Counseling and Therapy Staff
You are welcome to request a therapist when you contact us, however, please note that therapists work on specific days and have varied specialties. Our professional staff will help direct you to the counselor that is the best fit for your needs and availability.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Liesal Miller, M.S. MFT
Liesal is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas and California. She earned her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has over 15 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 children. Knowing the courage it takes to seek counseling, Liesal likes to build upon client 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, often at a sporting event of some kind, working in her garden, and serving at church. Liesal is currently accepting new clients and is able to see clients via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Malia Nompone, M.S.
Malia is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern A/G University and certification to teach Special Education in the state of Texas. Malia has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, women, and families. Her background in the counseling psychology field has been varied and includes outpatient mental health, residential facilities, private practice, church counseling centers, and the provision of online counseling. Areas of specialization and interest include young adult and women’s issues, managing anxiety/depression, play therapy, parent/child relationship therapy, career coaching, dealing with chronic pain, spiritual growth, and the challenges of special needs youth. Teaching experience includes Special Education students in a public school district and Adjunct faculty at both a private university and through a local community college. Malia sees clients on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings. She is also able to accept clients seen via telemental health at this time.
Currently, Malia serves as an Emotional Behavioral Support Specialist for a local public school district, counseling students in special education and providing behavioral consultation to staff. Malia’s approach with clients is positive and relational as she seeks to empower her clients to find and use their strengths to accomplish goals. She is aware that many clients are reluctant about the counseling process and works to earn their trust and create a safe place for growth. Malia enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters, working out with Camp Gladiator, and refinishing furniture.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Sarah Davis, M.A.
Sarah provides counseling services to adolescents, adults, premarital couples and couples. She particularly enjoys and has experience counseling adolescents struggling with: anxiety, depression, grief/loss, self worth, relationship conflicts and life transitions. She works with women struggling with: anxiety, depression, grief/loss, difficult marriages, relationship conflicts and life transitions. Sarah has training in the How We Love approach, she is certified in Prepare/Enrich, as well as SYMBIS premarital assessment. Her approach to counseling includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. She is able to bring Biblical Counseling into the therapy process upon request. Sarah has a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Baylor University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington. She has several years counseling experience working with children, adults, couples and families in settings that include: schools, community mental health and private practice.
Sarah says, "It is my desire to walk alongside others as they face life’s challenges and be a source of encouragement towards health and growth. I consider it a privilege to partner with my clients as they explore strengths, solutions and opportunities towards growth. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children, music, serving in our local church, gardening, reading and a variety of outdoor activities." Sarah sees clients on Tuesday during the afternoon and evening. She is is also able to meet with clients seen via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Dana Roberts, M.A.
Dana is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and has a Masters of Arts degree in School Counseling, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling. Dana has nearly 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Dana is currently a school counselor in an Elementary school setting in addition to a counselor at Beacon.
Dana says, "I strive to create a safe, compassionate, caring environment where clients and their families are empowered to make decisions to enhance their well-being. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have experienced trauma. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with her family." Dana sees clients on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings. She is also able to accept new clients seen via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Misti Compton, M.S.
Misti is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from SMU. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education and has provided academic and career counseling to many students. Misti served as a clinical intern at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County where she worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her areas of specialization include play therapy, child/parent relationship therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, anxiety, depression, young adult and women’s issues, perinatal mental health and career counseling.
Misti is passionate about helping others navigate life’s challenges, empowering them to find real solutions. Her mission is to create a safe space, free of judgement, for her clients to work through the difficulties they face in life. She believes we each have our own individual story and, with the help of therapy and self-awareness, we have the ability to edit and rewrite our story. Misti is inspired by everyday people who make the brave decision to begin therapy, and she is honored to walk alongside her clients during their journey.
In her downtime, Misti enjoys nature, reading, watching movies, and spending quality time with her husband and kids. She is currently accepting clients on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and via telemental health.
Licensed Professional Counselor - Dalila Nastase, M.S.
Dalila is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of Texas. She is providing counseling under the supervision of Kathy Brown, LPC-S. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and earned her Masters of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M- Commerce. Dalila has experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She is currently a school counselor in an Elementary school setting. Dalila is currently accepting new clients on Saturdays. Hablo español.
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor - John Gambill, M.A.
John currently works as both an educator (6-8th grade for GISD at the Garland Alternative Education Center) and a LCDC in the State of Texas. He has been working in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse since 2006 and has been working with children and families since 1993 as a Youth/Family Minister, Substance Abuse Counselor, Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), Hospice Chaplain, and Educator.
John has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups who have been affected by substance abuse in some way, shape, or form and will continue to do the same at Beacon Counseling. Not only does he conduct counseling for substance abuse, but also conducts sessions for Prevention Education on Drug (Illegal and Rx)/Alcohol Abuse, Bullying/Violence, STDs, Parenting, Intervention Counseling, Anger, Premarital Classes, Career Consulting, Grief, Impulse Control, Stress, Truancy, and Self-Esteem.
John enjoys spending time with his wife of 27 years and two grown children, who are both in college, as well as our two dogs, cat, rabbit, and box terrapin. He enjoys camping, spending time outdoors, fishing, and working in the yard. "If I could go anywhere in the world I would go back to South Africa to visit and enjoy the hospitality of such a beautiful country," says John. Spending time with God and the church are important parts of my life as well.
Counseling Student - Stephanie Carroll, M.Ed. in progress
Stephanie Carroll is a counseling student in Lamar University's Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling master's degree program. She has a bachelor's degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University, has worked in church ministry for over 17 years, and holds a certification in spiritual direction from Lipscomb University. Stephanie is passionate about creating a safe, caring space where clients can work through life's experiences, learn about themselves, use their strengths, and continue to grow.
Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, reading, crocheting, and enjoying nature.