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Counseling Staff

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Ross Hickman, MA, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Vice President, Pathways Professional Counseling

Ross has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since February, 2008, and has been the Director/Vice President of Pathways since 2012.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in history from Grand Canyon University, and his Master of Arts (MA) in Community Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has recently begun work on his Master of Business Administration (MBA) through Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

Ross is trained in EMDR therapy, and is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of pre-marital and marital inventories.

Ross utilizes a prescriptive pragmatic approach that involves tailoring interventions to fit a client’s specific needs, in hopes of maximizing positive results. His work typically involves some cognitive-behavioral interventions. He has experience working with children, teens and adults. He has worked at Pathways Professional Counseling since 2007.

 
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Lisa Keane, MAMFC, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, NCC

Clinical Director of Marriage and Family

Lisa Edwards Keane is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. In 2012, she earned her License Professional Counselor Supervisor credential as well. She is also a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor and National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). She has been the Clinical Director of Pathways Professional Counseling since March 2012. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in adolescent development from Auburn University. She also earned her Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has completed additional graduate studies in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lisa is also trained in utilizing Theraplay to work with children who have attachment challenges. She finds this to be an area of particular interest. As foster and adoptive families work through the challenges associated with their situation, she can be used as resource to help guide the family down the path of attachment and healing. She is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of pre- marital and marital inventories. Lisa is also an administrator of the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessments (ASEBA). She has also been trained in Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM) in the school, community, or individual setting. She has utilized CISM in school and communities settings after a traumatic event has occurred. She utilizes a brief-solution focused framework while pulling also from many different schools of counseling. This allows her to tailor her counseling and be eclectic in her approach toward individual client’s needs. Lisa has experience working with children, teens and adults. She also believes it is very important to integrate faith into her counseling by using prayer, scriptures, and theological studies. She is a speaker and trainer on a variety of topics. She has presented at national professional conferences as well as national adoption/foster care conferences. She enjoys speaking to a wide variety and sizes of groups. Feel free to contact her if you have a speaking request need.

Lisa has worked at Pathways Professional Counseling since January of 2007.

 
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Kristin Lowrey, MSW, LiCSW, PIP, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Clinical Director of Children and Adolescents, Birmingham

Kristin Lowrey has worked with Pathways Professional Counseling since 2010. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LiCSW) and is certified for Private Independent Practice of Social Work (PIP) in the areas of social casework, clinical social work, and social work administration. She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harding University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration in Clinical Work with Families and Children. Kristin has over 15 years of clinical experience working with adults, children, couples, and families. She is trained in utilizing Theraplay techniques and the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) model to work with children who have attachment challenges. She specializes in working with foster and adoptive families. Her clinical interests include childhood trauma, attachment struggles, and parenting.

She enjoys working alongside families in order to help guide them to a place of healing and appreciates the opportunity to share her knowledge about helping children with attachment challenges. Kristin has presented at national and international professional conferences as well as national adoption/foster care conferences.

 
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Leah Castille, MSW, LCSW

Statewide Intake Coordinator/Counselor, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

Leah is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in social work in December 2011. She obtained a Master's in Social Work from The University of Alabama in May 2013, with a concentration on children, adolescents, and their families. Prior to Pathways, she worked with troubled teens in an Intensive Education and Treatment Facility for females. Leah has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Leah works with all ages including, children, teens, adults, and married couples. She has been with Pathways Professional Counseling since June of 2013.

 
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Kelly Arant, M.Ed, NCC, ALC

Counselor, Athens, Hartselle, Huntsville, Mt. Olive

Kelly is a Nationally Certified, Associate Licensed Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Allied Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Montevallo. She completed her clinical internship at UAB Palliative Care and the UAB Acute Center for the Elderly (ACE). She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Alabama Counseling Association.

Kelly enjoys working with persons of all ages dealing with a variety of issues. She believes in integrating a Biblical worldview with evidence-based practices into therapy and primarily uses a Cognitive-Behavioral or Solution Focused approach.

Kelly has been married to Danny since 1983. They have 2 grown children, a daughter and a son, who are both married, 4 granddaughters, a dog name Riley, and 9 chickens — all of which keep her busy when she is not counseling.

 
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Sarah Ball, MSW, LICSW

Counselor, Birmingham and Gadsden

Sarah Ball is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the State of Alabama. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree as well as a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Children, Adolescents, and Their Families.

