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M.S. & LPC




M.S. & LPC

Dedra Etzel, M.S., LPC, is a Texas Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor and co-founder of Parkside Counseling Center in Friendswood, Texas. With an extensive background in the field of early childhood, children and young adults,  Dedra has been in the field of education for over 20 years, with 15 of those years as a Certified School Counselor.  She received a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  Additionally, she has received specialized training in Trauma & Grief Component Therapy from Texas Children’s Hospital in a partnership with Baylor University. Dedra is also a certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner.

"Play supports the pathway to emotional well-being for children.  Play is a communication tool and is often how children express their internal thoughts and feelings.  When children feel safe, play is a healthy process for children to work through stressful or traumatic life experiences. My person-centered approach to counseling integrates a variety of counseling modalities and techniques.  I value a supportive, non-judgmental and compassionate environment for my clients to feel safe and respected as they share their story through the counseling process. With my extensive experience in early childhood and adolescence, I enjoy working with children and teens.  Working in a partnership with parents, my goal is to empower clients to discover their inner strengths, build on personal successes, and utilize healthy decision-making skills to navigate their life path."

Additional Credentials

True Colors Certified Facilitator

Certificate Date:  06/19/2015

Certified School Counselor

Certificate Date: 1998

Trauma & Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents

Certificate Date:  02/28/2019

American School Counseling Association: Trauma & Crisis Management Specialist

Certificate Date: 07/15/2019

American School Counseling Association: Bullying Prevention Specialist

Certificate Date:  03/10/2020

American School Counseling Association: Legal & Ethical Specialist

Certificate Date:  04/30/2020

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Certificate Date: 01/05/2015

Certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner

Certificate Date: 12/02/2020

Dedra About




Jennifer Ferguson, MA, LPC, is a Texas Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor and Co-Founder of Parkside Counseling Center in Friendswood, Texas.  With a background in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of California, Davis, Jennifer completed her Graduate Coursework with a Dual Masters in Marriage Family Therapy and Professional Counseling from Letourneau University.  Jennifer shares her passion for helping others and supports fostering a “real” authentic therapy environment with her clients. Areas of focus include Individual Adult sessions working through Depression and Anxiety, grief and loss, ADHD assessment, and other areas of difficulty; Couple/relationship and Marriage Therapy; Substance Abuse, including Teens struggling with vaping and addiction.  

Additional Credentials

Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1


Master Addiction Counselor Intern

ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider

Certified Addictions Informed Professional (CAIMHP)


Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)

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