Dr. Robyn Richardson began her study of psychology in 1992. She grew up in a military family and has been educated in England as well as the United States. She earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. After working at a local group home for troubled youth, she returned to college to earn a MA in Counseling at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Richardson moved to California in 2008 to earn a doctoral degree in 2013 from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has performed extensive research on chronic pain, mood disorders, and emotional regulation strategies. Her early practical experience was with working with court-appointed clients and forensic assessment needs. With her roots and heart in Texas, she returned to the Rockwall area to work in nursing homes, conducting disability assessments, and conducting therapy with private patients.
Robyn Richardson, PhD - Owner & Founder
She has several years of experience working with adults, children, and adolescents. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, jogging, and sculpting dolls from polymer clay. She has a strong belief in the importance of helping our community. She has worked as a Red Cross Volunteer and created jewelry for patients at a local hospice in Austin, Texas. She has also volunteered at Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to local elderly residents.
Dr. Richardson is a dedicated mother, wife, and entrepreneur. Brighter Paths Wellness and Counseling was established in March 2019 with the goal of reaching Dallas residents with competent and compassionate therapy services second to none. Her love for helping others has grown into a professional practice that has a consistent goal of putting the client’s needs first. A brighter path means a brighter future.
- Elderly Psychotherapy
- Chronic Pain Counseling
- Disability Counseling
- Anxiety & Depression
Dr. Olga M. Ramírez Huertas is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico (PR). She earned her BA in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2008.
She continued her education and earned her MS in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Carlos Albizus University, San Juan Campus. In order to gain more experience Dr. Ramirez moved to Massachusetts that same year and practiced in a multicultural outpatient community based setting. She returned to PR to complete her doctoral degree also in Clinical Psychology in 2014, also from Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus. Her Internship was completed in the Bayamón Prison system of PR, and after that she achieved her licences in PR. In 2019 Dr. Ramirez moved to Dallas, Texas and completed a Postdoctoral Residency in Geropsychology.
Olga M. Ramírez-Huertas, PsyD
Dr. Ramírez has had extensive multicultural clinical experience in a variety of settings. She has years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Her principal approach in therapy is one focused on humanitarian views, always looking to achieve the client's goals and the wellbeing of the client. Dr. Ramírez is committed to her clients and especially the Latin and Hispanic communities.
In her free time, Dr. Ramíez likes to read, exercise herself, spend time with her husband, family and friends, as well as traveling and getting to know other cultures.
La Dra. Olga M. Ramírez Huertas realiza un posgrado doctoral en Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. Ella nació y se crió en Puerto Rico (PR). Realizó su BA en Justicia Criminal con una concentración en Psicología Forense de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en el año 2008.
Continuó su preparación académica y obtuvo su maestría en Psicología Clínica en el año 2012 de la Universidad Carlos Albizu, recinto de San Juan. Con el propósito de obtener mayor experiencia la Dr. Ramírez se mudó a Massachusetts donde practicó por espacio de un año en una clínica de la comunidad multicultural. Luego regresó a PR para completar su doctorado en Psicología Clínica en el 2014 en la Universidad Carlos Albizu, recinto de San Juan. Su internado doctoral fue realizado en el sistema de prisiones de Bayamón, PR, y luego de esto adquirió su licencia en PR. En el 2019 la Dr. Ramírez se mudó a Dallas, Texas para completar una Residencia Postdoctoral en Gero-psicología.
La Dra. Ramírez tiene una extensa experiencia clínica en una variedad de escenarios. Posee años de experiencia trabajando con adolescentes, Adultos y ancianos. Su principal enfoque en terapia es uno centrado en el humanismo, siempre buscando alcanzar las metas y el bienestar del cliente. La Dra. Ramírez está comprometida con sus clientes y en especial con la comunidad latina e hispana.
En su tiempo libre a la Dra. Ramirez le gusta leer, ejercitarse, compartir con su esposo, famili ay amigos, así como viajar y conocer otras culturas.
- Multicultural Issues
- Holistic Therapy Methods
- Music Therapy
- Anxiety & Depression
Dr. Aisha Armstrong is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. After moving to the United States from Barbados in 2003 to further her education, Dr. Armstrong earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Following her undergraduate experience, she furthered her education by completing her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology degrees from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.
She completed her Predoctoral Internship at The University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services in Houston, Texas. Dr. Armstrong has had extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings including community mental health; crisis intervention; private practice; and University counseling.
Aisha Armstrong, PhD
Dr. Armstrong’s approach to psychotherapy is one of collaboration and supportive challenges. Dr. Armstrong actively works with others to help them meet their therapeutic and life goals and helps them move towards lasting change. Dr. Armstrong is committed to building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients and strives to provide a safe space for working through individual and relational conflicts.
Dr. Armstrong enjoys working with adolescents and adults on issues related to interpersonal conflict, depression, anxiety, identifying and building coping skills, and a variety of other presenting concerns.
She has a passion for working with multicultural issues; women's issues; and the academic and career development of ethnic minority and immigrant populations. In addition to therapy, Dr. Armstrong also provides psychometric testing, and didactic workshops for universities, churches, and community organizations.
In her spare time, Dr. Armstrong enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, family, and friends, and volunteering at her church.
