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

I have lived in East Texas all my life. I have four beautiful children. In my free time, I love to go camping, read non-fiction, watch reality TV shows, and travel. 

 

I have over 17 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience in completing psychological evaluations and autism evaluations within the school system. 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 and one precious little girl.  In my free time, I love to travel, read, try new restaurants, and spend time with friends.  

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Corry Hawkins, LCSW, Social Work Internship Supervisor

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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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 a Licensed Master Social Worker. I attended UT Arlington for my Master’s in Social Work degree. I completed a post-grad certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation. This expanded my understanding of human development, neuropsychology, and trauma informed therapy for all clients. I have experience in working with people of all ages.

I incorporate skills training (interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance), internal family systems, mindfulness, and environmental changes (dietary, sleep cycle regulation, etc) into my approach. These modalities are effective for a wide range of struggles and you get to shape which goals you want in session.

I am able to assist those who have suffered with issues of dysregulation, trauma, invalidation, emotional instability, not understanding their own behaviors or emotions, or struggle with making sense of an experience. Assisting people to find inner peace and gain a sense of who they are is my calling. 

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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. 

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Kacy Combest, LPC Associate (under Supervision of 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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Jessica Gramling, LMSW

 

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with a passion for working with senior adults.  I have a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Oral Roberts University and a Master’s in Social Work from UT Arlington. 

 

I have experience treating a wide range of issues from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and suicidal thoughts. I have served clients in both in-home and intensive outpatient settings. My goal is to meet my clients where they are at and help them build a plan that fits their needs. I use a strengths-based approach and strive to help clients find peace for themselves and in their relationships. 

 

My husband and I both grew up in East Texas. We have 2 amazing kiddos, 2 cats and a dog. My hobbies include spending time with friends and family, volunteering at church, and learning more about the Enneagram of Personality.  

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Taylor Parker, LPC Associate (under supervision of Lori Dunaway, LPC-S)

 

I was born and raised in Longview Texas, and graduate of Longview High School 2009. My children  are my pride and joy. I have a Masters in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. I counsel individual adult, children, and adolescents. 

 

I provide cognitive behavioral therapy, play-assisted therapy, sand tray therapy, career counseling, and person centered therapy to individuals. Counseling is truly a calling, and I absolutely love helping others through the healing power of therapy. My hobbies include traveling, game nights / movie nights with friends and family, and having fun outdoors..