Our respect for each other and our desire to continually sharpen our own professional knowledge and skills brought us together to form New Directions Counseling and Wellness Center.

All of our counselors are currently offering Tele-Health therapy through video conferencing or phone sessions, to all individuals who want to be seen during this time. Just contact the counselor you wish to work with to find out what insurance they may accept. Be safe.

MEET THE TEAM

DR. KEN BATEMAN

Ed.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S

As a Marriage and Family therapist I have training in the dynamics of couple and family relationships. Counseling isn’t just listening, it’s teaching tools and offering new methods for communication, stress management and solving problems.



KERI RIGGS

M.A., LPC-S

My counseling style is collaborative, supportive, practical and strengths-based. With over 20 years’ experience in private practice, community mental health and psychiatric hospital programs, clients benefit from my maturity and breadth of knowledge.



FRANK GEIS

M.A., LPC, LMFT, Neurotherapist

Life is relational and in being so; it has challenges. I am a relational therapist who assist in finding solutions rather than merely “dancing around” the issues. I work with marriages, couples, individuals and adolescents. I incorporate Neurofeedback in dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety, anger, and cognitive issues.



ROBIN POWELL

LCSW-S, CT

I am a specialist in grief counseling and am a Certified Thanatologist through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Many things come under the heading of grief, including divorce, caregiver stress, coping with elderly parents, and job loss.



JOE SHAW

MA, LPC-S, NCC

I consider it a privilege to work with individuals, couples, and groups. I have worked in various settings including hospice, drug and alcohol rehab with dual diagnosis patients, community counseling center, and in private practice.



I specialize in trauma resolution, am an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and am Certified in EMDR therapy. Trauma includes many types of distressing life events. EMDR helps people heal from the emotional distress that can result from experiencing trauma. I work with adults and couples and offer both weekday and weekend appointments.



KIM KAYS

M.S., LPC, LCDC

I’m a counselor who specializes in helping men and women facing “now what?” Now what is rooted in what did or didn’t happen, presently expressed in what is or isn’t happening!



Recognizing that no one therapist can meet all your family’s needs, we have a variety of therapists and interns, as well as a psychiatrist.

In a comfortable, caring and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach, tailored to each client’s goals and helping you learn & grow towards a more satisfying and joyful life.

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Past Seminars

February 2018

ETHICS: ROAD BUMPS AND POT HOLES

February 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
United Disciples Christian Church, 601 E. Main St.
Richardson, TX 75081 United States
$59.99

ETHICS: ROAD BUMPS AND POT HOLES Ethics for Mental Health Professionals: Road Bumps and Potholes. A look at the Texas Ethics for LPC and LMFT practitioners. Some ethical issues are clearly black or white; other issues are not as well defined. The goal of this…

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April 2018

Using Your Strengths and Setting Boundaries to Build Confidence at Work and at Home

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New Directions Counseling and Wellness Center, 1901 N Central Expressway Suite 220
Richardson, Tx 75080

Setting boundaries is not as complicated as people think. Maybe you've heard about them but want to know more, or you just want a refresher course. Do you sometimes take on more than you can handle and then wish you'd Just Said No? It's maintaining…

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July 2018

WHAT TO DO WHEN FEELING “OVERWHELMED” STEALS YOUR JOY

July 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
New Directions Counseling and Wellness Center, 1901 N Central Expressway Suite 220
Richardson, Tx 75080
$25.00

"Take a breath. Limit technology and toxic people. Break it down into small chunks. Be Mindful. Take a vacation." (Right...) It's true that's useful advice and the strategies can be effective. So why does it just not seem that simple to DO? Join us for…

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September 2018

Supervision Update – Fall 2018

September 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
United Disciples Christian Church, 601 E. Main St.
Richardson, TX 75081 United States
$159.00

LPC & LMFT Supervision Update and Ethics Supervision Update/Ethics for LMFT and LPC Supervisors. Since you need the hours anyway, might as well come to this informative and fun Supervision Update. New information will include an update that Supervisors need to know regarding changes in…

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February 2019

Taming Your Inner Critic

February 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New Directions Counseling and Wellness Center, 1901 N Central Expressway Suite 220
Richardson, Tx 75080
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Do you struggle with an Inner Critic that says "You're not a good enough ________ (mom, spouse, co-worker, daughter, cook, housekeeper)? Perhaps you speak more kindly to the checkout clerk at Kroger than you do to yourself. The Inner Critic can prevent you from taking…

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April 2019

Supervision Up-date Spring 2019

April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
United Disciples Christian Church, 601 E. Main St.
Richardson, TX 75081 United States

Supervision Up-Date for LPC and LMFT. Per LPC Board Rule a Supervisor must have six hours of a Supervision related course each licensing cycle. This course will be didactic and experiential in its presentation. Emphasis will be on supervision ethics and a review of the…

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September 2019

Technology Assisted Services for Mental Health Professionals

September 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until September 20, 2019

Embassy Suites Austin Arboretum, 9505 Stonelake Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759 United States
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This is a Two Day Seminar - September 19th - 20th; 9-4 each day. Technology continues to impact the practice of counseling with new and efficient ways to provide services. All Texas Licensed and Marriage Family Therapist’s are now required to “receive appropriate education, training,…

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Supervision Update for LPC and LMFT Supervisors

September 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
United Disciples Christian Church, 601 E. Main St.
Richardson, TX 75081 United States
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Dr. Christopher S. Taylor and Dr. Ken Bateman will be leading a full day supervision workshop on September 27th. The course will count for 6 hours of supervision and/or LPC/LMFT ethics CEUs. The course will cover recent changes to the ethics code for both LPCs…

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October 2019

2 Hour Technology Update

October 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:15 pm
United Disciples Christian Church, 601 E. Main St.
Richardson, TX 75081 United States

If you are a Texas LMFT Therapist who has completed a 15 hour course in teletherapy, this workshop is for you.  The LMFT rule requires that you the TeleCounseling therapist complete two hours of CEs every licensing cycle.  Within this course you will experience learning…

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November 2019

40 Hour Supervision Training for LPC / LMFT

November 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
United Disciples Christian Church, 601 E. Main St.
Richardson, TX 75081 United States
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This course will cover the requirements to become a LMFT or LPC Supervisor. The course will be interactive with In-Class experiences, Telesupervision experience, hearing from experienced Supervisors, and Out-of-Class assignments. (The Out-of-Class will require some significant reading and writing assignments.) A fun, interactive, learning experience.…

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OUR STORY / HOW WE CAN HELP

We are companions on your journey as you explore a NEW DIRECTION in your life!

  • Maybe you don’t need traditional “therapy,” but a sounding board, a mirror, a gentle accountability partner to provide support for wherever you are struggling.
  • Whether you are coming as a client, or as a professional seeking additional training or supervision, we welcome you!
  • Individual, relational, and pre-marital therapy as well as groups, seminars, and community courses are available.
  • Also, Neurofeedback (NeurOptimal) training for a powerful way in which people will re-experience a productive and a healthier life.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that NDCWC, LLC dba New Directions Counseling & Wellness Center (“the LLC”) is a management company providing space and support services to the mental health providers listed on this website and that no partnership or other business entity relationship exists between the LLC and these providers.  Each listed provider maintains an independent practice and subleases space and contracts for support services from the LLC.  Each listed provider has control of the services he or she provides and the manner in which they are performed and are not agents or employees of the LLC.