The Timothy Center began in 2001 birthed out of a passion for adolescents and the issues surrounding this transformational season. While serving as Minister to Students at Hyde Park Baptist Church, Dr. Jimmy Myers desired to take his ministry out from behind the four walls of the church and meet the needs of Austin families through a psychotherapeutic lens. This aspiration led him to open the doors of The Timothy Center. Starting with two therapists seeing a total of 20 clients a week, the center has grown to five therapists ministering to close to 100 families in any given week.
Jimmy Myers, Ph.D., LPC-S
B.A., Theology, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX
M.A., Ph.D., Professional Counseling, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Jimmy Myers was involved in Youth Ministry for well over twenty years, including eight years as Minister of Youth at Hyde Park Baptist Church here in Austin, Texas. He has spoken at camps, conferences and retreats to youth and parents alike, and has described his calling to teenagers and their families as “passionate!”
Jimmy is a licensed LPC Supervisor who has authored, co-authored and compiled several books and articles for youth and parents, including his latest book Toe to Toe with Your Teen: A Guide to Successfully Parenting a Defiant Teen Without Giving Up or Giving In (Regal Books, 2009).
Dr. Myers also keeps busy in other pursuits, such as:
- Appointed by the governor as a member of the Texas State Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.
- Assistant Professor of Counseling at Liberty University
- Adjunct Professor in the Youth Ministry Masters program at Howard Payne University.
- Family Pastor at LifeAustin Church in Austin
- Regular fill in for Jeff Ward on KLBJ radio in Austin.
Joshua Myers, M.A., LPC
B.A., Christian Studies, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX
M.A., Marriage and Family Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
Joshua Myers surrendered his life to full time Christian service in 2000. Since that point the Lord has impressed on his heart a passion not only for people, but more specifically for the stories which they tell. It is that passion that directed Joshua towards Christian counseling. He has worked with a variety of ages and issues, and feels that the Lord has called him “for such a time as this” to minister to the families of Austin, Texas. Being not only young at heart, but in age as well, Joshua has instant credibility with teenagers and children. And he has a passion for seeing the healing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people. He is married to his beautiful wife, Katie, and they have the joy of being parents to a precious daughter, Ruth.
He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. In his “spare time” he is an Adjunct Professor for the Undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences at Liberty University. He enjoys speaking at chapel services, parent meetings, Wednesday night youth rallies, and working closely with and supporting the work of the local church.
Jennifer Hicks, M.Ed., LPC
B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (minor: Substance Abuse Studies)
M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (emphasis in Community Counseling)
Jennifer Hicks has worked in Christian counseling centers through churches and in private practice. In her counseling, she combines genuine compassion, grace-filled Biblical truths, a solid education and professional experience. She works with all ages, including young children, adolescents and adults. This includes individual, family and marriage counseling. Some of her specialty areas include counseling issues such as: issues related to adolescents and children; women’s issues; grief; depression and anxiety; relationships; stress; and abuse victims. Jennifer’s previous professional experience includes: program coordinator focused on helping teenage parents and their families in their parenting and relational skills; and therapist at a girls’ residential treatment center. She has also led workshops and classes in area churches on pre-marital and marriage topics. Jennifer and her husband are the proud parents of two children. One of her favorite Bible promises is found in Romans 8:39. “Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Michael Bonner, M.A., LPC
B.B.A., Accounting, Baylor University, Waco, TX
M.B.A., Finance, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
M.A., Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
M.A., Professional Counseling, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Michael has been married for 25 years to Michelle, and they have three wonderful children – two daughters in college and one son in high school. He spent 11 years as a CPA prior to attending seminary and entering full-time ministry as a children and family pastor. For over 12 years, Michael enjoyed ministering to families in several churches, as well as working as a children’s ministry author and speaker. Several years ago Michael felt called to pursue full-time counseling ministry, and completed his master’s in professional counseling. He specializes in helping struggling couples work through their marriage and parenting challenges, as well as assisting individuals dealing with mood issues such as depression, anxiety, and self-worth concerns. Michael works out of the Timothy Center’s South Office, serving Lakeway, Westlake, South Austin and the surrounding communities. His goal is to see individuals and couples discover healing and wholeness through Christ.
Juliet West, LCSW, ACPH-SW
B.A., Languages and Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
M.Sc., Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
M.S.S.W., Clinical Concentration, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
ACHP-SW, Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker
Juliet West hails from the island of Jamaica and is excited to be serving the south Austin community. Prior to becoming an LCSW Juliet served as a lay biblical counselor with Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for fourteen years. It was there that she developed a passion for strengthening marriages, families and relationships. Her current work as a Christian therapist aims to help Individuals live authentic and victorious lives by transforming their pain and helping them gain insight and clarity into their problems and lives. Juliet’s overarching belief is that challenges can be the catalyst for growth, and that God does not waste suffering. Her life verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Juliet’s areas of interest include marriage, family, parenting, relationships, grief and loss, depression and anxiety. She has led Bible Studies, spoken at women’s conferences, presented at academic seminars, told character-building stories at elementary schools and hosted the Florida radio program, “Hope for the Hurting.” Juliet is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach. Her therapeutic orientation is strengths-based and person-centered, focusing on the belief that each individual has the knowledge, skills, resources and the God-given abilities to navigate their lives to achieve their full potential.
She has been happily married to Stephen for twenty two years and they are the proud parents of two wonderful children, fourteen year old Nicolas and nine year old Joanna.
B.A., Social Work, University of
Texas, Austin, TX
M.S.S.W., Direct Practice, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Candace McArthur has practiced counseling in many different settings
over the past few years. In her counseling she believes in the strong impact of a genuine relationship, focusing on a person’s strengths, and partnering together to work through and process life. She is passionate about helping others find their freedom in Christ. She works with older adolescents, young adults and adults. She has a specific passion to work with college students as they begin to navigate their life. She also specializes in working with people struggling with eating disorders. Candace’s previous experience includes: Project Director at a high school, working with at-risk teenagers; counseling at an Eating Disorder treatment center as well as a community mental health clinic. She has also worked in a church near the UT campus, mentoring college girls. Candace is married to Eric, a Student Ministries Pastor at a local church in the Austin area, and has a one-year-old daughter, Grey. Her favorite verse is Galatians 5:1- “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”