OUR TEAM

Meet
the Team

Navigating life’s problems and difficulties can be overwhelming. Whole Again Counseling + Wellness providers can offer support and guidance to help you find wholeness of life.

Whole Again Counseling + Wellness is a collective community of providers from different wellness practices with the common goal of helping individuals find balance and wholeness of heart, mind, body and soul. We want you to thrive not just survive! Our providers focus on integrating services to help you heal, grow, and make daily lifestyle choices that optimize your wellness. We can offer a collaborative approach and design individualized plans that integrate evidenced-based traditional, complementary and alternative services.

All providers at Whole Again Counseling + Wellness are independent providers and business owners, practicing together under one roof to deliver comprehensive services in a convenient location. We also build relationships with health care professionals outside of our facility to be able to refer to the services that will work best for you.

Ginger Stephens

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Ginger Stephens is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She is passionate about whole-person wellness. Ginger believes our mind, body, heart and soul are undeniably interconnected. She understands that being the best version of yourself comes from daily intentional choices to benefit our physical, emotional, spiritual, and social self.

Ginger shares her knowledge, experience and her past struggles in order to connect with her clients. She works with individuals who are seeking change, willing to explore new strategies and committed to implementing integrative solutions. Her favorite “tools” are gratitude, acceptance, and grace. She loves to explore and learn new skills and strategies to teach and connect with others so that they feel valued, empowered and known.

Ginger began her counseling career working with substance use disorders and continues to have a deep connection to those who struggle in this area. Ginger helps individuals identify beliefs, behaviors and environments that are contributing to a fragmented, unbalanced life.

Ginger also has a special interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma. She has competed a certification in complex trauma, along with continuing education for the clinical application of polyvagal theory and mind-body connection.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications/ Journalism from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX. Ginger is an avid runner and reader and believes it’s never too late to make changes or learn something new.

Please call our office at (936) 305-3070 or email us at info@wholeagaincw.com to schedule an appointment. 

Amanda Turner

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Amanda Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Amanda has served the East Texas community as a substance abuse counselor for more than five years. She has worked in mental health and substance abuse outpatient services, providing individual and group counseling and education.  

Amanda graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Addiction Studies. 

Amanda’s goal as a counselor is to provide a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental environment where individuals feel heard and valued. Whether assisting clients with overcoming obstacles, obtaining personal goals, or gaining coping skills, she believes the mind, body, and spirit are all connected and advocates for a wellness model of optimal health. 

Amanda knew from a young age that she wanted to help people become better versions of themselves. She truly loves her job as a counselor and takes pride in knowing she can help make a difference in someone’s life. As a wife and mother, Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves to read, mountain bike, workout, and experience new places. 

Amanda is trained in brainspotting therapy. Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms. 

Amanda is committed in helping you find your own personal balance and become “Whole Again.”

Please call our office at (936) 305-3070 or email us at info@wholeagaincw.com to schedule an appointment.

Michelle Mixon

Licensed Professional Counselor

Michelle Mixon is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has served as a counselor in the East Texas area since 2019, previously working in a university community counseling center and a primary through secondary school setting. Michelle works with children (ages 9+), adolescents, and adults in individual, and group counseling. Michelle earned a Master of Arts in Counseling and Bachelor of Science in International Business from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

Michelle understands that life can be overwhelming and full of struggles, and she believes that counseling can be a place to renew hope and cultivate change. She desires to provide her clients a compassionate place to work towards well-being and to find the change, healing, and growth they are looking for. She comes alongside her clients to utilize their strengths and find strategies that will work for them. Approaching counseling from a whole-person wellness perspective she encourages her clients to consider all aspects of their life when it comes to their well-being. Michelle supports her own well-being through a love of time spent with family and friends, being outdoors, kayaking, and enjoying good food.

Please call our office at (936) 305-3070 or email us at info@wholeagaincw.com to schedule an appointment. 

