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.

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"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 adolescents and adults.  Her main treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treament of Obscessive Compulsive Disorder, Mindfulness and Integrative Medicine for the Mental Health Provider.


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.

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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.



Amelia Neuroth, LPCC

Amelia received her Bachelors degree in Child and Family Development in 2011, her Masters in 2014 in Counseling Psychology and her Educational Specialist degree in 2015.  She has spent most of her career working with survivors of traumatic experiences, and with those suffering from addiction issues.


Amelia offers a culturally aware, person-centered and strengths-based approach in order to bring meaningful change in the lives of her clients. She often teachs mindfulness skills and, with informed consent, will use meditation techniques in therapy. The use of an integrative approach through a multicultural lens will help clients address challenges such as anxiety, depression, addiction, issues in relationships, adjustment to change, trauma, women’s issues, and grief and loss.


Amelia has been trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT and TF-CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused), Motivational Interviewing and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.  Her focus is on adolescents, adults, addiction and trauma.

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Nicole graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 2006 with a Bachelors in Sociology and Spanish and obtained her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Kentucky.  Nicole grew up in South America and has lived in Central Asia. She has experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and enjoys learning from others about their culture. Nicole is fluent in Spanish and is able to provide services to Spanish-speaking clients. Her interest in therapy is in theories of attachment, and enjoys working with families to strengthen the attachment bond and improve family warmth and functioning.

Nicole has worked with families and children starting at age 2 with diagnosis such as ASD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, in addition to other mental health related concerns. Nicole has training in play therapy, Relationship Enhancement therapy for families and Filial therapy, teaching parents how to help their children through special play times.


Nicole also works with couples to help improve communication and to foster warmth and affection within the relationship. Nicole has been trained in Gottman Style Couples Therapy, Prepare and Enrich for Couples, and Relationship Enhancement for Couples.



Kimberly Hayes, LCSW

Kimberly completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Louisville. She has over 10 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, inpatient psychiatric facilities, large non-profits, and private practice. Kimberly has also taught social work and related courses at the Eastern Kentucky University and Kentucky State University.

Kimberly has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups during her professional career in the following areas: Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Anger and Stress Management, Trauma and Abuse, Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction, Group Psychotherapy, and Couple’s Conflict.


Kimberly’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. Services can include individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Kimberly is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Crisis Intervention. She is also a Certified DUI Assessor. Kimberly is invested in emphasizing a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health. She is particularly concerned with the impact of loss and trauma and improving interventions to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical, and relationship health.