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Jerry Mungadze, PhD, LPC

Dr. Mungadze was born and raised in Zimbabwe where he served as pastor of a church and performed evangelism across the country.  He helped deliver supplies to the soldiers on the front lines and minister to people in the villages victimized by guerrilla warfare.

Selected for a scholarship here in the United States, Dr. Mungadze received a BS in Bible from Dallas Bible College in Dallas, Texas, an MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and a Ph.D. in counselor education with a minor in psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  Today, Dr. Mungadze’s clinic in Bedford, Texas, attracts clients from all over the world, and his active speaking schedule has taken him around the United States and to a wide range of countries including Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ghana, Greece, and South Africa.

Dr. Mungadze specializes in the treatment of trauma based disorders, including post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative identity disorder (DID), the treatment of marriage and family problems, and is an expert in neurotherapy.  Frequently consulted by professionals in his field, Dr. Mungadze’s education and training in his treatment techniques are in high demand.  In addition, he trains law enforcement personnel on ritual crime investigation and is deemed an expert witness for trauma and dissociative disorder crimes.

Dr. Mungadze is a member and frequent presenter for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the American Academy of Christian Counselors (AACC), the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and Texas Victims Services Association (TVSA).

In addition to his private clinic, Dr. Mungadze is an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.

Rocky D. Smith, LMSW

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance, Rocky spent seventeen years in the financial services sector.  At that time he was led to enter into the counseling field.  He attended Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary for three years as a full time graduate student and received a Masters Degree in Christian Counseling.  Rocky then attended The University of Texas at Arlington for two and one-half years as a full time graduate student and received a Masters of Science in Social Work (clinical counseling).  During his last two semesters at UTA, he worked as an intern on the Faith Based Inpatient unit and the Adult Outpatient unit at Millwood Psychiatric Hospital in Arlington, TX.

After receiving his state license to practice clinical counseling in January of 2006, Rocky worked at Millwood as a psychotherapist on the Faith Based, Adult, and Intensive Care inpatient units, and in the outpatient Chemical Dependency program.  His duties included group, individual, and family therapy.  During that time he had the opportunity to meet Dr. Mungadze and work with some of the patients in the Trauma Program.

Rocky began working part-time as a psychotherapist at the Mungadze and Associates office in July of 2006 while continuing to work full-time at Millwood.  He joined Dr. Mungadze’s staff full-time in October of that year.  When Dr. Mungadze moved his inpatient Trauma Program to University Behavioral Hospital in Denton, TX during the summer of 2007, Rocky took over as lead therapist for the inpatient program while continuing to provide individual counseling during the evenings at Dr. Mungadze’s office in Bedford, TX.  During the spring of 2008, Rocky organized and led Dr. Mungadze’s intensive-outpatient Trauma Program at a UBH facility in Lewisville, TX while still doing individual therapy sessions at night.

Rocky has worked full-time as a psychotherapist at Dr. Mungadze’s office in Bedford since July 2008.  He specializes in Dr. Mungadze’s Right Brain Therapy and in chemical dependency counseling.  Rocky provides initial clinical assessments, individual therapy and couples counseling, facilitates process groups, and teaches educational groups.

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Lila Stephenson, MA, LPCi

Lila is passionate about helping individuals and families find healing and gaining freedom from past behaviors and thinking that have restricted their growth and progress.  She has a history of walking with individuals from all walks of life on the journey to hope, healing and restoration.    Lila particularly enjoys working with individuals who desire healing and restoration from past trauma related events and childhood sexual abuse.  She also enjoys helping married couples work through relational issues and assisting families in obtaining generational healing.

She utilizes her education, diverse skills, training and wisdom to bring about effective changes in the lives of her clients.  She works tirelessly equipping individuals with the necessary tools to break the cycle of destructive behaviors patterns; moreover- inspiring individuals to tap into their God-given resources to triumph over life’s challenges.

Lila holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Southern University, A& M in Baton Rouge, LA and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, working under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Mungadze.  She is also a licensed minister.  Lila is currently pursuing certification as a Sex Therapist from the Institute of Sexual Wholeness, Inc. /Richmondt Graduate School in Atlanta, GA.

Lila serves on the board of directors at Faith and Works, Inc. as an Adult-Youth/Family Advisor.  She is a Co-Founder of Solid Home Builder, Inc. – a family empowerment ministry that inspires individuals to build long lasting healthy families.

