center for the past 5 years. I previously worked for the Department of Protective Social Services, while in California.
While my education and work experience is primarily with children, my goal in private practice is to work with both adults and children and help them overcome obstacles in life they encounter. I hope to help each client develop their own path towards life fulfillment, while being able to handle and move past the “road blocks” that life can give us. I believe my empathetic and reassuring approach to therapy will allow each client to feel welcomed and safe with me.
Melissa specializes in children, behavior problems, adolescents, adults, depression, anxiety and general life stresses and stressors.
ABOUT NATASHA LOVETT
I am a licensed professional counselor, who earned a Masters degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University at Dallas. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am a native of Texas.
Along with being a school counselor for the last 6 years, I have worked as a mental health counselor, guiding clients in the development of skills and problem solving strategies. I have experience with both individual and group sessions, assisting people in making adjustments and changes in their life to overcome dependencies. I have also provided crisis intervention for clients and members of the community working in the non-profit realm.
I feel that being a therapist is a calling for me. I chose this field to help others and to provide a safe place for people to express themselves. I feel privileged to support my clients through their healing process, and to provide an environment that is open and caring, and without judgment.
Natasha specializes in adolescents, family/child conflict, adults, depression, self injury/suicidal ideation, and general life stresses and stressors.
ABOUT CHRISTIE GREELEY
My professional career began in the classroom and education has long been a passion of mine; thus, it is the foundation of my human services career and my approach therein. Rooted in the teachings of Dr. Dan Siegel, I believe that relationships and experiences are powerful educators and agents of change, because "what fires together, wires together". I believe that we are biologically wired for connections and spend the majority of our lives in group membership, memberships that can both harm and heal. Helping an individual process that narrative, identify the meaning and internal beliefs that resonate for them, is an honor and privilege. My hope is that the therapy process leaves you with a sense of confidence, self-efficacy and readiness to embrace your journey.
I completed my Master’s degree in Education Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and began my counseling career in 2006, providing mental health services via schools, homes, groups, and private practice. In 2014, I became an LPC-Supervisor prior to transitioning into the role of Director of Clinical Services at the San Marcos Treatment Center, a residential treatment center located in central Texas. I have worked with clients braving trauma histories, mood disorders, family and relational conflicts and personal identity quests. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to work with the next generation of therapists in pursuit of licensure.
Personally, I am a proud UTA coach’s wife and dog mom, so I spend my weekends watching college softball (though I’ve never played a single inning myself) or fetch! A self-described “nerd” and lifelong reader, I can usually be found with my nose in a book. I also enjoy the big screen, especially a good documentary, Broadway shows, gardening and baking.
Christie specializes in adults, teens and young adults, grief, loss, divorce, anxiety, depression, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender issues, and general life stresses and stressors.
ABOUT LISA LANDRY
I am a clinical social worker who earned a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Texas at Arlington. I am originally from Lafayette, Louisiana and have lived in and around the DFW area since 1986. I still remain very close and connected to my family in Louisiana and try to visit as often as possible. I've been happily married for 5 years, although we have no children, we do have 2 amazing dogs and 3 ornery cats we love showering with attention. I'm an avid football fan and have learned to manage my own anxiety watching the Saints play! I enjoy playing golf when I can, but as I typically joke, I'm a way better therapist than I am golfer.
In my 15 years of social work, I spent 12 years in a local high school as the At-Risk Counselor and 504 Coordinator providing therapy for students, their families, the faculty and staff. Before finding my place in the school system, I worked at a juvenile justice counseling facility in Dallas providing therapy to runaway youth and their families struggling with family conflicts and behavioral issues.
I began private practice 6 years ago, and have found helping people through this avenue is where I belong and find true satisfaction. My practice has evolved to working with adults and couples who have myriad issues from normal life struggles and stressors to serious mental illnesses. I have discovered over the years that many people struggle with debilitating anxiety that sometimes can be managed within a few sessions; this gives the person hope, and empowers them to get it completely under control in a few months. I have been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners since 2007 to provide mental health services in Texas.
My hope, with every new and existing client, is to build a bond of trust with them and work together towards a common goal in reaching a mentally healthy place in their lives. I believe my clients are capable of and have the ability to be in charge of reaching their full potential through self-determination, and with the proper guidance, encouragement and support a therapeutic relationship offers. I'm empathetic, compassionate and understanding, yet straightforward in my approach. My number one goal as a therapist is to help my clients live a life worth living.
Lisa specializes in adults, couples, family/child conflict, self-injury, suicidal ideation/attempt, depression and bipolar, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender issues, and general life stresses and stressors.
ABOUT TIFFANY BROWN
I've been in the small business world for over 20 years and worked for health insurance companies for many, many years prior to that. I manage all aspects of Landry Therapy Group business administration.
My greatest joy is knowing that I've been able to help people who are really struggling, find their way to health and happiness. I am the first contact for each of our new clients, and I strive to make that contact feel comforting, knowledgeable, and willing to help in any way I can to both our clients and our therapists.
I love being with my friends and family, the outdoors, gardening and landscaping, the amazing world of pets and animals. I think if my family and friends were to describe me with one word, it would be grateful. I believe everyday is a gift, and I try to do my best to share that gift with everyone I come in contact with.
Tiffany specializes in helping you get paired up with the therapist you want or need, when you need them. She is our Administrative Director.