Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you. -Carl Jung
The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.
It is so easy to look at others and believe we should look, act, or be like they are. One of the hardest things in life is accepting where we are as part of our journey and moving to where we want to be based on our goals and values. Healing is an important part of the acceptance process. I believe that we heal through relationship. It is my goal to provide a safe and trusting relationship through non-judgment and genuineness. Through healing, I hope to assist you in creating a journey and a life with purpose based on your values. In counseling, I can help you define your goals more clearly, process past hurts and traumas, and work toward better relationships with the important people in your life, with your community, and even with yourself.
I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with dual Master's degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Biblical Studies. While there, I received honors in my Counseling Program. I have worked with adults and adolescents in substance abuse programs, which required working on an array of mental and emotional struggles as well as working with couples and families. I am certified in EMDR and this year I am doing what is necessary to become certified in DBT. I am currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in KY.
With over nine years of supervisory clinical experience, and ten years of substance abuse treatment, Mark began as a counselor with Awareness Counseling & Consulting in Georgetown and Paris, Kentucky and subsequently served as Senior Counselor for Recovery Works in Georgetown, Kentucky. Mr. Deaton created, implemented and supervised the Intensive Out-Patient program at Crossroads Counseling Services, Inc., in Georgetown, Kentucky, and at Riverview Counseling in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Mr. Deaton was the Substance Abuse Program (S.A.P.) Coordinator for the Boyle County Detention Center in Danville, Kentucky where he worked with patients to establish goals and develop treatment plans, as well as facilitated process group therapy, 12-step study groups, family social events and family group therapy activities.
He recently completed his Ph.D. in Addiction Psychology from Cappella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), and Adult Peer Support Specialist (APSS) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Mr. Deaton is also the co-owner and administrator of Deaton & Deaton Counseling and Consulting, LLC. Contact Mark at email@example.com
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust
I believe we tend to fear the things we don’t understand. It’s human nature to seek truth and understanding; to assign and attach meaning to memories, events, situations, and interactions with people. It isn’t always the easiest task and the meanings we assign or attach don’t always add up or they feel empty and erroneous. We can begin to feel alone, lost, fearful, or stuck. In these moments, it helps to have someone on your side with a mutual interest in your struggle and wellbeing while you search for your truth on your voyage of discovery.
I will complete my Masters of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2021. I have worked with people struggling with substance use disorders for the past 6 years in a wide range of settings including longterm treatment, detox, transitional living, Drug Court, IOP, MOUD clinics, and in private practice. I am currently a temporary Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Kentucky.
Navigating the ups and downs of life can be challenging. It helps to have genuine and nonjudgmental support along the way. If you encounter a fork in the road of life and feel unsure which path to take, counseling may help you explore personal growth and positive change. In our busy lives, it can be difficult to slow down and truly connect with ourselves, our values, and our understanding of the world around us. I believe therapeutic change occurs when we let go of perceived pressures and expectations so that we may seek a better understanding of our authentic selves. My goal is to see the world through your eyes and to help you develop a deeper understanding of how to become your best self. Every human experience is unique, which is why I tailor treatments to each individual’s specific issues and needs.
I received my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Kentucky University. I have worked with adults, children, and couples from a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and have recieved training in mindfulness-based interventions. I am currently a Licensed Counselor Associate in the state of Kentucky.
“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” I have worked in the mental health field for 7 years. I have experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. Some of the disorders I have treated include anxiety, depression, severe mental illness, grief, trauma and addiction. I have also worked closely with couples and families to assist with strengthening relationships and family bonds.
My mission is to provide people with a safe and confidential place to offer help, guidance and to improve stability and quality of life. Your emotional well being is my number one priority. If you are ready to begin taking steps toward a more healthy, peaceful, grounded and mindful way of life, please take the first step and reach out.
How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.
I have learned that the most important relationship a person will ever have is the relationship they have with themselves. It’s important to learn how to trust yourself, love yourself, treat yourself, challenge yourself, and see yourself through someone else’s eyes. It is my goal to guide others as they embark on their own journey of self.
I have a desire to work with clients to reach their own goals. I want my clients to learn to become the best version of themselves. I strive to create an accepting and compassionate space where clients can feel comfortable and safe in sharing and exploring things that may be uncomfortable. I have worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and poor self-esteem. My counseling toolbox consists of a holistic therapeutic approach using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, meditation, person-centered therapy, solution-focused therapy, self-awareness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), couple's therapy and play therapy techniques.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the State of Kentucky. I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health through the University of the Cumberlands (CACREP Accredited Program), graduating with a Summa Cum Laude distinction. I am a lifelong learner, and strive to continue adding new techniques and treatments to my counseling repository.