- Anxiety & Depression
- Identifying and building coping skills
- Stress Managment
Dr. Rebecca Dreiling is a post-doctoral fellow at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. In 2015, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Lutheran University located in Seguin, Texas. She went on to continue her training in Psychology by earning a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.
Dr. Dreiling completed her predoctoral internship working at Southwest Behavioral and Health Services in Mesa, Arizona. Her clinical training has been diverse and includes practicing Dialectical Behavior Therapy with adolescents and adults, working with children in a school-based setting, conducting group and individual psychotherapy in an adult residential rehabilitation center, and working at an outpatient community clinic with an underserved population.
Rebecca Dreiling, PhD
She has a collaborative approach to therapy in which she works together with her clients to help them reach their individual goals. She is committed to helping others recognize their strengths and using those to build a life worth living. Dr. Dreiling has a passion for assisting children, adolescents, and adults in identifying how certain emotions, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their life. She respects the unique cultures, experiences, and preferences of her clients and personalizes treatment to fit their individual needs.
In her spare time, Dr. Dreiling enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and training her Labradoodle puppy.
- Adolescent (child/ teen) Psychotherapy
- Family Therapy
- Anxiety & Depression
- Psychological Testing & Evaluation
Dr. Tyesha Stewart is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. After completing her undergraduate study, she earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in School Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Stewart completed her pre-doctoral internship with Acclaim Physician Group at John Peter Smith Hospital Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. She received training in psychotherapy and psychological and neuropsychological assessments with adolescents and adults in the outpatient, inpatient, and trauma level settings.
Additionally, her experience has consisted of working in school-based settings and within a private practice with client populations that vary across age, gender, race-ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic status. Dr. Stewart received training in psychoeducational and psychological assessments, functional behavior assessments, academic and behavioral intervention plans, consultations, individual counseling, and creating and implementing various social skills groups.
Tyesha Stewart, PhD
In psychotherapy, she received training in the following approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Also, she has provided disability examinations and clinical evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with mood and anxiety-related disorders, intellectual disability, learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism.
Dr. Stewart has a genuine love for helping others facing challenging circumstances and fostering resilience to overcome adversity. Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, multiculturalism, positive psychology, personality disorders, parental and community involvement, and children and adolescents with academic/behavioral difficulties, emotional dysregulation, and psychological trauma.
Dr. Stewart is passionate and committed to helping children, adolescents, and adults identify their potential and improve their quality of life. Her focus on establishing a positive and healthy therapeutic alliance contributes to providing a safe environment for clients to reach their goals and experience a psychological change. She believes that it is essential for the client to embrace opportunities for personal growth and psychological healing to move away from the darkness and towards a brighter light.
During her leisure time, Dr. Stewart enjoys journaling, meditating, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with her loved ones.
- Adolecent (child/ teen) Psychotherapy
- Psychological Testing & Evaluation
Ashley Carroll - Brown, PhD
Dr. Carroll-Brown is certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and informally trained in parent-child interaction therapy. She enjoys taking a collaborative approach to working with her clients to tailor their treatment to their unique needs.
Dr. Carroll-Brown is a member of the following professional associations and organizations:
American Psychological Association
Society for Pediatric Psychology
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Society of Counseling Psychology
Texas Psychological Association
The Association of Black Psychologists – DFW Chapter
In her free time, Dr. Carroll-Brown enjoys fitness training, traveling, yoga, baking, reading, volunteering at her church, and spending time with family.
Dr. Ashley Carroll-Brown received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Louisiana Tech University in 2012. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship training at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and has been practicing as a licensed psychologist since 2013. She has a passion for helping children and families return to their optimal level of emotional health and functioning. She enjoys working with individuals from ages 5 to 30.
She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. She enjoys working with all types of traumatic experiences, including victims of neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, natural disasters, and accidents along with managing chronic illness, managing chronic pain, and medical trauma. She also enjoys treating general anxiety, depression, grief and loss, mood disorders, stress management, and coping with adjustment and change. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in medical hospitals, primary care, and residential treatment settings.
Taylor Hall - Practice Administrator
Taylor is a Texas A&M University graduate with a decade of medical office management and leadership experience, in both front and back office operations. With a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, her major focus of interest was research in neurotrauma, pain, and plasticity- as well as physical and cultural differences at the local, national and global levels.
Being disabled herself, in her spare time, she also volunteers with an organization called ManeGait - a therapeutic horsemanship non-profit dedicated to supporting children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse.
A fun fact about Taylor is that she used to be a Walt Disney World character and parade performer. She also completed a professional internship with Walt Disney World for Guest Relations. She enjoys spending time at the barn with her three German Shepherds, reading, and fishing!
Maya McFadden - Front Office Associate
Maya serves as our Brighter Paths Wellness and Counseling Front office Scheduler. Maya comes from an athletic background with years of administrative experience. After earning her B.A. in Psychology and Kinesiology in 2019 she is now pursuing a Masters in the field of Sports and Exercise Psychology.
After completing her masters program she hopes to work with today's youth in high schools educating their athletic programs on the importance of mental health. In the future she hopes to open a sports performance center and safe space for kids of all ages in her community that will offer mental and physical health services as well as club sports.
When not working in the office she is working year round as National Club Volleyball Coach. As a former player herself she is passionate about coaching and the way she impacts the lives of her players. In her free time Maya enjoys going on nature walks and hikes, practicing mindfulness and meditation and playing volleyball with friends.