Kiasi Valentine

Kiasi Valentine, LPC Intern

Kiasi is a second year graduate student at Dallas Baptist University. She is working as a practicum student under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Mungadze. She will complete her Masters of Counseling degree in December 2012 and she holds a BA in Psychology from the University of North Texas.

She currently works as a Ministry Coordinator at Gateway Church. As a licensed pastor in the Stewardship Department she oversees the vision and discipleship of 40 volunteers. Prior to joining the staff at Gateway, she worked in the justice system at Harrison County Juvenile Services Pre/Post Adjudication Facility for 10 years.

Kiasi has a special interest in working with individuals who have difficult relational problems, such as depression, anxiety, anger and many other emotional issues. She is passionate about navigating others through traumatic life experiences, helping them to create a plan of action that will lead to a more fulfilling life.

 

JOSEPH EWEGBEJE

Joseph Ewegbeje, MA, LPCi

Joseph has been in the ministry of serving in the community of faith for over 20 years. He brings a multicultural perspective to the counseling process, having served as a missionary and ministry leader in various parts of Africa before relocating to the United States.

Joseph understands respect for culture and worldviews and brings a mature, non-judgmental and compassionate wisdom to the counseling engagement with strong emphasis on the whole person. The target of the therapeutic relationship is focused on a holistic approach to gain understanding of self, intra psychic and interpersonal dynamics of the ensuing complex relationship.

At one time or the other we will experience events that shift our balance and require the help of a trained professional for things to return to normalcy; it is never a question of if trouble comes, it is when trouble comes. A first-hand experience of pain, persecution and human suffering qualifies Joseph to walk with anyone that may be experiencing discomfort (emotional or physiological) and needs a healthy guide along the way. After all, we can only successfully comfort others with the comfort we have received.

Joseph works with clients (young adult & adult) that may have experienced or are experiencing problems of trauma and PTSD, pain and stress (emotional or physiological), chronic pain or illness, depression, anxiety, fears, spiritual conflicts and change.

As a seasoned, empowered, versatile and ordained Christian leader with professional and practical experience in Christian ministry, he also facilitates training and leadership development seminars to promote and deepen the individual/group Christian spiritual experience.

Joseph graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Masters of Arts in Counseling degree and holds an LPC-Intern license. Joseph is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Mungadze, the renowned trauma and PTSD expert.

Carissa On Bridge SqCarissa Little, BA

Carissa has long been fascinated by the power of story. Her own story has involved many adventures, including growing up in the desert of New Mexico, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Christian Ministries from Oral Roberts University, doing children’s ministry at Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as Gateway Church in Southlake, TX, and also being a children’s librarian in New Mexico. She is currently completing her Masters of Counseling degree at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (affectionately known as SAGU), and working as a practicum student under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Mungadze, all while working as an Administrative Assistant for SAGU.
Stories take everyone down individual roads, some joyful and adventurous, and some dark and destructive. Trauma is one of those roads that not only brings a person into darkness, but also can stop any forward movement in the person’s story. Others may continue on their road but be slowed down by the effects of trauma. Carissa’s fascination in story is found in a desire to help people of all ages who have become wounded or trapped in trauma. She purposely sought out Right Brain Therapy as the place to begin her counseling career, as it helps clients to process their stories, the good and the traumatic, and to move forward in the adventures of their lives.

Brian Schehrer 1Brian Schehrer, M.A., LPC Intern

Brian has a passion to help people live as whole individuals wherever they find themselves in life.  He believes that even when personal life stories contain chapters of darkness and pain, hope can be found. Brian works with clients dealing with anxiety, grief, depression, out-of-control behavior, relational issues, combat and complex trauma, and ritual and sexual abuse.

Brian learned much about cultural norms, the healing of personal and relation wounds, and the ability to find strength after traumatic and abusive events during the 30 years that he lived, worked and traveled in Europe, Central America and the Middle East. He also served in the United States Air Force and the Army National Guard for seven years. Brian helped recover and identify the 241 US servicemen killed in the Beirut terrorist bombing, and while serving experienced terrorist threats, bombings and traumatic injury. Under NATO and KFOR authority, he led three NGO compassion missions to villagers in Kosovo, who survived ethnic cleansing and torture.

Brian Schehrer is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (supervised by Dr. Jerry Mungadze PhD, LPC-S). He received his B.A. from the University of Northwestern St. Paul and his Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and in his free-time works with military families, and veterans to promote their personal resilience, telling of their stories, and re-integration at home and within the community.

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