Meet our Team
Dr. Brooke West PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
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.
Supervised by Dr.West
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.
LPC, RPT, Intake Coordinator
Kimberly Mullins 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 Biblical 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 for 2 years.
Kimberly works to facilitate a safe and accepting environment in which children can explore life through their natural language of play. Through collaboration with parents and play therapy sessions with children, Kimberly has seen hope restored and healing began in the lives of children and families. In addition to her enthusiasm for play therapy, Kimberly is passionate about counseling children as well as adolescence.
During her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and dog "Molly", photography, traveling, and cooking new foods.
LCDC, EMDR Trained & LPC-Associate
supervised by Dr. West
Daniel Durrett began his studies at Texas A&M University and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2015. Knowing he wanted to pursue a career focused on working with people, he enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary following his graduation. There he earned a MA in Counseling.
As a practicum intern at DTS, Daniel worked at Gaston House Transitions. He worked with many individuals and families under the umbrella of addiction and codependency with a wide variety of experiences involving everything from depression and anxiety to sexuality and trauma. He has also helped parents in filial therapy and led or co-led one to two addictions groups per week.
Daniel has enjoyed working with children throughout his life and knew therapy would be no exception. Having worked through the play therapy curriculum at DTS, he is consistently encouraged by how transformative it can be. Working from a posture of unconditional positive regard, Daniel is excited to facilitate the type of atmosphere that leads to lasting growth and healing. He considers it a privilege to work with children and families who explore previously unsafe or intimidating aspects of their self and their world with significant results.
When not working with clients, Daniel loves to read, spend time with friends and family, and practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Supervised by Dr. West
Kayla Solley earned a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Kayla’s
undergraduate studies focused on developmental, abnormal, and neuropsychology. Kayla
went on to pursue her M.A. in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary, where she is
currently studying and gaining specialized training in child and family counseling
During her practicum experience at DTS, Kayla has provided therapy as a masters-level
therapy intern to children and adolescents at local domestic violence agency Hopes Door
New Beginnings Center. Here Kayla has been able to offered therapeutic services to
families and children experiencing trauma, grief, and anxiety. Additionally, Kayla has co-
led parenting groups as well as psychoeducational domestic violence groups supporting
the remaining safe caregiver of families.
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 to spend time with her family and
friends, host, paint, travel, and explore the city of Dallas.
supervised by Dr. West
Ellen Taylor began her academic career at Texas A&M University, where she earned a B.A. in Communications with a Minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation she went to work for a church’s foster care and adoption ministry. After a year there, she went back to school to earn her Master’s in Biblical Counseling at Dallas
Theological Seminary, focusing on play therapy.
During her practicum experience, Ellen counseled children and adults in a private practice setting. She was able to work with a number of concerns, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, social skills, and adjustment concerns. Ellen offered hope to
both children and parents through play and activity therapy, as well as, working directly with parents to help them with techniques and skills that would benefit their relationship with their kids. Ellen was also able to gain valuable experience by working at both The Cambridge School of Dallas and University Park Elementary
School, where she worked with kids and adolescents. She utilized her counseling skills at each of these schools by working both with individuals, as well as, facilitating social skills and anxiety groups.
Ellen is passionate about serving children and families through the lens of counseling, and equipping them with the necessary tools they need to heal and grow. She enjoys coming alongside of parents in order to help them create a healthy environment and relationship where their kids can thrive. She adamantly believes that children and teens have a chance to grow and heal given a safe and positive relationship with their families and/or loved ones.
When she is not seeing clients, Ellen can be found working out, drinking lot’s of coffee, cooking, or spending time with her family and 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 and creating 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.
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.