Prior to her position at Pathways Professional Counseling, Sarah was employed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tn. as a therapist in their outpatient school-based therapy program working with children and adolescents. Sarah enjoys working from a strength-based and client-centered approach to help clients and families heal in a way that meets each person’s unique needs. She is trained in utilizing Theraplay techniques to work with children who have attachment challenges. Sarah also utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help those affected by complex trauma.

Sarah has been with Pathways since September of 2014.

 
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Thomas Bates, M.S., A.L.C.

Counselor, Greenville, Prattville, and Montgomery

Tommy Bates is an Associated Licensed Counselor licensed by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. Tommy earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from Athens State University in August of 2000. He earned his Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Troy University in August of 2008. He is a licensed and ordained pastor and has served as a youth pastor, interim pastor, and as a minister in other positions for over 23 years. Tommy has served in Fatherhood programs and taught counselor education for singles, couples, and parents for a decade in the Montgomery and tri-county area. He serves children, teens, adults, and couples in Greenville, Prattville, and Montgomery.

He uses a biblical, practical approach through cognitive-behavioral, reality therapy, and didactic methods to help clients achieve optimal emotional health. Tommy has been married for twenty years, and he and his wife have four children.

 
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Michael Bozeman, M.A.C.E., MA, ALC

Counselor, Birmingham, Scottsboro, Pisgah, Rainsville, and Guntersville

Michael Bozeman graduated from Jacksonville State University with a BS in Marketing. He also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Michael is a licensed and ordained pastor, and came to Pathways after serving for over a decade in the local church ministering to students. His love for The Lord and people are the driving force behind his desire to be a counselor.

Michael’s experience in ministry gives him a unique opportunity to incorporate a Christ-centered approach to counseling. Michael uses different approaches in working with his clients, based on the clients need. He says that his two main approaches would be cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or brief solution-focused therapy (BSFT). Michael has a strong desire to aid individuals in understanding how poor cognitions effect their everyday life. He loves coming alongside them, to help change maladaptive thoughts so that they can come to their own solutions. He is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery or premarital inventories. Michael did both his practicum and internship with Pathways. He takes appointments in Birmingham, Scottsboro, Pisgah, Rainsville, and Guntersville.

 
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Rod Campbell, MAMFT, LPC-S

Counselor, Oxford, Ashville, Pell City, Birmingham

Rod Campbell earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in June of 2000. Rod is a Licensed Professional Counselor for Pathways Professional Counseling, a family ministry of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes. He currently serves in our Oxford, Ashville, Pell City, and Birmingham offices.

In 2013, Rod also received his Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor credential (LPC-S). He has been with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes since October of 2000.

Rod has been married since 1995 and is the proud father of two daughters and two sons. He is an engaging and informative speaker who has presented on the topics of marriage, families, and children throughout Alabama and the Southeast. Rod enjoys working with clients from all different background and age groups.

 
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Melissa Carlisle, LPC, NCC

Counselor, Birmingham & Columbiana

Melissa Carlisle is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama, and is also a National Board Certified Counselor. She is a Senior Resident in the Research Doctoral Program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing a degree in Psychology and Counseling. Melissa has earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, as well as a Master of Theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is also a graduate of Samford University, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Studies and General Business.

Melissa actively pursues training and certification in various aspects of her field, including Play Therapy, neuropsychology, grief, and trauma-informed counseling. She is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained clinician, has been certified with the Gottman Marriage Institute, Levels I & II, and is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of pre-marital and marital inventories. She is also trained in several nationally-recognized therapeutic programs such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Divorce Care for Kids and Darkness to Light.

Melissa has enjoyed her clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Her philosophy of counseling reveals her calling to Professional Christian Counseling as being a Spirit-lead, meaningful, relational, time-bound and goal-oriented process of joining the Lord in His pursuit of the minds, bodies, hearts and spirits of His created beings. Her training and practice is founded in a Biblical Worldview, and all spiritual beliefs are treated with intentional dignity and respect.

 
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Renay Carroll, MA, LPC, NCC

Counselor, East Cullman, West Cullman and Oneonta

Renay Carroll is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). She has also been a Licensed Bachelor Social worker. She attended the University of Montevallo and received her Bachelor in Social Work with a minor in Music. She went on to pursue her Master’s Degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Christian Education. She then completed post graduate work in counseling at the University of Alabama.

Renay has worked in many different setting including hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient treatment centers. She has experience working with children, adolescents, individual adults and couples. She utilizes play therapy and prescriptive interventions in her work with children. She came to work for Pathways Professional Counseling in 1997 and has been a part of the team since.

