Cathy Jo Turner, LPCC-S, NCC, RPT earned a BS in Biology in 1991 from Northern Kentucky Univeristy and a MA in School Counseling in 2008 from Morehead State University. Cathy also earned her License as a Professional Counselor in 2012 after taking more post-Masters classes at Eastern Kentucky University. Cathy was a teacher and school counselor for 7 years and a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. The common thread between teaching, parenting and counseling is the opportunity to be involved in developing people, helping them to gain knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Cathy loves the chance to work with children, teenagers and adults who desire to make changes in their thoughts and behaviors.
Cathy has been a therapist for the past 6 years, providing individual and family in-home services to children and adolescents with KVC Behavioral Healthcare and outpatient services at NewSong Counseling Center. Cathy specializes in treating individuals and families who have experienced trauma, She is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. Cathy has used EMDR with clients raging in age from 5-60.
Cathy is also a registered play therapist. Cathy believes that play is the language of children. At NewSong Counseling Center, Cathy uses therapeutic play to help children tell their stories and recover from negative experiences and interactions that could have long-lasting effects on the child’s beliefs of self and the world. She believes that play is a natural process that builds trust, fosters learning, regulates emotions, reduces anxieties, encourages communication, and elevates self-esteem.
Cathy and her husband, Todd, have 3 children who are emerging adults. The family has lived in Mount Sterling, KY for 26 years. She is the founder of NewSong Counseling Center and serves as the President of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of the center.
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Lissa Orme, LSCW, LCADC is a native of Mt Sterling, KY and is excited to join an existing counseling service providing affordable professional counseling services to this area. Lissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Centre College in 1994 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She has been practicing in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field since 1998.
Lissa is qualified to provide counseling services for individuals, couples, and families and has extensive experience treating those with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder. As a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she can help those experiencing problems with alcohol and substance use, abuse and addiction.
Lissa has a variety of experience in different settings, including community based services, impatient psychiatric and chemical dependency, adult residential, intensive case management and pre-treatment, hospital, and outpatient services. In these settings, she has treated individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and relationship issues. Lissa uses evidenced-based practices and treatment modalities, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She continues to grow in her clinical education and training while completing required licensure trainings to maintain her ability to practice in the State of Kentucky.
Lissa believes that we already possess in ourselves all that we need to resolve our concerns. The joy of counseling is opening this reality to others, meeting them where they are, and working with them to establish healthy goals to become the best version of themselves possible.
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Rick Mattox, LMFT earned BS and MA in Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981. After serving as a teacher and administrator for twenty-nine years, Rick earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2013. He has practiced as a therapist for four years.
As a Marriage Family Therapist, not only does Rick provide couple’s therapy but enjoys working with parents in helping improve parenting skills along with those clients struggling with anger control issues. Rick specifically wants to work with men, helping them develop skills needed to be successful in a very difficult and challenging world. Rick uses practical Cognitive Behavioral approaches as well as Solution Focused strategies in helping clients deal with their real-life struggles.
Rick and his wife Rhonda have lived in Mt. Sterling since 1987. They have four grown children.
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Patty Lane was Vice President for the Healthy Schools and Communities Program (HSCP) for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation until March 2019, when she left to pursue her final year in the Master’s Clinical Mental Health Program at the University of the Cumberlands (UC). Patty will graduate from UC in December 2019 and has begun the process to become a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate. She will continue her education at UC and begin the Master’s Program in Addictions Counseling in January 2020. Patty held several roles while at Healthier Generation. In her final years with the organization, she led the management of a comprehensive Healthy Schools and Communities Program that focused on assisting schools and communities in building healthier school environments. Patty joined the organization in 2008, as a Program Manager for the state of Kentucky, where she worked with over 100 schools to increase physical activity, and implement healthier nutrition and stress management practices for students and staff. Patty has a Master’s in Education which focused on Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation from Virginia Tech and a Master’s in Health Management from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. Patty began her career in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as a Wellness Coordinator for Holy Cross Hospital. Her career has spanned over twenty-five years working in preventive health in both corporate and non-profit environments including, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and health maintenance organizations. Patty believes that a mind-body approach can be helpful in increasing overall health and wellness. She holds a certification in ecotherapy, which is a therapeutic practice that focuses on the belief that time spent in nature can have a positive impact on the mind and body. Her desire is to begin health and wellness groups that integrate nutrition, physical activity, and mindfulness while incorporating the importance of nature and outdoor experiences. Her personal passion involves participating in endurance events, competing in triathlons and supporting others in their quest to lead healthier lives.
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Sonata Bohen, APRN is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist with over 40 years of experience across a wide range of clinical sites. She specialized in faith based counseling and is bilingual (Spanish). Sonata is also a missionary with years of ministry especially in Latin America. She loves to teach and her focus is on wellness and balance in physical, mental and spiritual health. Sonata is mother to 2 daughters and lives with her husband on a small farm. When not in foreign mission, she works with the local Hispanic community and her local church.
