Anna Themanson, LCPC
Anna Themanson, LCPC, CADC
Annmarie O'Connell, LPC, NCC, CADC
Ashley Lamm, LPC

Anna Themanson, LCPC, CADC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Works with adult and adolescent individuals and families 

Anna’s perspective: “Therapy can be a life-changing journey, and you have already taken the first step. I strive to create a safe, supportive, and trusting environment because I believe that the therapeutic relationship is integral to facilitating personal growth. We will work collaboratively to build upon strengths, nurture independence, and enhance skills in order to foster progress towards your goals. With adherence to ethical standards, I use evidence-based practices to deliver affirming and validating services. I also enjoy incorporating humor, multimedia, and experiential interventions into sessions. I specialize in providing individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents in addition to offering therapy for those seeking help with substance use issues. You are the expert of your own life and I would feel privileged to help you take on life’s adventures.”

Annmarie O'Connell, LPC, NCC, CADC

Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Works with adolescent & adult individuals, couples, and families

Annmarie’s take: “Change doesn’t happen in perfect order. Perhaps you have tried to make transitions in different areas in your life and fear has stopped you. Maybe you overreact and hurt loved ones. Maybe you vowed to make changes yet stayed stagnant and have caused a cycle of disappointment. Real transformation can be painful and downright unrelenting. When you commit to growth, it is best on your own terms but you still need someone to flag you out of the dark. Let me guide you with evidence based strategies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), theories like attachment theory and polyvagal theory,  along with a grace filled heart to make real change within yourself so your thoughts, values, and behaviors match. I can’t wait to begin this process with you. My light is on! Let's begin.”

Ashley Lamm, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Works with children, adolescent & adult individuals, and families

Ashley's perspective: “My goal is to lead you to a more fulfilling life.  Sometimes we feel so overwhelmed by our thoughts we are unable to unravel them to find the answer. I believe our behaviors are an essential mode of communication, and I help my clients effectively communicate by exploring the how, why, and what of our behaviors. I create a safe and non-judgmental space to help you analyze how your thoughts drive your emotions and ultimately guide behaviors. I love to incorporate humor and empathetic understanding in our sessions to create a sense of comfort and ease when we are working together. I am passionate about helping clients with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and those struggling with life transitions. It is important that you know you are not alone. I am here to guide you and empower you the entire way.”

Ashley Miller, AMFT

Ashley Miller, AMFT

Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Works with children, adolescents, and adults, Individuals and Families

Ashley says, “I believe that therapy is more than just a service, it is an experience. It involves one or more people coming together to explore, taking risks, face challenges and embrace meaningful moments. On this journey, I am prepared to be an advocate, provide humor, present opportunities for growth, and serve as a reminder of your growth.  My passion is working with youth, families, and relationships from a systemic perspective. Everyone has a unique story and it is important to me that all pieces are honored. I welcome you, no matter what challenges you are currently facing and it is my privilege to provide a supportive and affirming experience.”

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Hannah Slattery, LPC, NCC

Hannah Slattery, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Works with children, adolescent & adults; individuals, couples, and families

Hannah says: “My goal is to encourage, support and educate clients who are looking for a new path. I know that in this fast-paced society we feel disconnected and confused about what we are supposed to do, how we are supposed to feel, and who we are supposed to be. I foster a safe space for people who are looking to connect with themselves and others.  My hope is that when you step into my office, you feel a sense of belonging and have a desire to grow. I enjoy working hands on with children using play and art as a way to increase their emotional intelligence. I’m also passionate about working collaboratively with couples to assist them in finding peace and happiness. Your mental health is important, your happiness is important, you are important.”

Shannon Carlson, LPC

Shannon Carlson, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Works with adolescent & adult individuals and couples

Shannon says, “Taking the first step to invest in yourself is not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. I am here to make that first step easier and to help guide you in this journey. Using a compassionate, relatable, and genuine approach to therapy, I will help you look at your life from a different perspective. Whether your therapeutic experience is focused on yourself or a relationship, I will create a safe and authentic space for you to feel comfortable being vulnerable and open to change happening. Life is a dance, and it is important we learn how to move in accordance with it to live our life to its absolute fullest.  I look forward for the opportunity to work with you and help guide you.” 

