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Meet Our Professionals

Kristen Hale

LPC, BCN, Registered Play Therapist, IMH-Endorsed Level 3

Kristen Hale  is the owner and founder of Connect and Restore, LLC.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist, TBRI Educator, and Infant Mental Health Endorsed Level 3 Therapist. She received a B.A. in English from the University of North Texas, followed by an Master of Science in Counseling from Oklahoma State University. In addition to having been a coach and teacher for fifteen years, Kristen was a school counselor for two years after earning her master’s degree, then eventually transitioned into outpatient mental health. She has worked in agency, private, and non-profit settings and remains active on the board of directors for a local non-profit therapeutic agency.

A mother of four and a wife for over 20 years, she has developed a passion for working with families as they build and maintain healthy relationships.  Kristen often consults with school districts around the country, training educators in effective ways to build connections, foster positive relationships, and reduce discipline problems in the classroom.  She has additional expertise and experience with attachment therapies for children fostered or adopted domestically and internationally.  Most recently, she has been privileged to assist many adults in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through the use of EMDR therapy.  

Her specific clinical approaches include Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Experiential Play Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Filial Play Therapy, Circle of Security, and Trust Based Relational Intervention.

After personally experiencing the life-changing effects of neurofeedback for both her daughter, son, and herself, Kristen became Board Certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  She is excited to offer comprehensive neurofeedback services for children as young as age 4 to adults.

Dawn Brandenburgh

LPC & Supervisor, SENG Model Group Parent Group Facilitator (SMPG)

Dawn Brandenburgh is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, and SENG Model Group Parent Group Facilitator (SMPG).

She received a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University, an M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Ohio University, and has 20 years of experience in the field of counseling.

Dawn’s passion is to help clients gain an awareness into their lives — working towards the goal of healing and the installation of hope – and help them recognize their influence to change. She believes that looking beyond a person’s behavior and instead seeking to understand what set of circumstances helped shaped their behaviors can be a turning point. For some who experienced difficult events in their lives, responses made to those circumstances were adaptive in nature. Dawn works intentionally to help clients understand that although once helpful and at times life-saving, some of these strategies may no longer be as effective as they once were.

She has experience working with a diverse group of clients, including those who struggle with self-esteem issues (‘people pleasers’), anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma and adjustments to life circumstances. In her work, Dawn strives to create an atmosphere of non-judgment and safety, which allows for client growth.

Dawn has additional interest and experience in the areas of the highly gifted, exceptionally gifted and profoundly gifted. Personally, and professionally, she understands the struggles that emotional intensities, overexcitabilities and executive functioning present within this population, and adapts her counseling strategies to assist these individuals to overcome these challenges.

Dawn is currently pursuing EMDR therapy training which can mitigate unresolved post-traumatic stress responses.

Courtney Gillespie

LPC Candidate, Neurofeedback Technician

Courtney Gillespie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and Neurofeedback technician at Connect and Restore. Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Counseling from Northeastern State University. Prior to becoming and LPC candidate, Courtney has been working with the juvenile system and advocating for women who struggle with addiction.

Courtney believes in the power of neurofeedback to provide non-medication alternatives to treatment for a variety of conditions. She provides counseling services as an LPC Candidate at Connect and Restore to children, teens, and adults. Her specific approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she will be beginning additional training in EMDR therapy in May 2019

Noel Mazzei

Pastoral Counselor, Neurofeedback Technician, Certified Heartmath Provider

Noel attended Oral Roberts University and graduated with a B.A. in Education. Noel also attended Northeastern University where she earned an M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling and is currently a pastoral counselor. Noel holds a Certification in HRV Biofeedback through the organization HeartMath. Noel is currently pursuing her board certification in Neurofeedback through The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. (BCIA).

Noel taught middle and high school Spanish at Metro Christian Academy (MCA). She assisted the high school girl’s basketball head coach, and trained student who were interested in becoming lifeguards. Noel sponsored and led MCA’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. Noel also taught at Jenks High School and lead their Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, as well. After graduating with her Master’s in Guidance and Counseling, Noel worked as a School Counselor at Metro Christian Academy.

Noel works as a Certified HeartMath HRV Biofeedback Practitioner, empowering clients to find a place of calm while increasing performance and focus. Noel also works with Neurofeedback clients while under the direct supervision of a Board Certified Neurofeedback Mentor.

Noel is married to Mike Mazzei, a business owner and former Oklahoma State Senator. Noel and Mike are the proud parents of an adopted daughter from Russia, a set of triplets, and a surprise bonus baby.

Noel sincerely enjoys motivating and inspiring others in uncovering their best selves through bio and neurofeedback. She looks forward to serving you.

Shayna Emshof

Billing Specialist / Office Manager

Shayna Emshof has worked for Connect and Restore since June 2017 and brings more than 18 years’ experience in professional medical office environments.  While most of her background has been as an insurance billing specialist in the mental health field, Shayna is comfortable stepping into any role from scheduling appointments to appealing insurance companies to credentialing providers.

Shayna’s personal motivator is to work in an environment that has a positive impact in the lives of others.  At Connect and Restore, she feels as if she has found a way to live out those desires and is happy to assist clients, parents and staff in finding solutions to any problem.

She is originally from Oklahoma City and moved to Tulsa more than 15 years ago. In 2007, she earned her associates degree from Tulsa Community College. Shayna enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and their dog. In her spare time, Shayna enjoys cooking, home improvement projects, swimming, spending time outdoors, and going to the lake.