Meet Our Team

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Cynthia Barkley, PhD., LPC-S

Cynthia holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor and supervisor in the state of Texas.

Cynthia has a passion for walking along side clients as they strive for wholeness, healing, and healthy relationships. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families and she counsels from an eclectic orientation. Cynthia utilizes a combination of techniques including client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and spiritual direction. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) therapy and neurofeedback. Her certifications include: Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Certified Partner Trauma Therapist (CPTT), Prepare/Enrich and SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts).

Cynthia has extensive cross-cultural experience which includes 16 years of living and working abroad in Central Asia and Europe. She is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren. 

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Alessia Madkins, MA, LPC-S

Life is a journey, and sometimes it leads us to unexpected places, and we're left feeling lost and stuck. When we lose our bearings in life, we can trust God. His trustworthy Word is our compass and we use that to lead us into a deeper fellowship with Him. Alessia is the founder of The Compass Center for Wellness, PLLC. Her goal is to help clients navigate through their journey to experience abundant life. She enjoys integrating theology into her work because she believes the love of God is the most powerful agent of change anyone can encounter. 

Alessia is passionate about helping individuals grow strong in the midst of their pain and brokenness. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families who have experienced trauma and/or life transitions issues, helping them to walk through the process of healing and recovery. She is trained in and uses trauma-focused treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Alessia is also passionate about serving those who serve. She enjoys working with churches that host get away debriefing retreats dedicating every second, from the moment global workers arrive, to restoring and empowering them so that they can continue to do what they were called to do. To help assure the emotional stability of global workers, Alessia also provides individual services and support through confidential face-to-face counseling, assessments, debriefing, and equipping. 

Alessia strives to collaborate with her clients, using the therapeutic relationship to build self-compassion, discover strengths, and reduce shame. According to Scripture, the LORD is near to the brokenhearted and able to redeem brokenness, making beauty our of ashes and joy out of mourning - Isaiah 61. As a therapist, she believes that it is in brokenness that one finds strength and that it is in the darkest places that hope, and healing emerge.

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Emilio Jimenez, LPC

Emilio is committed to excellence in all aspects of counseling and psychotherapy. He believes that individuals are healthy when they have the right tools and mindset to deal with life's circumstances and stressors. 

Individuals learn certain behaviors and were useful at some point in their lives but can later become a barrier to achieving fulfillment in their lives.

Emilio helps individuals identify these behaviors and replace them with new behaviors that improve the quality of their lives. He believes that relationships are healthy and strong when partners understand, appreciate, and celebrate each other. He works to discover underlying themes contributing to their concerns and then is able to tailor therapy to each individual person or couple for greater success. He believes that each person brings a unique combination of strengths to the therapy process. 

He specializes in a variety of therapy modalities including but not limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Specialized therapy techniques for anxiety and PTSD

  • Couples Therapy - Gottman Method

  • Self-esteem, depression, traumatic experiences, and grief. 

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Lisha Espinosa, BA, Health Coach

Lisha is a Certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner and Health Coach. She works closely with clients to help them achieve their health goals. She takes a holistic approach to health by focusing on the physical and mental sides of health. EFT enables her to help clients release crippling emotions and traumas that can lead to illness and disease. Lisha offers one-on-one coaching with clients to find solutions that fit their indvidual needs. She is also available for speaking engagements on healthy eating, the essentials of sleeping, cooking classes, essential oils, and more. 


What do all the letters mean?

LPC - A therapist with this credential is a Licensed Professional Counselor. These Therapists have completed all requirements for becoming fully licensed according to the Texas State Board's licensing requirements.

LPC-S - Along with being fully licensed, these therapists have completed additional training to supervise LPC-Associates.

LPC-Associate - These therapists have completed their master's level work and passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification. The Texas State Board requires associates to accumulate 3,000 hours of counseling experience before they can complete their associate requirements. Until that time, they are under the weekly supervision of an LPC-S. 

CSAT - A therapist with this credential is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. They are already licensed in their state as a therapist and have completed additional training with faculty of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. These therapists have received intensive, experiential training for treating sex addiction with 30 hours of supervision under a CSAT supervisor. 

CCPS - A therapist with this credential is a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist. They are already licensed in their state as a therapist and have completed additional specialized training with the Associate of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists. These therapists have received extensive training for treating partners affected by problematic sexual behavior and betrayal trauma in addition to completing 30 hours of consultation with an APSATS approved consultation supervisor. 

CPTT - A therapist with this credential is a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist. They are already licensed in their state as a therapist and have completed additional training with faculty of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). These therapists have received extensive training for treating partners of betrayal trauma in addition to completing 30 hours of supervision under a CPTT supervisor.