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Lois H. Pope, PhD
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Lois H. Pope, PhD

Keri A Bressette, PhD
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Keri A Bressette, PhD

Kristen Y. Hirsh, PhD
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Kristen Y. Hirsh, PhD

Lori Holth
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Lori Holth, Psy. D.

Sarah Smelser LPC
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Sarah Smelser, LPC

Grace A. Arnold, LPC
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Grace A. Arnold, LPC

Staci Whitaker, LPC
Therapists

Staci Whitaker, LPC

Susan W. Ratliff, LPC
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Susan W. Ratliff, LPC

Jason C. Gladden, LPC
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Jason C. Gladden, LPC

Jenny McNees, LICSW
Therapists

Jenny McNees, LICSW

Tina McWilliams, LCSW
Therapists

Tina McWilliams, LICSW

Psychologists

Lois H. Pope, PhD

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Dr. Lois H. Pope is the founder and former Clinical Director of Alabama Psychological Services Center where she conducted her practice in clinical and consulting psychology. Since 1993.  Dr. Pope earned a Doctorate Degree in both Clinical and Social Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed her Doctoral Internship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her clinical training and experience focused particularly on the various disorders of childhood and adolescence, but as a generalist, she diagnosed and treated many adults over the years.  Her research was focused on understanding how personality and situational factors affect children, adolescents, and adults and contribute to the development of mental disorders. She continues to be a member of the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology, American Psychological Association, and Alabama Psychological Association.

SERVICES
Dr. Pope served the North Alabama community for more than 25 years as a psychologist providing services for children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of capacities. She specialized in psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of various psychological, learning, developmental and neuropsychological disorders such as ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, disruptive behavior problems, and mood and personality dysfunction. Through the evaluation process, Dr. Pope diagnosed and develop treatment plans for a wide range of psychological problems to enlighten specific treatment strategies.  Typical referral sources include other treating mental health therapists, physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, businesses, churches, local and state agencies, community social service agencies, and schools.  Dr. Pope has recruited talented psychologists from the surrounding area to provide continuity of these same services as she is no longer treating patients.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Alabama Psychological Association (APA)
  • Alabama Association of Licensed Psychologists (ALPA)
Therapists

Keri A Bressette, PhD

Background and Training
Dr. Keri A. Bressette is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Alabama and the state of Georgia with a specialty in both Clinical Psychology and School Psychology. Dr. Bressette obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama, her M.S degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Arizona. She has completed specialized training in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders, disruptive behaviors, developmental delays, anxiety, trauma, and neuropsychological assessment. She has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of developmental, educational, emotional, and behavioral disorders among diverse child and adolescent populations as well as parent training for these populations. She also received a special certification in the area of behavioral supports.

Services
Dr. Bressette provides comprehensive evaluations to assess for autism, ADHD, and various anxiety, mood, behavioral, and trauma disorders evident from infancy and toddlerhood through older adulthood. These evaluations help provide essential information for diagnostic clarification and treatment planning.

She also provides individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults for neurodevelopmental, emotional, behavioral, and trauma disorders as well as provides parent training. Dr. Bressette believes in a collaborative approach to treatment and intervention and works with an individual’s community and other providers to ensure continuity of care. She believes all people have potential and strengths and her individual approach ensures that the client is cared for based on his or her specific needs. Her style is warm, empathic, genuine, and caring, and her overall goal is to help kids, teens, young adults, and parents feel safe, supported, connected, and stable in order to reach their full potential.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Comprehensive Autism Evaluations
  • ADHD Assessment
  • Assessments for Learning Disorders and Exceptional Children
  • Psychoeducational Evaluations
  • Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations
  • Mood, Anxiety, and Thought Disorders
  • Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders
  • Therapy for Parents
  • Parent Training
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Kristen Y. Hirsh, PhD

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Dr. Hirsh is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Alabama. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis. Dr. Hirsh obtained her M.A. in Counseling and her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Psychology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Dr. Hirsh completed her Internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center. She has clinical experience working across multiple settings including private practice, children’s hospitals, residential treatment centers, university research facilities, day treatment centers, and vocational rehabilitation facilities. Dr. Hirsh’s research focused on identifying career interests in adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and vocational identity formation among individuals with different types of disabilities.

SERVICES
Dr. Hirsh began working in private practice in 2010. She has extensive training and experience in psychological assessment, including formal training to diagnose autism spectrum disorder through the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Western Psychological Services. Dr. Hirsh has assisted many individuals with disabilities and their families with gaining services through the school system and acquiring intervention services from specialists in their surrounding community. She also provides therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Hirsh uses an eclectic and integrative approach that adapts to the needs of each client. The specific forms of therapy used by Dr. Hirsh include play therapy, behavioral therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She maintains a passion for helping individuals with a wide range of psychological concerns and learning differences and works hard to help clients reach their optimal level of functioning.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Comprehensive Autism Evaluations
  • ADHD Assessments
  • Learning Disability Assessments
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Differential Diagnosis
Psychologists

Lori Holth, Psy. D.

Please note: Dr. Holth is currently virtual visits/telehealth only

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Dr. Holth is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Alabama with over 10 years of experience providing counseling. She has a wide variety of knowledge and experience from working in different clinical settings including; residential treatment, outpatient community mental health, and inpatient hospitals.

