Speakers

Matthew LaGrange founded His Story Coaching and Counseling in 2011 and has assembled an outstanding team of certified life coaches and licensed counselors offering comprehensive mental health care located in the DFW Metroplex.

Born and raised in southern Indiana, Dr. LaGrange attended Marian College in Indianapolis majoring in psychology. After graduating cum laude, he went on to St. Louis University where he studied clinical psychology, earning a Masters of Science Degree with distinction in 1992. He completed his doctorate at Purdue University in clinical psychology in 1996.

Dr. LaGrange came to Texas in 2003 after being called into full-time ministry at Highland Meadows Christian Church and was asked to oversee the pastoral care ministries at the church that includes pastoral counseling, Stephen Ministry, and Celebrate Recovery. Outside of his Executive Director role at His Story, Dr. LaGrange has served for the past 4 years as the chair of psychology at Dallas Christian College.

Matthew is an experienced speaker and loves to present on the following topics:

Living an Honorable Life
Understanding and Meeting Relational Needs
Conflict In The Workplace
Self Care
What’s Wrong with Me?/ You?
Becoming Your Best Self
Avoiding Burnout
Who Was I designed To Be? Embracing the Future
Social Media and Technology
Developing a Healthy Staff Culture

Melissa Lawver is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor and is the Director of Counseling at His Story Coaching and Counseling. Melissa graduated cum laude from Baylor University with her BA in Psychology and went on to receive her MA in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Melissa joined the counseling staff at Compass Christian Church in 2007 and transitioned with the staff to launch His Story Coaching and Counseling in 2011 as the Director of Counseling.

Melissa is an experienced speaker and loves to present on the following topics:

Boundaries
Healthy Communication and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Trauma and PTSD
Healing Faith Related Stuck Points After Trauma
Domestic Violence
Healthy Relationships
People Pleasing
Perfectionism
Shame

 

Click here to see a Melissa speak at the Compass Christian Church Abundant Life Summer Series 2019

Jody Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern  under the supervision of William B Porter, M.Ed, LPC- S, and is the Director of Operations and The Perissos Ministry at His Story Coaching and Counseling. Jody has two Masters Degrees, one from UNT and one from DBU and served on a local church staff for over a decade after a previous decade in the corporate world for a fortune 500 company. Jody joined the His Story staff in 2018 and carries a counseling client load while overseeing Perissos, a  ministry for ministers, teaching, and speaking. He is a certified Connection and Recovery Therapist focusing on Sex and Love Addiction, a trained EMDR Therapist and ordained minster. Jody and his wife Alicia, have two adult children and reside in North Richland Hills.

Jody is an experienced speaker and loves to present on the following topics:

Self Care
Pornography and Sexual Addiction
Mens Issues
Identity
Boundaries
Addiction
Faith Related Issues
Marriage

 

Click here to see Jody speak on Porn, Lust and the Heart of a Man at Compass Christian Church’s 2019 Mens Breakfast.

Click here to see Jody speak at Hillside Community Church on Accepting Others – “Connecting The Dots”

Click here to see Jody speak at Hillside Community Church on Moving Forward – “Moses the Mountain & Me”

Mark Nixon has been engaged in helping others and speaking publicly since he was 16 years old. At 18 he became a 12 step counselor for the Palmer Drug Abuse Program working with teenagers, parents and with church and community leaders to provide alternative peer groups to families struggling with drug use and addiction. 

Professionally, Mark joined IBM in 1981 and six years later began assignments teaching, mentoring and coaching clients and employees full time. After serving as a guest instructor, he was promoted to manage the US IBM training program for I/T management consultants. The remainder of his career with IBM, Mark served as a consultant, manager and senior development project manager. 

Since 2010 Mark has volunteered as a Stephen Minister at Compass Christian Church. Since 2015 Mark has been a His Story certified Christian life coach and in 2019 he certified as a business coach with IBM. Mark has recently retired from IBM and is working at His Story Coaching and Counseling. 

Mark is married and has four children and four grandchildren.

Whatever part of your life you where you want improved results, Mark can help you see your situation more clearly, identify strategic next steps and help you to experience meaningful results.

Mark is available as a group facilitator and speaker on the following topics:

Addiction
Business
Faith
Grief

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