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The desire to seek counseling is a courageous one that invests in the fabric of your future. Just looking into counseling demonstrates a desire for change, and I am here to guide, encourage, teach, and support you as you take the steps toward healing.
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Ed.D., M.A., M.A., LMHC-S, LPC
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
Dr. Mindi Lunday has a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a Master’s in Education. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, having been trained in, and practicing, play therapy since her practicum days of graduate school.
Dr. Lunday was trained to integrate Biblical principles into her psychological approach and practices from a faith-based perspective. She is also a Certified Trauma Counselor, Certified Addiction Counselor, and certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), a crisis/trauma intervention program. Although integrative, which means she pulls from many psychological theories, her primary therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Attachment Theory, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Family Systems.
Dr. Lunday has worked with a multitude of backgrounds, including Child Protective Services/Department of Children and Families, an Advocacy Center working with sexually abused children and their families, domestic violence shelters, a homeless shelter, and private practice. This has provided an opportunity to work with a myriad of backgrounds and issues, though her primary areas of experience include trauma/abuse, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Lunday also published an article based on research she conducted regarding how to heal the spiritual impact of trauma in the summer edition of Christian Counselors of Texas, and presented her findings at the American Association of Christian Counselor’s National Convention in Nashville, TN.
Dr. Lunday currently works with Shelter House, the domestic violence and rape crisis center in Ft. Walton Beach, providing trainings, supervision, and play therapy.
M.Div., Certified Life Coach
Gary M. Brown, MDiv, has a BA degree from Baylor University with majors in Religion and Psychology/Sociology with an emphasis in Behavioral Science/Counseling. He also has a Master in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with studies in theology and education/counseling.
Gary surrendered to the Gospel Ministry at the age of sixteen and began preaching almost immediately. He began pastoring his first church as a sophomore at Baylor University and has served as pastor and/or staff member of churches of all sizes through his 47 year ministry, most recently serving as Equipping Pastor at First Baptist of Roanoke, Texas.
A major part of Gary’s ministry has always been counseling and pastoral care of families and relationships and has done extensive marriage counseling wherever he served. Gary is also a Certified Life Coach and is now actively coaching with an emphasis on marriage relationships, personal and business success, and pastoral care of pastors and church staff.
Through the years, Gary and his wife have started and grown four businesses, several of which were sold. He has also been actively involved in community affairs serving in leadership positons including president of the local chamber of commerce and chairman of the Main Street Board. He was awarded the Citizen of the Year for his efforts in the Main Street Program which revitalized the central business district. Gary has also been recognized as Outstanding Young Man in America and Who’s Who in American Business.
M.Ed., NCC, LMHC
Kelsey Schneider is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s in Education and a specialty in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience with a multitude of different populations. She has been working with trauma/abuse, domestic violence survivors, and sexual assault survivors since graduate school. Also, during her involvement with domestic violence/sexual assault centers, Department of Children and Families (child protective services), and community mental health she has experience working with children and adolescents.
Kelsey has worked with children, adolescents, and adults through a multitude of different agencies and environments. Her experience includes: an undergraduate internship in which she worked with children and adolescents through the use of equine therapy; a graduate internship in which she was a therapist at a domestic violence/sexual assault center, where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults; work experience with the Department of Children and Families; and experience with various different issues through her work at a local community mental health center. In community mental health, Kelsey, worked with adolescents whom were on juvenile probation and were in need of assessment and treatment of mental health and/or adjustment issues, was the coordinator of the Walton County Teen Court Program, and worked with adults and children with various needs (anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, adjustment issues, grief, etc.). She was also the co-located therapist at the local domestic violence/sexual assault center where she continues to provide therapy services to survivors.
She received training through the completion of her graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She completed curriculum on different therapeutic theories, such as: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Eclectic Therapy. She was trained extensively while working with the Department of Children and Families on trauma, child safety, human trafficking, and the importance of family-centered practice. While working in community mental health, she became certified to instruct Youth Mental Health First Aid, which is a training used nation wide to inform community agencies and members on the importance of identifying the needs of youth in their communities. She is currently in the process of completing the process of licensure in the State of Florida.
Kelsey Schneider currently works part-time at Shelter House, the domestic violence and rape crisis center in Fort Walton Beach, FL. She is the mental health therapist at the center and provides services to adults, whom are survivors of domestic violence, through individual and group therapy.
Corie Putnam is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a B.A. in Psychology from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from Walden University.
Corie’s work experience includes working with the severely mentally disabled in a community based setting and in group homes, with trauma and abuse with the Department of Children and Families (child protective services), in a private school setting with children and adolescents K-12, with adult students in a university setting, as well as substance abuse counseling.
Her specialties include premarital counseling, marriage/couples issues, divorce, family issues, infidelity, and treating substance/alcohol abuse and dual diagnoses issues. She is also a veteran and a military spouse which gives her special insight and knowledge into the issues that many military families face.
Corie has received training through The Gottman Institute and is a Level 1 Gottman method certified counselor for marriage counseling. She uses Reality Therapy in individual counseling, Imago Therapy and the Gottman Method with couples, and Structural Family Therapy for work with families.
Have you had a hard time changing negative thinking, behaviors, or patterns in your life? What therapy does is provide insight into the root cause behind these unwanted characteristics and guidance/suggestions regarding how these can be changed.
Therapy is not advice, but rather an outside source that has been trained to pick up anomalies that are often missed by friends or other supportive individuals. A therapist then provides insight and guidance to the client, enabling them the ability to implement the changes they desire.
Therapy is not forever! Therapy is temporary and should be considered an investment in your future so that you can make healthy decisions and create healthy relationships.
Research demonstrates a better well-being, with lower depression and anxiety levels, for those who incorporate spirituality into their lives. This is especially true for those who have experienced some form of trauma. Faith based counseling provides a holistic approach, incorporating both the spirit and the mind, in the healing process.
If you have experienced trauma in your life, you may have been left questioning God, your faith, or your belief system. First, I want to assure you that this is not only ok, but also normal. Through faith based counseling we can explore these questions and help you reach a point of understanding and peace.
In general, anything that is done in fun is more likely to create a long-term impact.
Children’s primary means of communication is through play. During the mid and later elementary years, children are just beginning to gather a decent vocabulary, yet this continues to fall short in regards to emotion and the ability to communicate what is going on inside.
Through play and a trained therapist, the child is able to communicate and/or work through the internal struggles and establish healthier ways to deal with the struggles of life, lowering anxiety, depression, and inappropriate behaviors.
Many individuals who experienced trauma or neglect as children internalize this impact in the lower parts of the brain. What this means is that they often do not have the language to communicate what they are feeling or why they do the things they do. This creates a complication in relying on traditional talk therapy.
If you have a hard time putting into words what is going on inside, certain aspects of play therapy may enable the ability to reach the part of the brain where this is stored and work through the trauma.
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