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Kara Fresh McMeekin, MS, LMFT

Kara Fresh McMeekin, 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.

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.

Wally Hollis

Wally Hollis

LPCC

Wally is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in individual, couples, family therapy and grief, trauma, sexuality and addiction counseling.

With more than 13 years experience as a professional counselor, Wally currently serves the people in the Lexington area after recently relocating with his wife from Denver area. He is a trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), which is a specialized trauma therapy that benefits those with anxiety, depression and childhood traumas. Wally also holds specialized certifications from the Colorado School of Family Therapy in sexual addiction and intimacy issues. He holds a CFI (child -family investigator) certificate, as well as has been an approved facilitator/counselor for premarital assessments (Prepare and Enrich, SYMBIS). Among his areas of expertise are trauma recovery, sexual addiction and recovery, depression and codependency, as well as a variety of other therapeutic or relational concerns.

Additionally, Wally has served as a speaker and teacher at many large Denver area churches on topics such as men's issues, marital strengthening, boundaries, co-dependency and grief. He looks forward to doing much of the same in the Lexington area as well. Wally approaches all of his clients with a sense of empathy, warmth and understanding. He is interactive, compassionate in his approach, implementing complementary techniques and methods to create a very personalized therapeutic approach. Individuals will find therapy to be insightful and supportive.

Formerly a missionary serving with Trans World Radio worldwide, Wally has navigated the globe learning different cultures and people groups which make his counseling approach unique. Experiencing the very personal losses of both his parents at an early age, as well as his first wife, Wally brings to his therapy a kindness and empathy that supersedes mere scholastic training. His belief in marriage and experiences with single parenting, blending families and widowhood provide a unique collective of experience that can benefit clients.

Education, Licensure and Certifications

Wally received licensure from the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)(2017). Wally received licensure from the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)(2011). Wally earned the degree of Masters of Science in Community Counseling from University of Phoenix (2006). Wally also earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communications from Biola University in La Mirada, California (1979). Wally has received certification in Sex Therapy from the Colorado School of Family Therapy in Aurora, Colorado (2007) and Diplomate status (DAACS) from the American Board of Sexology (2007). Wally is trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy (2008). Wally has received certification as a Child and Family Investigator from the Colorado School of Family Therapy in Aurora, Colorado (2008). Wally is certified as a facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship inventory (2011) and the SYMBIS premarital assessment (2015).

Wally is a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association (ACA), International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC), and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Personal

Wally's enjoys travel and diving into familial ancestry and DNA endeavors. Pop culture - the good stuff from the 70s and 80s and science fiction round out his repertoire of personal interests. He is passionate about music, his family and enjoys close friends. An animal lover, Wally and his wife enjoy learning the Lexington horse country as well as being slaves to their two cats.

Amanda Speakes

Amanda Speakes

LPCC

​When people experience trauma, addiction, or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. I have found that the most fulfilling thing in my life is helping to bring healing and order back to those who are hurting. I help my clients find healthy ways to express emotions, deal with stressors, and recover from substance additions. I use an eclectic approach to counseling, knowing that people learn and grow in different ways. Some of the main modalities I use in treatment are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.

My education background includes a Master’s of Education in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College. I have a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from Kentucky Christian University.

I have been a therapist for over 5 years, working in different settings including outpatient community mental health, crisis services, and private practice. I have been independently licensed for over 2 years. I feel I have a unique perspective as a therapist when dealing with addiction and crisis. My brother suffered from addiction for 7 years and recently passed. Along with addiction, I have become more knowledgeable in the grieving process and learning to readjust to life after trauma.

Aside from work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing and coaching volleyball, reading, and being outdoors when the weather permits.

Ashley Pike

Ashley Pike

Office Manager

Ashley provides administrative support to all the therapists in the office. Ashley is a native Lexingtontonian and has worked in business administration for over 10 years. She received her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Central Kentucky Technical College.

Ashley is married and has a daughter. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, go to the movies, out to dinner, make wreaths and of course cheer on the UK Wildcats!