Meet our Team
Dr. Brooke West PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, EMDR Trained
Meet Dr. Brooke West:
HOPE Child and Family Center of Texas was established by Dr. Brooke West in 2013. HOPE was created out of the desire to serve and give back to Dr. West's community. Dr. West specialized in play therapy during her Masters of Science and her Ph.D. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from University of North Texas. She is not only one of the best Dallas play therapist in private practice, she is also one of the best play therapy supervisors. She has a vast experience in child trauma, psychiatric disorders, and abuse. Her expertise led her to want to establish a safe place for children, teens, and adults who desire to grow and to make changes for the rest of their lives. Offering child play therapy and being trained by the bests play therapists in the nation (Dr. Garry Landreth and Dr. Dee Ray), Dr. West is able to meet children developmentally based on what their needs are. Her services are known to be trust-worthy, professional, and genuine. Her passion for children and teens exudes in her work and success.
Dr. West has worked at Children's Medical Center, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, Green Oaks Hospital, and in Private Practice. She is a member of Texas Counseling Association and Association of Play Therapy. She has presented at conferences locally and nationally. Dr. West has also been featured on WFFA Day Break News with Mike Castellucci and The Therapy Hour on IHEART Talk Radio AM 1190 with Rusty Lozano.
LPC, RYT 200
Taylor Daniel began her academic journey at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX where she focused on developmental psychology, particularly as it related to children. After completing a B.A. in Psychology, Taylor went on to complete her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Texas with a focus in play therapy. Taylor received specialized training in child and parent counseling techniques and enjoys working with clients of all ages.
During her practicum experience at UNT, Taylor provided therapy services to children and young adults a UNT’s Counseling and Human Development Center. She helped individuals navigate a variety of concerns, including life adjustment, anxiety, depression, identity concerns, the use of maladaptive coping skills, and trauma and abuse. During her internship experience at UNT, Taylor provided counseling services to children, parents, teens, and adults at the Irving Family Advocacy Center. Taylor worked with clients who had experienced domestic violence or other forms of trauma and abuse. In addition to providing individual counseling and play therapy services, Taylor co-led parenting groups and children’s groups to provide support to the entire family system.
Through her years working with children and families, Taylor has developed a passion for helping children and parents who may be feeling stuck move in a direction of positivity and healing. Taylor enjoys helping clients and families find the strengths they already possess and make sense of their behaviors.
During her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her friends and family, practicing yoga and meditation, reading, singing and making music.
supervised by Dr. West
Yunji Min began her studies at Sookmyung Women’s University, where she earned a B.A. in Counseling. Yunji pursued her M.A. in Missiology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After working as a children’s pastor and the refugee program director for children at New Song Church in Carrollton, TX, Yunji completed an M.A. in Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary.
As a master-level counselor at Dallas Life Homeless Shelter, Yunji provided therapy to individuals and families, including those struggling with addiction, life transitions, grief, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and unresolved trauma. Additionally, Yunji co-led an anger management class for residents at Dallas Life Homeless Shelter.
Yunji strives to create a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental environment for children and their families. She is passionate about helping children and families learn how to make positive changes in their lives. She believes that every child has the potential to be the best version of themselves, and she feels honored to be a part of their growth.
During her free time, Yunji enjoys traveling with her husband, meeting friends, going for a walk, and quilting.
Supervised by Dr. West
Juliana Rey began her academic career at Texas A&M University where she earned a B.S. in Psychology. While at A&M, Juliana collaborated with professors to conduct research in emotional-regulation, self-esteem, and self-control. After graduation, she earned pursed a M.A. in counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary where she gained specialized training in child and family counseling as well as caring for victims of trauma.
While in graduate school, Juliana provided therapy as a masters-level counselor at His Story Coaching and Counseling and Dallas Christian College. There, she developed a passion for walking with parents through the stress of juggling parenting and maintaining their own self-identity. Additionally, she enjoys working with clients of all ages struggling with relationship issues, grief, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Juliana believes that working with children at a young age is important as it helps grow them into healthy adults.
While counseling can feel intimidating, Juliana’s goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space for clients to process the rollercoaster moments of life. She believes that positive and lasting change exists in the context of healthy relationships and seeks to provide that to her clients. it is her greatest privilege to walk with others through some of their hardest moments.
