Staff Directory
The Center for Relational Care (CRC) helps marriages, families, and single adults experience deeper, more meaningful relationships with God and one another. The CRC is also the focal point for further development of Intimacy Therapy, a Christian counseling model developed by Dr. David Ferguson, and the Accelerated Relational Care (ARC) Process.

CRC professional staff

  Bruce Walker, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, Executive Director ($125/hr.)

Dr. Bruce Walker directs the Center for Relational Care. Bruce specializes in counseling for relationships and unresolved issues from childhood. He also trains counselors and ministry teams and enjoys developing resources for relationship enrichment. Bruce and his wife Joyce lead Relational Care Intensives for couples, families, and singles in crisis. Dr. Walker attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned one Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, another in Religious Education, and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling. Bruce is a clinical member of AAMFT and an approved supervisor of LPC’s and LMFT’s in Texas. He co-authored two books with Dr. David Ferguson—Discovering Intimacy and Relational First Aid. Bruce’s prior experience included directing the counseling center of a large church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Prior to entering seminary, his business experience included working for Conoco, IBM, and AIESEC, an international business organization based in Belgium. The Walkers have one adult son, Drew. Bruce enjoys photography, golf and travel.

  Jim Walter, ThM, Director ($100/hr.)

Jim Walter is Associate Director of the Center for Relational Care. He counsels couples andindividuals as well as leading CRC Intensive Retreats for couples. Jim assists couples in recovering from serious issues such as infidelity, communication breakdown, and emotional disconnection. He also helps clients resolve difficult emotions such as hurt, anger, fear, guilt and shame with God as well as with significant others. Unresolved childhood issues are often addressed as well. Prior to CRC, Jim served as an Associate Pastor for 14 years and with Intimate Life Ministries in counseling, training, and resource development for 12 years. He holds a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Becky have been married for more than 30 years and have five children:  Sarah, Anna, Elisabeth, David, and John. They also have a granddaughter Zoe.

  Deborah Price, MEd, NCC, LPC-S, LMFT-S, Associate Director ($125/hr.)

Deborah Price serves on the Center for Relational Care staff as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She counsels with women, single adults and couples in the healing of present and past relational pain and the development of healthy intimacy in relationships through Intimacy Therapy principles.  She is experienced in premarital counseling, marital counseling, women's issues and addictions therapy.  Deborah is an EMDRIA Institute trained therapist and works with the recovery of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma issues.  She also leads Enrichment Groups at CRC and serves as a coach and small group leader in corporate team building programs sponsored by the Center for Relational Leadership.  Deborah earned a BA in specializations in Psychology, Family Studies and Biological Sciences, a Minor in Addiction Studies, and a MA in Counseling at Texas Tech University.  She is also a Certified Supervisor of LPC's and LMFT's in Texas.  Prior to beginning a career in counseling, she served 18 years in local churches in administrative management and pastoral ministries facilitation.  She and her husband Ray have two grown sons and 5 granddaughters.

  Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, Assistant Director ($125/hr.)
Marshall Lyles counsels with children and adolescents, couples, and families.  At East Texas Baptist University, Marshall earned a B.A. in Communications and then received his M.A. in Family Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University.  Marshall has worked in a variety of capacities such as conducting psychological evaluations, serving at a children’s home, and counseling in a private practice.  Having received supervision and training in counseling with children and families who have experienced attachment wounds and other traumas, he has a special interest in working with these populations.  He has led enrichment groups for CRC in addition to continued work with parenting groups and Marshall frequently presents at conferences.  Marshall and his wife, Heather, have been licensed foster parents and have two children – Janell and Isaac.

  Tracey Brock, MA, LPC ($100/hr.)

Tracey Brock has spent the last 18 years counseling and caring for adults, specializing in helping them to get free from unresolved childhood issues that are affecting current relationships.  Her experience includes marriage,  grief, conflict resolution, women's issues, intergenerational family issues, and healing of childhood pain.  She is particularly experienced in helping couples who are stuck in a negative cycle of hurt and blame. She has also enjoyed leading women's groups and speaking at conferences and retreats.  She holds a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts Graduate School of Theology and Missions.  Tracey and her husband, Mike, became part of the CRC team in October of 2007, and together lead marriage retreats and Relational Care Intensives.  The Brocks have 3 children - Samuel, Davis and Ashlyn.

  David Burleson, DMin, MA, LPC-S ($100/hr.)

David Burleson has been a pastor for 26 years offering spiritual direction and biblical guidance to individuals, couples and families. He holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth. David is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. His counseling credentials include a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward's University. He specializes in couple counseling, men's issues, and addictions.

