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Serenity Family Services, PLLC
Meet Our Counselors

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



Lesley earned her Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Webster University in 2011. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed by the Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Lesley is also a proud veteran, having served in the North Carolina Army National Guard for 8 years. Lesley has experience working with individuals, couples, children and families on varies levels, including conflict resolution, reintegration, reunification, depression, anitsocial behavior, anger management, and family dynamics. Lesley has been certified in a number of various family adapted curricula including PRIDE, SAMA and ARISE.

Lesley has experience working in various settings including residential treatment centers, military in stallations, and the juvenile justice system. Lesley utilizes play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and art and narrative therapies in her counseling sessions.