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About Us – Bluffview Counseling

We believe that Healing, Recovery, and Hope are possible for everyone.

Bluffview Counseling  is  staffed by a team of highly educated, trained, and recognized mental health professionals. Our team concept delivers a powerful balance of compassion, support, and challenge that is action oriented and results focused.  We collaborate with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, and we continuously monitor your progress. Our commitment to individualized treatment, the diversity of our professional skills, and our empathic and nurturing approach to your health and healing allows Bluffview Counseling to provide you with the tools you need for recovery. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, public speaking, and workshops.

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Our new office is conveniently located in Dallas at 4240 West Lovers Lane.  Our private parking lot and back entrance provide you with the confidentiality you need when searching for support.  The building provides a warm, inviting environment for you to heal during your journey.

Our staff’s specialized training includes but is not limited to the following:


  • Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT), including personal training by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the foremost leader in sex addiction treatment.

  • Post Induction Therapy (PIT), including personal training by Pia Melody, the foremost leader in codependency treatment, love addiction treatment, and early childhood trauma resolution

  • EMDR, including training provided by Francine Shapiro, the foremost leader in this specialized treatment model for trauma resolution


We are committed to providing the most up to date proven treatment modalities to facilitate optimal healing and growth.

Gene Klassen LPC, CSAT

Primary Therapist

I am a professional counselor and sex addiction therapist.  I am also in recovery.  I know personally that compulsive sexual behavior can have unintended and emotionally painful consequences.  I understand the pain and frustration that family members and friends experience when one of their loved ones is struggling with addiction.  Helping addicts, their partners, and their families heal from the effects of this disease is my passion.

I grew up in South Texas – Kingsville, home of the King Ranch.  After graduating with a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&I and then completing a training program in computer programming, I moved to Dallas with my partner in 1985 and worked in the “high tech” industry for 27 years.  Due to a series of personal challenges, my interests shifted almost 10 years ago toward addiction, codependence, and trauma.  I tried to learn all that I could for my own healing, and then I decided to change careers so that I could help others heal, as well.  When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with friends, cooking gourmet meals with my partner, painting with a technique called encaustic, playing with my miniature dachshund, and practicing yoga.

In 2009, I went back to school, and in 2011 I received my Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas.  I have been personally trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the foremost leader in sexual addiction treatment, and by Pia Melody, the foremost leader in treatment for love addiction and codependence.  I have also been trained by the EMDR Institute, the developers of the most recognized treatment modality for trauma resolution.  In my work with clients, I incorporate various aspects of all this training, as needed, to help my clients avoid compulsive and destructive behaviors, make sense of their past, heal their pain, and find renewed meaning in their lives.  My approach is non-judgmental, and I aim to create a safe place for my clients to explore and gain insight into what is troubling them.  While gentle, I am also assertive towards my clients’ “inner addicts” to help uncover their “blind spots.”

My spiritual life has evolved through the years.  I have learned from numerous spiritual teachers with a range of insights about God, the universe, etc.  As such, I do not approach counseling from a specific spiritual point of view.  Instead, I embrace all points of view, including those of clients who are atheist or anti-religious, perhaps as a result of negative experiences with religion or church in earlier times of their lives.

I am also sensitive to the needs of clients who may be struggling with certain aspects of their sexual identity, whether gay or not, “out” or not.  Making an effort to stop compulsive sexual behavior and attempting to define healthy sexual expression can be challenging for members of the gay and transgender community.  Our sexuality is a very important part of our humanity, yet finding a safe place to talk about it is sometimes difficult.  My goal is to provide a safe place and to be someone you can trust.

I look forward to guiding you through your own journey of healing.  No one deserves to suffer the effects of addiction.

Please feel free to contact me directly at (214) 390-5800 Ext. 2 or gene@bluffviewcounseling.com to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

Jenny Adams LPC-Intern, CSAT

Primary Therapist

I am dedicated to the support and recovery of individuals and partners suffering from their own addictions, betrayal, traumas, or codependency.  I completed my master’s degree in counseling and development at Texas Woman's University.  To further my training in this area of treatment, I began my training as Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) in January of 2014 to better serve sex addicts, their partners, and couples who are in their healing process.  I enhanced my experience with addictions while working at Nexus Recovery Center, a nationally known facility that provides specialized substance abuse services to females who are invited to bring their children with them.  I have also trained with Pia Melody on the topics of trauma, codependence, and love addiction.

