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.
*Garrett is also licensed as an LPC in the State of South Carolina (#6972).
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.
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.
Glenda is a native of Weaver bringing over 33 years of experience in the Healthcare business with experience in management, customer service, communication, organizational skills, and insurance billing. Glenda enjoys drawing, reading, working in her flower garden, and the outdoors.
David L. Higgins is a Licensed Professional Counselor (# 4039) with a background in at-risk youth, trauma, and couples therapy. He is passionate about these populations and is a strong advocate for those who feel they have no voice.
He has worked in the field of counseling for over nine years on levels of rehabilitation, mental health, trauma, couples, and at-risk youth. His professional experiences have given him insight into the struggles faced by individuals dealing with these issues.
David believes in using a holistic approach that is tailored to the client. This is achieved by utilizing different theories, techniques, and interactions that speak directly to the client in order to bring about the change and achieve the goals of the client. He promotes self-awareness, congruence to core values, and setting realistic goals as foundational in the counseling relationship.
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.
Often individuals are interested in making changes in their lives but are unsure where to begin. The desire for change is healthy but can be overwhelming, sometimes leading to feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. My role is to listen to your feelings, concerns, and stressors so that we may build a strong therapeutic relationship. Not only will I listen, but I will actively collaborate with you to help you to determine the changes that will lead to your obtaining life goals and happiness.
Carol Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#4187). She has a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in Family Services from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Carol has worked in multiple settings, including residential treatment facilities, partial and intensive outpatient programs for adults, as well as individual therapy settings. Carol has extensive experience working with individuals with disordered eating and anxiety/depression. She also enjoys working with couples. Carol is a Registered Integrative Sand Therapist and a member of the American Counseling Association. She is also a member of The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Christina is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C3508A) under the supervision of Lynne Kilgore (#2005). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Alabama and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville State University. She is a member of both the Alabama Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association. Christina enjoys working with children and adolescents and seeks to provide a safe, nurturing environment to promote change and growth.
Everyone needs someone to talk with that will accept us, without judgment. 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 Independent Clinical Social Worker. 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.
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.
Daphne Ragland is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background in Social Work and post degrees of Masters in Counseling and Educational Specialist. These concentrations have intensified her skills relating to critical thinking, advocacy, research, empathy, and additional positive elements as a reflection of her studies.
She has worked in the field of counseling for over ten years on levels of inpatient, residential, and outpatient care involving children, adolescents, and adults.
Daphne desires to focus on clients’ strengths in relation to client centered therapy strategies; utilizing multiple theories and interventions. She promotes the motto “Mind over Matter” (emphasized by Sir Charles Lyell) which stresses the optimistic insight of mental capabilities being the conductor of a client achieving realistic goals and reaching their maximum potential.
Counseling is my passion and calling. I feel motivated to provide services to all populations in order for each person to have the therapeutic support that is needed. I desire to provide a safe space and to be authentic with clients in order for them to feel more comfortable in being open regarding concerns they may face. Then together, we can develop a treatment plan that will continuously be adapting to the needs of clients.
Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama (4184) and is currently licensed in Virginia (#0701007966). She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor. She obtained her Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Auburn University, and she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Minor in Childhood Development. Katie has 7 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked with a multitude of populations including adults, adolescents, children, and families. Much of this experience was focused on severe mental health diagnoses, trauma-related issues, and behavioral disorders.
I am a registered play therapist and work with children, adults, and families to build skills, communication and work to overcome anxiety, depression, stress, life transition, personal growth, and trauma. I am a culturally competent, sex-positive therapist. The therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in beneficial therapy and I value the trust of my clients. I find therapy most helpful when the therapist holds a place of safety for each client while encouraging the client to understand what they want to achieve during therapy and how best to achieve this goal.
I use Sex Therapy for the following reasons: pelvic pain, painful intercourse, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, difficulty achieving orgasm, intimacy concerns, shame, non-traditional relationships/families, LGBTQQIA areas of concern, BDSM/KINK and poly/open relationships.
I am a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Trans* friendly counselor that will not judge an individual for their sexual preference, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, or appearance.
