You want to just be ok and stop pretending that nothing is wrong.  You spend a lot of time trying to hide your true feelings, pain, discomfort, hurt, and struggle.  Failing is scary but sometimes success is even scarier.  Sometimes it feels like you’re are wearing a mask and it gets uncomfortable.  You wish people could see your true self and be accepting that everything isn’t perfect.  But that doesn’t feel safe, so what comes out is isolation and anger.  You want your inside to match your outside.  You feel trapped in this middle ground, so you just try to just skate by.  If you have ever experienced these struggles, I can help.  I approach things in a direct, genuine, and sometimes humorous way to help you move through and confront what holds you back.  We will work together to identify, connect with, and express emotions so they are not so scary, so you can have more authentic relationships with others and yourself. 

 I obtained my Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas and my Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.  I have previous experience as a Residential Therapist at  Santé Center for Healing and at the Counseling and Human Development Center at UNT.  Feel free to contact me directly at

You are tired of being someone you are not.  Tired of pretending you have it all together so that others do not find out your secrets and shame.   You tend to feel guilt, talk to yourself in a negative way, and struggle with insecurity.  Relationships with family or others tend to be difficult which at times leads to anxiety and disconnecting from yourself of others.  Sometimes you may think, “I don’t deserve ‘it’”.  Change is scary.  What you want most is some emotional relief.  I provide a safe, non-judgemental space to do just that.  I meet you where you are without an agenda.  My only rules are that I get to point inconsistencies, to care more about you than you do yourself for one hour, and when you permit me, push you.  Together we will explore what is holding you back and what will lead to your own acceptance, relief, and confidence.

I am a Board Certified Counselor, have a Master’s of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Studies from the University of North Texas with experience as a Therapist at  The Excel Center and Therapist Intern at Denton County Juvenile Detention and over 10 years Social Service experience.  Feel free to contact me at

Natalie Garcia, LPC, NCC

Clarissa Christensen obtained her Master of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman's University.  She has a passion for helping individuals achieve overall wellness.  She believes it is necessary to indentify the stressors in all aspects of life such as financial, occupational, social, and emotional in order to find life balance and reach emotional stability.  Clarissa has been trained to use art and music with her clients as a way to enhance traditional talk therapy.  In addition to wellness, my other areas of expertise include working with teens and adults who are dealing with issues of personal crisis, anxiety, sexual trauma, substance abuse, and anger management.   Contact Clarissa at

Clarissa Christensen, LPC

Brandy Pounds is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor  and obtained her license in 2006.  Brandy connects with adolescents and adults that are struggling with big life changes, choices, and those feeling trapped in their current situation.  Brandy has experience working with adults and adolescents who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, family issues, self-esteem, LGBT related issues, anger management, substance abuse and dependency, adjustment disorders, and cognitive disorders.  She was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2002 from the University of Texas in Dallas and her master's degree in clinical psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2004.  She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient facilities, non-profit agencies, and community mental health agencies.  She has served as an expert witness in criminal and family law cases whenever necessary.

 In Brandy's office you will also find Sam, her basset-beagle mix who is always willing to provide you with a belly to scratch.    Contact Brandy at

Brandy Pounds, LPC-S

Cyndi Doyle, LPC-S, (#14584), NCC, CDWF, CCISM

Cyndi is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (TX #14584) and Board Certified Counselor.  She earned her master's degree at  the University of North Texas in the Counseling program. 

Cyndi's areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, shame, shame resilience, relationships, and trauma related issues.  She loves helping people to get unstuck, helping them through their current or past situation, and on to a healthy and productive place in their life.  Cyndi is primarily cognitive behavioral in her treatment of clients but also incorporates the additional training she has as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDFW), a program that highlights the research and findings of Brené Brown.  She has additional training and experience working with law enforcement and first responder related issues.

Cyndi also has a passion for helping all couples to work through relationship issues including communication, addiction, transition, infidelity, and trauma. Cyndi has also completed additional training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy from the Gottman Institute and is currently in the final stages of obtaining her certification as a Gottman Therapist. She has recently launched Code 4 Couples to help support law enforcement officers and their relationships.

Cyndi was the 2017-2018 President of  Texas Counseling Association.  She is 1 of 5 metal health providers in Texas selected to serve on the Statewide Committee to make recommendations to the Governor regarding Mental Health Access for First Responders.  Contact Cyndi at

Pecan Branch Counseling was founded in 2010 by Cyndi Doyle and Brandy Pounds.  Since that time we have been expanding to meet the needs of our clients and the area.  Our staff includes combined 40 years of experience each with their own area of expertise and passions for helping others.  Feel free to contact one of our counselors directly or call our office for more information and to schedule.

Our Counselors

Joey Mowery is a Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field since 2010.  He has worked in patient care at a psychiatric hospital and as a case manager at a mental health agency.  His great passion lies in working with adult individuals and couples struggling with communication, relationship issues, separation, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.  His perspective on counseling emphasizes self-acceptance and helping his clients identify and reach personal goals in order to become the best version of themselves.   Joey utilizes the Gottman Method.  Joey supports others in their personal journey to mental health and happy relationships through his blog.  Contact Joey at

Hannah Brown, NCC, LPC

Joey Mowery, NCC, LPC (#73842)