Nicole Sartini-Cprek, M.Ed., LPCC, NCC
Co-Founder, Clinical Director and Therapist
Nicole Sartini-Cprek has been practicing therapy professionally since 2010 and has been working in the field as a non-professional since 1999. During that time, Nicole gained experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, abuse, neglect, poor self esteem and many other stress related problems. Her specialty is helping adults who are recovering from difficult childhoods or getting a late start in developing into the person they know they can be. Nicole also specializes in assisting individuals going through major life changes such as entering adulthood, entering or graduating from college, getting married, making job changes or preparing for or adjusting to the birth or a child. Nicole’s counseling practice involves integrating traditional talk therapy with mind-body work through the practice of mindfulness, the use of diet and exercise, nutritional supplements and an emphasis on developing a healthy self image.
Nicole believes that every life obstacle we face can be transformed into an opportunity for growth. We cannot change the past, but, as long as we are alive, we can acknowledge and act on the fact that we are still writing our stories- that the present and future are still ours to create. We can make the choice to love ourselves just as we are, and at the same time, move forward toward our goals and the kind of life we most want. It is her intention to help every person she works with to the best of her ability and to respect the trust they put in her as a mental health professional by offering thoughtful and evidence-based interventions.
Contact Nicole at Nicole@bridgemindbody.com
To schedule an appointment with Nicole click here.
*******This therapist works with adults 18+, accepts HSA, cash, check or credit. She currently has a wait list for new clients. Please check out our other awesome therapists on this page or call 502-694-9488 to be added to your preferred therapist’s waitlist. Thank you!**************
Jennifer Owens, LCSW, CPT, LMT
Co-Founder, Wellness Director and Therapist
Jennifer Owens is a licensed clinical social worker with a passion for the outdoors and guiding people towards the life they envision for themselves. Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings in both clinical and directorial roles with more than 15 years in holistic health and 8 years in mental health. Her experience working in multidisciplinary settings, informs her body-mind-spirit-nature approach to helping people overcome anxiety, fear and life’s hurdles. She has been featured in The Active Times, She Knows and other publications and is an adjunct facutly at the University of Louisville teaching Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
Jennifer specializes in the holistic treatment of mild to severe anxiety issues; generalized anxiety, OCD, phobias (flying, public speaking, claustrophobia etc.), panic attacks, agoraphobia, PTSD and other trauma reactions, social anxiety, relationship anxiety, chronic stress, excessive worry, and, fear. She will gently guide you towards an understanding of how anxiety affects the body and mind and ways to manage it long term. Anxiety can take a significant toll on a person both physically and mentally. Jennifer will help you reclaim your life from anxiety and thrive; improving the way you feel and doing the things you never thought were possible. Jennifer provides out-of-office experiential therapy and exposure therapy to treat phobias and panic attacks.
Jennifer also specializes in ecotherapy, wilderness and adventure therapy. Jennifer loves the natural world and has experienced many healing benefits from her time outdoors, in fact she often credits her adventures in the backcountry to her recovery from severe panic and anxiety. She has a lifetime of experience in the wilderness and backcountry (kayaking, backpacking and hiking), leading outdoor adventure groups and is a certified level 2 Ecotherapist and has studied with the Earthbody Institute, the Mindful Ecotherapy center and Wilderness Reflections. Jennifer leads multiple monthly guided Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing walks for the community as well as other outdoor and nature connection events. Please see our page Outdoor and Nature therapy to see if it would be a good fit for you.
Jennifer has a warm and down to earth approach to therapy and uses evidenced based mind-body techniques including somatic (body) oriented techniques, EMDR, ecotherapy, expressive, spiritual/transpersonal, mindfulness and CBT. Jennifer provides LGBT friendly services and welcomes all individuals to her office.
Contact Jennifer at email@example.com
To schedule an appointment with Jennifer click here.
*******This therapist works with ages 16+ and accepts HSA, cash, check or credit. She is currently accepting out of office ecotherapy and “walk and talk” sessions and has openings for 2-4 new clients in mid-August. Please contact Jennifer for inquires about wilderness therapy for teens or adults and/or wilderness and nature therapy retreats.**************
Megan McMillen, M.Ed., LPCC-S
Therapist, Team Leader and LPCA Supervisor
Megan McMillen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, as well as a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and LPCC Supervisor. Megan began her path toward helping others in 2006. She has worked in a variety of settings including; a Domestic Violence Shelter, Psychriatic Hospital, Community Mental Health agency and a Residential Treatment Facility. Megan completed her MEd in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisville in 2011.
