Jacksonville Office

Ashley L. Garrett,

Ashley L. Garrett, LPC, ED.S., MS, RPT-S, NCC

A note from Ashley: As the Director of Garrett Counseling, my goal is to provide support for our counselors, helping them meet the needs of our community. My approach to supervision is the same as therapy: compassion, accessibility, and accountability. The therapeutic environment should be one where people can explore feelings, behaviors, and attitudes freely. I care about the details. I care about your counselor. I care about your child. I care about you.

Caroline Allen-Ross,

Caroline Allen-Ross, LPC, MS, NCC

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Caroline: When people come in for therapy, whether it is brief or long-term they should expect ethical and professional service where they can set goals for themselves. I assist people in developing coping skills to reach those personal goals in a timely manner.

Mindi Amberson,

Mindi Amberson, LPC, ED.S., MS, BSW

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Mindi: Everyone has a choice. We choose to accept things, and we are also able to choose not to accept things. Within that power to choose, lies our power to change. Our past has shaped us, but we are only able to control our present by the choices we make and by the behaviors we choose to show. Everyone has individual strengths. Therapy should be focused on those strengths and on the client’s current needs.

Holly Hunter,

Holly Hunter, BS, Administrative Support Liaison

Jacksonville Branch

Holly is a native of Jacksonville and earned a degree in Business Management from Jacksonville State University. She brings 14 years of management and customer service experience to our team at Garrett Counseling. Her organization and administrative skills help keep our office running smoothly and our team in sync. Holly is Mental Health First Aid certified. 

Dorothy McDermott,

Dorothy McDermott, LPC, MS

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Dorothy: People need to know that when they speak they have been heard. I hope to be that listening ear and person providing gentle nudges in the right direction toward lasting positive change.

Kristen O'Dell,

Kristen O'Dell, LPC, MS

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Kristen: I believe that counseling is a process that should allow individuals the opportunity to explore their emotions in a safe space. I feel strongly that the counselor’s role in therapy is to facilitate the process of change by offering support for change to occur. I am interested in therapy that focuses on the individual, and I use eclectic techniques to support my clients. I have received training in play therapy techniques, family counseling, and trauma informed interventions. I work to help my client’s find an approach that fits their individual needs based on where they are in the present moment. It is my hope to met individuals, wherever they may be on their journey, in achieving goals to a happier life. Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Valerie A. Townsend Richardson,

Valerie A. Townsend Richardson, ALC, MS

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Valerie: Counseling is a helping profession and characteristics such as empathy and compassion are a “must.” Counseling sometimes requires the giving of one’s self in order to achieve success in others. I am deeply committed and dedicated to the profession of counseling.

Amanda Hood,

Amanda Hood, LPC, MS

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Amanda: Individualized therapy creates results. I use a wide range of therapy techniques and theories, and have experience in helping with crisis management, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

Yessi White,

Yessi White, BS, Administrative Support Liaison

Jacksonville Branch

Yessi is a native of California and has lived in the Jacksonville area since 2004. She earned a degree in Marketing from Jacksonville State University. She brings over 10 years of management, marketing and human resource expertise to our team. She has an extensive knowledge of the non-profit service industry and corporate environment. Yessi is a native Spanish speaker.

Dr. Lori Holth,

Dr. Lori Holth, PSY. D.

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Lori: I approach every individual with an attitude of helping and learning.  I prefer to be in the moment with each client and structure goals and therapeutic interventions to meet his or her unique needs. I take an integrative approach to therapy and pull from multiple therapeutic modalities, specifically, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral.

Julie Lowman,

Julie Lowman, MSW

Jacksonville Branch

A note from Julie:  My dedication to my clients and my profession is of first and
foremost importance to me. I  treat each client with dignity and respect while using a relational approach to my therapy interactions.

Join Our Team

Join Our Team

We are hiring for several contract and salary-based mental health professional positions. MS, ALC, LPC, MSW, LGSW, LCSW, PIP or Clinical Psychologist licensure is required. Preference will be given to applicants with one or more years of experience and to providers with Blue Cross of Alabama and/or New Directions. Please provide an up to date resume and a letter of interest (include contracted insurance panels and overview of experience). Please email resume to