Katelynne Flowers

Licensed Professional Counselor

Katelynne Flowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Katelynne began her career serving the East Texas community as a crisis counselor. She provided trauma-based therapeutic services to individuals who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and other forms of various crimes. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual or group counseling.

Katelynne is a graduate of Texas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. She continued her education at Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Katelynne sees wellness as a puzzle, full of many different pieces that work together to make you whole. The three main parts on our journey to wellness are our mind, body and spirit. Katelynne believes she is able to collaboratively help you find the missing pieces of your own puzzle and willing to help you connect them back together. Her intention is to create an environment for you to release, heal and grow by optimizing your inner strengths.

The way Katelynne practices wholeness in her own life is by running, traveling and appreciating food that fuels her body. To keep her mind and spirit healthy, she enjoys taking time for herself to journal and meditate. She would love to be a part of your journey as you learn how to become whole again.

Please call our office at (936) 305-3070 or email us at info@wholeagaincw.com to schedule an appointment. 

Judith Cooper

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Zentangle Teacher

Judith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than thirty years of experience in the delivery of behavioral and mental health services in a variety of contexts. Her experience includes inpatient treatment, residential treatment, private practice and schools. For more than 20 years she was assigned to a separate special education campus for children with severe behavioral issues. She has worked with a variety of issues across the lifespan with particular focus on child and adolescent trauma. She values the benefits of both pet therapy and art-based therapeutic interventions.

Judith holds a Master of Science degree  in Counseling and Guidance from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M, Commerce).  She graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, and a minor in Psychology. She earned an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences from Eastfield Community College, Mesquite, Texas.

Judith is a Certified Zentangle®Teacher.  Zentangle, a simple meditative art form which utilizes basic shapes that enable anyone to enjoy the benefits of drawing and relaxation. Even if someone thinks they can’t draw!  Zentangle® philosophy is “Anything is possible, one step at a time.” She has experienced the benefits of this simple art form both professionally and personally.  She also enjoys creating art by repurposing found objects and participating in local art fests with her daughter, Anna.

After retiring from education as a special education school counselor, she and her husband relocated to Nacogdoches to be near her two children and four grandchildren.

Please call our office at (936) 305-3070 or email us at info@wholeagaincw.com to schedule an appointment. 

April Grady

Licensed Professional Counselor

April Grady is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has spent the majority of her counseling career working in the public school system. She graduated in 2010 from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Master of Arts in Counseling, and in 1998, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Using a cognitive behavioral approach, April has worked with individuals, groups, and families to assist them in setting goals, resolving conflict, managing emotions in support of healthy social-emotional functioning, and gaining and maintaining a positive self-image. She is compassionate in her desire to help clients work through their struggles and identify strengths so they can become the best version of themselves. April also has a special interest in college and career counseling and working with current students and/or displaced workers in order to help them explore their interests and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make future career and life decisions.

April is fully committed to using a whole person wellness approach to counseling, as this is apparent in her own lifestyle. She enjoys setting and achieving her own running and fitness goals, weightlifting, and researching evidence based trends in exercise and nutrition. Currently, April is working on her National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM) Personal Training, Nutrition and Online Coaching certifications. She believes this knowledge and expertise will be beneficial in writing and implementing wellness and fitness programs as well as enhance her client’s overall counseling experience.

Emily Taravella

Licensed Professional Counselor

Emily Taravella is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. Emily is experienced in individual and group counseling, and since 2014 she has worked in settings including high school, K-12 special education and private practice.

Emily graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014 with a Master of Arts in School Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1998. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter for The Daily Sentinel and as a journalism, newspaper and yearbook teacher for Nacogdoches High School.

What ties her different careers together is her compassion for people, her interest in their lives and their stories and her commitment to their mental and physical well-being. Her goal is to give everyone a voice and the confidence to work through their problems in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.

Emily especially enjoys serving clients who struggle with anxiety and depression. Her goal is to help people work through their problems as they develop ways to cope, build confidence and resiliency and achieve balance in their lives. She believes that a whole approach to wellness is the best approach that will help achieve lasting results.

