Dr. Laurie Harrier
Executive Director: Dr. Laurie Harrier, LP, LSSP, NCSP
Dr. Laurie Harrier has 12 years of experience working as a LSSP (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology) in various districts in the north Texas area including Arlington, Lewisville, and Denton ISD. Within the school setting she was responsible for group and direct counseling, social skills interventions, evaluations for various disabilities, and consulting with teachers and parents. She developed and ran a summer camp for children with social challenges. Dr. Harrier is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas. She has created, and is the Executive Director, for a north Texas based 501c3 nonprofit called United Through HOPE, which has various social programs geared to help individuals age 3 through adulthood overcome their social challenges by developing strong “social skills” to act as a leader in various settings. Dr. Harrier also has a private practice in the North Texas area that focuses on neurofeedback and neuropsychological evaluations.
Dr. Harrier has also completed the following Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) classes and earned the accompanying credentials: Director, Job Skills Trainer (JST), Job Placement Specialist (JPS), and Vocational Adjustment Trainer (VAT). Dr. Harrier often acts as an advocate in IEP and 504 meetings for her families. She has partnerships with various universities to supervise interns and practicum students, and her sites are often used for field experience and volunteer options for various disciplines. Throughout her training Dr. Harrier has focused on the developmental, biological, behavioral, and neurological underpinnings to various disabilities and disorders, and strongly believes that a varied and open minded approach leads to better understanding and generalization of skills. She has published and spoken at various conferences on social skills programming, executive function challenges, and generalization approaches in the school setting. To contact Dr. Harrier either email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monique Adkins
Monique Adkins is enrolled in the Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Abilene Christian University. She is working toward obtaining her LPC and LMFT. Monique grew up in Torrance, California and moved to Dallas, Texas for graduate school. She is currently is a live in nanny and has been working with children for 9 years and counting! She enjoys her nanny job and going on adventures with the kids. When she isn’t nannying she is going to the movies with friends, doing crafts, and reading. Monique joined the UTH team in October 2017 as a masters level Family Counseling Internship. Monique is currently supervised at UTH by Dr. Laurie Harrier for her masters level fieldwork and also by Dr. Charette Dersch, LMFT-S.
- Emily Brandt
Emily Brandt is enrolled in the Masters Social Work program at University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration in Children and Families. She graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2012 and her Masters in Family Studies from Amberton University in 2013. Emily has always had a passion helping children grow, and has over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages as a nanny, camp counselor, and a Foster Care and Adoption Specialist. She joined the UTH team in January 2019 and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier and Karen Egstrom.
- Brittney Sanders
Brittney Sanders is an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Arlington and intends to graduate in December of 2019 with her Bachelor’s in Social Work. Once she receives her BSW, she plans to immediately pursue a dual Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Social Work, in hopes to eventually establish her own social services agency. She has always been passionate about children, and knew she wanted to enter a career field involving children and young adults since high school. She has gained experience working with children and families as a Home Healthcare Services Coordinator and volunteering within the community. Brittney joined the UTH team in January 2019 under Dr. Laurie Harrier’s and Karen Egstrom’s supervision and is eager to have an impact on children’s lives.
- Alison Drost
Allison Drost is currently enrolled in the Master’s program of Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, where she is pursuing her LMFT. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in psychology and a minor in child development. She greatly enjoys working with children, especially those with special needs. She has work experience with individuals who have intellectual disabilities as a camp counselor and a dance chaperone, and has also worked as a pre-school assistant. She is passionate about all aspects of health care and because of this has also worked at a physical and occupational therapy office. In her spare time, Allison can be found outside enjoying a good book, spending time with friends, or playing with her puppy, Presley Anne. She joined the UTH team as of April 2018 and is supervised by Dr. Harrier.
