Foggy Pier
Male Student

“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

Family Moments

“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


  • Individuals, ages 10 through adult

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Trauma & Addiction Recovery

  • Marriage & Family Therapy

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Transitions

Annie DeArmond, MMFT, LMFT Associate


Annie DeArmond, MMFT, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. 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 with adolescents seeking addiction recovery in a residential treatment center setting. Annie has also received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and integrates its methodology into her work with couples.


Annie spent her graduate internship working with trauma survivors and their families at a community advocacy center located in the DFW metroplex. Annie also served as head research coordinator with Courtroom Sciences, Inc. and has training in adolescent therapy.

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. Annie has had the opportunity of working with a variety of cases to build better connections and relationships that foster hope and resilience. 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.

Member of the Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy


Diana DiCesare

Career Advancement Counselor


  • Career Counseling

  • Strengths/Interest Assessment

  • Resume Writing

  • Life Skills Inventory

  • Interview Preparation

  • Employment Assistance


Diana DiCesare

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 O'Donnell 

Administrative Assistant


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.


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's Most Popular 


  • Terminating the Roots of Addiction

  • The Emotional Intelligence Boost

  • Life Purpose: Why Am I Here?

  • Relationships: Conflict Resolution

  • Dating 911: Connecting in a Distracted Word 

     Request Mara as a guest speaker here.

View samples of Mara's work here.

  • Instagram
Mara is a member of the National Institute for the
Clinical Application of
Behavioral Medicine


Specialized Training



  • 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


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma Research Foundation, Boston, MA

  • Trauma healing training under Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

  • 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 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

  • Career Development

*Please note: Certified Life Coaching is separate from clinical mental

healthcare services. Each require its own intake, practice policies, and consent forms.