Safe Harbor Staff February 2019

Ruth GoodwinRuth Goodwin, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor #12874
CEO/Clinical Director
LPCS Continued Education Provider
“Dr. Ruth” earned Master Degrees in Marriage & Family Counseling and Religious Education, as well as a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science is from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. Her work history includes pastoral care, managing MHMR clinics, working in John Peter Smith psychiatric emergency room, and MST Therapy with adjudicated youth. Her post doctorate was spent doing geriatric and CPS psychological evaluations. Dr. Ruth started Safe Harbor in 2004 in one donated room, and it has now grown to having two locations and currently 13 counselors.

Evelyn CogdillEvelyn Cogdill, M.Ed., LPCS, CCTP

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor #64147
Evelyn is equipped to provide counseling that will subsequently equip you for your life's journey. Her clinical approach to counseling is based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy thus focusing on replacing harmful belief systems with truthful believe systems that will allow you to heal and grow. However, the theories she uses are eclectic because each person needs an individualized approach. She has a particular heart to restore and improve marriages recognizing the value of the family system in our society and in God's order. Together you will explore what needs to be done to ensure a healthy present for you, as well as understanding your identity in Christ.


Linly CrawfordLinly Crawford, M.Ed.

Licensed Professional Counselor #73626
Linly brings to Safe Harbor a diverse background in working with children and families through more than 18 years as a schoolteacher.  She received her M.Ed. in counseling which expanded her expertise to school counseling, and she remains a consultative counselor for Weatherford Christian Schools.  She gained further experience helping families through grief situations at The WARM Place in Ft Worth.  She is a compassionate therapist, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy to assist the client in exchanging false thoughts and beliefs, for true thoughts and beliefs.

Carrie HarlessCarrie Harless, M.Ed.

Licensed Professional Counselor #72568
Carrie loves working with people and walking with them through life’s journey. She earned her B.A. from TCU and her M.Ed. in counseling from Tarleton State University. Carrie wants everyone to know that God has a purpose for us all through our good times and struggles.

Fran SimpsonFran Simpson, M.Ed.

Licensed Professional Counselor #72428
Fran has obtained her Masters of Education in Counseling from Tarleton State University. In her last semester at Tarleton she did an internship with Safe Haven of Forth Worth working with victims of domestic violence, doing individual counseling and teaching group classes on the signs of abuse. She continued to volunteer there for a while after graduating but desired to expand her scope of experience. This is when she reached out to Dr. Ruth and her time at Safe Harbor began. She is also a certified school counselor and teacher currently working for Azle ISD as the counselor for Azle Hornet Academy and DAEP. Prior to that she worked several years at Azle High School serving as the Department Chair of Special Education and later as the Transition Specialist. She has a passion for working with teens and young adults. Fran is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is a well researched trauma technique. EMDR works to help clients put to rest traumatic events that can have long standing effects. Fran considers it a privilege to guide clients in this process towards healing and needed change. She also has experience working with couples.

Mylie GreenbachMylie Greenbach, M.S., LPC, RPT, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor #77027
Mylie received her Bachelor of Science in Counseling from Santa Clara University and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Tarleton State University. She is currently enrolled in a doctorate counseling program provided by Texas A&M – Commerce. She provides therapy for adults, adolescents and children as well as individuals, families, couples and groups.

Sylvia LantzerSylvia Lantzer, M.Ed.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern #80127 supervised by: 
   Ruthie Goodwin, Ph.D. | Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor #12874
Sylvia graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with her Bachelors degree in Psychology. She continued to complete her Masters Degree in Education and Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education and Organizational Leadership. She’s worked in the field of Education for over 25 years. Sylvia is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Sylvia LantzerMichele L Lowen, M.Ed.

Pastoral Care Counselor supervised by: 
   Ruthie Goodwin, Ph.D. | Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor #12874
Michele began her educational journey at Weatherford College where she completed her Associate’s Degree. She then earned her Bachelor Degree from Texas Wesleyan University and later her Masters Degree from Texas Christian University. Currently, she is a Professional School Counselor in Fort Worth. She is also pursuing the coursework needed to complete her LPC Licensure. She has extensive experience supporting and advocating for students from diverse populations ranging from Early Childhood through 12th grades. She enjoys counseling children, adolescents, individuals, couples, as well as premarital couples counseling. As often as possible, she spends time with her husband and children, camping, hiking, attending church and worshiping through song. Her favorite book of the Bible is Philippians, which is called the book of “Joy.” She believes God is our healer and champion, He is the lifter of our heads and our intercessor, praying for us even when we cannot even utter a sound. Her prayer, like the Apostle Paul’s, is that your love may abound more and more as you learn and grow. (Phil 1:9-11)

Melanie NieswiadomyMelanie Nieswiadomy, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker #36023
Melanie graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Social work. She also attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she obtained a Master of Science in Social Work. She has over 18 years of experience in the field of social work specifically working with women and children as well as many area non-profits. 

William RusnakWilliam Rusnak, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor #77592
After earning a Masters degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University, “Willie” became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. He works with adolescents and adults utilizing a wide range of techniques that are grounded in evidence-based modalities.


Mariah CorderyMariah Cordery, M.A.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern #80090 supervised by:
   Ruthie Goodwin, Ph.D. | Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor #12874
Mariah graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Psychology, M.A in Human Services: Marriage & Family, MA in Professional Counseling. She is currently specializing in children, adolescents, and families but works with all ages and concerns. Her biggest desire is to lead people to the loving and gracious arms of Christ where hope is found.

Elisha DrakeElisha Drake, M.Ed.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern #78820 supervised by:
   Lexie Lee, M.A. | Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor #62416
Elisha received her Master of Education in Counseling (M.Ed.) from Tarleton State University. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also a certified school counselor.  Her past experience includes teaching first grade, school counseling, as well as working with kids under Special Education who have an emotional disturbance or autism. Her specialty in counseling includes marriages, depression, anxiety, children, and mental disorders. Elisha’s desire is to see people seek inner potential to be “their best” in life using therapeutic interventions from a Christian perspective.

Eryn WhitingEryn Whiting, M.A.

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern #79392 supervised by:
   Ruthie Goodwin, Ph.D. | Licensed professional counselor - Supervisor #12874
Eryn graduated from Liberty University's Professional Counseling Program. She currently works with women, couples, and children, exploring problems of depression, emotional abuse, couples counseling, and self-esteem. She also addresses spiritual confusion and development.

Molly McCulloughMolly McCullough, M.A.

License Professional Counselor Intern #80430 supervised by:
   Evelyn Cogdill, M.Ed. | Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor #64147
Molly has obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She enjoys working with adolescent and adults. Her previous experience includes working with survivors of sexual abuse/assault. Molly looks forward to walking alongside you on your journey towards change, growth, and healing. 

Charlena PriddyCharlena Priddy, M.S., NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern #78765 supervised by:
   Meredith Ivey, M.Ed. | LPCS, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor #64293
Charlena holds a Christian worldview, working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is especially passionate about helping children feel seen and heard, capable, and connected. As a former school teacher, she turned her love for connecting with hurting children into a career by earning her MS in Counseling and Development from Texas Women’s University. While earning her Masters degree, she completed her practicum at Denton County Friends of the Family helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also counseled children using play therapy techniques at Denton ISD as part of an ongoing play therapy research project. Additionally, she has worked as a Student Assistance Counselor and Crisis Behavior Interventionist at BISD. Ultimately, she desires to show the love of Christ to those who are hurting and point them to Him, as the One who brings hope, healing and is an anchor for our souls.
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