About Us

Rachel Oppenheimer, PsyD

Dr. Oppenheimer, the practice owner, is a licensed psychologist. She also is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), allowing her to provide school recommendations and consultation, as well as provide independent evaluations for both private and public schools. Dr. Oppenheimer’s areas of interest includes assessment, evaluation, and consultation for individuals impacted by developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Oppenheimer utilizes a family systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, and her practice serves all members of an individual’s family. Dr. Oppenheimer offers consultation and therapy for parenting support, adjustment and self-esteem, and identity concerns. She enjoys conducting psychological evaluations as well as providing individual, group, and family therapy.

Dr. Oppenheimer also provides trainings and speaking events for UTSW, Children’s Medical Center, Scottish Rite Hospital, and other local organizations, and supervises doctoral students from local universities, such as Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Research consultation has also been offered for University of Texas Dallas (UTD). Dr. Oppenheimer completed her postdoctoral training at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Medical Center / UT Southwestern. She earned her doctorate at Florida Institute of Technology, after completing an internship at Lewisville Independent School District.


Sarah Schwartz, PsyD

Dr. Schwartz is a licensed psychologist specializing in helping adolescents and young adults and their families address developmental conflicts that often lead to changes in social, emotional, and academic functioning. These include problems surrounding identity development, self-esteem, social adjustment, and relationships. The path from childhood to adulthood includes much growth and many obstacles. Adolescents, in particular, may experience considerable stress as they begin to develop their own identities and build new relationships. While this can be considered developmentally appropriate, a teen’s changes in mood or functioning can disrupt familial/social relationships and goal-oriented behavior. A combination of insight-oriented “talk therapy” and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be used to help reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms, teach coping skills, and improve self-esteem. Further, Dr. Schwartz places a specific emphasis on the development of a trusting relationship with clients. This is considered particularly important for teens and young adults to feel comfortable sharing their feelings, thoughts, and ideas during the therapeutic process.

Dr. Schwartz completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University, where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical settings. She subsequently completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, where she provided therapy and psychological assessment for children and teens with developmental, mood, and anxiety disorders, exposure to trauma, and social/interpersonal challenges.

 


Barbara Crowley Ms-lpc-iBarbara Crowley, MS, LPC

“Accept, choose, and take action.” Those are key components of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) style Mrs. Crowley embraces. This particular type of therapy encourages individuals to seek a deeper understanding of the sometimes unpleasant realities of the world and then choose to develop new behaviors which allow them to interact more successfully within that world. Because anxiety, depression and stress can interfere with living an enriched, meaningful life and realizing your valued goals, ACT serves as a way to “reboot” your thinking. In addition to utilizing instruction in ACT, Mrs. Crowley believes the therapist/client relationship is a unique social connection providing individuals a safe space to explore their past, adjust their present, and plan for their future. Mrs. Crowley also feels strongly about “team care” and willingly collaborates with physicians and psychiatrists to maximize client health outcomes.

 

Barbara Crowley received a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from University of North Texas in 1997. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, and the American Society on Aging. Mrs. Crowley is a volunteer mental health professional on the Critical Incident Stress Management team with the Dallas Fire and Rescue Department.

 


Elizabeth Plesnarski, MS, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Dr. Lisa Grubbs, LPC-S

Elizabeth Plesnarski, M.S, LPC-Intern, is supervised by Lisa Grubbs, PhD, LPC-S. Elizabeth provides individual services for all ages as well as play therapy services for children. Elizabeth received her B.S in Child and Family Development from Stephen F. Austin State University, and her M.S in Counseling from Texas Woman’s University. Elizabeth has experience working in a clinic setting, as well as an acute psychiatric inpatient hospital setting, thus has experience working with all populations. When working with clients, Elizabeth primarily utilizes the humanistic approach of Carl Rogers’ Person-Centered Theory in the hopes of allowing the discovery of meaning in relation to our personal experiences and their potential impact. This ultimately allows a more healthy alignment in the perception of our feelings and our experiences. This particular type of therapy facilitates the personal growth and relationships of the individual by allowing them to explore and utilize their own strengths.

It is Elizabeth’s belief that healing begins the moment another person feels understood, and heard. Her goal is to provide a safe environment that does exactly that. Elizabeth considers it an absolute honor to be the person entrusted with one’s genuine presentation and struggles, and that it is a great privilege to be able to ultimately witness the shift that is healing.

 


Lauren Roth, M.S.
Lauren Roth is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lauren utilizes a Choice Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, helping individuals and groups create stronger relationships and improve upon their personal reflection. Lauren has worked in several mental health settings, including a psychiatric inpatient hospital, psychiatric outpatient clinic, domestic violence women’s shelter, UNT Community Clinic, and several non-profits in Dallas. Throughout these roles, she counseled individuals and groups with various social and mental health needs. Her longest previous tenure was employed at The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, working to change the scene of substance abuse in the Dallas Fort Worth region.
Currently Lauren spends her time outside of Upside Therapy working at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute as an Evaluation Project Manager; here she strives to improve mental health for individuals in the State of Texas. Lauren graduated Phi Betta Kappa with her Bachelor of Science in Psychological Sciences at Purdue University.