- Debora Sale
Debora Sale is a graduate student currently enrolled at the University of Texas at Arlington working towards her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Direct Practice with Children and Families. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work with a minor in Psychology at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Debora is a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) in the State of Texas. She has always had a passion to work with children. Her past professional experience includes working with children and families as a Child Protective Service worker for several years. She also enjoys spending time with family, crafting and reading when time allows. Debora joined the UTH team in August 2018 as a practicum student and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier and by Karen Egstrom for LMSW-S.
- Chelsea Davis
Chelsea is a graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program at University of Texas – Arlington. She has practiced social work as an LBSW for five years, working in schools with at-risk youth. She is passionate about social work and serving vulnerable populations. After graduating in August of 2019, she will pursue her LMSW and continue her career as a social worker, working with children and families. Chelsea joined the UTH team in January 2019 as a practicum student and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier and by Karen Egstrom for LMSW-S.
- Joslyn Wilson
Joslyn Wilson is currently completing a graduate degree in counseling from Texas Woman’s University. She expects to obtain her masters and graduate and move onward to an LPC in May 2019. Joslyn graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies in May 2016. She is passionate about working closely with people and children and family, particularly those with special needs. Joslyn has been part of our team since May 2015, when she began first as a volunteer and then an undergraduate practicum student, underscoring her dedication to the field.
- Maddison McKay
Maddison McKay is graduate student at Arizona State University and through their online program is completing her masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Maddison completed her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development from the University of North Texas in December 2016. Maddison has experience working with children with those with special needs, and has been a part of the team since August 2015 when she began as a volunteer and an undergraduate practicum student.
- Brad Kearney
Brad Kearney is the president of CBK3 Consulting where he helps individuals and businesses achieve the future they desire. After graduating from the USAF Academy, he served around the world for a total of 24 years. Lt Col Kearney retired from the US Air Force after his final assignment of commanding an operational F-16 fighter squadron. At Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, he leveraged his leadership expertise to conduct capabilities assessments and build strategic plans for their multi-billion dollar fighter programs. He holds two advanced degrees: an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art & Science, Air Command & Staff College. Over the years Lt Col Kearney has passionately been involved with the development of youth through years of coaching, school events and speaking engagements, and a wide variety of church youth activities. Today he leverages his executive leadership development and coaching expertise to share the same for our youth and young adults. Brad joined the UTH team in January 2017 to help expand UTH programs to our late teens and young adults.
- Chelsey Thatcher
Chelsey Thatcher, MS, LPC Intern, NCC graduated from University of North Texas with a Masters in Counseling specializing in Play Therapy and received her BS in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Chelsey is pursuing her Texas requirements to become a LPC/RPT (Licensed Professional Counselor/Registered Play Therapist). Chelsey strives to be able to adapt her skills to help the varying family and child needs to become an effective LPC/RPT. Chelsey has an incredible amount of energy and passion for children, especially those with special needs. She combined her passion and goals together in the Child Relational Therapy class UTH offers which is designed to adapt the traditional CRT for those families with a special needs child. Chelsey joined the UTH team in January 2016 as a volunteer, completed her master’s internship with UTH, and in October 2017 transitioned to an LPC Intern again underscoring her dedication to the field.Chelsey has also completed the following Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) classes and earned the accompanying credentials: Job Skills Trainer (JST), Job Placement Specialist (JPS), and Vocational Adjustment Trainer (VAT).Chelsey is currently supervised at UTH by Dr. Sean Stokes, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S for her LPC Intern work and by Dr. Harrier at UTH.
- Courtney Ewing
Courtney Ewing is a graduate student currently seeking her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration on Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. She will be graduating in December 2019 and plans to pursue an LMSW. Courtney previously graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is enthusiastic about working with children and families and helping them move from crisis to a place of healing. Courtney joined the UTH team in January 2019 and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier and Karen Egstrom.
- Sean Stokes
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S
- Karen Egstrom
Social Work, LMSW
- Charratte Dersch
Marriage & Family Therapist, Ph.D, LMFT-S