ETTIA Board of Directors

Lynda Williams, LPC-S, LCDC | Chairperson / Treasurer

Lynda Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas.  Lynda received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Amberton University in Texas.  She retired in 2013 from Dallas County Texas after 21 years of working with the Juvenile Probation Department.  While with the Juvenile Department, she held various positions which focused on intervening in the behavior of youth referred to the probation department and assisting the parents of those youth to learn skills which would assist them in learning additional skills.

Lynda has maintained a private practice since 2009.  Her primary area of focus has been assisting individuals work through grief and loss.  She specializes in working with survivors of suicide as they come to terms with the loss of someone who chose to complete suicide.  Lynda also has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with addictions.  She has completed all five levels of ETT® training.

Lynda is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Texas Counseling Association.  She also has been closely associated with the Suicide and Crisis Center in Dallas since 1981 where she initially worked on the telephone crisis line and currently works as a group facilitator for Survivor of Suicide support groups.

Julie Merriman PhD, NCC, LPC-S, RPT-S | Education Director

Dr. Julie Merriman is an Assistant Professor and Department Head for the Department of Counseling at Tarleton State University. Dr. Merriman received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas Tech University (CACREP Accredited) and her MEd in Counseling from Tarleton State University. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Merriman served as an
administrator for Baylor University’s Career Counseling Center, served as a public school
counselor, directed a hospital adolescent psychiatric unit, directed a mental health center, and directed an in-home counseling project funded by over $1 million dollars of grants from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Dr. Merriman had the distinct privilege of developing a specialized school for severely emotionally disturbed students in grades K-12 in which she functioned as the school’s principal and lead therapist. Medicaid and external grant funding helped to fund this school. She has also been a state trainer and liaison. In this position, Dr. Merriman worked with state legislators and “at-risk” families to assist in training
professionals to coordinate services with one another to serve families efficiently. During her doctoral work, she facilitated groups on trauma and stress for inmates at Lubbock County
Correctional Facility. Dr. Merriman, an officer spouse, has been a consultant for Texas
Department of Safety State Trooper’s Psychological Services in the matter of Secondary
Traumatic Stress. She has consulted with Sweetwater, Texas Police Department on Secondary Traumatic Stress and Officer Suicide. During her career, Dr. Merriman has worked with
numerous state and local agencies to serve children and adults’ mental health. She contracted with Child Protective Services for years to provide counseling for abused children and served as an expert witness for the FBI on sexually abused children’s cases. For the last ten years, Dr. Merriman has been researching secondary traumatic stress and its effects on first responders. She presents on this topic to local, state, and national audiences. Dr. Merriman has co-authored a book chapter on human trafficking and recently published on Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Journal of Counselor Development and Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, & Research. Dr. Merriman is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Traumatologist, Certified School Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor. She serves in state leadership for Texas Counseling Association and national
leadership for the Association of Play Therapy. She has completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 in
Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT).

Susan Cizmas, LPC | Promotions Director

Susan Cizmas joined ETTIA as Promotions Director in 2017.  She has had the opportunity to learn ETT right out of her Master's program, to work and more importantly learn closely under the supervision of Steven Vazquez, Ph.D.  Susan continues her work now in private practice.  Having spent many years on the sideline supporting the ETT community, she is excited to be part of the team working toward the mission of ETTIA."ETTIA is the future of teaching mental health professionals this amazing modality, Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT).  With ETTIA's success ETT will be a leading form of therapy helping people all over the world!"

Susan holds a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State University in Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University, and is a Licensend Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. 

Maria D. Crump, MS, LPC | Secretary

Maria Crump graduated from Tarleton State University with a Master’s Degree in Science of Counseling Psychology, and a minor in Social Work.  She also has an Associate’s Degree in Dietetics. Currently, Maria is serving on the board of Erath County Veterans. She has been working with teens, adults, couples, families, and veterans dealing with various mental, emotional, and spiritual issues.
Maria's life experience, in combination with her education has enabled her to build relationships with people of all ages while creating a caring safe environment where client relationships can flourish. Maria is experienced in Dietetics, Biblically-based Christian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotional Transformation Therapy.

Olga Wingood , MFT | Membership Director

"Being born and raised in a family involved in the helping professions, it was a natural fit for me to become a therapist. I moved to California over fifteen years ago to pursue my career in psychology."

Olga initially got her BS at California State University, Northridge and then followed that up with her MA from the California Graduate Institute in Irvine. It was there that she studied Family Systems Theory, Jungian psychology and also a spiritual approach to psychotherapy that proved to be very interesting while working on her MA.

Olga specialized in depression, anxiety and relationship therapy. She has been treating people who want to improve the quality of their lives for many years now.  Olga is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She treats couples, families, children & adolescents and has  a special interest in the importance of individuation in the formation of a healthy family unit."



Beverly Dearing, M.S., LPC | Ethics Director

Beverly Dearing is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a Certified PTSD Clinician. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Counseling at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where she was nominated for Psychology Student of the Year and became a member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science and the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.  Beverly also served as an Executive Board Member of the San Angelo Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and has served many volunteer positions including Project Hope at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Rape Crisis center in Fort Worth and the Family Shelter in San Angelo.  She has been a Stephen Minister since 1998. 

Beverly has worked with individuals, couples and families since 1996.  In her private practice she incorporates cognitive and behavioral therapies with Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT®).  Her clients have worked through issues regarding repressed memories, trauma relief, anger management, women’s issues, marriage and family relationships, dissociate disorders, post-traumatic stress, depression, chronic illness and grief.  Beverly also enjoys working with Veterans and with Gay and Lesbian couples and individuals.


Suzie Abercrombie, LPC | Website/Tools Director

Suzie Abercrombie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.  Suzie received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Amberton University in Texas and a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas Woman’s University. 

Suzie completed all levels of ETT® training and had the opportunity to intern at Counseling and Health Innovations where she gained extensive experience in ETT under the supervision of Steven Vazquez, Ph.D.  She has maintained a private practice since 2009 where she counsels clients dealing with depression, grief, recovery from trauma, anxiety, and dissociative disorders.