Vicki White, LCSW

Vicki has many years of experience in the field of helping others. It has been her goal throughout each of these experiences to help those she works with to find a place of peace. She realizes that it takes courage to begin the process of therapy and she would be honored to be a part of your journey. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults, partnering with each individual to find growth, healing and their own level of happiness. Vicki will walk with her clients down the road to finding their own truth. Doing so in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere which will allow clients learn resilience and self-awareness to enhance their well-being.

Vicki is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW). While Vicki has experience as a generalist, her specialties are Marriage and family, Interpersonal Problems, Depression and Anxiety. She is certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), a Level II EMDR Therapist, is in the process of being a certified mediator by the State of Arkansas and is trained in the Gottman method for couple’s therapy. She uses an eclectic model of therapeutic modalities, based upon the need of each client, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused, and Interpersonal Therapy. In her couple’s work, she uses the Gottman Method, which has been tested over time to strengthen and improve relationships. She will work with couples to help them see their marriage as a life-long journey together, which means loving their partner’s positive qualities rather than dwelling on their negative qualities.

Prior to Vicki’s recent move to private practice, she has worked as a clinic coordinator and therapist in a non-profit community mental health center for over 10 years. In addition she has several years’ experience working as a social worker in Missouri, Arkansas and Massachusetts.

Education:

  • BSW – Bachelor’s in Social Work, University of Tennessee
  • MSW – Masters in Social Work, University of Missouri

License/ Certificates:

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) – AR #2623-C MO #2014013948
  • Level II EMDR Trained
  • TF-CBT Certification
  • Certified Family and Civil Mediator – In Process
  • Trained in Gottman Method for Couple’s Therapy

Dr. Lauren Hannah DSW, LCSW

Lauren is committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space for all clients. She sees her role as helping people identify self-limiting beliefs, emotional blocks and other barriers that keep them from leading lives consistent with their authentic selves and values. Lauren’s goal is to combine theoretical and psychological insights with more pragmatic skills training (relaxation, conflict-resolution, and communication improvement) using a wellness approach to build upon existing strengths. She is a humanistic, person-centered therapist with a direct counseling style that combines empathetic listening with therapeutic challenges.

Lauren has her Doctor of Social Work but is also a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Professional Trauma Counselor (CCTP).  While she does treat a variety of disorders her specialties are trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. She uses a variety of techniques based on the needs of her clients, but has more specific training in her areas of expertise. She is trained in Eye-movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).  Outside of therapeutic training Lauren is also certified in Arkansas as a family mediator.

Lauren is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and was named the Arkansas NASW social worker of the Year in 2015 for advocating to improve mental health legislation in Arkansas. She has presented her work at several conferences and trainings. Lauren is passionate about holistic therapy and is often asked to speak at private or community events on this topic. She enjoys motivational speaking and hopes to use her opportunities to promote emotional growth and inspiration.

Prior to opening private practice, she worked as a therapist in a non-profit community mental health agency for six years where she treated adults with diverse backgrounds for a variety of conditions.  After earning her BSW, and while enrolled in her MSW program, Lauren worked for four years as a case manager at a private counseling agency serving the mental health needs of children, adolescents and adults.

Education

  • BSW – Bachelor’s in Social Work, Arkansas State University
  • MSW – Masters in Social Work, Arkansas State University
  • DSW (Doctor of Social Work in Clinical Practice and Leadership) from the University of Tennessee

Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) – AR #6677C
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Certified in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Family and Civil Mediator Certification in process
  • Trained in Gottman Method for Couple’s Therapy
  • Level II EMDR Trained

Awards/Honors

  • 2015 NASW of Arkansas Social Worker of the Year
  • 2015 NASW of Northeast Arkansas Social Worker of the Year

Dr. Asher Pimpleton-Gray PhD, LPC

Dr. Asher Pimpleton-Gray offers a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions to discover their own solutions. She is a compassionate facilitator in the client’s process of self-discovery.  Problem-solving and pragmatic skills training are used throughout treatment to help clients find sustainable ways through troubling issues. She provides empathy and unconditional positive regard for her clients so they feel comfortable expressing genuine thoughts and emotions.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor Dr. Pimpleton-Gray has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups regarding a variety of issues. However, her specialties are sexual health and decision-making. Sexual health is an essential part of overall emotional and physical well-being.

