Counseling and Therapy Staff
You are welcome to request a therapist when you contact us, however, please note that therapists work on specific days and have varied specialties. Our professional staff will help direct you to the counselor that is the best fit for your needs and availability.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Liesal Miller, M.S. MFT
Liesal is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas and California. She earned her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, adults, and families in a variety of settings including home healthcare, community mental health, and private practice. Liesal has specializations in infant mental health, play therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and Floortime play therapy with special needs children. Knowing the courage it takes to seek counseling, Liesal likes to build upon client strengths and develop a safe, caring environment to explore life’s challenges.
In her spare time, Liesal enjoys spending family time with her husband and two sons, often at a sporting event of some kind, working in her garden, and serving at church. Liesal is currently in the office to see clients on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and some Sundays and is able to see clients via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Malia Nompone, M.S.
Malia is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern A/G University and certification to teach Special Education in the state of Texas. Malia has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, women, and families. Her background in the counseling psychology field has been varied and includes outpatient mental health, residential facilities, private practice, church counseling centers, and the provision of online counseling. Areas of specialization and interest include young adult and women’s issues, managing anxiety/depression, play therapy, parent/child relationship therapy, career coaching, dealing with chronic pain, spiritual growth, and the challenges of special needs youth. Teaching experience includes Special Education students in a public school district and Adjunct faculty at both a private university and through a local community college. Malia sees clients on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings. She is also able to accept clients seen via telemental health.
Currently, Malia serves as an Emotional Behavioral Support Specialist for a local public school district, counseling students in special education and providing behavioral consultation to staff. Malia’s approach with clients is positive and relational as she seeks to empower her clients to find and use their strengths to accomplish goals. She is aware that many clients are reluctant about the counseling process and works to earn their trust and create a safe place for growth. Malia enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters, working out with Camp Gladiator, and refinishing furniture.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Sarah Davis, M.A.
Sarah provides counseling services to adolescents, adults, premarital couples and couples. She particularly enjoys and has experience counseling adolescents struggling with: anxiety, depression, grief/loss, self worth, relationship conflicts and life transitions. She works with women struggling with: anxiety, depression, grief/loss, difficult marriages, relationship conflicts and life transitions. Sarah has training in the How We Love approach, she is certified in Prepare/Enrich, as well as SYMBIS premarital assessment. Her approach to counseling includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. She is able to bring Biblical Counseling into the therapy process upon request. Sarah has a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Baylor University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington. She has several years counseling experience working with children, adults, couples and families in settings that include: schools, community mental health and private practice.
Sarah says, "It is my desire to walk alongside others as they face life’s challenges and be a source of encouragement towards health and growth. I consider it a privilege to partner with my clients as they explore strengths, solutions and opportunities towards growth. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children, music, serving in our local church, gardening, reading and a variety of outdoor activities." Sarah sees clients on Tuesday during the afternoon and evening. She is is also able to meet with clients seen via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Dana Roberts, M.A.
Dana is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and has a Masters of Arts degree in School Counseling, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling. Dana has nearly 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Dana is currently a school counselor in an Elementary school setting in addition to a counselor at Beacon.
Dana says, "I strive to create a safe, compassionate, caring environment where clients and their families are empowered to make decisions to enhance their well-being. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have experienced trauma. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with her family." Dana sees clients on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings. She is also able to accept clients seen via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Misti Compton, M.S.
Misti is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from SMU. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education and has provided academic and career counseling to many students. Misti served as a clinical intern at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County where she worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her areas of specialization include play therapy, child/parent relationship therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, anxiety, depression, young adult and women’s issues, perinatal mental health and career counseling.
Misti is passionate about helping others navigate life’s challenges, empowering them to find real solutions. Her mission is to create a safe space, free of judgement, for her clients to work through the difficulties they face in life. She believes we each have our own individual story and, with the help of therapy and self-awareness, we have the ability to edit and rewrite our story. Misti is inspired by everyday people who make the brave decision to begin therapy, and she is honored to walk alongside her clients during their journey.