She is a dynamic speaker and has presented on many topics including family issues, working with children, grief, and divorce. She has also responded many times after a traumatic event has occurred in a community, church or school.

Renay is married with two adult children.

 
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Larry Daniels, MAMFC, LMFT, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

Counselor, Mobile, Silverhill, Flomaton, and Chatom

Larry Daniels is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Board of Examiners in Counseling by the State of Alabama, and a Registered Play Therapist. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in religion from Campbell University, in Buies Creek, North Carolina in 1987, and his Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Counseling from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2007.

Larry works from a Biblical basis and a Christian perspective believing God provides for and offers each of us the greatest hope for our lives through Jesus Christ, His Son. Believing that God sent His Son to redeem mankind and restore us into right relationship with our Maker, Larry also works from an attachment approach, seeking to assist individuals and families to be restored into more healthy relationships within themselves and with others.

He incorporates various modalities of counseling approaches that address the cognitive, behavioral, affective, and spiritual aspects of individuals, couples, and families. These approaches include:

· Family Systems

· Cognitive-Behavioral

· Brief/Solution-Focused

· Structural

· TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Intervention®)

· Theraplay®

· Expressive therapies

· Play Therapy

Larry is certified to administer and facilitate the PREPARE-ENRICH customizations of pre-marital and marital inventories for couples and is also a certified trainer for professionals and clergy to become PREPARE-ENRICH facilitators. Larry is available for speaking engagements on various topics including, but not limited to: relationships, family, emotional well-being, attachment, and parenting. He has been married since 1998 and has one daughter. He has been employed as a Pathways Professional Counselor since June 2007.

 
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Ashley Dorough

Financial Specialist

Ashley Dorough received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Troy University – Dothan in 2008. She has over 10 years of Business Administration experience in both the corporate and non-profit world. She is a former yankee planted in The Heart of Dixie. She resides in Crestwood, Ala. with her husband John-Mark, and son, Moses. Ashley leads worship at her local church where her husband is the worship pastor. She enjoys local restaurants, music, pretending to have a green thumb, traveling, and believe it or not, football. Ashley has been with Pathways since March of 2016.

 
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Scott Estes, M.Ed., MACE, LPC

Counselor, Opelika, Jackson's Gap, and Troy

Scott Estes is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. His License number is #2185 and he was originally licensed in 2003.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business Administration from Auburn University in August of 1989. He also earned his Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Community Agency Counseling from Auburn University in 1995, as well as an M.A. in Christian Education (MACE) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997.

Scott has extensive experience in counseling with couples, individual adults, teenagers, and older children. Scott believes that he is saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone and not by any work he has done (Ephesians 2:8-9). Consequently, it is both his duty and delight to extend the grace given to him through Jesus to those with whom he counsels. He understands that life is often complex, sin and suffering abound, and that hopelessness may seem to rule the day. Therefore, Scott strives to offer the hope of Christ with kindness and compassion in way that refuses to minimize a person’s sins, sufferings, and difficulties. He believes that genuine change results from transformation of the heart as the individual cooperates with God in the change process (Philippians 2:13) and as the individual becomes more and more Christ-centered in each area of his/her life (Galatians 2:20, Colossians 2:6-7, Hebrews 12). Therefore, he works to address thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and motives of the individual within a biblical context. Finally, Scott believes that the ultimate goal of change is conformation into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29), although we will never be perfectly conformed into His image until we see Jesus face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12, 1 John 3:2).

Scott has worked with Pathways Professional Counseling for approximately 15 years.

 
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Stephanie Gooch

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie was born in Birmingham, Ala. She went to high school in Gardendale, a city just north of Birmingham, where she continues to live and raise her four, beautiful children. She went on to take courses in accounting and business administration in college. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in administration and communication related duties. Stephanie is also active in her local church, Gardendale First Baptist, as well as bible studies in her community. She believes in giving back to others and especially those less fortunate, so non-profit organizations hold a special place in her heart. Working for Pathways has been extremely rewarding and she is very excited to see the incredible things ABCH and Pathways will accomplish in the future.

 
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Stephanie Harrison, LPC

Counselor, Sheffield and Athens

Stephanie Harrison is a counselor for Pathways Professional Counseling in Sheffield and Athens, Alabama. She has been with Pathways since 2014, but had been in private practice for two years before coming to serve with Pathways. She attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for her graduate degree in counseling and Mississippi State University for her undergraduate degree. Currently she works with individuals and families and sees clients as young as 4 years old.

