River Valley Associates - Psychology, Counseling, and Consulting Services
We currently have two licensed clinical psychologists and two licensed professional counselors, as well as a wonderful office staff to help you. Please take a moment to get to know us!

Karla Hale, M.A.   is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University. She also has a Master’s degree in psychology from Marshall University. Karla is experienced in treated adults and children with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. She has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat children that have experienced trauma.

Natalie L. Criss, M.S., M.A. is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Marshall University. She also has a Master's Degree from Fordham University in Religion and Religious Education with coursework in Pastoral Counseling. Natalie specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her previous work experience was with children who had suffered from trauma and also worked with families at risk of having their children removed from the home.  She also has experience in Pastoral Counseling from her time as a Campus Minister at Marshall University.

Christina Lawrence, M.A., is a supervised psychologist working on her doctorate degree in Psychology at Marshall University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Sociology at Wake Forest University, and received her Master's Degree in Psychology from Marshall University. She has experience working with adults who are struggling with mood disorders, and has interest in working with individuals managing chronic physical health conditions. 


Emily Engelland Wilson, licensed psychologist, has been providing psychological services in WV since 1994. She received her graduate degree at Connecticut College, after completing a year- long practicum in the Psychology Department at Yale University. She works with adolescents, adults and families, and specializes in helping women suffering from depression and anxiety, as well providing relationship counseling,  and providing evaluations for adults and children with behavioral or emotional disorders, including ADHD and Autism.   She is an adjunct instructor for the Marshall University Medical School, and a consultant to area residential programs and schools. She has obtained national certifications in helping those with substance abuse and gambling addictions and provides treatment for those who are seeking recovery. 

Susan McHale is the office manager at River Valley Associates and has been with the company almost since it's beginning, in 2007. She handles most of the day to day operations of the company, and always with a smile and positive attitude. We suspect that many of our return clients come back because of Susan! 

Matt Spurlock joined River Valley Associates as our Bookkeeper/ Biller in October of 2017.  He enjoys working with our numbers and making sure you get the best care possible.


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