Cristal Clark, LPC-Supervisor

Lauren Francois, LPC

About Us

As the founder of MC Wellness, I am proud to walk with our team and our patients as they learn how to LIVE WELL and DO BETTER.  I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in Psychology/Counseling at Liberty University.  Prior to completing my education, I was provided many different life experiences which have help to mold my therapeutic techniques.  I believe the most effective way to help a client meet their goals for change is to treat my clients with a holistic approach.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are the primary theoretical approaches I use during therapy, however, counseling is not a "One Size Fits All" process.  Therefore, the therapeutic process adjusts to your needs as your awareness changes.  In order to help facilitate change, one has to be aware of the effect their thinking (positive or negative) has on their behavior; if you don't see it as a problem, who am I or anyone else to tell you it's a problem?  The best foundation for change is self-discovery.  We will walk together as you discover your authentic self.

I am currently accepting applications for LPC-Intern candidates to join the MC Wellness family.  I have over 25 years of experience in the medical field which includes:

  • practice start up and credentialing for medical, surgical and psychiatric practices
  • administration of ambulatory surgical facility
  • recruiting front line, mid-level and physicians,
  • CEO of a 232 bed in-patient psychiatric system which included adult and adolescent PHP/IOP programs

With these professional experiences along with the growing team at MCW, LPC-Interns will receive and eclectic mix of therapeutic process training, client centered holistic care, along with the foundation to build and grow their own practice should that be a goal.

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” –Alfred Adler

I believe that when we feel encouraged, we feel capable and appreciated and will generally act in a connected and cooperative way. When we are discouraged, we may act in unhealthy ways by competing, withdrawing, or giving up. As a therapist, I strive to provide a space in which you as a client feel accepted, heard, and safe.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Texas in 2012, and then my master’s degree in counseling from UNT in 2016. I specialize in play therapy with children and adolescents, and have experience working with children that have experienced trauma. I believe that all behavior has a purpose, and misbehavior occurs when a child feels discouraged. Play is the way in which children communicate and learn about the world around them, and the most effective way to help them feel a sense of belonging is to meet them at that level.

I specialize in holistic, sensitive, client directed counseling and use multiple methods to assist folks to gain insight and recover from issues that have interfered in their ability to function in wholeness in the present. EMDR is the most effective therapy I use and I am trained in others including cognitive-behavioral approaches that involve identifying thinking errors, evaluating current belief systems, examining long held ways of engaging the world, and behavior activation to learn new ways of doing things. The overarching attributes that I use with all clients are authenticity, thinking outside the box, insight, and humor.

I have been counseling since 1997 and have learned that the underlying cause for many of the issues that folks deal with daily are the effects of trauma. They are struggling with the shadow of the past today and I want to help them come out of the shadows.

My goal is to see folks walk away from the counseling experience with their spirits, lives, hearts, and minds restored letting them experience all the joy life has to offer. I offer private pay discounts for active duty military and veterans

I think the first thing people notice about me is my ability to laugh- it's my secret weapon. I can tell my whole life through jokes and anecdotes. I am the first born daughter of a preacher and a pediatrician who grew up bouncing between North Texas and Southern Louisiana. I was born in New Orleans, so technically I was born under the sea- making me a mermaid. Just saying.

I excel at working with teens, body issues, communication break downs, and self esteem boosting. I enjoy working with a variety of different faiths, backgrounds, and frames of mind. I meet clients where they are: perfection is not required. Let me help you set goals and reach them!

What comes out the most in my counseling is the idea that you can learn to be happy and satisfied with whatever is going on internally and externally. I consider myself to be constantly learning and can't wait to celebrate and discover your uniqueness.

Mary Fierst, LPC, LCDC

Brianne Gulley, LPC-intern

MC Wellness was founded with a desire to walk with clients as they embark on a journey of self discovery.  Counseling is not always fun, it is work and takes energy to reach your personal goals.  Our team is dedicated to walk with you as you realize your ability to be present today regardless of what your yesterday looks like.