About the Waco Team
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.
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.
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.
Melissa SoRelle, Masters-Level Counseling Student
On-Site Supervisor: AshleyDawn Sheppard
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing & Management, Baylor University
Master of Science in Counseling, Tarleton State University
Melissa offers clients a deep understanding of many life struggles and issues as a Masters-Level Counseling Student. 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 the choices we make affect the attitudes that shape our lives, each person can start to develop a more positive belief about themselves. As she moves forward as a professional helper, she wants to work 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 Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Existential Therapy often in her work with clients. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Prepare Enrich.
Melissa can see clients both online or in the Waco office. She offers weekend and evening appointments.