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Meet Us

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.

Trisha Jarnagin, LMFT, NCC, MS, MAEd

Trisha Jarnagin, LMFT, NCC, MS, MAEd

Owner/Lead Therapist/Admin Assistant
Danville

What would your life be like if you woke up tomorrow and everything was just how you wanted it to be? What would be different? Therapy can help you identify and reach those goals. Whether your focus is individual, with your partner, or with a family member - the process can be beneficial and effective. My job is to help guide you through the choices, decisions, and communication patterns that are stopping you from making those improvements or changes. Therapy does not have to be intimidating or anxiety provoking. It can instead be an interactive, thought-provoking, learning experience.

I work with a variety of clients: individuals, couples, and families. I believe that you are the expert in your own life. I am an Air Force veteran, and my husband is a Marine Corps veteran. I am honored, and trained, to work with military members, veterans, and their families.

If it is not convenient for you to come in for appointments, due to location or appointment times - you can work with me in an online platform through. I am happy to walk you through that process.

Nancy L. Bevins, M.Ed, NCC, LPCC-S, LPC.

Nancy L. Bevins, M.Ed, NCC, LPCC-S, LPC.

Telehealth

It has been my experience as a licensed counselor that clients know themselves better than anyone. I see therapy as a joint venture where our knowledge and skills are combined to create resolutions and new pathways. A good therapeutic relationship includes trust, authenticity, freedom to express oneself and positive outcomes.

I specialize in treating adults who struggle with mood issues such as anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. My approaches include Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based on theories and methods of change.

I completed my B.A. at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. My Master's degree was also obtained through Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. I am currently enrolled at Capella University where I am finishing my Doctorate in Psychology.

I enjoy helping others and making a difference!

Angel Conley, LPCC

Angel Conley, LPCC

Each of us holds the unique power to live the life we have imagined. Challenging or traumatic life experiences often overshadow our authentic selves. We may feel stuck, lack motivation, or procrastinate. Irrational and self defeating thoughts segway to fear, anxiety, depression, excessive worry, and can even manifest in physical symptoms. When we live in this cycle too long it becomes our normal. We may recycle past trauma into present relationships and find harmful ways to cope; such as people pleasing, codependency and other addictive behaviors; not limited to substance abuse.

It is possible to change. It is never too late to step onto the path you have envisioned. You can learn to control your thoughts. You can heal from past trauma. You can develop intrinsic motivation to take action and meet your goals.

I offer an eclectic approach to therapy. I utilize various evidence based practices to best suit the needs of each individual. Wherever you are on your journey I would be honored to guide and support you toward personal empowerment. Your authentic self is waiting for you!

Billie Barger, LPCC-S

Billie Barger, LPCC-S

Danville

Billie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (174900). She has over 19 years experience working in the mental health industry, both in substance abuse and behavioral health. Billie is a skilled clinician who utilizes Person-Centered Therapy/Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness-Based therapeutic approaches to meet client needs.

I believe that we are all individuals with unique issues and therapy should be as unique and individualized as we are. I have a passion for helping those who struggle with substance abuse, trauma, self-image/self-esteem, anxiety and relational issues. I feel with encouragement and support, we can process and develop the skills needed to face those issues and move forward.

I believe in autonomy and authenticity. In session, I am transparent and down-to-Earth and I maintain a Humanistic approach during the therapeutic process to assist those I work with to feel as comfortable as possible. Let's face it, talking to a complete stranger about our lives isn't easy, so my belief is to ensure my clients feel completely supported and heard.

Heide Forrister, MA, LPCA

Heide Forrister, MA, LPCA

Heide Forrister, MA, received her Master's of Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Heide has specialized training in trauma therapy, play therapy, and interventions for all ages.

Heide previously worked with children and adolescents in a community health setting. She utilized play therapy and expressive arts as a way of providing clients with a safe place to process through emotions and experiences. As well as counseling children, Heide has offered therapy to adults working through a variety of issues such as relationship difficulties, trauma, and emotional instability. Heide is passionate about providing exemplary mental health care services for any individual seeking treatment.

