Who We Are

Compass Counseling

Life contains a variety of challenges that can hinder you from experiencing the abundant life of Christ. Some of these challenges may feel like a mountain— impossible to climb; too difficult to navigate on your own. That is why Compass Counseling exists to help people where they are. 

The vision started in 2005 when a passion to help people was birthed in our founder, Jeff Black. The journey since then has been an adventure that finally landed him in Southlake, Texas, close to his childhood hometown of Keller. Along the way, God placed a desire in Jeff’s heart to walk closely with men, ministers, marriages and addicts in an effort to help them find true freedom from lies, faulty beliefs and strongholds that keep them from experiencing all that God has for them. 

The goal: create a safe place where people can be real with a counselor that tries to be real with them. The hope? This atmosphere of authenticity will help guide people back to their true identity in Christ. 

Everyone has a mountain. Let us help you with yours. 

You have circled this Mountain long enough, turn north!   Deut 2:3

Meet the Team

Our Counselors

Jeff Black

Founder & Counselor

Jeff Black is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

While Jeff specializes in marriage and family counseling, he also has experience working with both substance and sexual addiction, grief, teen issues, marital infidelity, forgiveness, trust, anxiety, boundaries, parenting, and spiritual issues. Jeff also offers Marital, Premarital, and Pre-engagement counseling that will help couples of all ages better prepare for or enrich their journey in marriage. Jeff is an ordained minister and his 13 years of ministry experience enables him to relate with and help ministers from all denominational backgrounds.

In addition to his experience and training in Professional Counseling, Jeff is also a Certified Professional Life Coach. His training through the Institute for Professional Excellence In Coaching (iPEC) allows Jeff to guide individuals in ways that will help them achieve measurable success in areas of life that are holding them back from becoming who they really want to be. His desire is to work with moms, dads, parents, pastors, couples, students, and athletes of all ages in helping them become something or someone they never dreamed they could be.

Jeff and his wife, Ali, attend Gateway Church, where he has participated and been trained in Freedom Ministry. They have been married since 2007, and love raising their two sons and one daughter together. 

Desiree' Miller

Counselor Intern
Desiree Miller received her Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University in 2010. She received her License as a Professional Counselor Intern in 2011 and is currently supervised by fellow counselor, Sarah Bentz, LPC-S. With an undergraduate in Biblical Studies and background in vocational ministry, Desiree’ started a counseling program at her church, taught numerous classes on marriage and various other topics, and worked for ten years with at risk youth. In addition, during her internship, she worked for several organizations as a crisis counselor and lead group therapy for both adults and adolescents on topics including depression and trauma.

Desiree’s specialties include adolescent and adult trauma or sexual abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, parenting, PTSD/trauma, self-esteem, spirituality, as well as premarital and marital counseling to help couples have the best marriage possible. Using a variety of techniques, Desiree‘ focuses on the client’s current concerns and past experiences to guide clients to healing. She leads clients into recognizing areas of negative thinking and behavior that hinder their lives and relationships.

Della Vaughan

Della Vaughan is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Masters in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2013.

Della approaches the counseling relationship with unconditional acceptance, empathy, compassion, and mutual collaboration. Her desire is to help clients understand God’s faithful love for his children, even when we are unfaithful, and to assure her clients they are not alone. She seeks to help each client experience hope through growth, healing, restoration, and purposeful living. A lifelong learner, Della believes a sense of curiosity and openness provides a safe space for clients to share their stories, including past hurts, as well as fears regarding the future.

Della is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and specializes in trauma related issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, and PTSD. She also specializes in grief counseling, including traumatic grief, both in individual and group settings. Other areas of competence include anxiety, depression, codependency, boundaries, and relationship issues. Della provides counseling to individuals from adolescents to adults, and also provides couples’ counseling.

When she is not counseling, Della enjoys getting together with friends for conversation, laughter, and good strong coffee. Her interests include reading, writing, traveling, hiking, and caring for animals. A former educator, Della has transitioned her love of teaching into writing and public speaking.

Della and her husband, John, have been married since 1991, and are members of Gateway Church in Southlake. Along with their daughter and son-in-law, the family is actively involved in orphan outreach in Africa.

Della holds memberships with the American Counseling Association, Christian Association of Psychological Studies, and Christian Counselors of Texas. She is a certified Prepare Enrich facilitator and seminar director, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, an ambassador and sponsor with Family Legacy Missions International, and provides advisory support to Silas Project. 

Marlene Diaz

Practicum Student
Marlene Diaz is a graduate student at the King’s University where she will receive her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) in May of 2019.  Marlene also holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University and with over a decade of experience in a corporate setting, she understands the challenges of balancing a healthy family and career.

As a MFT practicum student, under the supervision of Jeff Black, Marlene offers counseling, education, and tools for couples and families by connecting clinical and spiritual principles.  She is passionate about helping families navigate through the crisis of infidelity, loss, and other traumatic events.  Marlene brings meaningful insight and compassion to betrayed spouses in crisis and has seen firsthand how hope and healing are possible for anyone willing to work through the pain.

She loves traveling and spending time with her husband of 23 years and their three wonderful adult/kids, Andrew, Christian, and Emily.

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