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 Founding Director of Creative Family Counseling, and I have over 10 years of experience in working in mental health. 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 Family Therapy, as I help parents find healthier ways to connect with their children while finding a balance of nurture and discipline.
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 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.
Because of my background in art, I enjoy incorporating creative expressive arts in the therapy room. By having a collaborative approach with clients, and with the use of play therapy and other expressive therapy techniques, I am able to help clients meet their goals in age appropriate, “fun” ways.
I believe that spirituality can be an important component of a person’s healing process. I honor and welcome any and all faith tradition and backgrounds of my clients, including no faith or spiritual background. If you desire spiritually integrative therapy, I will provide a non-judgmental, open-minded space for us to work this into your goals.
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.
With over a decade of experience, I have worked in a number of therapeutic settings including residential treatment, private practice, and with school systems. Most recently, I was the school counselor for an independent and progressive school in Louisville, so I understand the delicate relationship amongst parents, teachers, and therapeutic providers.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate and a recent graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I use my genuine self in collaborative, client-centered therapy, 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.
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.