Clinical Team

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VaShonda Eason, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas and has served the mental health needs of the Northwest Arkansas area since 2004.

VaShonda is clinically trained in building and maintaining relationships and has years of experience providing counseling services in the Northwest Arkansas and River Valley school districts. She has provided therapy to clients of all ages, maintaining the purpose of “meeting the client where they are at” to ensure a foundation of empathy and a safe place to process through life struggles. VaShonda practices from a person centered framework through training in Solution Focused Interventions and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Techniques. She is also EMDR certified and can utilize that technique to best assist her clients. VaShonda has been providing counseling services to clients, including college students and adults in a private practice setting since 2012.

VaShonda served as Clinical Advisor and Regional Director for a local agency, training and supervising multi-disciplinary teams to provide ethical and effective services to the community. She is passionate about assisting others to reach their full potential, despite the everyday struggles life may present.

VaShonda is a proud Razorback and continues to live in Fayetteville with her husband and three children.


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Christine Renuart-Rapa, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas. Christine serves as our Chief Clincial Officer providing guidance and supervision of her excellent clinical team. Christine has spent over 13 years in the field of Mental Health serving children, adolescents and adults here in Northwest Arkansas. She has worked with Rogers Public School systems assisting families and as a school based therapist in Bentonville Public Schools through local agencies. She has treated clients struggling with anxiety including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, anger, trauma, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum, ADHD, disruptive behaviors, conflict management, body image issues and life transitions.

Christine’s experience spans over several modalities as she has provided outpatient therapy for adults, Intensive Family Services, marital counseling and adoption studies to the Northwest Arkansas community. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families that desire to increase communication, understanding and commitment as active participants in their own lives. Christine believes there is an unconscious mind working “behind the scenes” which can be utilized to bring about growth and self awareness. Christine uses Solution Focused Brief Therapy and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) interventions encouraging her clients in the process of changing thoughts, environments and behaviors to promote symptom relief and positive change. She is also EMDR certified and can utilize that technique to best assist her clients. Along with her many other specializations, Christine is also a Certified Autism Specialist and can work to apply her expertise to those clients in need.

Christine spends her free time traveling with her husband and spending time with her children and grandchildren.


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Marion Pearson, MS, LPC received her Master in Counseling from the University of Arkansas in 2008. Marion is extensively trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Play Therapy earning her Registered Play Therapist Certification in August 2018. Marion is also trained and certified to use EMDR to assist her clients as well. Throughout her career, she has provided counseling to individuals of all ages, in a variety of life stages.

Marion has experience treating individuals with  issues related to anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, ADHD, trauma and behavioral issues. Marion believes that for therapy to be effective and beneficial, genuine collaboration and open communication is key. She strives to provide an environment that is compassionate, empathetic and honest. Marion is proud to be granted the privilege to walk along side others during their journey of self discovery and healing.

Marion spends her free time enjoying outdoor activities with her husband and their two daughters.



Megan Schibi, LPC earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Arkansas. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.  She has experience working with children, adolescence, and adults in multiple settings including schools and private practice. She has worked with families to meet various mental health and behavioral needs.

Megan has extensive experience with adolescents and adults who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, defiance, low self-esteem, dysregulated moods, peer relationships and conflict. Her sincere personality allows her to build genuine relationships with individuals so that they are comfortable to engage in a process of healing, personal development and growth.

Megan enjoys spending her free time with her family including her 4 dogs. She looks for every opportunity to explore Arkansas with her husband and friends.


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Emily Brandt, LPC earned her master’s degree in Community Counseling from John Brown University. Emily has been working in the NWA area for the past five years serving children, adolescents, families, and individuals in school-based, outpatient, and private practice settings.

Emily has extensive experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, oppositional defiance, ADHD, low self esteem, anger management and adjustment disorders. Emily has additional training in trauma focused CBT, and Emotion Focused Therapy. Emily’s approach to therapy is to create a safe space to listen and honor people’s stories.  Difficult seasons are a part of the human experience, and therapy can be a vital tool to experience hope, healing, and peace. She is passionate about the journey of restoration in the most broken places of our lives.

Emily and her husband greatly enjoy participating in the local culture and beautiful nature of Northwest Arkansas.


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Mallory Bockelman, MS, LPC earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Arkansas. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings such as inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. She has gained years of experience providing therapy to individuals presented with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, personality disorders, substance abuse, relationship problems, and identity formation. Mallory has special interest in working with adults experiencing bipolar disorder. She also has clinical experience assisting clients in navigating through discerning between healthy and unhealthy personal relationships. 

Mallory has specialized clinical training in EMDR which is an evidenced based practice for treatment of PTSD or other disturbances stemming from traumatic or emotionally distressing life events. She utilizes a variety of theories and therapeutic interventions to cater to each individual client and their goals. She believes that everyone deserves a safe place to tell their story and be heard. She desires to partner with you in order to develop a relationship in which personal growth occurs through increased awareness of your own strength and resilience.

Mallory was born and raised in northwest Arkansas and continues to be committed to the area as it grows and changes. She especially enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors through rock climbing or hiking with her husband and her dog. 


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Kerry Ryall, LPC received her Master’s of Education and Clinical Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University in 2009. She is specialized in Grief &Trauma, TF-CBT certified, Multisystemic Therapy certified, (MST) Functional Family Therapy (FFT) certified, and has been working with children, adolescents, and families in a school-based, outpatient, and private practice settings.