I grew up in Arkansas, where I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Industrial Engineering.  After 10 years in corporate America, I was given the opportunity to stay home with our twins.  Five years later, it became evident that returning to school to become a psychotherapist was the next step.  I have been on my own journey toward healing through therapy, treatment, meetings, and self-discovery over the last 16 years.  Supporting others in their journey of self-reflection and healing has become my passion.  Through my own recovery, I continue to find out who I am and learn new coping skills to handle life on life’s terms.  I have lived in Dallas for 19 years and have become immersed in all that it has to offer.

My approach utilizes talk therapy and is collaborative, compassionate, empowering, and direct.  I believe that as humans we have a right to live a life full of purpose, joy, pain, and peace.  I believe that living the life that is intended can be blocked and obscured by our wounds and our thinking.   My approach will help you discover new tools that will begin to shift your thinking, feelings, and even your behaviors.  You deserve all the good that life has to offer and you don’t have to achieve it alone.

I am supervised by Randy Martin, MA, LPC-S. He may be contacted at (214) 392-8247.

Please feel free to contact me at (214) 390-5800 Ext. 3 or jenny@bluffviewcounseling.com to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

Jon Juhlin LPC-Intern , CSAT (C)

Therapist

I believe that it is important to understand that the challenges of recovering from addiction affect not only the addict, but entire family system as well.  I believe that families heal together.  The focus of my practice is to work with recovering addicts and their family members in both individual and group settings.  As individuals and families begin to heal, underlying issues such as trauma, grief, loss, depression, and codependency often present themselves in a more pronounced way.  It is those issues that I feel can be best addressed in a therapeutic setting.

I was raised in the west Texas town of Abilene.  Upon graduating from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelors Degree in Communications Fine Arts, I embarked on lengthy career in the entertainment industry.  Following a series of personal challenges, I began my own personal journey of recovery and self-exploration.  I have come to understand that recovery is an ongoing process of healing, both for the recovering individual and his or her family.  In 2011, I made the decision to dedicate my professional life to helping individuals and their families recover and heal together.  I received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University and began working in the mental health field.

I am proud to be a part of Bluffview Counseling and I look forward to continuing and expanding upon the vision of our founder.

I am supervised by Candy Marcum, M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT-S. She may be contacted at (214)521-1278 .

Please feel free to contact me at (214) 390-5800 Ext. 4 or jon@bluffviewcounseling.com to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

Carol “Lynn” Woodard LPC Intern, LCDCi, EMDR, RYT, CSAT (C)

Primary Therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern who is passionate about supporting the recovery of individuals and loved ones of those suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders. I specialize in working with sex and love addiction, codependency, substance abuse, and trauma. I take a hollistic approach to healing the body, mind, and spirit by utilizing a combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR) and body oriented therapies like trauma sensitive yoga therapy.

I am a native Texan and graduated from Texas Woman's University with a degree in Psychology.  After 12 years in corporate America as Human Resource Director, my own journey of recovery and self-discovery led me back to school to complete my master's degree in counseling and development at TWU.  I trained with Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy.

My work at The Sante Center for Healing, an internationally recognized residential treatment center for co-occurring mental health and addiction issues, has given me a wealth of experience in utilizing innovative therapies to aid my clients in their recovery and healing.  I look forward to serving you as a guide and ally as you walk along your individual path of self-discovery renewal.

I am supervised by Ashley Kuehne, MS, LPC-S.  She may be reached at 972-774-9595.

Please feel free to contact me at (214) 390-5800 Ext. 6 or lynn@bluffviewcounseling.com to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

Jackie Ponder LCSW, LCDC

Primary Therapist

I am a therapist and life coach who specializes in relationships, codependency, love addiction, trauma, mental health, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-compassion and the enneagram. Do you ever feel like you don't know who you are? Where you want to go? Or what makes you happy? Together, we can find your way home to yourself.

Perhaps Dr. Brenè Brown said it best: “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” As a trained Brenè Brown Daring Way Facilitator, I understand that shame often blocks us from living the lives we are longing to lead. I can help you let go of powerlessness, anxiety, self-doubt and the need for certainty. In place of these compulsive thoughts, I can help you cultivate gratitude, resilience, bliss and self-compassion.

I am a Dallas native who graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors degree in Interpersonal Communication. I knew my passion was to guide people through recovery so I pursued a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. I specialize in therapeutically counseling clients struggling though life transitions, relationships, anxiety, depression, and addiction. I am also a Certified Intrinsic Coach and am trained in Pia Melody Post Induction Therapy. Prior to entering private practice, I worked at Contact Crisis Line, Millwood Psychiatric Hospital, and The Greenhouse Treatment Center as a residential therapist.

