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Charlie Simpson, LPC, LMFT

Clinical Director

Certified Discernment Counselor, Charlie Simpson, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Education & Training:
Master’s degree in Applied Psychology
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Gottman Therapy Certified
Emotionally Focused Therapy

Charlie is an experienced therapist specializing in relationship dynamics in a group, marriage and/or family setting. Charlie has a passionate, nonjudgmental, and systemic approach to people’s hurts and has the experience to navigate the couple to wholeness.

When not working, Charlie enjoys spending time with his wife and children and leading the Marriage Ministry at his church. You can catch Charlie on Fox 16 and THV 11 segments on relationships each month.



certiaa.Education and Training:
Masters Degree in Social Work

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Academy of Certified Social Workers
American Board of Christian Sex Therapists
Gottman Bringing Home Baby Trainer

Do you get a lump in your throat when you think about going to see a therapist, yet you treasure the idea of really being known and having someone to walk beside you through a difficult time? If you’re conflicted about seeking help, I am a good choice.

One of my professional strengths is helping you feel comfortable in a relationship that involves intimate conversation. I am certified in sex therapy by the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists. I am the second therapist in Arkansas to receive this certification, and one of only 200 in the United States.

I am creative, fun loving and an out-of- the-box thinker. My genuineness and years of experience restoring and enhancing relationships, in a variety of settings, can be a treasure chest for you. Reframing situations so you think about your issues in a new way, is a passion of mine. Go ahead, take the first step, and give me a call, so new richness in the quality of your life can be discovered.

Cory Dobbins



Education & Training:
Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

I believe in the power of a secure relationship with my clients where they feel comfortable enough to bring any problem to the counseling relationship without the fear of being judged. This embodies my core belief of why developing a cohesive therapeutic relationship is of great importance. With this foundation in place, there is a greater likelihood that therapy will be successful.

My hope is to help each couple and family to overcome the unique struggles that they face. I believe it is important for everyone to recognize and appreciate the valuable qualities that each person contributes to the relationship. Also, to understand how their differences can be the building block in becoming a foundation of comfort, strength, and support for everyone in the family. I share these same aspirations for my individual clients to help them reach their personal, relational, and life ambitions through achieving mental health and wellbeing.

I provide counseling services for individuals, couples, and adolescents struggling with many of life’s issues such as sobriety, anxiety, depression, anger control, pain management, relational conflict, grief. I implement Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic strategies to effectively assist clients in finding direction to resolving their problems.

I am married to an extremely supportive and encouraging wife, and am the proud father of two smart, active, and successful children. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and exercising. Just as everyone else, my life can get out of balance quite easily. So I make sure to engage with my family and participate in activities that I enjoy to help stabilize me mentally, physically and emotionally.

“I understand that life brings about many challenges to everyone. However, each person experiences those challenges in their own unique way. My goal is to provide the highest quality of care and service to help those in emotional distress and crisis situations so they can find a place of peace.”

Shannon Ridgely



Education & Training:
Master’s degree Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

I am a trained marriage and family therapist. I believe that distress is not a choice, but getting help is. I work from the ideology that therapy is about change, hope and reconnection. Often the devastation of betrayal, abandonment, divorce, disease, or death can change you instantly. Your struggle is part of your story and I want to hear it. Perhaps anger, depression and anxiety are constant companions. Sometimes others only see what we allow them to see and that is just the tip of the iceberg, the real pain and emotions are below the surface. Past trauma or current stressful life situations can make us feel stuck.

I work with couples to uncover conflict patterns and increase effective communication using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). I enjoy working with families who are struggling with hurt and I have a special place in my heart for families dealing with disabilities or chronic illness.
I am trained in trauma work and have worked with many children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma and need to process that trauma so that they can be free.

I want to be your nonjudgmental witness, listen to your story and help you process the pain. When you find a counselor that you can trust, you can then start to examine what is below the surface then you can find solutions to your unique situation.



