New Vision Counseling - Oklahoma City Marriage and Family Therapist




You are likely reading this because you are hurting and need one question answered: Can I help? I mean, can I really do more than just listen? Can I help you work through relationship issues that seem overwhelming and hopeless? Or am I able to help you with low self-esteem that has tormented you for as long as you can remember? Do you want help with a life where you’re tired of living because you don't feel good enough?

The answer is...YES!

YES, there is help and hope for your marriage, anxiety, struggles with parenting, setting boundaries and so many more issues that you may be facing.YES, there is so much hope for the entrepreneur or business leader who is being crushed from all the stress and pressure and feels burned out and alone. I can help you!


For more than 25 years I have been walking couples from desperation and the brink of divorce into the journey of creating the marriage of their dreams. I have helped people just like you who began counseling feeling worthless and incapable of setting boundaries grow into the amazing men and women God created them to be. And if you are looking for pre marital counseling then get ready because we will go way beyond a surface level class. We will go on a journey that is filled with adventure while you work through your issues. And in the process you will be equipped with tools to create an incredible marriage. You may say "Shawn, this sounds way too good to be true". I understand your reluctance to believe, but that's why I encourage you to watch our videos and look at our google reviews to be encouraged. Encouraged that people just like you who started in pain and desperation overcame their fears. And through counseling, their lives were radically changed. Yours can be too!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Dustin Walker

Do you ever feel alone in your thoughts, unable to communicate with those around you? Do you feel like when you try to talk about it you just can't find the words or that you're met with criticism and judgement? Do you feel like no one understands you? As your therapist, it's my desire to come alongside you and meet you where you are; to know you for who you are.

As Christians, we are not immune to the effects of depression, anxiety, or trauma, however I believe we have a great hope because of Jesus. Though the world can try to blind us to His love, I believe that there is nothing too far gone from His ability to redeem; no matter how dark the depression, how hopeless the marriage, or how crippling the anxiety. Through Gospel-Centered counseling, you will begin to experience the Peace that surpasses all understanding.

I can show you how God created your heart and how it interacts with daily life. You will understand the patterns of thought and feeling that form your desires and drives, and I can help you understand how God created them to a specific purpose. I fully believe that when you understand the pattern, you gain the ability to change the pattern to align with His design.

I like to help people like you uncover the deep structure of their beliefs and values in order to discover the root of the problem. This is important because we often feel pressured to change our behavior without examining our hearts. But to me, that's the equivalent of taking bad fruit off a tree and stapling good fruit onto the branches. It doesn't make sense! And that is because it is in the roots that good or bad fruit begins.

I received my Master's in Counseling from Mid-America Christian University. I am married with three kids and a very hyper labradoodle, and I enjoy writing fiction and being immersed in a book.

Erica Elliot, MS, LPC

Erica Elliott is Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in the counseling field over 20 years.  She has worked in the counseling field in various areas and with various modalities such as neuropsychology, geriatrics, children and adolescents, vocational rehab, substance abuse, CBT, holistic and nutritional wellness, trauma, NLP, grief, Christian Counseling, brain spotting, attachment, and marriage and family. In the past 10 years most of her career has focused on marriage and family counseling with combat veterans, police officers, first responders and veteran’s diversion program and their family members. Erica achieved outstanding award each year for the past 10 years in her employment. Erica worked several disasters in the past 20 years as well.

When Erica was 12 years old she felt a calling on her life to be a counselor and help others. While still in high school she joined the USARNG to become a Behavioral Science Specialist training at Ft. Sam Houston Academy of Health Science Center. She served veterans in the USARNG for twelve years and a half year as Behavioral Science Sergeant, Medic, and Admin.  She graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 1997 graduating with honors.

Erica has a passion for the biological and neurological aspects of counseling and integrating that into treatment.  She has taken numerous trainings and read numerous books and research articles in the areas of Neuropsychology and applied these to her love for counseling people. She previously worked in the Neuropsych field for a period of time. She has developed and implemented various workshops and small group trainings for church groups, first responders, and clinical providers. She also has training in Christian Counseling and loves to share how the Bible and Science line up with relationships and healing. It is her passion to help individuals come to holistic form of healing physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  Erica enjoys helping people achieve their goals by being solution focused, and wants you to see that change and healing are possible even with a few sessions. Most clients say they have learned skills to dramatically change their lives and relationships in just a few sessions.

When Erica is not counseling in an office she enjoys doing community activities, lots of family time, exercise, time with friends, singing, being in the country, writing, flying, as well as mini traveling to explore places.

Erin Jackson

You were created in the image of God with an invaluable purpose on your life. No matter what situation you may find yourself in, that truth never wavers. You may feel worthless, but you were bought with a price. You may feel hopeless, but in Christ you will find hope, over and over again. You may feel anxious and uncertain, but Jesus is the Prince of Peace. With God’s help, we can walk the road to freedom and healing together.

As a follower of Christ, I approach counseling with a biblical perspective, as well as a scientific one. I find that the two are not contradictory, since the Creator of the universe is the Author. God created the human mind and body, and with His divine help and by applying His principles, we can live a whole, abundant life.

I enjoy working with people of all ages and have experience working with people in many areas: depression and anxiety, grief, trauma, ADHD, and marital, behavioral, and anger issues. I have a Master’s degree in the Science of Counseling from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City.

I believe you and I can partner together to get you well on your way to mental wellness. You don’t have to be in crisis mode to seek counseling - maybe you just need a little extra support. But if you are in crisis mode and you just don’t know where to turn, you’ve come to the right place. You have great courage by seeking out help. Take a step of faith today and begin your healing journey. I can’t wait to meet you.

When I am not in the office, I enjoy time spent with family and friends, volunteering in many aspects at my church (youth, praise team, hospitality), Starbucks, and Indian food. I can usually be found with a book in my hand.

Jessica Forehand, LPC Candidate

I believe God created us to thrive and to live an abundant life. Yet in the times we live in, thriving can seem almost impossible. Maybe you have tried everything you can think of and nothing has helped. You may feel worthless and that no one understands what you live with each day. Maybe you don’t think it’s possible for people to love you. No matter what problem you are facing today, when you feel stuck it's easy to lose hope.

I have GOOD NEWS – God never intended for you to walk this road alone and I am here to help! I want to partner with you to help reach the breakthrough you couldn’t get on your own. Let’s use God’s word and cutting edge counseling techniques to build your confidence, find clarity, and reclaim your identity.

I have a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Oklahoma. I work from a solution-focused, strengths-based perspective. I have seen people of all ages experience life transformation through counseling. I love working with adolescents ages sixteen up, college students, young adults, and couples on a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress management, life direction, interpersonal problems and more. I am confident I can help you find and develop your strengths, reframe your problems into opportunities, and find creative solutions that can change your life! So what are you waiting for? Let’s start by Scheduling your first appointment today!

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