Shelby Hill, MA, LPCA

Shelby Hill, MA, LPCA

Shelby Hill, MA, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Kentucky, graduating in May 2017. She then went onto receive her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in December 2020.

Shelby has experience working with a variety of clients. She has previously worked with children and adolescents in a residential psychiatric facility with severe trauma related issues and mood disorders. During her graduate degree, she worked in a private practice that specializes in adults with substance abuse disorders and matters of domestic violence. Shelby has also seen adult clients for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, and other mood issues. She is also a LGBTQ+ informed/friendly counselor and would love to serve a previously underserved community!

Throughout her previous experiences, she has found her approaches to therapy to be: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She believes the counselor and client relationship is a collaboration where the client's experiences and feelings are combined with the counselor's tools and knowledge to help facilitate movement forward, while considering the client's past. Shelby insists on the therapeutic relationship being one of openness, respect, compassion, empathy, trust, and the freedom for the client to be their true selves.

Shelby is passionate about helping people, will provide excellent client care, and will always do her best to be the greatest ally to every single one of her clients.

Jacqueline Russell, MA, LPCA, MBTI, MMTIC

Jacqueline Russell, MA, LPCA, MBTI, MMTIC

Life is mysterious and hard all at the same time. Relationships with others can sometimes create confusion within oneself. The relationship with yourself is the one you have been in the longest and that is the one that should receive the most care. Things happen in life and our experiences help shape how we proceed ahead. Counseling is an amazing opportunity to reassess yourself and continue back on the path of life confidently and with inner peace. Each person has the capacity to be the expert on themselves; however, sometimes an extra set of eyes is needed to make sure the system is running smoothly. I take great joy in the ability to help you discover what works best for you in a world of mixed messages. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Associate (LPCA) and a certified personality provider. I utilize my knowledge of the human nature of personality and patterns to unlock what helps energize your life and what is potentially draining. Identity is a focal point of my work and through building a professional healing relationship, together we will identify the areas of growth, strengthening, and redemption.

I am a divorced mother with two amazing children. I grew up in Connecticut and I am Italian-American. I have lived in Kentucky for over 13 years and consider here my home. I graduated with Bachelors from UK and my graduate degree from University of the Cumberlands. I will work with individuals of all ages, couples, and even families. Relationship patterns are a specialty area of mine and through that lens, positive relational changes can occur. I conduct sessions both at the office and on a secure online platform. Evening and weekend appointments are available. I am looking forward to meeting with you.

Sipera L. Simons, M.A., L.P.C.A

Sipera L. Simons, M.A., L.P.C.A

One of my favorite quotes is from Daisaku Ikeda, "When we change, the world changes. The key to all changes is in our inner transformation-a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realize this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation."

With a humanistic/person-centered approach, I strive to understand intersecting identities and how they relate to individuals, couples, and families and their view of the world. I have worked with various clients and specialize in an empathetic, compassionate, judgment-free environment that includes work in addictions, depression/anxiety, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, grief/loss, co-dependency, and parenting concerns. I also work with individuals in marginalized/multicultural communities dealing with varying identity concerns. I am open and willing to use various evidence-based practices to meet the needs of the clients. I can meet in person, and online whichever is more convenient for you.

I currently hold an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.B.A., with a concentration in Leadership from Sullivan University. For the past 15 years, I have worked in higher education, assisting and preparing students for a successful future. In the last three years I spent working at The Ridge Behavioral Health as a student intern, co-facilitating an intensive outpatient therapy group specializing in substance use disorders with clients from all over the nation. My passion is working with clients to assist and prepare them for a successful future. In addition, I enjoy listening to music, reading, writing and spending time with her family.

