YOUR COUNSELORS

 

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Bill OldhamDebbie PinkstonJenny LevartRobyn ThurmanDan LuttrellJohn EzellLori StevensMatthew Sweetser

William D. (Bill) Oldham

Executive director of Northwest Counseling, Inc., Bill Oldham is a native of the Midwest but has also lived in Chicago and Philadelphia and briefly in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2001 he assumed a counseling practice in Springdale. Counseling has been his focus since 1990. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Bill works with couples and adult individual counseling relationships. He has had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). As a therapy modality, EFT research has shown that more than 85% of couples who complete their therapy regimen maintain healthy vital relationships.

He has been married to Pam for 25 years and has three children and 2 grandchildren.

Deborah (Debbie) Pinkston, Ph.D., LPC

A counseling professional for more than 15 years, Debbie has a special interest in counseling women, couples, teens, and survivors of sexual abuse. Debbie is an Anger Management Specialist and teaches our Anger Management classes in Spanish and is also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. She is credentialed by the State of Arkansas to conduct E-Counseling, providing counseling services through the use of technology such as Skype, email, chat and telephone.

Debbie served as a missionary in Venezuela for 25 years where she worked in counseling and helped establish two orphanages. She is fluent in Spanish and is pleased to serve the counseling needs of Hispanic individuals and families in Northwest Arkansas. She has extensive experience in multicultural counseling. Dr. Pinkston has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University, a Master of Science in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University and a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling from International Theological Seminary.

In addition to counseling, Debbie is an online professor for Liberty University in their Masters program in Counseling and Human Services. She has written two books on the topic of sexual abuse to help those who are in the process of recovery.

Favorite quote:
“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”.
~ Mother Teresa

Jenny Levart, M.A., LPC

A Licensed Professional Counselor with years of experience working with children, teenagers, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues. She is a native of Indiana and moved to Arkansas in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Counseling and Sociology and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Jenny provides counseling to married couples and is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). She also helps families and individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, stress, behavioral issues and relationship issues. She has previously provided therapy in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings and community mental health settings.

Her heart for helping people is evident and clients immediately warm to her sense of humor and obvious enjoyment of life. Jenny enjoys reading, playing games, fishing, softball and spending time with her husband, son, family and friends.

Robyn Thurman, M.A., LPC

A licensed professional counselor, Robyn has Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from Clemson University. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Robyn has 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She has served as an in-home therapist, a school based therapist and as the supervisor of an outpatient child and adolescent unit of a community mental health center. She has also worked in private practice and taught at the master’s level at Columbia International University. Robyn’s areas of interest include children, parenting, family, and adults. She utilizes therapeutic play activities to engage children as young as two and also integrates their families in therapeutic play. She is able to work with children and adults in the areas of abuse / neglect, trauma, anxiety, attachment, depression and relationship issues as it pertains to an individual.

Robyn is a married, homeschooling mother of two children. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and being her children’s biggest cheerleader on the soccer fields.

Dan Luttrell, M.S., LPC, LMFT

Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He earned a dual Master of Science at John Brown University, emphasizing both Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling. He is an Advanced Trained Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and is a certified Anger Management Specialist.

His work with couples and families focuses on teaching clients to experience each other in new ways that enable them to overcome unresolved conflict. He works to empower couples with clarity to dissolve barriers and move past their “stuck” places. Dan’s ultimate goal with couples is to initiate positive interaction, heighten relational intimacy, and foster hope and a lasting bond.

Having worked for several years on a high school campus, Dan has extensive experience with adolescents who are struggling with self-worth, displacement, anxiety, oppositional defiance, depression and social interactions. His warm personality enables him to connect with teens that are otherwise difficult to reach. Dan also provides meaningful help for individual adults who suffer with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and anger management.

Dan works to develop mutual trust, understanding, and respect with his clients in hopes of establishing a strong therapeutic relationship for the counseling process. As his clients sense his sincerity, they can move forward toward long-term, positive growth and change.

John Ezell, LPC LADAC MAC

John D. Ezell is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and has completed the application process for Master Addiction Counselor.

John completed his undergraduate and master’s program in counseling at the University of Georgia. John uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution–Focused Brief Therapy to help clients deal with mental health, substance and process addiction issues. John has over 40 years of experience in all facets of treatment. He believes no person or situation is ever hopeless.  There is always more than one solution to any issue. It is just of matter of helping the individual find the one that works for them.

