The Creative Family Counseling Team
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who has a warm, collaborative, and creative approach toward working with clients. I am the Owner and Clinical Director of Creative Family Counseling, and I have over 10 years of experience in working in mental health. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in American Sign Language, I chose to further my education at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I later graduated from LPTS with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008.
Over the years, I’ve worked in various settings (and states) such as non-profits, foster and adoptive care, community mental health, and private practice. One thing consistent about my practice as a clinician 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 am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Kentucky. I am both fascinated and humbled by the opportunity to share in the unique life journey of each client with which I work. My approach to therapy is informed by my training as an LMFT – I treat clients’ problems within the context of their relationships and generational patterns. This systemic approach to counseling is especially helpful in understanding the dynamics between partners and family members who are struggling to get along, and it is what sets the training of a Marriage and Family Therapist apart from other counseling professions.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who is 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 a native Texan and attended Austin College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Anthropology in 2009. After working in Miami, FL with Central American and Haitian refugees, I decided to pursue a dual Masters Degree in Divinity and Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, from which I graduated in December of 2017. I am ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and am currently serving as an associate pastor when I am not working at Creative Family Counseling. 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 Certification in Play Therapy.
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.
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 the couch at Creative Family Counseling. Lacey always envisioned her practice as a therapist to include a therapy animal and when Lola came home with her new “Mom and Dad” at six weeks old, it was with the hope that she would have the right temperament to be a therapy dog one day. Turns out that Lola did indeed have the sweet, gentle, understanding temperament needed for this work. When she was old enough to start classes to be trained to provide Animal-Assisted Therapy, she did. Lacey and Lola have 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.