Meet The Staff


Hello! my name is Michael Bennett, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). I have counseled children and youth (K-12), college students, young professionals, couples and families. A field in which I am passionate is child abuse prevention and served as a counselor, group facilitator, and agency director at a community-based child abuse prevention agency. I value inclusive, multicultural, and trauma-informed approaches which I integrate with Rationale Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Counseling, and Faith/Spirituality Integration. My goal is to create a safe environment and provide support so clients can challenge traumatic narratives, unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and take steps towards healing and transformation.


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have provided mental health and substance abuse services for many years.  My work has largely focused on providing outpatient counseling services to adults, adolescents and children. I also have experience providing in-home services and in-school services to families and children, as well as residential services. I employ a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. I have Level One training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as training in hypnosis. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is the foundation for success in therapy. I strive to create a safe, accepting environment of unconditional positive regard in which clients will be able to share and explore the important issues impacting their daily lives.  I encourage clients to expand their comfort level and recognize their ability to meet and exceed their personal goals in their lives.


Hello! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) with experience working with individuals and families across the bluegrass. I’ve worked with those experiencing extreme trauma, debilitating depression, and stifling anxiety. I’ve also had the privilege of working with the LGBTQ* community, especially transgender individuals and their families. I've been trained by nationally accredited standards and certifications that will be tailored to your specific needs. It’s my mission to validate your concerns and collaborate with you on how you can uncover your best self. I will provide you space to explore yourself in an environment that is non-judgmental, honest, and safe. I would be honored to meet you.


Hello! My name is Carrie Corbett. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in Kentucky and a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). Do you feel overwhelmed with anxiety or paralyzed by worry thoughts? Do negative or traumatic experiences in your past continue to impact your life today? Sometimes it is difficult to adjust to unexpected changes or life transitions. I provide a safe, supportive, and judgment-free space for you, your child, or your loved one to be open and honest about thoughts, feelings, experiences, struggles, and desires. I have skills and training that you may find helpful. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families and training in CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Creative/Expressive Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and specialized training in Play Therapy. I would be honored to join you on your journey toward your best life.

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Hello! My name is Ashley Embree and I am a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate (LPCA)  and have been in the human services profession for almost 10 years. I have worked with a wide  range of clients including but not limited to families, children, at risk youth, and individuals with substance abuse. I feel as though I have an eclectic therapeutic approach, as I believe no 

singular therapeutic technique is a fit for all. However, I am well versed in Dialetical Behavioral  Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT),  and mindfulness techniques. As a mental health counselor, I feel it is my overall purpose to help my clients achieve their goals while feeling supported and empowered. 

“There are many ways of getting strong, sometimes talking is the best way.” – Andre Agassi


Hello! My name is Maryann Franco and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). I have several years of experience working in crisis intervention with at-risk populations. This includes services in a dual diagnosis substance abuse program and a county detention center. As a second generation Hispanic American, I am passionate about helping my community confront the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. My hope is that I may use my eclectic understanding of diverse cultures to positively effect change in the community


“ Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin


Hello! My name is Brittany Gentry and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I have over 6 years of experience with providing mental health and case management services to children, adolescents, families, and adults. I have therapeutic work experience in several settings including School, Community Outpatient and Intensive in-home services. I have knowledge and experiences with various types of evidence based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seven Challenges, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and many more.  I truly have a passion for using therapeutic practices to help clients achieve their goals. 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou


Hello, my name is Miranda! I am client-centered and solution oriented in my therapeutic approach. I strongly believe that children and adolescents thrive when they have a consistent outlet to express their feelings. I enjoy incorporating play into my practice with my child clients. I am accustomed to working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Common practice areas I work with include behavioral problems, anxiety disorders, adolescent substance use, trauma history, and depression. 


One of my favorite quotes-  “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” ― Leonard Cohen. 


