Lakewood Counseling Center is led by a passionate team of licensed professional counselors who each have a heart to serve and provide both individuals and families with affordable, high-quality care. Our counselors are here to give a hand that you may begin a journey toward healing and restoration in any and every area of your life.
Kerri Pearson, MA, LPCS, EdD
Kerri Pearson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as an LPC Supervisor. She began her practice in the Dallas area in 2004. Since moving back home to Belton in 2012, Kerri has worked in private practice, been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and performed Adoption Home Studies for the local district courts. Kerri will also compete her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in May of 2018.
Kerri is also an accomplished presenter, speaking for local churches, schools, local organizations, businesses and trainings for other professionals. Her presentations include humor, education, experiential exercises as well as sharing about her own “growth opportunities”. She also holds the license of supervisor and enjoys working with new clinicians as they pursue their professional development.
Kerri has a passion for helping people heal themselves and their relationships, especially their marriages. She has an extensive history working with infidelity recovery and betrayal. Kerri has attended the Gottman Institute in Seattle, WA in order to expand her knowledge in helping couples who are seeking to recover from betrayal in their marriage. Since being in private practice, Kerri has worked with adolescents, families, marriages and individuals addressing a variety of struggles. She specializes in anxiety, family and marriage dynamics and addiction, with an emphasis on eating disorders, substance abuse and the family component of the disease. Kerri also provides assessments to either the individual or the family to help determine next steps for those struggling with eating disorders and substance abuse. Kerri has worked inpatient with eating disorders at Childrens Medical Center in Dallas. Kerri also works with victims of PTSD and other trauma based behaviors by utilizing EMDR therapy.
Kerri's leadership experience gives her a unique passion for those that feel the need to be the strong one, and she hopes to provide a space where clients can work through their own struggles and be their authentic selves. Kerri believes that healing happens in the context of safe relationships and it is her desire to walk alongside clients in a shame free environment on their journey to greater self-awareness and freedom. She believes that life change takes place in the context of connection and vulnerability. She hopes that as she works with others, they will understand their reality allowing them to live in freedom and truth.
Kerri is also a Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Pre-Marital counselor. She is comfortable working with clients from either a spiritual or secular perspective, but she has extensive training in Biblically based counseling.
Kerri believes the right therapeutic relationship can facilitate growth, healing, and freedom from the past. When not counseling you can find Kerri reading books, tending to her chickens, working in her garden or enjoying the outdoors with her husband, and three daughters.
Kerri accepts BCBS, SWHP, Megellan and TriCare Insurance.
Toni Davis, MA, LPC, RPT
Toni Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist who has worked with children and families since 2013. Toni earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Toni is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the Central Texas Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.
As a Registered Play Therapist, Toni has specialized training to work with children, adolescents, and adults that creates a different counseling style than “talk therapy” people are used to. With experience in dealing with body image issues, significant life changes and events, self-esteem building, developing coping skills for anger and stress, Toni is passionate about her work to provide counseling for people to become successful in their lives.
Toni accepts Tricare, BCBS and SWHP. Evening and weekend appointments available.
Sharon Aguilera, MA, LPC
I counsel women and adolescent girls with issues to include, depression, post-partum depression, anxiety, relationship issues, coping skills, self-esteem, communication issues, grief, parenting, self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation and situational stress. It can be incredibly difficult to seek help. I understand and want to provide a safe place for women and young girls to feel comfortable sharing their struggles.
Whether you are struggling with your new role in life, having difficulty in relationships, or possibly having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, I want to help. I have a great desire to assist clients in working through challenges in a judgement free environment. We all have stories that are unique to us. I want to hear your story and assist you in your journey.
I believe I was called to help facilitate growth in the lives of the women and young girls who seek my counsel. I bring my authentic self into therapy, in hopes clients will do the same. I work with clients to find meaning and purpose in their lives that will help provide clarity and consistency for their present and future selves.
Sharon accepts BCBS, SWHP, and Tricare Insurance.
Brandon Rodriguez, MA, LPC
Brandon Rodriguez is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Waxahachie, Texas. Brandon earned both his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.
Brandon specializes in treating adolescent and adult individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, family issues, substance abuse, trauma, and major life changes. Therapy with Brandon consists of utilizing multiple therapeutic strategies to grow awareness of ourselves and empower us to be the absolute best version of ourselves both individually, and within our families and relationships. Brandon believes that creating a safe, positive, and affirming relationship with each client is essential to growth in therapy. Producing change within ourselves and creating peace in our lives can be an extremely difficult thing to accomplish during times of uncertainty, stress, and chaos. Brandon believes that by working side by side with the client we can create and grow awareness of our struggles, put a plan in place to overcome them, and increase meaning and well being within our lives.
Brandon draws his professional experience from his time working as a clinical therapist at a therapeutic boarding school. While there, Brandon worked with male adolescents dealing with multiple issues such as: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, family issues, poor academic performance, defiance, trauma, and entitlement, among others. Brandon also spent time during his internship period working with incarcerated females as a Mental Health Intern for Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
When he is not working, Brandon and his wife enjoy laughing together, cooking good food, and spending time with their dogs. Brandon enjoys photographing city skylines and landscapes and spending time with friends and family. He is currently restoring his high school car, Roxanne – a beautiful Trans Am convertible.
