Adam Williams

Chief Executive Member

MS, MSW, Licensed Professional Counselor

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I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped. -Gestalt Prayer

Life is ever changing and unpredictable at times, gaining control of your emotions and utilizing the ability to effectively communicate on a consistent basis will prove to reduce external and internal stressors, increasing the quality of life on a daily basis.

As a professional counselor, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be trained and educated by professionals with decades of experience, allowing me the opportunity to be placed in therapeutic situations that go beyond the traditional therapeutic setting. I feel that my life experiences has given me the opportunity to understand strenuous situations and the ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Everyone has a story, trials, tribulations, success, failures and uncertainties, how we deal with each situation, shapes and molds us into the people we become and how we influence others.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, A Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work from Troy University.

Amy Hancock

managing member

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

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I believe change is the characteristic of all growth. In order to make positive life changes, we must change our thoughts, which produces change in our actions, which builds new outcomes and destinations.

The greatest gift of being a Counselor is assisting clients in making changes that they would like to make to improve their quality of life.

I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor since 2017 and have nine years of counseling experience. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy University in 2009 and Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky in 2015.

I have worked exclusively with adults with addictions for the first seven years in various settings including Intensive Outpatient Treatment, residential treatment in the correctional setting and outpatient methadone maintenance. I am experienced in working with children, families and adults using a variety of therapeutic techniques tailored to what is appropriate for each individual client’s needs in order to meet them where they are and assist them successfully reach their desired destination. I am a Managing Member/Co-Founder of Arch Counseling, LLC.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter. I am also an avid Georgia Bulldogs football fan and enjoy traveling.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.

~Socrates

Sharon Petrie

MS, Licensed professional counselor

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Supervising Counselor.  After working with children, adolescents, parents, adults and families for over 38 years, I believe I have the experience to help clients discover lasting solutions and make adjustments that will lead to a happier, healthier life.  Your treatment plan and the direction of our sessions will be tailored to meet your individual needs. 

In 1990 I received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and then in 2002 I received an ED.S Degree in Counseling from Troy University.  My working experience includes working as a middle school teacher and guidance counselor for 31 years and working as a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 23 years in several different settings. 

In 1999 I became certified and began teaching Parent Project Parenting classes.  My professional experience includes serving as a Conflict Resolution Trainer of Trainers, Developing Capable People Parenting Training, and a member of the School Crisis Counseling Team. 

Two professional awards I am most proud of are being selected by the Alabama Counseling Association as the 1996 Alabama Middle School Counselor of the Year and my selection as District 2 Teacher of the Year by the Alabama State Department of Education. 

My approach to counseling tends to be cognitive and based in reality therapy.I believe most everyone is capable of change and can learn new thought and behavior patterns.I emphasize choice and responsibility using empathy, principals of positive regard and a warm and caring relationship.My goal is to help you develop a happier, healthier life.

Katie Herring

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor Frankl 

I have worked as a therapist for Arch Counseling since June 2018. I am a native of Elba, Alabama and received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy University Dothan in 2010. I completed my Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology at Troy University Dothan in 2018 and am currently working toward obtaining associate licensure. I enjoy helping clients of all ages develop the necessary tools and coping skills to manage a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral issues. I also enjoy spending time with my children, reading, and practicing yoga.

Kelli Vickers

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

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I am a graduate of Auburn University and Troy University. I have a Masters degree in counseling and psychology. I have my LPC and NCC. I have spent the last 5 years working with families, children, and adolescents.

DeAndrea Peterson

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

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My counseling philosophy is If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

The thought of assisting and helping others has been a driving force instilled within me since childhood. I
am an outgoing, down to earth person that does not meet a stranger. I am a firm believer that there are no “cookie cutter” solutions to the counseling process as we are all created differently and must be treated as such. My therapeutic strengths are my tenacious and “real world” approaches to counseling, offering simple and clear interventions.

My educational journey began at the prestigious Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL and concluded with the great Troy University. During that journey I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Delinquency and a minor in Sociology, and then secured a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology focusing in Clinical Mental Health. I have over fifteen years of experience working with youth and families in residential, non-traditional educational, and outpatient counseling settings. I look forward to assisting and helping each client work toward their therapeutic goals.

Jakobbee White

MS, Associate Licensed Professional Counselor

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Ashton Pattberg

MS, Associate Licensed Professional Counselor

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“We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one.” – The Doctor (Doctor Who)

We are the authors of our life and like most stories, there can be a few dark chapters. It is not
uncommon to see our favorite characters go through a difficult time that ends with the character
growing and changing. Growing and changing are a part a part of life and we sometimes need help to
navigate the changes we undergo.

I feel blessed that my personal experiences and extensive education in the field of counseling and psychology have prepared me to help and guide those I counsel. I have been working in this profession for over a year. I have worked exclusively with adults in Intensive Outpatient Services providing individual, group, and substance abuse therapy. I have also worked with children as a mental health technician in the past. I currently work with children and their families using various therapeutic techniques to help them successfully navigate this chapter of their lives.

I have earned a bachelors in psychology and masters in counseling and psychology from Troy University. I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota, American Counseling Association, and Alabama Counseling Association. I am currently working on earning my license. I am a wife and mother of two very funny and smart little boys. I also have two furry babies: Ellie and Loki. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going camping, traveling, and working on my hobbies.

Mandy Dawkins

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

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