​Meet ​​Our Therapists

Katie MacDougall, LPC

Katie MacDougall, LPC

I love what I do day in and day out. My job isn’t easy, but I am blown away that God allows me to join people in the midst of their most painful, tender situations. I often wonder, “why me?” If you’re reading this, you might actually be asking the same question. The primary answer to that question is that God has gifted me with encouragement and discernment. I have also had extensive, professional training that you can read more about later in this bio. Last, but not least, I have also had years of experience - both professionally and personally - with walking through deep pain.

​Between my gifting, training, and experience, I am great at helping individuals, couples, and families move through their worst pain and most complex situations.

​Personalized Therapy

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Morning Light Christian Counseling. As I’ve sat in the counseling room with people over the years, I know that every person and experience is different. That is why it is incredibly important to me to provide therapy that is personalized to you.

​I don’t believe in cookie-cutter therapy because I don’t believe that anything about you or your situation is cookie-cutter.

I’ve learned that pain is pain. I don’t believe that one person’s pain is greater than another's. All I see is that someone is hurting and it is my responsibility to take that pain very seriously. I also really believe that the counselor-client relationship is hugely important to your success as a client. As a result, I value an equal mix of empathizing and challenging in my therapy sessions.

​I want you to feel heard and understood, then I want to challenge you to really get to where you want to go.

Extensive Training

I hold a Master of Divinity with specialization in Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma City University. I am ​Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified Therapist, which is a research-based method to help those suffering from traumatic events.  

​I am also trained in Prepare-Enrich and SYMBIS, which are both tools used to help with relationship counseling. In addition to these tools, I often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Family Systems Therapy.

​In addition to my therapy training, I am an Authorized Darkness to Light Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Facilitator.

Katie MacDougall, LPC

I enjoy conducting trainings to help prevent some of the atrocities I see in my office on a regular basis. I especially enjoy helping churches prevent childhood sexual abuse using these trainings.

My “life verse”

When I’m out of the office, my goal is to be outside as much as possible. I love seeing and experiencing God’s creation through the outdoors. Some of my favorite things include: family, church, hot tea, dogs, pineapples, ice cream, and spin class.

My “life verse” is Galatians 6:9 NIV

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

​When I was sixteen a Sunday School teacher shared that verse with me while I was feeling incredibly weary. Little did I know that life would continue to make me feel weary with numerous losses and disappointments down the road. That verse has represented Jesus holding onto me in seasons of long-suffering and I am so grateful to be able to see His hand in my life - on the good days and the bad ones.

I would be honored to help you figure out what is keeping you from receiving that hope.

​Buzz Godwin, LPC

Speaking frankly, as a Christian focused licensed professional, I believe that past experiences and current ways of living do not have to define the person we become. Life has many twists and curves that cause many issues in life. Life difficulties are common to all, and those oriented towards Christ know that God has provided escape from such temptations and trials.

Fittingly, a Bible verse I favor is 1 Corinthians 10:13​

​"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it."

​​Extensive Experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Morning Light Christian Counseling. As I’ve sat in the counseling room with people over the years, I know that every person and experience is different. That is why it is incredibly important to me to provide therapy that is personalized to you.

​​Practical Solutions

Many times the challenge of counseling is to find creative ways of resolving those feelings ​that seem baffling and unsolvable. ​My ability to help resolve those feelings is why my clients have told me that I excel in guiding them to lasting solutions in practical and spiritual manners. 

​In counseling, I work with clients to ethically integrate effective therapy skills with sound Christian theology which involves one's thoughts, their language, and their patterns of learned past behavior towards specific and desired positive outcomes in the present.

​Diverse Methods

Personally, my journey in life, Christian and secular, has led me to many transitions from which I learned from my mistakes. As well, I benefited from my associations with churches, liturgical to ​full gospel. So, I can likely understand your spiritual concerns.

​I truly enjoy working with people searching for God’s truth and promises. I work well also with those who do not embrace Christian beliefs; i.e., those with “secular” or alternative orientations. Then, I guide by focusing upon inherent strengths and ethically challenging limiting patterns of thinking. As a very wise mentor once told me, “If you lead others, you take away their choices, but if you guide others, they own the path they choose to take.”

