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About Us

We Provide Family Assisted Treatment services

Meet the CEO and Clinical Director of Access

Dr. Irene Little

PsyD, MS, MA, LMFT-S, LCDC, ICADC, ADC III, MAC, CCC-SLP

Irene says: I LOVE what I do! I get to help individuals identify areas of their life and relationships they would like to improve and guide them with the needed adjustments to achieve their desired outcomes. My Speech Pathology training coupled with my many years of addiction treatment experience gives me a unique perspective on what I do. As the Clinical Director of Access, I get the amazing opportunity to help families heal from the devastating effects of mental health and substance use disorders. Families allow me to guide them on their journey through recovery to discover a better version of their life and themselves. And I get to work with the BEST team who truly love and appreciate each other and their role in helping the families we serve”.

Dr. Irene Little is also one of the most sought-after clinical speakers in this field, constantly invited to speak as an expert, to teach others and to share her passion for the recovery she knows is in each individual. Irene is particularly known for her understanding of working with adolescents and their families.

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Since 2007, Dr. Little has led the organization and fostered its growth from a small group of passionate professionals to one of the most respected facilities in Texas. Although Irene entered the clinical field of counseling through her work with addiction, she is also well known for working with individuals who are looking to take their life and career to next level.

Meet Our Treatment Team

Mike Gasper

Clinical Supervisor, LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)

“Success is different for everyone, yet everyone can be successful. Living a life with joy, peace and fulfillment can be hard work, but we all have a BEST LIFE waiting for us.” Mike has been working in the addictions recovery field for the past 15 years. He prides himself on his integrity and commitment to helping others to overcome their struggles. He believes firmly in the balance between support and accountability as necessary ingredients, not just to a sustained recovery, but a healthy balanced lifestyle. Mike considers himself a lifelong learner who is always eager to add new skills and insights to pass along to his patients and their families.

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Stephanie McGill

Lead Counselor, LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)

“I enjoy working at access because I like working with the adolescents, adults and their families. I love to see the growth and progress they make while in the program” Stephanie’s passion is bringing excellence to her clinical work. To her, that means surpassing ordinary standards to deliver care that is above and beyond for her patients. Her passion for excellent treatment coupled with her work ethic and compassion makes her one of the most complete therapists in North Texas. Stephanie has an incredible passion for helping people recover from substance use disorders and to regain control of their life. Her warm personality and commitment to professionalism are factors that differentiate her as a clinician.

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Leslie Kensler

LMFT-A (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Associate)

” The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.” – Gabor Mate’ Leslie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Associate. She has a passion for helping families examine their narratives how their stories they believe about themselves, their relationships and others impact their outcomes. She enjoys learning about each new patient and family member and assisting in bridging the gaps in their relationships so they can find new and more effective ways of managing their lives and relationships. Treating addictions has become a passion for Leslie. Her enthusiasm is very contagious!

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Chuck Jaecks

LCDC(Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)

Chuck has so much enthusiasm for helping people change their life. He has long been an advocate for teen recovery and has a major role in helping teens get back on track in school, find social and emotional support that extends beyond the counseling rooms. He is skilled with experiential counseling, group counseling, assessments and more. He has been assisting families in the recovery for more than 13 years.

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Mary Ann Ghormley

LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor)

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”  Mary Ann Ghormley has a Master’s degree and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  She has over ten years of valuable experience in working with teens and adults.  She has worked in the areas of addiction, play therapy and couple’s therapy.  Currently, she is working in experiential team-building and leadership training.  These are interactive activities that challenge people to discover and gain insight into their behavior.

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Bridget Jaecks

LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), LCDC

Bridget is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who has been specializing in treating trauma, addiction, mood disorders and other mental health disorders for more than a decade. She excels at providing experiential therapy, group therapy and helping people recover from trauma. She works with both teens and adults and has an incredibly way of making people feel comfortable and trust the process of recovery to find their own serenity.

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Ann Snapp

Administrative Assistant

“Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them.” – DailyInspriationalQuotes
Being a part of the Access Team, I observe that every voice is heard. The work environment is positive, relaxed and full of encouragement, leading to a rippling effect on others. Be the one to create the ripples of hope, kindness and a new confidence.

Bella Mendiola

Administrative Clinical Support Specialist

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Bella is an upbeat and enthusiastic administrative assistant who is ready to help you with anything you need on your journey to recovery. Bella has been studying psychology for 3 years and is currently attending TWU with hopes of becoming a counselor at Access. Bella is passionate about mental health and recovery and is always trying her best to advocate for the patients. Bella believes even the little things matter and believes that there is always hope.

Celeste Soto

Administrative Assistant

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban I am in my first year of my Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at LeTourneau University. I finished my Bachelor's in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Certification at Texas A&M University in 2019.
Working at Access as an Administrative Assistant has shown me another side to the counseling field. I work with amazing counselors who do not hesitate to answer any of my questions and continue to guide me.

Jeremy Little

Insurance and Billing Specialist

“It is so rewarding to advocate for our patients to get them and their families the help they need. Nothing is more rewarding than to see families healed and restored”
Jeremy is fully versed with most insurance plans out there. He works non-stop and tirelessly with the insurance companies to get our patients the treatments they deserve and need. Jeremy believes it is all worth it!
Just like the Access Counseling Family, Jeremy is committed to advocate for each and every family we serve. We know through it all it is worth it.

