OUR DBT TEAM

Debra Meehl, D.D.

Nationally recognized educator, Interdenominational Spiritual Life Coach, and author of The Friends and Family Bipolar Survival Guide, and Joyful Transformation Debra, is an Intensively trained Dialectical Behavior Skills Trainer.  She is the founder and President of the Meehl Foundation Intensively Trained DBT Team, that was trained at Behavioral Tech  in Seattle Washington.

Documentary presenter of the Life Focus TV series “A Mind Misunderstood” on PBS, TLN and TNN.

Debra, speaks at national conferences around the U.S. on the topic “Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder with Substance Abuse.” She teaches, works, and lives the Dialectical Behavioral principles,while operating The Meehl Foundation.

Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.

Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders including attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, brain SPECT imaging, as well as addictionol

ogy. He has also been involved in research involving traumatic brain injuries and Sports Psychiatry. He is a distinguished member of the International Society of Sports Psychiatry.

Dr. Tucker’s training in and research in traumatic brain injuries and Sports Psychiatry led him to develop and interest into Single Photon Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging. He trained under Dr. Amen and was the Medical Director of Mind Matters of Texas, which was an Amen affiliated SPECT imaging center, before establishing his own private clinic in Plano, Texas. He has contributed and co-authored a book titled, “Failure to launch”.

Dr. Tucker has a special passion for treating people with Mood Disorders and Personality Disorders for the Meehl Foundation Team of professionals.  His paradigm of treatment is that he: “Treats a person Not a Diagnosis!” He uses a holistic model and incorporates exercise, diet, therapy, supplements, as well as psychopharmacological therapies.

HALONA BROWN, LMT

Halona coordinates massage therapy, nutrition and weight management programs for The Meehl House.

DAVID BALLENBERGER, MSW

Intensively Trained DBT Therapist and Skills Trainer, David has spent over 30 years running acute care facilities, and as a consultant and expert in group home management, program development, and residential care.

Rev. L. R. Hodges- Clinical Hypnotherapist

Hypnotist for 45 years and Certified Hypnotherapist by the following agencies: Basic-Intermediate-Advanced, Omni Hypnosis, Deland, Fl, Gerald Kein, Director.  5 Path Advanced Hypnotherapy, Banyan Hypnosis Center, Tustin, Ca., Cal Banyan, Dir.  Master Class, Hypnosis Training Center of Los Angeles, Gil Boyne, Founder and Instructor.  Ray has been a Spiritual Consultant and Founder and Instructor of Spiritfreedom.com and an (Internet Training for Hypnotherapists Worldwide).  He has been the Contributing Author of Hypnotherapy for various books and articles and is a Member of the Hypnosis Club of Houston, Texas. Contributing Author to www.Hypnothoughts.com.

Danie’ le Fuller, LCDC-I – Residential Coordinator

Danie’le Fuller is a driven and dedicated Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern. She has taken and passed her Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor State Licensing exam for the state of Texas; this ranks her as a third level intern.

Danie’le has recently joined the Meehl Foundation DBT treatment team. Danie’le is trained in DBT skills training and Dr. Amen’s brain healthy treatment approaches which allow clients to gain and maintain a “Life Worth Living” by doing what is effective for them.

She enjoys teaching educational groups with clients in a wholistic healing environment provided at the Meehl Foundation. Additionally, Danie’le is intensively trained in the KSA’s: clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, client, family and community education, documentation, and professional and ethical responsibilities.

Danie’le is looking forward to reaching her next goal of attaining her Licensed Professional Counselor certification (LPC) and then aspires to work towards her PsyD. in Counseling Psychology.

Kristin Smith, Meehl House Manager

Certified Professional Life Coach with over five years of experience in transitional mental health, and several supplementary credentials which help her aid clients and their families to effectively navigate the unique challenges before them. As a yoga & mindfulness instructor, intensively trained DBT skills trainer, and ordained interfaith minister, Kristin takes a holistic, solution focused approach to coaching.

As an Amen Brain Healthy coach, Kristin blends philosophy and neuroscience to guide clients toward a brain optimized state; to manage change and maximize life – right now.  This distinctive approach provides profound insight and practical advice to maximize the potential of making minor adjustments to your current lifestyle, and offers pragmatic, reality – based plans to support these adjustments. Clients are coached on the connection between physical and emotional health, using neuroscience to affect change, food as “medicine”, and mindfulness to creatively adapt to the lifestyle you desire. Clients are encouraged to move into a life that is energized, resilient, productive and optimized

Walter L. Nystrom, MA, LPC, LCDC

Walter has had a broad experience in working in the mental health field. He Received his B.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation on 12/1977. Walter continued his education in acquiring is M.A. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in behavioral medicine.

Other qualifications obtained in his professional/educational career are certifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and as a Biofeedback Therapist. Walter’s broad experience in practicing in the field has included five years as a sub-care worker in Child Protective Services and seven years as a Biofeedback Therapist at Hermann Hospital: Multi-Disciplinary Pain Center. As well he has spent over two years as an Adult/ Forensic Counselor at the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas and worked at psychiatric day hospitals and other private practices.

Walter was drawn to the Meehl Foundation due to its integrated holistic approach and specialization in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Walter is a Meehl Foundation addiction therapist trained in DBT.