I believe: Life is all about connection.
Connection to our true self, our loved ones, and our society. It's my professional opinion that most of the mental health challenges we face are related to faulty and fractured connections. I work collaboratively with people around their painful and problematic connections so they can connect towards a cure.
Life’s greatest joys often come from happy and healthy relationships. The fulfillment of a happy and loving marriage. The warmth of family harmony. The unshakable bond between a parent and a child. Relationships are beautiful, but relationships are challenging. Relationships don’t always lead to joy; often, they bring pain. They can be complicated, painful, and riddled with conflict. If you have a relationship problem, I want you to know I’m here to help. I provide marriage counseling and family counseling based primarily on Emotionally Focused Therapy.
This model is supported by a large volume of research and is proven to help couples, families, and individuals find relief for their mental health challenges.
I also provide individual counseling for a variety of issues like anxiety, depression, ADHD, and numerous other mental health issues.
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jessica has a background in substance abuse and in working with children completing training in play therapy. Jessica leads our social skills group for our children ages 6-12.
"A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu
The recovery process is much like a thousand mile journey and I hope to begin it with you. I am a licensed tCADC in the state of Kentucky and have five years of experience helping individuals in the recovery process. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in human services and counseling from Lyndsey Wilson. I am also a licensed targeted case manager, TCM, and can provide resources to help meet the needs of those needing TCM services. Substance abuse can leave you feeling isolated and alone as you begin the recovery process, allow our team's warmth and kindness to help guide you on your own personal journey to recovery.
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. -Carl Jung
The ability to meet my clients where they are and accompany them through their journey of self- discovery, healing, and growth is a privilege I hold dear. Life can feel defeating at times, but our perspective holds much power. The most beautiful growth can be achieved through our adversities. I believe empowerment comes with being true to who we really are and loving ourselves along the way. I practice therapy from a person- centered approach, tailoring interventions to each of my clients individual needs. I encourage my clients to bring any issue to the table in therapy and openly welcome the spirituality component. I view mental wellness as holistic; body, mind, and spirit are interconnected.
I earned my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health at the University of the Cumberlands (CACREP accredited). I completed my undergrad in Psychology. I have experience working with mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, personality disorders, adults, and adolescents. I have been trained in DBT, nurturing parenting, and Gottman Level 1 (soon to be level 2) in couples counseling.
“Home is a place we all must find, child. It’s not just a place where you eat or sleep. Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.” – Glinda the Good Witch
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure all you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have plenty of.” – Wizard of Oz
I believe that everyone needs a non-judgmental, trusting, and authentic individual to help facilitate growth and I feel honored to be a companion in someone’s journey towards growth, self-love, and increasing self-confidence. For each of my clients I want to offer them a safe space to share personal feelings, memories, thoughts, and other vulnerabilities to the extent they are willing to share. My goal is to strive to understand the unique experiences of each person and work collaboratively to create and work towards goals that best fit each person’s individual needs.
I completed my Bachelor of Social Work in May 2003 at Eastern Kentucky University and my Master of Social Work in April 2019 at Indiana Wesleyan University. I have worked with children, adolescents, women in crisis, and adults with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disorders.
I like to use strengths-based approaches and work to empower individuals towards their process of change. I enjoy using clinical modalities of Motivational Interviewing, Solution- Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing board games with my kids, learning new things, the outdoors, visiting historical sites, playing with my dogs, and anything Wizard of Oz.
I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Louisville in 2013. I will have achieved my Masters of Social Work in May 2022 from Campbellsville University. Throughout my studies, I have worked full time by delivering social services to clients. I have gained the experience and competence in providing services to families, individuals, adults, children, juvenile offenders, and the aging and persons with disabilities. Services that I have provided include, but are not limited to, targeted case management, crisis intervention and stabilization, child and adult protection services, adoption services, and addressing the health, safety, and welfare needs of clients. No matter a person's background, ethnicity, race, religion, etc., every person is entitled to basic human rights. This is what guides me in delivering services to clients as I have the passion to help others meet their goals and become their best self.
Candice is the organizational genius that holds us all together and keeps us all on tasks. She is well rounded and great with both Clients and Staff!
Tami is our dedicated administrative assistant and will be the friendly face or friendly voice that greets you when you come in or call.
Jessica is our dedicated billing specialist and will be happy to assist you in all your questions or concerns about billing.
The real glue that holds us all together is Xerxes, the boss. He loves everyone and greets you with a wagging tail every time.
*Can most often be found wherever Mark is.