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Dr. Dawn McFadden is a Counselor/LPC Supervisor who specializes in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in San Antonio, TX.

With over 13 years experience as a Licensed Professional Therapist, and as a graduate of St. Mary's University specializing in cognitive behavior and brief therapy, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are mood disorders, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, grief and loss, women's issues, sexual abuse, stress, and work/school/career issues.

In addition to being a therapist, Dr. McFadden has facilitated numerous groups, conducted several workshops for employers and teaches graduate counseling students at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Dr. McFadden is an interactive, cognitive behavior therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates creative methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


  • Ph.D., Counseling Education and Supervision , St Mary’s University, 2006

  • M.A., Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1999
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1992

License, Certifications & Awards


  • License Professional Counselor and Supervisor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Employee Assistance Specialist-Clincal
  • Truma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • National Board of Certified Counselor

LaTrenda Pleas, M.S., LPC, NCC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor who specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Texas A&M University Kingsville/San Antonio.  I received a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling with emphasis on mental health from Texas A&M University Kingsville/San Antonio.  I have experience working with at-risk populations in the community to include individuals who may have been abused, neglected, incarcerated, have a mental health diagnosis or intellectual developmental disability.  My past and current positions have allowed me the opportunity to work with many populations as well as facilitate therapeutic and education groups within the community.  I have extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Major Depression Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse, Intellectual Developmental Disorder and Autism.  The therapeutic techniques I use are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.  I am committed to helping clients grow and achieve their therapeutic goals.


Tedi McVea, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 2003, Ms. McVea began working with at-risk youth in the United States and Mexico. She has consulted nationally on issues affecting at-risk youth and has a background working specifically with runaway and homeless youth, juvenile offenders and youth abusing drugs and alcohol. Ms. McVea graduated Magna Cum Laude from Our Lady of the Lake as a Master of Social Work and maintains a valid Clinical License through the State Board of Social Worker Examiners in Texas. In 2006, Ms. McVea co-facilitated a youth created documentary, which was featured nationally on PBS discussing the epidemic of methamphetamine addiction in Northern California. Ms. McVea was featured in a Governor’s Wall Exhibit in 2009 for her work advocating for legislative changes supporting youth transitional programs in California.  That same year, she also received a statewide Student Hero of the Year award from Texas Campus Compact for her work with youth in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Over the course of nearly ten years, Ms. McVea has been able to enjoy her role as both Clinician and Clinical Supervisor with agencies in San Antonio providing treatment to families involved in CPS, the juvenile drug court program, intensive supervision probation and post placement rehabilitation. Currently, Ms. McVea has found her home as a part-time therapist with Serenity Family Services, PLLC, in addition to her privately managed contract work.  

Celeste Gusme, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in the state of Texas employed by Serenity Family Services and supervised by Dr. Dawn McFadden. Celeste earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M San Antonio. Celeste has counseled adolescents and adults in a group and individual setting on addiction, substance abuse issues, anger management, and behavioral issues. Celeste also has experience counseling adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, depression, individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, individuals experiencing grief and loss, and helping individuals through life transition issues