Kerry takes an eclectic approach to therapy and focus treatment based on the needs of the family or individual. I have special training in trauma treatment with families, children, and adolescents that has been proven to be extremely effective with persons with trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harming behaviors, defiance, low self-esteem, dysregulated moods, peer relationships/conflicts, and behavioral issues. Therapy provides ways to express feelings, understand patterns of thinking, gain perspective on past events and current relationships, set goals, and clarify dreams for the future.

Kerry enjoys in her free time spending time with family, friends, exercising, traveling, and her three dogs.


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Rebekah Terrell, MS, LPC is licensed and nationally certified in counseling. She has a dual Masters Degree in the field of Community Counseling and Family/Marriage Therapy. She also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and has hands on teaching experience with children as young as preschool age. 

She enjoys working with a variety of students and clients in several different settings. She spent several years working in the Northwest Arkansas emergency children’s shelter assisting children in their most challenging times. Rebekah prides herself on creating a safe and judgement free zone for each and every client.

In her free time she loves to find herself by the lake or the river with her family and pets. 





DSC_8376-Edit copyCatherine Franklin, LCSW received her Master of Social Work in 2014 from the University of Arkansas. She has spent the last 5 years working in school based, inpatient and outpatient settings for the Northwest Arkansas area.

Her modes of treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and talk therapy. She has a range of experience in working with children/adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. Some of her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, psychosis, PTSD, anger issues, disruptive and oppositional behaviors, bipolar disorder, adjustment issues and trauma.    She believes in creating a safe environment for every client to be able to start and/or continue their treatment. Her passion and goal are to meet each individual, couple or family where they are at in their lives and begin the process of support and healing.

In her free time, Catherine enjoys spending time with family, friends and her two dogs




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Kelly Smith, LCSW received her Master of Social Work degree in 2011 from Texas State University and has recently relocated to the Northwest Arkansas area. She has had the privilege of working with children and families throughout her career in a variety of settings, including schools, residential treatment, and community-based organizations.

Kelly believes deeply in a person’s innate ability to move toward healing when given appropriate, effective support. She takes a compassionate, person-centered approach to her work and pulls from a variety of therapeutic modalities to meet clients’ individual needs. Kelly strives to build nurturing, collaborative relationships with clients, while providing them with a safe space and supportive interventions to aid them on their journey toward mental health and wellness. She has experience working with individuals who have been impacted by trauma, depression, anxiety, grief/loss and stressful family changes, including parental incarceration and divorce.

Kelly has received specialized training in EMDR, an evidence-based treatment that provides relief from symptoms stemming from experiences of trauma or other distressing life events. Kelly has also received training in and incorporates play-based interventions, expressive therapies and mindfulness in her work with younger clients. Kelly began working toward her Registered Play Therapist certification in Texas and plans to continue to pursue this certification.

In her free time, Kelly is enjoying exploring beautiful Northwest Arkansas and spending time with her husband and daughter.



DSC_0437 copySavannah Lippincott, LCSW received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Arkansas.

Savannah began her career serving the rural communities of Northwest Arkansas where her passion for supporting those enduring painful grief and loss began. She later served as an inpatient social worker in hospice care, guiding patients and families through the many barriers that arise from living with terminal illness.

Most recently, Savannah served as a bereavement counselor where she facilitated grief support groups, psycho-educational grief classes, and children’s grief workshops for the Northwest Arkansas community.

Savannah utilizes acceptance and commitment, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused therapy techniques in treatment with her clients. She specializes in working with children and adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, and issues with major life transitions. She believes in empowering individuals and families with the proper tools to improve communication and understanding through the use of a non-judgmental space.
Savannah enjoys spending her free time on Lake Ouachita with her family and cheering on the Razorbacks.



DSC_0249 copyLexus Goings, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas and has been offering Northwest Arkansas children, adolescents and adults quality mental health services for over five years.

She is clinically trained and has extensive experience with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and substance abuse counseling. Through those modes of therapeutic treatments, she can provide support and guidance for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, stress, behavioral issues, low self-worth, difficulty with self regulation, relationship problems, grief, trauma, and many more.

She is flexible, supportive and empowering to her clients because she takes a completely nonjudgmental approach to create a safe space to explore and discover who they are without fear. Lexus has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and school based counseling environments and has been able to find success and growth through all of those different avenues. She is adaptable and prides herself on her deep understanding and connections with each client.

In her free time, Lexus loves kayaking, hiking, and exploring Arkansas with her husband or curling up on the couch with her cat and dog to watch the Cubs play.


DSC_0324 copyShakira Eakins, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas. For over 8 years she has served the people of Northwest Arkansas as a mental health professional. While her primary focus has been with children, adolescents and families, she also has experience working with adults across the lifespan. She has treated clients struggling with depression, self harm, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, grief, and racial identity challenges. She is also an affirmation therapist who is passionate about providing mental health services for LGBTQIA individuals.

Shakira is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and believes in the importance of the brain-emotion connection when working with clients. She likes to meet individuals and families where they are, allowing them to take the lead in their mental health journey. Her down-to-earth personality allows others to feel at ease and facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship.

In her free time Shakira enjoys photography, reading, binge watching tv, and spending time with her husband and four children.



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