Meet Our Therapists
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.
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.
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.
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."
My nearly thirty years since my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary have been spent helping individuals, couples, and families find solutions to life’s struggles that weigh down the mind and soul.
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.
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.”
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