SERVICES
Lori’s counseling style is warm and interactive. She believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Her approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, supportive, and solution-focused therapy. She is willing to tailor her approach and treatment goals to meet the specific needs and goals for your treatment. She has clients of all ages: children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.

It takes courage and strong insight to reach out for help and to take the first steps towards making a positive change. If you are ready to take that step, Lori is here to support and empower you.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma or Abuse
Therapists

Sarah Smelser, LPC

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Then she obtained a dual Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Sarah has been licensed since 2008 working with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient clinics, non-profit organizations, and home-based intensive programs.

SERVICES
Sarah treats her clients with dignity and respect valuing each person’s unique gifts and personal resourcefulness. Sarah utilizes strength-based therapeutic approaches like Brief Solution-Focused Therapy and Resource-Focused Therapy. She also uses experiential and creative interventions to treat individuals, couples, and families. Sarah has experience treating anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, divorce recovery, self-esteem, self-criticism, family and couples therapy, and blended family issues.

Therapists

Grace A. Arnold, LPC

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Grace Arnold is a licensed professional counselor with over 24 years of clinical experiences working with adolescence and adults of all ages . Her journey has given her experience in adult and geriatric partial hospital programs, community mental health day treatment programs, individual, couples and group therapy and addressing the diverse challenges of University students while working as a University counselor and disability coordinator. She is a certified mental health first aid trainer and conducts mental health training to individuals to help them understand how to recognize and respond to certain warning signs and lessen the impact of a mental challenge. She is a graduate of Oakwood University and received her Masters in clinical Psychology from Alabama A&M University.

SERVICES
She views therapy as a collaborative relationship and values honest communication which is encouraged in a therapeutic environment that is nurturing, compassionate, respectful, relaxing and nonjudgmental to help effect change towards a healthier and more fulfilling life. Addressing past or present experiences that contribute to anxiety and depression or just dealing with life’s transitions and challenges that leaves one feeling stuck. She believes that counseling is working together to find a balance between focusing on the present concerns and the possible contributing factors from the past. When this balance is achieved individuals will feel empowered to confront the current problems they are facing and build the future they want.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family/Relationship/Parenting
  • Couples Therapy
  • Life Transition
  • School Issues
  • Stress
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Support Groups
  • Mental Health Awareness Seminars and Training
Therapists

Staci Whitaker, LPC

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Staci is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Tulsa. She obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Staci has been in the field of mental health since 2008 and has been licensed since 2012. Her experience is working with adults in an outpatient setting. Both self-referred and court-referred. Staci has extensive training in working with adults that are resistant to therapy.

SERVICES
Staci believes that her clients are the experts in their own lives and she draws upon their strengths and experiences to help guide them toward healing and wellbeing. Staci utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as her primary modalities for treatment. Staci has experience treating anger, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, marital issues, blended family issues, trauma and PTSD.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Marital Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Relaxation Techniques

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Counseling Association

Therapists

Susan W. Ratliff, LPC

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Athens University in Behavioral Science, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from A&M University. Susan has been in practice in North Alabama for the past 24 years, with experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has served a variety of populations, and has led individual, group, marital, and family therapy sessions.

SERVICES
Susan currently works with children, adolescents, and adults in therapy. Her main passion is to improve individuals and families lives by assisting in their development of personal growth, empowerment, and increasing their awareness of their own power in order to make positive changes in their lives. Ultimately, Susan’s goal is to help clients reach their short- and long-term goals.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy (BSFT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Depression and Anxiety, as well as other mood disorder
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling
  • Adjustment/Life Transition Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Grief, Trauma, and Loss
  • ADHD and ODD Issues
Therapists

Jason C. Gladden, LPC

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Jason Gladden has been working in community mental health since 1998. He has experience with serious mental illness, personality disorders, family dynamics, trauma, life/stress management and a number of other areas. He is a native of North Alabama and completed his Master’s Degree at Jacksonville State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama.

Therapists

Jenny McNees, LICSW

BACKGROUND AND TRAINING:
Jennifer graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1998 and obtained a Masters in Social Work degree in 2004 from Alabama A&M University. She has worked in a community mental health setting, helping children, adolescents, and adults with mental health and adjustment issues. She has most recently worked in a medical setting, helping adults with chronic illness deal with coping and quality of life issues. Jennifer is often found participating in outdoor activities, such as hiking, caving, or kayaking. This deep love of nature led Jennifer to obtain certification as a nature therapy guide in 2020.

SERVICES:
Jennifer uses an integrative therapeutic approach to meet the needs of individuals and families. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, client-centered, and strengths-based techniques with an emphasis on mindfulness. Jennifer has recently been certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Family/Parenting issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress
  • Coping Skills
  • Self-Esteem/Self-Worth
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Grief
  • Chronic Illness/Quality of Life
Therapists

Tina McWilliams, LICSW

Tina McWilliams, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in social work since 1980. She has experience in working with adults, adolescents, and children. She now works with the adult population. Tina has experience in working with civilians, military members, and the spouses of military members in outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment. She specializes in working with adults who have depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, childhood and adult trauma, substance abuse/alcohol abuse, relationship issues including couples counseling and divorce issues, grief, and stress. She is trained in evidence-based therapy including -CBT, CPT, Problem Solving, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR.

SPECIALTIES:
• Depression / Anxiety
• Grief / Stress
• Panic attacks
• Bipolar Disorder
• Marital/Relationship Issues
• Trauma/Abuse
• PTSD
• Substance Abuse

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