About the Online Counseling Team
H. Xavier Reveles, MSW, LCSW
Bachelor of Social Work, Texas State University
Master of Social Work, Texas State University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #63430)
Xavier’s focus during therapy is to nurture your process of growth by developing a safe and healthy environment for you. He believes that total involvement and support by your therapist should be available to all individuals, regardless of your financial situation, gender/sexual identity, or life experiences. Your growth and support is the primary factor in counseling.
After working for several years in Corporate America, Xavier realized that his abilities were suited more for the helping profession. He served survivors of sexual trauma and the Spanish-speaking community for five years in Waco, TX. During this time, he discovered his passion of working with individuals on a clinical level and returned to school. While studying for his master’s degree in Social Work, Xavier focused his education on clinical practice and how it directly relates to trauma, mental health, and personality development. His own life experiences have provided him with a wealth of knowledge about men’s issues, anxiety, depression, healthy relationships, feminism, and social justice.
While Xavier is trained in many therapeutic modalities, his vision and voice are influenced by his feminist perspective and a strive to nurture diversity and inclusivity. Xavier most frequently utilizes EMDR, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. He practices with the beliefs that your life is important, your experiences have influenced who you are today, and that you have the power to change your world.
Xavier practices in the Waco offices and also provides online counseling. Xavier is able to provide sessions in either Spanish or English, and offers a variety of options for appointments. He is the co-founder of Get Out Of Your Head Therapy and its subsidiary, Get Out of Your Head Groups.
AshleyDawn Sheppard, MS, LPC-S
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Journalism, Baylor University
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University - Central Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor (License #69395)
AshleyDawn has a special place in her heart for Waco. She saw a need for skilled clinicians in Waco, and decided to open an office to serve Wacoans and greater McLennan County. AshleyDawn practices in the Waco office and also provides online counseling. She is the co-founder of Get Out Of Your Head Therapy.
AshleyDawn is passionate about making counseling services accessible to people from all walks of life - which is reflected in her fee for services. She spent many years working in Corporate America before deciding to pursue a graduate degree in a field that she found more intrinsically fulfilling. She has experienced first-hand the benefits of career counseling, group counseling, individual counseling and self-betterment workshops,and that is why she seeks to provide her clients with excellent service & skilled help.
She has a special passion for helping survivors of sexual trauma & sexual abuse find wholeness. And she likes to come alongside couples and individuals who are trying to heal after a major life disruption.
AshleyDawn is trained in EMDR, certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & is a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. While she is trained in many the schools & models of therapy, the theories & therapeutic approaches she utilizes the most are Choice Theory/Reality Therapy, Bowenian Transgenerational Systems Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Language Systems, Person-Centered Therapy, Human Validation Process Model, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
Karen Cotton, MSW, LCSW
Bachelor of Science in Education Psychology, North Texas State University
Master of Social Work, West Virginia University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #32681)
Karen joined Get Out of Your Head Therapy in 2016 to expand her work with the LGBTQIA community, people taking care of aging loved ones or those living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and clients who want to incorporate weight loss or weight management into their counseling experience. Karen had a robust career before joining Get Out Of Your Head Therapy. She worked in a hospital setting serving clients struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. Then, she worked with couples and families living with HIV. For many years, she worked with inmates in California and coordinated their re-integration into the community.
Karen works with adults and the elderly and specializes in same-sex couples counseling, crisis intervention, aging issues, adult caretaker challenges, retirement transitions, HIV challenges and concerns specifically related to LGBTQIA identity. While Karen is trained in many of the schools and models of therapy, the theories and therapeutic approaches she utilizes the most are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic and Person-Centered Therapy.
Karen provides her clients Saturday appointments and only offers web-based counseling.
Patricia Huggins, MA, LPC
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Master of Arts in Community Counseling, Northeastern Illinois University
Licensed Professional Counselor (License #69068)
Patricia joined Get Out of Your Head Therapy in 2018. Patricia began her career as a therapist out of a burning desire to help individuals struggling with life circumstances. Patricia graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. As her desire for helping people grew, she went back to school and obtained her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She worked as a DUI counselor in the Cook County Court system. This lead to more fulfilling work in the Ozarks of Missouri as a Community Support worker with chronic mentally ill population. She fought for mental health services, housing for her clients and developing independent living skills. She has over 20 years of substance counseling experience with the federal government in the National Drug Abuse Program. There, she helped establish and implement drug programming in the federal system. After retiring from the federal government, she went to work for a family advocacy center; counseling battered women and children at a facility that catered to victims of crime and domestic abuse. She has also worked with chronic mental illness in a psychiatric setting.
