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.
Ashley L. Garrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#2918) with a strong background in working with resistant clients. She is a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor. She earned her Education Specialist in Community Agency Counseling and a Master’s degree in Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Samford University. Ashley has special interest and experience in counseling children and adolescents, parents, and families in areas relating to behavior modification, social and coping skills, relationship issues, and trauma. Ashley has experience leading seminars and groups for churches, universities, business, public schools and other interested groups. Ashley is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Association for Play Therapy.
I am passionate about working with individuals from all walks of life and helping them along their journey with compassion and acceptance. I take an integrative approach to therapy that focuses on identifying strengths and empowering individuals to solve their own problems. My primary areas of clinical interest include trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and personality disorders.
Andrea Gregg is an Associate Licensed Counselor (C2541A) and National Certified Counselor under the supervision of Carrie Halladay (#2392). Andrea earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. She has received specialized training in trauma treatments such as EMDR and Trauma-Focused CBT, and is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Alabama Counseling Association.
Every person is different, and counseling should be tailored to the client’s needs and goals. My approach to counseling is individualized and focuses on the client’s strengths. I believe in a hands-on, client-centered approach utilizing CBT to assist clients in developing new coping skills and to promote growth.
Jessica Isbell is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C2805A) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) under the supervision of Ashley L. Garrett, (#8056). Jessica earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville State University, where she is currently pursuing her Educational Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Tyler. Jessica is a member of the American Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Association for Play Therapy, Alabama Association for Play Therapy, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, and a NBCC Foundation Rural Scholar. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).
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.
Caroline Allen-Ross is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#2057) with a strong background in working with children, youth, and families in crisis. She earned her Master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Jacksonville State University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology also from Jacksonville State University. Caroline has a great deal of experience working with child welfare youth, LGBTQ youth, and clients who have been sexually abused. She also has experience providing Christian counseling services.
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.
Mindi is a License Professional Counselor (#3305). She has earned her Bachelor’s of social work, Master’s degree in community agency counseling, and Education Specialist in Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Mindi is a member of SAPAC, a community based coalition that focuses on grassroots efforts to reduce substance abuse. She is also a member of NEA and ALCA, Chapter V.
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.
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.
Dorothy McDermott is a Licensed Professional Counselor (C2019A). She has a Masters of Science in Counselor Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University. She has worked professionally with at-risk children, adolescents and their families since 2007 and most recently as a substance abuse counselor for adolescents.
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.
Kristen O’Dell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an individual contract laborer for Garrett Counseling and Consulting. She earned her Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University in 2014. Kristen has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama. Kristen is a member of the American Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota- Counseling Professional and Academic Honor Society International.
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During difficult times people often need help finding a way to get life back on track. I use concepts of Adlerian Psychology to encourage people to deal with unresolved issues then cognitive behavioral theories to build new, more successful paths to a better future.
Ginger L. Caudell is an Licensed Professional Counselor (#3029). Her strength lies in the areas of helping clients with relationship difficulties and the emotional strains caused by grief, fears, anxiety, stress, and depression. She earned her Master’s degree in Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University and her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia. Ginger’s counseling background lies in leading group therapies in outpatient services in a hospital setting. Ginger is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.
Recognizing the connection between our thoughts and our emotions can help us better understand our actions and ways to simplify unhealthy actions that can keep us from thriving. Better behavioral management skills can increase the amount of successful adults in the future.
Arica Havis is an Associate License Counselor (#C256A). She is a Master’s level counselor who is currently working towards licensure. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama A & M. Arica is a member of American Counseling Association and Psi Chi Organization. Arica is under the superivsion of Laura Browder (#2428)
In life, circumstances happen that can aggravate balance and cause chaos. Counseling can help bring back balance and stability. As a therapist, I believe in taking a hands on approach, working together with individuals, to identify problem areas and focus on solutions, utilizing coping mechanism to help solve problems.
Samantha is a License Professional Counselor (#3440). She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama, Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling and Education Specialist Degree in Counseling from Jacksonville State University. She has a background in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, counseling incarcerated individuals and juvenile delinquents, the geriatric population, and at-risk adolescents. She has experience in Individual, group, and crisis counseling.
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.
Dr. Lori Holth is a therapist and an individual contract laborer for Garrett Counseling. Lori earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. She earned her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and children with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders in both inpatient and outpatient, as well as residential settings. Lori is a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA).
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Everyone needs someone to talk with that will accept us, without judgement. I aim to provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where individuals can feel free to discuss their problem areas and collaborate to develop solutions.
Rachel is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (#3750G). She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Alabama A&M University. She has a background in substance abuse counseling with adults and juvenile delinquents. She has experience in individual, group, family, and crisis counseling.
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.
Julie is a contract counselor with Garrett Counseling. Julie’s background includes working with persons of all ages with physical, mental or intellectual disabilities. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama in 2011 with the intention of becoming a counselor/mental health therapist.
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.
Valerie is an enthusiastic and compassionate Counselor under the supervision of Ashley L. Garrett, (#8056). Valerie earned her doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. She has a Master’s degree in Counselor Education; concentration in Community Agency Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Sociology, from Jacksonville State University. Valerie is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International, National Education Association, and the Alabama Education Association. Valerie serves as an On-Site Evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, (SACSCOC), and she is a Recover Wholeness Coach through Word Alive International Outreach. Valerie is active on several local community boards and is the CEO/Founder of BLU SKYS, LLC, Professional Development Consulting Services.
I enjoy working with children and families and feel strongly that when caregivers get involved with therapy, it promotes change beyond the therapy room. Focusing on the strengths of the individual and providing individualized care, you can reach your goals.
Tina Delfrate earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from The New York Institute of Technology. Tina is a member of the American Counseling Association.
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.
Amanda Hood is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#3478). She received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of North Georgia. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Psychology from the University of North Georgia.
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.
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 email@example.com.