  Mackinzie Meyer, MA, LPC, RPT, NCC ($100/hr.)

Mackinzie Meyer provides counseling services to children and adolescents as well as individual adult women and families. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University-San Marcos with special coursework in children and adolescent counseling techniques.Mackinzie specializes in implementing the Intimacy Therapy model with adolescents and young women, as well as with children using Play Therapy. She also has a special interest in and experience with healing childhood pain within women, grief and loss issues, life transitions, and anxiety disorder treatment.Mackinzie enjoys music and spending time with friends and her dog, Buster.


  Erica Garcia, MA, LPC ($100/hr.)

Erica Garcia provides counseling to individuals, couples and families at CRC.She also leads Enrichment Groups and serves as a coach and small group leader in corporate team building programs sponsored by the Center for Relational Leadership.She earned her Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University - San Marcos.She is currently working to fulfill licensure requirements as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Walker.Prior to entering the counseling field, Erica worked as a Registered Nurse, working with individuals and families in both clinic and hospital settings.She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.Erica also served as a volunteer peer counselor at a local crisis pregnancy center, providing care and options counseling to women facing an unplanned pregnancy.She and her husband Derrick live in Austin.

  Chris Kingsbury, MA, LPC, LMFT, NCC ($100/hr.)

Chris Kingsbury provides counseling services to couples, single adults, men and adolescent males. He is experienced in relationship counseling with emphasis on helping clients heal unresolved childhood issues, couples desiring to build deeper relationships, those in career and life transitions, and those dealing with anxiety, fear, stress and loss and grief. He is certified in Prepare-Enrich for premarital counseling and especially enjoys helping couples build a solid foundation for their marriages. He very much enjoys helping clients deepen their relationship with God and to explore spiritual issues. Chris earned a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University-San Marcos with a specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling. He previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has more than 25 years experience in the business arena. Chris and his wife, Teresa, have been married for 34 years and have 3 children and one grandchild. He is active in his church’s marriage ministry, youth programs, is a lay leader, and enjoys the outdoors and time with family and friends. He and his wife are involved in mission work here in the U.S and internationally.


  Allison Eckelkamp, MA, LPC ($100/hr.)

Allison Eckelkamp works with families, children, women, and couples seeking healing from past pain affecting current relationships or who desire support in dealing with life’s struggles. She is trained in EMDR to address trauma, anxiety, and peak performance, and is certified in the Prepare/Enrich program for pre-marital counseling. Allison earned a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas, and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Previously, Allison taught deaf students, worked with college students with disabilities at the University of Texas, volunteered in youth ministry, and most recently was a Children and Family Minister. She knows American Sign Language. Allison and her husband Keith have an 18 and a 21 year old, and are involved in missions work at their church and across the globe.

  Andrea Henderson, MA, LPC Intern ($70/hr.)
Supervised by David Burleson, DMin, MA, LPC-S

Andrea Henderson provides counseling services to women, single adults and couples. She enjoys helping clients understand their own story, so they can identify blocks to healthy relationships and well-being.  This can include healing from unresolved childhood issues that are negatively reflected in current thinking, feeling and doing. She also is able to help clients explore their relationship with God and spiritual issues. Andrea has experience working with young adults in life transitions, couples desiring to build better relationships, and individuals dealing with anxiety and stress. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Social Work from Houston Baptist University and graduated in 2012 from Liberty University with a Master’s in Professional Counseling. She also is EMDR-trained to assist clients in resolving past trauma.  Andrea has been married for 23 years to a career law enforcement officer and understands the special challenges and stress on first responder families. She and her husband have a college-aged son, two Boston Terriers, and live in NW Austin.(On Wednesdays Andrea sees clients at the CRC Georgetown location.)


  Krystal Ramirez, MA, LPC Intern ($70/hr.)
Supervised by Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Krystal Ramirez counsels children, adolescents, adult women, and families. She specializes in counseling for those individuals that are seeking restoration involving childhood issues and career/life struggles. She has a special interest in providing counseling to individuals coping with abuse, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Through her involvement in Family Violence Prevention Services, she has also gained experience in working with adolescents and adults suffering from substance abuse and domestic violence. She received her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling at Liberty University and is currently working as a LPC Intern to fulfill licensure requirements under the supervision of Marshall Lyles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas of San Antonio. Krystal also attended Texas Bible Institute where she earned a diploma in Christian Life Studies. Krystal is active in her Church Adult Ministry and enjoys family, art, and music. 

