Marriage and Family Therapy in Oklahoma City Ok

Meet Our Team


Shawn is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving the greater Oklahoma City area with more than 20 years of counseling experience. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Flaggler College in St. Augustine, FL. He then received two masters degrees from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma--the first in Marriage and Family Therapy and his second in Christian Counseling.

As well as being a prominent relationship therapist, Shawn has extensive training and experience in many other areas including depression, OCD, anxiety and anger. His additional training includes (but is not limited to) EMDR, NLP, and CBT. These techniques are used in light of his Christian Worldview. Shawn blends his faith and his craft to offer a unique and exceptionally personalized counseling approach for each of his clients.

In his free time Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and anything outdoors.

Ben Thompson, LMFT

Ben received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Ministry at Oklahoma Christian University and his Master’s degree in counseling at the Harding School of Theology in Memphis, TN. He has practiced therapy for the last 10 years with individuals, couples, and families. Ben is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist who excels in helping people to find the freedom to live their lives with passion and purpose. Using various therapy techniques and a spiritual focus, Ben seeks to guide people through what is holding them back so they can experience life more fully.

Ben has a passion for working with couples who want their relationship to get back on track. He challenges couples to grow and develop new ways of relating that bring forth the love they want to experience. He also aims to help men find how to use their strengths to solve their problems and create better outcomes in their lives.


Caleb is a Licensed Professional Counselor and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at Oklahoma Christian University in Communications with minors in Psychology and Vocational Ministry. He then went on to complete his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health at Denver Seminary.

Caleb has a passion for helping his clients come into deeper intimacy with God by using principles from a Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Systems approach which provide the framework to understand how thought patterns impact beliefs and behaviors. By identifying these thought patterns, healing and progress can ensue.

Caleb has experience working with couples, families, and individuals of various ages dealing with a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, anger management, grief and loss, crisis with domestic violence and suicide, and recovery from adultery.

When not in the office, Caleb enjoys spending time with his family and friends, making delicious food, and working with his hands on a car or motorcycle.


Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Oklahoma City University in Sociology. She went on to obtain her Master of Divinity in Licensed Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Katie has a passion for helping clients become who they are designed to be. She uses a variety of evidence-based, trauma-informed methods from a Family Systems perspective. Some of these methods include EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Prepare/Enrich. Katie integrates each of these therapies from a biblical worldview, catering to the needs of each individual client.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, and anything involving dogs, hot tea or dessert.

Dana Wright, LPC

Dana has 30 years of experience helping those who seek a little extra help managing life. She believes that a big component of communication is listening and essential to healthy relationships. She will help guide you to the kind of communication that allows you to reach out and express relational needs in a way that will allow you to be generous, kind, and unselfish. All relationships – parents, marriage, children, friends and work – can be challenging, discouraging, or overwhelming. Dana will help give you the skills to turn toward your relationship instead of against it or away from it. She will help you develop relationships that can bring you happiness. Dana has been married for 31 years and has worked, alongside her spouse, to build a relationship that brings them both enjoyment and endurance. They learned to have gratitude during the abundance and work together, talk through, and listen when life is challenging.

Dana has a broad range of experience – from serving in the public schools as a teacher and counselor, to serving in a mental health facility, and serving in a private practice office. She is genuine and prayerful in working with children who may be experiencing trauma or difficult anxieties, couples who may need assistance learning to listen and understand their partners needs and wants, individuals dealing with anxiety or depression, or young adults trying to figure out life. In her office, she will make you feel welcome, loved and will walk beside you during your season of change. Change is needed to heal and change requires courage. Your presence here indicates that you have courage. You will not have to face change alone. Dana will help you prepare a plan for healing that is focused on such evidence-based practices as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relational EMDR, and Solution Focused Therapy while being infused with sound scripture.

Life would be different if we could only believe what God says, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. If we could confidently and joyfully stand on His Word, forgiveness and healing could be a natural part of our everyday life. This way of being can be accomplished through the diligent determination and hard work that is presented through counseling and therapy. Dana will listen, pray with you, and walk by your side as you journey through the mountains and valleys in life. Your trials can become your testimony!

The Bible is filled with confidence building words such as ‘endurance’ and ‘steadfastness’ 1 Corinthians 15:58 and Luke 21:19 give one the assurance that, no matter what trial we are working through, His word allows us to remain firmly planted and know he is always with us. Endurance builds grit and the ability to keep moving toward a goal, learning and growing in a beautiful life God wants us to have. Steadfastness is the quality of being resolutely unwavering. Dana will help you face the obstacles that may be keeping you from becoming your best self and offer you support to continue the walk into your best future.

Dana’s family is her center and they offer her lessons in grace. Her time away from the service of her work is best spent with her family and friends. Dana loves to laugh; it is good for the soul. Her young grandsons provide ample opportunity for laughter and are a reason why she now calls Oklahoma home. Dana has three sisters and a mom that are her best friends. When they get together, laughter is always present. Dana loves the warmth of summer and the hot sun. If it is not at least 80 degrees outside, she believes it is too cold! A boat on the lake, a beach, or a sunny patio are her happy places to find rejuvenation. She enjoys being outside in the warm summer weather – playing with her sweet boys, or simply sitting in her favorite patio swing.