Emily has two therapy dogs, River and Karen, which are certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She enjoys taking them to libraries, nursing homes and hospitals. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, and her children Erin and David. She loves nature and reading.

Casey Nelson

Intern/Counselor-In-Training

Casey Nelson is a counselor-in-training completing her final clinical experience before graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (scheduled May 2023). Before beginning her Masters-level training, Casey graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion.

We all experience seasons of life where our usual ways of being no longer work for us. At some point we all feel lonely, experience crisis, trauma, and loss, lose our sense of self, or feel a deep need for something to change. Counseling is one step you can take toward healing, becoming whole again, and growing into who you are meant to be. Casey knows each person has an innate capacity for growth, and is passionate about working with clients as they seek to know and become their truest self. Her goal in counseling is to create a safe, respectful, and open space for each client to laugh, cry, learn, share, heal, and grow.

Casey has previously worked with non-profits, small businesses, and as a support-staff in a university counseling center. Casey has seen and experienced the impact of a compassionate and accepting counseling relationship and is excited to work with the Whole Again Counseling and Wellness team to provide group and individual counseling.

Casey loves both work and rest, and is able to be her best self by regularly spending time with loved ones, tending a flock of chickens, spending time outdoors, savoring a cup of coffee, and practicing creativity.

Cyndra Krogen-Morton

Integrated Wellness
Coordinator

Certified Health Coach Yoga &
Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher 200

Cyndra Krogen-Morton, MA, is a Certified Health Coach, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Group Running Coach. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with a Transpersonal Specialization and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She has over 20 years of experience in holistic health and wellness education, advocacy, and coaching with teens and adults. Her training, experience, and certifications qualify her to provide health and wellness coaching; individual and group yoga instruction; run coaching; and health-related, psychoeducational teaching.

With professional experience in community health education and an educational background in transpersonal psychology, Cyndra incorporates physical, emotional, and spiritual elements into her classes and groups, making them accessible for and welcoming to most individuals. Her most fundamental intention in teaching yoga is to create a safe and calming environment to deepen practitioners’ understanding of their uniqueness, value, and individual needs and advocate for their self-care and support.

Cyndra grew up in Northern California and has been living in Nacogdoches since 2011. She is a recreational runner and weight lifter; loves nature, animals, and being outdoors. Cyndra is an avid reader, and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Whole Again community.

Annalise Hayes

Certified Nutrition Coach

Annalise Hayes, a certified nutrition coach, has a Master of Science in Nutrition degree through Liberty University. Her own journey towards becoming whole again led her to having a passion for holistic nutrition. She has found the old verbiage, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” to be of utmost importance in understanding her own health journey. In nutrition counseling, Annalise will look at the unique needs and desires of a person to help them optimize their health through education and evidence-based nutrition.

Annalise spent several months interning at a farm during graduate school. Her experience with farming has taught her the importance of sustainability and the proper care and feeding of livestock. These lessons extend to the topic of nutrition for Annalise as she believes that two important factors to being whole again include sustainability and properly caring and feeding oneself. This might look different for everyone, so Annalise is willing to explore ways to help others learn to support themselves through choosing foods that fit their unique needs, desires, and lifestyle.

Karl Brisco

Personal Trainer

USA Triathlon Certified Coach

Karl Brisco is a personal trainer and triathlon coach. Karl enjoys helping people learn to move and tone their bodies with a focus on proper technique and function. Karl brings an optimistic outlook and positive mindset to every session. He enjoys cheering his clients on in their wellness journey.

Karl is an avid athlete and Ironman finisher. He has participated in countless marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons. His favorite discipline is cycling but enjoys the variety of multi-disciplinary sports.

Erin Windham

Certified Personal Trainer

My own journey began with an online personal trainer. I discovered just how important nutrition and gym time are for wellness. I found so much joy in watching my body change and feeling better with each passing day that I decided to become a personal trainer so that I could help others do the same. Get in touch with me when you’re ready to learn more; I can’t wait to meet you!

