Jillissa Cooper, M.A., LPC

I love getting to know each person’s story. It’s a joy to walk with others and help them in self-discovery and overcome issues of the heart and personal life struggles. My clients can expect a sincere care for them as a person, respect of where they are and their values, an empathetic and loving response to their struggles and pain, no judgment, and honest, direct feedback. My goal is to create an environment of safety and vulnerability – to understand each person, help them grow, and empower them to change according to the goals we develop together.

About Jillissa Cooper, M.A., LPC

Jillissa Cherepon completed her undergraduate degree with a concentration in Biblical Studies and Psychology at Dallas Baptist University and earned her Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jillissa also attended the Focus on the Family Institute, where she completed further studies in marriage and family. She has been a counselor with HopeWorks for nearly ten years. 

Jillissa is currently the lead therapist and serves on the management team. She has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the counseling center. Jillissa also leads and conducts a monthly Continuing Education group at The Hope Center with other lead therapists in the DFW area. Counseling has been Jillissa’s passion for years, and she has a strong desire to provide hope, healing, clarity, and joy to individuals. Her philosophy of counseling involves the integration of Christianity and psychology, and her counseling methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, integration, Family Systems Theory, and psychoeducation. Jillissa also provides premarital counseling for couples of all ages who are considering marriage, and is a trained facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, an inventory for couples to discover compatibility in areas such as personality, communication, conflict resolution, family backgrounds, finances, and spirituality. 

In addition to private practice work, Jillissa provided counsel at Texas Healthcare Neck & Back Clinic for nine years, where she conducted mental health assessments and counseling for those struggling with Adjustment Disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to injury. 

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jillissa now lives in Carrolton. She is a covenant member of Northway Church, where she leads and serves in several capacities. Her hobbies include: music, time with friends and family, singing, travel, photography, decorating, and cooking.