Lena Pope Therapists - Fort Worth

+Kent Bass is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works out of the Fort Worth and Granbury locations.  He helps clients gain insight, and provides support as they improve their lives, and strengthen relationships.  Mr. Bass joined Lena Pope in 2014 and is excited to be serving individuals and families through counseling.

Mr. Bass is from Genoa, Nebraska, and came to Fort Worth to attend graduate school.  He received his Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Kent has experience working with foster children, facilitating individual and family counseling, marriage counseling, and play therapy.  Being a parent and husband takes up most of his time, but he likes to watch moves or play golf when he gets the chance.

+Emily Blair is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Mrs. Blair attended Middle Tennessee State University for her undergraduate degree, and Tarleton State University for her graduate degree. Emily was born and raised in Fort Worth and has worked in several different realms of counseling including sexual abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and anger.  Throughout her counseling career, she has primarily worked with children and adolescents, as this is where her heart is. Emily says, “My goal is to help children and adolescents become equipped to handle anything that life places before them.”

In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. Additionally, she enjoys playing the piano, writing music, and working in the yard.

+Paul Blankenship is a Licensed Professional Counselor in substance use services. He is just beginning his journey with Lena Pope, but has a long history of working with families, individuals, and couples across a broad spectrum of challenges. People get stuck in life, and Paul’s goal is to come alongside them in their hurt and pain and support them on their journey to wholeness and health. He believes that building trust with his clients is key to success. 

Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he married and moved to Texas in 1988.  With 20 plus years of experience in pastoring, hospital and police chaplaincy, and serving as the director of a non-profit, Paul returned to Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas and obtained his Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology in 2015. His primary focus is working with individuals and families in crisis related to substance use, addiction, grief and trauma. Paul shares his time with his wife of 30 years and family. He enjoys DIY projects, yard work, reading, and nature hikes.

+Elizabeth Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been employed by Lena Pope since 2010, joining Counseling Services in 2014.  She believes that people have the power to change their lives dramatically through counseling, and Elizabeth loves to help clients gain a different perspective and learn new skills to help them navigate life’s challenges.  She is passionate about empowering clients to pursue their goals, no matter how big or small.

Mrs. Brown is a proud Texan, and grew up in Bedford, Texas.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Texas A&M University, and completed her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University.  In her spare time, Elizabeth’s favorite thing is spending time with her husband and son. She is an avid reader and music lover.

+Megan Canale is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor- Counselor Intern. Megan began working for Lena Pope in 2018. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2007, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2013 from St. Edward’s University. Megan’s work history includes YMCA Camp Carter in Fort Worth Texas as an Outdoor Education Specialist and Residential Counselor, South Plains Children’s Shelter in Lubbock Texas, working as an Intervention Specialist at JJAEP/Santa Fe Youth Services, as a client Advocate at Safe Haven, a counselor at Lifeworks in Austin, a Crisis Specialist/Trauma Counselor/Clinical Therapist at MHMR of Tarrant County, and as a Program Therapist at Millwood Hospital. Megan says, “My goal as a therapist is to provide an open and safe environment for my clients to enable their own personal growth and empowerment.”

Megan was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She has also lived in Denver, Colorado, and Austin, Texas. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She also presents and speaks to groups/organizations on topics including trauma, adolescent issues, and self-harm.

+Jenifer Costigan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based out of our Fort Worth office. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) and Master of Science Marriage and Family Therapy (MS) from Texas Wesleyan University.

Ms. Costigan was born and raised in Texas.  She grew up in Grand Prairie, then moved to Arlington around 13 years-old.  Her parents are from Canada, so she spent a lot of her childhood visiting relatives there.   To make traveling a little easier her parents decided to get her brothers and her their Canadian citizenships; thus, making Ms. Costigan a dual citizen.  She worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for a year and a half, working with children between the ages of 5-12, and has experience in working with adult individuals and couples. Jenifer is committed to providing a safe and confidential environment for clients regardless of cultural or religious background, gender, relationship style, or sexual orientation.  She does believe that change is difficult; but if clients are willing to work hard, she can help lead them to healthier and happier lives.    

In her free time, Ms. Costigan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her cats, friends and family.  She also enjoys taking some time out to pamper herself by getting her nails done.

+Jamie Diaz is the Counseling Services Supervisor overseeing satellite offices, substance abuse treatment services and other counseling programs.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and has been with Lena Pope since 2008.  Jamie’s experience includes teaching children with autism, providing Functional Family Therapy to adolescents, and counseling individuals, couples and families.  She specializes in cognitive behavioral, systems, and strength-based therapies.  She believes that every person desires to lead a healthy, purposeful, and connected life.

Jamie was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia.  She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Jamie prioritizes quality time with her husband and two children and enjoys activities such as reading, watching movies, camping, hiking, and traveling.

+Cindy Hanna is a Weatherford High School graduate. She graduated from Weatherford Collage in 2012 with an Associate’s in Applied Science (AAS) in Substance Abuse Counseling; in 2017 Ms. Hanna graduated from New Mexico University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, Magna Cum Lada; and is currently attending Western New Mexico University, earning a Master’s in Social Work degree. A lifetime resident of Parker County, Ms. Hanna worked for eight years in the funeral home industry, and seven years in the non-profit sector as a Program Director and Executive Director for Crossroads Youth Ministries of Parker County, Inc. providing services to adolescents.

