As the owner and 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) and a Board Certified Counselor with a strong background in working with clients who have a limited support system and have experienced trauma. 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 providing supervision and consultation to mental health providers, parenting support through online groups, and consultation with city and state agencies. 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 National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, and the Association for Play Therapy.
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 serves as Clinical Director of Garrett Counseling and 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, and the Alabama Counseling Association.
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 Assistant Clinical Director at Garrett Counseling and is a License Professional Counselor (#3305) and Board Certified Counselor. 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 Children’s Policy Council, serves on the Leadership Council for Alabama Counseling Association – Chapter V, ALSCA Advocacy Coordinator, serves on the JSU Counselor Education Advisory Council and is a member of NBCC. Mindi is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and provides career counseling.
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 couples, child welfare youth, LGBTQ youth, and clients who have been sexually abused. She also has experience providing Christian counseling services.
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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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.
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.
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 Licensed Professional Counselor and is a Board Certified Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville State University, along with her Educational Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Alabama. 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).
There may come a time, through all walks of life, that a gentle, caring, hand is needed. To make that walk of life journey more enjoyable, comfortable and manageable is what I strive to do. It is my counseling mantra. My hope is to help you in your life’s journey.
Sandra Owens is a Licensed Independent Certified Social Worker. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa. She has a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University with a major in Psychology. She received honors in Psychology award upon graduation. Sandra has worked in the field of counseling since 1985 and her experience has encompassed adults, children, families and couples counseling.
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)
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.
Counseling is a very personal relationship in which we allow others to see our vulnerability. I aim to meet my clients in those vulnerable places and offer them hope. I want each of my clients to understand that, although their journey may be difficult, they do not have to endure it alone. As a counselor, I want to empower others to fulfill their potential and become who they are meant to be.
Meghan is an Associate Licensed Counselor under the supervision of Natalie Shipman, LPCS. Meghan earned her Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota-Counseling Professional and Academic Honor Society International and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology.
Everyone needs someone to talk with that will accept us, without judgement. I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental 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.
The counseling relationship is of the utmost importance. My goal is to establish a relationship built on trust and understanding. It is my experience that real, lasting change can occur when these conditions are present. Having a relationship where we don’t feel judged is essential in supporting each individual, couple, and family to find their own answers to whatever situation they are facing.
Andy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #2004). He received his Master’s and Specialist’s degrees in Counselor Education from The University of Alabama. Andy has a background in working with adults, children, and adolescents who are dealing with a variety of issues.
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.
Holly is a native of Jacksonville and earned a degree in Business Management from Jacksonville State University. She brings 16 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.
We are hiring for several contract and salary-based mental health professional positions. MS, ALC, LPC, MSW, LGSW, LCSW, PIP or Clinical Psychologist license 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. Provide resume and a letter of interest (include contracted insurance panels and overview of experience) to firstname.lastname@example.org.