Education and Training:
Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Meketia is a therapist from John Brown University working toward a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the university of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Meketia has been married for 10 years and feels really passionate about helping couples deepen their emotional connection. She strives to create a warm, welcoming environment for clients to experience healing. She believes personal life challenges can be addressed effectively and couples can build on their existing strengths to live their best life.

Yolanda McCallum



Gottman Relationship Checkup Approved MemberCertified Discernment Counselor, Yolanda McCallum

Doctorate Degree in Progress – Community Care & Marriage/ Family Counseling
Master’s degree in Counselor Education
Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
Psychology/Sociology & Management

Yolanda has a diverse professional background that includes working in the mental health field as a Licensed Professional Counselor, in the business sector, and in the field of education, as a certified educator and counselor.

She has passion and a wide range of experience in working with women, couples, and busy professionals in addressing issues such as: infidelity, break-up/divorce recovery, anxiety/depression, communication, career concerns/transitions, self-esteem, and assertiveness training.

Yolanda is trained in Evidenced-Based individual & Couples Counseling to include, but not limited to: EMDR, Gottman’s Method Couples Therapy, Level 2 and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Individuals. She is also a Certified Discernment Counselor, specializing in working with couples on the brink of divorce, to gain clarity and confidence on the future of their relationship.

In her spare time, Yolanda enjoys traveling, and spending time with her husband of 20 years, her two teen-age sons and pet Yorkie. ​

Vickie Covington


Education and Training:
PhD in Professional Counseling in progress
Master’s of Science from Harding University in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelors degree from UALR in Psychology, minoring in Sociology

Specialized therapy for self esteem, anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, LBQT issues, trauma, trauma therapy, marital counseling, couples therapy, behavioral conflict, step-family issues, blended family issues, anger management, addiction and substance abuse counseling, grief, life transitions, chronic illness and chronic pain, Codependency, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, sex therapy, women’s issues, weight loss, peer relationships just to name a few.

Vickie graduated from UALR with her bachelors degree in Psychology, minoring in Sociology in 1996. She obtained her Master’s of Science degree from Harding University in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is in the process of obtaining her PhD in Professional Counseling, as she has completed all of her coursework, she is currently working on her dissertation.

Licensed by the State of Arkansas, Vickie strives to provide quality therapy and advocacy for her clients.

Rita Odom-DeLoney


Rita Odom-DeLoney

Education and Training:
Master of Counselor Education
Master of Business Administration
Master of Arts in Teaching
Bachelor of Business Finance

Rita Odom-DeLoney is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) using evidenced-based therapeutic strategies and techniques leading to positive client outcomes. Mrs. DeLoney has a client-centered approach to therapy with an objective to help clients set and achieve personal goals, gain greater insight into their lives, and become more satisfied with their behaviors and life choices.

Mrs. DeLoney received her Bachelor of Business Finance, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Counselor Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also received her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas.

Mrs. DeLoney is a licensed educator in Guidance and Counseling and Special Education. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

Mrs. DeLoney is married to Kent DeLoney and they have two children.

Andreya E. Reed


Andreya E. Reed

Education and Training:
Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR

Dr. Andreya E. Reed is an Arkansas native and summa cum laude graduate with a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. She completed medical school and psychiatry residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Reed has worked in various settings teaching residents, working with veterans, and seeing patients in private practice. Dr. Reed helps patients become their best selves by prescribing treatments that work well for them whether that is medication, talk therapy, or lifestyle modifications. She is passionate about using her platform to educate others about mental health and to promote cultural understanding. In her spare time, Dr. Reed enjoys traveling the world, trying new foods, and learning about different cultures.

