Meet The Team
Kim knows from experience how having a bad marriage counselor can hurt your chances for survival so she has spent years training with the top experts in the marriage counseling field and has brought that training back to her team members. The Marriage Place has become known for its exceptional work with even the toughest of cases. This is the place where other therapists refer their clients when they can’t do anything more with them. We are proud of that reputation and we are here to help you have a more satisfying, loving relationship.
Many people contact us and want to know if we can work with them even though they live in another state or country. To help reach this long-distance population we offer coaching over phone or Skype. Please check out our coaching division here for more information on how to work with us even if you don’t live in the Dallas area.
Whether it is confronting personal demons such as trauma or addiction, improving your connection with your spouse or rescuing your marriage from the brink of divorce, David can help you find solutions and hope. He can teach and equip you to effectively fight for transformation in your marriage. Marriage can be far more than just conflict, more than feeling criticized daily, more than roommates sharing a home, more than feeling emotionally abandoned, more than feeling trapped and destined for marital misery. If you want to fight for something more and discover a purpose and passion in your marriage, David would be privileged to be your guide on this journey.
Elsa graduated with honors in her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program and is now approaching nearly a decade in practice. She has been extensively trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), one modality designed to help couples heal from past or current distress. Elsa and her husband have been married for 12 years and have 4 children. She has learned not only through her training, but also through her own marriage, how both difficult and rewarding marriage can be, as they too have successfully weathered their fair share of marital ups and downs. Elsa is bilingual and offers therapy both in English and Spanish.
As your counselor, Patty travels alongside you, guiding your steps, helping you discover what is possible for your marriage. Patty’s formal training, mentoring, and life experiences from 31 years of marriage will empower you to make whatever changes are necessary to connect deeply with yourself and your spouse.
Sam’s insight and passion motivated him to pursue his career in counseling. Whether you’re struggling to communicate your heart to your mate, considering divorce, constantly fighting and engaging in verbal warfare, falling out of love or just needing some guidance to make a good relationship a better one, Sam wants to be your advocate and guide for change. The possibilities for your relationship are endless if you decide to try something different. Are you ready to stop doing what is not working and find a way to transform your current situation to a new place of love, understanding and hope? Then Sam is your guy!
Other specialties include certification in trauma treatment, work with blended families, plus guidance in overall healthier coping tools and life skills addressing mood disorders such as depression or anxiety. Mary secured a certification in alcohol and other drugs (AOD), worked at both inpatient and outpatient settings, plus has been contracted by dozens of schools to assist youth with their emotional and behavioral needs, including transition into college. Mary is a licensed marriage and family therapist; Contact Mary to begin the transformation and healing process.
Some research estimates that approximately 60-75% of couples faced with infidelity decide to stay married. Let Susan help you build a relationship that is stronger than it ever was before.
She and her husband sought help from a trusted counselor who believed in marriage and who helped them breathe life back into their relationship, a relationship where they now each feel cherished and enjoy spending time together. Brunna loves helping her clients do the same. She has done extensive study on temperament and recognizes we are each born with temperament tendencies (In other words, 'why you do what you do') that influence how we show up and engage in relationships. Helping clients recognize, understand, and manage their own temperament tendencies provides the foundation for her work. Brunna also has a special interest in working with couples who are navigating the unique challenges of blending families. In addition to English, Brunna is fluent in Portuguese.
She has years of experience helping clients meet their goals of a more fulfilling life and has worked with a long list of well-known coaches in the field.
Bonnie is the author of Know Thy Self – Engage Others, a personal development workbook that helps master what Bonnie calls Ego Behaviors. She believes ego behaviors can be one of the blocks that keep people from life success. The tool has been well received by counselors, coaches and clients.
In January of 2014 Bonnie joined The Marriage Place because she shares Kim’s vision for helping to change the world’s view of marriage.
With compassion, wisdom, and experience he engages each person and couple, helping them to realize the reality of who they are and how they show up in their relationships. He helps his clients realize what their relationship can be and helps them get there so they realize greater intimacy and connectedness.
Susan is a warm and empathetic listener and brings to her clients more than 25 years of diverse experience working with both families and children. Susan has been married to her husband and best friend for almost 17 years and they are the parents of two teen-aged children. She's served on the Board of Directors of Hope International since 2005.