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Jennifer Wood, LPC-s

co-Owner and Counselor

Jennifer graduated from East Texas Baptist University in May 2000 with a BA in Psychology. In the fall of 2000, she moved to Monroe, LA to attend The University of Louisiana at Monroe. In 2002, she graduated with a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. After college, Jennifer worked with the Texas Youth Commission and with Adult, Child, and Family Counseling. In June 2006, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor, and since that time, she has worked in various settings to provide counseling to adult, families, and children for, but not limited to, marriage and family issues, play and art therapy, eating disorders, grief and bereavement, anxiety, depression, and spiritual issues.  Jennifer feels a true heart calling from the Lord to work with those who are hurting and in need. She believes that we are created to fellowship with the Lord, and the only way to experience a life of joy is through a personal and growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Jennifer and her husband have been married for 15 years. They have 2 sons and live in Tyler, Texas.

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Erin Young, LCSW

co-Owner and Counselor

Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with two degrees in Social Work, a Bachelors degree from The University of North Texas in Denton, TX in 2002 in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work in 2004 from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to private counseling practice Erin has experience working in a variety of counseling settings, including services for foster care and adoption, elementary education, and children’s health care.

Erin is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brain Gym. She incorporates these tools into her counseling sessions. Erin specializes in the treatment of PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, complicated grief, phobias, dissociation, pain disorders, fibromyalgia, conversion disorder, and ADD/ ADHD. Erin is also trained in family therapy and Heart-Focused Biblical Counseling. Her specialty is counseling children, adolescents, individual adults, and families.  

Erin works closely with The Epilepsy Center at Northeast Texas Neurological Associates located in Tyler, TX, specializing in stress based psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.  She leads a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program that is committed to helping patients take control of their seizures, thus improving their quality of life.

In Erin’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys yoga, reading, and traveling.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


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Haley Harris, LPC

COUNSELOR

Haley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with two degrees in psychology. She graduated from Sam Houston State University, where she received her BS in Psychology in May 2012. She then moved to Tyler, Texas, where she received her MS in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Tyler in May 2015.  It was during her graduate career that she felt the Lord calling her to pursue a career in counseling.

After spending a couple of summers in Romania, working with underprivileged and abandoned adolescents and infants, she saw how powerfully the Lord can move in the brokenhearted. She saw that He is faithful in binding our wounds and comforting those in the darkest of places. After college, Haley began her career in the correctional environment and now works full-time in private practice.   

She specializes in working with identity, adjustment, anxiety, depression, grief, and abuse. She has a history of working with children, teenagers, and young adults as they transition through life’s difficult and strenuous situations. She searches for scripture to speak the loudest when words are inadequate, allowing the Lord to provide hope to the weariest of souls. 

Haley has been happily married since 2017 and has one beautiful little girl. 

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6: 19


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Jill Kirkley, LPC

Counselor

Jill Kirkley is a faith-based, licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of clinical experience. Jill points individuals to seek faith in an all-sufficient God who offers hope. Our faith in Christ forms the foundation and framework for sound decision-making and there is wisdom in seeking biblical guidance in order to sort through and resolve life’s challenges. At times, we place our trust in others to meet our needs or even in our own ability to control our circumstances, only to find them insufficient. Meaningful change is a work of the Holy Spirit as we submit to God and seek his will. He has given us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who empowers, comforts, and guides us through each step. Ultimately, God is interested in changing our hearts, for out of the heart flows all the issues of life.

Jill works with adult individuals who are struggling with relationship issues, coping with life transitions including aging, grief and loss, resolving guilt, anger, shame, depression, anxiety, abuse recovery, spiritual issues, and ministry issues. Jill earned a bachelor of science degree in Rehabilitation and a Master’s in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a member of the North Texas Society of Clinical Hypnosis, which is affiliated with the American Association of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and is currently working on certification in Hypnosis. She is married to a minister who has been in ministry for 40 years, and finds joy in her relationship with her spouse, her kids, and grandkids.

“May the God of hope fill you with all peace and joy as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13


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NANCY MAYER, LPC-S

COUNSELOR

The older you get the more you realize that life isn’t about getting your way, or pride, or ego. It’s about connecting with a heart of understanding and love - God’s love.

Today our complicated and fast-paced lives are full of pressures that challenge us in countless ways. “How can I find happiness in my marriage?” or How do I cope with…?” or “Why do I feel so out of control?” are just some of the questions I hear from clients seeking to understand their life’s journey. My clients worry about how they can reach their true potential when they live in a world that sends messages of despair, dispute, and discrepancies. Soul searching is rarely an easy path to take, yet wanting to achieve an emotionally healthy life is usually the motivator which begins the process. What can feel like the end is often just the beginning.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am honored to be chosen to take this journey of discovery with my clients. Having collaborative approach to counseling, gives the client and me an opportunity to learn from one another. I believe life is intended to be shared and enjoyed. Problems can be resolved, good communication can be learned, and new approaches to life and relating can be created.