Wake up and get your body going with Erin and her weight training circuit for all levels of fitness. Modify by adjusting the weights used and amount of reps. Full instruction the entire time as we work through multiple muscle groups with music guaranteed to kick start your day!

Mackenzie Suggs

Certified Personal Trainer

Mackenzie Suggs, CPT, is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a current student at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) studying food and nutrition, as well as psychology and kinesiology.

Mackenzie’s passion is to promote holistic wellness and help others understand their mind and body in order to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Mackenzie loves all things health and fitness. She strives to learn and understand more about holistic wellness and how all dimensions work together to create what we all want, a healthy lifestyle. Mackenzie recognizes that the body works together as a system and for any human to obtain optimal health, they must take into consideration everything about the body–the mind, the gut, the muscles, the bones, joints, ligaments, and even the skin. The body tells you what is wrong with it through all these different regions and it is up to the person to listen to it.

Her hobbies include all fitness activities, including competition bodybuilding, hiking, relaxation yoga, jump roping, and lifting weights. She loves the outdoors and being in nature.

Beth Thomas

Licensed Massage Therapist

With more than 17 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Medical Massage Practioner, Beth Thomas specializes in rehabilitative and restorative massage therapy. She also has specific training to work with senior clients. Each session is tailored to the client’s needs and goals and every client receives a personalized program to optimize their potential.

Beth began her massage career in Austin where she attended A New Beginning School of Massage. She had the opportunity to train for her Medical Massage certification in Costa Rica in 2011. Two years later, she went back to Costa Rica to train in Advanced Medical Massage.

Beth is a native of Nacogdoches, and after 30 years of being away from East Texas, she is delighted to be back in the Piney Woods. She welcomes new clients and offers many types of massage with a positive intention.

Valarie Middleton

Licensed Massage Therapist

Valarie Middleton, LMT, has been practicing massage therapy for over 12 years. She started practicing after graduation in Seattle, WA, where she was also trained in sports and medical-massage. Valarie also participated in an internship at Northwest Hospital where she gained more knowledge of the human body and how the body can help heal itself with the help of massage. Valarie moved moved back to Nacogdoches to stay close to family. Valarie specializes in sports and medical massage, as well as deep tissue massage. Her specialties also include prenatal massage, aromatherapy, and lymphatic drainage.

Craig Thomas

Artist

Craig Thomas holds a Master of Arts degree from Stephen F Austin State University. He is a third generation native of Nacogdoches and his roots run deep. After finishing college, Craig owned and operated H.O.Tees Screen Printing and Graphics with his brother, Keith on Main Street in Nacogdoches. During those ten years, he was also a volunteer crew member on the tall-ship, Elissa, in Galveston. Later, Craig moved to Ohio, where he was a designer of large format print graphics for the next ten years. He created artwork for a wide range of commercial applications and expanded his creative abilities. Craig has painted commissioned works of homes, ranches, golf courses and other nature scenes. He has also participated in art shows at the Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches. Seven years ago, he moved back to his beloved hometown where he reunited with a childhood friend, Beth. They have been married for six years and live in the home where Craig grew up. Coincidentally, Craig’s grandparents, C.D. and Ethel Thomas built their home in the 1930s where Whole Again Counseling and Wellness Center is now located! His wife, Beth is also a Licensed Massage Therapist at Whole Again.

Kasey Beavers

Office Manager

Marketing & Social Media Director

Kasey is the first person most clients will meet at Whole Again. She enjoys getting to know clients and has a passion for helping others along their path of holistic care.

A fully recovered survivor of an eating disorder, Kasey’s great passion in life is to share recovery with others and to show them that there is hope and a way out. She is a firm believer in body positivity and that each person’s worth is not determined by a number on the scale. Kasey enjoys outreach to the public through sharing the story of her recovery. She is also a lifelong reader and an avid scrapbooker.