“I'm back in school now and haven't relapsed since we finished meeting. I'm now fighting for myself instead of against myself. I met the most amazing girl and we are doing great.”
— Male, Age 31
“Wow! What a mess of a family we were--Big fights over in-laws, money, and our kids. Mara said if we put in the work, we'd see a difference and she was right!”
— Young couple & 2 children
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Unsolicited and client approved
testimonials. Ages approximate.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Individuals, ages 10+
Marriage & Family Therapy
Anxiety & Depression
Annie DeArmond, MMFT, LMFT Associate
Annie DeArmond, MMFT, spent her graduate internship working with child trauma survivors and their families at a community advocacy center located in the DFW metroplex. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, specializing in child and adolescent therapy. Annie has also served as head research coordinator with Courtroom Sciences, Inc. Her clinical background includes working with individuals, couples, and families. In addition, she has experience facilitating group therapy for trauma survivors and their families and adolescents seeking addiction recovery in a residential treatment center setting.
Not one person or family is alike, and this is why Annie utilizes a systemic perspective to incorporate your unique attributes in walking alongside you towards healing and growth. She has had the opportunity of working with children, adolescents, and their families to build better connections and relationships that foster hope and resilience.
Sometimes the first step is the most frightening when seeking help, yet you have already taken that step by exploring your options. Your mental health matters and your relationships matter. Don’t hesitate in prioritizing the importance of reaching out when you or a loved one needs support.
Career Advancement Counselor
Life Skills Inventory
Master of Social Work Candidate,
LMSW Eligible, May 2022
Diana worked thirty-four years in sales, sales management, and human resource development. She has a passion for science and human behavior dynamics. During her corporate management career, she led teams from ten to a hundred people. Her passion for helping people develop professionally and stretch personally is demonstrated as she mentored over thirty individuals for positions of greater responsibility.
Diana DiCesare is completing her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, expected graduation, May 2022. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Her MSW focus area is healthcare and she would like to support and advocate for people with complex physical and mental health conditions.
Personally, Diana and her husband have been married over 27 years and their daughter attends UT in Austin. She loves to travel, read, scrapbook, vegan cooking/baking, and volunteers for a variety of organizations in the community.
Member of the National Association of Social Work
and the Association of Oncology Social Work
Kristina has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in creative studies from Texas A&M University.
Her heart for mental health care is what drew her to this field and position. Kristina’s appreciation for human dignity is reflected in her belief that everyone, regardless of race, class, or religion, should have access to resources when it comes to mental health care.
Her professional and friendly approach at Hope Harbor provides efficient and helpful support to our therapists and clients alike. Kristina is passionate about our mission to provide compassionate, ethical, and professional care to our clients and community.
In her free time she loves to cozy up with a good fiction book, spend time with her husband and pets, or travel and explore new places.
KRISTINA O'DONNELL, BS
Mara B. Edmunds
Clinical Director & Founder
Mara B. Edmunds, MA, completed a clinical mental health counseling internship with MHMR of Tarrant County. She holds an associate’s degree in behavioral science, a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and a dual-track master’s degree in marriage & family therapy and professional counseling. Mara’s professional experience includes working with individuals, couples and families, and facilitating groups and classes for addiction recovery and survivors of trauma.
Mara is passionate about utilizing evidence-based interventions in helping individuals, couples, and families move past some of life's most complicated obstacles.
Are you ready for something new?
Clients describe Mara as: "Compassionate, intuitive, life-changing, practical, and hilarious when appropriate." She will collaboratively work alongside you to customize a treatment plan to move you forward.
Mara is trained in EMDR, Gottman Method (L1), and is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator. She is also an affiliate member of the Trauma Research Foundation (founded by Harvard psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.), and she serves on the advisory council for Colorful Bridges, a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA. Her professional experience includes working in drug rehabilitation, with veterans and active military, with survivors of trauma, and with couples and families in crisis.
Mara is a member of the National Institute for the
Clinical Application of
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate TX: # 203812
Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy
Complex Family Trauma Professional
Prepare & Enrich Facilitator ID: #1321283
Gottman (Level 1); Treating Couples in Crisis
Developmentally-Informed Parenting Strategist
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS-I)
EMDR Trained (EMDRIA)
Certificate in Virtual EMDR
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs,
Complex PTSD: MST Trained
Somatic Brain & Body Trauma Recovery
Trauma healing training under Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Trauma Research Foundation Affiliate
Fully Accredited Professional Addiction Counseling Diploma
Certificate in Smart Phone Addiction Counseling
Professional Accredited Life Coaching Certification (IICT)
Personal & Relationship Growth Coaching
*Please note: Certified Life Coaching is separate from clinical mental
healthcare services. Each require its own intake, practice policies, and consent forms.