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The Center for Progressive Therapies Team

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Mysti Rainwater

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MA, LPC, Founder of Center for Progressive Therapies

"Sometimes you just need someone to talk to... someone who isn't your spouse, your child, your parent... who isn't a friend or family member, neighbor or co-worker... someone who can give you support by listening without judgement or challenge you, as appropriate, if necessary... someone who can give you feedback that isn't biased by their relationship with you... this is the beauty of the counseling relationship."

Crystal Sheard

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MS, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor

"Vulnerability is hard; it can be uncomfortable. I work to create a safe space for my clients to express their feelings, share their experiences, and practice vulnerability. By working collaboratively in this space, we can explore their negative beliefs about themselves and create powerful change. My compassion and authenticity are the key to creating that space. You are the key to creating that change."

Cheri Palazza

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MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

"Life can be stressful and I believe we are designed to cope with things together not alone. Counseling can help navigate some of the many transitions we face on our journey. I love what I do and believe that together we can develop a strategy and treatment plan that is strength based to achieve your future goals!"

Alyson French

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MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

"My passion is helping others to find and embrace the best version of themselves. I want to help you discover your strengths, enhance them, change negative thought patterns, learn ways to manage your emotions, build healthier relationships, and help you find ways to be satisfied with your own wellbeing. You must know, there is a freedom in discovering YOU and being comfortable in your daily life or doing what makes you feel good!"

Ben Pedraza

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MS, Licensed Associate Counselor

"Feeling like your life is missing something, like you're going in circles, or frustrated because you don't know what to do next? Do you often criticize yourself, or expect yourself to "just get over it?" Do you sometimes feel like you want to scream? Let me tell you, I too, have lived through uncertain, challenging times and second-guessed myself, so let's talk?

I offer sessions in English and Spanish, specializing in helping people with diverse backgrounds re-energize their lives"

Samara Ethier-Whitmore

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MA, Behavioral Health Technician

"Sometimes words fail and we need a way to express ourselves and the issues present. Art is an avenue to the self and creative expression is a means to cultivate self-awareness and provides space to represent issues being brought up in therapy. To be willing to be uncomfortable and explore a form of expression that we may not have done since childhood, takes bravery and openness. This may be a new way to look at life and understand how we are dealing with it. Unfolding with gentleness we seek the truth of our own being and how we want to face life in the here and now."

Sean Rainwater 

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Chief Financial Officer, Facilities & Licensing

"I help make the client journey pleasant from initial contact to scheduling, including Simple Practice portal setup and billing. I ensure the facilities are welcoming, clean and comfortable for our clients and their families."