​Benjamin Rex Allison, L​PC

Hello, are you or someone you love feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Dealing with out of control emotions or behaviors? Feeling hopeless or helpless with nowhere to turn? If so then I believe you have taken the first steps to overcoming what is impacting, you today. Just by reading this you are beginning a journey that you or a loved one needs to move forward in a healthy way. It would be my sincere honor to come along beside you in this counseling process.

My passion is helping people with the stresses, pains, hardships, past or present that life throws at you in order to restore you to a place of healing.

Therapeutic Philosophy

​Entering counseling is not easy and it will be hard work. The best things in life usually do require perseverance. I do not believe there is any one way to counsel someone, any specific time frame or any one technique that stands alone. Each person is unique. You and I will work together to determine what your needs are and how we will address those needs. You are not alone.

​​Training and Experience

I have Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and I am currently completing my Doctor of Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Therapy and Treating Sexual Addiction.

I have worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, public schools and the private sector. I have experience working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults. I provide, individual, couple, group and family counseling.

Philosophy

Reaching out for help can be difficult, you do not have to go it alone. For this reason, I take a collaborative approach to working with people. In session you will find that I am compassionate and dedicated to my clients, working with you in seeking solutions to your struggles. Your own thoughts, beliefs, and values are important to me as well as your involvement in counseling.

Reaching out for help can be difficult, you do not have to go it alone. For this reason, I take a collaborative approach to working with people. In session you will find that I am compassionate and dedicated to my clients, working with you in seeking solutions to your struggles. Your own thoughts, beliefs, and values are important to me as well as your involvement in counseling.

Hope is one of the most powerful mechanisms in a journey of peace and healing. While many individuals may feel as if there is no hope, I believe there is always hope and you do not have to tread that path alone. It is time for you to retake control of your life!

A verse I take to heart is from 1 Peter 5:6-7

​“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you”.

Treneé Tunick, LCSW

Hello! And welcome to your new beginning. The beginning of a journey of self-reflection and healing. Maybe you are feeling down or depressed and you cannot see through the storm you are in. Or you might be climbing your own mountain of grief and can’t see through the clouds to the top. What if you are looking at your life and say “my life is good, why am I having such a hard time?” If you are reading this, you are taking the first step to positive change in your life!

I love God and I love people. I am not immune to life challenges and I have had to walk through storms and climb my own mountains, but God was with me, gave me strength and placed people in my life that helped me navigate through those challenges to help me become a better version of myself.

Let me join you in this journey.

Therapeutic Philosophy

​Entering counseling is not easy and it will be hard work. The best things in life usually do require perseverance. I do not believe there is any one way to counsel someone, any specific time frame or any one technique that stands alone. Each person is unique. You and I will work together to determine what your needs are and how we will address those needs. You are not alone.

​​Training

I hold a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and have my clinical license as a Social Worker to provide therapeutic counseling. I have been in this field for over 15 years and have enjoyed my diversified experiences. These include working in crisis situations, long term care and life plan communities, working with homeless veteran’s and counseling in private practice.

During this time, I have worked with teenagers, adults, older adults, caregivers and couples for pre-marital and marital counseling. I am a facilitator for Prepare-Enrich which is used specifically for pre-marital and marital counseling. I have experience in Christian Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Grief Recovery.

​I enjoy sharing these tools with others and am happy to present to places of business, organizations, churches, etc. on topics of Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, Dementia and Suicide.

​​Words ​I Live By

When I was young I went to Christian camp every summer. One summer, as a teenager, I was introduced to this scripture. Even though we go through pain God knows what he is doing in our lives and this scripture reminds me that I may not be able to see the future but I know who holds it.

“I look up to the hills, but where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He is the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let you be defeated. He who guards you never sleeps…God is your guardian…God protects you as the shade protects you from the sun…He will guard your life. God will guard you…now and forever.” Psalms 121

Paraphrased from the IEB version

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