Stephanie has a special interest in working with premarital/marital cases. She believes if we can help husbands and wives be all they can be, it will prevent problems in the future. Secondly, she really enjoys family counseling. She enjoys seeing the interactions and dynamics change from hostile to peaceful and joyful through the counseling process. Finally, she has a heart for women and women’s issues. She primarily uses a Family Systems Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to counseling.

If Stephanie had to sum her job up into one sentence she would say that her role is as a counselor first, showing each client the love, grace and mercy Jesus has shown to her, but second, to be someone that comes alongside and walks with them through the trials and hurts of life. She adds that she would hopefully instill a sense of hope and meaning, support and truth along the way.

Outside of counseling, Stephanie enjoys nature, walking, swimming, cross-stitching, spending time with family and friends and playing with her dog, Lucky.

 
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Hannah James

Administrative Assistant - Insurance Biller

Hannah was born and raised in central Florida, with many opportunities to serve and lead throughout high school and beyond in her local church, loving every opportunity to develop her faith and share with others the things God revealed to her. A short year after high school, the Lord led her to Southeastern University where she met her husband. Hannah is thankful to have had the countless opportunities to learn a vast majority of professional skills. She has always loved working for other people and being able to fill a need to accomplish a unified goal. Hannah is so grateful to be even a small part of what it is that Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and Pathways Professional Counseling is doing in the state of Alabama.

 
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Anne Lawton, MA, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

Counselor, Birmingham

Anne Lawton is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. She has been with Pathways Professional Counseling since 2004. She is also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Samford University and her Master of Arts(MA) in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. She has completed additional graduate studies in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Anne has fourteen years of clinical experience working with adults, children, couples, and families. She is trained in utilizing Theraplay techniques and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model to work with children who have attachment challenges. She specializes in working with foster and adoptive families. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, attachment, parenting, women’s issues, infertility, grief and childhood trauma. She is an administrator of the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessments (ASEBA). She is trained to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory to pre-marital and marital couples. Anne is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) that can be utilized in the school, community, or individual setting. She has used this training for debriefings in several schools and churches across the state after traumatic incidents have occurred.

In addition, she worked with the American Red Cross as a mental health volunteer after Hurricane Katrina hit the state of Louisiana. She uses an integrative approach to her counseling that includes theology and psychology. She believes that scripture, prayer, and theology are an important part of the counseling process. Professional memberships include Christian Association for Psychological Studies and also the Association for Play Therapy.

 
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Alisha Lewis, MS, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

Counselor, Dothan, Andalusia, New Brockton, Ozark

Alisha Lewis graduated from Judson Baptist College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling with a double minor in Biology and Religion. She continued her higher education at Troy University at Dothan and received her Master’s of Science in Psychology and Counseling with an emphasis in agency counseling.

Alisha is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. She is certified to administer PREPARE/ENRICH Inventories, which is a couple assessment tool for pre-marital/marital counseling. She enjoys working with all ages typically dealing with a variety of issues, but has a heart for working with individuals and families with grief related issues. She works with couples and families that are in crisis. She specializes in child of divorce issues as well as blended family issues, women with depression and anxiety, parenting children and teens and grief and loss.

Alisha is a wife and mother of two young daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, which keeps her busy. She is active in her church, where her husband serves as minister of music.

 
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Rhett McKenzie, MAMFC, LPC, NCC

Counselor, Birmingham and Clanton

Rhett McKenzie holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MAMFC) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Although an avid LSU fan, he received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Mississippi State University in Social Work.

Rhett is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of premarital and marital inventories. He is also a member of the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS), and serves on the board for the Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT). He has experience working with children, teens, and adults. He is trained in Theraplay, TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), and a TBRI Educator in order to provide attachment based therapy for children and their caregivers.

He uses an integrative approach to counseling, pulling from different schools of counseling along with Biblical Truth in order to tailor his approach to meet the individual needs of his clients. His two main approaches are brief solution-focused counseling in order to teach clients problem solving skills to equip them to produce their own solutions in dealing with their daily issues, as well as a cognitive-behavioral approach.

