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Summer Allan Wilson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Recognition as a Clinical Supervisor.  Summer's passion is specializing in very young children's issues, trauma resolution, family therapy and all matters surrounding complicated divorce.  She maintains a private practice in Athens Texas plus travels all over Texas to meet the needs of her clients. 

She began her career over 28 years ago when she graduated with her Masters Degree in the Science of Social Work from the prestigious University of Texas at Austin.  She founded East Texas Family Guidance Center over 16 years ago as a  specialty pediatric clinic.  Among the areas of expertise offered are Trauma Resolution, TF-CBT, Infant Mental Health and Attachment plus providing testimony as an Expert Witness in Both Civil and Criminal litigation.

In addition to being a prominent pediatric psychotherapist, Summer has presented lectures at local and state mental health conferences plus general audiences speaking on the topics of ethics, diagnostic interviewing and healthy boundaries.

Summer is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach provides support and practical applications to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates contemporary methodologies such as evidenced based interventions and intracate psychotherapy techniques to provide you with highly personalized, immediately useful methods for change.  

Every aspect of your involvement with Summer Wilson and the staff at East Texas Family Guidance Center will be handled with the utmost discretion and professionalism. 

Professional Qualifications

Education: University of Texas -Austin  MSSW 1992
License:  Texas Board of Social Work Examiners #22168

Additional TrainingClinical Supervisor 2019, Certified Advanced Master Case Manager-2014, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Health Learning Collaborative 2012-2014, Forensic Interviewer 2003, Infant Mental Health Institue 2002,  Level One Mitigation Certification for Capitol Punishment Cases in Texas - 2007

Professional Activities and Memberships: Texas Social Work Association, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Infant Mental Health, World Association of Infant Mental Health, ASPCA  Volunteer and animal rehabber. 

Kimberly Essler, M.A., LPC Associate

Kimberly Essler is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She graduated from LeTourneau University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kimberly is currently working towards her Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.). She is also completing her Certificate in Neuropsychology. 

Kimberly works with an array of issues including couples intimacy concerns, marriage counseling, family counseling, trauma and abuse, children and adolescent therapy, and parenting.  A special focus Kimberly brings to the clinic is her desire to help those seeking spiritual direction. In addition to individual and couples therapy she has experience in facilitating group therapy and provides therapeutic services to nearby school districts.

Kimberly is a practical and interactive therapist who uses an array of therapeutic techniques. Her treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to help clients resolve current and long-standing concerns. She provides a mix of conventional, spiritual, and alternative approaches that will be most beneficial for each individual client. Kimberly honors all people and life perspectives. It is with compassion and genuine concern for healing and growth that she seeks to help you achieve and maintain a happy and well-balanced life.

To schedule an appointment with Kimberly please use the following link and click on “Appointments” in the top right corner, then scroll down to select her name: https://nicole-grantsecure.me/request/clinician

*Please note: at this time online scheduling will show a Tyler, TX address - unless you have called ahead of time to request this, ALL sessions will take place at my Athens office, located on the second floor of the Gibson Pharmacy. Telehealth sessions are also available.  

Rates                                                                         Pre-Paid Packages (approx. 45 minutes per session)

45-50 min individual - $65                                           4 sessions for $215 vs $260 for “pay as you go”       

60-min individual - $80                                                6 sessions for $320 vs $390 for “pay as you go         

45-50 min couples/family - $85                                  8 sessions for $425 vs $520 for “pay as you go

                                                                                      10 sessions for $615 vs $750 for “pay as you go

Meeting outside of Kimberly Essler’s office, such as court hearings…… $550/day $325/half day *must be paid in full 48 hours in advance

*I am an out-of-network provider and do not file insurance. However, I provide a sliding scale discount. Please contact me to discuss the details of this – 214-912-6698. Fees may be reduced to $40. 

Cancellation Policy: If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

Professional Memberships: Kimberly is a current member of the American Counseling Association, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and Christian Counselors of Texas. Kimberly has also completed CITI Program training for Social and Behavioral Researches and Human Subjects training.