Our Team

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, United through HOPE, a north Texas based 501c3 nonprofit. 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), Supported Employment (SE), and Autism Endorsement (AE), and can also complete Environmental Work Assessments (EWAs). 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 at email info@unitedthroughhope.org

Chelsey Thatcher

Chelsey Thatcher, LPC, NCC

Assistant Director 

Chelsey Thatcher, MS, LPC, 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 RPT (Registered Play Therapist). Chelsey is also enrolled in the Texas A&M Special Education Masters Program where she is pursuing her masters in Special Education and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis).  Chelsey strives to be able to adapt her skills to help the varying family and child needs to become an effective integrated BCBA/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), Supported Employment (SE), and Autism Endorsement (AE). Chelsey is able to also conduct ABA therapy under the supervision of the BCBA assigned supervisor provided by Hoomhouse. 

Elizabeth Flores

Elizabeth Flores, BSW

Assistant Director for Transition Programing

Elizabeth Flores is an graduate student at The University of Texas at Arlington in the Social Work department. Elizabeth is in the masters program at UTA with a concentration in Families and Children.  Elizabeth plans to continue her education with the hopes to obtain her LCSW and work with children and families. Elizabeth is a mother of two, and enjoys spending her time painting, reading and taking her kids on new . Elizabeth joined the UTH team in January 2020, as an undergraduate practicum student.  She has assisted in the grand opening of the Transitional Housing program and continues to be instrumental in the development of the transitional needs of the UTH 16 and older population.

Cheryl Erickson

Cheryl Erickson

Cheryl Erickson is a graduate student at Texas Woman’s University, where she is earning a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Once she graduates in August of 2022, Cheryl plans on supporting school-age children in recognizing areas of difficulty and improving social and emotional capabilities. Cheryl previously worked 7 years as a resource and inclusion special education teacher in Arlington ISD. She desires to help children reach their full potential and become as independent as possible while transitioning to adulthood. Cheryl joined the UTH team as a graduate practicum student in January 2021. She is supervised by Dr. Harrier and her Texas Woman’s University assigned supervisor.

 

Rhonda Hardisty

Rhonda Hardisty, MA

Rhonda Hardisty is a graduate student working on a Masters in Professional Counseling at Texas Woman’s University. She has a Masters in Teaching and Graduate Academic Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. She also has 11 years’ experience teaching in Keller ISD, 3 of those years in High School special education supporting students in a self-contained setting encouraging the use of self-advocacy and other necessary life skills, and 5 of them at the elementary level teaching academics and life skills to student on the Autism Spectrum. For the past three years, Mrs. Hardisty has been a Behavior Intervention Specialist for seven Northwest ISD elementary campuses. After graduation from TWU in May 2021, she plans to pursue a career in both School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling supporting students and their parents with social, emotional learning. Rhonda joined the UTH team in June 2020 as a graduate practicum student and is currently supervised by Dr. Harrier and her TWU assigned supervisor.

 

Kim Worsham

Kim Worsham

Kim Worsham is a masters graduate student at Texas Women’s University and working toward her license in Clinical Mental Health and certification in School Counseling. After she graduates in May 2021, Kim hopes to gain employment working with adolescents and young adults.  Kim Worsham grew up in South Carolina where she graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in French and a minor in Secondary Education.  After graduation, she taught middle and high school for 6 years before taking a break to stay home with her two children. Kim and her family relocated to Texas in 2017.  That same year she decided to return to the classroom as a substitute for Lewisville ISD. Working with students again was the catalyst for starting her new career.  Kim’s passion and commitment to working with adolescents led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development.  Kim Worsham joined United Through H.O.P.E. in May of 2020 as a graduate practicum student and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier and her TWU university supervisor.

Angelica Smith

Angelica Smith

Angelica Smith is an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas who is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Studies with a minor in addictions counseling. Once she graduates in May 2021, Angelica plans to work at a rehabilitation facility and work towards obtaining her Licensed Chemical Dependency Licensure. Angelica believes it is her purpose to help others, so this opportunity to make a difference is a part of that purpose. In her free time, Angelica enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Angelica joined the team in January of 2021 as an undergraduate practicum student and is being supervised by Dr. Harrier and her UNT assigned supervisor.

Amolika Saini

Amolika Saini

Amolika Saini is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Healthcare Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her aim is to become a pediatrician and she is currently in the process of applying to medical schools. As an intern, she hopes to learn more about human psychology and behaviors. According to her, communication plays a pivotal role in exchanging thoughts and building a stronger community. She aims to extend all sorts of support, especially emotional and leadership development, to guide the solution seekers. She also works at Kumon Math and Reading Center to engage in a learning environment with children and adolescents. Amolika joined the team in January of 2021 as an undergraduate practicum student and is being supervised by Dr. Harrier and her UTD assigned supervisor.

Ayden Nguyen

Ayden Nguyen

Ayden Nguyen is an undergraduate student at University of North Texas and currently working on his Rehabilitation Studies Bachelors in Science degree. Once he obtains his degree in May 2021, he plans to attend graduate school to obtain his Master Degree in Hospital Adminstration. He volunteers to help children with disabilities and attended multiple Special Olympics for the Garland Independent School District. Ayden has worked with children also when he volunteered to teach at Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church in Garland. Ayden joined the team in January of 2021 as an undergraduate practicum student and is being supervised by Dr. Harrier and his UNT assigned supervisor.  

Helena Reece

Helena Reece

Helena Reece is a graduate student attending the University of North Texas at Dallas. Helena is currently in the Masters counseling program pursuing a clinical mental health and school counseling licensure. Helena was born in Finland, but grew up in Texas. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology. Helena holds aspirations of becoming a LPC to work with children and young adults. She is also a special education teacher and volunteers with young moms. Helena is a mother and enjoys family time, traveling, powerlifting, and painting. Helena joined the UTH January 2021, as a graduate practicum student and is supervised by Dr. Laurie Harrier and her UNT at Dallas supervisor.

Angela Aljalil

Angela Aljalil

Angela Aljalil is a Senior at University of Texas at Arlington majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health studies. As she works towards her Bachelors of Science degree, she is also pursuing a pre-medical path at her university as she aims to unite the counseling aspects of Clinical Psychology with diagnosing and prescribing treatments. Upon her graduation towards the end of 2021, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling, eventually aiming for medical school. She is currently an international student from Pakistan and takes particular interest in Psychological research. She continues to be a part of many Psychology laboratories at University of Texas at Arlington facilitating research projects and peer-reviewed publications. Angela joined the UTH team in February 2021 as an undergraduate practicum student and is being supervised by Dr. Harrier and her UT at Arlington supervisor.

Robyn Steen

Robyn Steen

Robyn Steen is an undergraduate student at Texas Woman’s University where she is majoring in Child Development with an emphasis on Pre-Occupational Therapy.  Once she graduates in May 2021, Robyn plans to continue her work with children who have disabilities and attend graduate school to obtain her Doctoral in Occupational Therapy. Robyn has had a lot of experience working with children in different age groups during her undergraduate career. Robyn has a passion for children, especially those with special needs. Her main goal is to be able to help everyone have a normal life despite any limitation. Robyn joined the team in February of 2021 as an undergraduate practicum student and is being supervised by Dr. Harrier and her TWU assigned supervisor.

Andrea Mason Davis

Andrea Mason Davis, LMSW

Contracted Supervisor for Social Work, LMSW

Charette Dersch, LMFT-S

Charette Dersch, LMFT-S

Contracted Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy, LMFT