In her downtime, Misti enjoys nature, reading, watching movies, and spending quality time with her husband and kids. She is in the office to see clients on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate - Dalila Nastase, M.S.
Supervised by Kathy Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor
Dalila is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of Texas. She is providing counseling under the supervision of Kathy Brown, LPC-S. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and earned her Masters of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M- Commerce. Dalila has experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She is currently a school counselor in an Elementary school setting. Dalila is currently accepting clients on Saturdays. Hablo español.
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor - John Gambill, M.A.
John currently works as a LCDC in the State of Texas, as well as a substitute teacher within the local school district. He has been working in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse since 2006 and has been working with children and families since 1993 as a Youth/Family Minister, Substance Abuse Counselor, Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), Hospice Chaplain, and Educator.
John has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups who have been affected by substance abuse in some way, shape, or form and will continue to do the same at Beacon Counseling. Not only does he conduct counseling for substance abuse, but also conducts sessions for Prevention Education on Drug (Illegal and Rx)/Alcohol Abuse, Bullying/Violence, STDs, Parenting, Intervention Counseling, Anger, Premarital Classes, Career Consulting, Grief, Impulse Control, Stress, Truancy, and Self-Esteem. John is currently in the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, other days as needed.
John enjoys spending time with his wife of 27 years and two grown children, who are both in college, as well as our two dogs, cat, rabbit, and box terrapin. He enjoys camping, spending time outdoors, fishing, and working in the yard. "If I could go anywhere in the world I would go back to South Africa to visit and enjoy the hospitality of such a beautiful country," says John. Spending time with God and the church are important parts of my life as well.
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor - Jim Malatich, M.S.
Jim is a LCDC within the State of Texas and also practices clinical hypnosis to address addictions and co-occurring disorders. Jim says, "Substance abuse, other addictions, victimization and are all complicated individual, family, social, economic, and political problems. The description of these problems, as told by each individual, results in the formation of each client’s story, in which there are multiple realities and interpretations of that story. Respect for the various views, experiences, and expertise is the basis for a 'collaborative systems approach.' In this process, you and I will create a therapeutic conversation in a mutual search for understanding of the problem and the solutions. The therapeutic process/conversation is utilized to facilitate the creation of a space for change. It is my belief that knowledge and meaning are the products of interaction between persons. Based on this belief, I utilize a holistic approach in the development, design, and implementation of the individualize treatment plan.
I firmly believe in the value of 'professional cooperation and respect' versus 'privileged positions and ideas.' It is my hope that these beliefs will lead to increased collaboration with clients and professional colleagues, creating the opportunity for expanded options for all." Jim will be seeing clients in the office on Mondays and is available others days of the week via telehealth.
Outside of the office, Jim has two children who are the love of his life. He is am originally from a little town in Wisconsin called Sheboygan, however, he has been a Texas resident for over 25 years. Jim adores his rescue dog Obi and watching sports, playing golf, sailing, reading and volunteering in the community. Professionally, he have been honored to be the CEO of several non-profits and has over forty years of progressively responsible experience in the human services field.
Counseling Student - Stephanie Carroll, M.Ed. in progress
Stephanie Carroll is a counseling student in Lamar University's Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling master's degree program. She has a bachelor's degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University, has worked in church ministry for over 17 years, and holds a certification in spiritual direction from Lipscomb University. Stephanie is passionate about creating a safe, caring space where clients can work through life's experiences, learn about themselves, use their strengths, and continue to grow.
Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, reading, crocheting, and enjoying nature.
Counseling Student - Christine Culp, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy in progress
Christine Culp is a counseling student in Amberton’s Marriage and Family Therapy master's degree program. She has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas Christian University. After 10 years in the accounting field, she took time to stay home with her children. During that time, she found joy volunteering as a mentor in her church’s premarital and marriage minded ministries, became a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, and chose to make a career change. Christine is excited to walk alongside couples and individuals as they discover ways to improve their lives and their relationships with others.
Christine enjoys spending time with her family, husband of 18 years and two kids, and her hobbies include Jazzercise, riding her Peloton, reading, watching television, and hiking in Colorado.