Leah Simmons is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#3334) and a Registered Play Therapist who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tarleton State University. She earned her Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Leah is a member of the American Counseling Association and Association for Play Therapy
I believe that counseling is a process in which the counselor and client have to work together to build trust and growth. It gives the client a safe environment in which to explore their issues and learn to better cope with them. My goal as a counselor is to help people establish change that they seek within themselves.
Bill is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#2879) in the state of Alabama and Georgia (#006569). He is also a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Georgia. He earned his Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama and Master’s degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University. He has 15 years of experience in the mental health field. He has worked with a variety of demographics, including the geriatric population. He has a strong background in mental health counseling, including crisis and substance abuse counseling. Additionally, Bill has experience in counseling clients that have dual diagnoses.
Life can be hard but you do not have to do it alone. As a professional counselor, it is my goal to provide a warm, genuine and encouraging atmosphere – a space where my clients can recognize their strengths, qualities, and weaknesses without fear.
Megan Campbell is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#3120) with a strong background in working with children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked in a variety of settings which include outpatient treatment, residential and acute care, school-based counseling and intensive in-home therapy. She graduated with a degree in Community Agency Counseling from the University of Montevallo and is a member of the Alabama Counseling Association and a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Savannah is an Associate Licensed Counselor (C3374A) originally from Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from Jacksonville State University with a degree in Psychology and completed her graduate degree in counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Savannah has a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Play Therapy. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Savannah has extensive training in trauma-informed play therapy, mindfulness, and group therapy. She is also Level 1 Gottman Certified in couples counseling.
She currently lives in Boaz with her husband, John. They have a cat named Butter and a dog named Neevie. She loves being outdoors, cooking, music, and coffee.
Savannah is under the supervision of Doug Cooke, LPC-S, LMFT-S (#922).
Lynne had the pleasure of growing up in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. She graduated from Hokes Bluff High School in 1982 and began human service work in 1986 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Montevallo. Lynne received a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Montevallo in 1994 while she worked in the fields of human services/counseling. She became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2001 and is a board-certified supervisor for those wishing to become licensed counselors. Lynne focuses on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy so that people can change a negative pattern of thought that prevents joy. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is also utilized in therapy. Organizations of interest include Alabama Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, Chi Sigma Iota, and Omicron Delta Kappa. Services include individual counseling for adults, children, and adolescents. Family counseling (including marital) is also included in her services. Common issues of Lynne’s services and expertise include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, sleep, spiritual and behavioral, etc. With a strong background in working with foster care and adoption issues, Lynne brings years of experience to Garrett Counseling.
She enjoys camping on a regular basis, as well as other outdoor activities. Lynne enjoys animals, and love the therapeutic impact of animals. Animal sketching and music are also included in her interests.
Jessica is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C3488A) under the supervision of Mindi Amberson (#0988). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University with a minor in Communications and a focus on public relations. Jessica obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville State University. She is currently a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Psi Chi, and the American Counseling Association and is certified in Mental Health First-Aid. Though Jessica has an interest in working with all age groups, currently, she is focusing on children and teenagers while working toward her certification in Play Therapy. She enjoys reading and writing in her spare time.
Kristin is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C3465A) through the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. Kristin earned her Master’s degree in Mental and Clinical Health Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Kristin also earned her undergraduate degree from JSU.
Her background in caring for those in need began by providing oversight with parental supervision in a social work setting. She has experience in both adult and child outpatient counseling, day treatment programs, and school-based counseling.
Kristin is working towards obtaining her LPC and becoming a certified Play Therapist; she is currently under supervision with Mindi Amberson (#0988). Her hobbies include amateur photography, traveling, and being an all-around animal lover.
Sam is a native to the Calhoun County area. She has seven years of customer service experience and three years in management. Sam is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English at Jacksonville State University. Her goal is to eventually obtain her Master’s degree to become a counselor as well.
Sam enjoys anything art related from painting to writing poetry and blogging. Caring for others has always been a passion of hers as she’s worked in many healthcare-related facilities as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician. She’s also a member and advocate for the LGBT community as she plans to join Full Spectrum at JSU this fall.
