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Kara Fresh McDonald, MS, LMFT

Kara Fresh McDonald, MS, LMFT

Owner/Lead Therapist

Kara holds a license as a Marriage & Family Therapist (License 0814). She received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and her M.S. in Family Studies from University of Kentucky.

Kara has experience working with individuals of all ages, as well as with couples and families. Kara is committed to helping each client work towards the goals and individual hopes they identify as important to their life and relationships. Each clients is treated with respect and warmth.

Kara believes that the foundation of successful treatment is the therapeutic relationship and values working with clients to solve their personal and relational problems.

Lynette Slusher, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Lynette Slusher, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Lynette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License 1423) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Ky - ADCLAD00223841). She received her B.S. in Psychology from Morehead State University and her Master of Social Worker from University of Kentucky. Lynette is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Lynette has experience working with adolescents and adults providing individual, couples, and family therapy focusing on both addiction and mental health issues.

Lynette is a firm believer in a person's ability to change and believes that through the therapeutic experience an individual can re-shape his or her life and achieve desired goals. Lynette has a strong belief in self-determination and personal responsibility in the therapeutic process. "You only get out of it what you

Heather Larrabee, MS, LPCC

Heather Larrabee, MS, LPCC

Heather is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (License 0614). She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgetown College, and a Masters of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Heather has many years of experience in the mental health field, and specializes in counseling adults who are suffering from mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, or other debilitating mental health conditions; and additionally enjoys working with individuals who need support and guidance with relationship problems, vocational stressors, or acute crisis situations.

Heather believes strongly in the power of human resilience, and takes great joy in helping her clients regain a sense of control and peace in their lives.

Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed

MA, MFTA

Jeff is a Marriage & Family Therapy Associate (License 00211139). Originally from Texas, Jeff has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a certified PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator and Gottman 7 Principles Educator, and has completed levels I and II of the research-based Gottman Family Counseling Method.

Jeff has worked with individuals, couples, and families with a variety of presenting concerns and in diverse settings- from college campuses to jails. He recognizes that clients come from a wide range of cultural, social, psychological, and spiritual histories and believes that this necessitates a therapeutic approach that is flexible and able to be molded to fit each unique client's need, yet founded upon evidenced-based theory. Knowing how essential the alliance between therapist and client is, it is of the utmost importance to Jeff that clients feel welcome in his office as they are, and experience the passion and dedication he has for working with them to move towards a life that is healthier and more satisfying.

Julie Lauderback MSSW, LCSW

Julie Lauderback MSSW, LCSW

Julie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (KY license 3344) and has been licensed to practice since 2009, when she started private practice. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 1998, starting out during her college years in a behavioral health hospital with dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse) treatment. She has 12 years’ post graduate experience in counseling and therapy. Her work experience includes adults, adolescent and couples counseling. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2000 and her Master of Science in Social Work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville in 2004.

Julie’s specialty is working with adults/adolescents/couples who are effected by mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, grief/loss, communication issues, impulsive behaviors, personality disorders and chronic medical issues. Julie’s approaches to the therapeutic process include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT skills coaching, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing. Julie’s approach to couples counseling is to improve communication, re-establish trust, and fair arguing techniques.

Julie understands grief, life transitions, life changes from personal experience as well as in practice. Julie helps her clients rediscover hope by walking with them through challenging times. Julie provides a safe, confidential and welcoming space for expression emotions, reflection, discovery of new coping skills and inner strength. Julie believes in a person's ability to change and believes that through the therapeutic relationship a person can re-shape their life, make positive changes and reach their full potential. Julie hopes to bring a sense of peace, understanding and encouragement to those she serves.