Affordable counseling provided by Master level practicum students and LPC Interns under the supervision of Lori Vann, LPC-S. Services will be provided in suite 121, around the corner from Ms. Vann’s office. Interns receive weekly individual supervision, monthly group supervision, & case note audits to verify that clients are receiving the best ethical care possible.  If a client ever has a concern about their treatment, he/she can directly contact Ms. Vann about the situation.

Reasons why you should use an LPC Intern for Counseling:

Real Affordable Mental Healthcare: No intern session is over $60 a visit. It would be quite difficult to find a fully licensed counselor who charges less than $75 a session, for that matter, many interns at other counseling centers in Dallas and Tarrant Cty. are charging over $85+ a visit. Insurance companies have notified their members that with the “Affordable” Healthcare Act that many members’ premiums (and possibly deductibles & co-pays) may increase. The Interns’ prices are often times equal to or even less than what your co-pay would be to see a specialist on your insurance plan. Plus, your insurance will not know why you decided to come to counseling nor will you get an unpleasant surprise when they deny your visit because they do not cover certain therapies or diagnoses. By seeing an intern, insurance does not have access to your mental health records unless you authorize it.

Be aware of what your insurance policy covers and does not cover. Some insurance plans do not cover marital or family therapy nor do they cover Mood Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Personality Disorders, and some Learning Disability Disorders.  In these cases, seeing an intern is a great option.

Schedule flexibility: Some interns will work on weekends and many will work evenings; they set their own appointments.

Each case is supervised by a counselor with over 15 years of experience and has a reputation in the community as providing excellent client care, so it is like you are getting 2 counselors for the price of one!

Vann & Associates: Coaching, Counseling, Consulting Staff

Melody Pruitt, M.A., LPC-Intern:

under the direct supervision of Lori Vann, MA, LPC-S

B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, T.X., M.A. in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.

Areas that Melody likes to work with: Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation, Self-injury, Anger Management, Emotional Disturbances, Addiction, Self-esteem, Family Conflict, Abusive/Toxic Relationships, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Stress Management, and Communication/Coping Skills.  Her primary modality is CBT.  If desired, she can integrate professional counseling methods from a Christian perspective.

Types of therapies offered: Individual and Group

Ages Served: 8 years and older

Days Available: Monday-Thursday, Saturday

Contact Melody: 972-415-9102

Email: Melody

Suzanne Nieves, M.A., LPC

B.A. in English in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY and a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Amberton University in Garland, TX.

Areas that Suzanne likes to work with: abuse, addictions, grief & loss, life transitions (graduations, retirement, deaths, births, marriage), communication skills, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parenting skills, and trained to work with self-injury (NSSI).  She assists with the Self-injury support groups that Vann Counseling offers each month.  She is particularly interested in working with adults who find themselves being caregivers to their parents and also adults in retirement villages and assisted living.

Types of therapies offered: Individual, family, couples, and group

Insurance Panels: Ambetter, BCBS, Cigna, United/Optum, and various EAPs; she can file out-of-network claims as Suzanne Nieves Counseling

She is interested in forming a support group for the caregivers of those who have parents transitioning into retirement, assisted living, or nursing homes.

Ages served: 12 to 70

Days Available: Monday, Friday, and Saturday

Contact Suzanne: 214-701-8114     Website:

Email: Suzanne

Shelley Tedder, M.A., LPC:

B.A. in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University and Masters degree in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Areas that Shelley likes to work with: Abuse, trauma, domestic violence, grief & loss, communication skills, coping skills, stress management, anxiety, depression, issues that influence academic & job performance, and is trained to work with self-injury.  Shelley recently completed Level 1 of Gottman Marital Training, has been trained in Texas HIPAA guidelines, trained in CBT & DBT, and has attended Ms. Vann’s 8 hours of self-injury training while leading the various groups offered at the office.

Insurance Panels: BCBS, but she can file out-of-network claims as Shelley Tedder Counseling.

Types of therapies offered: Individual, family, couples, and group

Ages served: 12 years and older

Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Contact Shelley: 469-404-8725           Website:

E-mail: Shelley