Meet Kathleen Mills! Where Have Our Critical Thinking Skills Gone? Wisdom. Listen. Pictures. My story? Well, let’s see…I was born and raised in Michigan but got to Texas as quickly as I could. I have a degree in performance flute and was a band-leader at Lake Highlands High for 10 years, working with some of the brightest minds in the music space, before deciding to go back to school and become a counselor. Been married…Read More About Me...
Transition. Growth. Purpose. Transitions are the bridges that link us to the next chapter in our lives. They are the pathways that link us together. Life’s full of them; they look like our first day at school, our first encounter with a bully, that first kiss, and that last goodbye after our high school graduation. Some appear when we try to unload old baggage. They come in all sizes and degrees of difficulty, and they…Read More About Me...
Laurence Saputra, LPC, EAS-C Freedom. Authenticity. Choice. Life is like a puzzle. Sometimes you are in a groove and it feels like the pieces are just falling into place. Other times you feel stuck, frustrated, or even hopeless. Maybe you begin to think that the pieces you need are missing. Or, you feel like you have been walking around with all your pieces in the box unsure of a safe place to settle into and…Read More About Me...
Faith. Forgive. Freedom. I’ve learned two big lessons in life that have helped me re-chart my course: the past does not have to dictate your future, and the path you dreamed of taking may not be the one God allows you to take. It took me a long time to come to that understanding, and in-between the colon and that last period there were a lot of tears shed working it all out. Everyone has…Read More About Me...
Youth. Decisions. Peace. My name is LeAnne Carr and I’m a counselor. We don’t have much control over what happens to us in our formative years and some of those events can have a devastatingly negative impact on who we turn out to be. Whether it’s bad parenting decisions, rogue relatives, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, that nasty little voice inside our head works hard to convince us that…Read More About Me...
About Our Associate Counselors
Hi, I'm Kathleen Mills, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Certified Employee Assistance Professional. I have spent the last 30 years as a mental health professional operating Life Tree Counseling.
One of the professional accomplishments I am most proud of is having mentored over 30 licensed counselors at Life Tree Counseling, preparing them in all aspects of running a practice. I get a particular thrill out of watching them "leave the nest" to start their own.
About 6 years ago I decided to become a certified Supervisor and add, "Associates", to those I mentor. An Associate is a newly licensed counselor. In Texas they are required to practice under the supervision of another counselor for a period of 3000 hours. That Supervisor must have more than 5 years of fully licensed experience, and the proper certification training to be a Supervisor.
Our Associates see the same clients that fully licensed counselors do, they just do it under supervision. They also tend to charge a lower fee during their 3000 hour supervisory period.
In addition to running my group practice and supervising Associates I am also very involved in PracticeMentors.us which my partner, Phillip Crum, and I established almost 8 years ago. The sole objective behind PracticeMentors is to "Protect, Equip, and Defend" the next generation of mental health counselors, to better prepare them to run a compliant mental health practice. We hold workshops, webinars and create content for counselors in order to achieve that outcome.
Consider Working With One of Our Associates
I personally hand-pick every Associate associated with Life Tree Counseling and I'm proud to say the selection process is fairly rigorous. The right person will have a heart to help others, a good bedside-manor, and a very solid, prove-able work ethic and the ability to get along with the rest of my team with no exceptions. There's more, but just that criteria sets them apart. Think of it as getting two counselors for the price of one at a lower cost! I hope this answers most of your questions and I look forward to working with you.
Kathleen Bedard, LPC AssociateSupervised by Kathleen Mills, LPC-S, CEAP A Word From Kathleen Working With Associates Stability.Mentor.Leadership. Hi I’m Kathleen Bedard and I focus on adolescents and the problems they face during that period of their lives. I do this work both individually and as a family unit. What Makes Me Tick? I’ve been interested in what makes people do the things that they do and the connections between our thoughts and our behaviors all…Read More About Me...
Gina Martin, LPC AssociateSupervised by Kathleen Mills, LPC-S, CEAP Aware. Action. Peace. A Word From Gina Working With Associates Hi, I’m Gina Martin, and I want you to know that you matter. It’s that simple. I can tell you that my own path to that realization has been long, arduous, and recent. It began with a parent-child dynamic that left me feeling somewhat devoid of parental-approval, but we deal with that, don’t we. The Preacher’s…Read More About Me...
Our counselors are trained and experienced in a wide variety of counseling disciplines including:
- chemical dependency/drug-abuse counseling
- grief and loss counseling
- faith-based counseling
- trauma recovery
- co-dependency issues
- work-life balance
- adolescent male teenagers and emerging adult issues
- pre-marital counseling
Pick one of our counselors then call us right now at 972-234-6634, and let's see how we can help you.