Meet The Team
Dr. Robyn richardson, owner
Dr. Robyn Richardson began her study of psychology in 1992. She grew up in a military family and has been educated in England as well as the United States. She earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. After working at a local group home for troubled youth, she returned to school to earn a MA in Counseling at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Richardson moved to California in 2008 to earn a doctoral degree in 2013 from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has performed extensive research on chronic pain, mood disorders, and emotional regulation. With her roots and heart in Texas, she returned to the Rockwall area to work in nursing homes, conducting disability assessments, and conducting therapy with private patients.
She has several years of experience working with adults, children and adolescents. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, jogging, and sculpting dolls from polymerclay. She has a strong belief in the importance of helping our community. She has worked as a Red Cross Volunteer and create and presented jewelry to patients of a local hospice in Austin, Texas. She has also volunteered at Meals on Wheels and Minnie’s Pantry in Plano, Texas.
Dr. Richardson is a dedicated mother, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Brighter Paths Wellness and Counseling was established March 2019 with the goal of reaching Dallas residents with competent and compassionate therapy services second to none. Her love for helping others have grown into a professional practice that has a consistent goal of putting the client’s needs first.
Dr. Aiesha Othelot, Psy.D.
Dr. Aiesha Othelot is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
At an early age, Dr. Othelot knew she wanted to work in the field of psychology. Her career in mental health began in 2005 at a residential treatment center for those with intellectual disabilities. Since then, her academic and professional experiences have consisted of working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including probation reporting centers for youth, inpatient treatment programs and psychiatric hospitals.
Dr. Othelot has a vested interest in creating a rapport with her clients that is fostered by a safe and calming environment. She enjoys helping others develop a strong sense of self by utilizing actionable exercises and accountability practices. Dr. Othelot recognizes each individual has different therapeutic goals and needs, and therefore, she aims to create individualized treatment plans that are developed through a collaborative approach. She also has a passion for working with at-risk populations, with whom she uses skill-building techniques for academic and career development.
In her free time, Dr. Othelot enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, spa days, reading, movies and music.
Anxiety & Depression
Coping Skills Development
Psychological Testing & Evaluation
Sara Ogundipe - Intern
Sara Ogundipe graduated with her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Texas State University in 2017, and is currently an LPC-Intern with Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling while continuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. She has worked with children on the spectrum in behavioral healthcare for about three years. She plans to broaden her mental health expertise with her experience in cognitive behavioral therapy and her continued education and experience in clinical mental health. Furthermore, she intends to develop a nurturing and therapeutic alliance with her clients and help them explore their feelings, emotions, and issues so that we can collectively create and work on goals that will benefit their overall lifestyle and issues.
Bringing awareness to mental health is a substantial passion of Sara's. She takes pride in pushing for more understanding and making the topic more accessible for individuals to communicate about in and out of therapy. Her ultimate desire is to create a safe space for clients to discuss their issues openly. And eventually support them in changing behaviors that will benefit them in the long run by facilitating client-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy, amongst other necessary treatment approaches.
Specialties/Areas of Interest:
La Tricia ClevelanD, LMFT - Associate
La Tricia Cleveland earned her Bachelor of Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Capella University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Associate. La Tricia enjoys helping couples, families, children, and individuals increase self-awareness, gain new perceptions, decrease symptoms, and enlarge their individual strengths to have a more meaningful life experience.
La Tricia has experience working with couples, families, individuals, and adolescence.
La Tricia Cleveland is a member of the follow professional associations and organizations:
· Delta Kappa
· Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)
· The National Society of Leadership and Success
· The American Counseling Association (ACA)
· American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
· Individual Therapy
· Couples & Family Therapy
· Anxiety & Depression
· Adolescent (teen) Psychotherapy
La Tricia is a lover of the arts and in she spare time she continues to enjoy acting in theatre as well as independent films
Monique DeCandido - Executive assistant
My name is Monique DeCandido. I live in Dallas, Texas, with my husband. I am an
Army Chaplain Candidate and a VA Hospital Chaplain Resident. I will become a
Chaplain in August of 2022. I migrated from the island of Jamaica, and I have been living in the States for thirteen years. My undergraduate degree was in writing and journalism. I love to touch the hearts of others through my writing. I have a deep passion for reaching others with the Gospel and helping others with their obstacles in life. It brings great joy to me to help others. I love to go out in the street and meet others. Many of the individuals I go out and help are troubled with mental illnesses and are having a hard time because of substances.
As I continue to touch the lives of these men and women with the love of God, I am looking forward to the Lord blessing me so that I may be equipped to gain a licensed in professional counseling. Helping others is my primary purpose in life; I aim to do nothing less. I love to read. I have subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that bring me news and stories from all over the globe. I enjoy learning about other's cultures, and I love history. Two of the major projects I was able to accomplish, which meant a lot to me, were a semester internship in my undergraduate that allowed me to be a radio host; the second was when a group of New York ministers and myself were able to launch a street Gospel magazine. I am looking forward to a great future being a Chaplain and an LPC. My greatest hope is to be able to go to the federal prison and work as a mental health chaplain.