Paul M. Dunaway
PhD, LPC-MHSP, CRC, NCC
Paul M. Dunaway earned his Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s degree in 2015 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2019, both from the University of Memphis. He is currently licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider (#4000). He is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (exp. 4/30/21) and a Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor (#00174696).
Dr. Dunaway has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through EMDR Consultants and is a Certified Animal Assisted Therapist through the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas. His work experience in the mental health field covers the lifespan from children to geriatric and from adjustment issues to serious psychiatric conditions. He has worked in the community with youth in crisis and at inpatient hospitals with adolescent sex offenders and adults suffering from psychiatric emergencies. He has also provided services at the former Exchange Club Family Center working with both domestic violence offenders and survivors.
Dr. Dunaway is a retired US Army combat Veteran, and routinely volunteers his services to local law enforcement agencies providing crisis de-escalation training.
MS, LPC-MHSP, NCC
Living in today’s world can often feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Children, adolescents, and adults are facing challenges they have never faced before which can be stressful. Jenny's desire as a therapist is to provide a safe, supportive environment where clients can heard, understood, and together work through those challenges. Whether your life has been impacted by trauma, mental illness, or situational stressors, we can work together to help you live a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
Jenny has experience working with adolescents and adults affected by depression, anxiety, body-focused repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling and skin picking, attachment issues, relationship issues, emotion regulation issues, parenting/co-parenting issues, substance use, and trauma. She utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach to meet the individual needs of all of her clients including therapies such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-centered Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. Jenny is also trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Jenny graduated from the University of Memphis in 2020 with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health and is a Certified Animal Assisted Therapist through the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas. Jenny currently serves on the Board for The Bridge to Recovery, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Bridge to Recovery is a residential program helping to heal those who have experienced all forms of trauma, resulting in emotional recovery and a renewed enthusiasm for life.
Kristi Nobbman Dunaway
PhD, LPC-MHSP, PMH-C, NCC
Dr. Kristi Dunaway holds her Master’s degree in School Counseling and Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Memphis. Kristi is certified in Perinatal Mental Health and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She holds additional trainings in grief counseling, Motivational Interviewing, Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MST-EA), and teletherapy. She is the developer of Nobbman’s SAFETY Model of Crisis Intervention and has co-authored chapters on ethical decision-making during crisis situations in schools.
Kristi has experience with adults and adolescents affected by postpartum depression & anxiety, family of origin issues, past & present trauma, substance use, depression, anxiety, and grief & loss. She primarily uses the framework of Attachment Theory while integrating mind/body and arts-based interventions during the counseling process. Kristi values transformation, courage, and diversity. She views counseling as a collaboration between counselor and client, meaning there is nothing too big or too small that can’t be tackled together. In her free time, Kristi teaches as an adjunct instructor and spends time reading, gardening, and practicing yoga.
PhD, LPC-MHSP, NCC
Frances Ellmo graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2017) and her Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision (2020) from the University of Memphis. She has received additional training in Neurofeedback Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy; and enjoys using other creative, neuroscience-informed interventions in addition to traditional talk therapy.
Frances has worked with adolescents, adults, families, and groups struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other related adjustment and mental health issues. She focuses on developing a quality, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship that will facilitate growth and goal achievement for her clients.
Alyce W. Haynes
MS, LPC-MHSP (temp), NCC
People are inherently resilient but often feel blocked and discouraged from healing. Discerning how we can be our best selves requires someone who will listen and support us on the journey to discovering our authentic selves. Through her own journey of recovery, Alyce has discovered the keys to healing--willingness, rigorous honesty with self and others, grace, and faith in the process. By providing a safe, nurturing environment, Alyce explores the path to healing with clients.
Alyce earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, as well as a Certified Animal Assisted Therapist through the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas. Additionally, Alyce has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), SomExSM, a Somatic Experiential intervention, and Telehealth. Incorporating a person-centered, integrative approach, Alyce uses additional therapeutic interventions including inner child work, sandtray therapy, and expressive arts therapy.
Alyce has experience working with older adolescents and adults struggling with co-dependency, relationship issues, women’s issues, family of origin issues, sexual trauma and abuse, addiction, mood-related disorders, religious and spiritual issues, grief, and trauma.
Dr. Amanda Russell holds her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Memphis. She is currently licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider (#3202) and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Amanda has received Intensive Training in Feedback Informed Treatment and has completed Certification in Animal Assisted Therapy from the Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas. She also has experience in conducting mediations in her previous role as a Rule 31 listed family mediator.
Amanda’s motivation to become a counselor is embedded in her deep belief that everyone has the ability to make positive changes in their lives when given the opportunity to be heard, valued, and supported. She views the counseling office as a safe place for clients to share their stories, process difficult experiences, and practice new ways of responding. Amanda specializes in intimate partner relationship issues, family relationship issues, grief, anxiety, trauma, anger and aggression, substance use disorders, and depression. Dr. Russell has extensive experience conducting risk and needs assessments, counseling individuals and families dealing with a vast array of treatment concerns, and facilitating treatment programming for men who have committed intimate partner violence. In her free time, Amanda enjoys taking walks with her dog Marlow, reading, practicing yoga, and exploring new restaurants with her friends and family.
EdD, LPC-MHSP, ACS
Dr. Clay Woemmel has over twenty years of experience in career, academic, and mental health counseling. He earned his Master of Science in Community Agency Counseling in 1999 and his Doctor of Education in Counseling/Counselor Education in 2016, both from the University of Memphis. Clay is licensed in Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (#5634).
Dr. Woemmel has worked in non-profit and higher education settings with children, families, adolescents, young adults, and adults and with many diverse client populations including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans. He currently serves as a Counselor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he focuses on helping medical residents with academic and mental health concerns. He was previously Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Memphis where he provided career-related services to students and alumni.
Clay is married to Brooks and is dog dad to two very spoiled rescue dogs, Georgia and Gracie. He enjoys volunteering in the community, spending time with family and friends, reading, attending theatrical, musical, and artistic events, and working on home improvement projects.
A favorite quote of Clay’s that encapsulates his counseling approach comes from Carl Rogers: “…when I can accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Jeff Killion earned his Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degree in 2023 from Liberty University, and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through EMDR Consulting. Being a former law enforcement officer of 25 years, Jeff understands the unique needs of first responders, and has experience working with emergency services personnel and family members of emergency responders.
Jeff understands as a first responder, you have committed yourself to one of the most stressful, yet honorable careers imaginable. Over time, line-of-duty stressors can accumulate and cause anxiety, depression, relationship problems, job-related stress, and PTSD. Jeff understands the impact critical incident stress, trauma, and societal and organizational stress has on individuals and their families.
Jeff continues to work with law enforcement officers through his work with the Tennessee Public Safety Network. The Tennessee Public Safety Network provides critical incident stress management, peer support training, and critical incident support through critical incident debriefings for law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, and social workers in child protective services who have been involved in critical incidents. He also serves as a board member of The Women’s Resource Center, Walk to Emmaus, and as a deacon of his church.