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Bret M. Menassa Ph.D.

 

Bret M. Menassa, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor, psychotherapist, and board-approved clinical supervisor. Before joining North Pointe Psychiatry, Bret was the Director of Clinical Services at Mayhill Hospital in Denton, and a clinician in the department of Psychiatry at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas. Bret has counseled adults, couples, families, and adolescents facing difficulties with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other mental and emotional health issues affecting relationships, work, and family. Bret received both his Master’s and his Doctoral degrees in counseling at the University of North Texas, and has been an adjunct professor of counseling at both UNT and SMU since 2006. Bret believes that emotional well-being is a lifelong process of personal growth, and is confident that counseling can help people live fuller, more satisfying lives.

 Education:

  Year        Degree Conferred                          Major                 Institution

2011        Doctor of Philosophy                    Counseling        University of North Texas, Denton   
2006        Master of Education                      Counseling        University of North Texas, Denton  
1990        Bachelor of Music cum Laude     Jazz Studies      University of North Texas, Denton

 Professional Experience:

  Year                 Organization                                                                      Position

 2016               North Pointe Psychiatry, Denton and Lewisville            Counselor in private practice
 2012 –              Southern Methodist University, Counseling Program   Adjunct professor
 2014 – 2016     Mayhill Behavioral Hospital, Denton                               Director of Clinical Services
 2013 – 2014     Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas                    Coordinator, CD-IOP
 2009 – 2013     Terrell Counseling, Incorporated                                     Professional counselor
 2008 – 2012     University of North Texas, Counseling Program            Adjunct professor
 2007 – 2009     UNT Child & Family Resource Clinic                               Doctoral-level counselor
 2005 – 2012     UNT Department of Radio, Television, Film                    Adjunct professor
 2005 – 2006     Santé Center for Healing - Argyle, Texas                        Master’s-level counselor
 2004 – 2005     UNT Counseling & Human Development Center            Master’s-level counselor
 2003 – 2007     Jones Media Networks - Englewood, Colorado              Syndicated announcer
 2000 – 2003     CBS/Infinity Radio, KOAI-FM, Dallas, Texas Asst.          Program Director
 1998 – 2000     Clear Channel Radio, WLVE-FM, Miami, Florida             Program Director
 1996 – 1998     Heritage Media, KCIY-FM Kansas City, Missouri            Program Director
 1991 – 1996     The Gannett Company, KOAI-FM, Dallas, Texas            Announcer, Music Director

 Credentials:

        Year       Name of credential

2012       Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Supervisor #64263,
              Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas Department of Health Services.


2011       Licensed Professional Counselor #64263,
              Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas Department of Health Services.


2006       Licensed Professional Counselor Intern #64263,
              Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas Department of Health Services.


  1. SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITES

  1. Publications

    1. Refereed Articles (Published)

            Menassa, B.M., Holden, J. M., and Bevly, C. (2015). Sex Addiction and Propensity for Boundary Violation: Exploring Correlation and Change Over Time. Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 22(4), 290 – 313. DOI:10.1080/10720162.2015.1072488

            Menassa, B. M. (2009). Theoretical orientation and play therapy: Examining therapist role, session structure, and therapeutic objectives. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, & Research, 37(1), 13-26. 

    1. Other publications

            Menassa, B. M. (2011). The Relationship between Professional Sexual Boundary Violation and Sex Addiction: An Exploratory Study of Post-treatment and Retrospective Pre-treatment Dispositions. Doctoral dissertation. University of North Texas, Denton. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103359/.

  1. Conference Presentations (Refereed)

  1. National

            Menassa, B. M. (2011). Can we really make a difference? Boundary violating professionals before and after treatment. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. San Diego, CA.

  1. Regional

            Menassa, B. M. (2008). The importance of the core conditions in the counseling relationship. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Texas Counseling Association, Houston.

  1. Local

            Menassa, B. M. (2014). The forgotten condition: Making every interaction with every patient more therapeutic. Presentation at Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas.

  1. Conference Presentations (Invited)

  1. National

            Menassa, B.M. (2011). Seeing sound: Using an oscilloscope in vintage radio restoration. Presentation and demonstration at the annual conference of the Antique Radio Club of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

            Menassa, B. M. (2009). Radio frequency alignment in vintage tube audio: What it is and how to do it. Presentation and demonstration at the annual conference of the Antique Radio Club of Illinois. Chicago, IL.

  1. Regional

            Menassa, B. M. (2008). Restoring early phenolic-resin radio cabinets. Presentation at the annual conference of the Vintage Radio and Phonograph Society. Mesquite, TX.

            Menassa, B. M. (2007). Repair and restoration of antique radio veneers and lacquer finishes. Presentation at the annual conference of the Southeastern Antique Radio Society. Atlanta.

  1. Software, Audio/Visual, and Other Products (Published)

            Menassa, B. M. (2009). Vintage radio alignment: What it is and how to do it (instructional video recording). Produced and distributed by Bret’s Old Radios publishing.

            Menassa, B. M. (2006). Antique radio restoration volume 4: Wood cabinet repair & refinishing (instructional video recording). Produced and distributed by Bret’s Old Radios publishing.

            Menassa, B. M. (2005). Antique radio restoration volume 3: Plastic cabinet repair & refinishing (instructional video recording). Produced and distributed by Bret’s Old Radios publishing.

            Menassa, B. M. (2004). Antique radio restoration volume 2: Intermediate to advanced theory & troubleshooting (instructional video recording). Produced and distributed by Bret’s Old Radios publishing.

            Menassa, B. M. (2001). Antique radio restoration volume 1: A step-by-step guide to old radio repair (instructional video recording). Produced and distributed by Bret’s Old Radios publishing.

  1. Software, Audio/Visual, and Other Products (Unpublished)

Menassa, B. M. (2013). Stages of Change Questionnaire (assessment). A 32-item

instrument to assist counselors and clients identify their progress through the stages of change identified by Prochaska and Norcross.

Menassa, B. M. (2011). Counseling theory identity inventory (assessment). A 100-item

instrument to help counseling students identify their theoretical orientation.

  1. Honors and Awards for Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities

Year    Name of Award                          Awarding Organization

2011    The Corley Research Award    Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health

Nationally-competitive prize consisting of research funding and an invitation to publish findings. For The Relationship between Professional Sexual Boundary Violation and Sex Addiction: An Exploratory Study of Post-treatment and Retrospective Pre-treatment Dispositions. Dissertation prepared for degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling.