~ New Solutions Counseling Staff ~

Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons, LPC, LSOTP, CH
Licensed Deregistration Specialist

EMDR Provider, Certified Hypnotherapist
Certified Family Trauma Professional
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Sex Trafficking, Instructor
Therapist/Owner
 

Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons has been in private practice since 2000. She holds a PhD in Family Therapy, a Master of Education in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in family systems and child/adolescent development, and Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. Dr. Thurston- Simmons holds three licenses: She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and a Licensed Deregistration Specialist. She is a trauma expert, trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) with specializations in Feeling State Addiction and Migraine/Headache protocols. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is both a Certified Hypnotherapist and certified EFT therapist for a variety of issues, including specialized training for chronic pain and cancer care. She is also a Certified Family Trauma Professional and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Sex Trafficking. Together with her husband, Brian Simmons, she cowrote and instructs the only certification training course of it's kind available on human sex trafficking, training professionals & paraprofessionals both domestically and internationally. Dr. Thurston-Simmons works in private practice and designs programs and training for various community agencies, including hospital child/adolescent dual diagnosis treatment, sexual abuse, sexual addictions, and sex offender treatment. She has served as Clinical Director and Director of Outpatient Services for both psychiatric in-patient and day (PHP/IOP) hospitals. She also provides psychosexual evaluations for pretrial and post-conviction cases as well as provides expert court testimony in criminal and civil courts. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is certified in the TOVA to assess ADHD, in the PCL-R to assess psychopathy, and in sex offender risk assessments. Serving as both Clinical Director and Director of Outpatient Services for psychiatric hospitals, she has experience in directing, developing, managing, and supervising in-patient psychiatric programs, day (PHP/IOP) hospital programs, outpatient clinics, staffs of therapists, therapist-interns, medical technicians, nurses, and psychiatrists. Dr. Thurston-Simmons enjoys treating a variety of therapeutic issues for a number of specialties, including: Marriage & family issues, trauma, abuse, grief & loss, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, self-injury, parenting skills, divorce care, premarital counseling, infidelity, pornography, sexual issues, spirituality, sexual abuse, sexual offending, and sexual addiction. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is an advocate for victim safety and victim rights and is frequently providing professional consultation and community education through public speaking in workshops, conferences, expert witness court testimony, and other public speaking engagements. She is an avid supporter and advocate on task forces for ceasing Human Sex Trafficking, has served as Treasurer for Texas-ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders), is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, is a member of the Northeast Tarrant County Mental Health Professionals Association (NTMHP), and has served on the Board of the Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council/TSCAAC, Treatment Planning subcommittee, and is on the Advisory Board for Arizona Trauma Institute/Trauma International Institute. In addition to working domestically, Dr. Thurston-Simmons and her husband, Brian Simmons, work internationally and have traveled to Iraq assisting the rescue and trauma programs of sex trafficking victims/family refugees as well as developing a child soldier restoration program. She has deigned a Sex Buyer First Offender/John rehabilitation program utilized by organizations interested in eradicating human sex trafficking. Dr. Thurston-Simmons and her husband, Brian Simmons, also provide trauma trainings and support for First Responders and families and have a passion for treating the traumas that First Responders experience. 



Brian Simmons, MA, LPC, CH
EMDR Provider, Certified Hypnotherapist
Certified Family Trauma Professional
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Sex Trafficking, Instructor
Therapist/Owner



