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Maryellen Dabal - Marriage Counselor in Southlake TXI hold a Post-Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Masters degree in Applied Psychology, both received from Seton Hall University in 2005.   My undergraduate degree is from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ and is in the field of business.

I am a certified provider of the Prepare/Enrich Premarital Preparation program for those preparing to enter marriage. Ask about the discount you can receive on your marriage license if you complete my program.

I am also familiar with the Collaborative Law Divorce process,  whereby the participants have more control over what happens to their assets and have more decision-making power throughout the process as a whole. A collaborative divorce can be an alternative to the traditional divorce process.

I have more than 15 years experience working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings including a high school, a traditional counseling center and a correctional facility. Most recently I opened a private practice in 2008 in the town of Southlake. Add to that my experience of being married for over 30 years, having raised two wonderful daughters and having moved around the country, I believe I have some quality first hand knowledge of life experience to add to those degrees mentioned above.

I am an active member of the following organizations:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) since 2002 www.aamft.org
  • Texas Chapter of the AAMFT since Spring, 2007 www.tamft.org
  • Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since Spring, 2007, serving as their Membership Coordinator from 2009-2014  www.damft.com
  • Northern Tarrant Mental Health Professionals group since March, 2008  www.ntmhp.org

I relocated here from New Jersey in December, 2006 with my husband of now over 30 years and our two young adult daughters.

I have been counseling others for most of my teenage and adult life in many different ways.   As a teenager, I was involved in my church youth program as a facilitator and motivational speaker for peer retreats.  When I had children I began to help organize parent/child groups and roundtable discussions in my community to help parents get answers to many of the same questions that I had.  After I had been married for several years, my husband and I volunteered, and still do, as marriage preparatory counselors to help those just entering that wonderful journey.  When my family lived in Indiana I decided it was about time I returned to college to learn how to help people in a more organized and professional manner. Three states later and with many years of experience in various venues, I am happy to say that I am eager and ready to help those who seek my help through my office in Southlake.


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305 Miron Drive
Southlake, TX 76092

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