COUNSELING TEAM

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Deborah Williams, LPC, RPT

I have lived in East Texas most of my life. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin.  I received my M.A. in counseling in 1998. I provide counseling services. I have been licensed as an LPC  since 2000.  I have enjoyed working with a variety of ages of clients since I began counseling. I have had experience in working with children in play therapy as well as counseling with adults.

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Joanna Goodwin, LPC, LSSP

I am a combat veteran who retired as a Captain from the Air National Guard after 25 years of service. I have a M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in School Psychology and a B.S. in Psychology. I am both a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

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Russell Montgomery, LPC-S

I have a B.A. in Psychology from East Texas Baptist University and a M.A. in Religious Education and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I began my counseling career at Tarrant County MHMR and moved back home to Longview to work with Community HealthCore where I served in multiple roles (Caseworker, Program Manager, Therapist, and Director of Crisis Services).

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  and LPC Supervisor. I have worked with individuals, married or engaged couples, and families dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, marriage conflict, grief/loss, suicidal thoughts, communication, parenting skills, addiction, personal growth, and more. I have been married to my wife Keri for 23 years, and we have three daughters. I am active in my church and teach a small group. I enjoy reading books on history and theology. I also enjoys all things sports - especially baseball. 

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Locke Curfman, LPC

I have lived in East Texas since 1996. After a 10 year hiatus to work as a pharmaceutical sales representative, I determined it was time to return to counseling, my first love.  I completed my internship at the Bradshaw State Jail in correctional counseling and worked for three years on staff before moving into private practice. I believe that clients can best be guided on their healing journey by truly listening without judgment and by offering direction informed by research, clinical practice, and the client’s needs and motivation to heal.  I provide individual counseling for adults, especially those that have been victims of trauma (e.g., abuse and neglect). My specialty therapy is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I am a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, EMDR International, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

My wife, Kara, and I have been married for over 30 years and have six children (3 biological and 3 adopted from foster care, but ALL of them are "our children"). Having fostered and adopted children of various ages and races, we are very involved in the realities of being a trans-racial family.  My wife is a case manager for a post-adoptive services organization, so I am reminded daily of the special needs that both adopted children and their adoptive and biological parents have. My family is actively involved in a local church and with various community services.

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Kelsie Goller, LPC-S, RPT
 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who loves to work with kids (ages 3+), teens, college students, and adults to reach their goals for their emotional, behavioral, and mental health.  I specialize in working with both kids and adults who have experienced trauma.  I am an EMDR Certified Therapist and a LPC Supervisor, and I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  As a Registered Play Therapist, I have also completed many play therapy trainings to assist in my work with children.

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Cortney Barton, LPC 

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from LeTourneau University.

I am a trauma informed therapist that is trained in EMDR therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I enjoy working with children 12+, individuals, couples, and families. My goal is to help clients and their families understand what influences their mental health challenges and help them work to overcome them. I have experience assisting clients to address depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual issues, divorce, and other mental health problems.

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Ashlyn Mayhall Hays, LPC

I received both a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from LeTourneau University. I am a trauma-informed therapist trained in EMDR and work with children (4+) adolescents, adults, and families. I am trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy and am working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. It is one of my greatest joys to join my clients in their journey of healing, walking with them through brokenness and collaborating to garner the best outcomes.

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Alyssa Cummings, LPC Associate (supervised by Terri Howe, Ph.D., LPC-S)

I attended East Texas Baptist University where I got my B.A. in Child Development and earned my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a counselor, I desire to create an inviting environment where individuals feel safe, calm, and confident that we will work together through life’s challenges. I believe that healing comes through discovering one’s unique abilities to work through mental and emotional turmoil while gaining insight and coping skills.

 

I have experience working with teens, college students, and adults with issues such as anxiety, depression, self- esteem, grief, emotion regulation, life transitions, self- awareness, and other life experiences. In my free time I enjoy playing with my dog, spending time with my friends and family, traveling, and being outdoors

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Kacy Combest, LPC Associate (supervised by Keely Burks, LPC-S)

I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and my Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from UT Tyler. I am a trauma-informed therapist who works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. I have worked with clients struggling with family issues, self-esteem and self-image issues, depression, anxiety, expressing emotions, overall stress, and time management. I believe that it is important to connect our mind and body as it is an essential part to fully understanding and healing our wounds. Coming from a holistic approach, I use techniques from Internal Family Systems, Emotion Focused Therapy, as well as trust based relational intervention techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. I strive for a safe and comfortable environment where my clients are able to express themselves without holding back. My goal as a counselor is for each client to feel heard and empowered to embrace their journey and for us to work together to put those broken and lost pieces back together again. When not counseling, I love acting, traveling, reading, playing sports, the outdoors in general, and entertaining my three cats.

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Hannah Callis, LPC Associate (supervised by Candy Walters, LPC-S)

I am originally from Sachse, TX. I have lived in East Texas since 2016. I have a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at Tyler. Professionally, I have worked in childcare and in a non-profit residential facility for struggling teens. I specialize in working with adolescents, parents, families in crisis, and groups. I have experience providing parenting skills and working with individuals struggling with depression, anger, anxiety, attachment issues, and trauma. My approach in counseling is to educate, empower, and motivate individuals through identifying and navigating stressors by setting realistic goals, cognitive challenging, and reframing perspectives all while in a safe environment. 

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Tony Goss, LPC Associate (supervised by Darrell Smith, LPC-S) 

I received my Master of Art in Counseling from East Texas Baptist University. Also, I have been a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant since 2000, with experience working with pediatrics and adults.

As a counselor, I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, issues with boundaries, self-esteem, and self-awareness.

I have been a life-long resident of East Texas. I enjoy spending time with my wife, 2 daughters and 4 grandkids, as well as our rescue dogs.

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Sara Smith, LPC Associate (supervised by Claire Mulford, LPC-S) 

I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and from
the University of Texas at Tyler with a Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling. I have
several years of experience in the mental health field working with children, adolescents, and
adults with a wide range of diagnoses including autism, intellectual and developmental
disabilities, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. My aim is to provide a safe,
supportive, and non-judgmental space that allows clients to explore and process past
experiences and current circumstances that are keeping them from living aligned with their truth
and values. The foundation of my evolving therapeutic approach is person-centered, meaning I
follow the lead of the client and highlight their own insights in a way that leads to learning and
meaning-making.


In my free time, I enjoy finding treasures at Goodwill, spending time outside, visiting family,
taking care of way too many cats, and watching movies.