Meet The Team

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Dr. Robyn Richardson, Ph.D. - Owner & Founder

Dr. Robyn Richardson began her study of psychology in 1992. She grew up in a military family and was 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 college to earn an 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 strategies. Her early practical experience was with working with court-appointed clients and forensic assessment needs. 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 polymer clay. She has a strong belief in the importance of helping our community. She has worked as a Red Cross Volunteer and created jewelry for patients at a local hospice in Austin, Texas. She has also volunteered at Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to local elderly residents.

Dr. Richardson is a dedicated mother, wife, and entrepreneur. Brighter Paths Wellness and Counseling was established in March 2019 with the goal of reaching Dallas residents with competent and compassionate therapy services second to none. Her love for helping others has grown into a professional practice that has a consistent goal of putting the client’s needs first. A brighter path means a brighter future.


  •  Elderly Psychotherapy 

  •  Chronic Pain Counseling

  •  Disability Counseling 

  •  Trauma 

  •  Anxiety & Depression

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Sharlene Speaks - Owner & chief executive officer

Sharlene Rodriguez, better known as “Sharlene Speaks” is a Life Coach and Motivator at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, but spent most of her adulthood in Portland, Oregon. She’s the proud mother of two awesome young men, whom are currently in pursuit of academic degrees at Oregon State University and Northern Arizona University.  


In 2004, she earned a degree in Business Management at Kent State University/PCC. As of 2020 she is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. She plans to continue to pursue her passion for helping others and further her academic career.  


Working in Corporate America, she was moved by the notion that her salary did not match her monetary goals.  She activated her faith and retired after 20 years from a well-known Fortune 500 company. Currently, she is a Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Business Owner, and Life/Business Coach. She can embrace her true life journey with purpose and joy. She is dedicated to helping others remove obstacles from their lives, so they can achieve a more positive well-being and overall success. 

It’s her belief that if you want all that life has to offer, you must be fearless and steadfast in your mission to reach a higher pentacle of success.  Also, that successful people must be risk-takers and intentional in all that they do! 


“I can help with that journey. If you have the vision, then it already belongs to you. Trust and believe in the process, then there is no goal you cannot achieve.   One must be willing to be uncomfortable to become comfortable. Live your best life!” 

Sharlene Speaks 

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Dr. Rebecca Dreiling, Ph.D.

Dr. Rebecca Dreiling is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. In 2015, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Lutheran University located in Seguin, Texas. She went on to continue her training in Psychology by earning a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.

Dr. Dreiling completed her pre-doctoral internship working at Southwest Behavioral and Health Services in Mesa, Arizona. Her clinical training has been diverse and includes: practicing Dialectical Behavior Therapy with adolescents and adults, working with children in a school-based setting, conducting group and individual psychotherapy in an adult residential rehabilitation center, and working at an outpatient community clinic with an underserved population.

She has a collaborative approach to therapy, in which she works together with her clients to help them reach their individual goals. She is committed to helping others recognize their strengths and using those to build a life worth living. Dr. Dreiling has a passion for assisting children, adolescents, and adults in identifying how certain emotions, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their life. She respects the unique cultures, experiences, and preferences of her clients and personalizes treatment to fit their individual needs.


In her spare time, Dr. Dreiling enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and training her Labradoodle puppy.


  •  Adolescent (child/ teen) Psychotherapy 

  •  Family Therapy

  •  Anxiety & Depression 

  •  Psychological Testing & Evaluation 

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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

  • Stress Management

  • Coping Skills Development

  • Psychological Testing & Evaluation

  • Adult Psychotherapy

  • Group Psychotherapy

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Dr. Aisha Armstrong, Ph.D.

Dr. Aisha Armstrong is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. After moving to the United States from Barbados in 2003 to further her education, Dr. Armstrong earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.


Following her undergraduate experience, she furthered her education by completing her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology degrees from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.


She completed her Predoctoral Internship at The University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services in Houston, Texas. Dr. Armstrong has had extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health; crisis intervention; private practice; and University counseling.

Dr. Armstrong’s approach to psychotherapy is one of collaboration and supportive challenges. Dr. Armstrong actively works with others to help them meet their therapeutic and life goals and helps them move towards lasting change. Dr. Armstrong is committed to building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients and strives to provide a safe space for working through individual and relational conflicts.


Dr. Armstrong enjoys working with adolescents and adults on issues related to interpersonal conflict, depression, anxiety, identifying and building coping skills, and a variety of other presenting concerns.

She has a passion for working with multicultural issues, women's issues, and the academic and career development of ethnic minority and immigrant populations. In addition to therapy, Dr. Armstrong also provides psychometric testing, and didactic workshops for universities, churches, and community organizations.


In her spare time, Dr. Armstrong enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, family, and friends, and volunteering at her church.


  •  Anxiety & Depression 

  •  Trauma 

  •  Identifying and building coping skills

  •  Stress Management 

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Dr. Kaimile Jordan, Psy.D

Dr. Kaimile Jordan is a provisionally licensed psychologist at Brighter Paths Wellness & Counseling. She graduated with a Doctorate in Psychology from the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Program at Alliant International University (San Diego Campus) in 2020.


Dr. Jordan completed both her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT) in Tyler, TX. During her time at UTHSCT she gained extensive knowledge and training within an integrated behavioral health care setting. She provided individual psychotherapy; facilitated substance use, process, and trauma group therapy; and conducted neuropsychological assessments, pre-surgical readiness screeners, and chronic pain evaluations. In addition to her experience working with adults, Dr. Jordan has years of research and clinical experience working with our United States military veterans.


With psychological treatment for adults being an area of interest and expertise, Dr. Jordan has been trained and provides evidence-based therapy with an emphasis on the usage of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and primary care behavioral health (PCBH). Additionally, Dr. Jordan has been trained and is proficient in providing tele-behavioral health services to clients who seek services via HIPAA-compliant video conferencing modalities.


As an early career psychologist, Dr. Jordan is compassionate, empathetic, and tenacious with instinctive skills and profound competency. With client-centered care at the forefront, she seeks to assist clients to improve their lives and overall daily functioning with a gentle, yet effective approach. Her philosophy is that clients are the CEOs of their lives, and they can view the therapist as a consultant with skills in managing crises. Therapy is a team effort, and Dr. Jordan just wants to be a member of your wellness team!


In her leisure time, Dr. Jordan enjoys meditation, yoga, cooking new plant-based recipes, and spending time with her beloved Yorkie and family.



  • Adult Psychotherapy

  • Chronic Pain

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Group Psychotherapy

  • Psychological Testing & Evaluation

  • Substance Use

  • Trauma

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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:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Addiction


La Tricia Cleveland

La Tricia Cleveland earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas, and is working to complete her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Capella University. After graduation, La Tricia will continue to pursue her passion by becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) so she can help 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.


Currently an Intern, La Tricia has experience working with couples, families, individuals, and adolescence.


La Tricia Cleveland is a member of the following 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)



  • Trauma

  • Individual Therapy

  • Couples & Family Therapy

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Adolescent (teen) Psychotherapy



La Tricia is a lover of the arts, and in her 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.