Meet Our Counselors

Get to know the compassionate professionals behind our tailored counseling services, each dedicated to supporting your path to personal growth and well-being right here in Hamilton County.

Kristi Turner, MA, LMHC

Kristi is an EMDR Trained & Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of experience in the counseling field. Kristi has worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups dealing with a variety of issues. While Kristi has experience in private practice, past and present, she also has worked in a hospital crisis unit and emergency departments assessing those dealing with everything from psychosis and drug abuse to depression and anxiety for immediate care. Kristi’s research during her graduate program was focused on geriatric depression and program development to address this issue and she has been published in this area.

Kristi is a married mother of 2 and has a passion for working with couples and families. In addition, Kristi has experience working well with: anxiety, depression, child/adolescent behavioral issues, bereavement/grief, phase of life issues, anger issues, abuse issues, communication issues, relationship conflict, parenting issues, and domestic violence.

Brianna Thompson, LMHC

My name is Bree and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 4 years experience in the counseling field. I received my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Indianapolis. I have experience working in community mental health doing both individual and group therapy with adults with a variety of concerns. I enjoy working with individuals on depression, anxiety, relationship issues, communication, anger, impulse behaviors, and emotion regulation.

I use a variety of different theories in my practice including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing. I strive to make the therapeutic space a safe place for individuals to build and work on their personal and relationship goals. 

Stacey Morrison, MSW, LCSW

Stacey is an EMDR Trained & Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the mental health field. She has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds dealing with a variety of different issues. Having started out in Community Mental Health and doing individual and family therapy, she has also worked in the hospital setting doing crisis mental health assessments in a psychiatric emergency room and seeing patients in a supportive role on the inpatient medical floors for consultation. Stacey has also worked in a Domestic Violence shelter providing supportive counseling and education for women and their children during times of crisis.

Stacey enjoys working with people to help navigate the best course of treatment and road to health and happiness. She believes that those struggling with depression, anxiety, family conflict, parenting stress, grief, and chronic mental illness have the ability to develop coping strategies to live a happy, healthy, productive life.

Kaywin Lawrence, LCSW

Kaywin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in the Mental Health field working with children, adolescents, families, and adults dealing with a variety of issues. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from IUPUI in Psychology and her Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Southern Indiana. Kaywin has experience working with trauma, abuse, sexually maladaptive youth, bereavement/grief, anger, communication issues, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. 

Kaywin is a former elementary school therapist who finds value in using a comprehensive approach to mental health care. She is trained in exploring and acknowledging biological, psychological, and social factors along with their complex interactions to best understand and treat each individual client’s needs.

Her counseling approach stems from a variety of theories including Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and EFT. Kaywin also enjoys incorporating expressive arts, yoga, and sound healing into sessions.  While working together, you can trust that you will be heard, accepted, challenged, and encouraged!

Zachary Reed, MSW, LCSW

Zach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of experience in the counseling field. He has worked with individuals and groups dealing with a variety of issues from handling everyday stressors to tackling emotional dysregulation and impulsive behavior. Zach has worked in both community and outpatient settings, assessing and treating numerous mental health diagnoses and has a particular passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. He prides himself on being a sex-positive therapist.

Zach identifies as gay (pronouns: he/him/his) and enjoys working with both individuals and couples. His approach is primarily based on increasing mindfulness in order to promote clear-thinking, self-focus, and achievement of well-defined personal goals. In his practice, Zach has found that mindfulness is the perfect stepping stone for exploring issues related to anxiety, depression, grief, anger, sexual wellness, and even relationship issues.

Leslie Malkemus, LMHC, LMFTA

Leslie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with over eight years of experience in the counseling field. Leslie has worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a variety of settings. Leslie began her career helping incarcerated clients and their families navigate through the complex corrections system while addressing mental health, addiction, and relationship issues.

 Leslie has also previously worked with children and their families involved in the foster care system, tackling issues such as trauma and abuse, behavior management, anxiety, depression, substance use, grief and loss, ADHD, parenting, and adjustment. Leslie has a passion for addressing both personal and interpersonal issues like communication, conflict resolution, boundaries, changing intergenerational cycles, emotion management, trust, and forgiveness. Leslie seeks to collaborate with clients on finding the capacity to enact positive changes in their lives, break patterns that are no longer functional, increase self-knowledge, and develop healthier relationships with self and others.

Connor Thomas, MA, LMHC

Welcome to your path to healing! I’m a licensed therapist specializing in trauma, first responders, attachment, core beliefs, anxiety, and depression. With a strong belief in the mind-body connection, I’m here to help you heal through a robust therapeutic journey.

Together, we’ll identify and transform unhelpful patterns, equipping you with new coping skills to reach your goals. My passion lies in aiding those who crave progress from being stuck, whether it’s past traumas, anxious thoughts, or feelings of hopelessness.

I go beyond conventional talk therapy, focusing on evidence-based techniques like eye-movement therapy and “parts work” to facilitate profound healing and transformation. I’m trained in EMDR and certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for trauma, anxiety, and depression relief. In addition to traditional sessions, I also offer longer intensives to speed up the healing process and get quite a bit of work done quickly. 

My goal is to guide you toward lasting emotional well-being efficiently. My holistic therapy approach embraces the unity of mind and body, factoring in your entire being—psychological, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. 

If you’re ready to take the first step towards greater self-awareness, healing, and personal growth, I invite you to reach out and schedule a session with me today.

Nancy Homan, LCSW

Nancy is a Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree from Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis. She has experience working with clients of all ages in private practice. Nancy is also a former elementary school teacher, who brings an expertise in working with children and adolescents, helping them build self-esteem and confidence in their own individuality.

With a strong background in childhood and adolescents, Nancy works closely with parents and children in areas of behavioral management, anxiety, OCD, depression, and performance anxiety in academics, sports, and other extra-curricular activities.  Nancy also meets with adults and couples, using a cognitive behavioral and strengths-based approach with all clients to help them reach their individual goals and grow toward a happy and balanced life.

Jordan Fonseca, MSW, LCSW

Hello and welcome! My name is Jordan and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I feel honored to walk alongside others to provide comfort and support during difficult and overwhelming times in life. People have done that for me, and it has been instrumental in my life. We are not meant to live this life on our own, and if I can help shoulder some of the burden you may be carrying then I count myself blessed.

I have experience working with individuals, families, couples and groups dealing with a variety of issues. I have worked with people who have experienced depression, anxiety, relationship issues, troubles with boundaries, life transitions, difficulties with self-esteem, domestic violence, substance abuse and PTSD. I have a specific passion to help people heal from traumatic life experiences.

I believe in a person-centered and strengths-based approach to therapy. I strive to create a safe and compassionate environment for clients where they can feel empowered and understood. I am trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I believe in the power of instilling hope even in life’s most difficult circumstances. I believe that true freedom and healing is possible for every person.

Kayla Medaris, LMHCA

My goal as a mental health counselor is to provide a safe environment for my clients to tell their story, process and feel emotions, and to just be. I want to walk alongside clients as they take steps toward healing, growth, and resilience. 

I have experience working with adults and teens as they navigate grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, relationship challenges, anxiety, and depression. As a counselor, I believe in an integrative approach to therapy where I include client-centered, trauma-informed, and holistic treatment interventions to find the best approach for each client. This means fostering a compassionate, adaptable, explorative, and open space while considering the whole person in the process.

Clients, with the guidance of a counselor, can work on reconnecting with themselves and the world around them. Together, we can work toward exploring your experiences in a safe, comfortable manner and help guide you to healing.