Megan has twelve years of experience working with a wide range of diverse populations and varying treatment needs, so she is extremely adaptable in her therapy approach. Megan uses traditional therapy modalities as well as integrative and wellness tools into her sessions. Megan, who has her own experience with anxiety and depression, inherently recognizes the importance of taking care of one’s body, mind, spirit, environment and relationships. Megan has been a practitioner of yoga for twenty years, teaches meditation and has knowledge in exercise and a certification in nutrition consultation.
Megan has experience helping with depression, anxiety, improving self-esteem, processing trauma, building healthy relationship skills, teaching assertiveness and creating healthy boundaries. Megan’s biggest goal as a therapist is to teach individuals how to unconditionally love themselves, because without that, change is not possible. Megan will work with you to correct any unhealthy thought and behavioral patterns that are keeping you stuck in the life and help you develop your potential to be your best self.
Contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule an appointment with Megan click here.
*******This therapist works with ages 16+. She accepts Humana insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit) and currently has limited weekday availability with no evening spots available at this time. **************
Laurel Sims-Stewart, M.Ed, ATR, LPCC
Taking the first step toward personal healing or help for your child can feel overwhelming, but with the right support it doesn’t have to be. Laurel strives to create a safe, welcoming, and person-centered environment for each individual with whom she works. Her goal is to walk with you on this journey of healing, and empowering you or your child to feel confident in making positive changes.
Laurel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a background in expressive therapy techniques. She completed her M.Ed. in Counseling with a Concentration in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville in 2012. Since then she has had the opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to completing her master’s, Laurel gained experience in the mental health field working with clients on the autism spectrum, children battling chronic medical issues, and as a sexual assault crisis counselor.
Laurel specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, & has extensive experience working with children, teens, & young adults. Laurel utilizes an integrative, insight-based approach including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychoeducation, & expressive techniques. She will work together with you to find the strategies that fit best for you or your child.
Contact Laurel at email@example.com
To schedule an appointment with Laurel click here.
*******This therapist works with children and adults ages 6+. She accepts Humana and BCBS commercial insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit). She does not currently have any open spots for new clients until September. Please check out our other awesome therapists on this page or call 502-694-9488 to be added to your preferred therapist’s waitlist. Thank you!**************
Sarah Barber, MSW, LCSW
Therapist and Nutrition and Wellness Consultant
Sarah Barber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified nutrition and wellness consultant with a passion for helping others. Sarah has been working or volunteering in clinical settings since she was a teenager. She graduated with a BSW and an MSSW from the University of Louisville. Upon graduation, Sarah began working in community mental health. Sarah enjoyed working with adults ages 18 and older with a variety of diagnosis including but not limited to; Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression. However, Sarah specialized in helping those diagnosed with anxiety and personality disorders. Sarah understands that many individuals with either personality disorders or anxiety struggle with emotional and behavioral dysregulation and that having a positive therapeutic relationship with their counselor is the first step towards recovery. Sarah has worked with individuals utilizing both cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy. She also understands the benefit of non-traditional approaches such as focusing on nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness activities.
Through her time working in both stroke and oncology programs, Sarah has also gained extensive experience working with individuals with chronic physical health conditions. Sarah understands how life changing a new physical health diagnosis can be and enjoys helping her clients process and cope with their new reality. Sarah specializes in using flexible client centered approaches, mindfulness-based strategies, and solution focused talk therapies to help individuals heal mind, body and spirit. Sarah firmly believes that what happens in counseling is only effective if you also put in the work in your everyday life. Sarah will help you create a plan and learn the skills you need to be your best, most complete self.
Contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule an appointment with Sara click here.
