The Creative Family Counseling Team
As the Founding Director of Creative Family Counseling, and with over a decade of experience in mental health, I bring a collaborative and creative approach toward working with families. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. One thing consistent about my practice as a clinician over the years is the use of creativity. Creativity can be as simple as thinking outside of the box and go as far as utilizing one of the many expressive therapies available at Creative Family Counseling.
I enjoy working with children (ages 2+), teens, and adult women, and my specialties include anxiety, panic, depression, childhood behavioral issues, parenting concerns, divorce/blended family issues, and grief. I also specialize in treating PTSD and other trauma, abuse, and neglect related issues.
Another thing I am especially passionate about is helping families grow and develop healthier ways of interacting with one another. Oftentimes this comes in the form of Parent Support and use of Positive Parenting Techniques, as I help parents find healthier ways to connect with their children while finding a balance of nurture and discipline.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Certified AutPlay® Therapist who is working toward Play Therapy certification. I am open-minded, caring, creative, and dedicated to helping you achieve your family’s goals. I most enjoy working with families including young children and adolescents, as well as those wishing to incorporate their personal spirituality into their counseling experience.
I am currently under the Clinical Supervision of Lacey Ryan, LMFT, RPT-S, and I am seeking licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Training in Play Therapy.
Because of my background in art, I enjoy incorporating creativity in the therapy room. By having a collaborative approach with clients, and with the use of play therapy and other creative techniques, I am able to help clients meet their goals in age appropriate, “fun” ways.
As a Certified AutPlay® Therapist, I have specialized training in a play and behavioral therapy approach that helps children who struggle specifically with attention problems, hyperactivity, emotional dysregulation, Autism-Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. My other specialties include childhood and teenage anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, panic, parenting/co-parenting concerns, and grief, as well as Spiritual Concerns.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is affirming, collaborative and excited to work with you and your family.
A native South Carolinian, I moved to Kentucky to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Kentucky. During college, I discovered my passion for working with teens after volunteering for many years with YMCA and church youth programs. I chose to chase this passion by continuing my education at Louisville Seminary and obtaining a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
My mission in working with families is to help them find solutions to problems through the use of play, narrative and non-verbal processing tools such as sand tray to help write new stories. With these tools, we can treat a variety of issues, from low self-esteem, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and ADHD.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. I specialize in child, adolescent, and family counseling. I also work individually with women. After graduating from Georgetown College in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, I obtained a Masters degree in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville in 2007.
I am trained in Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline approach to parenting and enjoy working with parents to create non-punitive solutions for difficult behaviors. I believe that parenting is the toughest job in the world and it is important that we approach training our kids with love, mutual respect, and patience. My work is both client-focused and solution-focused.
It is my desire to help families find realistic and workable solutions to problems in an effort to minimize time spent in therapy. It is a privilege to work alongside each family and to help them achieve their goals.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate and a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I have a collaborative, client-centered therapeutic approach, utilizing authentic connection to help clients focus on their goals, define what they need, and establish treatment plans to meet their goals on a short timeline. With experience in using Play Therapy, sand play, and expressive arts to facilitate insightful change, my approach is both creative and fun. As a second career MFT Associate, I bring life-experience into the therapeutic process. I enjoy working with multicultural clients of all ages & faith backgrounds.
Whether developing the ability to cope with anxiety and/or depression, transitioning through life changes like divorce, managing the effects of a traumatic incident, managing difficult childhood behavioral concerns, repairing a broken relationship, or creating better parenting methods, my focus is in assisting you in meeting the goals you bring to therapy. My practice is trauma-informed and research-based, which is beneficial to many clients.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and EMDR-Certified Therapist. With over 20 years experience in the mental health field, I have acquired knowledge across the spectrum of client needs. This experience has included work in psychiatric hospital settings, outpatient community mental health, school-based counseling, and in private practice.
As an EMDR-Certified Therapist, I have specialized expertise in offering EMDR as a modality to treat issues such as PTSD and other reactions to traumatic events, depression, anxiety, attachment issues, and panic. EMDR is an evidenced based therapeutic tool I find very helpful for my clients.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapy-Associate with a creative, collaborative approach to therapy. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and find working with children and families especially rewarding. I am currently working toward certification in Play Therapy.
I have experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds including immigrant and refugee families, people of many faiths, medically fragile youth, and LGBTQ youth and their families.
I employ trauma-informed, evidenced based models and techniques, including Play Therapy, and enjoy working with clients healing from trauma and/or addressing anxiety, depression, parenting or co-parenting concerns, domestic violence, child behavioral problems, and building self-esteem. I believe therapy should be a safe space for healing and growth.
Lola the Therapy Dog
Lola is a big, sweet, lazy Great Dane. She spends most of her time sleeping, either on the couch at home or on a couch at Creative Family Counseling. As Lola grew from a puppy to a young adult, Lacey was excited to see that Lola demonstrated the sweet, gentle, and understanding temperament needed for her to become a Therapy Dog. When she was old enough to start classes to be trained to provide Animal-Assisted Therapy, she did. Lacey and Lola were first certified while living in Nashville, TN. They’ve been certified through a few different groups over the years, but most recently, Lola and Lacey are certified as an animal-assisted therapy team through Pawsibilities Unleashed.
Archer the Therapy Dog
Archer is a sweet, snuggly Doberman Pinscher. While she enjoys curling up on the couch at work, she spends her free time playing at home with her mother and siblings, or going on adventures in the woods with her family and handler, Rebecca. Bred by her human “dad” for her gentle temperament, Archer was recently certified for provide Animal Assisted Therapy by Pawsibilities Unleashed.
Archer seems to have always had an affinity for sensing people’s anxieties and providing them comfort. She now offers this at Creative Family Counseling as a Therapy Dog.