HEATHER HESTER M.S., LCSW-S
Heather Hester is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Supervisor (Texas License #63127) who has experience working with children, teens, and adults. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from Texas A&M Commerce in Commerce, TX.
Heather has extensive training in EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is endorsed by the World Health Organization as a method of treating PTSD. She is an Approved EMDRIA Consultant in Training and is actively working towards becoming a Consultant. She is highly skilled in supporting adolescents, parents, and working adults heal from childhood trauma and work through symptoms of anxiety and depression. Therapeutic skills include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness-based therapy, grief counseling, family systems, crisis intervention, and trauma treatment. Heather is only offering EMDR at this time.
Heather has taught at the university level for TWU-UNT joint Master of Social Work degree program and has supervised bachelor and master level social workers since 2016. Heather enjoys working with teens and young adults. She has specialized training in working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Heather works to support people by non-judgmentally meeting them where they are and walking alongside them to discover and empower their true potential. She skillfully helps clients work through life challenges such as trauma, abuse neglect, self-harming behaviors, physical aggression, depression, anxiety, grief, and/or loss, relational issues, adjustment difficulties, developmental delays, and insecurities.
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Amanda Saoit M.S., LCSW-S
Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas #59364 and Virginia #0904011766) who has experience working with youth, adults and families. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Studies with a minor in Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX; and graduated with her master’s degree in Social Work from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2012.
Amanda has extensive experience in working with clients who struggle with substance use, severe mental illness, involvement in the criminal justice system, and major life transitions. She is passionate about coming alongside family members who want to have a better understanding on how to support their loved ones through the recovery process. Amanda has worked in a variety of modalities, including the Texas prison system, juvenile detention centers, residential facilities, outpatient, and community home-based settings. She is currently a Social Worker at the Salem VA Healthcare System and considers it an honor to serve our Veterans.
Therapeutic skills include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for substance use disorders, depression and anxiety, crisis intervention, and faith-based counseling. Amanda is a board approved supervisor through the state of Texas and is accepting new supervisees. She values the importance of being a part of training and mentoring the next generation of Social Workers. Amanda is currently accepting new patients and credentialed with BlueCross and BlueShield, Medicare, Optum, and private pay.
Amanda is also currently providing clinical supervision for Licensed Master Social Workers.
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Teresa Vazquez M.S., LMSW
Teresa Vazquez is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Master Social Worker #107617 under the supervision of Amanda Saoit, Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor #59364. Teresa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California Lutheran University and her Master of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.
For over 15 years, Teresa has dedicated her career to mental health by supporting children (as young as 3), youth, teens, adults, and families. She has extensive experience working with the Black, Indigenous, and People of color community and at-risk populations. Being Latina, she is well aware of the stigma associated with mental health and ensures that all of her clients are served with dignity, respect, and with their cultural lens in mind. Teresa utilizes strengths based perspective which, empowers individuals and families to connect to resources and recover from adversity. Other clinical skills include brief solution focused therapy.
Teresa believes that everyone has the inherent strength to overcome any obstacles in their life. They just sometimes need a little guidance in getting there. If change is something you are truly seeking, and are willing to put in the work it requires, she would love to be part of your journey.
Teresa is private pay only. She does not accept insurance. Her hourly fee is $65 per session.
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