"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

Dr. Linda Homeyer is the Executive Director of the Door of Hope Counseling Center. She is also a professor of counseling at Texas State University. Dr. Homeyer has counseled for over 25 years specializing in play therapy with children 3-6 and working with their families. She also provides clinical supervision. Linda believes God created us to be in relationship with others, and we function best when relational needs are acknowledged and met. Dr. Homeyer teaches internationally in the area of play therapy, sandtray therapy, and Intimacy Therapy. Dr. Homeyer is also well published, including the books Sandtray Therapy, Play Therapy in Malaysia, and Group Play Therapy, along with many book chapters and professional journal articles. The Association for Play Therapy has named her Director Emerita and conferred on her their Lifetime Achievement Award.

(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.

Austin Schrag

LMFT Associate, Supervised by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Life and relationships can be painful and difficult to navigate, especially if it feels like we are doing it all alone. Austin believes that counseling can help if it at least does three foundational things: creates a safe place where you can relax and be spontaneous, identifies the ways that your need for safe and supportive relationships isn't being met, helps you develop the skills to strengthen and heal your relationships.
Austin graduated with an MA from Texas State University. He has spent the last several years helping families and couples thrive in the Austin area. Austin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and EMDR Trained. He is supervised by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S. (Fee $70)

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

Audra believes that we were made to be in relationships; healthy relationships that provide us with support and love. Through counseling, Audra will speak about your relationships in conjunction with your needs. When working with children, Audra will use play therapy which is the preferred method of working with children because play is a child’s natural language. In the playroom, children will use toys and/or art to express what is happening in their world. Audra's job as a play therapist is to provide a safe place for children to work through different issues, to provide support for their feelings, and to help encourage greater self-responsibility and confidence.

Audra Niedzielski is a graduate of Texas State University with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. Audra holds a certificate of completion in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International. Audra is a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern) and is supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer, LPC-S, RPT-S.
(Fee $70)

Macy Pawelek

LPC-Intern, Supervised by Ann Zbylot, LPC-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 Ann Zbylot, LPC-S
(Fee $70)




Located on the campus of Freedom Fellowship Church

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