Nancy has earned a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Communication from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. She has a two year clinical Pastoral Education certification and worked as a Hospital Chaplain at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Nancy’s greatest joys are spending quiet time with God and sharing life with her family and friends.

“Be completely humble and gentle, be patient bearing with one another in love. make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3


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JASON JENKINS, LPC

COUNSELOR

In 2013, Jason graduated with a Master of Arts in Biblical and Professional Counseling (MABC) degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from East Texas Baptist University.

For the last 17 years, Jason has worked with children and youth of all ages. For the last 10 years, Jason has served as a leader in numerous Children’s Ministries. Jason was the Children’s Director at Gateway Baptist Church (2013-2014) in Whitehouse, TX. He served as a lay leader at First Baptist Church in Marshall, TX (where he worked youth and college age children) and is currently serving with his wife, as lay leaders for the children’s ministry and Life Group Fellowship at New Covenant Church in Longview, TX.

Jason has no doubts that the Lord has called him to work with children and families. In addition to these things, Jason feels he has been called on to help women who have left abusive relationships and are looking for a new direction in their life as well as men who are dealing with temptations (whatever they may be) that are unhealthy for themselves and all those around them.

He believes that although we were made perfect in God’s image, we are imperfect in our daily lives because of living in a fallen world. We are a work in progress and sometimes need someone to walk with us as we struggle through life’s trials. Jason has a passion for helping children and families counseling with them through some of life’s greatest struggles.

Jason is a fully trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) provider that can treat individuals with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, trauma, as well as other mental health issues.

Other areas of focus are, but not limited to, premarital counseling, blended family issues, marriage/family, grief/bereavement, parenting, teen age mentoring, children who may be struggling at home, in school, or new and significant changes in life as they have known it. Other areas of focus include divorce, play or art therapy methods of interaction, attention deficit disorder, high functioning spectrum disorders, anxiety, working with “Tween” age children (7-12yrs old), depression, and spiritual issues.

Jason and his wife have been married for 17 years, have two very active boys (ages 14 and 6), and live in the East Texas area.

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6


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BRENT KIRKLEY, LPC-S, LMFT

counselor

Brent has been licensed as a professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist for over 20 years. His focus is working with individuals to address challenges and make changes through the use of cognitive based hypnotherapy. 

As a Christ follower, Brent is sensitive to the both the spiritual and emotional factors that are involved with change. His understanding of Biblical principles is foundational to his use of hypnotherapy in counseling. 
Brent has a heart for helping people to achieve healthy change by assisting them to integrate what they are doing on the conscious level with what is also happening on the unconscious level. 
Brent has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is licensed by the State of Texas as a Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Brent is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is also a member of the North Texas Society of Clinical Hypnosis, which is affiliated with the American Association of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).


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Caleb Rackley, LCSW

Counselor

Caleb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 18 years of professional social work experience. He graduated from Howard Payne University with a Bachelors in Social Work and Psychology in 1999 then graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master’s in Social Work in 2002.

Caleb’s career has focused on working with families impacted by special healthcare diagnoses and helping them to overcome obstacles to result in an overall better quality of life. Along the way he has worked with clients from less than 10-years-old to more than 90-years-old.  From difficulty with adjusting to change, to interpersonal issues within family or marriages, to struggles with feelings of depression or anxiety, or many other varieties of circumstances, he enjoys helping people fulfill their possibilities.

It is his belief that, while every problem cannot be solved, every situation can be improved.  Caleb utilizes a multi-faceted approach and adjusts the counseling technique to what works best for the needs of the particular client. Above all, his technique remains practical and grounded in Biblical principles that make change possible.

Caleb lives with his wife and two children in Tyler. He serves as a deacon in his church and has an avid love for football, good food, and time with family and friends.     

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19


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JIM HERRINGTON, LPC-Intern

COUNSELING INTERN

Jim is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC- Intern) and is under the supervision of Jennifer Wood, LPC-S. Jim graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Theology Masters in Old Testament in 1984 and he graduated from Liberty University with a Masters in Professional Counseling in 2016.

Jim has been involved in pastoral counseling since His graduation from Dallas Seminary in 1984. The last 15 years, he has been involved in missions in countries of the former Soviet Union.

During his time there, he began to feel the need for better skills in helping people understand the role of the Holy Spirit in changing lives. God’s command for us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds is well quoted by believers world-wide but understanding the practical ways in which change occurs is often neglected. He feels that God has called him to help people deal with change in a biblical way.