  Pamela Allen, MA, LPC Intern
Supervised by Bruce Walker, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Supervised by Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Pamela Allen provides counseling to adolescents, adult women, couples, and families whether in crisis, experiencing transition, needing support, or desiring help with life struggles. She has special interest in the areas of relational and marital difficulties, posttraumatic stress from childhood or adult issues, identity, anxiety, and depression. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and graduated from Liberty University in April 2013 with a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling. Pamela is a trained EMDR therapist and is experienced in sand tray techniques. Pamela and her husband, Ben, have been happily married for 15 years and have a 15 year old son and 13 year old daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family and her hobbies include singing, reading, crafting, cooking, and Harley-riding with her husband.

graduate student interns

  Hannah Morton, BA
Supervised by David Burleson, DMin, MA, LPC-S
Supervised by Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Hannah Morton provides low cost counseling to children, adolescents, couples, and families seeking support and help during life transition or crisis, as well as those seeking healing from childhood and/or past experiences. She has a special interest in the areas of marital and family difficulties and in working with adolescents. Hannah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southwestern University in 2011, and she will graduate from St. Edward’s University in May 2014 with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She is currently working as a graduate student intern under the supervision of David Burleson, DMin, MA, LPC-S and Marshalll Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S. Hannah volunteers as a small group leader for elementary students at her church and enjoys running, photography, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.


  Maritza Valle, BA
Supervised by David Burleson, DMin, MA, LPC-S
Supervised by Marshall Lyles, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Maritza Valle provides low cost counseling to children, adolescents, couples, single adults, and families seeking support and help during life transition or crisis, as well as those seeking healing from childhood and/or past experiences. She has a special interest in the areas of Play therapy with children and issues related to marital and family difficulties. Maritza earned her undergraduate degrees in Theatre and Dance, Religious Studies, and Radio-TV-Film from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and will graduate from Texas State University in May 2014 with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Maritza is a professional Massage Therapist and works to provide physical relief for clients while working part time for Heart and Sole Massage in North Austin. She is engaged to David and will be married this November. She likes international travel, reading, and taking care of her pet chicken.

  Nancy Arnold, BSJ
Supervised by David Burleson, DMin, MA, LPC-S

Nancy Arnold provides low cost counseling to children, adolescents, couples, single adults, and families seeking support and help during life transition or crisis, as well as those seeking healing from childhood and/or past experiences. She has a special interest in the areas of grief and loss, marital intimacy, infidelity or betrayal issues, and trauma. Nancy earned her undergraduate degree in Public Relations, Interpersonal Communications and Journalism from Ohio University, and will graduate from Texas State University in May, 2014, with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Nancy works part-time for Austin Christian Fellowship ACFCares as a pastoral care associate specializing in women and couples. She previously worked for Via Hope- a Texas mental health resource providing training to individuals in recovery from mental illness- as Training Coordinator, and as a professional freelance writer and editor. Nancy’s knowledge has accrued over the years serving as a commissioned Stephen Minister, a client advocate at Agape Pregnancy Resource Center, a presenter and international publicity committee member for Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a women’s small group leader for Bible Study Fellowship, and a stay-at-home mom for her two sons. Nancy will celebrate 30 years of marriage to her husband, Terry, this year. In her rare free time she enjoys singing opera, zip-lining, traveling internationally and is learning how to hang-glide.

Support staff

  Joyce Walker
Joyce Walker serves as Executive Assistant for the CRC and teams with her husband Bruce in leading Relational Care Intensives for marriages, families, and single adults. Joyce has a BA from Oklahoma State University. She was trained as secondary teacher and taught for 15 years in public and private school systems in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. She has also completed graduate courses in school counseling at Dallas Baptist University. Joyce's duties include providing information to the public about CRC Relational Care Intensives and other aspects of the Center's work.

  Jan Dodd
Jan Dodd, with a heart of compassion, serves as receptionist at the CRC. She has a BA from Angelo State University and taught briefly in Texas before moving to numerous places around the world with her Navy pilot husband, Carl. Jan and Carl have been active in marriage ministry since 1985 when they attended and subsequently led Marriage Encounter weekends. Their passion for strong marriages and families led them to start the Marriage Ministry at their church. They are currently involved in taking pre-marital couples through Prepare workshops and occasionally mentor couples one-on-one. Married more than 40 years they have one daughter and son-in-law and four adored grandchildren who keep them busy and entertained.

  Carl Dodd

Carl Dodd is responsible for administrative support of the Relational Care Intensives, the Prepare/Enrich Workshops, and the More Than Counseling Workshops. Carl and his wife, Jan, have a heart for marriage ministry. They have been active in Marriage Encounter since 1985 and the Intimate Life Ministries programs of David and Teresa Ferguson since 1995. They were both on staff with Intimate Life Ministries from 2000 to 2002. Carl and Jan are active in their church’s marriage ministry, including mentoring premarital couples. In addition to working part-time with CRC, Carl is adjunct faculty at DeVry University Austin. Carl is a retired Navy officer with 24 years of service as a Navy pilot. Carl and Jan have been married more than 40 years, and their daughter and son-and-law have made them the proud grandparents of four amazing children.