Donabelle Hess

Student Intern


Education and Training:
Ph.D., Doctorate degree in Sociology, Military Studies specialization in gender, family, and social stratification, University of Oklahoma
MHR, Master’s degree in Human Relations, specialization in family and organizational behavior, University of Oklahoma
B.A., Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, general sociology, University of Oklahoma
MAMFT, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, in progress, National (Northcentral) University,

My therapeutic approach is based on systems theory, addressing issues not just from within the individual themselves but rather within the wider socio-interactional context, such as one’s family and friends, work, community, and overall environment.  I utilize evidence-based techniques such as solution-focused therapies (SFT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), and narrative therapies that have been shown to be effectively useful in therapeutic settings.  I am committed to helping individuals, couples, and families from all backgrounds, dealing with personal and relationship issues.  My goal is to offer long-term solutions to mental, behavioral, and emotional challenges by connecting with clients on a deep level, providing a caring atmosphere, and offering a listening ear.  I will make certain that I provide a safe environment where individuals can heal, grow, and discover their true sense of self.   

I am in the clinical phase of the marriage and family therapy master’s program at National (Northcentral) University and completing my internship and practicum requirements with Arkansas Relationship Counseling Center.  I am also a military sociologist and an adjunct professor of Sociology at Park University, Little Rock Air Force Base campus.  I previously worked as a military work/life consultant for the United States Department of the Air Force at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany.  I have extensive experience in developing, preparing, and delivery programs that supported military families in the areas of personal and family readiness/resilience, transition/relocation, and work/family life. 

I earned a doctorate degree in sociology, military studies specializing in family, gender, and stratification; a master’s degree in human relations focusing on family and organizational behavior; and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of Oklahoma, Norman.  I am also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

When I am not in the office, I enjoy cooking, gardening, working out, and most importantly spending time with my family.

Kaneisha Campbell

Student Intern


Education and Training:
Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hello! My name is Kaneisha Campbell, and I am an intern and student at John Brown University. I received a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Counseling.

My educational and professional experience has fueled my passion to see individuals, couples, and families thrive emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. I am committed to walking alongside clients and assisting them as they navigate life’s challenges, and find wholeness for themselves and in their relationships.

Most of my free time is devoted to my husband of 12 years, our 2 incredible children, and a very energetic puppy. I will complete my internship at Arkansas Relationship Counseling Center, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of your journey to healing and wholeness.

Kelley Gulley

Office Manager

Kelley Gulley

Education and Training:
Associate’s of Science in Education (UA-Pulaski Tech)
Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Communications in progress (UALR)
Conflict Management Graduate Certificate in progress (UALR)

Hello, my name is Kelley Gulley. I am currently a senior at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock pursuing my bachelors in Applied Communications and working towards getting my graduate certification in Conflict Management. I received my Associate’s in Education at UA-Pulaski Tech back in 2016.

I believe positive communication skills can be applied in all aspects of life and civil dialogue can be utilized in any profession. I desire to apply the knowledge and skills I acquire in mediation, conflict consulting, negotiation, and crisis communication to my profession in order to create solutions and collaborative outcomes.

My professional background consists of over five years experience in revenue cycle management where I have worked as a patient accounts specialist and a billing manager. I am skilled in client-driven services, personnel, case management and I have a strong desire for process improvement. I have a solid research and analysis background with proven leadership aptitude.

During my leisure time, I benefit from spending time with my husband of 11 years, our children, and our 3 dogs. Traveling is our favorite thing to do as a family. I also enjoy reading romance novels and journaling. Being a part of the Impact Ministry at church is something I also cherish and value because it allows me to be of service to others.

Ashley Lavine


Ashley Lavine

Education and Training:
Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Henderson State University
Bachelor’s in Clinical Mental Health from the University of North Texas

Ashley has over 20 years of experience working with children and families with 10 years working in Mental Health. She has worked with clients who have depression, anxiety, low self esteem, parents whose children are currently in foster care or DCFS custody, conduct disorders, trauma, etc.

Her training includes DC 0-5, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Mrs. Lavine’s experience serving various capacities has allowed her to learn about diverse groups of people and how to best serve them in a therapeutic setting.


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