Caroline Gonzales, MSEdL, MS Licensed Professional Counselor Director, Stillwater Counseling & Coaching Services
I am an EMDR certified Licensed Professional Counselor who is currently accepting new clients. I am also a military veteran with an MS in Psychology, an MS in Educational Leadership and currently a doctoral student studying PTSD and Dissociation. I worked as a school teacher and behavior specialist for the past 14 years and before that, I was a law enforcement officer for 5 years. My approach is to collaboratively explore your thoughts, beliefs and life experiences to help you gain self-knowledge and empower you to live a more satisfying life. If you are in the midst of a life struggle, our work together will inspire you to cope with difficulties at work or at home in a productive way.
I primarily specialize in the use of EMDR techniques in order to help my clients resolve the root of their trauma. In addition, I use hypnotherapy, sand tray therapy, therapeutic art, and cognitive behavior therapy in order to help adolescents, teens and adults who are facing stress, anxiety, depression, workplace issues and family and interpersonal relationship conflicts to improve their overall quality of life and well-being.
- EMDRIA Member
- American Academy Of Medical Hypnoanalysts Member
- American Psychological Association Member
- Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology Member
- International Association of Trauma Professionals
Rebecca B. Hutchinson, MEd, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed School Counselor
Viola Smith, MEd, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I employ various therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, in order to focus on patterns of behavior and ways in which we define ourselves within the context of our relationships with others.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems, including anger management, anxiety, low self-esteem, Autism, depression, and bullying issues.
To my work with clients, I bring many years of experience as a teacher, a therapist in working with individuals with mental and/or disabilities, and as a therapist in the area of substance abuse. I believe in working closely with parents/families of children and adolescents. I enjoy working with adults experiencing mental health, family conflict, grief, and anger management issues. Working together we can improve relationships and situations for the individual and family. We often find ourselves resorting to the same ineffective strategies to solve problems time and again. To achieve a better outcome, it is necessary to bypass those default reactions and choose another more insightful, efficient approach. I am bilingual and fluent in Spanish. I can help patients by using several therapeutic approaches to set goals and develop plans, that will allow them to reach desired outcomes. We need to celebrate our strengths and successes and use them to overcome current difficulties. I can help patients by using several therapeutic approaches to set goals and develop plans, that will allow them to reach desired outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
Tammy DeGroat, MA, LPC, LCDC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Chemical & Dependency Counselor
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has an extensive background working with adolescents, adults and couples. I am super laid back, and I love to help people. I have experienced my own individual struggles. By persevering through those hurdles and receiving the help I needed, I knew that I wanted to give back what had been so freely given to me. I enjoy listening to people and seeing others grow and change through therapy. I provide individual, family, and couples therapy, and my approach draws upon various clinical modalities and techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), and Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE). I specialize in working with individuals who have been impacted by trauma to include: combat related trauma, sexual abuse, sexual assault, self-harm, childhood trauma, etc. I am also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and enjoy helping others start the path to recovery. I have a Person Centered approach where I will meet you where you are, even if you are not ready to stop drinking or using; I still would love to help.
My clinical background began over 12 years ago working in the substance abuse field and has included working in the non-profit sector with women and children, treating victims of crime, and most recently specializing as a Certified Trauma therapist treating our military service members who suffer from PTSD, as well as other mental health concerns.
Seeking help can be scary, however if you want to talk to someone that will not judge, blame, or criticize, then I’m your person.
I’ve been fortunate to work with individuals from varied backgrounds and life experiences. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with trauma and/or PTSD-related symptoms, military issues, first responder issues, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. I also am EMDR trained as well as Prolonged Exposure (PE) certified. I believe everyone has “stuff” and recognize how difficult it can be taking that first step in trusting someone enough to share what’s been holding you back or keeping you awake at night. The decision to start therapy can make you feel exposed but rest assured, I will walk alongside you in your journey so you can get your work done and leave therapy feeling as though you are stronger and at peace. And, no matter what you’ve been telling yourself or others have been telling you, you do deserve to heal.
There are times when it feels like our past won’t allow us to move forward. The inner critic, that negative voice, we hear on the inside, won’t seem to allow us to escape the guilt, shame, or trauma from our past. Making it impossible to make peace with the past we desperately desire to be released from. These challenging feelings create thoughts that we are not good enough. They rob us of the joy, confidence, happiness, and healthy relationships, that we truly desire to have. That is where I step in, I work with clients to create a safe space to heal from the past and create a new narrative a new way of thinking, and assist you with you developing positive coping skills, and increased confidence and self-worth.
I have a passion for helping clients release themselves from the painful grips of being stuck in life due to depression, anxiety, trauma, and low-self-esteem. I use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach and a Dialectical Behavioral approach to Therapy (DBT) to help clients challenge their past patterns and cycles that keep them from living their lives in the way they truly desire and deserve.
I am also a Certified Trauma and Anxiety Professional. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix and a Masters degree in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University. I am currently under the supervision of Dr. Christine Melonson, LPC-S.
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”-Brene Brown