MARLA KLEIN

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas State Board of Professional Counselors Registered Play Therapist (RPT), The Association For Play Therapy

 

Marla Klein is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents,  and adults. Her clinical experience includes working in a university/community clinic, non-profit agency, schools and private practice

Her areas of expertise include ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma,  adjustment issues, and problematic behaviors (defiance, aggression, etc.).

Marla graduated from Texas Christian University with her Bachelors Degree and went on to teach in both public and private schools working with students in special education as well as mainstream classrooms.  She later received a Masters in Clinical Counseling from Texas Woman’s University.

Marla’s therapeutic philosophy is founded on the belief that all people have the ability to positively grow and overcome life’s challenges. When working with children, she uses a combination of child-centered play therapy and expressive arts practices.  Her approach honors the uniqueness of each individual and provides them a safe, judgment-free environment to explore their thoughts and emotions.

Professional Activities and Memberships
Member, North Texas Association for Play Therapy
Member, Association for Play Therapy

 

Email: mklein@avantgardecenter.com

Paula Donnelly

MEd, LPC

 

Paula Donnelly helps families develop healthier relationships and enjoy each other.  She earned a BA in Psychology and Child Development from College of the Ozarks and her MEd in Counselor Education specializing in Play Therapy from University of North Texas. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas since 2003.

As an ADHD Coach, Paula works collaboratively with students and adults to develop goals to reach their true potential.  She will help those with ADHD improve their time management, prioritization, focus and concentration as well as their self-advocacy and social interaction skills while helping them create structure and routines in their lives.

She is a Parent Coach and Independent Facilitator of Parenting with Love and Logic classes.  Her expertise in developing and teaching practical discipline strategies comes through her work with troubled youth, in community agencies and as a mother of teenagers.

She draws from her knowledge when working with families on issues such as:

  • Assessing and Coping with ADD/ADHD
  • Parenting
  • Divorce Issues
  • Relationships
  • Boundaries
  • General Life Management

Paula loves helping parents develop skills to effectively communicate with their children and in turn, grow deeper and more meaningful relationships with them.

Email: pdonnelly@avantgardecenter.com

Laura Tafoya

 

Laura received her Bachelor’s from the University of Texas at El Paso in Psychology. She also has a Master’s in Child and Developmental Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Presently, Laura is pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is in the final year of her program. She is our practicum student finishing her hours needed for completion of her degree. 

Laura hopes to work with athletes who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities, as well as issues with Anxiety and Depression. She also hopes to pursue her education in Sports Psychology so she can work with their performance both on the field, as well as in life and in the classroom. Laura wants to help athletes develop effective skills to deal with the difficulties of balancing school, personal life, and sport. She has worked with athletes at all different levels and wishes to continue that into her career by helping athletes develop skills to better their overall performance. Laura is bilingual in Spanish. 

 

*Master level interns:  These clinicians are doing their supervised clinical work hours to complete requirements for their master’s degree in counseling.  They are supervised by Licensed Professional Counselors who meet supervisor requirements.  We only accept interns who have been interviewed and demonstrate a high level of professionalism and ethical standards.  

Tammy O'Neil

 

Tammy has a Communications and Business degree.  Her nonprofit volunteer management experience, community volunteer work and; as a mom and grandmother of five grandchildren, have enhanced her combined unique gifts of creative coaching and organization – the ability to “think outside the box.”

She is a member of professional organizations, Children, and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) and National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).  She provides her clients with effective co-active coaching techniques that transform lives.

Tammy is part of the International Coaching Federation certified JST Coaching program.  She has a level 1 Certificate in Chronic Disorganization, & ADHD through ICD.  She is an ADHD Coach and Parent Trainer that specializes in ADHD, Chronic Disorganization, and Hoarding.   She provides customized organizing strategies and maintenance plans, in addition to educating clients about their individual Organizing Style.

Tammy is passionate about helping people reach their goals in life through coaching and organization. Her motivation, creativity and positive attitude are intentional in helping clients create an “Attitude to Action Plan!”

Email: toneil@avantgardecenter.com

Dr. Dyniewski

Board Certified Psychiatrist with Progressive Psychiatry

 
Dr. Dyniewski is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who believe in minimizing medications and maximizing education.
 
Our unique approach to therapy and medication management is specifically tailored to you, your child, and your family and yields safe and effective results.
 
Collaboration is key to any successful wellness plan so we’re excited to partner with local therapists, especially the Avant-Garde Counseling and Coaching Center.
 
Progressive Psychiatry is always accepting new referrals (ages 3 to 65) via our website, www.progressivepsychiatry.org
 
We evaluate and help you manage:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Anxiety
Autism
Depression
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Bipolar Disorder
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)