Peggy Carstensen, LCPC, ATR

Peggy Carstensen, LCPC, ATR

Clinical Director

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist

Works with adult and adolescent individuals 

Peggy’s take: “Like art, life is messy.  The same way many artists feel fear looking at a blank canvas, sometimes the scariest part about getting help is starting. No one should ever navigate pain alone. I am passionate about helping those in crisis find solutions. I believe everyone has the ability to change their circumstances even when stress, hardship, loss, negative relationships, violence or anxiety have impacted an individual or family. I specialize in providing individual therapy to adults and children, and I am particularly passionate about helping individuals heal from traumatic experiences. You have more power than you realize, and I’m here to help you reclaim it.  I would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.”

Kate Fish, LMFT

Kate Fish, LMFT

Owner & Clinical Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Works with adult individuals, couples and families 

Kate says, "As a therapist, my goal is to show you that you are worthy of love and health just as you are. I believe that God's grace extends to all without exception, and I seek to do the same. The goal of my work with clients is to hold up a mirror and to help you recognize the role you play in each of your relationships. I believe our relationship health directly affects our mental health, and when one improves, so will the other. I take a collaborative approach with my clients and will often challenge clients to utilize their own experiences and expertise to resolve issues, rather than just provide my own solution. I also enjoy providing psychoeducation about health and wellness, including parenting techniques and communication or conflict resolution skills. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and to offer you empowerment, resolution, healing, and most of all, grace. "

Nikki Gibson

Nikki Gibson

Office Manager

Nikki says, "Reaching out for therapy can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn't have to be. As the office manager and point person for scheduling appointments at Graceful Therapy, I strive to make the process as smooth and simple as possible. Based on my own experiences of seeking therapy, I know there can be a lot of unknowns when it comes to setting up that first appointment for yourself or a family member -- will insurance cover the cost? Will I have a connection with my clinician? What should I expect during the first appointment?  I am here to answer all those questions and more! I feel like therapy is an empowering tool to help us overcome obstacles in our lives and achieve the best versions of ourselves. I am happy to be here to help get you started on that journey."

Brandy McDonald, LSW

Brandy McDonald, LSW

Licensed Social Worker 

Works with adolescents & adults, individuals, couples, and families

Brandy’s perspective: “I believe one of the constant and most challenging aspects of life is change. Change can be difficult to navigate and uncomfortable, but ultimately bittersweet. I offer a safe space for individuals, families, and couples to explore the challenges related to change. Whether it is from a crisis, a desire for overall health and wellness, or a need for improved relationships, I view my role as a helper on your journey. I bring my own life experience, training, and faith into play while utilizing a strengths-based, practical, and grace-filled approach. I will help you gain new tools for successfully navigating the moving waters of everyday life. I take special interest in clients with ADHD, teens, couples and families, and those dealing with trauma. I look forward to joining you on this journey!”

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Carla DePalma, LPC, ATR

Carla DePalma, LPC, ATR

Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Art Therapist

Works with children, adolescents & adults; individuals, couples, and families

Carla's take: "Asking for help is not always easy, and holding up a mirror to examine our struggles can be challenging and overwhelming. I believe in creating a place of safety for people to express themselves, and I’m humbled and privileged to get to know you and help you on your journey.   I use art therapy and traditional talk therapy for adolescents, teens, and adults. I bring a gentle, compassionate, and genuine approach with humor and warmth. My hope is to sit with you and honor your feelings while guiding you toward healing at a pace we set together."

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Elena Ruiz Ramos, LPC

Elena Ruiz Ramos, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Consejera Bilingüe

Works with children, adolescents & adults; individuals and families

Elena's perspective: "I am humbled to be able to listen to you, and I feel called to help you experience personal progress one moment at a time.  It is an honor to show the love of God and the light of Jesus through listening, understanding, encouraging and challenging clients. I strive to bring out a client’s strengths in therapy. I also find it powerful to incorporate strategies that explore the connection between thoughts, feelings and actions. One of my specialties is working with Spanish-speaking clients. I provide family therapy and treat issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD and life adjustments. Regardless of someone's background, age, or hopes in therapy, I will always be genuine and embrace the importance of working towards your goals. I am excited to sit alongside you and guide you through your journey of progress and healing. "

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