Dedication. Care. Expertise.
We create a judgement-free space for your to explore life's challenges. Our goal is that you feel comfortable, safe, and honored in every step of your therapeutic journey. We know that it can be difficult to find a therapist that you feel at ease with. We are happy to provide a free 20 minute phone consultation so that you can meet, ask questions, and decide if it feels like a good fit to start working together.
Jonathan May, MA, LPC
Jonathan is the founder of Beacon Counseling. He graduated from Texas A&M where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and served four years in the Corps of Cadets. He attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters in Counseling and a Masters in Biblical Studies. Jonathan cultivated his love for working with others through six summers at Laity Lodge Youth camp. LLYC was instrumental in pushing Jonathan to the field counseling because of its emphasis on the development of meaningful relationships and unconditional love. Jonathan’s counseling experience has been shaped by his time in private practice, addiction recovery and large group settings. As clinical director at the GastonHouse, a transitional facility for young men coming out of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, he was able to work with clients and families in a variety of therapeutic settings in order to bring about change and healing from the disease of addiction. Jonathan has also been intimately involved in the development a pre-married curriculum that now serves over 500 couples per year in the Dallas area. Personally, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife Mica and their three children. The family loves traveling and being outside, but can be found most evenings at home cooking and laughing.
Ellen Johnson, MA, LPC
*Not currently accepting new clients.
Ellen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Ellen has completed additional training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Prepare and Enrich Premarital Counseling, and EMDR Trauma Therapy. In the therapy room, Ellen works from a relational, non-judgmental perspective. You should always feel comfortable, safe, and honored during your time together. Ellen's specialties include young adults, life transitions, personal identity work, relationship and family issues, premarital counseling, anxiety, trauma, and adult children of alcoholics. She also works with couples to help build trust, communication, and intimacy in their relationship. No matter what you, your relationship, or your family is facing, Ellen provides a safe and supportive space for you to work through it. Ellen works with individuals 18 years and older and couples. Personally, Ellen is a wife to Jordan, mother to Josephine and dog mother to Millie. She enjoys reading, painting, walks with her family and friends, and trying new restaurants around the city.
Nikki is a Graduate Student, working on a Masters degree in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. Nikki completed the Fellows Program at Grace Bible Church in College Station, TX while working in the Community & Care department from 2018-2020. She has also been involved with the mission of Young Life for over 10 years. Nikki has an integrated approach to counseling, and believes that change happens in the context of relationship. She considers her role to be a facilitator, an encourager, and a source of unconditional acceptance for you as you courageously enter into the counseling space. She hopes to provide a therapeutic relationship where you can experience compassion, connection, and care that leads to you feel safe to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behavioral patterns. Through deepening an understanding of yourself, her hope is that you could experience healing, hope, and healthier relationships. Nikki sees individuals and couples. Her areas of focus include life transitions, relational stress, anxiety, trauma, and grief. As a new mother herself, Nikki has developed a love for helping mothers grow in health as they care for those around them. Nikki is married to her husband Kenny and they have a baby boy.
Dale Dyer is a Graduate Student Intern based in Austin, TX. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin and is finishing his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Seminary of the Southwest. He has 10+ years of experience working with adults and adolescents in educational and corporate settings. Dale’s focus areas are grief, life purpose, addiction, relational conflict, anxiety, depression, vocation, and spirituality/religion. No matter the topic, Dale provides a warm and inviting space for processing thoughts and emotions, free of judgement. He works with couples, individuals, and families, and is currently taking new clients.
A particular interest of his is making counseling more appealing to men. One way he does this is by offering alternative methods of therapy, such as using physical props, going for a walk, or giving clients the option to lie down and look up at the ceiling (a psychoanalytic approach), rather than the typical face-to-face dialogue. These alternative methods can allow for more honest processing. In his free time, Dale enjoys hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing, cooking, and spending time with his wife Amy and their baby Henry. Together, they enjoy neighborhood strolls, playing tennis, gardening, hosting friends and family, and whipping up Bon Appetit recipes.