John is a native of North Florida and loves the Gulf Coast.  He has lived in Northwest Arkansas with his family since 1981.

Lori Dee Stevens, M.A., LAC

Lori is a Licensed Associate Counselor, skilled in working with young adults, parents and helping people establish healthy relationships. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from California State Long Beach in English and Music and completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University.

Lori’s focus is on helping those who struggle with anxiety, stress and adjustment to life challenges and changes. Originally from Washington State, Lori moved to Northwest Arkansas to be near most of her children whom she feels privileged to have been able to parent as a single Mom for the past 15 years.

Lori has experience working with single parents, adults and students. Her vibrant personality is an example of finding happiness in the journey of life and a strong belief in the divine power of the human spirit. It is her desire to share her expertise in counseling, developed through wisdom and experience, in the midst of and after difficult life experiences.

Lori Stevens

Favorite quote:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Matthew Sweetser, LCSW

A Licensed Certified Social Worker, Matthew Sweetser has years of experience working with young children, young adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues.  Born and raised in Fayetteville, Matthew has earned a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work at the University of Arkansas.

Matthew has experience in a wide variety of settings including in an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital, working with kids and adolescents in Therapeutic Day Treatment, and school-based and home-based counseling.  Matthew can treat a wide variety of issues including anger, trauma, depression, anxiety, social skills, grief, family conflict, life-changes, and relationship issues. Matthew has received training in play-therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and utilizes solution-focused techniques to partner with clients to create  and find creative solutions.

Matthew’s laid back personality and relaxed demeanor creates a naturally casual, safe, and fun environment. Matthew enjoys watching movies, playing and listening to music, photography and most of all, spending time with his wife, family, friends, and pets.

Lori Stevens

Favorite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

William D. (Bill) Oldham

Executive director of Northwest Counseling, Inc., Bill Oldham is a native of the Midwest but has also lived in Chicago and Philadelphia and briefly in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2001 he assumed a counseling practice in Springdale. Counseling has been his focus since 1990. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Bill works with couples and adult individual counseling relationships. He has had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). As a therapy modality, EFT research has shown that more than 85% of couples who complete their therapy regimen maintain healthy vital relationships.

He has been married to Pam for 25 years and has three children and 2 grandchildren.

Deborah (Debbie) Pinkston, Ph.D., LPC

A counseling professional for more than 15 years, Debbie has a special interest in counseling women, couples, teens, and survivors of sexual abuse. Debbie is an Anger Management Specialist and teaches our Anger Management classes in Spanish and is also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. She is credentialed by the State of Arkansas to conduct E-Counseling, providing counseling services through the use of technology such as Skype, email, chat and telephone.

Debbie served as a missionary in Venezuela for 25 years where she worked in counseling and helped establish two orphanages. She is fluent in Spanish and is pleased to serve the counseling needs of Hispanic individuals and families in Northwest Arkansas. She has extensive experience in multicultural counseling. Dr. Pinkston has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University, a Master of Science in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University and a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling from International Theological Seminary.

In addition to counseling, Debbie is an online professor for Liberty University in their Masters program in Counseling and Human Services. She has written two books on the topic of sexual abuse to help those who are in the process of recovery.

Favorite quote:
“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”.
~ Mother Teresa

Jenny Levart, M.A., LPC

A Licensed Professional Counselor with years of experience working with children, teenagers, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues. She is a native of Indiana and moved to Arkansas in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Counseling and Sociology and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Jenny provides counseling to married couples and is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). She also helps families and individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, stress, behavioral issues and relationship issues. She has previously provided therapy in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings and community mental health settings.

Her heart for helping people is evident and clients immediately warm to her sense of humor and obvious enjoyment of life. Jenny enjoys reading, playing games, fishing, softball and spending time with her husband, son, family and friends.

Robyn Thurman, M.A., LPC

A licensed professional counselor, Robyn has Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from Clemson University. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Robyn has 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She has served as an in-home therapist, a school based therapist and as the supervisor of an outpatient child and adolescent unit of a community mental health center. She has also worked in private practice and taught at the master’s level at Columbia International University. Robyn’s areas of interest include children, parenting, family, and adults. She utilizes therapeutic play activities to engage children as young as two and also integrates their families in therapeutic play. She is able to work with children and adults in the areas of abuse / neglect, trauma, anxiety, attachment, depression and relationship issues as it pertains to an individual.

