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), as well as individuals within the LGBTQIA spectrum. Dr. Oppenheimer utilizes an integrated approach, combining family systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and existential therapeutic approach. Upside Therapy serves all members of an individual’s family and Dr. Oppenheimer offers consultation and support for ASD and related difficulties, adjustment and self-esteem, and identity concerns. She enjoys conducting psychological evaluations as well as providing consultation services for treatment and educational teams.
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.
Rebekah Travis, PsyD
Dr. Rebekah Travis is a licensed psychologist, with specialized training in the assessment, evidence-based intervention, and ethical research of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Travis’s clinical interests include the following: early identification, assessment, and effective therapeutic interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disorders; identifying and improving psychosocial barriers to mental health treatment; family behavioral therapy including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); and treatment of trauma (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). As an adult sibling of an individual with autism, Dr. Travis is personally invested in increasing individual, family, community, and societal support and advocacy for all neurodiverse individuals.
Dr. Travis received her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Vanderbilt University, graduating with High Honors in Psychology. She then pursued her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky with a concentration in Mental Health. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Child and Family Clinical Psychology. Dr. Travis’s subsequent training includes a pre-doctoral internship at the Tulsa Center for Child Psychology followed by a postdoctoral research/clinical fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Travis was a member of UT Southwestern as part of the Department of Psychiatry in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, where she was an active member of the early childhood and school-age assessment team, clinical psychologist with the Autism BrainNet international research project, author on several autism treatment research projects, and active supervisor of clinical psychology graduate students.
Barbara 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.
Lauren Roth, M.S., LPC-Intern
Supervised by Keri Stitt, MA, LPC-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. She also has an interest and passion for helping athletes using motivational and sports psychology techniques. 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. While at Purdue, Lauren was a two-time Honorable Mention All-America, three-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, and proud Team Captain as a member of the Purdue Women’s Swim Team.
Jessica “Jessy” Coleman, MS, RBT, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Nichole Lecznar, MS, LPC-S
Jessica “Jessy” Coleman is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University, where she earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Beginning in January 2019, Jessy will begin a second Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Jessy utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches integrated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Behavioral Therapy principles when working with her clients. She has worked as a behavioral technician with individuals diagnosed with ASD in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for about two years and has obtained her Registered Behavior Technician Credential. Jessy has worked in several therapy settings, including a youth emergency shelter, nonprofit clinic, transitional living residence program, university counseling clinic, university success program for students with ADHD and ASD, community counseling clinic, public school, private school, and home based. Throughout these roles, she has counseled individuals and groups, primarily children and adolescents, with a range of mental health needs with a focus on social interactions. Jessy has been an advocate and a part of research committees for LGBTQ+ adults aged 50+, body image concerns and was the American Psychological Association Psychology of Women campus representative in 2016-2017.
Currently Jessy volunteers as a case manager for a transitional living program for homeless LGBTQ+ young adults. Jessy spends what spare time she finds enjoying the outdoors and community of trail running while training for ultramarathons and other endurance events.