Jim has a great deal of cross-cultural living experience which allows him to be empathic with people in a variety of life situations. He is able to assist people with life transitions and times of personal crisis. He has experience in working through personal and ministry conflicts. Jim works with individuals and couples, helping them to use biblical truth to move through difficult circumstances. He relies on scripture as the basis for all counsel provided but understands the role that psychological principles play in the change process.

He is committed to the authority of scripture as the uncompromising standard for our lives as believers. Jim maintains that what we think, believe and do has significant impact on who we are. The ability to understand biblical truth and apply the principles is key to personal change. He believes that change is ultimately a faith process.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a reward of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6


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JAiMIE MATHEWS

COUNSELING student INTERN

Jaimie a graduate student at The University of Louisiana at Monroe where she is studying Marriage and Family Therapy and is under the Supervision of Jennifer Wood, LPC-S. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from the University of California at Davis in 2004.

Jaimie has worked in a clinical setting with children ages 12 and up who suffered from a variety of behavioral and mental disorders including anxiety, depression, bi-polar, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and suicidal and homicidal ideations. Through Solution Focused Brief Therapy, patience, kindness, and understanding, Jaimie has helped clients to promote positive changes in behavior to help restore these children to their families.

In private practice, Jaimie has worked with individuals, couples, and families to identify, acknowledge, and overcome the challenges to happiness and understanding that the modern world presents many obstacles.

Jaimie’s passion is working with couples to build strong, Christian marriages. Jaimie believes in preparing couples for the joy, and challenges, of marriage through pre-marriage counseling. Jaimie is also dedicated to helping restore marriages and families which have been challenged and helping people find forgiveness in order to begin healing.

Jaimie and her husband have been married for 13 years. Throughout these years, Jaimie has experienced first-hand, the unique stresses that the men and women of the military, first responders, and their children face. Her experiences provide an invaluable knowledge base for helping active military, veterans, and current and retired first responders and their families overcome these challenges and build healthy relationships.

Jaimie and her husband live in the Tyler area with their two children. Jaimie believes in building a healthy lifestyle through a balance of healthy eating, exercise, faith, and family.

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” John 16:33


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Kim VanSickel

COUNSELING student INTERN

Kimberly is a practicum intern finishing her Master’s degree at LeTourneau University.  She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from LeTourneau University in May 2018.  She is studying counseling psychology and will graduate in May 2020. 

Kimberly has worked with children for over six years in various roles, and has been part of the mentoring team at church.  Kimberly’s passion is to work with those in the treatment of PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, dissociation, bi-polar disorder, and other mental health issues.  She specializes in the counseling for pre-teens, adolescents, and individuals.  She genuinely likes working with people that are committed to the therapeutic process.

Change is not sudden and it takes time, I am committed to helping my clients through their pain and struggles.  “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2.  “The pain is there; when you close one door on it, it knocks to come in somewhere else” Irvin D. Yalom.  Through compassion, empathy, understanding and the therapeutic alliance, Kimberly hopes to restore hope to individuals as they seek a deeper understanding of themselves.

What drives her work with clients is her real-life experience of learning about myself through my own therapy.  I enjoy creating open, caring environments with clients where we can learn and grow together.


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Colleen Dolan, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Colleen has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007. She has 10 years of experience working in her own massage practice in Dallas helping clients with high stress lifestyles, Anxiety/ Depression relaxation, trauma healing, recovery/ sports massage for recreational and professional athletes, and chronic pain management.

Colleen also has many years of experience working with families in prenatal, postnatal, infant, and pediatric massage. She is trained in family-centered bodywork including prenatal and postnatal massage. She also has numerous certifications from The Liddlekidz Foundation by Tina Allen such as infant massage and touch therapy for NICU, hospital based pediatric massage, touch therapy for common childhood ailments, and touch therapy for Autism/ Sensory Processing Disorder. She is always learning and loves staying current with research and training.

Outside of massage, when not kept busy by her two son’s sports, she enjoys gymnastics, yoga, kayaking, and watching movies.


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CHRISTIE LATHROP

OFFICE MANAGER

Taking a leap to investing in yourself, or asking for scriptural advice doesn’t come easy for everyone.  That’s where I can assist.  I will help walk you through the process to find the right counselor who fits your needs.  I can answer all your questions about insurance and billing, in addition to scheduling your appointment.  Greeting our clients with a warm and friendly atmosphere is my top priority.


I am a wife and mother to three beautiful boys and a silly dog Max.  I love to cook, spend time with my family, and love on the kids at our church.  East Texas is home for us and I am eager to serve you.  Proverbs 11:25 “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”


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