Steering Team

Shane Adamson

Shane Adamson, received his undergraduate degree in Family Science in 1993 and a Masters of Social Work degree in 1995.  Shane started Family First Counseling in 1998 in Utah, which grew to be a leading agency in helping individuals, couples and families overcome many complex problems.  He sold this agency and at age 40 did a mid-life adventure and moved with his family to Frisco TX in 2010.  Shane’s specialties include: helping couples create a loving and connected marriages, overcoming sex/pornography addiction and intimacy issues, and healing from trauma.  He especially enjoys doing Hold Me Tight couples workshops and has hosted 2-3 per year for the past 6 years.   Shane’s interests outside of work includes: date nights with my wife, outings with my family, and relaxing with a good book or movie.  Shane enjoys golfing, photography, technology gadgets, traveling and the great outdoors! For more information,

Michael D. Ashenfelter, LPC-S holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Texas Tech University, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently under supervision to become a Certified EFT therapist.  He is the founder and director of Ashenfelter Counseling in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Tiffany Ashenfelter, LPC-S.  His primary focus of practice is seeing couples, families, and individuals within an EFT framework to help them create new relational patterns and form healthy attachments for lasting change.  He also partners with Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services’ Cooper Weight Loss program and works with their patients in gaining deeper insight into their behavioral health patterns to help achieve their health and wellness goals.  He is a member of the International Enter for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT), Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS), & Dallas Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (DSPP).  Ashenfelter Counseling


Rebecca Jorgenson

Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen holds the PhD in Clinical Psychology with specialized training in treating problematic sexual behavior, sex, shame and trauma. She is Co-Founder and Director at the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI EFT Alliant) and faculty at Alliant International University. Dr. Jorgensen is a certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor and honored to be on Susan Johnson’s team of Certified Trainers; she presents alongside Dr. Johnson several times a year. She is best known for providing EFT training and support, online and in-person, and for her best selling videos Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Complete Treatment and EFT Step by Step. She facilitates the Hold Me Tight Workshop For Therapists and Their Partners in the U.S. and Internationally. She maintains a clinical practice, is a recognized speaker and serves as a consultant around the globe. She can be found online doing webinars or hanging out on various virtual platforms advancing online education and training on attachment, sexuality and Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is devoted to strengthening families through helping couples develop safe and secure marital bonds and helping other therapists learn more effective couple’s therapy. Married to the love of her life, she and Max are proud to be grandparents of nine delightful (smart and attractive too) little beings.


Lynda Mathis

Lynda Mathis, Ph.D. is a Certified EFT Therapist and a licensed Clinical Psychologist.  She has been a part of the Steering Committee for the North Texas Emotionally Focused Therapy Community since 2014. Lynda earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, in 1996.  She works with couples having difficulties in their relationships, healing from affairs, or simply wishing to deepen their intimacy.  She also works with individuals struggling with problems such as depression and anxiety.  She brings a caring, empathic, and science-driven approach to working with couples and individuals in her practice.

Bernis Riley

Bernis Riley, Psy.D, LPC-S holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Liberty University, and a Doctor of Psychology degree from California Southern University. Her major experience is in marriage and family therapy and trauma. She is licensed by the state of Texas as a licensed professional counselor supervisor and has received certification as an Emotionally Focused Therapist.  She is a member of International Center for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT) and the Texas Counseling Association.  She is the founder and director of SoulCare Counseling located in Colleyville.

Emily Savage, M.MFT, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently under supervision to become a certified EFT therapist. Emily earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University in 2011 where she fell head over heels in love with EFT and couples work after seeing her first video of Sue Johnson in action. She has focused on healing couple relationships ever since, especially when one partner is struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction. She currently splits her time between Dallas and Abilene, Tx seeing clients at Innovation 360 and Highland Counseling Center.

Cindy Stites

Cindy Stites graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 with a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. Cindy has worked at a non-profit counseling agency since 2011. Cindy also has experience as an adjunct professor of psychology at Dallas Christian College. Cindy is passionate about working with individuals and couples in a collaborative way to reach relationship goals. Cindy cares deeply about understanding each person’s experience and helps clients to connect in ways that lead to more satisfaction in life. Cindy has seen how effective Emotionally Focused Therapy is for stopping negative patterns of interaction and creating new ways of being together. She joined the North Texas community of EFT to help grow its presence in the area. Cindy and her husband of 26 years have 2 grown children and 2 adorable golden retrievers and live in the Mid-citites.

Brittainy Wagner, received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Brittainy has worked in a variety of settings including a local community mental health setting, local colleges, and working with troubled youth at a residential education and vocational training program. She maintains an independent practice in the Sherman, TX area. Brittainy enjoys working with individuals ranging in age from adolescents to older adults. She also enjoys working with couples who are experiencing marital or relationship difficulties. Her areas of interest include Depression, Anxiety, relationship conflicts with couples, and working with the LGBTQ community. Her approach to therapy utilizes a variety of approaches including: Interpersonal Process Therapy techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques while also focusing on social relationships and how these relationships influence people’s choices, desires, and behaviors Tidemark Therapy