Max

Love and Support Specialist

“I love meeting new people and giving snuggles to all that enter. I believe that every stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet. I look forward to coming to work because I get to do what I love, which is help people smile."

Max is our Love and Support Specialist. He joined our Access family almost 2 years ago and has been spreading joy and comfort ever since. Max's specialties include snuggles, acceptance, love and forgiveness.

Dante R. Burgos, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Burgos has been in private practice in the Dallas/Ft Worth area for over 25 years and serves as Medical Director for Access Counseling Group. He is board certified in child adolescent and adult psychiatry. He has worked in various in-patient and out-patient settings. He enjoys the challenges of working with dual diagnoses clients, especially in light of new developments in addiction treatment.

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1980-1984 Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, M.D. (senior year spent in a cooperative program with Ohio State University at Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio)

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1989-1990 Elected Chief Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Professional Society Memberships
American Psychiatric Association American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
• May 2004 Recertified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
• September 1993 Board Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (#3187)
• April 1992 Board Certified in Psychiatry (#35430) Federal Licensing Examination (FLEX) June 1986 Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECEMG) Examination – February 1984

Ene Awoniyi

PMHNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

“Many people don’t realize how powerful it is to stand back up every time they fall down”.
Ene has been in working in the field of nursing for more than 10 years. She specializes in Psychiatric Mental Health and has a special talent for working with teens. She does not restrict her practice, though and she gets positive reviews from all of patients of every age.
Ene takes her time to get to know each patient and works with them through their journey in recovery.
She enjoys working at Access "because of the wholesome, compassionate care delivered to our patients, and because of the growth and progress I see with our patients."

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Lisa Beaver

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Originally from Ohio, Lisa has been practicing in the DFW area for the past few years specializing in dual diagnosis and medication assisted treatment for addictions. She has a talent for helping patients who have been resistant to medication compliance. She's known by many as a dedicated and accomplished nurse practitioner experienced in addiction medicine, mental health, urgent care, family and geriatric care. Lisa is recognized as a compassionate provider and an excellent listener and she possesses strong verbal and written communication, with a meticulous eye for detail. In addition, Lisa is a key contributor and collaborator with multidisciplinary teams to provide exceptional health care. She collaborates with individuals, their treatment provider and family members to ensure the best possible care, leading to improved outcomes and increased quality of life.

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Family Addiction treatment for teens and young adults

The staff at Access Counseling Group includes some of the best educated, most highly trained and qualified counselors and staff you’ll find anywhere. We provide family assisted treatment for both adults and adolescents struggling with mental health disorders and / or addiction. Access offers a variety of services to those families wanting to get back control of their lives. Because mental health disorders have a profound impact on families, we provide Family Therapy and Multi-family Groups, in addition to the Individual Therapy and groups.

We Take People from “I Need To Be Sober” To “I Want To Be Sober”

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We ask that you arrive early for your assessment so you can begin with the counselor on time. You will have intake paperwork that needs to be complete before the clinician can see you. We want to meet with you as soon as you arrive so if you have your paperwork complete, you will only need to sign in and do a brief questionnaire before being seen.

I am nervous, will I have to meet with you and my family member at the same time?

You will be called back to meet with the clinician and asked a series of questions to help us learn about you and your experiences and what has you motivated to seek help now. This is how we begin to develop your plan of action to help you heal.

Why do I need to have my family member come to my appointment?

Once our clinician has finished meeting with you, your family member will be asked to meet with the clinician so we can learn from your family member’s perspective what has been going on and how they have been impacted. Again, this is a family illness and as much as you want to think you are only hurting yourself, your family has been hurting too. We will provide support to your family member at this time but not the information that you have shared – that is confidential (there are very limited reasons to share confidential information, which is explained in your intake paperwork and at the time of the assessment).

If you are meeting with us separately, why does my family member need to be there the whole time?

Sometimes, the things we talk about can cause feelings of sadness and reveal thoughts and feelings that you have not felt safe to share before now. We want to be sure that if you need immediate support, your family member is immediately available. This is also the first step in teaching your family member how to support you effectively without enabling you.

Okay, then what is next?

Then, we will meet with both you and your family member and explain the plan of action that will best meet your and your family’s needs. You will also be given an opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have.

I get overwhelmed meeting new people and in group settings, what if you recommend treatment that involves groups?

Our group rooms were specifically designed so our group sizes can only hold a maximum of 10 group members at a time. The people in your group are kind, neat and interesting people just like you who are excited to meet you and help you meet your goals. Most of the people in our groups are smart, well-educated, professionals and from great families just like you who understand the need for support and privacy. You will find many similarities to help put you at ease. And, we are there to help you every step of the way!

I’ve tried to get sober before, it sucks. How will this time be different?

We know getting sober is very hard. As Dr. Little says ‘quitting is easy.. I am sure you quit every night; It’s staying quit that’s difficult’. We have a nurse practitioner on staff to provide medication assisted treatment that will not interfere with your treatment. She can also monitor your medications for any co-occurring mental health needs you may have. We also provide support for your whole family and provide them with the treatment necessary to make your recovery more stable.

It sounds like you are only talking about adults, do you treat teens?

We treat many young adults who are still dependent on their parents and we work with teenagers. Dr. Little’s favorite population has been working with teens since she first entered the field of Addictions more than 20 years ago. We love working with teens and would love to help you with your teenager.

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