Brandon is available for evening and weekend appointments.
Leslie Brown, MA, LPC
Leslie Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Belton, Texas. Leslie earned a Master of Arts Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Counseling. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with a double major in Religion and Psychology.
Leslie is an integrative counselor, adapting to the needs of her clients, and pursues the best form of therapy for the personality and needs of her patients. She has received basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), level one of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and an introductory training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Leslie works with women and teens experiencing depression ranging from hormonal, postpartum and other medical causes to situational stress, lack of coping skills or those dealing with traumatic events. She counsels couples at any point in their relationship. Maintaining a healthy relationship is difficult, and even the healthiest of relationships sometimes need a bit of strengthening and rebuilding. Leslie also counsels couples in crisis that have found themselves at a turning point in their relationship.
Leslie and her husband have been married since 2005 and have three young children. They left the United States in 2007 to live in East Asia serving as missionary church planters with the International Mission Board. They spent 7 years in East Asia where 2 of their children were born. Leslie enjoys spending time with with her husband and kids, and if she has spare time, you can find her either reading, exercising or trying to keep their garden alive.
Leslie offers weekend and evening appointments. Leslie accepts BCBS, Tricare, Megellan, Cigna and SWHP Insurance.
Josh is currently seeing clients at our Temple office. His direct phone number is 254-307-9457
Josh Kellar, LMFT, LPC Intern
Under the supervision of Jason Martin, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S
Josh Kellar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern from Belton, Texas. Josh earned a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and a Master in Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Abilene Christian University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Preaching from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Josh’s approach to counseling is centered around helping his clients identify what the truth about who they are and how their current thoughts, feelings and behaviors keep them stuck living inconsistently with that truth. Josh has received level-one training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and he is a facilitator of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way curriculum.
Josh works with couples at all stages of life, parents and families, adolescents and individuals. He has experience treating people with anxiety, depression, issues related to identity as well as those grieving a loss. Josh believes that a person’s challenges cannot be separated from the contexts in which they live, work and play. Taking this into consideration he helps his clients discover how their settings have served to make living whole-hearted difficult and/or a source of strength. He guides them in how to make appropriate changes according to their personal or relationship goals.
Josh and his wife have been married since 2002 and have three children. He spends his time outside the counseling office schooling his children, doing CrossFit and running obstacle course races.
Josh offers counseling appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He currently accepts SWHP Insurance.
Dr. Sirrocco is currently seeing clients at our Temple office. Her direct phone number is 254-217-6270
Myriah Sirrocco, Psy. D.
CLINICAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST
Myriah Sirrocco is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 11 years experience working with children and their families. Dr. Sirrocco specializes in adjustment disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma and acute stress disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She uses an array of therapeutic techniques tailored to the child’s specific needs. Dr. Sirrocco recognizes the many influences in a child’s life that can exacerbate symptoms of emotional and behaviors dysregulation. In order to work cohesively with the various influences, Dr. Sirrocco frequently meets with daycares and schools and attends ARD and 504 Plan meetings to ensure the children are recovering the appropriate accommodations in the classroom.
Dr. Sirrocco completed her doctoral degree in Arizona and during this time she was asked to co-create the child psychology track which included creating a curriculum, individualizing classes, and creating lesson plans, exams, and power point preventions. She volunteered at the Melmed Center with various groups for children. Such groups included self-esteem groups for middle school girls, ADHD group to improve executive functioning, and social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and social communication deficits. While in graduate school, Dr. Sirrocco completed her sub-speciality training at the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute which included specialty training with the unique needs of children birth to 5-years-old.
After completing her doctorate degree, she completed her internship and two years of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Andrus Children’s Center in New York working with youth from the Bronx, Queens, Yonkers, and surrounding cities. During this time, Dr. Sirrocco attending trainings, grand rounds, and seminars at the ChildMind Institue in Manhattan and New York Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains. She was also asked to present at the YWCA to parents and caregivers about managing meltdowns. She also spoke to elementary schools about how best to manage behaviors of children with special needs.
Since moving to Texas in 2016, Dr. Sirrocco has been in private practice. She is a dedicated child psychologist who is working to improve the quality of life for children, parents, and caregivers. Dr. Sirrocco acknowledges that the sooner a problem is discovered, the better the chance is for creating long term positive life experiences!
Mei Hua-Burns, LPC
Mei Hua-Burns is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Mei earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC, and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Baruch College in New York, NY.
Mei enjoys working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of issues and challenges. She has worked extensively with military community, LGBTQIA+ population, and people with disabilities. She has provided individual and group therapy in areas of anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, substance abuse, and career management.
Mei is an integrative therapist grounded in person centered therapy, who emphasize practical interactive techniques that would be most helpful for each client. Her approach is to help identify strengths, develop self-awareness, and provide support to help each individual achieve their personal goals.
Mei is available for evening and weekend appointments. Mei accepts BCBS insurance