Meet the Counseling Staff

Meet the Staff

Briana Taylor, M.S., LPC, SEP, CIMHP, C-PD

Hello there, I hope you are here because you believe in your inner capacity to reconnect to your true self. It is my sincere hope to join you on your healing path. I am a seasoned trauma therapist with 12 years of rich experience in the mental health field. I have a Master’s degree in Human Services and I have been supporting widely diverse individuals with a variety of mental health issues.

I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space so you can thrive and reach your potential. I adopt an eclectic approach and draw from evidence-based approaches. I received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing by an EMDRIA approved trainer. I had the pleasure of studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy under the instruction of Dr. Leslie Sokol from the Beck Institute. I am also a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP), which means I have had some additional training on the use of nutrition and supplements to support our health and well-being.

I provide my clients a range of integrative and regulative therapies, the aim of which is to bring healing to all levels of a client's being, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic. I believe that each of my clients has the innate capacity to heal, and I see my client and myself as a team, both of us gently moving them towards an experience of both full resolution of symptoms and an expanded quality of life.


  • Addiction
  • Adults
  • Adults abused as children
  • Chronic Pain/Chronic Illness
  • Complex PTSD
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Medical Procedure Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Native populations
  • Prenatal/Birth Trauma
  • Veterans
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Victims of Sexual Abuse/Sexual Assault

Courtney Thomas

Hello and Welcome,

I have been in the field of helping people for many years. My first position in 2008, was a Crisis Worker/Qualified Mental Health Worker at a local mental health authority covering 3 counties in Texas. I worked with a wide range of clients, including individuals living with psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and suicidal or homicidal.  I also served clients in Jail Diversion, Continuity of Care, and Competency Restoration. I was faced with many obstacles, requiring the need for change. Staying true to my desire to help others, I am, honored to work in the University setting beginning August 2016.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Currently, I’m in my last year of a Master’s in Social Work. I also have numerous certificates including Victim’s Rights Advocate, HeartMath, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). I provide administrative duties at the front desk of the Counseling Center. I also offer Crisis Services, Skills Training, Case Management, Somatic Experiencing therapy as well as Victims Advocacy services.

I find that the people who enter my office come with many strengths. My hope is to provide a safe, supportive environment to facilitate growth and wellness.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Crisis Management
  • Case Management
  • Skills Training
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Yoga
  • True Colors personality typing
  • Victims Advocacy



Office Hours
Student Counseling Services
8am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday
University Center 420
Student Counseling Services
University Center 420
(903) 334-6613 | After Hours - (903)276-8276
Other Emergency Information
UPD - (903) 334-6611
AVAIL Crisis Hotline: (800) 832-1009 | National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8225) | Crisis Text Line - Text "HELLO" to 741741