Huntsville, Alabama

At Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, Alabama, we know that reaching out to a counselor for mental health or relationship concerns can feel intimidating. Our caring team members will walk with you every step of the way – from your first phone call to your last appointment. Our mission is to provide you with exceptional mental healthcare that enhances your quality of life with innovation and compassion.

How We Can Help

Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, Alabama assists children, teens, adults, couples, and families with a wide range of mental health concerns. We are an AutPlay Certified Provider and an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP). We can assist you or your family with:

  • ADHD (including ADHD assessments for adults, teens, and children)
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Concerns
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Contact Info:

Garrett Counseling – Huntsville

150 West Park Loop, Suite 101

Huntsville, AL 35806

(256) 239-5662 | Phone

(256) 217-4162 | Fax


New Clients:

Existing Clients:


Why Choose Garrett Counseling – Huntsville?

Our Huntsville location is unique because we offer Art Therapy at the location. Creative expression can help clients’ heal and improve their mental well-being, and we are proud to be able to offer this form of therapy to our Huntsville clients. Our Huntsville location is a Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider and an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP). Our AutPlay certification means that we have a therapeutic approach proven to address the needs of neurodivergent children and their families. With our ADHD certification, we are able to provide quality care for those with ADHD, as well as ADHD assessments for children, teens, and adults. Play Therapy is a passion of our team, as we see the benefits it provides to children, teens, and adults. Because of that passion, all of our counselors are trained at Level II Sandtray for both children and adults. At Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, AL, our counselors will meet you where you are and walk alongside you on your journey to mental wellness and healthy relationships.

Our Huntsville counseling team specializes in several therapeutic approaches, and they will customize your treatment to meet your unique needs. Some of the counseling methods our team uses include:


Art Therapy

Art Therapy incorporates various artistic methods into the counseling session, and it is utilized for children, teens, and adults. Creative expression can improve mental wellbeing and help clients heal. Art mediums used might include collage, coloring, drawing, painting, and more.


Christian Counseling

For clients who desire a counseling experience that incorporates their Christian faith, we have counselors on our team trained to provide a clinical setting that combines spiritual and psychological principles.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common form of talk therapy. With CBT, clients will work with their counselor to uncover negative thinking and work to view circumstances in a healthier way. CBT is used to treat a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is another form of talk therapy that is based on CBT. DBT is commonly used with people who intensely experience emotions. Much like CBT, DBT can be used to treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that helps clients heal from experiencing traumatic or disturbing experiences. EMDR is most commonly used with clients experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Family Systems

Family Systems Therapy is a form of psychotherapy dedicated to helping clients with concerns that stem from family. The family will work – individually and collectively – to address concerns that impact one or all of the family unit’s members.


Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a form of therapy used to assist clients in gaining the motivation they need to change their behavior. Motivational interviewing can be beneficial for clients facing a wide range of changes including smoking, health care, and breaking free from harmful habits.


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a therapy primarily used for children with behavioral problems. With PCIT, the parent, with the guidance of the counselor, is very involved in the therapy sessions.


Play Therapy (Available for children, teens, AND adults)

Play Therapy is a form of therapy where play is the primary method of communication. At Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, AL, we believe play can benefit clients of all ages – even adults! Play therapy can be beneficial in treating behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. Play therapy incorporates toys, games, role-playing, and other elements in the sessions. Garrett Counseling is a Certified AutPlay Therapy providing making us specially trained to work with neurodivergent clients and their families.


Sandplay Therapy (All counselors at our Huntsville location are trained at Level Two Sandtray for working with adults and children)

Sandplay Therapy incorporates the use of sand and toy figures in the therapy sessions. The client will use the figures to create scenes in the sandtray, and the scenes and figures serve as a way for the client to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and understanding of their world. Sandtray can be especially beneficial for clients who have experienced trauma, as well as those with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. Much like Play Therapy, Sandtray is beneficial for clients of all ages – including adults!


Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)/Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a unique method of therapy that puts the focus on a client’s current and future moments, rather than a client’s past.


