We Believe Mental Health Matters!
Dawn Lawless, LCSW, LSOTP
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Having been blessed with so many wonderful experiences in the social work field, I have learned that we need community. Whether it is in family, friendships, or the counseling setting, we grow when we are connected to one another. Over the course of my career, I’ve had an opportunity to see the life-changing power of God’s presence in the therapeutic relationship. His consistency and faithfulness has provided a sense of stability when daily life struggles lead us to question our purpose for moving forward. My core philosophy is that we can heal. I believe that our histories lead us to a greater sense of understanding and that through the counseling relationship, we can move to a more fulfilling, accepting, and peaceful existence.
As a beginner social worker, I began my practice working for Children’s Protective Services at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. This experience taught me some valuable lessons about human nature; namely, that none of us want to hurt. I also learned that it is imperative for helping professionals to truly take on a servant’s heart. After witnessing some of the most horrific sides of our humanness, I transitioned my skills to serve on the clinical side of healing. I received my Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and my Master’s of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. I was named Social Worker of the Year by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and have continued to strive to meet the standard of practice in which that accolade portrays. Through play therapy, adolescent therapy, and freedom work accomplished in individual therapy, I have been honored to partner with the clients I serve in helping them achieve their therapeutic goals.
My greatest accomplishment is that I am a wife, and a mother to two beautiful children. I recognize that these relationships can be the most challenging, but also the most rewarding when I remember that God’s plan for our lives is sufficient.