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Address: 8140 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 450, Dallas, TX 75231
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Darrin Pfannenstiel

J.D., Master’s Level Student Intern Supervised by Mary Sanger, LPC Supervisor, LMFT Supervisor, LCDC

Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Codependency, Depression, Family Conflict, Infidelity, LGBTQ+ Issues, Midlife Crisis Therapy, Men's Issues


Every client has unique needs. Some clients struggle with anxiety or depression. Some want to be happier with who they are to move confidently in the world. Some have lost a loved one, pet, or relationship and need to grieve or process what happened. Simply put, we seek counseling for various reasons because we wisely realize that we need a helping hand from a trained professional. If you are struggling with any of these or other personal issues, my goal is to help guide you and to have understanding about perspective and your experience with compassion and sensitivity.

My theoretical orientation depends on my client. For couples and families, my approach is based on Bowen Family Systems Theory. For individuals, my approach blends Gestalt and Narrative Therapy. Regardless of the approach used, the focus of each is on interacting with individuals in therapy as “whole persons” by helping them to develop present moment awareness of, and direct contact with, their environment and other parts of who they are. As a result, my clients are able to reintegrate often cutoff parts of themselves to create an increasing sense of wholeness resulting in a natural flow of being.

Specific areas of focus:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Life Transitions (Especially Career)
  • Men’s Issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution

After 20+ years practicing corporate law in Texas, I returned to school to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a therapist. I will obtain my Master’s degree in Counseling and Development from Lamar University in Spring/Summer of 2022. Born and raised in Kansas, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Communications (Advertising and Public Relations) from Wichita State University in 1994, and my law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1997.

That same year, I moved to Austin, Texas, to begin my legal career working at the Texas Civil Rights Project where I represented clients in a variety of federal and state civil rights matters. Eight years into my career, a Dallas-based start-up company hired me as their General Counsel where I formed their legal department and spent the remainder of my career before leaving to pursue counseling. Most recently, I received training in both Basic and Family Mediation from the Texas Mediators Roundtable because I believe in the power of conflict resolution to handle disputes as opposed to adversarial litigation.

I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Texas Counseling Association, and the Texas Bar Association where I am still licensed.

When I am not in the office, I am pursuing learning German and playing classical piano, and I enjoy sports and travel. I have also practiced meditation since I was 25 years old and have experience with both mindfulness and meditation from a Buddhist perspective, having formerly been a meditation teacher when I lived in Austin.


My rate is $85 for a 50-minute session. Click here to request an appointment.

A quote that resonates with me:

The world we have created is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -- Albert Einstein