When not working with clients, Juliana enjoys spending time with her husband, exercising, reading, and travelling.
supervised by Dr. West
Erica Thomason has over 20 years of experience, Erica has devoted her entire career to working with hundreds of children and their families in multiple capacities. Her knowledge in psychology, early education, physical and cognitive development, social-emotional wellness, attachment, positive parenting skills, and mindfulness have encouraged families to reach their potential at various levels. She has consistently guided children to cultivate a love of learning and confidence in their abilities and skills to positively navigate their worlds. Therapeutically, Erica has focused on the areas of Individual therapy, Parent Education, Child-centered play therapy, Theraplay, Filial play therapy, Existential group therapy, and Mindfulness.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas where she and her husband have a beautiful home a few miles from downtown. They have two Yorkshire Terriers and welcomed their first child in June 2019. In Erica's free time, she enjoys being with friends and family, practicing yoga and traveling. Erica graduated from Garland High School with a diploma, from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Educational Psychology. In 2017 she established an educational company called The Dynamic Child that provides individual enrichment for children ages 3-9. Most recently she completed her graduate studies with Grand Canyon University in 2018 and earned a Masters in Counseling with a focus in Play Therapy.
Throughout Erica's career, she has worked with children and families in many capacities including as an educator, wellness coach, as a caregiver and now as a counselor. Erica looks forward to continuing to contribute positive impacts with families for many years to come.
LPC, EMDR Trained
Kayla Solley is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kayla graduated with her Masters in Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary as well as earned a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Kayla is passionate about working with children and families in providing Play Therapy, activity therapy, and individual therapy.
Kayla served as a student intern and LPC-Associate at Hope’s Door New Beginnings Center (student intern), HOPE Child and Family Center of TX (LPC-Associate), and His Story Coaching and Counseling (LPC-Associate). Here she utilized play therapy, activity therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy techniques with children, teens, and young adults. Additionally, she co-facilitated psychoeducational groups for safe caregivers of traumatized children, and completed training in EMDR therapy. During her time as an associate she employed direct therapy services to children and teens, reporting a number of issues, including mourning death, divorce, suicidal ideation, self harm, PTSD, OCD, behavioral issues, and anxiety. Her specialty is play, activity, and individual therapy with children, teens, and young adults with trauma history and anxiety disorders.
Through her work with children and families, Kayla has gained a heart for serving her clients during difficult moments and life transitions while witnessing the happiness and joy in growth along the process. Kayla believes that children and families are resilient and capable of growth and healing when provided a safe space and through the positive collaboration of the client and therapeutic relationship.
When she is not working with her clients, Kayla loves spending time with her family and friends, painting, traveling, watching A&M football, and exploring the city of Dallas.
supervised by Dr. West
Jillian Olkowski began her academic studies at Baylor University, where she received a B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies. She then completed an M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in play therapy from Dallas Theological Seminary.
During her practicum experience, Jillian worked at Hope’s Door New Beginnings Center, a domestic violence agency. Here, she provided therapeutic services to children and adolescents who struggled with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. She also co-led healthy parenting and domestic violence groups for adults while at Hope’s Door.
Jillian believes in the play therapy model as a meaningful way to help children process their emotional world. She is passionate about the power of empathy, trust, and unconditional positive regard in the context of relationships to bring change and healing. Jillian strives to create an environment of emotional safety for her clients in order to facilitate their growth.
In her free time, Jillian enjoys reading good books, walking around Target, trying new recipes, and spending time with her friends and family.
supervised by Dr. West
Hallie Tabor began her academic career at St. Edwards University, where she earned a B.A. in Criminology with a Minor in Psychology. Hallie pursued her M.S. in Counseling at the University of North Texas, with a focus on adolescents. She expanded her studies to also be able to provide play therapy and use expressive arts in her counseling approach.
As an intern at UNT, Hallie worked at Jewish Family Service. She worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of experiences including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and life transitions. During her time at JFS she also created and co-led a virtual support group for children who were struggling with transitions and life changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hallie believes that each individuals experiences are unique and works to create a safe and accepting environment for clients to share their world. She values the therapeutic relationship and takes time to connect and fully understand her clients beliefs and needs. She is very passionate about her work and helping children and families heal, grow, and learn more about themselves.