Trauma Focused Therapy

Trauma Focused Therapy focuses on the impact experiencing trauma can have a client’s overall health. This method of therapy will help provide client’s with healthier coping skills and healthier methods of processing their trauma.

Locations & Insurance

Where is Garrett Counseling – Huntsville Located?

Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, AL is located in Research Park, very close to Target. We are proud to serve communities in Cullman, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, and Marshall Counties, including:

  • Albertville
  • Arab
  • Athens
  • Bridgeport
  • Cullman
  • Decatur
  • Elkmont
  • Good Hope
  • Guntersville
  • Gurley
  • Hanceville
  • Guntersville
  • Hartselle
  • Harvest
  • Hazel Green
  • Holly Pond
  • Hustleville
  • Madison
  • Meridianville
  • New Hope
  • Owens Cross Roads
  • Scottsboro
  • Section
  • Stevenson
  • Vinemont
  • West Point

Insurance & Financial Information

We know financial concerns can be a barrier when deciding to begin your counseling journey. We accept many major insurances, and we have several options for private pay clients. We also partner with organizations to offer low or no cost services to those in need. Contact our Huntsville location for specific questions about insurance and other finance questions. Insurances accepted at Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, AL include:

  • Aetna
  • Alabama Medicaid (For 20 Years & Younger)
  • All Kids (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama)
  • Behavioral Health Systems (BHS)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL)
  • ComPsych
  • New Direction
  • Tricare
  • Uprise (ABMH)

For private pay clients, we accept American Express, Cash, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa.

Visiting Our Office in Huntsville, Alabama

When visiting us in Huntsville, please note that we utilize a “Parking Lot Waiting Room.” You will be able to check in using your phone and your counselor will meet you at the back door. Parents should accompany their children to the back door to ensure safety in the parking lot. We do not use the main lobby/front entrance to our office. You will be required to park in the back and use the back entrance.

Meet Our Huntsville, Alabama Counseling Team

Rachel Brewer, MS, ALC

Rachel Brewer, MS, ALC

Location(s): Huntsville Rachel joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2021, but she has been working in the ...
Dr. Ashley L. Garrett

Dr. Ashley L. Garrett

Dr. Ashley L. Garrett, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#2918) and a Board Certified Counselor with a ...
Kara Groicher, LPC, CMHC

Kara Groicher, LPC, CMHC

Location(s): Huntsville Kara joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2022, but she has been working in the mental ...
Arica Havis, LPC

Arica Havis, LPC

Location(s): Huntsville Havis joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2015, but she has been working in the ...
Ben Lighter, MA, ALC

Ben Lighter, MA, ALC

Location(s): Huntsville  Ben joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2021, but he has been working in the mental ...
Jessica Mentzer, ALC

Jessica Mentzer, ALC

Location(s): Huntsville  Jessica joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2020, but she has been working in the ...
Amanda Purvis

Amanda Purvis

Location(s): Huntsville  Amanda joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2022, but she has been working in the ...
Salintha Washington, M.A., ALC, NCC

Salintha Washington, M.A., ALC, NCC

Location(s): Huntsville Salintha joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2022, but she has been working in the ...

A word from our Huntsville, Alabama counseling team:

“Through human connectedness, empathetic understanding, and the use of evidence based practices, counseling can help to break cycles of poor family mental health. Breaking these cycles leads to improved mental health in society’s children and adults. There is so much to gain from beginning your counseling journey, and I encourage you to get started today!” – Rachel Brewer, ALC

“Counseling can help clients with both the difficult times in life and the times that are more calm, and every moment in between. At Garrett Counseling, our mission is to provide you the assistance you need for whatever phase of life you currently find yourself. When you begin your counseling journey with us, you will find a compassionate counselor who will work to provide you with the tools you need to feel well!” – Ben Lighter, ALC

“Throughout life there will be triumphs and trials. Your courage to seek counseling would be a powerful experience that can affect your personal life, relationships of all kinds, your spirituality and career. At Garrett Counseling, our goal is to help support you and help you thrive through life effectively in a world where difficult adjustments are consistently being present in the lives of many individuals.” – Arica Havis, LPC

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