Sonata may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Melodie Fuller is our Administrative Support Specialist.
Melodie joined the NewSong team in August 2019 where she staffs the front desk and does special projects. She has worked in the Team Building Industry for over 20 years and loves to see a group set goals and overcome obstacles.
More often than not you will find Melodie in the bleachers of a sporting event. She is a huge fan of all sports but especially enjoys watching her sons, Caswell and Luke, in their athletic endeavors. She has been married to Richard since 1994, living in Mt. Sterling all of her married life.
A Louisville native, Melodie graduated from Louisville Male High School. She continued her education at Georgetown College, graduating in 1991 and going on to earn her Masters's Degree from the University of Kentucky in 1994. Her community involvement includes serving on numerous boards; she is active in her church and serves as an advisor to the MCHS huddle of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
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Linda Smajah is our Office Assistant.
Linda enjoyed the job of a stay at home mom with her wonderful daughters before she ventured out to become the owner and manager of a custom framing business and bookstore. After gaining business experience, the education needed and because of her love of teaching children, she opened a daycare. After a turn in the economy, she attended Sullivan University, earning a diploma in medical billing and office management. She was employed by Clark Regional Medical where she worked in the registration department for 12 years. She now enjoys using her education and experience to help at NewSong Counseling Center as an office assistant.
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Board of Directors
Jane C. Robinson earned her BA in Economics and Management in 1988 from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. While a student at Centre, she was a member of the basketball team where she played point guard for four years. She still holds the records at Centre for free throw percentage in a season at .896, career free throw percentage at .813, as well as tied a record for the single game assists with 14. They were ranked as high as 5th in the nation in NCAA Division III and made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament.
In the fall of 2007, Robinson was inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Robinson received a teaching degree and Masters of Arts in school counseling from Morehead State University where she was also a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball program. She completed her work in the Rank 1 program in School Counseling several years later. Jane “Janie” has been serving as a school counselor in Montgomery County for the past 10 years. She went on to become the head girls basketball coach at Montgomery County in 2007-present and currently serves as the school counselor at Camargo Elementary in Montgomery County. We are very pleased to have a strong counselor and inspiring leader like Janie on the Board at NewSong Counseling Center. Janie serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors.
Lea Wise Prewitt earned her Bachelor of Science in communications from University of Kentucky in 1983. While she has at UK, she was the starting point guard for 4 years. Following college, Prewitt was the head women’s basketball coach at Centre College from 1984-89 where she guided the women’ program to their first appearance in the NCAA Final Four in 1988-89. Her 1986-87 team was the first to make the NCAA Tournament with a record of 23-5. Lea was selected to All-SEC team during her playing days at the University of Kentucky. She is a member of multiple Halls of Fame including: the KY Athletic Hall of Fame, the Dawahares KHSSA Hall of Fame, and the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame. Lea was a member of the KHSAA Board of Control from 2005-2013.
Lea lives in Mount Sterling where she is a strong volunteer in multiple areas. She has taught Sunday School at the First Baptist Church for the past 15 years and engages in many other leadership roles at the church. She works tirelessly next to her husband and three adult children supporting them all in each of their own individual and group endeavors. Lea can be found in the gym multiple days a week where she volunteers her time teaching children and adolescents about basketball and life. NewSong Counseling Center is pleased to have a motivated, generous and caring person like Lea Wise Prewitt on our Board of Directors. Lea serves as Vice President on the Board.
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Joanna Botts comes to Mt. Sterling from various places, courtesy of the Marine Corps. After teaching English in Mauritania, Africa, in the Peace Corps, where she met her future husband, she traveled with him to Marine Corps duty stations in Jacksonville, North Carolina; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; and Camp Pendleton, California before returning to her retiring husband's home in Mt. Sterling in 2009. Before leaving the teaching profession in June 2017, she had taught English in the public school systems of each of those states and Africa, logging 15 1/2 years of full-time teaching and 5 years of substitute teaching. During her tenure in the Montgomery County School System, Joanna served on the Montgomery County High School Site-Based Decision Making Committee for two years and assistant coaches in both cross country and track. In addition to her service with the NewSong Counseling Center board, she serves on the Gateway Regional Arts Center board as the Literary Committee chairperson.
Wilnetta Barnes Pleasant is married to Roy and together they have three daughters, Dominique, Danielle, and Dabney, and the blessing of being grandparents to Nicholas, Rachel, and Kensley. Wilnetta attended Montgomery County High School and received her BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Ed degrees from Morehead State University. She later attained her MA in Counseling. Although Wilnetta is a retired teacher from the Montgomery County Board of Education, she continues to pour her love into this community through her work with YMCA Black Achievers, Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, the Kentucky Retired Teacher’s Association and Disciple Women. Besides being on the Board of New Song, she is also a member of The Terf Project Board. Wilnetta loves to stay busy, but she also loves to read, cook, sew and quilt, and work on home renovations!