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    Kay E. Gillette, BA, Med, LMFT

    Kay has worked with Abilene’s children and adolescents, and families since 1979 – joining Texas Family Institute in 2005. Her specialty is adult individual and marital therapy. Consultation regarding children’s behavioral and educational issues. Kay’s general practice areas are depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship and boundary issues. She favors jungian philosophy, cognitive / behavioral therapy, insight oriented therapy.

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    Jeff Emery, BS, MMFT, LMFT

    Jeff’s specialty is parenting and stage of Life issues especially family life and teen years, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, grief, marital and pre-marital counseling. Jeff’s general practice areas are individuals, couples and families experiencing dysfunction in daily living. Utilizing the Internal Family Systems model as a framework for therapy and solution focused brief therapy and cognitive behavioral modalities.

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    Amy Richardson, BA, Med, LPC

    Amy began her practice at Texas Family Institute in 2008. Before joining TFI, she worked in the geriatric field to accrue hours toward licensure. Prior to that, she was a stay-at-home mom for nine years. She has the unique perspective of having obtained both professional and personal experience with the unique challenges facing the members of the military and their families. Specialty: Her clientele range from individuals, couples, and families, to children. Healthy relationships and communication are a priority with every client. Other therapy modalities are used as well, but they are tailored specifically to the situation presented by the client and their unique needs, personality, and ability. General Practice Areas: Depression, anxiety, PTSD, marriage, divorce, grief, anger, behavioral issues, school issues, ADHD, alcohol/addictions, eating disorders, Bipolar Disorder, teen/adolescent issues and setting healthy boundaries. She favors Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and believes that by examining one’s thinking, and often self-defeating thinking, that one can get to the root of the problem.

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    Rebecca McMurray BA, MA, LMFT

    Rebecca has been associated with TFI since 2004. Her specialty is behavioral problems with children and adolescents. Her general practice areas are individual and family. She favors cognitive behavioral therapy, art and educational therapy.

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    Michael Finley- BS, MS, LMFT

    Michael has been associated with TFI Since 2008. His specialty is couple communications and relations, conflict resolution, depression, anxiety and anger management. His general practice areas are couples, individual male/female child or teen counseling, bereavement, work, personal, relational and emotional problems. Work from the grounding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multigenerational, Emotional Focused Couples Therapy and Structural Theories. I have a strong Christian faith and prize gifts of analysis and strategizing solutions to difficult life struggles.

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    Melody Parker, BA, Med., LPC

    Melody has been with Texas Family Institute since 2008. Her specialty is parenting and relationship issues – Spiritual counseling – Sexual abuse recovery. Her general practice areas are working with children 4 and older, and adults of all ages. I work with individuals and families to meet their challenges in a way they can be proud of. She utilizes play therapy, Solution Focused Interventions, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques.

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    Edwyna Watson, BA, MEd, LPC, LCDC

    Edwyna established her practice at TFI in 2010. She is a dedicated professional with experience who has empathy and sensitivity for working with hurting people and helping them find positive solutions. She specializes in all types of addictions, including eating disorders and family dynamics. She listens with her heart as she counsels clients and families.

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    Nikki Nazworth, MA, LPC

    Nikki joined TFI in 2012, transitioning to private practice from working with families and individuals in a private mental health facility. Nikki is able to connect with her clients in a warm and inviting way that makes therapy a helpful activity.

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    Kent Akers, MMFT, LMFTA

    Kent graudated from ACU's Marriage and Family Therapy program in 2011. He works with individuals to help them discover their strengths and overcome obstacles in their indivudal and family functioning.

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    Stephanie Pascal, Executive Administrative Assistant

    Stephanie came to TFI in 2005 and has become a very important addition to the staff. She’s professional and knowledgeable with the inner workings of insurance. She uses that capability to assist the clients and therapists with scheduling appointments and processing of insurance claims. Stephanie’s goal is to be a resource for the clients as she helps to bring dignity and peace to Texas Family Institute.

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Our Services

Marriage and Family Therapy

Individual Therapy

depression, grief, anxiety, unemployment, domestic issues, alcohol and substances abuse
and divorce.

Anger Management

Relationship Therapy

Parenting Course

One on One

Our Programs

Military Fund

For those serving in deployment In Iraq or Afghanistan individuals or Families.

Samaritan Fund

For those with limited income Below the poverty level.

Children First Program

Supervised visitation and exchange programs for families; Visitation are 1st, 3rd, & 5th Saturdays each month.

Children & Divorce Seminars

Required 4-hour course on the effects of divorce on children.