Additional special interests she has are issues surrounding cultural competence and social justice. Dr. Pimpleton-Gray has presented on these topics at the state, regional and national levels. She has also served on various committees within the Counseling profession. Dr. Pimpleton-Gray works as a Counselor Educator, Associate Professor and is the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator at Arkansas State University.

Education

  • B.A. – Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Central Michigan University
  • M.A.- Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University
  • PhD-Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Counselor Education and Clinical Mental Health, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (2016-Present)
    State of Arkansas – License Number P1602022
  • Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (2006-2008)
    State of Michigan

Awards/Honors

Arkansas State University

  • Faculty Research Awards Committee (Spring 2013)
  • Lane/Deutsch Faculty Development Fund
  • Professional Development Award
  • Diversity Funding for Professional Development (Spring 2013)

Association for Specialists in Group Work

  • Article of the Year (2016)—Intercultural Communication: An Application to Group Work (Okech, J.E. Atieno, Vannatta, R., & Champe, J.)
  • Article of the Year (2017)—Intercultural Conflict in Groups (Okech, J.E., Pimpleton-Gray, A.M., Vannatta, R., & Champe, J.)

Academic

  • Outstanding Graduate Student—North Central Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors bi-annual Conference (Oct. 2010)

Angela (Angel) St. Pierre, LCSW

Angel strives to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere, where her clients can feel free to express themselves genuinely. Her goal is to be a catalyst in the change process by offering the unconditional positive regard and empathy they need to grow emotionally. Angel teaches clients to utilize coping strategies/tools that will help to improve their overall functioning.

Angel is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and specializes in treating adjustment disorders which is also referred to as situational depression—abnormal and excessive reaction to life stressors. Angel incorporates different therapeutic approaches for each individual client based on their specific needs. She uses cognitive behavioral therapies that help the client adapt their thoughts about the situation in conjunction with solution focused techniques. Angel is in the process of becoming certified in Mindfulness-based Stress Relief (MBSR) to aid in overall stress management and teach proactive strategies to clients prone to heightened stress-responses.

Angel is native of Jonesboro and obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology from Arkansas State University. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She has received additional training in play therapy techniques as well as Parent Child Interaction Therapy, which is an evidence based treatment approach effective in the treatment of young children with conduct problems.

She has experience treating children, adolescents, and families with diverse backgrounds and socio-emotional problems. Outside of private practice, she has worked as a child and adolescent therapist for a multi-discipline private practice, developmental preschool, non-profit outpatient clinic, and as a school therapist in a local elementary school. She has led several groups including ones for grief and an interactive group focusing on social skills training. In addition, she has consulted and gave recommendations to local Head Start programs and oversaw a literacy program for preschool children across Northeast Arkansas and the Delta.

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Arkansas State University 1992
  • Master of Science in Social Work, University of Tennessee, Memphis 1998
  • Arkansas LCSW License number C-1651

Stacy Emerson, EdD, FNP/PMHNP-BC, CNE

Why just feel good when you can feel great?

By incorporating an integrative medical and mental health approach, the wellness model, Stacy is dedicated to uncovering the root causes of mental illness, in order to most effectively treat symptoms the clients are experiencing. This is accomplished by incorporating an integrative medical and mental health approach to optimize all relative factors that contribute to overall well-being. Many factors go into the way we feel and how are brain reacts to daily stress, past trauma and forward thinking.

Stacy has practiced in a community mental health setting for many years, as well as providing care to an inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation facility. Her primary areas of care focus on depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction treatment and child / adolescent mental health concerns. She has participated in research and newer standards of care in treating ADHD in children, autism spectrum disorder and the role dietary and environmental factors have on overall health.

Stacy is a former Naval Officer and served in the Navy Nurse Corp at Camp Lejeune, NC. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and graduated with honors. She obtained a Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Arkansas State University, as well as a Specialist degree in Community College Education and a Doctorate of Education with a focus on Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice as well as a post-graduate degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is board certified as both a Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been certified for almost 20 years and has practiced in the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri areas. She has taught in both Masters and Doctoral Nurse Practitioner programs at Arkansas State University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.