I am a Certified Social Worker (CSW). I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky.  I have been working with the youth in our community for over six years and have partnered with various agencies throughout the city to ensure success for my clients.  Throughout my education and experience, I have found that the therapeutic approaches I favor, but not limited to, are Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  I would like to utilize my experience gained throughout my career to empower clients from all age ranges with-in the Lexington community.  I believe in the uniqueness of each individual client and will utilize client’s strengths and experiences to direct my therapeutic interventions.  There are a plethora of evidence-based practices and interventions available, let me be the one to help you discover which approach best fits you so you can begin your journey of empowerment.

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Hello! My name is Janice Hagans-Higgins, I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor (LPCC-S). I have over five years of experience working with a diverse group of clienteles, such as children, couples, families, and individuals. My work also involved ABI/TBI-acquired brain injury or traumatic brain injury, dual-diagnosis, substance use, addictions, trauma, cognitive disorders, children and families of the foster care system, and people from throughout the life spectrum. I intergrade a wide range of therapies and Traumatic Coaching that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Motivational Interview, and Existentialism. With use of these therapies, meeting clients where they are in life, and teamwork, I offer trust, validation and a supportive environment. This caring setting is used to embrace healing of the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing. My personal favorite quote that I say continuously is

“Live moment by moment”. 

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Hello, my name is Cerenity Barker. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a clinician, I strive to help individuals align with their strengths, challenge their negative thinking, and begin to fulfill the purpose of their life. I do my best to make a difference in the lives of others through empathy and understanding. My practice approach is strengths-based, and trauma informed. I enjoy utilizing solution focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing techniques, trauma-focused - cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, and dialectical behavioral therapy. My previous practice experiences include intensive in-home therapy, therapeutic foster care, and school-based services. It is important to me that my clients know that self-love, joy, and healing take hard work, but all are possible. I am humbled to be in a position to help guide others along their healing journey. 


Hi! My name is Kirstin Spillman  and I am a licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA) and a national certified counselor with a certificate in addiction. I view therapy from a family systems and solution focused perspective while also incorporating EMDR trauma therapy. I have counseled individuals and couples across the lifespan, and I have experience working with diverse populations such as the Kelly Autism Program, middle and college age students, and the addiction population. I enjoy working with clients on areas such as trauma, personal growth, substance abuse, and wellness. My hope is to help clients accomplish their goals and develop skills to feel confident and successful in everyday life. 

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Hello! My name is Shawn Pantaliono and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - Supervisor (LPCC-S). I have over 20 years experience in mental health services. The majority of my professional experience involves working with a broad variety of individuals, groups and families involving mental health services, substance use services, foster care services, community based programs and outpatient programs. I specialize in working with adults with a broad variety of mental health needs including  anxiety, trauma, substance use, depression and grief. I utilize evidenced based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Techniques and Motivational Interviewing. I am solution focused and believe it is important to provide a judgement free environment and provide individuals with the tools needed to improve their quality of life. I love to share what I have learned over the years in order to help others.


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  


I have a Bachelor's of Social Work with a
minor in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. I am currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky in their Master's of Social Work program. There are times in life where we are faced with challenges and difficulties that are often out of our own control. Maybe you lost a job and are struggling to make ends meet, maybe you
have health (physical, mental) issues, maybe you have so many things going on that you don't know where to start. As your case manager, I want to help you navigate whatever challenge you are facing so you can
live a more fulfilling and (hopefully!) less stressful life.

Favorite quote: "Just because you're struggling does not mean you're failing"

Case Manager
Nunez-De Vazquez

Hello! My name is Kathy Nunez-De Vazquez and I am a Bilingual Case Manager. I have a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Kentucky. Being of Hispanic descent I take pride in being able to help my community build the bridge of Latino cultural understanding, as well as taking steps to bridging the cultural gap. As a Case Manager I hope to be an advocate on behalf of the client and treat them as my own family, while providing caring support through each step of care. 

Lead Case Manager
Office Manager