Rhett believes that most of our issues stem from damaged relationships with God, self, and others because of our behaviors that are dictated by the way we think about and perceive things. If we can change the way we think (a renewal of the mind), through hard work we can change our behaviors and strengthen our relationships with God, self, and others. The Apostle Paul speaks to this in Romans 12:2 when he states: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

 
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Jennings Napper, MAMFC, ALC

Counselor, Dothan and Andalusia

Jennings (Jen) Napper is an Associate Licensed Counselor by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. She earned her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy University, minoring in Health Promotion.

She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and individuals. Jen also values working with couples and is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery or premarital inventories. In her counseling practice, the models and theories that she uses are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and family systems therapies.

Jen has an integrative approach to counseling, considering factors from theology, psychology, and biology/neurology as important parts of her counseling practice. Jen eagerly desires to serve God and others through her counseling ministry by offering true hope and wholeness that comes through Jesus Christ. She believes that God desires for all people to know Him and to have an accurate picture of who God is -- along with having an accurate picture of themselves. Through her counseling ministry, Jen wants to convey to others their worth and value knowing that God works in their lives to help them change, grow, and cope during difficult times.

Jen is married to her husband, Joe, and they are new to the Dothan, Alabama area. Jen has been with Pathways Counseling since June 2016.

 
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Leah Owens, ED. S, MA, LPC, NCC

Counselor, Decatur and Huntsville

Leah Owens is a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Board of Examiners in Counseling of the State of Alabama. In 1987, she graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Rehabilitation Services with an emphasis in counseling/psychology. In 2012, Leah graduated from Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. She is also a graduate from the University of Mississippi with and Ed.S in Play Therapy.

Leah is a Registered Play Therapist and also a National Certified Counselor by the NBCC. She is trained in in Theraplay, TBRI attachment therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of pre- marital and marital inventories.

Leah has been married to her husband, Keith, since 1987 and they have three grown sons and a daughter-in-law, with their first grandchild on the way. She is a PK (preacher’s kid), and has been actively involved in ministry for over 30 years.

Leah has been at Pathways Professional Counseling since December of 2011. It is her desire to offer hope for the hopeless and help for the helpless; to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to pass no moral judgment, but offer God's love, grace, and forgiveness. She believes that God has a plan for everyone and it is to prosper, not to harm, and to give hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 
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Justin Phillips, MAMFC, ALC

Counselor, Birmingham, Mt. Olive, Jasper

Justin Phillips is a graduate of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MAMFC). Prior to seminary, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of West Georgia, where he focused in the study of religious philosophy.

Justin is a native of Georgia, hailing from the great city of Atlanta. He is currently pursuing Licensure in counseling in the state of Alabama. Justin has been married to the love of his life, Audra, for three years and they are expecting their first child.

Justin’s devotion to counseling is rooted in a love for God and people, serving them in hopes of meeting various needs and facilitating change in their lives using a number of means. He specializes in working with Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Solution-focused therapy, at times emphasizing a Brief therapeutic model. Also, he is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH battery of pre-marital and marital inventories, and is trained in several nationally-recognized programs such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Darkness to Light. Justin has done extensive research in the area of mental health and wellness, believing exercise, a healthy diet and getting enough sleep play a vital role in a person’s spiritual, mental and emotion state. Justin has over two years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults (individual and couples).

 
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Emily Sanderson, M.Ed., ALC, NCC

Counselor, Birmingham and Bessemer

Emily Sanderson is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a concentration in Adolescent Development. She completed her Masters in Clinical/Mental Health Counseling from the University of Montevallo. Emily enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She believes in integrating a Biblical worldview with evidence-based practices into therapy. She enjoys working with children and families from an attachment perspective. Emily is a TBRI Practitioner and is trained in using Theraplay. She completed both her practicum and internship with Pathways. Emily has been with Pathways since June 2014.

 
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Steve Trader, Th.M, MS, LPC, NCC

Counselor, Linden, Grove Hills and Selma

Steve Trader is a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Board of Examiners in Counseling in the State of Alabama. He is also a National Certified Counselor by the NBCC.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the University of North Alabama. He received a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Jacksonville State University. He received a Master’s degree in Theology and uses this degree to assist him in the incorporation of a Christ-centered approach to counseling. Steve uses many counseling theories in an eclectic approach to counseling and always strives to honor God.

Steve has served as a pastor and in other staff positions in churches across the state of Alabama over the last twenty years.

He takes appointments for Pathways Professional Counseling in Linden, Grove Hill, and Selma. He works in cooperation with the various associational offices within these cities. He and his wife, Susie, have two children and currently reside in the Clarke County area. They are very active in the church where they attend.

 
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