Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Jennifer Hughes

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Hello! My name is Jennifer Hughes and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. When I created my practice, I had two visions in mind. One, to create a place where clients feel valued and two, a place for clients to receive recognition that their feelings and thoughts are valid and worthwhile.

Whether you are a teen or an adult, your feelings matter to me. I will listen to YOU. I will hear YOU. I will support YOU along your journey.

From a very young age, I wanted to be a therapist, however, counseling is my second career. I worked in retail while attending undergrad and was promoted several times in my tenure with that company. I held several management positions while working with-in the stores and ended my career with them as a Human Resources Manager in the corporate office. I had 16 stores under my wing in which I provided assistance in team building, communication skills, taught management classes and conducted work-place investigations.

I also represented our company several times during EEOC hearings. Although many of those duties I mentioned above are very similar to what I do now as a therapist, it wasn’t quite the same. I still longed to be a therapist and to help others in more meaningful ways. I applied to graduate school after a major life change and the rest is history!

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Texas at Dallas and my Graduate Degree at Amberton University. I have worked in a variety of settings including crisis lines, ER’s, PHP/IOP settings, shelters, and private practice. I am a busy mom of four children, three fur babies, a fish and a chameleon. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, tend to my gardens, and binge a good series on Netflix.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Allie Jodaitis-Rodriguez

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Greetings! My name is Allie Jodaitis-Rodriguez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). My goal as a counselor is to create an environment where you, as a teen or adult, feel heard, supported, and valued. I want to help you re-discover your strengths and help you learn new tools to approach the challenges you face now and those that come in the future.

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University in Washington DC as well as a Master of Education in Academic Counseling From Boston University. I also hold a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. I have worked in research, educational settings, in supported living programs, non-profit settings, in hospital settings, and now in private practice Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with my family, my dogs, reading and crafting.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Jaclyn Contreras

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Hello There! My name is Jaclyn Contreras and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. My objective is to help you at any age, feel heard, valued, and understood. My perspective to counseling is that life is full of choices and we must utilize the choices that benefit us to thrive and do away with choices that hinder our happiness. My personal goal is helping you, as a client fully understand your choices, and help in your process to a happier and more fulfilled you.

I obtained my Bachelors of Integrative Studies at the University of North Texas, with my focus on Psychology, Behavior Analysis and Development and Family Studies. Here, I was part of many on campus clubs and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. I obtained my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Methodist University in 2018.

I have worked in a variety of places such as advocacy centers, schools, and non-profits. When not working I enjoy reading fantasy novels, upping my Korean skin care routine, and hanging out with my husband and two cats.

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Kacie Cheairs

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Hi there! My name is Kacie Cheairs and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Associate under the supervision of Amanda Esquivel, LPC-S (TX License # 68781). I am committed providing clients with quality care through empathic understanding and thoughtful intervention. I strive to build the therapeutic relationship through a collaborative process to help equip clients with the necessary tools needed to achieve a more fulfilling life.

I know that no two clients are the same, and I take each clients individuality into account when building rapport and developing a treatment plan for lasting change. I am very passionate about conveying myself as a non-judgmental and open therapist to allow my clients to feel safe and comfortable while working with me. I strive to be culturally competent and respect the unique backgrounds of each of my clients. Ultimately, I am dedicated to making a positive impact on each of my clients lives and will do my best to ensure each client leaves treatment feeling better than they did before.

I obtained my Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree from Hardin-Simmons University where I was a member of the Three-Time ASC Conference Champion Volleyball Team. Concluding my undergraduate career, I obtained my Master of Science degree from The University of North Texas in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

My background as a student athlete is what encouraged me to pursue a career as a therapist. It was during that time that I discovered how important it is to take care of not just our physical health but our mental health as well. As a collegiate athlete, I have first-hand experience in the navigating the transition from high school sports to the college level, which can be overwhelming and leave you feeling unprepared. Not only did it take a physical toll on me, but I was not prepared for the mental stress of college sports in addition to my academics. Let me help you navigate this transition so you can be better prepared for what lies ahead of you.

I also work with clients who suffer from various mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and substance abuse disorders, phase of life issues, relationship stressors, women’s emotional health issues and those with concerns regarding vocational development. I have worked in both a private practice setting and on The University of North Texas campus at the counseling center. When I am not working, I love spending time with my two dogs and exploring various nature trails in the area. I like to play sand volleyball with friends on the weekends, and travel when I can to visit and spend time with my family.

Individual, Family & Group Therapy

Helping You Meet Your Recovery and Wellness Goals

At Sage Minds Counseling, we provide professional therapy sessions for individuals and families. I like to help you address your concerns in a nonjudgmental and compassionate way. Seeking out therapy to address your problems can be difficult for anyone. I commend you for taking the first step and I hope I will be able to make the process a little bit easier for you.

If you live in Wylie, Sachse, Garland, Rowlett, Rockwall, Plano, Mesquite and surrounding areas and you need individual or family counseling, EMDR Therapy, or DBT Therapy contact me today. I provide a compassionate non-judgmental therapeutic session, that allows you the freedom to achieve your best life.    

Sage Minds Counseling in Wylie, Texas offers a wide range of counseling and therapy options designed to help individuals and families reach their whole health goals. Some of these options include individual counseling, family therapy, group therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy sessions.

Sage Minds Counseling Helps Families And Individuals Of All Ages

By Providing Counseling And Wellness Services That Foster Healing, Inspire Growth, And Renew Hope.