Jeff Nottingham
Clinical Director, Counselor

Master of Divinity (MDiv), Covenant Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Counseling (MA), Covenant Theological Seminary
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Jeff's approach to counseling starts and stops with a Christian worldview that incorporates two main emphases: existential counseling, which deals with the basic quest of life to find significance and security, and communication skills, which deal with the basic need of life to communicate well within our significant relationships. His professional but empathetic perspective raises questions and answers for his clients to work through with him and with other trusted people in his clients’ lives.

Counseling Areas
• Couples
• Adult individuals
• Families

Areas of Focus
• Aging
• Couples in various life stages and transitions of their relationship
• Divorce recovery
Empty-nesting
• Marriage counseling
• Men’s issues including relational, sexual, spiritual, vocational
• Parenting
• Pre-engagement
• Pre-marital

Training/Experience
• Jeff has than 5 years’ experience working in private practice.

Laura Ferguson
Counselor

Master of Arts in Counseling (MA), Western Seminary
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Laura believes that people are communal beings who experience healing through others. Because of this, she cultivates strong client relationships, which are vital for recovery. She believes that individuals need to be balanced between family, work and community, and she strives to help individuals become more connected in all these spheres. She seeks to understand and help the client to clarify his/her values, prioritize goals, and set healthy boundaries in life.

Counseling Areas
• Couples
• Adult individuals
• Seniors

Areas of Focus
• Addiction
• Anxiety
• Body image/weight loss and management
• Co-dependency
• Depression
• Grief
• Life transitions and adjustments
• Marital and relationship issues
• Obsessive compulsive disorder
• Postpartum issues
• Spiritual/faith issues

Training/Experience
• Community mental health
• Group and individual counseling for postpartum mothers
• Private practice
• Teaching mental health and wellness classes for hospital patients
• Working with adolescents in a county juvenile detention center



Kaylin Vincz

Counselor Resident

Master of Arts in Counseling (MA), Westminster Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling (BS), Crossroads Bible College

Kaylin empathetically walks with you on your journey through counseling while applying a biblical perspective to the challenges of life. In counseling she seeks to fully understand the lens through which a person views their world. Kaylin believes that it is in this vulnerability that Jesus reveals himself to be the source of love, security, significance, and strength. She believes Jesus' story, mapped onto ours, has the power to change the way we view the world and that his presence gives the strength needed to face the challenges ahead. Kaylin believes relationships are the ministers of these realities. She provides a safe relationship within counseling and seeks to mend and strengthen other interpersonal relationships.

Counseling Areas
• Adolescents
• Children (ages 7+)
• Adult individuals

Areas of Focus
• Addictions
• Anxiety
• Children
• Depression
• Grief
• Sexual abuse
• Trauma

Training/Experience
• Leader of New Hope Counseling’s Storied Lives women's group (offered every spring).
• Private practice

Kayla Harrison
Counselor

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA), Wheaton College
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)

Kayla seeks to help individuals and families experience healing, growth and restoration in their relationships and lives by developing a strong, collaborative therapeutic relationship, and providing empathy, encouragement and empowerment to clients. She strives to image God’s character, concerns, and compassion to her clients, displaying a deep appreciation and respect for human beings that is grounded in God’s love for them. She seeks to walk alongside her clients to help them identify their values and purpose as well as develop tools to achieve their personal goals. Kayla strongly believes that although a child or adolescent may be the identified client, parental and family involvement are an important part of the therapeutic process that help promote change and healing for the client and family as a whole.

Counseling Areas
• Adolescents (ages 10-19)
• Adolescent group counseling
• Families
• Adult individuals

Areas of Focus
• Anger
• Anxiety and panic disorders
• Depression
• Emotional, relational and behavioral problems
• Family and peer relationship issues
• Fear
• Grief
• Life transitions
• School-related problems
• Self-esteem
• Self-harm

Training/Experience
• Private practice 
• School-based therapist

• Working with adolescents in a partial hospitalization setting

Kim East
Counselor

Master of Social Work (MSW), Indiana University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC)

Kim found her calling when volunteering with those who were struggling with HIV, incarceration or economic hardships and immediately began working toward earning her Master of Social Work degree. She has been able to bring all her life experience to help anyone—child, adolescent or adult—struggling with life’s difficulties. She is committed to providing a safe place and the support her clients require to reach their full potential and flourish. With an empathetic approach, she works to develop a genuine relationship, meeting clients where they are.

Counseling Areas
• Adolescents
• Children (ages 6+)
• Adult individuals

Areas of Focus
• Anxiety
• Attention difficulties
• Bipolar
• Depression
• Grief
• Relationship issues
• Substance use issues
• Trauma and abuse

Training/Experience
• More than 20 years’ experience in community mental health and private practice.

Shane Morr

Counselor


Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA), Northcentral University

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA)

Shane began exploring work in the fields of psychology and spirituality in college. After serving as a youth minister following college, Shane completed his Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy helping individuals, couples, children, and families work through various past and present challenges. He has experience working in many different environments including women's centers, school-based health centers, and group homes. Shane has post-graduate training in functional family therapy, and enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families.


Counseling Areas

• Couples

• Families

• Adult individuals

• Adolescents


Areas of Focus

• Marital/relationship distress

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Stress management

• ADHD

• School issues

• Sexually maladaptive behaviors


Training/Experience

• