Our Team

Doug Strickland

Doug Strickland Ed.S., LPC-S, TA-S, CCTP, EMDR, BSP

Paragould & Jonesboro

Doug Strickland provides individual, couples and family counseling for individuals striving to obtain a higher quality of life. Doug first became passionate in understanding the debilitating effects of mental illness after returning home from Iraq in 2007. He has worked across various mental health settings since graduating from  Arkansas State University with an Ed.S. Degree in Psychology and Counseling in 2014.

Doug  is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has worked with children, adolescents and adults impacted by mental illness, trauma and adverse life experiences. He provides both traditional psychotherapy and  specialty treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting (BSP), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). He uses an integrative holistic approach while providing evidenced based counseling techniques that are tailored to the individual. He believes in a client centered approach with a heavy emphasis on creating and maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship by respecting and encouraging individuals through various stages of growth and stability.

Brittany Neeley

Brittany Neeley, LPC


Brittany Neeley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience in providing therapy to individuals, families, and couples. She has a passion for hearing the stories that make up the lives of her clients and helping them find their path to a healthier, happier life. She loves working with clients of all ages but has a particular talent for connecting with teens and adults.

Brittany graduated with a BS in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas in 2008 and went on to obtain her Masters in Counseling (MRC) from Arkansas State University in 2010. She strives to tailor each client’s care to their individual needs. To do this, she utilizes traditional therapy as well as some specialty practices such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She practices from a person-centered perspective and works to maintain strong therapeutic relationships to respect, encourage, and promote healing for each client in all stages of life..

Outside of therapy, she enjoys reading, writing, kickboxing, running, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Leighann Ratton-Howard

Leighann Ratton-Howard, LPC


Leighann Ratton-Howard is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who provides individual and family counseling to individuals striving to obtain a higher quality of life.

Leighann first became informed of the need for mental health services as she served as Public School teacher in Newport AR. She has worked in a school-based setting and community mental health that has provided services to DCFS, court mandated clients, federal clients and juvenile court, 

Leighann graduated from Arkansas State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science and obtained a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2017.

Leighann has worked with children, adolescents and adults impacted by mental illness, with depression, anxiety and trauma. She uses best practices and holistic approaches for clients to achieve and maintain a better quality of life. Leighann believes in a client centered approach, first and foremost, believes in the quality of a therapeutic relationship and desires for her clients to fulfill their potential and become the best that they can be, by respecting and encouraging individuals through all stages of life.

Leighann, in her spare time, loves to scrapbook, play golf, and spend quality time with her family.

Karrah Seitz, Ed.S., LPC



Karrah Seitz is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving Northeast Arkansas. Karrah graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with an ED.S. degree in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. Karrah has served in outpatient, school-based, private practice, and supervisory settings over her career.

Karrah is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certified (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy certified (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained, and has a Technology-Assisted Specialization for clients not within driving distance.

Utilizing these methods to maximize treatment effectiveness, Karrah specializes in treating teens and young adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and body image and self-esteem concerns.

Karrah’s practice aims to provide an individualized, holistic, and effective treatment to assist clients on the path they wish to be on. Her approach, while person-centered, can best be explained using the two-mountain metaphor: you’re on your own mountain and I’m on mine. We are both trekking along. As I’m on my own mountain, I can see things happening on your mountain that you can’t see, such as an easier alternate route, or an upcoming unpassable river, and can help guide you. There are things you can see from your perspective that I cannot see that you’ll need to tell me about. Make no mistake - I’m not on the top of my mountain looking down. I am still climbing mine, too. However, through working together we can get better and more fully appreciate the journey. 

Kevin Curtis, LCSW

Kevin Curtis, LCSW


Kevin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individual and family therapy in Northeast Arkansas. More specifically, he is someone who sparks change in people's lives and relationships using a client-centered approach where you can be the author of your own story.

Kevin helps individuals and families by supporting them in exploring their history and uncovering patterns they may not even be aware of so that they can begin to have more control of their emotions and be excited about their lives again. Kevin is an EMDR trained therapist and believes that everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life's difficulties.

Kevin is a combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2007. Kevin has always had a desire to help others, so after his deployment, he pursued his degree in Social Work. Kevin attended Arkansas State University and obtained a Bachelors in Social Work in 2011, and a Masters in 2012. His goal is to help bring families closer through therapeutic work and help individuals to have fulfilling relationships.


Jason Turner, LCSW


Jason is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the state of Arkansas who began his career in mental health in 2001. Through varied experiences of working with individuals and families, Jason developed a passion for partnering with them as they worked to achieve their goals.
Jason graduated from Williams Baptist College (University) in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2008 with a master's in social work. Jason has worked in supervisory, quality assurance, and direct practice roles, and has experience treating those affected by trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.

