Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons, LPC, LSOTP, CH

Licensed Deregistration Specialist EMDR Provider, Certified Hypnotherapist Certified Family Trauma Professional


Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons has been in private practice since 2000. She holds a PhD in Family Therapy, a Master of Education in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in family systems and child/adolescent development, and Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. Dr. Thurston- Simmons holds three licenses: She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and a Licensed Deregistration Specialist. She is a trauma expert, trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) with specializations in Feeling State Addiction and Migraine/Headache protocols. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is both a Certified Hypnotherapist and certified EFT therapist for a variety of issues, including specialized training for chronic pain and cancer care. She is also a Certified Family Trauma Professional and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – Sex Trafficking. Together with her husband, Brian Simmons, she cowrote and instructs the only certification training course of it’s kind available on human sex trafficking, training professionals & paraprofessionals both domestically and internationally. Dr. Thurston-Simmons works in private practice and designs programs and training for various community agencies, including hospital child/adolescent dual diagnosis treatment, sexual abuse, sexual addictions, and sex offender treatment. She has served as Clinical Director and Director of Outpatient Services for both psychiatric in-patient and day (PHP/IOP) hospitals. She also provides psychosexual evaluations for pretrial and post-conviction cases as well as provides expert court testimony in criminal and civil courts. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is certified in the TOVA to assess ADHD, in the PCL-R to assess psychopathy, and in sex offender risk assessments. Serving as both Clinical Director and Director of Outpatient Services for psychiatric hospitals, she has experience in directing, developing, managing, and supervising in-patient psychiatric programs, day (PHP/IOP) hospital programs, outpatient clinics, staffs of therapists, therapist-interns, medical technicians, nurses, and psychiatrists. Dr. Thurston-Simmons enjoys treating a variety of therapeutic issues for a number of specialties, including: Marriage & family issues, trauma, abuse, grief & loss, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, self-injury, parenting skills, divorce care, premarital counseling, infidelity, pornography, sexual issues, spirituality, sexual abuse, sexual offending, and sexual addiction. Dr. Thurston-Simmons is an advocate for victim safety and victim rights and is frequently providing professional consultation and community education through public speaking in workshops, conferences, expert witness court testimony, and other public speaking engagements. She is an avid supporter and advocate on task forces for ceasing Human Sex Trafficking, has served as Treasurer for Texas-ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders), is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, is a member of the Northeast Tarrant County Mental Health Professionals Association (NTMHP), and has served on the Board of the Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council/TSCAAC, Treatment Planning subcommittee, and is on the Advisory Board for Arizona Trauma Institute/Trauma International Institute. In addition to working domestically, Dr. Thurston-Simmons and her husband, Brian Simmons, work internationally and have traveled to Iraq assisting the rescue and trauma programs of sex trafficking victims/family refugees as well as developing a child soldier restoration program. She has deigned a Sex Buyer First Offender/John rehabilitation program utilized by organizations interested in eradicating human sex trafficking. Dr. Thurston-Simmons and her husband, Brian Simmons, also provide trauma trainings and support for First Responders and families and have a passion for treating the traumas that First Responders experience.