Kimberly Fields, M.Ed., LPCA

Kimberly Fields, M.Ed., LPCA

Welcome! I am Kimberly Fields, M.Ed., LPCA. Many people see therapy as a one-sided conversation, with little opportunity for interaction or getting to experience each other as real people. I can promise you that I am as real as it gets! I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for while enjoying the process as much as possible and experiencing yourself in new ways. Simply put, I don't believe therapy has to always be a painful thing. Calling a therapist can be intimidating, but I hope you will take a moment (and maybe a deep breath) to call and see how I can help.

Life is too short to surrender to bad relationships, hold grudges, let trauma control us, be anxious, angry, or depressed all the time. I want you to have the freedom of emotional pain, and the ability to deal with life on life's terms. It is important to me to help you and watch you rejoice when you find meaning and a purpose in work, family, friendships, spirituality, and all other life areas.

During my 20+ years in the mental health field. I have gained extensive experience working with clients who have experienced significant physical, verbal, emotional trauma, and abuse. I also have had the pleasure of supporting clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship/ family issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual and developmental disorders, as well as, post-traumatic stress disorder, among other issues. I want to help clients to process their past, then work to set and achieve goals for the future they envision. I am also a LGBTQ+ informed/friendly counselor and would love to serve a previously underserved community! I enjoy helping my clients find freedom in the life they love.

Savannah Martha, MA, LPCA

Savannah Martha, MA, LPCA

Savannah Martha received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2018. She then graduated with her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 2020.

Savannah has experience working with a wide array of concerns, including substance use, trauma, life-transitions, depression, anxiety, and other mood-related disorders. Savannah receives fulfillment out of helping clients become the best version of themselves and reach their fullest potential in life. Savannah emphasizes motivational techniques, the importance of creating balance (psychological, physical, spiritual, and social), and setting small goals that are realistic and attainable to help clients achieve their long-term goals in life!

Savannah's main goal is to create a comfortable, laid-back environment so clients can remain confident in fully expressing their emotions and reach the point of vulnerability. Savannah is flexible with her therapeutic approach and will incorporate unique techniques that are best suited to meet your needs. She looks forward to working with you!

Angelina Wedding, LPCA

Angelina Wedding, LPCA

I love my work and enjoy offering my clients a safe and supportive environment for them to grow and explore themselves. My style is both conversational and relational. I offer an authentic presence within a collaborative, lively relationship in which self-discovery can be non-threatening and perhaps, even fun. I am committed to sharing everything I know which I believe will help heal the difficulties in one's life. I am inspired each day by the courage clients have each moment they show up for therapy. I became a therapist because, to me, the value in life comes when you return to your value within.

I have a wide range of experiences and feel confident working with clients experiencing issues in the following areas: addiction, depression, relationship issues, child & adolescent issues, sexuality, bereavement, anxiety, and codependency.

I am honored and humbled to be able to say that I love going to work each day and I appreciate the true honor it is to share so deeply with the clients who choose to see me. "Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will dictate our lives." -Carl Jung

Lauren Connors, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Lauren Connors, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Our lives, relationships, and responsibilities can, at times, be like a puzzle. Therapy is a partnership where we will work together to unscramble the pieces and put them back together in a way that is manageable. I am dedicated to working with individuals and families to identify goals and manage stressors that lead to an overall improvement in quality of life. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is built on honesty, respect, and creating an environment where clients feel safe to express themselves.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and I am currently pursuing my Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University. I have worked in the field of mental health for over ten years in various settings including psychiatric hospitals, public schools, residential treatment facilities, and outpatient community based programs. I have experience working with individuals of all ages, and their families, who live with symptoms of various mental health disorders including trauma and stressor related disorders, developmental delays, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In my personal life I am a single mother of three. I'd love the opportunity to work with you and help make your life the best place to live. I offer both in office and telehealth services, via a secure electronic platform.

Debra Dietz

Debra Dietz

My name is Debra Dietz. I've worked in private home health care for 9 years, and I've met so many amazing people along the way that have inspired me to be the person I am today. I support the LGBTQA+ community, and I believe that mental health is a significant part of health care. I am here to help you on your journey to find you the right person for you.

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