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.

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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. 

 

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.

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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.

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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 and an infant. 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.

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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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Candy Scott, LPC-S, LSSP, Counseling Internship Supervisor

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.

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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.

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Kelsie Goller, LPC, 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, as well as 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.

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.  

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Corry Hawkins, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical 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 (6+), 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. 

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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, 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." 

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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.

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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.

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Lauren Bradley, LPC (currently on leave)

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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Josue (Josh) Arcibar, LPC Associate (under Supervision of LeAnn Solmonson, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC)

I’ve worked in outpatient services at my local mental health authority and private practice. In my experience, I believe that we are all capable of extraordinary things. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors in  in Psychology. I am a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha Counseling Honor Society, which was a result of my scholarly excellence in the CACREP accredited counseling program at SFASU. I understand that seeking therapy for the first time can feel intimidating and that is why my goal as a counselor is to provide a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment where individuals feel heard and valued. I would describe my therapy style as encouraging and genuine. Therapy can be a challenging process, so I work to help my clients acknowledge and utilize their strengths and positive qualities to create changes in their lives. I use a person centered and collaborative approach so we can identify and incorporate your functional strengths to help you take on whatever life throws at you. I think it’s always worthwhile to think about what gives your life meaning and where you want your life journey to take you, and therapy is a great space to have those conversations. I truly love my job as a counselor, and I take pride in knowing I can help make a difference in someone’s life. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my pets Aspen and Oliver. I also enjoy traveling and immersing myself in different cultures. I am fluent in Spanish.

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Renee Hawkins, LMSW, CATP

I am originally from South Florida and also lived for over a decade in New England before I moved here to East Texas with my husband, who is a Texas native, in 2009. We have 3 kids, two teen boys and a younger girl. Our family time is often spent out in nature, whether it is in our yard gardening or hiking trails across the state. I started locally at Tyler Junior College and made my way to complete my bachelors in social work degree through Stephen F. Austin State University. I then went on to get my masters in social work through The University of Texas at Arlington with a specialization in mental health and substance abuse. I am a certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP). I also completed a post graduate certificate program in Post Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Research Foundation. This program expanded my understanding of human development, neuropsychology, and evidence-based approaches for all client populations. I am currently in the process of working towards my fully independent clinical license through state approved supervision. I have experience in working with people of all ages. Most of my experience has been with children coordinating with their caregivers and older adults. I have an ongoing interest in understanding how our brains and nervous system affect how we experience the world around us. This understanding can apply to every mental health condition or emotional wellness concern across the lifespan. I incorporate attachment theory, human ecology theory, eclectic approaches, and a deeper understanding of human development into this work. I prefer humanistic modalities. We all need judgement free support from time to time and I enjoy taking that role as a professional that can assist someone in reaching their goals. Sometimes for my younger clients I am the support for their caregivers too. I am sensitive to the fatigue that caregivers can experience when they have a child who has high needs. I believe that we are not just our psychology but that we are whole people that are affected by our environments, diet, media we consume, and the stories we tell ourselves about what we experience in the world. My goal in clinical social work is to remain a steadfast support on your road to wellness.

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Brenda Brown, LPC

I have an M.S. in mental health counseling  from Lamar University and an M.S. in rehabilitation counseling from University of South Alabama. In 1999, I began my counseling career as a school counselor in Mobile, Alabama public schools. I have worked with children and adolescents, ages 5 to 19. Many of them struggled with issues related to trauma (parents with addiction, an incarcerated parent, neglect, and abuse). The past 11 years I have engaged in work with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and adults with developmental issues in schools and churches.

 

My focus in counseling is empowerment through problem identification, realistic goal setting, perspective shift, and motivation. I believe people possess the power to change, especially when they are supported in a safe environment. 

 

I grew up in Tyler, Texas as the 8th of 16 children in a mostly single-parent home. I love to travel, and England has become my favorite place to experience - especially afternoon tea. My husband Gary and I have been married 39 years. We have two daughters and two granddaughters. Two years ago, we moved from the city to the country to try our hands at farming, and we have been successful enough to grow enough vegetables to share with neighbors, friends and family.

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Alyssa Cummings, LPC Associate (under Supervision of 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.