CRC Founder

  David Ferguson, D. Phil., D. Litt., LPC

Dr. David Ferguson, LPC, is the developer of the Intimacy Therapy model. David is also a minister, author, speaker and Licensed Professional Counselor. He and his wife Teresa are Executive Directors of Intimate Life Ministries and the Great Commandment Network, serving churches throughout the world with resources and training for deepening intimacy with God and others.The Center for Relational Care was originally established as a part of Intimate Life Ministries. David’s graduate work in theology, counseling, and social sciences focused on the Great Commandment principle and its impact on relationships, ministry, and culture. He earned a M.Ed. from Southwest Texas State University, a D.Phil. and a Litt.D. from Oxford Graduate School where he is a member of the Society of Scholars. David’s books include The Pursuit of Intimacy, Intimate Encounters, Parenting With Intimacy, The Great Commandment Principle, Relational Foundations, Relational Leadership, Relational Discipleship, and Never Alone. David and Teresa live in Austin and have three adult children—Terri, Robin, and Eric.

Professional associates

  Lewis Alexander, PhD

Dr. Lewis Alexander is Director of the Center for Relational Leadership (CRL), a division of Intimate Life Ministries where biblical principles are applied to workplace dynamics. Lewis has a bachelors degree in criminal justice, plus masters and doctorate degrees in theology. In addition to his work at Intimate Life Ministries, Lewis has worked in juvenile delinquency prevention and youth ministry, and served as well as a teacher and principal in a Christian school. Dr. Alexander has many years of pastoral counseling experience using the Intimacy Therapy model. He and his wife Lacy often lead marriage intensives and other relational care programs. They live in Austin with their three children.

  Carl and Lisa Peck, MA

Carl and Lisa are both counselors and have their own counseling and consulting ministry in Huntsville, Alabama.   In addition to private practice, they conduct seminars and workshops around the country on singles and marriage/family-related issues, as well as serving relational ministries within their own church.  Carl has also served with Intimate Life Ministries' Center for Relational Leadership as a business consultant. Carl and Lisa combine twenty-nine years of ministry experience from a variety of settings including local churches, Promise Keepers, and Focus on the Family.  They are accredited trainers for Intimate Life Ministries. They are both graduates of Denver Seminary and have been married ten years.

  Andy Ward, PhD, LCPC ($125/hr.) and Jodi Ward, MS, LPC ($125/hr.)
Dr. Ward and his wife, Jodi, are both professional counselors who have over twenty years of combined experience helping couples and individuals. Both are graduates of Georgia State University and Richmont University, specializing in the integration of theology and psychology.In addition, Andy earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is currently a Post-Doctoral fellow in the state of Georgia. His practice focuses on the treatment of marital and relationship problems, mood disorders, addiction, as well as psychological and neuropsychological assessment.Jodi primarily works with couples preparing them for the marriage intensives. She is passionate about helping couples heal from past hurts and deepen their marital intimacy. Together they lead marriage intensives at Chick-fil-A's WinShape Retreat in Rome, Georgia. They live in metro Atlanta and coordinate the Atlanta office for the Center for Relational Care. They have been married since March of 2000 and have three young boys, Connor, Jack Henry and Ryan.

  Sarah Bingaman, MA, LPC

Sarah Bingaman provides counseling to individuals, couples and families at CRC.  She also assists with Relational Care Intensives for singles and couples. She is qualified to counsel and lead couples through pre-marital counseling using the Prepare Inventory. Sarah holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Edward’s University. Sarah’s desire is to continue to whole-heartedly work with couples and individuals in their personal life journeys. Sarah and her husband Joshua and their children live in Austin where they enjoy being together as a family.  

  Twilla Woolsey, LMFT

Twilla Woolsey is the owner of The Helping Heart counseling center in Amarillo, Texas. She is a native of the Texas Panhandle and fortunate to have grown up in Canadian, Texas. She attended Texas Tech University where she obtained a degree in Family Studies and Human Development and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. She served over twelve years as an executive director for a non-profit agency and has extensive training in marital counseling and corporate leadership. Twilla's desire is to help couples enrich their marriage. She also enjoys working witih individuals including adolescents and adults, families and corporate leaders. She is a certified trauma specialist and is available to help individuals and families in times of crisis.



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