About our Counselors


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 29 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 17 years ago as a specialty pediatric counseling 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 -Supervisor

Additional Training : Parenting Plans and Custody Evaluations 2020, Clinical 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, AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts),  National Association of Infant Mental Health.

Kimberly Essler, M.A., LPC 

Kimberly Essler is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from LeTourneau University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in neuropsychology and has earned a certification in neuropsychology from Ball State University. Kimberly will complete her Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology with a concentration in Theology in early Spring of 2023. 

Kimberly works with an array of issues including couples intimacy concerns, marriage counseling, family counseling, parenting, trauma and abuse, children and adolescent therapy, various personality disorders, aggression and other behavioral difficulties.  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 and alternative schools.

Kimberly is a practical and interactive therapist who uses a variety 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://kimberly-essler.client...

Kimberly’s Current Rates

45 minutes individual - $75

60 minute individual/couple/family - $90

90 minute individual/couple/family - $150

Request for progress notes for the client or for a third party - $30

Written correspondence (medical, court, etc.) - $75 per page

Meeting outside of Kimberly Essler’s office, such as court hearings or home visits…… $700/day $350/half day *must be paid in full 48 hours in advance

*I am an out-of-network provider and do not file insurance. 

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.

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Specializing in the treatment of complex trauma matters

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