During her free time, Hallie enjoys singing, playing piano, reading, video games, and spending time with her friends.
supervised by Dr. West
Samantha Whetsell began her academic studies at the University of Oklahoma where she received a B.A. in Psychology. After spending a year working in college ministry, Samantha went on to complete a M.A in Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary with a focus on play therapy.
During her practicum experience at DTS, Samantha worked at Elledge Counseling Associates, Hope Mansion, and Bridges Safehouse. Here, Samantha offered therapeutic services to children and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, and behavioral difficulties. In addition to providing individual counseling and play therapy services, Samantha co-led a parenting group using a 10-week Filial Therapy model (Child-Parent Relationship Therapy).
Through her work with children and families, Samantha has seen the power of play therapy create a safe place for kids to explore the things going on in their life and in their world. Samantha enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families to help create space for the things that matter most. Samantha believes growth, change, and healing is possible in the context of safe relationships and is excited to help facilitate this process in the lives of children and families.
When not working with clients, Samantha enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, going on walks, and enjoying coffee from local coffee shops.
Additional Therapists at HOPE Center:
Dr. West, her team, Kimmy Mullins and Jonathan Todd frequently collaborate to help create cohesive
care for families and their unique needs so all family members therapeutic needs can be addressed.
LPC, RPT, EMDR Trained
Open Table Counseling PLLC
Kimberly (Kimmy) Mullins is the owner and therapist of Open Table Counseling PLLC. Her office is located with in HOPE Child & Family Center of Texas offices.
Kimmy began her academic training at Oklahoma State University where she received a degree in Psychology. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Kimberly went on to complete a Masters degree in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary with a focus on play therapy. Kimberly has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas since 2016.
During her internship at DTS, Kimberly counseled children and parents at Children’s Health Medical Center Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, Children’s Health Medical Center Day Treatment, Dallas Life Homeless Shelter, and provided play therapy at Ebenezer Grace Children’s Home in Hawassa, Ethiopia. After her internship at Children’s Health Medical Center ended in 2015, Kimberly was offered a position at the Children’s Health Medical Center Inpatient Unit where she conducted milieu therapy with children who were a harm to themselves or others due to many different mental illnesses. Kimberly also partnered with a nonprofit, HIS Story Coaching and Counseling, to work with children coming out of domestic violence.
Kimberly works to facilitate a safe and accepting environment for all of her clients to be able to explore themselves and the change they hope to create in their lives. Kimberly creates a safe environment for children to explore their world in the natural language of play. In addition to her enthusiasm for play therapy, Kimberly is also passionate about counseling adolescents and adults.
During her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family and dog "Molly", photography, traveling, and creating art.
Jonathan Todd Counseling Services PLLC
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Jonathan Todd is the owner and therapist of Jonathan Todd Counseling Services PLLC. His office is located with in HOPE Child & Family Center of Texas offices.
Jonathan received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, and later pursued his Master’s degree in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently enrolled in the Counseling Education PhD program at A&M Commerce, and has a focus on multicultural counseling competency. Jonathan has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas since 2016.
At the start of his clinical experience, Jonathan started working with residents at a homeless shelter in downtown Dallas. Through this experience, he developed skills in working with crisis management, complex trauma, family conflict, substance abuse issues, and mental health diagnoses. Throughout the years Jonathan has continued to develop his passion for working with marginalized and underserved groups, and has worked with agencies that serve the homeless community, HIV/AIDS community, and families fleeing domestic violence.
Jonathan’s primary passion is working with minority populations, and the LGBTQ+ population. His training has equipped him to work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. The primary goal of counseling for Jonathan is to walk alongside people that are in the courageous pursuit of positive change through providing consistent encouragement, and ethical care. There is freedom to come as you are – your feelings and experiences are valid. Jonathan’s goal is to provide a safe environment for clients to explore anything they want to bring into the therapy room.
During his free time, Jonathan enjoys painting, collecting records, and thrift shopping. Jonathan has traveled to Japan, Argentina, and Brazil (and has a growing list of other places he wants to go to).