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.
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.
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.
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 number 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 the American Counseling Association and Psi Chi Organization. Arica is under the supervision of Natalie Bowling, LPCS.
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.
Mr. Holley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with twelve years of clinical experience working with adolescents and adults in both outpatient and inpatient facilities. His clinical experience includes treating depression, anxiety, anger issues, substance abuse, self-harming behaviors, grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from military, first responder and police experiences as well as from childhood abuse.
Mr. Holley is committed to providing quality mental health services,
tailored to the individual client, to aid the client in regaining a sense of mastery and control in their life. He holds a masters of Arts degree in Community Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
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.
As a foundation of my clinical work, I believe we are relational beings. Emotional pain is often the result of a fracture in a relationship; whether that is with another person, a higher power, your view of the world as a safe place, or relationship to self. The therapeutic alliance can be the first step toward restoration. As a practitioner, I aim to respect each client’s process of healing and growth by creating a supportive and safe atmosphere. Together, we will explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, experiences, and strengths to develop a plan to help you reach your counseling goals.
Becky is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#3967) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (#00166822). She earned her BA in Rehabilitation Psychology and MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Maryville University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Becky is a TF-CBT trained and EMDR trained therapist. She has treated adults and children experiencing trauma (domestic violence, sexual assault), life transitions, anxiety, mild/moderate depression, and relationship issues. Becky is a member of the American Counseling Association and the EMDR International Association.
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.
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 Licensed Professional Counselor (#3305) and Board Certified Counselor currently serving as Wellborn Elementary School 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. As a Registered Play Therapist, Mindi has extensive experience in helping families move forward and heal. She helps our team at Garrett Counseling with community outreach!
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, addiction, 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 a passion. Francia is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C3493) under the supervision of Mindi Amberson (#3305). She has an Educational Specialist’s degree from Jacksonville State University. She also has a Master’s degree from Jacksonville State University. She is currently a member of the Alabama Counseling Association, Alabama Education Association as well as the National Education Association. Francia has an interest in working with children and is working to obtain her LPC. She is also working towards becoming a certified play therapist. Francia enjoys photography, helping others, traveling, learning new things,
spending quality time with her family, and playing with her fur baby, Swagger.