As a therapist, she works side by side with clients to help them feel worthy and supported. Patricia receives fulfillment by assisting clients struggling to overcome life’s obstacles and offering a safe place to hurt, heal and grow.
Patricia has comprehensive training in multiple therapeutic modalities, but the ones she draws from most frequently are Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Rational Skills Therapy. She is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy which is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. She has extensive experience working with substance abuse, anxiety, depression and self-esteem.
Ashton Jimenez, MS, LPC-S
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Baylor University
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor (License #66488)
Ashton joined Get Out of Your Head Therapy in 2018. Her goal for counseling is always to create a safe and supportive environment that allows individuals and families to feel heard and understood. She believes that in a world that can feel fast-paced and overwhelming, counseling can allow you to take space for yourself and to care for yourself in the way that you deserve. She has spent many years working with families as they navigate transitions and learn healthy ways of communicating with one another. Ashton is passionate about helping others create a life full of personal meaning and fulfillment and works with individuals to identify what inherent strengths they already have to help them get there.
Ashton has experience in helping families and youth of all ages develop a skill set that can make them successful in a complex world. She especially enjoys coming alongside youth who have gone through upsetting or confusing events, young children who have significant behavior challenges that impact their ability to be successful in daycare and school settings, and biological parents, adoptive parents, and non-traditional caregivers when they feel they have hit roadblocks in their parenting journey. She has over a decade of experience supporting youth, individuals and families with issues of grief and loss and also enjoys helping individuals navigate life stressors, mood disturbances like depression and anxiety, unhealthy coping patterns, self-worth, and relational struggles.
Ashton is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has spent many years facilitating parenting groups, as well as youth social skill and self-esteem groups. Some of the theories & therapeutic approaches that Ashton utilizes the most are Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Play Therapy techniques.
Ashton offers clients evening and Saturday appointments online and in the Waco office.
Tabitha Jones, MSW, LCSW, LCDC
Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Psychology, Eureka College
Master of Social Work, University of Southern California
Licensed Master Social Worker (License #65333)
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (License #14078)
Tabitha joined Get Out of Your Head Therapy in 2019. She decided to go into social work and counseling because she wanted to make a difference and help people who felt lost or who needed guidance and support. She has experience and passion working with those with chemical and/or behavioral addictions. She enjoys working with working parents who are seeking ways to find more balance in their lives. She enjoys working with young people over the age of 12 as they form their identities and values. She sees individuals, couples and families who need counseling to help them with major life events, stress, parenting, marriage issues, racial issues, body image, disordered eating, grief, loss, and life skills.
Tabitha focuses on a person-in-environment theory and utilizes an eclectic style including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Active Parenting, and Psychodynamic Theory.
Tabitha offers clients evening and Saturday appointments via online counseling.
Jennifer Merrill, BA, MA, LPC Associate
Supervised by Ashton Jimenez, MS, LPC-S (License #66488)
Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, California State University - Sacramento
Master of Arts in Counseling, Northwestern University
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (License #82106)
Jennifer joined GOOYHT in May 2018 as a practicum student and has returned to work for GOOYHT as a licensed clinician. Jennifer has worked with many types of people throughout her life. As she worked in these capacities, she recognized that people were suffering beyond her ability to help. She desired to work with people on a deeper level which led her to counseling. Her previous experience working as a teacher in Nigeria and as an English editor in South Korea gave her knowledge of various languages, cultures, and religions. Through her volunteer work in St. Louis, MO, and surrounding areas, and working as a sports coach, she has also developed an understanding of various socioeconomic groups as well as various ages and stages of life. She recognizes the need to incorporate unique cultural values and experiences into the counseling process. She values being inclusive and creating a warm accepting environment for clients from all walks of life.
Jennifer works with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families concerned with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal violence, emotional regulation, relationships, difficult family of origin experiences, communication, life goals and values, body image, self-esteem, spirituality, and finding more meaning in life.
