The Charis Behavioral Health Team

Your Allies in Healing

Over the course of their individual careers, each member of the Charis team has spent years serving children and families. This team believes they were serendipitously brought together because of their passion for healing and helping children across Dallas-Fort Worth. They are master’s level clinicians, executives, and people who care deeply about children. They are proud of the work they do and the work family they have become.

Barry Levinson - CEO - Charis Behavioral Health

Barry Levinson

CEO, Co-Founder

Barry has been very happily married to his wife, Katrina, for 33 years. They have 3 children, one Baylor Bear and 2 Aggies (but, sadly, no Longhorns!).

Charis Behavioral Health wasn’t something Barry ever planned on, but felt called to do. At this time in Barry’s life, he felt strongly about continuing to help children and specifically those impacted by mental health struggles. Barry was introduced to Angel and Kyle by his sister Cherilyn, and they all have been like family ever since. Barry plans to have a profound and measurable impact on the mental health and well being of our youth.

If you come by and meet Barry, expect to hear a dad joke or a proverb that is just right for the day or situation. Charis is thrilled to be under his leadership and proud to carry out his vision.

Kyle Pillans - Director of Business Development - Charis Behavioral Health

Kyle Pillans

VP, Co-Founder

Kyle is a Texas native and the mother of 2 precious girls. She was raised and lives in the community that CBH will serve. Kyle describes herself as a professional helper…

and her 15 years in the behavioral health services community supports this title. 

Kyle graduated from the University of North Texas in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Studies. 

Kyle has worked in the admissions department, co-facilitated group therapy, and assisted with operations at an addiction treatment center for adults.

Over the next 12 years, Kyle continued to work in the addiction field as a Children’s Counselor with Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program where she worked with children impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Her work at Betty Ford not only included working with children and families, but also with school districts, behavioral health and addiction professionals, and government agencies to provide training, education and increased awareness regarding the impact of addiction on children, families, and communities. 

Kyle had the privilege of meeting Angel Logan and started a Partial Hospitalization Program with her. Together they shaped programming and established the company’s mission, vision, and guiding principles. Kyle believes that it takes a village and loves being part of the mental health community.  She feels it is more important now than ever to support one another as we all work together to serve our next generation. #kidsfirst

Dr. Costello - Medical Director - Charis Behavioral Health

Louis E. Costello, M.D.

Medical Director

Louis E. Costello, M.D. is board certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry and has been in practice in the DFW, North Texas area since 1996.

He has been practicing in his current location in Highland Village, Texas since 2012.   Dr. Costello trained at University of Texas Southwestern in Psychiatry, and he is a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.  He is recognized for his continued dedication to excellence in clinical care and makes every effort to use the most up-to-date psychiatric assessment, medication management and treatment strategies which are conservative, compassionate, and research-based.

Dr. Costello’s mission to provide the highest quality medical care to his patients, he endeavors to create a professional and calming environment resulting in the most comprehensive and individualized psychiatric care. Dr. Costello’s goal is for each patient to become as reasonably joyful and functional as their individual strengths will allow them to be.

Cherilyn Schutz - Clinical Team - Charis Behavioral Health

Cherilyn Schutze, LPC

Clinical Team

Cherilyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master of Education in Counseling at the University of North Texas.

Cherilyn has worked in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. She has a passion for helping teens, adults, and families develop new ways of managing day to day life and mental health concerns, as well as increasing communication within families. She specializes in working with teens struggling with a variety of issues from everyday life stressors and transitions, to depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, and suicidal ideation.

She utilizes several modalities in her treatment approach, incorporating CBT, DBT, sand tray therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy. She works collaboratively with patients, working together as a team with the goal of helping patients to gain new ways of coping and thinking.

Kelsi Blout - Lead Therapist - Charis Behavioral Health

Kelsi Blout, LMSW

Lead Therapist

Kelsi is a Licensed Master Social Worker and the lead program therapist at Charis Behavioral Health. She received a Bachelor of Social Work at Texas Tech University and a Master of…

Social Work at Texas Christian University.

Kelsi is currently undergoing clinical supervision to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has extensive experience working with youth ages 7-18 and their families. Kelsi is devoted to working with kids and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, school related issues, and dysregulated behaviors.

Kelsi specializes in using a variety of treatment approaches including Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. Kelsi is passionate about youth thriving and families flourishing. With her systems-based approach Kelsi believes that hope heals, and family plays a significant part in the healing process.

Jana MacKay, PsyD


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