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
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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