"The valley of trouble will become a door of hope." -Hosea 2:15

Door of Hope Counseling


The New Braunfels Door of Hope Counseling Center

Transforming Lives in the Community Through Biblically-based Professional Counseling. All of the mental health professionals at Door of Hope are contracted, licensed professionals who are additionally trained in Intimacy Therapy, a Christian, Biblically based, counseling approach.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults. Play therapy utilizes play, children’s natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words. Play therapists often use the phrase, “Toys are the child’s words, play is their language.”

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All the couselors at the Door of Hope are mental health professionals. They are also Christians and active in their own churches. They are each dedicated to their own spiritual growth and being a part of a growing, caring community. They serve clients by providing a Biblically-based counseling approach, Intimacy Therapy.

Dr. Linda E. Homeyer, Executive Director

Licensed Professional Counselor & Supervisor; Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor

I am honored to be the Executive Director of the Door of Hope Counseling Center. Here at the Door we seek to serve our community through counseling and support group services. I have the joy to have counseled for over 25 years specializing in play therapy with children and working with their families. At this point in my career I primarily provide clinical supervision and train other mental health professionals.

I believe God created us to be in relationship with others, and we function best when relational needs are acknowledged and met. As we make healthy connections with others we find a way of being which brings peace and joy.

I have the honor of teaching nationally and internationally in the area of play therapy, sandtray therapy, and Intimacy Therapy. Based on my irregular schedule, I am not taking new clients.

(Fee $120)

Shannon Schimelpfening


Shannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her MA in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University in 2014. She has experience counseling children, tweens, teens, families, and adults. She has counseled children and teens through a variety of settings including schools, foster care agencies, non-profit agencies, private practice, and juvenile probation. Most recently, Shannon has worked in the school setting, on a Junior High campus, and feels confident that God has given her special talent and gifts in the area of early adolescence. Shannon utilizes play therapy when working with children ages 3-9, and in addition, uses play therapy when working with families. Shannon is a clinical member of The Association for Play Therapy and is currently working toward earning the credentials for Registered Play Therapist. She has received additional supervision and training in play therapy techniques. The therapeutic process and healing can sometimes take time, but Shannon believes that God can restore individuals and families and use the tragedies that so deeply hurt us now to move us forward in the purposes for which He created us. (Fee $100) TAKING SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS.

Madison Short

LPC-Intern, Supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Madison is a recent graduate of Texas State University with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern), supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S. Madison's passion is working primarily with adults and doing play therapy with children ages 4-9. She often works with people to process past trauma and abuse. She also facilitates a Foster/Adoptive Parent Support Group at Door of Hope. She has experience working with Substance Use and Addiction and is qualified to use Auricular Acupuncture for Detoxification.

Madison believes that each person is deeply and fully loved by God exactly as they are in this moment. She believes God uses her role as a counselor to support each person's journey to see themselves with mercy the way God already does. She believes there is no suffering or sorrow too deep for God to bring a peace that passes all understanding.
(Fee $70)

Audra Niedzielski

LPC-Intern, Supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

It is a blessing to be part of the journey of healing for my clients. My goal as a counselor is for my clients to feel heard, encouraged, and be hopeful for healing during our time together.

I believe God created us each to seek healthy communities and relationships. In these spaces, we receive His love through others as they comfort, encourage, cry and laugh with us. I work to create a therapeutic relationship that mirrors these qualities as well as work with my clients to seek community around them for continued support and growth.

I feel called to work with children through play therapy where children use toys as their language to communicate their needs and experiences. On the same sphere, I desire to help parents have greater confidence in matters of discipline and attachment as well as work to restore the parent-child bond. I have a heart for adults who are grieving, or adjusting to new identities, and life changes as well as other issues that impact growth and confidence. I hold a certificate of completion in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International and I am passionate in helping new mothers, whether through birth or adoption, transition into motherhood as this time can range from moments of difficulty to struggling with overwhelming thoughts and emotions. I am trained in Play Therapy, and Sandtray therapy. I am trained in the Prepare & Enrich, including the assessments, and now taking clients for premarital and married couples for short term couple’s work.

I am currently available at Door of Hope two days a week. Please contact for more information.
(Fee $70)

Macy Pawelek

LPC-Intern, Supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Macy’s passion is working primarily with adults and adolescents. She also has experience providing career counseling and using sandtray therapy. Macy believes that we were created by God to embrace who we are and be in healthy relationships with others grounded in love and support. Through counseling, Macy will help you explore parts of yourself that support who you are and how you can behave as your true self, working on understanding and changing areas of pain. This results in living in a satisfying and healthy way in response to your experiences and in your relationships.
Macy is a recent graduate of Texas State University with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern) and supervised by Supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
(Fee $70)


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