*******This therapist works with adults 18+. She accepts Humana and BCBS commercial insurances (or HSA, cash, check, credit) and has openings available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.**********
Stephanie Batts, LPCC, NCC
Therapist and Building B Supervisor
Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received an M.A. in Professional Counseling from McKendree University in Illinois, and recently received a post-graduate certificate in Couple Therapy. Stephanie began her career helping teens and their families in crisis situations. Later, she worked at a community mental health facility serving both mental health and substance abuse clients. She has worked with a diverse population of individuals, couples and families. Much of her experience has been working to help clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality issues and poor self-esteem. Stephanie is passionate about working with couples and families to enhance relationships through improving communication, connection, parenting skills and conflict management.
Stephanie approaches each new client with an open mind and a desire to help them reach their own goals. Her hope is to create an accepting, comfortable, compassionate space for clients to feel safe sharing and exploring uncomfortable thoughts and difficult situations. She welcomes all individuals regardless of race, religion or sexuality to her office. Stephanie believes in a holistic approach and uses a combination of counseling techniques (cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, meditation, solution focused, self-awareness, etc.) to tailor therapy to a client’s specific needs, strengths, and abilities. She also uses these techniques to deal with her own life stresses. She enjoys mindful walks, yoga, creating artwork, listening to music and reading to unwind and create positive energy in her own life.
Contact Stephanie at email@example.com
To schedule an appointment with Stephanie click here.
*******This therapist works with ages 12+. She accepts BCBS commercial insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit) for individual therapy and out of pocket for couples counseling. She currently has limited daytime availability but no evening spots available.*******
Rhonda Fessel, LPCC, LPAT
Rhonda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Professional Art Therapist that believes in the power of healing and improved well being through the process of creativity and positive thinking. Rhonda believes that everyone can reach their greatest potential with the right kind of support and nurturance. Rhonda is flexible in her approach and is able to adapt her techniques to meet the needs of each person she works with. She likes to create a space for her clients to explore their inner selves through the process of uninhibited art making. Rhonda has experience working with people of all ages who are overcoming Addiction Issues, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma. Rhonda earned her M.Ed in Counseling with a Concentration in the Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville in 2008. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including both inpatient and outpatient facilities.
In her free time, Rhonda likes to engage in movement meditation whether it is through yoga, hiking, or hoop dance. She likes to use her creativity in the studio making art and in the kitchen baking healthy snacks. She believes in the power of positive thinking and intention and has seen in her own life how this kind of focus can assist with overcoming fear and self-limiting beliefs. She believes in holistic care approaches and has experienced positive transformation through techniques that combine mind, body and spirit.
Contact Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule an appointment with Rhonda click here.
*******This therapist works with ages 16+. She accepts BCBS commercial insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit) and has some availability but will be out of the office for one full month in September.********
Debra Bell, LCSW
Debra has practiced as a licensed psychotherapist for over 25 years. Debra received her Baccalaureate from Mills College and Masters Degree from New York University. She was the Director of Mental Health services at an inpatient AIDs facility and an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. There she developed a practice that integrates the physical and emotional aspects of mental health and physical illness. Debra spent several years in private practice where she pursued further training in alternative techniques like hypnotherapy and aromatherapy and has several years of experience supervising other therapists.
Debra’s philosophy of practice is to help people connect to what is important to them, so that they can make changes and are able to live into the future they envision for themselves. Debra treats the whole person and recognizes the impact of stress and illness on the body and mind no matter the severity. She is able to work with adults, adolescents, children and couples, utilizing individual, family and group therapy as well as various complementary modalities.
Debra has extensive experience working with the LGBTQIA community. She specializes in treating depression and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief & loss, life transitions such as divorce, death, launching off to college, career changes or retirement. She has been classically trained and practices traditional psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy while incorporating complementary techniques such as clinical hypnosis/hypnotherapy, art, music, aromatherapy and psycho-spiritual practices. Debra is trained to use hypnotherapy as a way to help people experience improvement in areas such as smoking cessation, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, and motivation to break old habits and learn new healthy ones.
Debra’s approach is to treat the mind, body and spirit as a whole while being interactive and fully engaged. This approach is often what creates the deepest change when one feels stuck by talking about problems. This type of therapy is Solution Focused and often short term. Debra teaches clients Self Hypnosis tools that enable them to develop their own practices of healing. In Debra’s words: “I believe that it takes a great deal of courage to come to therapy. Change is ALWAYS POSSIBLE! I will join you on your CHANGE journey and show up to be completely present for you as you learn to access your own potential. I consider therapy a sacred space that I feel grateful to share with you. Peace and Light, Debra
Please call 694-9488 to schedule an appointment with Debra Bell.
