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, Ph.D.

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, BEI-IV, NIC-Master

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).

Aiden Hirshfield, Ph.D.

Director of Media Operations

Braden Weinmann, M.S., LPC Associate


Braden Weinmann (They/He) is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate practicing under the supervision of David Huffman, Ph.D., LPC S. 

Braden is from San Angelo, TX where they completed their Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. They have lived in Denton, TX since 2016 when they moved to start their Master of Science in Counseling at the University of North Texas. Braden completed their MS in 2019 and became a staff member at UNT Counseling and Testing Services where they provided direct mental health counseling to UNT students. They also enjoyed opportunities to provide outreach and education to the UNT community on the topic of gender affirmation. 

Braden’s primary passion in counseling is holding space for clients to be deeply curious about their identity, particularly regarding sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression. They enjoy providing counseling with an emphasis on relational dynamics, emotional expression, honesty, and authenticity. 

They ground their work in Person-Centered Theory, Relational-Cultural Theory, and Relational Depth approaches, and they use these theories to process a wide range of client concerns from a relational perspective. They truly believe that feeling connected to others is fundamental to the human experience, and that all individuals deserve to have relationships/friendships/connections that are secure and mutual (including your relationship with self!). They know that it can take courage and vulnerability to access counseling. Braden wants to earn your trust and work with you in order to show you what a healing counseling relationship can look like. 

When they’re not working, they love reading the latest graphic novels and comics, learning to paint, bullet journaling, playing with their cats, watching anime, and playing video games.

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

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 holds both LPC Associate and LMFT Associate licenses, under the supervision of Don Zablosky, LPC-S, LMFT-S. Lindsey 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.  

Leslie Allen, LPC Associate, BEI-II

Therapist and Educator

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

Clinic Operations 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.

Anjelica Thompson

Executive Operations Manager

Anjelica (she/her) has been working as an ASL interpreter since 2011. She holds her National Interpreter Certification and loves working with the Deaf community. She is an avid list maker who is passionate about organization, communication, and inclusion. She loves animals, arts and crafts, rainy days, and bullet journaling. Driving around with the windows down listening to her favorite music is one of her favorite ways to destress. When she isn’t interpreting or organizing, you can find her snuggled up with her two cats Josie and Lani watching her favorite movies. 

Lauren Ly

Office Administrator

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!


TGM Press Operations Manager

Tiffany Lloyd, BEI Advanced

TGM Education Coordinator

Tiffany Lloyd (she/her) is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language and Theatre. She later attended and graduated from Tyler Junior College with a degree in Sign Language Interpreting and an ASL skills certificate. She currently lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has an Advanced Certification from the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters. Tiffany is passionate about education, intersectionality, inclusion, equality, justice, and how it all relates to mental health. She strives to find ways to uplift and invest in the interpreting community and beyond.

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