Beacon Counseling Center

Caring, Compassionate, Professional Counseling

Professional Staff

Executive 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.

Clinical Director

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 - 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 Marriage and Family Therapist- Jennifer Thompson, M.A., LMFT


Jennifer has a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University in California and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from CSU Northridge in California. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals and families. She also has experience working with children with special needs, including spectrum disorders. Jennifer is also trained in EMDR and Prepare/Enrich. Jennifer is passionate about her work and coming alongside those in need to provide hope and healing. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, boating, hiking, and reading.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Liesal Miller, M.S. LMFT


Liesal earned her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, adults and families in a variety of settings including home healthcare, community mental health, and private practice. Liesal has specializations in infant mental health, play therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and Floortime play therapy with special needs child. Knowing the courage it takes to seek counseling, Liesal likes to build upon strengths and develop a safe, caring environment to explore life’s challenges. In her spare time, Liesal enjoys spending family time with her husband and two sons, working in her garden, and serving at church.


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.