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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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testimonials. Ages approximate.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 


  • Individuals, Couples, Families

  • Ages 10 through Adult

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Marriage & Family Therapy

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Transitions

  • Trauma & Addiction Recovery

  • EMDR-Complex Trauma

  • Christian Counseling (by request)


Annie DeArmond, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 


Annie DeArmond, MMFT, LMFT is a board licensed Psychotherapist who 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 is trained through EMDRIA in utilizing EMDR for treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, complex trauma, and a variety of other conditions. She has also received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method (L1) and integrates its methodologies 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. Additionally, Annie has completed training in the neurobiology of attachment through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

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 and Family Therapy (TAMFT)

Texas State License LMFT #203878

ANN Trammell Qualls 
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate


  • Individuals, ages 14 through adult

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Relationship Issues

  • Addiction Recovery

  • EMDR-Complex Trauma

  • Christian Counseling (by request)


Ann Trammell Qualls, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Ann is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, under the supervision of Dr. Cassie Reid, PhD, LPC-S.

She holds a bachelors degree in psychology, a dual-track masters degree in professional counseling and marriage & family therapy, and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. After working in the corporate world for many years, she decided to follow her dream of helping others as a counselor.

Ann is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and specializes in helping people heal from trauma. Traumatic situations can sometimes get stuck in the brain causing people to believe irrational and/or incorrect things about themselves, their lives, and those around them. This can cause many different issues which may include anger, depression, anxiety, or addictive tendencies. Ann believes everyone, no matter where they are in life, is capable of healing and deserves to live their best life!

She and her husband have two adult daughters, a three-legged rescue pit bull named Henry, and a cat named Zoe. When Ann is not working with her clients, she enjoys volunteering, being active in her church, spending time with her family and friends, and fostering dogs and cats that need forever homes.

Ann’s desire is to meet you where you are and walk alongside you to help you meet your goals.  She welcomes people from all walks of life!

Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

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John M. Smith, MMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate


  • Individuals, Couples, & Families

  • Ages 12 through Adult

  • Relationship Issues

  • Anxiety, Depression, Grief

  • Addiction Recovery

  • EMDR-Complex Trauma

  • Premarital & Marital 

  • Christian Counseling (by request)

John Smith, MMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate who brings his warm and engaging personality into the room with his clients. He enjoys working with a wide range of diversity and has a way of making others feel both accepted and inspired regardless of their background. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy.

John joined Hope Harbor after gaining experience at both The Marriage & Family Institute Clinic and The Medical and Counseling Care Center in Northwest Texas. His clinical background includes walking with individuals, couples, and families through anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, disordered eating, infidelity, grief & loss, and challenging life transitions. He has also spent extensive time working with high school and college aged individuals as well as couples experiencing conflict and communication difficulties.

John received specialized training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for working with individuals and is EMDR trained through EMDRIA for treating a variety of conditions, including trauma. John’s training for working with couples includes Gottman Therapy, which is based on over 30 years of research in the field. He is also a Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator through Together in Texas. In graduate school, John was a member of the Alpha Chi Honors Society and completed qualitative research through Qualtrix on Pornography and Long-term Relationships and presented at the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference.

John compassionately and proactively focuses on resolving the past and equipping his clients with the tools needed to navigate and live a more harmonious life. Each evidence-based solution is tailored to fit his client’s goals towards healing. John believes that every person has what it takes to improve but sometimes requires a little guidance along the way. He looks forward to joining with you on finding the way through your challenges to your best self.

John and his family are new to the area. So he gladly accepts any and all recommendations from the locals on favorite spots!


 Member of The Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT)

Texas State License LMFT Associate #204745

Diana DiCesare

Career Advancement Counselor


  • Career Counseling

  • Strengths/Interest Assessment

  • Resume Writing

  • Life Skills Inventory

  • Interview Preparation

  • Employment Assistance



Licensed Master of Social Work


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 completed her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. 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 enjoys supporting and advocating 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

Mara B. Edmunds

Clinical Director & Founder

Mara B. Edmunds, MA, LMFT is a board licensed Psychotherapist who 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. Her clinical license is through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. 

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 specialized in treating both PTSD and complex trauma and 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 and is also a certified Somatic Attachment Therapist through The Embody Lab.  She is also an affiliate member of the Trauma Research Foundation (founded by Harvard psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.), and formerly served on the advisory council for a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA. 


Prior to opening her private practice, Mara gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in drug rehabilitation, with veterans and active military, with survivors of trauma, and with couples and families in crisis. Mara's specialization is in treating cases of complex trauma, addiction recovery, and healing wounds of emotional neglect and a variety of relational and attachment ruptures.

Her approaches in treatment are influenced by the work of Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden, Joan Borysenko, Dan Siegel, Ruth Lanius, Janina Fisher, Richard Schwartz, Sue Johnson, and John & Julie Gottman.


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.

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Mara B. Edmunds, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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


Specialized Training



  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist              TX: # 203812

  • Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy

  • Complex Trauma Professional

  • Prepare & Enrich Facilitator ID: #1321283

  • Gottman (Level 1); Treating Couples in Crisis

  • Developmentally-Informed Parenting Strategist

  • Christian Counseling (by request)


  • 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

  • Certified Somatic Attachment Therapist (The Embody Lab)


  • Fully Accredited Professional Addiction Counseling Diploma

  • Certificate in Smart Phone Addiction Counseling 

Allison Liu 
Virtual Practice Administrator

Allison is the Practice Administrator and Public Relations Manager at Hope Harbor. She has a heart for cultivating a safe and welcoming environment for those who walk through Hope Harbor’s doors and is an enthusiastic advocate for our clients and their families.


Allison’s work experience includes the roles of Community Engagement Coordinator for a multidisciplinary pediatric therapy office and administrator for a startup providing virtual therapy sessions for children and teens. As a Public Relations Specialist, Allison has extensive experience working in development and publicity for various nonprofits. In fact, Allison founded a non-profit of her own during the onset of the pandemic, providing fully-funded therapeutic music education to children that reached ten different countries in less than a year! It was during this time that she gained experience collaborating with many entities including representatives from Harvard University, the United Nations, and various US Embassies abroad. She fully believes in people and that we are better together! 


Allison spends her free time playing piano, cuddling with her cat, Piper, and volunteering at an equine therapy center. She currently studies social work at Simmons University in the evenings and is on track to one day become a licensed clinical social worker. She is also a talented musician and even plays flute for Michelle Obama’s Waffles and Mochi show on Netflix. 


Allison looks forward to hearing from you and compassionately assisting you on your path to healing!


New Therapist Coming Soon!
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist


  • Individuals, Couples, & Families

  • Relationship Dynamics

  • Communication Skills

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Anxiety, Depression, Grief

  • Addiction

  • Anger Management

  • Crisis Stabilization

  • Christian Counseling (by request)

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