About Us

Nydra Osei-Kissi, LCSW-S Executive Director


Nydra Osei-Kissi, LCSW,-S, C-DBT, CCTP, owner and Executive Director of Turner Consulting and Therapy Services, is a dynamic force dedicated to community service and empowerment. In addition to founding and presiding over Ardyn Hope, a nonprofit catalyzing community member to achieve their goals, Mrs. Turner earned her master’s degree in social work from Aurora University in 2005.

With a diverse background spanning two decades, she employs an integrative approach, blending the biopsychosocial model with specialized knowledge for assessment, treatment, and diagnosis. Utilizing therapeutic techniques such as cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and brief solution-based therapy, Mrs. Turner is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (C-DBT) as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).  Ms. Turner is also a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and is a Crisis Consultant for Deloitte Executive Optimization Team.  Ms. Turner skills and services have also been utilized in times of crisis or immediate danger for debriefing and/or as a First Responder. She actively contributes to state and agency program development, and constantly enhances her expertise through seminars and conferences. Committed to community well-being, Mrs. Turner's impactful work is rooted in the belief that giving back is essential to fostering positive change.

Mrs. Turner has a substantial background working with individuals at all levels of care and continues to broaden her knowledge and strengthen her skills through seminars and conferences.  She spends much of her time working with her community and believes in giving back.  

Deborah (Debbie) Utterback, LCSW-S Clinical Team Lead


Deborah “Debbie” Utterback is a dual licensed professional.  Utterback is also the current Clinical Lead at Turner Consulting & Therapy Services.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor (LCSW-S) in the state of Texas and a PATH International Certified Equine Specialist for Mental Health Learning (ESMHL).  Debbie has always had a love for animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.  As a sophomore, she began to understand how the partnering of an animal, specifically horses, could benefit a person.  She spent several summers learning and teaching horse handling skills.  Her love for understanding horses drove her and she took any opportunity to be around, work with, or ride them. She always knew she would use them in her career one day.  When thinking about her future, she couldn’t imagine a better way to help people than becoming a social worker and therapist. As a mental health professional, she graduated from Howard Payne University Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with Sociology Minor.  She completed her Master of Science degree at the University of Texas at Arlington in Social Work with a focus on Direct Practice with Children and Families. She has spent her career working with adults, children, adolescents, and their families in the following settings: school, criminal justice system, foster care system, and hospital.  Mental Health is such a passion of hers that Debbie often volunteers her time to work with local and international non-profit organizations as a consultant and educator.  After the pandemic, she turned her part-time private practice into her full-time job.  She uses talk therapy primarily but loves to couple it with Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.  It is her experience that by pairing these different modalities is where she has seen the most effective way to observe noticeable progress in a person’s goals.  Her favorite part about this role is partnering with and walking alongside her fellow therapists.  Debbie embraces the wraparound approach and wholeheartedly believes that working together is how we walk best with people.  She feels her partnerships with different providers is the best way to further people in their journey of healing and becoming a healthier version of themselves.
Catina Groves, LMSW-Supervisee

1 Catina Groves is a current behavioral counselor  at Turner Consulting & Therapy Services.  She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at Indiana University South Bend.  She has since then worked as a Licensed Social Worker since 2016, providing mental health services for individuals of all ages; specializing in men and women with drug addiction, LGBTQ, and the HIV population.  With years of experience in these areas, her expertise stretches abroad, but not limited to: Individual therapy, group therapy, behavior modification, emotional difficulties and family concerns.  Groves believes in working as a team with the client(s) with

goals prior to, during, and after the close of the therapy process. 

Tamara Brown, LCSW

1 Tamara Brown is a licensed clinical social worker with over 17 years of experience helping individuals, families, and communities overcome the challenges they face.  As a compassionate and dedicated mental health professional, Tamara is passionate about working with people of all ages and backgrounds to improve their well-being and build resilience.  

Tamara holds a master of Social Work Degree from Texas A&M University Commerce.  Throughout her career, she has honed her skills in a variety of therapy modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and family systems theory.  Tamara has a deep understanding of mental health issues and is committed to providing personalized and evidence-based treatments to support clients on their journey to healing and recovery.  

In addition to providing individual therapy, Tamara is a pediatric and maternity care manager, where she works as part of a large interdisciplinary team addressing challenges unique to complex health care and high risk pediatric and maternity clients.  

Aaron Gaddis, LMSW-Supervisee

1 With more than 30 years of community work and family counseling experience, Dr. Gaddis is committed to reaching families through family counseling. Dr. Gaddis currently serves as a therapy and group facilitator for Turner Consulting and Therapy Services. 

 Dr. Gaddis holds a BA degree in Social Science & Theology from American Baptist College in Nashville, TN, a Master of Theology degree in administration from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary with a concentration in Marriage and Family Leadership. He is a certified Prepare-Enrich relationship facilitator, a Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) facilitator, a member of the National Association of Social Workers, a member of the American Counseling Association, and a permanently approved Graduate Teacher of the Evangelical Training Association. Dr. Gaddis is highly effective at family and group communication.  

Dr. Gaddis is the founder of Successful Alternative consulting, assisting nonprofit organizations through administrative audits, financial development, organizational structuring, and training. He has been married to Tamme H. Gaddis for 35 years, and they are the proud parents of one young adult daughter.

Myah Turner, Office Manager & Board Secretary of Ardyn Hope, Inc.


Myah Turner is an accomplished professional serving as the Office Manager at Turner Consulting & Therapy Services, LLC and as the Secretary for Ardyn Hope, INC. Alongside her professional endeavors she owns a small catering business. Passionate about cooking, reading, and spending quality time with loved ones, Myah finds joy in serving others. She holds an undergraduate degree from Jackson State University and is currently pursuing her master's in healthcare administration to further contribute to the healthcare industry.

Meet our Interns
McKenna Phillips, Clinical Intern


Meet McKenna Phillips - McKenna is from Houston, TX. and attends The University of Texas at Arlington where she is completing her undergraduate degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. She enjoys long-distance running, indoor/outdoor rock climbing, meeting new people, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Welcome to the team, McKenna!

Benjamin Ta, Clinical Intern

Ben Ta

Hello, my name is Ben and I am in my last semester at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am an undergraduate student pursuing my bachelor's degree in psychology. I enjoy participating in physical activities such as running and swimming! I want to pursue my passion for living a mentally and physically healthy life while helping others do the same! I want to improve my skills in the mental health field to learn more about myself and how I can make in impact on the lives of those who need help. I'm happy to be a part of the team!

We're happy to have you, Ben!

Davida Roberson, MSW Clinical Intern


I am from Chicago and have been in the Dallas area for almost 6 years. I am currently a MSW Student at the University of Texas at Arlington. My career goal is to become an LCSW. I obtained a B.S in Rehabilitation Studies from the University of North Texas in 2023. I have been working in the mental health field for close to 4 years. I am currently a Neurofeedback technician at an IOP and PHP level of care. My hobbies include traveling when possible, going to see live bands and painting even though I am terrible at it.

Welcome, Davida!

Brandee Irby, MSW Clinical Intern


I am a Masters of Social Work student at Texas A&M Commerce and excited to explore the clinical field at Turner Consulting and Therapy Services. I was born and raised in Dallas and graduated with my Bachelors from The University of North Texas in 2020. Outside of interning, I enjoy spending time with my 5 year old daughter, seeing live music, and yoga. I look forward to working with you!

We are glad that you are here, Brandee!

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