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Dawn McKinney Botefuhr, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Anger management Bipolar disorder Depression ADHD
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About me

Hi, my name is Dawn McKinney Botefuhr. I have 32 years experience in the mental health care field. I have worked in community agencies, psychiatric hospitals, non-profits, large group practices, several multidisciplinary teams, and my own private practice, which is still operational today.

I earned my BA in Psychology and Human Resource Management in 1990 from East Texas State University (A.K.A. Texas A&M Commerce). I later earned my Masters Degree in Education, Clinical Counseling in 1994 from the University of North Texas. I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas in 1996 and recognized as an Approved Supervisor in 2008

I've worked with individuals of a wide range of conditions, including NeuroDevelopmental (ADHD -All Types, Child, Adolescent, and Adult); Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorders; Bipolar Disorder; Depressive Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Obsessive -Compulsive and Related Disorders; Trauma - and Stressor Related Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse - Control, and Conduct Disorders.

I've worked with individuals with other concerns of clinical attentions, such as: communication, assertiveness or boundary struggles; relationship issues, parenting problems, transitions during life; problems to being alone; social exclusion or rejection.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I strongly believe in treating everyone with worth, value, respect and dignity; and steering away from stigmatizing labels and judgmental speech.

My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, and rational-emotive counseling and mindfulness meditation. I use a little bit of neuroscience in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, panic and worry (along with CBT), "to change to way the brain responds to the situation". I apply Christian and Biblical treatment in addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) per request of the individual.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!

Dawn McKinney Botefuhr LPC-Supervisor

Professional experience

32yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

TX LPC 13748


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dawn McKinney Botefuhr. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I am so very grateful for Dawn. She really listened, heard what I needed, not just what I said. She gave me tools how to handle situations better, homework for me to reflect on that was actually useful in my daily life.

Written on Mar 24, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She has been so very helpful to me. She has such compassion and teaches me techniques and offers explanations that really help me understand and gives me what I need to deal with issues appropriately. Truly life changing!! I would surely recommend her.

Written on Mar 14, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I love Dawn!! She has made me see things in a better way. I look forward to our future sessions.

Written on Mar 06, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dawn is fantastic! Extremely understanding but pushes you to make needed changes.

Written on Mar 03, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, coaching, and adhd

We have only had two sessions and she has a gift to go straight to the issue.

Written on Mar 01, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, anger management, and bipolar disorder

My therapist has taught me ways of looking at triggers for anxiety, and how to stop them from spiraling out of control. In the last few months I have learned that recognizing what is really going on, versus being made to feel like I’m crazy is a tool I need to have ready at all times

Written on Jan 25, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd