Our Amazing Team
LISA PARSONS, M.Ed, LPCC-S, NCC, RPT-S
LISA PARSONS, M.ED, LPCC-S, NCC, RPT-S
“Happiness is an inside job.” This is my philosophy that is up to us to decide if we choose to learn the skills to be happy and incorporate them into our lives. My second favorite saying is from The Lego Movie, “Everyone is Awesome when you are part of a team.” When we feel part of something our lives shift whether it is by volunteering, working, or being with friends and family.
I absolutely love being a Clinical Counselor & Registered Play Therapist! I love to look at your issues through sand therapy, art, and the playroom to get to the root of your issues if you are a child or an adult, I do not discriminate, it works for everyone. I will spend a lot of time using challenging interventions which will allow you to incorporate your coping skills and catch the negative thoughts that come to you to change them to a positive such as I can do this, I can do hard things, and I did it last time so I can do it again.
I utilize creative intervention as Madison County’s’ only practicing Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and teach my Awesome Clinical Team these interventions too. My specialties are being a Registered Play Therapist, EMDR trained, Autplay Certified, Theraplay Level 1 Certificate, TF-CBT trained/supervision completed, Gottman Level 1 & 2 Trained, & a Clinical Counselor Supervisor for associate-level counselors. EMDR is a healing alternative to talk-therapy.
I believe in all my training and skills as a play therapist because you can see your issues more clearly however since I have been trained in EMDR I now have the skills to heal you from what stops you from progressing forward.
My clients continuously tell me that they are amazed that after a few sessions they feel better. They see more clearly what they need to do to continue to heal and they have unlocked their emotional brain that kept them in their trauma. It is AMAZING, truly. With 30 years of volunteer and professional experiences, I have worked with children and families from diverse backgrounds and challenges. My passion is strengthening the family system by increasing attachment and setting boundaries through positive parenting and assisting in reuniting families through parenting education and family sessions.
As a mother of five children, I understand firsthand the challenges of raising children into adulthood. It is my desire to have all my clients LEARN new coping skills, HEAL from their trauma, and THRIVE in their future.
BRITTANY WILSON, MA, LPCC-S, NCC
BRITTANY WILSON, M.A., LPCC, NCC
My philosophy is that everyone needs someone to talk to sometimes. I want to be that someone for you. Change can be a good thing. I became an LPCC in January of 2019 and recently got married in September of 2019. I enjoy playing Xbox and reading books in my free time. I consider myself a nerd and proud to stand out. I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 2016. Some of my clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce, grief, bullying, behavioral issues, teen issues, and self-esteem. I utilize play therapy in addition to a client-centered approach with some cognitive-behavioral therapy. I have received training and supervision in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Other trainings I have attended are: 12 hours of Autism and Sensory training with Dr. Robert Jason Grant, creative interventions for working with traumatized children training by Liana Lowenstein, interventions for working with traumatized children training by Paris Goodyear-Brown, Mandala training, and have received training in-house in therapeutic playroom and Theraplay-based activities through Parsons Counseling. I currently serve Richmond and Irvine clients. I am working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist.
KENDRA GROSS, M.Ed, LPCC
KENDRA GROSS, M.ED, LPCA
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss I believe everyone has the power inside them to lead a life in which they want to live. Life can seem difficult and it can sometimes appear impossible to get to the brightest outcome for you. As a counselor, I am there to hold your hand and walk beside you as you guide me through your life. We will work together to transform you and achieve the personal goals you have created. I am a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College with a Bachelors in Human Services and a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate. I have worked with multiple populations with a variety of mental health needs. I was a Targeted Case Manager working to find independent living for people that have been diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness. I gained experience working with inpatient services while working as a Mental Health Technician at Ridge Behavioral Health for several years on all units. I completed practicum and internships at Ridge Behavioral Health working with the geriatric population, children’s psychiatric unit and the adult psychiatric unit. Most recently, I worked in Medication Assisted Treatment, working with the Substance Use Disorder population. Parsons Counseling has worked to train me in-house in working with children in the playroom, Theraplay based interventions, challenge interventions, and Expressive Art interventions. I have completed trainings in sandtray, attachment, and I am certified in Autplay. I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky. I am a mom to three children, all boys ages 8, 5 and 1. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting and reading.
LAURA WEITKAMP, MA, LPCA, NCC
LAURA WEITKAMP, MA, LPCA, NCC
“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven I chose this quote because I have always enjoyed learning and I am still learning during my time at Parsons Counseling. I was employed at EKU for 27 years in which I earned 4 degrees, the last being a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am fairly new to the profession although I feel like I have been listening to people talk about what is on their minds and hearts my entire life. I have been trained in play therapy, theraplay, grief and loss, and trauma. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering in the community, spending time with my family, and going to concerts, and reading.
CASEY FARRIS M.Ed, LPCC, NCC
CASEY FARRIS M.ED, LPCC, NCC
My background includes working in a therapeutic foster agency with foster youth, families, and treatment teams. I have a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University where I also completed courses for Mental Health Counseling and Play Therapy. I have a BS in IECE-SEEC Special Education with a minor in Child and Family Studies. I have worked with children and parents in multiple settings; youth programs, church, daycares, schools, libraries, and therapeutic environments. In my free time I enjoy books, movies, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with my dog, family, and friends. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
KELLY DEATON TOLLIVER, M.Ed, LPCC
KELLY DEATON TOLLIVER, M.ED., LPCC
am the newest member of the Parsons Counseling team, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, experienced in both Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling. I specialize in relating to clients from all backgrounds, and helping them develop new “building blocks” of coping and communication skills. I am open to allowing a client’s spirituality to be part of their healing process, while remembering to apply logical principles to the issues at hand. I look forward to meeting you, so you, too, can use those skills to make better decisions and to navigate through the next steps in your life. I look forward to learning additional helping skills as part of the Parsons Counseling team to offer you, or another member of your family, the best counseling experience possible. I went back to graduate school to become a counselor at age 40 (2010) after a career as a salesperson. I find the same traits and skills that made me a good salesperson also help me as a counselor: the most important being a desire to help my client reach their goals. I often say I’m still in sales, I just sell “hope” now. “When we learn to respond rather than react, that’s when we find our power.” – Mary Gina Connor
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
I was with Parsons as an intern for about a year before coming on board as an Associate Counselor. I have enjoyed learning how to use art and play to reach young people and to help them process their challenges. I am looking forward to becoming trained in EMDR and excited to explore other play therapy-based interventions. I am an admirer of all things vintage and antique. I collect Fenton art glass and vintage Fiesta dinnerware. I also love finding and wearing vintage clothes and accessories! You may find me checking out flea markets or walking around Peddler’s Mall.
ELIZABETH JARRELL MA, LPCA
I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in May 2021 with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have been working primarily with children and adolescents the past year in my internships, which ignited my passion for this population. I have experience working with many mental health concerns with a primary focus on Autism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety. I’m excited to get to work more with people of all ages!
JODY ELBERT MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Jo Elbert, PNHNP
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with the therapists in the office to help bring quality back to your life. My area of expertise is medication management. ADHD, depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders are just some of the conditions I help clients manage. I strive to partner with you and your therapist to regain your quality of life. I feel the most important tool I can use is to actively listen to your concerns.
Case Managers & Community Support Associates
ELAINE LEWIS, BSW
ELAINE LEWIS, BSW
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom, Holocaust survivor I love this quote by Corrie Ten Boom as it reassures us that in the darkest of times when we are unclear of what lies ahead, we can know a loving God is with us and will never leave or forsake us. I joined the Parsons Counseling family in Feb. 2020 as TCM and have also trained as CSA. I have worked in the social service field since graduating from Cumberland College in 1990. Through many locations in the US and overseas I have worked with families and individuals from newborn to elderly in the roles of counselor, advocate, teacher, mentor, and manager. My passion has always been to assist others in reaching their greatest potential. I married my sweetheart in 1991 and have been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters (18 &15). I am a proud military wife as my husband has served in the USAF since 1992. We’ve enjoyed living throughout the US and overseas. Of all the places we’ve visited our favorite has to be Ireland. I am an avid basketball fan with my favorite teams being UK Wildcats (of course) and Boston Celtics. For fun and relaxation, I enjoy swimming, basketball, camping, and almost any outdoor activities, watching movies with my family. Our involvement with our Church is a great part of our lives and we love serving our community any way possible. My favorite music comes from my family, but professionally I love Crowder and Zach Williams.
KRISTYN EDWARDS, BS
KRISTYN EDWARD, BS
I am a Targeted Case Management Coordinator at Parsons Counseling. For several years I worked in the childcare field as a daycare teacher, YMCA summer camp counselor, and as a registered behavior technician implementing applied behavior analysis techniques to children on the autism spectrum. I have a passion for working with children which has led me to Parsons to serve my community and help people and their children to gain resources they need.
Community Support Associate
“Be the change you want to see in the world. When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.”
I will be helping with the summer camps that Parsons Counseling will be holding. I will also be working as a CSA. I can not wait to help our community grow stronger. I have worked in elementary schools and retirement homes helping individuals work on themselves.
JESSICA ABELL, BBA, CPB
JESSICA ABELL, BBA
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” – Philippians 4:8 I am so excited to be working for a company that truly helps people! I graduated from EKU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business. I have 13 years of experience working in the healthcare field. It may sound strange to some but I truly enjoy doing billing and administrative tasks. My husband and I have two Yorkie-Poos who are our babies. My passions are singing, animals, and helping others. I also enjoy reading and watching fantasy and science-fiction.
RAGEN SENSABAUGH, BS
RAGEN SENSABAUGH, BS
Assistant Practice Administrator
“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you will be able to see a little bit further.” -Thomas Carlyle
My name is Ragen Sensabaugh. I started with Parsons Counseling as the Berea Administrative and Supervised Visits Manager in May 2019. I also graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology in May 2019. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and completing DIY projects around our house. I also enjoy watching movies & playing with my two dogs.
ANDREW PARSONS, BS
ANDREW PARSONS, BS
Financial Analyst & Scheduling Coordinator
I am an Administrator. My job is to answer the phones and help clients with anything that they might need. I run various financial reports to help management make financial based decisions. I am also a researcher who works to gain knowledge so that I can help Parsons Counseling create presentations.