*******This therapist works with ages 12+. She accepts BCBS commercial insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit) and is able to accept new clients.********
K. Vanessa Blades, LPCC
Therapist with a focus in Child and Family Therapy
Vanessa Blades is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She completed her Masters of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Chicago’s Adler University (previously known as the Adler School of Professional Psychology) in 2014. She has over five years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse orientation, identities and cultures in a variety of settings including an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, a Residential Treatment Facility, Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Therapy Programs, Community Mental Health Care Facilities, and Therapeutic School Programs, which met the needs of students with educational, developmental, and emotional-behavioral obstacles. Vanessa has worked as a researcher in Northern Ireland investigating the impact of war and sectarianism (The Troubles) on the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and socio-economic well-being of its people as well as the effectiveness of present cross-community (peace) organizations in assisting healing and positive change.
Making the decision to begin or continue in therapy can feel like a vulnerable and challenging process for a person and entire family. Vanessa is committed to creating a safe space and being an ally and advocate with you as we explore your individual strengths and in working towards a more helpful, balanced, and rewarding present and future. Using her professional and personal experience and knowledge, Vanessa specializes in the treatment of Mood Dysregulation (i.e., Depression, Anxiety, and Explosive Anger), PTSD and other Trauma Reactions, Prolonged Bereavement and Grief Processing, Relationship and Communication Issues, Transition in Life issues, Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia, and Self-Esteem issues. Vanessa uses person-centered and evidenced-based interventions and techniques in her practice, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strategic and Structural Family Therapy, Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy (e.g., Sandtray, Puppet Therapy), Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, Progressive Muscle Relaxation techniques, and Expressive Therapy techniques (e.g., movement, art, music, and meditation) to assist individuals and families in moving towards their personal goals.
*******This therapist works with adults and children 6+ and has morning and evening availability.***********
Contact Vanessa at email@example.com
To schedule an appointment with Vanessa click here
Erin Smith, RN, BSN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Erin is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who joined Bridge Counseling and Wellness in early 2018. Erin obtained her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Kansas and has been a registered nurse since 2012. While working at The University of Kansas Children’s Psychiatric Hospital for five years as a charge nurse and preceptor, she specialized in children and adolescent psychiatry. Erin moved to Louisville in 2016 where she worked as a nurse at Our Lady of Peace Psychiatric Hospital. For the past two years, she’s worked with children and adolescents while finishing her Master’s degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has worked with patients across the lifespan who have been suffering from ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, eating disorders, and other behavioral issues. Erin shares our philosophy of taking an integrated approach to mental health care and emphasizes the value of a healthy diet (including supplements when appropriate) and exercise with her patients.
Erin was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau membership award during both her undergraduate program as well as in graduate school. She is a member of professional nursing organizations including The American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International, where she serves as a nurse leader.
Erin will be working to provide medication management, psychiatric evaluations, and more for new and existing clients at Bridge. She is passionate about working with all ages to consider psychopharmacology and/or behavioral interventions. She is committed to giving you the time and attention needed by understanding your struggles and working with you to develop a plan of care.
Contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule an appointment with Erin click here.
*******Erin works with ages 6+. She accepts BCBS insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit) and has openings available within one week.*********
Shawna Dellacave, LPATA, RYT
Shawna Dellecave, LPATA, RYT, is certified yoga teacher and a licensed professional art therapist associate. She is a professional musician and artist. She is a trained dancer and has practiced yoga since 2001. She earned your yoga teaching certificate under the direction of Laura Spaulding at Yoga East in Louisville, KY. She has also studied the works and teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Swami Muktananda, B.K.S. Iyengar, Shri R. Sharath Jois, and Kino MacGregor. Her personal yoga practice is strongly rooted in the Ashtanga System.
Shawna also has a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapy from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Northern Kentucky University. In her professional life, she is devoted to advocacy for individuals with disabilities and mental health needs. In her free time, she loves writing songs, playing music with friends, making messes with paint, gardening, obsessing over house décor, sewing, dancing, and so much more.