To meet the unique needs of clients, Jason utilizes a variety of approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in a therapeutic climate that facilitates growth and healing.

Chaney Weaver, LCSW

Chaney Weaver, LCSW


Chaney Weaver is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the state of Arkansas, who began her mental health journey on the opposite side of the desk than which she sits now.

Chaney reports, "One of my favorite quotes is by American author, Horace Traubel. He said, 'If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires,' and that has pretty much become my life's mission, in and outside of the office. The fact that anyone would give me the honor of assisting them in the healing process, through any struggle, any trauma, or any life stressor, is a dream come true. I am overcome with humility that I get to walk people through their darkest times or just simply help someone become the best version of themselves."

Chaney has experience working with a wide variety of clientele and welcomes diversity with a smile.

Chaney graduated with her Master of Social Work Degree from Arkansas State University, right here, in the heart of NEA. Chaney has worked solely with direct client care and believes in building trusting and valuable relationships with her clients. "I don't want my clients to think they're coming to someone who gets paid to listen to them. I want my clients to feel as if they are coming to someone who cares, has been through similar hardships, and who is there for them when it feels like no one else may be," elaborated Chaney. While maintaining professional boundaries, Chaney believes in going the extra mile for her clients, to know they are cared for and believed in.

To meet the unique needs of clients, Chaney utilizes a variety of approaches including traditional psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Schema Therapy in an atmosphere that promotes personal, social, and emotional growth, as well as healing and empowerment.


Taylor Thomas, LCSW

Paragould & Jonesboro

Taylor Thomas is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas State University in 2011 with her Bachelors of Social work and with her Masters of Social work in 2013. She has been a licensed therapist for over 10 years and has worked with a wide variety of individuals and families.

Taylor is licensed in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She believes in utilizing a collaborative approach to therapy in order to meet the specific needs of each individual she serves. These approaches consist
of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). She will be acquiring extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
(EMDR) to expand her skill set in providing evidence based practice.

Implementing these techniques to enhance treatment efficiency, Taylor specializes in treating children, adolescents, teens, and adults that endure hardships from anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, and

Taylor reveals that her favorite quote that holds as a foundation and guide for her therapeutic approach is “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” She understands that life experiences are not always in our control and strives to help those that have experienced moments that left them feeling empty, hopeless, and less than what they truly are. She aspires to help those realize that the past does not have to define the future. We are not our past. We are not our past choices. We are who we choose to be.

j Julie Miller, LPC-S


Julie Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been a therapist for 10 years and has worked in the mental health field for 15 years. Julie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Services from Montana State University-Northern and her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Julie believes that the power of healing and change rests in the hands of
the client and the therapeutic relationship. Humans were created to be in
relationship with one another. When relationships are disrupted by trauma,
loss, abuse, or neglect, there becomes a disconnect with self and others.
Julie strives to create a therapeutic relationship that is accepting, supportive, and non-judgmental. Through a strong therapeutic relationship, healing begins. Her goal is to assist clients in building a healthy self-relationship while working through those things that have been barriers to the happy life that we all deserve. “We love ourselves first, and this ultimately empowers us to heal hurts and love others.”

Julie works with children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience working with a range of issues including depression, sexual and physical trauma, divorce and remarriage, substance abuse and recovery, grief and
loss, ADHD, anxiety, and childhood abuse and neglect.

j Joylyn Bartlett, Ed.S, LPC


 Joylyn Bartlett is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2015 and her Education Specialist Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017. Joylyn has experience working with a diverse population from infant mental health to adulthood. She has a passion for fostering well-being and resilience while bringing a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set to support individuals across the lifespan.

Joylyn has clinical experiences in school, outpatient, crisis, and supervisory settings. She is trained and/or certified to provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Infant Mental Health Certified (IMH) therapies. At the core of Joylyn’s therapeutic approach is Person-Centered Therapy. This empathetic and client-focused approach creates a safe and non-judgmental space, allowing individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences at their own pace. By tailoring the therapeutic process to each client's unique needs, Joylyn collaborates with individuals to unlock their inner strengths and promote self-discovery.

With extensive experience working with individuals of all ages, Joylyn has a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges and developmental stages faced by adults, children, and adolescents. Whether you're an adult seeking personal growth, a parent navigating family dynamics, or a teenager facing the complexities of adolescence, Joylyn is committed to providing compassionate and effective therapeutic support. She has assisted people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and many other life challenges. She loves to advocate for people from a holistic approach to improve overall well-being.

In her personal time, Joylyn enjoys being outdoors with her husband, two children, and family dog.

Embark on a transformative journey with Joylyn. By integrating a person-centered approach with specialized modalities like EMDR and TFCBT, and a focus on Infant Mental Health, Joylyn is dedicated to helping individuals of all ages find healing, resilience, and a path towards a more fulfilling life.

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