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Cristin J. Lewis, MA, LPC-S,
Owner of Tree of Life Counseling Center

"We all have faced difficulties at one time or another. Challenging situations can be a great opportunity for positive change and self-awareness. As a counselor, I strive to offer empathy, compassion and a safe environment to each of my clients as they are working through their pain and walk beside them on their journey towards healing."


Cristin is especially passionate about working with individuals struggling in areas related to grief and trauma, and she also works with clients who are dealing with issues such as anger, anxiety, conflict resolution, depression, parenting, stress management and life circumstances. Cristin is trained in EMDR therapy, a form of trauma therapy, and is a member of EMDRIA. She is also a Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist.

One of Cristin's greatest joys is spending time with family. She and her husband, Jonathan, have five children between them ranging in age from 21 to 28 (and two grandbabies). Cristin also loves to spend her time being outdoors, hiking and enjoying God's creation. 

Cristin is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Texas. Cristin received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tarleton State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.


Alyssa Navarro, MA, LPC 


“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~Marianne Williamson

Alyssa enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples and families. She has gained experience from ministry work in her church, The Avenue, as a small group leader at youth camps, lead bible study for the college group, and was a junior high leader at The Landing. Alyssa is certified in Prepare/Enrich Premarital Counseling, and has completed Level  1 and Level II Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

She enjoys spending time with her family. From camping outdoors to watching the latest movie, or simply relaxing at home, Alyssa enjoys the simple things in life with her family.


Alyssa received her dual Master’s Degree in Counseling and Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from East Texas Baptist University.

Lana Scott, MA, LPC

“Every change that God promises is possible. Every quality that God requires in His redeemed children can be attained. Every resource that is needed God has supplied.” Jay E. Adams 


Lana enjoys working with individuals of all ages who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, trauma, and life adjustment. She is very passionate about providing support for children, adolescents, and young adults. Lana desires to walk alongside her clients through the journey of change and healing. She finds joy in helping her clients navigate life’s challenges and strives to encourage them through their successes. Lana’s hope is to create a safe and trustworthy space where individuals can come and bear their burdens. 

Lana loves being with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading a good book. Lana finds joy in investing in her church and the community. 

Lana received her Bachelor of Science in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Texas A&M University and her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.


Payton Leidlein, MA, LPC-Associate
Supervised by Cristin J. Lewis, MA, LPC-S


Payton is not accepting new clients at this time.


Payton understands that it takes great courage to ask for help, and counts it a true privilege to provide a safe space for others to heal and grow through the counseling process.  We are not meant to carry the burden of suffering alone. You deserve support that is compassionate, empathetic, and safe.

Payton has a special interest in maternal mental health, and is dedicated to supporting women as they journey through pregnancy, infertility, postpartum challenges and general women’s health issues.


Payton has extensive experience addressing depression, anxiety, low self-worth and relationship challenges with women ages 18+. She strives to create a supportive counseling relationship rooted in safety and trust, allowing space to process concerns and develop healthy coping skills.


When not counseling, Payton spends her time chasing around her toddler and renovating her old home with her husband. Payton enjoys a good cup of coffee, DIY projects, and antique shopping.

Payton received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.

Brenna Walsted, MA, LPC-Associate
Supervised by Dr. Crystal Brashear, LPC-S

“Empathy with a posture of humility will do more healing work than judgment or confrontation.” – Dr. Selin Philip 


Seeking help is vulnerable, and Brenna hopes to provide a comfortable, safe space for you to process, learn about yourself, and grow throughout your time in counseling and beyond.


Brenna enjoys working with individuals 12+ who are experiencing self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, life adjustment, shame, and relational issues. She is passionate about serving teens and young adults, recognizing that this time in their lives holds many changes, challenges, and new experiences which may show a need for additional support. Brenna hopes to walk alongside all her clients as they navigate through life’s difficulties with compassion and encouragement. 


When not counseling, Brenna spends her time with her husband, family and friends, playing board games, serving in her church, trying new recipes, and playing with her two dogs – Buddy & Scout. 


Brenna received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas – San Antonio and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University.

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Venecia Lynch, MA, LPC-Associate
Supervised by Trinity Ward, EdS, LPC-S


Venecia is a compassionate and empathetic counselor with significant experience providing care for children, adolescents, and adults in need of emotional and psychological support. A natural leader and United States Air Force Veteran with a strong background as an educator, Venecia offers over 20 years of educational support experience. Exceptionally well-versed in arranging and facilitating counseling sessions and implementing and assessing treatment goals. Skilled in selecting and utilizing appropriate treatment modalities and interventions to meet the needs of individuals, Venecia loves helping clients improve their mental health and well-being through evidence-based therapeutic  approaches. She is passionate about helping people
manage their mental health and improve their quality of life.


Venecia enjoys spending time with family, travelling, attending social events, and church. She enjoys just being with family whenever, or wherever it’s possible.

Venecia received a dual Master of Arts from Dallas Baptist University in Professional Development and Professional Counseling, and an additional Master of Arts from Prairie View A & M University in Education Administration and Leadership.

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