Contact Shawna at email@example.com
Hailey Spivak, BS
Director of Community Outreach
Hailey Spivak is a Certified Health Educator. She graduated with a BS in Communication studies, with a focus in Public Advocacy and Women’s Health from The Ohio University. Since 2015, she has been a part of three non-profits, both nationally and internationally, empowering individuals in healthy decision making by implementing and facilitating workshops promoting primary prevention and harm reduction.
She values the imperative need for health communication between client and provider, specifically in this day and age of technology, ensuring comprehension and confidence for clients when they are embarking on the journey of initial step taking toward mental health support.
Kathryn Petrey, E-RYT, MAMFT
Kat began her yoga practice in 1998 and pursued teacher training in 2008 through Eternal Health Yoga, in order to begin sharing her love of yoga with others. Kat has a strong belief that this practice brings transformation, inner calm, acceptance and greater balance to one’s life. She has found yoga asana to serve as a therapeutic, holistic approach to healing, as it is rooted in the body-mind-spirit connection. Anyone can practice yoga, as yoga is the breath. Inspired by the Jivamukti Yoga Method, Ashtanga and Hatha styles, you’ll find Kat’s classes to be a mix of focus on breath, intention, lightness and graceful flow. Each class or private session is different, offering a variety of yoga postures, modification and pranayama techniques to help one center, allow space for healing and transcend the limitations of the mind.
She has studied the works and teachings of Sri Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S Iyengar and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In addition to traditional Ashtanga and Hatha systems, her yoga training incorporated a focus on yoga as a lifestyle, nutrition and studies in Yin and Kundalini Yoga. Kat’s private sessions offer the opportunity for exploring yoga philosophy and teachings, as well as how the practice may apply to each individual’s lifestyle, personal story and current need. Her sessions encourage one to take pause, to deepen self-awareness and expand one’s understanding and perception of themselves, others and life through mindfulness and devotion to practice. Kat continues to learn and grow as a yoga practitioner and share new information with her students, in participating in continuing education, workshops and trainings.
In addition to holding a 200 hour RYT certification and being registered with Yoga Alliance, Kat also holds certifications in Reiki, Vedic Thai Massage and is currently proving mental health services as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, specializing in Individual, Relational and Couples counseling.
Villice Phillips, CPT
Villice began her medical career in 2001 when she received her CNA from Elizabethtown Technical College. In 2005 Villice received her certification as a Phlebotomy technician at Spencerian College. Since then she has gained a wealth of experience in diverse medical settings, including oncology, urology, and hospital settings. For 5 years, Villice has worked as a Clinical Research Recruiter for a cancer clinic. Villice has a love for learning and is constantly looking to expand her knowledge, skills and education. Currently, Villice is an instructor at the Kentucky School of Phlebotomy teaching Phlebotomy, and C.M.A courses. Villice is passionate about educating and performing phlebotomy ensuring your experience with her is pleasant and comfortable.
Cassie Baker, LPCC, TCADC
Cassie Baker is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who received her undergraduate training at Eastern Kentucky University, where she graduated with honors. She completed her Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in 2015 through Lindsey Wilson College. Since that time, has worked primarily in the outpatient community mental health setting, although she has also provided services both in a residential treatment facility and domestic violence shelter.
Cassie has experience treating mood disorders, trauma, personality disorders, addiction, grief & loss, and other mental health concerns. She specializes in working with adults who are living with co-mingling mental illness and substance use disorder(s). She strives to foster a safe, non-judgmental environment in which individuals are free to explore their specific challenges and barriers. She is adept in the use of cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other integrative evidence-based treatment modalities within the therapeutic environment. Cassie values the mind-body-spirit connection as an integral part of the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. She promotes heightened mind/body awareness in her practice, to include the use of mindfulness-based interventions and interactive-expressive techniques. She focuses on self-compassion as one of the most powerful therapeutic tools, and the foundation on which all other skills are built.
Cassie believes that each and every individual is capable of positive change, as long as they have the tools and support needed to do so. She has found that her greatest challenges in life were most effectively managed when she was able to tend to her “whole self” needs, and through connection with others who provided the support she needed to thrive.
Contact Cassie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule with Cassie, please click here.