Beacon Counseling

Caring, Compassionate, Professional Counseling

Professional Staff

Executive/Clinical Director

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor- Kevin J. Bruner, M.A., LPC-Supervisor

Kevin joined First Baptist Wylie in November, 2004, by way of letter from New Life Baptist Church in Garland. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and has a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Dallas Baptist UniversityKevin is licensed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. He works with individuals, adolescents, couples and families. He is a faith-based counselor who utilizes solution-focused therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, specializing in child/adolescent, pre-marital, marital and family counseling. Kevin is married to Dalila and they have two daughters, Kaylah and Kendall.

Licensed Professional Counselor - Scott Wakeem, M.A., LPC

Scott Wakeem is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. He has worked in a variety of settings including a university counseling center, private office, and large agencies providing in office and community-based therapy. His wide variety of clients have included children from age 4 to elderly adults with issues ranging from family/marriage and other relationship issues, adjustment issues, stress, anxiety, all the way to serious mental illness issues. Scott’s faith-based approach pulls from a variety of theoretical perspectives, but most strongly uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist client in gaining healthy thoughts, emotions, and behaviors which result in a better life. Before becoming a counselor Scott was a volunteer Young Life Leader during his undergraduate college studies at Texas Tech University and a youth minister at his church in Lubbock following college. It was during that time he was inspired to develop his passion to help people who are hurting find hope and healing. Scott then moved to Dallas, Texas and obtained his Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University and has been counseling ever since. Scott is married to Stephanie and they have one son, Weston 

Licensed Professional Counselor - Kathy Brown, M.A., LPC-Supervisor

Kathy attended Texas A&M University (Whoop!) and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Amberton University. Kathy is licensed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor. She also holds additional certifications as a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Director of Psychodrama. Kathy is a faith based counselor who enjoys helping people navigate through difficult times in life. Her background includes working with children, adolescents and adults and she has been in the counseling field for over 25 years. She enjoys spending time with her daughter Chelsea.

Licensed Professional Counselor - Joanne Kerr, M.Ed, LPC, RPT

Joanne is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.   She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Education from the University of North Texas with a concentration in child development and Play Therapy. Joanne has 20 plus years experience  in the field of mental health. Her professional  background includes working  with non-profit community agencies, family outreach clinics, and private practice. Joanne works with adults, children, adolescents, &  families utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Solution-Focused strategies. Joanne is also a Registered Play Therapist and has taught Young Adult Parenting for the Dallas Court System. She includes Filial Therapy to assist parents and caretakers with the challenges of family life. Joanne is a faith-based counselor who feels privileged to help people develop healthy coping skills and adopt a positive outlook .   Joanne enjoys relaxing while painting, baking, volunteering, and playing with her rescue cats.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern - Bryan Young, M.A. LPC-Intern

Bryan attended Criswell college and has a master’s degree in philosophy as well as a masters degree in counseling. He is currently registered as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and is supervised by Kathy Brown, M.A. LPC-Supervisor. Bryan is a faith based counselor who enjoys helping people through the challenges of life whether it is depression or any other life issues. He has worked with children, adolescents and adults. He enjoys working out and reading in his spare time.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern - Sarah E. Davis, M.A. LPC-Intern

Sarah graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family counseling. She is currently registered as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and is supervised by Kevin Bruner  M.A., LPC-Supervisor. Sarah has experience counseling children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. She is currently focusing on adolescents, individuals, couples and families. She is a faith based counselor who brings biblical counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy methods into her counseling. Outside of counseling, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, being actively involved in their church, time with friends, reading, gardening and spending time outdoors.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern - Paul P. Bray, M.A. LPC-Intern, LCDC-Intern

Paul grew up in New York, graduated from Cornell University, and came to Texas with the United States Air Force. After military service, he completed graduate school at Texas Tech and then went to work in industry. Currently, he is an engineer in the medical device industry. He holds a master's degree in professional counseling from Amberton University and is a licensed professional counseling intern, practicing under the supervision of Kathy Brown, LPC-S. He is also a licensed chemical dependency counseling intern.  Paul has been married for 27 years, and he and his wife have three grown children.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern - Dana S. Roberts, M.A., LPC-Intern

Dana graduated from Texas A & M- Commerce with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She has a Masters of Arts degree in School Counseling as well as Professional Counseling. She is currently registered as a Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern and is supervised by Kathy Brown M.A., LPC-Supervisor. Dana has several years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. She strives is to create a safe, compassionate, caring environment where clients and their families are empowered to make decisions to enhance their well-being. Dana enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern - Austin Bray, M.A., LPC-Intern

Austin graduated from the University of North Texas and received a B.A. in psychology. He holds an M.A. in psychology from Midwestern State University. Austin is currently registered as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern under the supervision of Kathy Brown M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. He is a faith-based counselor and utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Austin has worked with clients with many different backgrounds, including clients experiencing severe mental health issues, children, adolescents, adults, and Spanish-speaking clients. He enjoys helping others overcome barriers to growth, navigate life challenges, and achieve their personal goals. In his free time, Austin enjoys hiking, backpacking, and travel.