New Places, New Faces

 

NEW PLACES, NEW FACES

By Pathways

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As our counseling team is continuously growing, we want to introduce you to some of our new faces across the state and share with you more about their heart in serving through counseling.

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ABBIE RICH

Mobile

Abbie is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the states of Alabama and Texas. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree, with a minor in Child Development. She continued her education at Texas Christian University to get her Master of Social Work degree.

Abbie believes that each client deserves a plan tailored uniquely to that individual, and she works from a strengths-based perspective. Her practice is based on a biblical worldview and evidence-based practices. Abbie seeks to serve God and others through her counseling ministry.

Abbie works with all ages including children, teens, adults, and couples. She takes appointments for Pathways Professional Counseling in Mobile and Frisco City. Abbie is married to her husband, Justin, and they are new to the Gulf Coast area. Abbie has been with Pathways Counseling since October 2017.

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SARAH MCCRORY

Birmingham, Montgomery, Auburn

Sarah is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC). She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mobile in 2001 and earned her M.S. in Counseling from Troy University in 2006. Her counseling career began when she sensed God calling her to help hurting children. He ignited a passion in her to share hope with hurting people, knowing that the power of salvation through Jesus can change the hearts of men and women.

Sarah and her family served with the International Mission Board (IMB) in South Asia for five years. After the Lord called them back to the states, Sarah began working as the Stateside Ministry Director for Children’s Hope, an orphan care ministry affiliated with First Baptist Church of Montgomery.

Although the road has had many detours, Sarah is so thankful the Lord has allowed her to come to Pathways. Sarah is a part of Pathways' “Attachment Team,” specifically focusing on children dealing with trauma. However, she also sees a wide variety of clientele depending on availability.

Sarah lives in Montgomery with her husband, Jared, and their two daughters.

 

NEILL HUNTER

Athens, Madison, Hartselle

Neill started his counseling degree in 1999 after his desire to work with couples and families from a Biblical and Christian focus. He is licensed by the State of Alabama as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Supervisor.

Neill graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas in 2001 with a MS Degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been a licensed counselor since 2004 in Arkansas. Neill moved to Alabama in 2015 to be near his two children, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. He has previously worked for three years in Alabama with Eagle Counseling in Huntsville.

He has been married for thirty-eight years and has a passion for working with couples and families. Neill works with children, families, individuals, and couples in his counseling. Neill is certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH Assessment with couples and with premarital couples, to use the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories, as well as the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis, and to teach and write home studies using the PRIDE/SAFE Training to families looking to foster and adopt children. Neill uses several different counseling models with his background in family systems including Solution-Focused, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Bowen Family Systems and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Besides spending time with his grandchildren, Neill has a passion for mission trips and has been going to Romania since 2001. Neill started working with Pathways Counseling in March of 2018.

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JENNINGS NAPPER

Dothan, Andalusia

Jennings (Jen) 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 area. Jen has been with Pathways Counseling since June 2016.

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THOMAS BATES

Greenville, Prattville, Montgomery

Tommy 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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