In life there will inevitably be struggles, but they do not have to break us. In fact, they are the exact things that can make us stronger. After hardship, loss, or even trauma, we can do so much more than heal. We have the opportunity to grow and become even more resilient and more capable to face anything that may come.
The purpose of Finding Freedom Therapy, PLLC, is to treat trauma and grief from every angle in order to promote healing and increase resilience. We utilize evidence-based therapies to treat trauma and loss reactively as well as proactively; our mission is to treat trauma not only after it has taken place, but also if it has an ongoing role in your life. We even go a step further to proactively address trauma through our parenting groups, which are designed to stimulate mental resilience in children from birth so that they may easily adapt and recover from any adversity or trauma they will inevitably face.
While we work with a wide array of clients, we specialize in working with military service members, veterans, police officers, firefighters, medical personnel—all those who deal with trauma and tragedy on a daily basis. We also provide dedicated services to parents grieving a loss after perinatal demise.
After traumatic events, it can be difficult to imagine life improving, but it can. You simply need the courage to take the first steps toward healing.
If you’ve experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death, or other loss, such as a vanishing twin, you are not alone. A loss of this magnitude can leave parents and family members feeling isolated in their heartache and grief. While no one can ever replace what was lost, our therapists can help you move forward honoring both your life and your baby.
Reflective Parenting Groups
One component of our mission is to cultivate mental health
from birth and work toward stopping the cycle of transgenerational trauma. We do this by providing Circle of
Security Parenting (COSP) groups. If you are a parent and want to better connect with your child in hopes of creating a more resilient and capable child, this reflective parenting group is for you.
Meet the Team
Amanda Noyes, LCSW-S
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor, Amanda has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings that have equipped her with notable hands-on experience. Through both professional and volunteer roles, she has worked alongside police officers on-scene, supported doctors and nurses in ER and ICU departments, counseled with heartbroken parents at the moment of perinatal loss, and worked next to U.S National Guard when assisting during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Harvey. For the last decade Amanda has specialized in combat PTSD, and is passionate about providing hope and healing to all first responders and those individuals who have endured (or are continuing to endure) horrific traumas and unspeakable losses. All of these experiences have equipped Amanda with a greater understanding and ability to help people through their darkest moments.
Carisa Bustillos-Givens, LPC
As a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor and doctoral student, Carisa has had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of individuals. She is very purposeful about helping people grow beyond the challenges they endure. Throughout her career, in addition to providing counseling, Carisa has made providing mental health education a priority. She has a passion to help those who are grieving and walks with them through the greatest of losses, the many trials, and inevitable changes that life brings. Carisa brings warmth and compassion to therapy.
Mark Chapman, LCSW, LCDC
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Mark has had the opportunity to work in the mental health and substance abuse fields for the last 30 years. Mark is very passionate about helping individuals who are suffering after experiencing trauma, struggling with substance abuse, and dealing with life setbacks to include anxiety and depression. Through his contracting work with the Department of Defense in Germany, and later with soldiers at Ft. Hood in Central Texas, Mark also became focused on serving our veterans and first responders.
Cristina Serna, LMSW
As a bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker, Cristina has had two career paths that have equipped her with distinguished experience. Her military service provided her with hands-on experience during her enlisted time. She then entered the mental health field where she has had the opportunity to work with complex and traumatic cases in both in-patient and out-patient settings. Cristina believes heroes need help too, and she is extremely passionate about helping our military, veterans, and first responders to fight the fight within so they can continue to do what they are meant to do.
Lily Magnolia, AAT
As a certified animal-assisted therapy canine since April 2018, Lily has provided emotional support and connection to many individuals throughout the healing process. Lily is a mixed-breed dog who was adopted in 2017 from Tails from the Heart at three months of age, and she has been a part of the Noyes family ever since. She appears to have a natural gift for empathy. It is clear she strives to comfort those who are struggling.
In the Media!
Finding Freedom Therapy was featured in Shoutout DFW!
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