Brian Simmons obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & History from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Hypnotherapist with specialized training in pain management and 7th Path self- hypnosis. Mr. Simmons is an EMDR provider with specialized training in Feeling State Addiction and headache/migraine protocols. He is also a certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. He has been a Licensed Peace Officer in Texas for 15 years beginning his career with the Dallas Police Department in 2000. The majority of his tenure there was spend working on a Street Crime Enforcement Squad as a Uniformed Deployment Officer working interdiction and pattern-based crimes in high risk areas for narcotics, prostitution, property crimes, & crimes against persons. After leaving the Dallas PD in 2004, Mr. Simmons moved to rural East Texas and continued his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and Lieutenant in 2010. He holds a Master Peace Officer’s License, is a Certified Field Training Officer, a Certified Hostage Negotiator, Certified in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Certified Mental Health Peace Officer, trained in Forensic Hypnosis, and is a Certified TCOLE Instructor. Mr. Simmons created the Kaufman Country Crisis Response Team to bridge the gap between mental health consumers and law enforcement. Mr. Simmons completed his counseling practicum hours at Burning Tree Ranch, a residential dual diagnosis substance abuse rehabilitation treatment center specializing in treating prior treatment failure cases. He also interned at the North Texas Suicide & Crisis Center providing stabilization and crisis counseling. Post graduate hours were obtained at Safe Haven of Tarrant County facilitating Batterer Intervention Prevention Program (BIPP) groups. Mr. Simmons now works in private practice treating clients with various clinical issues and specializing in traumatic stress disorders. For four years, he also co-facilitated sex offender treatment groups. Mr. Simmons was a contract provider for Valiant Hearts (formerly We Are Cherished), a non-profit Christian organization. Valiant Hearts works to rescue women and children from sex trafficking, both locally and internationally, while providing women in the DFW area with the assistance needed to exit the sex industry. In 2016, he accepted the role of Director of Clinical Care for the organization designing curriculum, overseeing case management, and coordinating outsourced services. Mr. Simmons is involved in the fight against global sex trafficking. Along with his wife, Mr. Simmons has traveled to Iraq assisting refugees and the rescue networks. They are currently in the process of designing, implementing, and overseeing a trauma treatment program for men, women, and children that have been trafficked, tortured, or recruited as soldiers by traffickers both domestically and internationally. Mr. Simmons is also a Certified Family Trauma Professional and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - Sex Trafficking. Together with his wife, Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons, he cowrote and instructs the only certification training course of it's kind available on human sex trafficking, training professionals & paraprofessionals both domestically and internationally. Mr. Simmons and his wife, Dr. Thurston-Simmons, also provide trauma trainings and support for First Responders and families and have a passion for treating the traumas that First Responders experience.  


Nancy Nilson, MMFT, LPC Intern

Supervisor: Norma Cruson, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist-S, EMDR Trained


Nancy Nilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Southwest Texas State University and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from The King’s University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She acquired a variety of practicum training and experience at several locations, including: New Solutions Counseling, PLLC, where she was trained in various trauma & stress-related disorders, including sex trafficking, sexual abuse, & sexual offending; The Keller Counseling Initiative counseling children from Keller ISD elementary, middle, and high schools with various clinical disorders such as, anxiety, mood disorders, suicidality/self-injury, anger management, grief & loss, parenting skills, divorce care, and ADHD; The Sante Center for Healing where she educated families on addiction, recovery, boundaries, relationship skills, conflict resolution, family systems dynamics for stabilization and recovery. Ms. Nilson has also worked as a middle and high school special education teacher for several years, and subsequently owned her own photography business for 16 years while working with families, children and teens including working with a non-profit organization with teens for 11 years. She has gained experience working in rehabilitation, private practice, and non-profit settings with a wide variety of populations. Ms. Nilson enjoys treating a variety of clinical areas, including: trauma, abuse, at risk youth, family/marital relationships, depression, anxiety, and addictions. Her passion is in healing trauma as well as working with at-risk youth and providing marital/couples' therapy. 


Evelyn Brooks, MMFT, Certified Professional Life Coach

Office Manager


Evelyn Brooks serves as New Solutions Counseling's office manager in addition to providing life coaching through her own independent practice. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Minor in Law, and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, currently Pursuing a Doctorate in Traumatology. She is a Professional Certified Life Coach, specialized training in working with Autistic and Special Needs Children and Adults. Mrs. Brooks contracted with the state of Florida and ran and owned her Case Management Agency to help other parents with developmentally disabled children, adults, and families for ten years. She trained and educated children, parents and community providers with disabilities with; Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Autistic Spectrums, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Mrs. Brooks also assisted and obtained additional services such as; registered nurses, occupational and physical therapy, consumable medical supplies, adapters, durable medical equipment, and transportation. Mrs. Brooks, completed her counseling practicum hours at Valiant Hearts, which is a non-profit organization offering education, restoration, and empowerment for individuals breaking free from sexual exploitation and bondage. She provided counseling and led support groups for women that are sexually exploited. Mrs. Brooks also obtained practicum work at New Solutions Counseling, PLLC, where she was trained in various clinical and spiritual issues and traumatic stress disorders. Mrs. Brooks further completed a practicum through The Kings University, counseling children from Keller ISD elementary, middle and high schools. She advised individuals that had clinical disorders such as: Transgenders, identity crisis, manic depression, suicidal ideation, anger, and other clinical disorders. Mrs. Brooks also has a Federally approved nonprofit organization that provides education, services and supports to families with autistic and special needs children and adults.