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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.

Trisha Jarnagin, LMFT, NCC, MS, MAEd

Trisha Jarnagin, LMFT, NCC, MS, MAEd

Owner/Lead Therapist

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.

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!

Heide Forrister, MA

Heide Forrister, MA

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.

Wilma Stith, MSW, LCSW

Wilma Stith, MSW, LCSW

Are you anxious and not really sure why? Do you struggle with feeling sad and depressed? Irritable? Was there something that you went through and you just can't seem to get past it? Mental health is just as important as our physical health and when we ignore these signs eventually the band aid just won't help.

I have been in the helping field for more than 15 years, providing therapeutic services for more than 7. I specialize in working with trauma, depression, anxiety and conduct disorders. I have completed specialized trainings to provide some of the very best treatment in the field including EMDR, CBT and TF-CBT.

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.

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!

Melissa Lecik, MA, LPCA, NCC

Melissa Lecik, MA, LPCA, NCC

I love helping people reclaim their life back! Life can be tough but so are you. I have been working in mental health for seven years. I have worked in crisis units, community mental health, medicated assisted treatment, substance use disorders and with children and adults in the medical setting for crisis. I believe with the right support anyone can have the life that they choose.

I have assisted people with anxiety disorders, depression, grief, trauma, mood disorders, life transitions, stress management, substance use and self esteem issues. My treatment approach utilizes a combination of Adlerian, cognitive behavioral, person-centered, strength based, and reality orientations. People have what they need to heal but sometimes a little help in finding those tools is necessary to get started. A little courage to reach out to ask for help doesn't hurt either! Therapy can help everyone.

My education includes a bachelor in healthcare leadership with a specialization in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University. I pursued my masters from Lindsey Wilson College with a master in education and a specialization in mental health. I am currently licensed as an LPC in West Virginia and provisionally licensed LPCA in Kentucky. I would love to help you in therapy find your way! We can do this together.