Who we are
About Divine Counseling
Welcome to Divine counseling & psychological services! The business was originally founded as Divine Counseling services and began in May 2012. I started in a small office in Stephenville, Texas and eventually moved to a larger office. I started working in Waco, Texas in June of 2020.
As my clients built up, I added various interns, associates, and psychologists. Sherry McNary is a licensed professional associate, and her focus is on trauma and children. Divine counseling & psychological services is a collaboration with Dr Peter Ajayi. Dr. Ajayi joined in May 2022. His specialty is psychological evaluations and individual therapy. His office is in Arlington, Texas. He also works in Waco upon request.
Affordable, quality Counseling
My goals for Divine counseling & psychological services are to provide the Waco and Arlington communities affordable opportunities to receive counseling with great quality. There are many services that are offered. They include individual, psychological evaluations, marriage, and family therapies. We will assess your needs and fit you with the right type of therapy needed for your situation. Trauma depression, anxiety, hypnosis, marriage and family therapies are what we can offer.
Owner and CEO
Hi, I am Dr. Melissa L. Schniers and would like to share my education and experience. I graduated from Dublin High School in 1992 and following high school, I joined the US Navy from 1994-1997. My college journey started at Chaminade University while I was enlisted in the Navy, and after an honorable discharge attended Tarleton State University with my Bachelor of Science in psychology and my Masters of Science in counseling psychology. I did two practicums working at Erath Excels Academy Charter School and Pecan Valley Centers for Behavioral & Developmental Healthcare. At the practicum site, I continued as an adult case manager, youth case manager, cognitive based therapist, and area manager for 8 years. My journey continued as a therapist and supervisor with my business, Divine Counseling Services 10 years working with veterans, individuals, marriage and families. I attended college again in 2016 to purse my Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University. There was an opportunity to move to Waco in 2021 where I worked at TJJD for 1 year and continued to work part-time at my office in Waco.
Get your life back
My mission statement is “Get Your Life Back.” This statement came after a difficult time in 2012. Not only do I want my clients to get their life back, but I also wanted to get my own life back. There are difficult situations and events in life that are very challenging. I want to help equip people with the power and the courage to take back what is theirs.
The search for a therapist who “gets you” can be exhausting. How do you pick from an endless list of contenders? The goal is to find someone who is authentic and can offer you a safe space to process and grow. The good news is you have taken the first step to find a counselor who can join you on your journey to self-discovery and higher functioning. This is not an easy step and I applaud you.
As a foster/adoptive mom, I have been on the same journey you are on now. I know from experience therapy can be hard and life changing. With the right counselor, you can begin to recognize obstacles in your path and how to minimize those obstacles.
My therapeutic style is respectful, non-judgmental, and empathetic. I create an environment where you can speak without restriction. An environment where you are heard and acknowledged. I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist specializing in trauma and depression. I utilize a variety of techniques to assist you in healing and reaching your mental health goals. You deserve a therapist who is open minded and passionate about the work they do. I am that therapist.
I look forward to meeting you and supporting you in your healing journey.
Peter O. Ajayi, Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Ajayi had his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management before he changed his career to the Psychology profession. He has a B.Sc. in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Maryland, M.A. Clinical Psychology from the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky and also Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology also from the University of Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky. Dr. Ajayi currently does his post-doctoral internship with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) at the McLennan II facility in Mart, Texas.
In his few but rich years of clinical experience, Dr Ajayi is versed in both individual and group therapies in treating attention problems, disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, interventions on issues related to adolescent’s abuse, neglect and trauma. His experience of treatment of adolescents in particular, LGBTQ population and adults in general is outstanding. He relies heavily on evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy and the Assessment of Risk for Violence in Juveniles.
Dr. Ajayi is a member of International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He is passionate about supporting clients in furthering their well-being and living a life more fully aligned with their values.