She values a collaborative, client-centered approach to achieving hope and well-being, focusing on strengths and offering support. In working with clients, she feels it is important to facilitate clients’ development of new skills and knowledge about themselves and their relationships. She feels that we can often overcome challenges by addressing our past and gaining an understanding of our current difficulties. Also, through mindful consideration of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, we can act in accordance with what is most important to us. In acting deliberately rather than reacting, our actions can be in line with our values. Through this understanding and deliberate action, we can heal and feel a full range of emotions as we relate to others and find meaning for ourselves.
Jennifer has knowledge of various theories, modalities, and interventions. She uses elements from these various theories of counseling, most often using Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, the Gottman Method and Trauma-Informed Therapy.
Jennifer offers daytime and evening appointments via online counseling.
Nicole “Nikki” Davis, MSW, LCSW
Bachelor of Social Work, Tarleton State University
Master of Social Work, Tarleton State University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #66941)
Nikki has a genuine and enduring love for people. She understands that seeking therapy may sometimes feel intimidating, but she endeavors to create a safe, supportive space for people to explore opportunities for growth and change in their lives. Nikki believes in helping people to find their voice, while empowering them to see the strengths that they already have inside.
Nikki spent years working in business and volunteering part-time in the helping professions. While her experiences in business were valuable, she decided that helping others full-time was her heart’s calling. Nikki went back to school and earned her degrees and license in Social Work.
She has worked with male and female survivors of domestic and sexual violence and has a heart for people who have been through trials. She has also walked alongside people who have lost loved ones or have lived with terminal disease themselves. Nikki is glad to work with people who have struggled with a diverse range of challenges including depression, anxiety, gender issues, women’s issues, sexual abuse, self-harm, OCD, hoarding disorder, life transitions, and self-esteem. She is a LGBTQIA ally and has a special interest in transgender experiences.
Some of the theories and approaches that Nikki uses in therapy are Systems Theory, Transtheoretical Model of Change, Feminist Theory, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Nikki offers evening and Sunday appointments via online counseling.
Veronica Gaytan De La Rosa, BS, MS, LPC Associate
Supervised by Melissa Schniers, PhD, LPC-S#61594
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling, Tarleton State University
Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Tarleton State University
LPC Associate (License #85779)
Veronica focuses on creating a healthy environment where clients can feel cared for, pressure-free and understood. Being able to help clients to find a safe place where they can connect with themselves is her passion and motivation. She decided to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate when she realized the need for counseling services for minority populations and vulnerable communities. Her desire to help encouraged her to obtain her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Tarleton State University.
Veronica desires to help people from different backgrounds, cultural and sexual identities, financial situations, and life experiences. She emphasizes the importance of equity among all human beings and the right to receive proper health care.
Veronica's dream is to make a difference and break the stereotypes of counseling little by little, so more people can receive the proper care to promote a more enjoyable life. Veronica believes that it is fundamental to be empathetic and understand the client’s world in order to create a professional and genuine connection with the client. She believes that our previous experiences influence our ideas, thoughts, and perceptions, and she makes an effort to understand the unique client experience in order to provide the best treatment plan.
Some of the theories and approaches that Veronica uses the most are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Adlerian.
Veronica can work with children as young as 5, preteens, adolescents, and adults. She offers clients evening and daytime appointments either online or in the Waco office.
Ryan Savage, Masters-Level Counseling Student
On-Site Supervisor: AshleyDawn Sheppard
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ashford University
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
Ryan brings years of lived experience to his work as a Masters-Level Counseling Student. Prior to graduate school, he worked in the hospitality industry while studying psychology and philosophy. While working in that setting, he developed his skills for relating to others. He experienced a life-altering recovery from cancer that allowed him to experience the impact of learning how to change his thinking so that he could change his feelings and experience - which ultimately changed the way he views life. After recovering, he had a new clarity for his purpose and knew that he needed to become a counselor. He seeks to come alongside people as they deal with their own struggles, fears and setbacks. As he works with clients, he puts a strong focus on changing cognitions and thinking patterns to change one's physical and emotional experience. He is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and also employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Existential Therapy to help people not only deal with the present but think about the larger picture and their lifelong goals and aspirations. He also employs the Prepare Enrich method when working with couples or people seeking relationship counseling.
Ryan offers daytime and evening appointments via online counseling.