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Counseling is my passion, and I have a special interest in working with children. Outside of counseling, I enjoy photography, helping others, traveling, learning new things, spending quality time with my family, and playing with my fur baby, Swagger.
Francia is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C3493) under the supervision of Mindi Amberson (#3305). She received both her Master’s and Educational Specialist degrees from Jacksonville State University and is currently a member of the Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama Education Association, and National Education Association. Francia is working towards becoming an LPC and a certified play therapist.
Denise McInnis is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C3166A) under the supervision of Rosa Statom (#0533). She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mobile and her Master’s in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Denise is also working to complete her license to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Denise has past experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with severe mental health issues in outpatient settings, group therapy in residential treatment facilities, at-risk youth through intensive in-home programs, and working with children and families who have been impacted by displacement.
As a counselor, Denise does not look at this as a job but rather as a calling to help others who are going through difficult times in life, dealing with family issues, or just experiencing symptoms from an array of challenges (such as anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, parenting, etc.). She desires to establish a strong therapeutic relationship through trust and authenticity while not passing judgement. Denise seeks to establish a healthy and inviting atmosphere for the client to feel warm and safe.
Victoria is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio (C.1902337). Victoria earned both her Master’s degree in counseling and Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Alabama State University. Victoria is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Ohio University in counselor education and supervision. Victoria has served as an executive board member for Chi Sigma Iota Alpha Chapter, an international and professional academic honor society for counseling students, counselor educators, and professional counselors. Victoria is also a member of the American Counseling Association and Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in counseling.
From her professional journey, Victoria’s approach to counseling has been ingrained from the perspectives of humanistic and postmodern approaches. Within utilizing these approaches, she views counseling as a process that aids others explore, as well as, cope with issues causing distress. Outside of counseling, she has an extroverted personality. Victoria enjoys spending time with her cat, family, friends, sporting events, traveling, arts, and exploring new things. On the contrary, she finds spending time alone reading books or hiking very therapeutic.
Ashley is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#3523) under the supervision of Carol White (#1312). Ashley is originally from Western North Carolina, and moved to Alabama to attend The University of Alabama. In 2016, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama. Ashley obtained her Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in August 2019. Ashley is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the American Counseling Association and the Alabama Counseling Association. Ashley has prior experience working with justice involved adolescents and their families. She is working towards her Licensed Professional Counselor license. In her free time, Ashley enjoys being outdoors, watching the Atlanta Braves play, and spending time with her cats, Echo and Vinnie. She is also active in the community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and a member of the Junior League of Birmingham.
Brenda Naftel graduated from Auburn University – Montgomery in 2008 and has been licensed since 2010. Her strengths include working with survivors and perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Brenda also has experience in working with those who have a dual diagnosis. She has accompanied those facing the end of life with dignity, empathy, and respect. Along life’s journey there are times everyone can use a shoulder to lean on and a listening ear. Brenda would like to be that shoulder and ear for you. She uses a combination of cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior theory to encourage and motivate.
Brenda is the mother of two adult children and grandmother of one wonderful little girl. Her interests include watching college football and routing for her alma mater, the Auburn Tigers. She has also been an avid pro football fan of Washington since the 80’s. Reading and catching up with friends are her hobbies.
Suzy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#1881) with over 25 years experience in the field. She has worked in a variety of settings with all ages, from children to seniors. She enjoys the challenges of working with a diverse population with a wide range of presenting problems. Suzy has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from Troy University and a Master’s degree in Community/Agency Counseling from Auburn University.
She uses a variety of techniques, usually based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, Suzy is flexible and hopes to meet clients in their own space. She strives to be culturally sensitive and accepting to all. Her hope is to provide a safe and warm counseling experience.
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Bachelors of Science in Social Work. Jessica has experience in a multitude of settings including intensive residential treatment for adolescents and adults, substance abuse, the criminal justice system, and health and wellness. Jessica is oriented in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, multisystemic therapy, and play therapy. Jessica is working on expanding her experience and loves working with individuals of all ages and populations. Jessica is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Jessica enjoys the outdoors, sports, and a good Netflix series.