Misty Tafao

Misty Tafao has a passion for helping people become who they were created to be individually, in their marriage, and in their family. With years of counseling experience in various areas, she understands the importance of a holistic approach in living a balanced life. She uses various means to help get you there, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Misty is a U.S. Army veteran and the spouse of an active duty Soldier and she understands the needs and challenges that come along with a military lifestyle.
She is also a Certified SYMBIS facilitator and assists engaged couples in learning more about their partner and themselves as they prepare for marriage.

She received her Bachelors in Human Services with a Minor in Psychological Studies from Wayland Baptist University and her Masters in Substance Abuse Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug/Mental Health Counselor (LADC/MH) Candidate.

In her spare time, Misty enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children, reading, eating, traveling, and learning new ways to help her family live a healthy and wholesome lifestyle.

Kathy Gissler

Life can be very challenging at times. We can try to work things through on our own, but sometimes that just isn't enough. We need help from someone to help us find our way through the mess and confusion to a place of calmness and strength.

To me, Christian counseling supports believers by providing a safe place to talk about the challenges that we all face in our lives. It is founded on Biblical principles, and integrates Scripture into sound counseling principles in the sessions. Sometimes, especially when sin enters into our life, we are ashamed to talk about it honestly to other people at church or in our Christian circle of friends. Seeing a Christian counselor provides privacy and safety to talk about these concerns, and work through them in a healthy way, knowing that our foundation of faith in God will be supported, as well.

My belief is that when we help Christians to improve their lives, we can positively impact families for years to come. Improving a life is like a ripple on a pond: it impacts the individual, their family, their neighbors, and their church. Who knows how far the ripples extend? Christian counseling can help those in crisis to navigate the path back to emotional and spiritual health.

I approach counseling with my faith firmly rooted in the truth of the Bible, and supported by many years of experience as a counselor. I have a Master's degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University. I specialize in working with couples, as well as with adults individually on a wide range of concerns. If you think that Christian counseling is something that you're ready to try, I'd be honored to share the journey with you.

Gina Helms

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and disappointed with the way your life has turned out? I have seen multitudes of clients who came to me for the first time feeling exactly this way. But please, believe me, there is hope. As a counselor, I have worked with hundreds of clients who have gone from living a life of complete despair, to living their best life yet. You do not have to remain stuck living a life that does not bring your meaning and purpose.

As a Christian counselor, I believe that God has a plan for you- a life that consists of meaningful relationships, a healthy mental attitude, and emotional stability. Oftentimes, people are stuck in patterns created in childhood that cause them to repeat the same mistakes in their lives and relationships. However, I have very good news for you, these patterns can be changed!

At New Vision, we provide the best of what science has to offer through evidence-based research methods coupled with the wisdom from Scriptures to give our clients that best therapeutic experience possible. We address the whole person-spirit, soul, and body to make sure our clients are achieving the best outcomes possible.

My personal goal is to provide you with a place where you feel accepted, understood, and valued. I work with my clients to get to the root of their issues so they see real results and see the maximum change in their life. If you want to get started on your own personal journey to health, peace, and complete transformation, call me today for your free 15-minute consultation.

Daniel K. Edwards, II., MS, LMFT

You feel lost, helpless, unsure of where to begin or how it got to this place. Nights are spent worrying about how you will make it through this storm. Asking yourself is this really my lot in life. Maybe there is discord in your marriage, or you have a child that you feel as though everything you do is wrong. Kind words and quality conversations are replaced with attitude, short responses, and hurt feelings all around. You wonder how you can get back to it was on your wedding day, or where that little gift from God went, that you held in your arms as a newborn. And you ask yourself “Where did the manual go?”

Life is tough, but the rewards can be so much greater than we can imagine. My name is Daniel K. Edwards, II and I am a Licensed Marital and Family therapist. I work with individuals, couples, and families who are tired of the way things are and want a new way, a new life, new purpose, hope that things can be better and different. The families I work with do not lose their identity of who they are, but bring me into their situations to help them find new perspectives, different ways of doing things so they no longer feel trapped and burdened by current circumstances. Together we work on changing who and how we fight. Instead of allowing our relationships, marriage, and family continue being divided, we turn to Ecclesiastes 4:12 which paraphrased says “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” See when we are divided in our marriage, family, even in ourselves we are an easier target to attack and be broken. God does not want this for you or anyone. In counseling we will rebuild (if broken), this cord of strands so that together you will live the life God wants for you. I want to help you have the life God wants you to have, and know counseling often helps.

I became a counselor because counseling helped me. I understand what it is like feeling as though your whole world is collapsing around you. Let me just say “I am better now than I was then,” and YOU can be too. I am a licensed marital and family therapist, and have the privilege and honor of working with some of the coolest couples, brightest individuals, growing teens I have ever met.

One of my biggest fears when I searched for a counselor was in regards to confidentiality. I maintain a view of confidentiality that was learned while serving in the United States Navy, handling classified information. I understand that looking at the past does not allow one to predict the future; however, it helps to understand how we got where we are. In counseling we often look into what has occurred in the past to help change things that are occurring presently and ways to avoid similar issues in the future. I know that having the right counselor is almost as important as the counseling. So if you do not feel as though I am the right fit; I will help you find someone who is. I assist those that seek services with me as if they were one of my own family members, and provide the best options I know for them.

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