Meet our Team

We are a small team of dedicated professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Karen McDowell, Phd

Owner and Creative Director

Dr. McDowell (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, speaker, and writer. She has extensive experience providing culturally competent, identity-affirming, and justice-oriented psychological services.  Dr. McDowell has worked in a variety of settings, including collegiate, forensic, and psychiatric settings, and has received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of psychological issues for the Deaf, including academic and cognitive assessment, capacity evaluations, medical consultation, and therapy in ASL. Karen also oversees TGM Press, where she coordinates publishing, merchandise design and course development.

Dr. McDowell also has extensive experience working with Queer and Transgender communities, and can provide support and guidance for individuals and families who are exploring gender identity and sexual orientation. She works closely with medical systems and other service providers to help reduce and remove barriers to healthcare for gender non-conforming individuals, and is available to consult with schools, businesses, and other organizations hoping to improve access to services for the LGBTQ+ community.

Monique Champagne, M.A., LPC

Director of Clinical Services

Monique (she/her) has been working in the Deaf community since 2002. She has earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and holds counseling licensure (LPC- Licensed Professional Counselor) as well as state and national interpreting certifications (BEI-IV, NIC-Master). Monique has served her community in various roles (sign language interpreter, teacher, mentor, researcher, and mental health provider). Her article on Job Satisfaction for sign language interpreters can be found at: Monique has received training in EMDR techniques to address experiences of trauma in her clinical work. At The Gracious Mind, Monique manages outreach and training coordination.

Along with her professional experience, Monique was born into the Deaf community by two Deaf parents. She provides counseling services in both spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Lindsey Warwick, M.S., LPC-A, LMFT-A

Therapist and Educator

Lindsey holds a Master of Science in Counseling and has been in clinical practice for four years, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision. She is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a trauma-processing intervention, and works from a gestalt-existential lens. Her work focuses on the present moment and helping clients explore their own meaning-making.

Lindsey identifies with the ethics of a trauma-informed and culturally humble clinician. She enjoys working with adults in individual therapy, as well as with group and relationship counseling, and has a passion for working with LGBTQIA+, polyam, and folks in alternative relationships structures and communities. Her clinical expertise is trauma/PTSD, grief, anxiety/depression, relationship/communication difficulties, somatic processing, mindfulness, and spirituality – including spiritually transformative experiences and spiritual emergencies. Her goal is to help clients feel more fulfilled, present, aware, and attuned to their own needs so that they can follow through with meeting those needs in the best possible ways.  

Jacqueline Trinh

Practicum Therapist

Jacqueline (she/her/they/them) is an advanced doctoral trainee earning their Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Jacqueline dedicates their time to watching anime, playing Pokemon, and spoiling their dogs. Jacqueline has a passion for working with people who experience grief and loss in their lives, as these experiences highlight the value of connection with others and within one’s self. Jacqueline believes authentic, healing connections with one’s self and with others is the key to growth and change. They hope to journey with each client to help find connection, empowerment, and authenticity in their lives. 

Vy Cao-Nguyen, M.A.

Practicum Therapist

Vy Cao-Nguyen (she/her) is an advanced doctoral trainee earning a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. She strives to provide compassionate, trauma-informed mental health services to underserved minority populations. Vy has worked with young adults and adults at a variety of settings such as shelters, hospice, and a university counseling center. Vy believes that healing begins by fostering clarity and connection in relationships, and uses an emotion-focused and strengths-based approach to empower clients to grow. Never one to underestimate the power of art and nature, Vy enjoys incorporating creative elements into clients’ growth journeys. When she is not doing therapy, Vy may be found in the garden with her spouse and dogs or camping at the local craft store.

Marcus Moreland

Practicum Therapist

Marcus (he/him) is a master’s student from Texas Woman’s University studying counseling psychology. He loves spending time loving his dogs, playing video games, working out, and cooking! Marcus thinks that at its core, mental health is about empowering our authentic selves and finding new, adaptive ways to handle life’s innate suffering. This means we explore, challenge, and strengthen our truths, both in relationships and our in lives. Marcus believes that therapists serve many roles for their clients, all reliant upon a mutually authentic relationship.

Katy Vah

Office Manager

Katy (she/her) is a mental health advocate, passionate organizer, and dedicated mother to her saucy and sweet 6-year-old daughter. Katy is committed to bringing kindness and compassion to her work with clients, and works hard to help them feel cared for every step of the way. She believes that every person deserves to have an advocate, and strives to make the administrative process comfortable and easy for all our clients.

Kayla Laird

Media Operations Manager

Kayla (she/her) is an aspiring ASL interpreter raised by Deaf parents in North Texas. She received a degree in journalism at The University of North Texas and works in communications. Combining her passion for accessibility, deaf-advocacy, and marketing, Kayla manages The Gracious Mind’s social media accounts. Kayla hopes to spread joy, camaraderie, and awareness to our followers.

P.S. She wanted us to tell you to be sure and follow The Gracious Mind on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


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