Ms. Hanna states that she lives her life with no regrets and strives to be in service to humankind. A quote that continues to guide in service is, “the place God calls you to is the place where your deepest gladness and the world’s deepest hungers meet.” In her free time, Ms. Hanna enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, working with stained glass and other crafts, and playing piano.

+Julie Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Substance Use Services.  She received her Master of Science in Education from Youngstown State University in 2015.  Julie’s mission is to provide hope to those in her personal and professional life.  She believes that no one is immune to difficult moments in life but that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to experience positive moments.  She has provided mental health and substance use therapy to adults and children in various settings which she believes truly allows her to see the need for therapy as well as the benefits.

Julie lived in Ohio until 2015 before settling in Texas.  She never imagined falling in love with Fort Worth.  Julie loves to read and relax but, most importantly, to spend meaningful time with family and friends.

+Shana Hazzard, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and designated clinical supervisor, has been with Lena Pope since 2000. She has experience working in residential care, foster care, providing therapy, and is now a Supervisor with Counseling Services. It is Mrs. Hazzard’s goal to help families develop and maintain healthy, beneficial relationships.

Mrs. Hazzard was born in Texas and lived here for several years before moving to New Jersey, Kansas City, and then Atlanta. She returned to Texas for graduate school and has been here since 1997. She received her Bachelor Degree from Harding University, and then went on to receive a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her prior work experience has included employment with foster care agencies, Girls, Inc. of Tarrant County, and facilitating grief support groups. In her free time, Mrs. Hazzard enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. They enjoy taking family vacations, reading, and going to the movies.

+Courtney Landes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been with Lena Pope since 2013.  Mrs. Landes provides counseling services to students referred for counseling services through the Ft. Worth ISD Family Resource Centers, as well as clients at the main Lena Pope location. She is also the clinical lead in the Project SAFeR program.  She supportively works alongside clients as they seek to make positive changes in their lives.

Mrs. Landes is a Fort Worth native and attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Prior to joining Lena Pope, Mrs. Landes worked as an inpatient social worker and with adolescents and families.  Courtney enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pugs, working out, traveling, cooking and baking.

+Kristen McNeill
is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She works out of the Fort Worth and Weatherford offices providing counseling services to individuals and families.  Kristen began working at Lena Pope in 2006 for 3 years, and then returned as a Family Therapist in 2015.  Kristen has experience working with children and families, geriatrics, foster care and adoption, and the school system.  Kristen feels that it is her honor and privilege to provide therapeutic counseling services to individuals and families, and it is her goal to guide clients toward a path of emotional and interpersonal health.

Kristen is a Fort Worth native. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and going on runs with her rescue dog.

+Melissa Mendez
is a LPC-Intern, supervised by Jamie Diaz, LPC-S, NCC, and works in the Fort Worth office. Melissa attended Texas A&M receiving a Bachelor’s in Nutrition, and then received her Master’s from Hardin-Simmons University in Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Melissa is new to the Fort Worth area, having relocated from Abilene, Texas, where she previously provided in-home services to parents of young children. Melissa’s believes “people are capable of making meaningful changes through healthy relationships. It is my goal to help families create deeper connections and lasting relationships, utilizing their strengths and innate wisdom."

In her spare time, Melissa loves to read, camp, hike, and spend time with her husband and two sons. She also loves trying new restaurants and foods as much as she can!

+Martha Molinets is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Mrs. Molinets received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology at the University of North Texas and a Master of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University. Her areas of practice include domestic violence, private practice, and school settings. Mrs. Molinets joined Lena Pope in 2016. Since joining Lena Pope, Martha has gained experience in working with children with problematic sexual behavior and juvenile drug court. Her focus is play therapy, but she enjoys working with adolescents and adults. Mrs. Molinets believes that through trust, her clients can gain personal insight and growth, which will empower them to live to their fullest potential.

Martha was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the mother of two children. Having two young children does not leave much room for free time, but when she does, she enjoys traveling and hiking with her family.

+Anita Sharma is a Licensed Professional Counselor, receiving her Master’s in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Sharma is originally from India and came to the United States first as a graduate student, then moved to Fort Worth twenty-five years ago and calls it home. Ms. Sharma has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years, in community mental health clinics, a counseling agency, and a behavioral health hospital. Ms. Sharma’s goals for counseling are to stay positive and hopeful. She values respect, support, and encourages children and families needing help.

In her spare time, Ms. Sharma likes to spend time with her family. She also keeps up with the news and current affairs, visits local nurseries to learn about native and exotic plants and trees, and trying out new recipes and recreating a favorite dish after a trip to a restaurant.

+Alisha Sneed is a Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC. Ms. Sneed received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Psychology and Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College near Chicago, IL                                                                       

Alisha primarily grew up in Keller, TX and returned to the Ft. Worth area in 2016.  She previously worked with youth and homeless individuals as a missionary in Brazil, and has worked with college students, immigrants, children and adolescents in her counseling work in the U.S. as well as Chile.  Alisha has worked with children and adolescents as a bilingual, English and Spanish therapist in Lena Pope’s Counseling Services since May 2017. Alisha partners with children and families as they strengthen their relationships and sense of hope. She empowers children and families with a deeper understanding of who they are and skills to cope with the difficulties and joys of life.               

In her free time, Ms. Sneed enjoys exploring nature, music and new cultures with friends and family.