Robyn is a married, homeschooling mother of two children. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and being her children’s biggest cheerleader on the soccer fields.

Dan Luttrell, M.S., LPC, LMFT

Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He earned a dual Master of Science at John Brown University, emphasizing both Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling. He is an Advanced Trained Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and is a certified Anger Management Specialist.

His work with couples and families focuses on teaching clients to experience each other in new ways that enable them to overcome unresolved conflict. He works to empower couples with clarity to dissolve barriers and move past their “stuck” places. Dan’s ultimate goal with couples is to initiate positive interaction, heighten relational intimacy, and foster hope and a lasting bond.

Having worked for several years on a high school campus, Dan has extensive experience with adolescents who are struggling with self-worth, displacement, anxiety, oppositional defiance, depression and social interactions. His warm personality enables him to connect with teens that are otherwise difficult to reach. Dan also provides meaningful help for individual adults who suffer with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and anger management.

Dan works to develop mutual trust, understanding, and respect with his clients in hopes of establishing a strong therapeutic relationship for the counseling process. As his clients sense his sincerity, they can move forward toward long-term, positive growth and change.

John Ezell, LPC LADAC MAC

John D. Ezell is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and has completed the application process for Master Addiction Counselor.

John completed his undergraduate and master’s program in counseling at the University of Georgia. John uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution–Focused Brief Therapy to help clients deal with mental health, substance and process addiction issues. John has over 40 years of experience in all facets of treatment. He believes no person or situation is ever hopeless.  There is always more than one solution to any issue. It is just of matter of helping the individual find the one that works for them.

John is a native of North Florida and loves the Gulf Coast.  He has lived in Northwest Arkansas with his family since 1981.

Twyla Rownak, M.S., LAC

Twyla is a Licensed Associate Counselor, skilled in helping people with relationship and parenting issues. She has a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Community Counseling from John Brown University. She also has training in play therapy and advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, individuals and families.

Twyla focuses on helping people with grief, trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as issues stemming from blending families, single-parenting, sudden losses, death of a child, death of a spouse, divorce and other environmental factors.

Twyla started her counseling career after the sudden tragic loss of her husband more than ten years ago.  She learned first-hand the devastating effects that tragedy can have on children’s behaviors, family interactions and personal perceptions.  She is committed to providing a safe place for people to find their strength and courage to rebuild or remake their lives.

Favorite quote:
“The greatest gift a parent has to give a child – and a lover has to give a lover – is emotionally attuned attention and timely responsiveness.”
Dr. Sue Johnson

Lori Dee Stevens, M.A., LAC

Lori is a Licensed Associate Counselor, skilled in working with young adults, parents and helping people establish healthy relationships. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from California State Long Beach in English and Music and completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University.

Lori’s focus is on helping those who struggle with anxiety, stress and adjustment to life challenges and changes. Originally from Washington State, Lori moved to Northwest Arkansas to be near most of her children whom she feels privileged to have been able to parent as a single Mom for the past 15 years.

Lori has experience working with single parents, adults and students. Her vibrant personality is an example of finding happiness in the journey of life and a strong belief in the divine power of the human spirit. It is her desire to share her expertise in counseling, developed through wisdom and experience, in the midst of and after difficult life experiences.

Favorite quote:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Matthew Sweetser, LCSW

A Licensed Certified Social Worker, Matthew Sweetser has years of experience working with young children, young adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues.  Born and raised in Fayetteville, Matthew has earned a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work at the University of Arkansas.

Matthew has experience in a wide variety of settings including in an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital, working with kids and adolescents in Therapeutic Day Treatment, and school-based and home-based counseling.  Matthew can treat a wide variety of issues including anger, trauma, depression, anxiety, social skills, grief, family conflict, life-changes, and relationship issues. Matthew has received training in play-therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and utilizes solution-focused techniques to partner with clients to create  and find creative solutions.

Matthew’s laid back personality and relaxed demeanor creates a naturally casual, safe, and fun environment. Matthew enjoys watching movies, playing and listening to music, photography and most of all, spending time with his wife, family, friends, and pets.

 

Favorite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou