COUNSELING TEAM

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.

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. 

 

I have worked in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, as well as in foster care and adoption. My heart is for hurting people and families. I believe that through my experiences in the military and work in the mental health field, I am in a unique position and have a calling to care for the needs of people. I am part of a non-profit organization that serves veterans. For more information about the non-profit, click here.

Grace Henderson, LPC

I was born and raised in Longview. I have a B.A. in Sociology from Texas A&M and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University. I have previously worked in non-profit settings, partial hospitalization settings, and community clinic settings with children, adolescents, veterans, and their families. 

I have received training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and person centered therapy. As a counselor, I want to help my clients identify their goals and work together to find ways to utilize their strengths in order to achieve them. I believe when people feel safe and comfortable enough in the counseling environment to be vulnerable and identify their struggles, that is when change and healing can begin.

Brittney Teafatiller, LPC Associate (under Supervision of Deena Shelton, Ph.D., LPC-S)

I have lived in Longview since 2013. I earned my Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from LeTourneau University in 2018.  I have been married to my wonderful husband for three years and we have a fun little toddler. We love spending time making meaningful memories together as a family. I enjoy learning, restoring, and creating.

 

My goal as a counselor is to engage the potential in people and help individuals, couples, and families cultivate purpose and put hopes into action.  I also love to look through the lens of the family system and help clients to see this perspective. My hope is that clients will become empowered and gain a fresh sense of self-identity, worth, and purpose.

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. 

Cara Whedbee, Ph.D., LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Christian Counseling. I specialize in working with children, and I love to use play to assist in therapy with clients. I have been a LMFT for over 15 years, and have worked with children in many different settings, including private practice, school districts, and psychiatric hospitals. I have also been published in several journals.

 

I am married with three children. I look forward to working with our clients here at Kranz Psychological Services to help them heal and adjust in their lives.

Candy Scott, LPC-S, LSSP

have lived in East Texas all my life. My husband and I have four children- three boys and one girl ranging in ages from 6 to 23. In my free time, I love to go camping, read non-fiction, watch reality TV shows, and travel. Also, my family and I are actively involved in our church.

I have over 15 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience in completing psychological evaluations, including autism evaluations. I also enjoy providing counseling. I have worked both in the school setting and clinical setting. My heart and true calling is to help those with mental health concerns and those that have special needs.

Locke Curfman, LPC

I have lived in East Texas since 1996. After a 10 year hiatus from the human services field 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. My passion is working with adults 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 29 years and have six children ranging in age from 23 to 7 years old.  Three are biological and three are adopted from the foster care system, 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.  As the husband of a case manager for a post-adoptive services organization, I am reminded daily of the special needs that both adopted children and their adoptive and biological parents have. My wife and I are actively involved in a local church and with various community services.

 

Megan Korthals, LPC

I am originally from Austin,TX and moved to Longview after marrying my husband in 2011. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Samford University and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from LeTourneau University. I am a trauma informed therapist, trained in EMDR therapy and am also a TBRI® Practitioner. I have a broad practice and work with individuals, couples, and families. I work with children and adolescents (12+) in the context of family therapy.

 

It is my honor, as a counselor, to walk alongside my client’s for a chapter in their life journey. A large, growing, body of research is demonstrating that human experiences all throughout our life will shape the development of our brain, mind, and body. I believe that current and past experiences such as chronic stress and depression, frequent life transitions, emotional neglect, and more will have a significant impact on physical, emotional, and relational health. Therefore, I base my assessment, diagnosis, and interventions on that information. I believe that true hope and healing is possible through connection, healthy relationships, and experiential knowledge. Because I believe that therapy should be creative and client-centered, I frequently utilize alternative, evidence-based, interventions that target not just the “thinking” centers of the brain, but also the “emotional” centers of the brain for a holistic treatment approach.

 

MarKay Hickerson, LMSW

I am originally from Idaho, but recently moved to East Texas after living in New Mexico the past 24 years. I have been married for 29 years and have two grown daughters. I am a Licensed Master’s Social Worker in the state of Texas. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. I am a trauma-informed therapist, trained in EMDR Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy. I work with individuals ages 12+. As a former middle school teacher, I especially enjoy adolescents. I believe that clients are best guided towards healing through an empathic, nonjudgmental relationship with their therapist. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and severe mental illness.  

 

Kelsie Goller, LPC

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, and I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  I have completed many play therapy trainings to assist in my work with children, with the goal of completing the requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist by Fall 2020.

I received my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013, and I provided counseling for clients in both Indiana and Florida before moving to Texas in 2015.  I have been married to my amazing husband since 2012, and we have two adorable little boys.  In my free time, I love to travel, read, try new restaurants, and spend time with friends.  

Corry Hawkins, LMSW

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas. I earned a master's degree in Social Work at the University of Akron and a BA in Anthropology at Miami University of Ohio. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter. I have completed basic training in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, as well as training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and play therapy techniques. I am also a TBRI® Practitioner and have experience developing and running TBRI® summer camps.  

I am a trauma-informed therapist who works with children (4+), adolescents, and adults. My work with children often involves parent training and partnering with schools and other institutions in order to ensure continued growth and success. My greatest joy is coming alongside individuals and families who have experienced hardship and helping them advocate for themselves and find the healing I believe is possible for everyone. My hope for my clients is that they will feel empowered to face the past, present, and future with confidence. 

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.

Ashlyn Mayhall, LPC Associate (under Supervision of Jeffrey Quiett, Ph.D., LPC-S)

I received both a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from LeTourneau University. I am also working toward my Ph. D in Psychology with a specialization in Gender Diversity from Northcentral University. I am a single mother to one daughter, who makes life more interesting every day. 

 

I am a trauma-informed therapist trained in EMDR and work with children (4+) adolescents, adults, and families. 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." 

Corey Gibson, LPC

I was born and raised in Colorado and moved to East Texas in 2006 after graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Western Colorado University (formerly Western State College). I then obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling with a Marriage and Family emphasis from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010. I have been married to my husband for 13 years and have two wonderful children. 

 

I have previously worked in an intensive outpatient program as well as a provider in a private practice. I am a trauma-informed therapist and work primarily with adults. My goal as a counselor is to help my clients realize their full potential and experience true healing and empowerment.

Justin Robinson, LPC

I am a Southern California native. After serving in a number of prison and sports ministries while working on my bachelor's degree, I felt called to pursue a career in counseling. I enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth where I received a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family counseling. 

 

I specialize in working with adolescents, parents, and families in crisis and have extensive experience working with individuals and couples struggling with depression, anger, anxiety, marital conflict, substance abuse, attachment issues, and provides parenting skills. I provide counseling for individuals, families, couples, and groups. I utilize a holistic approach in counseling that will focus on all aspects of the person’s life – which includes mental, social, physical and spiritual struggles.  My counseling style is very relational, non-judgmental, practical and goal-oriented. I use cognitive behavioral therapy to work alongside clients to help them make connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I also use dialectical, relational, and solution focused therapy.

I have been happily married to my wife since October 2010 and was blessed with a beautiful daughter in 2018.

Lauren Bradley, LPC

I’ve spent most of my life here in Longview. I earned my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler, and have worked in residential/inpatient settings as well as private practice settings since graduating in 2012. I enjoy working with family systems and couples, and also specialize in perinatal counseling, including grief/loss, and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

 

As a counselor I desire to come alongside my clients and empower them to work toward a life that demonstrates their purpose and personal strengths as they discover them. I have an enormous heart for those who are hurting and struggling, even with what seems like minor daily living in our culture and society. My goal as a counselor is to meet people where they are in order to build a strong therapeutic relationship that will allow for the most progress toward their personal hopes and goals for our time together.

 

I’ve been married to my husband for 10 years and we have 4 small children. My hobbies include learning as much as I can about natural health options and training for/competing in triathlons.

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