I believe the relationship between therapist and client must feel safe, non-judgmental and empowering. I subscribe to multiple therapeutic modalities so that I can individualize therapy or coaching for each client. Therapy grants people the space to redefine meaning and make sense out of life. Though we consider ourselves to be thinking beings who have emotions, it is truly the other way around. We are feeling beings who have thoughts. Gone unchecked, those thoughts can create painful problems and harmful behaviors. When we ignore these patterns, we often compensate, hustle and act in ways that are outside our value systems.

Sharing your story and experiences fosters courage, hope and self-acceptance. Nobody can or should have to go it alone.

Please feel free to contact me at (214) 390-5800 Ext. 5 or jackie@bluffviewcounseling.com to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

Culle L. Vande Garde LCSW, CSAT, CMAT, EMDR

Primary Therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of both Impaired Professionals (Physicians, Attorneys, Business Women/Men, Nurses, Pharmacists, Therapists) and Women in the areas of Childhood Trauma, PTSD, Codependence, Betrayal, Infidelity, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Alcohol/Drug Addiction, Sexual Anorexia, Sexual Addiction, Love Addiction and Love Avoidance.  I began my 25 year career working at The Meadows Treatment Center in Wickenburg, AZ learning Pia Mellody’s Model of Developmental Immaturity.  In addition, I spent part of my time at The Meadows as the Assistant Director of Sexual Disorder Services under the direction of Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D.  Thus, I am a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist and Multiple Addiction Therapist through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.  I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and a Certified Grief Recovery Therapist.

I have presented at both the Kansas Physician’s and Lawyer Advocacy Conferences, Kansas City EMDR and Chemical Dependency Council Conferences, Two Rivers Behavioral Health Preferred Provider Conference,  Faith-Based Communities and 12-Step Communities on the following topics: Codependence (Developmental Immaturity), Healthy vs. Toxic Shame, Traumatic Bonding, Creating Healthy Boundary Systems, Using a 12-Step Model to treat Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma, Couples Communication, Sexual Addiction, Co-Sexual Addiction, and the Grief Recovery Process.

During college I began my own journey of Healing and Recovery when I attended family week for a loved one.  I know first-hand the heart break, fear, loneliness, shame and pain of being in a relationship with an addicted family member.  Gratefully, I also know the healing, joy, and internal peace of facing my own “truth”, grieving my losses, setting boundaries and reclaiming myself by committing to a program of recovery!  My passion is to aid clients in reconnecting to themselves, grieving and healing their past, teach coping skills to live in the present and gain hope for creating the future of their choice.  I truly believe everyone holds their own answers inside their heart.  We all need guidance from others who have traveled this journey before us and daily connection with others on the same path.  Safety and confidentiality are of utmost importance to me in providing you the ability to reconnect with yourself and heal.  You will find my therapeutic approach to be kind, collaborative, results oriented and empowering.

Please feel free to contact me directly at (214) 390-5800 Ext. 7 or culle@bluffviewcounseling.com to schedule an appointment or if you have questions.

Cole Adams LCSW, CSAT

Owner, Bluffview Counseling Services
Not taking appointments at this time

In 2006, Cole Adams began his dream of helping others and started Bluffview Counseling. He spent a tremendous amount of time and effort dedicated to finding out as much as possible about sexual addiction, love addiction, codependency, and what it takes to have a healthy relationship. He was personally trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the foremost leader in sexual addiction treatment, and by Pia Melody, the foremost leader in love addiction and codependency treatment.

I grew up in Dallas attending Jesuit high school. After graduation, I went to the University of Arkansas where I met my future wife and graduated with a degree in finance. I came back to Dallas and worked for a fast paced Internet Company and was married shortly after. I have experienced the pressure of the high tech world, layoffs, and a stressful work environment. After five years in the Internet industry, I decided that it was time to change my life and I began my journey to my own healing, through treatment, after care, counseling, and meetings. I know what it is like to face difficult issues, seek help, and begin a lifelong journey.

In 2001, I decided to go back to school to get my masters degree in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington and start the process of becoming a psychotherapist. After graduation, I worked for five years at Turtle Creek Manor, a residential treatment center for dual diagnoses clients.

I started Bluffview Counseling in 2006 and am grateful daily to have the opportunity to work in a field that I love.   I am passionate about what I do and would appreciate the opportunity to work with you and your family.