"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


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in providing services to children, tweens, teens, and families. I earned my master’s degree in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University in 2014. My bachelor’s degree is in Criminal Justice, and I have spent some time working in the Criminal Justice field with both adult and juvenile offenders.


Madison Short


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from Texas State University with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, and Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Missions. I am passionate about doing Child Centered Play Therapy with children (typically aged 3-9) and talk therapy with adults. I also love to combine the two by facilitating therapeutic parenting work, often in the form of Child Parent Relationship Therapy training. My specialization is in working with trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with Substance Abuse and Addiction and am qualified to use Auricular Acupuncture for Detoxification.

My favorite Bible verse is 1 John 4:18a: Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear. (NCV)

I believe that each person is deeply and fully loved by God exactly as they are in this moment. As a counselor I have seen that God uses my role to support each person's journey in seeing themselves with mercy the way God already does. I believe there is no suffering or sorrow that is too deep for God to bring a peace that passes all understanding, and that He can use professional counseling to release that restoration. Many of the issues that bring an individual or family in to counseling actually come from unmet relational needs. Counseling is the toolset that enables you and me to work together as a team to uncover those needs, how they were met or unmet in your past, and develop effective strategies to get needs met in a way that builds and maintains your current relationships. I look forward to walking alongside you on this journey.

(Fee $100)

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 am a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional through Postpartum Support International and I am passionate about helping new parents, whether through birth or adoption, transition into their new role 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

My passion is working with people who are looking to improve themselves and their relationships. Whether you have just ended a relationship or are struggling with issues in the relationship, taking time to process and work through pain can help you find what you need to take the next step you need to move forward. My counseling experience includes working with issues like depression, trauma, coping, peer relationships, anxiety, infidelity, divorce, anger management, self-harm, suicidal ideation, low self-esteem, adjusting to life transitions, and parent-child relationship issues. I work with children ages 8+ years old and adults. With counseling, I also provide psychoeducation about how different issues can affect the way we experience the world and our relationships to help clients better understand themselves and changes they can make. I also use therapeutic art activities and/or sandtray therapy to help clients express and identify their feelings, be empowered and aware of the experiences and beliefs that may be standing in their way or things they may need to move towards their goals.

I believe that we were created by God to embrace who we are and be in healthy relationships grounded in love and support. The Holy Spirit reveals truth about God showing us that deep down we know we are already loved just as we are, which enables us to love ourselves and others. I believe that when we embrace who we are and who God is that we learn to embrace and accept others the way God accepts and loves us.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-Intern) supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S. I have a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Texas State University and have been working for the Door of Hope since August 2017.

Session fee $70. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact me at macy@doorofhopenb.org or 210-816-1524 (work cell).


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