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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."

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 Professional 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, BHT Counselor

"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."

Tarrin Anderson

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MA, BHT Counselor/Intern

"Are you tired of feeling like you're never doing enough, like you're not living up to your potential or what you "should" be doing? Feeling like no one can understand what you're going through? Do you hold yourself to incredibly high standards and feel like you're always doing/giving/taking care of others? Do you struggle with religious or relational trauma? Are you Queer/LGBTQIA+ identifying? Together we can listen to what you need most, ground through the breath and the body, and practice techniques for alleviating trauma responses while discovering your authentic self."

Amy Dawn Parker

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MA, BHT Counselor

"I’m here to accompany you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery. I view counseling as a vehicle. You are in the driver's seat, firmly in control of the steering wheel, brakes, and accelerator at all times. As your therapist, I step into the passenger seat, equipped with the tools and expertise to serve as your trusted GPS navigator. I'm here to help you navigate the twists and turns of your path, offering guidance, support, and perspective along the way and make sure your gas tank stays full. Just like a GPS, I provide insights into the route options available for reaching your desired destination—the destination you define for yourself."

Kelli Oppong

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MA, BHT Counselor

"Do you feel alone, disconnected, and unworthy? Does it feel like your life is stuck in a never-ending cycle of negative repetitive behaviors? I believe that the counseling relationship can be the key! We often forget that we are made up of many parts. Every layer plays a major role in our healing. My therapeutic approach is holistic, making sure to bring into awareness your mental, emotional, and spiritual.  I work with you to help you identify and discover more of who you truly are and the power that resides within. Together we will gain access to your freedom. I am here to walk alongside you to help you be the best you that you can be!" 

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."