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.

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.  

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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 is also trained in EMDR and Gottman Level-1.  

Ashton offers weekday telehealth appointments. 

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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 decided to go into social work and counseling because she wanted to help people learn how to become the best versions of themselves. She believes in meeting the client where they are at and has experience working with a variety of clients from different backgrounds. Tabitha is an advocate that everyone is the author of their own story and as such values each individual’s experience. 

 

Tabitha has experience and passion working with individuals who are adjusting to major life changes such as birth of a child, becoming an empty nester, job changes, changes in marital status, etc. She has experience with helping clients learn to cope and thrive with mood disorders including anxiety, depression, and bi-polar diagnoses.  Tabitha also works with patients experiencing disordered eating as well as adults and teens with ADHD and Austin Spectrum Disorder.  Before going into private practice Tabitha gained experience as a substance abuse counselor and a medical social worker. Tabitha sees individuals ages 12 and older. 

 

Tabitha focuses on a person-in-environment theory and believes that the mind and body are connected. She uses an eclectic style including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Active Parenting, and Psychodynamic Theory. Tabitha enjoys providing psycho-education on new discoveries and research in neurobiology and overall health and that makes an impact in how clients feel. 

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Kayleigh Anderson, MS, LPC-S

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Texas Woman’s University
Master of Science in Counseling & Development, Texas Woman’s University
Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor (License #69120)

 

Kayleigh joined our team in 2019. She was drawn to working at Get Out Of Your Head Therapy because of the mission to provide counseling services to underserved populations. She is passionate about breaking down barriers to mental health services. Kayleigh finds joy in getting to know people and values the vulnerability clients show when they choose to engage in the counseling process. Kayleigh understands the courage it takes to seek help and actively works to reduce stigma surrounding mental health. 


Kayleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and a Master of Science in Counseling and Development. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She especially enjoys working with survivors of trauma, individuals who are adapting to a change in health status, adolescents who are transitioning into adulthood, and individuals struggling with depression. As a person with a physical disability, Kayleigh is aware of and knowledgeable about the unique struggles individuals with physical disabilities face throughout their lifespan. Kayleigh is committed to providing counseling which is welcoming to all regardless of sexual orientation, disability status, or ethnic background. 


Kayleigh has an eclectic approach to therapy and aims to tailor the counseling process to the unique needs of her clients. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive  Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Some of the theories and therapeutic approaches that Kayleigh utilizes include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, and Seeking Safety.  


Kayleigh offers clients online evening and weekend appointments. 

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Amanda Frey, MSW, LCSW

Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University
Master of Social Work, Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #62425)

Amanda spent many years working in the service industry before pursuing a career in clinical social work. While working in this industry, the various injustices in society and stigmas relating to mental health and trauma became more prevalent. Amanda realized that she could no longer remain silent and left this industry to pursue a career that would allow her to bring awareness to mental health stigmas as well as offer supportive counseling to individuals in need. 


Prior to joining Get Out Of Your Head Therapy, Amanda spent several years working with diverse populations in acute crisis at an inpatient hospital. While serving at that facility, Amanda developed an eclectic approach to therapy because she wanted to tailor therapy sessions to meet the unique needs of each client. Amanda knows the courage it takes for individuals to reach out for mental health help, and she enjoys working alongside individuals that choose to actively engage in the counseling process.


Amanda is trained to use a variety of therapy modalities including Prepare Enrich, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and EMDR. Several other theories and therapeutic approaches that Amanda often utilizes in sessions with clients are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

 

Amanda offers clients morning and daytime appointments during the weekday either in the Waco office or via telehealth.

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Veronica Gaytan De La Rosa, BS, MS, LPC Associate 
Supervised by Ashton Jimenez, MS, LPC-S #66488

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.

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Sara Shiels, M.Ed., LPC Associate
Supervised by Ashton Jimenez, MS, LPC-S #66488

Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Science, Baylor University
Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (License #84502)

Sara’s goal is to give you time to take a deep breath and be yourself. In an age of social media and technology, she wants you to be able to have an open and honest conversation about whatever has brought you to seek counseling.    

 

Sara started her career as a high school teacher in 2014 and then transitioned to being a high school counselor in 2017.  Although Waco wasn’t where she grew up, it has become home for the past eleven years.  During her five years of school counseling experience, she gained extensive experience in college and career counseling, identity and relationship counseling, and working with school-age children and adolescents as they navigated unprecedented Covid times.

 

She realized that her love of helping people extends beyond school age-children and she is excited to be able to help people of all ages.  In Sara’s mind, you are the expert in you and your life, but she wants to give you the tools to work through difficult times and events.  Whether you are struggling with relationships, a change in your career, a lack of personal motivation or just unsure of where you go from here, she wants to help you. 

She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which is an evidence-based treament option for kids and teens who have experienced a trauma or hardship. 

 

Sara offers weekday evening appointments via online counseling and Saturday morning appointments in the Waco office. 

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Melissa SoRelle, BBA, MS, LPC Associate
Supervised by Kayleigh Anderson, MS, LPC-S #69120

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing & Management, Baylor University
Master of Science in Counseling, Tarleton State University
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (License #89078)

 

Melissa offers clients a deep understanding of many life struggles and issues as a LPC Associate. For many years, Melissa worked in marketing and insurance. During her time in business, she developed skills in collaboration, communication and product development. After raising two children, Melissa realized she wanted to employ all of the skills she had learned from both corporate life and family life. She wanted to work with people who are struggling with beliefs and attitudes that are preventing them from being able to move forward in productive ways and live better lives. Melissa understands the different challenges that can arise in the different stages of life and the struggles that may plague a person as they are learning to adapt and change. Melissa believes that everyone can grow and learn to be better versions of themselves. By dealing with irrational beliefs and recognizing how the choices we make affect the attitudes that shape our lives, each person can start to develop a more positive belief about themselves.


Melissa has worked with children, teenagers and adults who have experienced trauma and are trying to learn to deal with the reality of their experiences. She also has experience working with grief, anxiety, relationships issues, life transitions, divorce, and couples counseling. 


Melissa utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Existential Therapy often in her work with clients. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prepare Enrich. 


Melissa can see clients both online or in the Waco office. She offers weekend and evening appointments.