Owner & Psychiatrist

Ashley Gardner, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Gardner graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where she received her Doctorate of Medicine. Dr. Gardner completed Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Texas Southwestern, in Dallas, Texas, and is a Board Certified Psychiatrist through ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology), licensed in the State of Texas.

Throughout her training, Dr. Gardner received extensive experience in treating patients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses, using both psychopharmacology (medications) and psychotherapy (talk-therapy). She received training in psychodynamic, motivational, supportive, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She also worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric units, psychiatric emergency departments, private and public hospitals, outpatient psychiatric clinics, and the Veteran’s Affairs hospital.

Dr. Gardner is a member of the Wylie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and also serves as Volunteer Faculty at UT Southwestern in Dallas, where she is a Psychotherapy Supervisor for Psychiatry Residents.

Insurance and Fees:

  • In network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Self-pay / Private-pay fees
    • Initial appointment (60 minutes): $350
    • 45 minute follow-ups: $250
    • 20 minute follow-ups: $175

Ages Treated: 16+

Appointment Types: In person and virtual, Mon-Fri


Lauren Butcher, LCSW

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners and is licensed in the state of Texas.  She graduated from University of Texas Dallas with a Bachelors in Public Affairs and attended Texas A&M Commerce and graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 2013.

Lauren has experience providing counseling and case management services to children, adults and families in home and agency settings. She has worked extensively with individuals in crisis, adversity and mental health. Lauren is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and trauma-based therapy. She has additional experience in treatment areas including depression, anxiety, PTSD, foster care, adoption, attachment, grief and loss, family conflict, relationships and abuse issues (including sexual abuse, emotional, domestic abuse and childhood trauma) and has worked in a variety of settings, including Child Protective Services, hospice, Child Advocacy Centers, and private practice.

Lauren has a passion for helping others and strives to ensure clients feel heard, supported and empowered.  She utilizes strength-based approaches and integrates various treatment therapies to best meet the needs and goals of her clients.

During her free time Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and jeeping.

Insurance and Fees:

  • Not yet in network with any insurances at this practice location
  • Self-pay / Private-pay fees
    • Initial appointment: $150
    • Follow-up counseling sessions: $125

Types of therapy: Individuals
Ages Treated:

Appointment Types: In person and virtual, some Saturday availability

Chris Barela, MA, LMFT

Chris is a Licensed Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists and is licensed in the state of Texas. He completed his graduate training at St. Edwards University, in Austin, TX.

Compassion and empathy exist in all of us, and by seeking out those who have the capacity to display compassion and care, we express our underlying desire to better ourselves. Embodying this sentiment, Chris values and creates meaningful and empathetic relationships that work to maximize a client’s potential and wellbeing.

Having worked with clients and families possessing a variety of cultural values, biases, and worldviews, Chris has developed highly effective interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

Exploring the family system is at the forefront of Chris’ therapeutic philosophy. With Chris, comes an unbreakable dedication to the service of others and a wealth of experience in counseling for families, couples, adults, adolescents, and individuals in crisis.

Insurance and Fees:

  • Not yet in network with any insurances at this practice location
  • Self-pay / Private-pay fees
    • Initial appointment: $150
    • Follow-up individual counseling sessions: $125
    • Follow-up family / couple sessions: $150

Types of Therapy: Individuals, couples, families, groups
Ages treated:

Appointment Types: Coming soon!


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