Counselors and Therapists in Lexington, KY
Janet received her Master’s degree from Kansas State University in Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in adolescence and youth. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor-supervisor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Janet is graduate of the University of the Cumberlands with a doctorate in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program. Her research areas include the clinical use of EMDR, play therapy, and a treatment protocol for children with tic disorders. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.
She has over twenty years of experience in mental health counseling with individuals, families and groups. She is a Registered Play Therapist -Supervisor (RPT-S) through the Association of Play Therapy (APT). She uses play therapy with children, 2 years old and older. She uses EMDR with children and adults for a variety of problems. Janet is a member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and many other professional organizations.
Janet’s approach to counseling is that every person has strengths, resources and resiliencies to help them and their family overcome obstacles and life problems. Counseling will not be a long process if she and the client work together to develop skills to solve current and future problems. She will offer various strategies and goals that focus on education and guidance which are clear, logical and practical. As a mental health professional, Janet has a strong obligation to help her clients to achieve optimal mental health.
"What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality" - Plutarch
Kari Ayoroa, LPCC-S received her bachelors degree from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and masters degree from Eastern Kentucky University 2008. She has been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kentucky since 2011 and has worked in private practice during that time.
Curltural competency is an important part of Kari's practice as she was raised in South Africa and has experience working with many different cultures and ethnicities. Kari's approach to counseling is to reach each individual where they are at and utilize skills, therapeutic techniques and experience to ensure the most comprehensive treatment.
Kari has a wide range of experience working with adolesents and adults. Her main treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness.
“You will step forward into growth or you will step backward into safety” Abraham Maslow.
Imelda graduated from Idaho State University in 2008, with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling. She obtained her M.Ed. in 1999 from Sam Houston State University. She teaches graduate courses in counseling, school counseling, play therapy, and expressive arts. Imelda has authored book chapters and articles in the use of expressive arts and play therapy with children and adults. She offers training on play therapy, sandtray, and expressive arts locally and internationally at conferences.
Imelda “Immie” Bratton has over 20 years experience working with children and families. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in the school and community setting. She specializes in working with treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and attachment issues. Imelda collaborates with parents and caregivers to help parents resolve children’s behavior issues and build stronger child parent relationships.
Imelda uses a variety of modalities in the counseling process in addition to talk therapy. She specializes in play therapy, sandtray, and expressive arts. Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is also used with children and adults who have experienced trauma or distressing events. For couples wanting to work on their relationship, Imelda uses Gottman couples therapy. She believes in a client-centered approach using Existential theory. She believes in a strengths based focus and building positive attachments.
Chris received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1996 and, Master's degree in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2000. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky since September 2001 and, a National Certified Counselor since October of 2001. He is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Christopher has over 12 years counseling experience with severely emotionally disturbed children and their families. His focus is to help families where they are and use their strengths and community resources to help make positive change in their lives. Chris recently acquired a specialized credential as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Chris has training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) which helps parents learn more effective methods of coping with their child's misbehavior and emotions.
Chris' office is filled with play therapy games and interventions for children, adolescents and families.
Monica Woodard, M.A.E., LPCC
Monica received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Eastern Illinois University in 2013 and Master's degree in Marriage, Family and Couples Therapy from Western Kentucky University in 2016. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky.
Having worked in community based services Monica has experience with severly emotionaly disturbed children and their families and has worked in homes and schools to provide comprehensive services to those families.
Monica utilizes a client centered approach where individuals can focus on their most pressing needs and learn to utilize skills to help them overcome their obstacles. Modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused CBT. Working with adolescents, young adults, couples and families who deal with depression, stress, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health related issues.