Ashley L. Garrett, LPC, Ed.S., NCC
Ashley L. Garrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#2918) with a strong background in working with resistant clients. She earned her Education Specialist in Community Agency Counseling and a Master's degree in Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. She has a bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Samford University. Ashley specializes in counseling children and adolescents, parents, and families in areas relating to behavior modification, social and coping skills, relationship issues, boundaries, substance abuse, domestic violence, stress and anger management. She also has extensive experience in "playwork" and "artwork" techniques with children. Ashley has experience leading seminars and groups for churches, universities, business, public schools and other interested groups. Ashley is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Association for Play Therapy. She currently serves as Historian of ALCA Chapter V.
A note from Ashley:
My approach to therapy is one of compassion, accessibility, and accountability. I am closely aligned with the teachings of Arnold Lazarus' Multimodal Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I feel that it is important to embrace technical eclecticism when working with clients. I use several methods to identify problems within BASIC I.D. Modalities. I use cognitive approaches (goal setting and understanding the connection between past decisions and present situations), support, emotional release, stress management and relaxation exercises. I think that the therapeutic environment should be one where clients can explore feelings, behaviors and attitudes freely. I am also closely aligned with Carl Rogers' client centered teachings. I feel that meaningful change comes from deep within the client but that changing ones behaviors is the place to start.
Leah Simmons, MS
Leah Simmons, MS, ALC
Leah Simmons is an associate licensed counselor currently under the supervision of Natalie Shipman, LPC. Leah earned her Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tarleton State University, located in Stephenville Texas. She is currently working on an Education Specialty degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University and hopes to go on to earn a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Leah is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, Association of Play Therapy and Chi Sigma Iota- Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International. She currently serves as Secretary for ALCA Chapter V.
A note from Leah:
So far, I have utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I am interested in incorporating more Multimodal Therapy. I am a big advocate for counseling and think it is beneficial to people in all stages of life. I believe people should be heard, respected and given the highest quality of care that is tailored to their personal needs. I am dedicated to helping people reach their goals and develop the skills they want/need to conquer daily life.
Ginger L. Caudell, LPC
Ginger L Caudell is an Licensed Professional Counselor. Her strength lies in the areas of helping clients with relationship difficulties and the emotional strains caused by grief, fears, anxiety, stress and depression. She earned her Master’s degree in Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University and her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia. Ginger is an experienced group therapist. Ginger’s counseling background lies in leading group therapies in outpatient services in a hospital setting. Ginger is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota - Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.
A note from Ginger:
During difficult times people often need help finding a way to get life back on track. I use concepts based on the work of Dr. Alfred Adler to identify unresolved issues from a client’s past and cognitive behavioral theories to build new more successful paths to a better future.
Lin Veasey, Family Service Director
Lin Veasey serves as our Family Service Director teaching parenting and life skills. Lin has a BS degree in Home Economics and Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas, and has had a variety of mission, outreach, and work experiences in both Arkansas and Alabama. Along with 20 plus years of personal parenting experience, Lin was the founding chair person for a nonprofit program to help teen aged parents complete their education. Along with serving on the board of this agency, Conway Cradle Care, Lin also has extensive experience in teaching weekly parenting classes. During the past several years she has completed the course work to be a commissioned lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA and serves as the pastor for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lenlock. Lin is currently enrolled in the Agency Counseling program at Jacksonville State University and is a member of the American Counseling Association.
A note from Lin:
My approach to parenting and life skills is multimodal and client centered. I also draw guidance from a triad of existential ideas; authenticity, freedom, and responsibility. I believe the engagement of these somewhat diverse theories allows the client the best opportunity for the development of skills and individual growth. I truly enjoy working with people and I am excited to be working with our communities in the areas of parenting and life skills.
Mindi Amberson, ALC
Mindi Amberson is an Associate Licensed Counselor and a Licensed Bachelor level Social Worker. Mindi is under the supervision of Natalie Shipman, LPC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Jacksonville State University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Mindi is currently working toward her Education Specialty Degree in Community Agency Counseling. Mindi’s strength lies in the areas of helping clients with addiction and in coping with the emotional strains of parenting a child with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her professional background includes leading support groups, modelling techniques for adults with parenting concerns, developing trust between parent and child, marriage and family counselling, and in applying behavioral changes for children with anger and boundary issues. Mindi is a member of the American Counseling Association, SAPAC, and the Governor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Mindi is under the supervision of Natalie Shipman.
Note from Mindi:
I believe everyone has a choice. We choose to accept things and we are also able to choose not to accept things. Within that power to choose, lies our power to change. My approach to therapy is based on Reality and Choice Theory by Dr. William Glasser. I believe our past has shaped us, but we are only able to control our present by the choices we make and by the behaviors we choose to show. I believe a counselling partnership is one of freedom of expression for a client and a safe haven to explore all current feelings and thoughts. I believe everyone has individual strengths and that therapy should be focused on those strengths and on the client’s current needs.
Natalie Shipman, LPC
Natalie Shipman has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2003 she is a certified Drug and Alcohol counselor and is a supervising counselor for ALC’s. Natalie has a Bachelor’s in Education from Jacksonville State University in which she taught high school science for six years. She attained a Masters in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Natalie has had experience early in her career working in private practice with children and family as an intern and ALC. She was a clinical coordinator for adolescent group home and now works in mental health at a hospital setting. Natalie’s strengths lie in various fields she has worked, especially in mental health diagnosis and substance abuse. Due to her beliefs and spiritual nature, she is willing to incorporate Christian counseling when requested.
Note from Natalie:
People need therapy for various reasons, therefore my therapeutic approach will vary from client to client. However, empathy and rapport are very important and same for everyone. If I were to utilize a therapy more than others it would be CBT and reality therapy. I want the environment for therapy to be one the client can trust and be confident in as well as one to keep them motivated to stay on the end result they have visualized for their therapy.
Kristen Magouirk, MS
Kristen Magouirk is a Master’s level counselor who is working toward licensure. She recently earned her Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Kristen has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Kristen hopes to earn her Education Specialty Degree in Community Agency and Counseling and her PhD in Counselor Education. Kristen is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota- Counseling Professional and Academic Honor Society International.
A note from Kristen:
I believe that counseling is a process that should provide a safe environment in which client’s can discover, experience, and evaluate their innermost thoughts and feelings. It is my opinion that the counselor’s role in therapy is to facilitate the process of change by offering support through the development of a strong therapeutic alliance. Individuals that seek counseling have typically tried every coping mechanism they are familiar with and are emotionally, psychologically, or physically exhausted. I use concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy to facilitate client change to achieve an overall better quality of life.
Dr. Diana Paulk of Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy provides ongoing supervision for our team. You can read more about her at www.anxietyandtraumatherapybirmingham.com
All counselors at GCC are contract based counselors.
The Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling is a regulatory agency that is appointed by the Governor and is comprised of licensed professional counselors and the public whose mission is:
- To protect the public from incompetent, unethical and unlawful counseling practice.
- To enforce qualification standards for all levels licensure.
- To delineate unlawful conduct through disciplinary procedures against practitioners who violate applicable laws or rules.
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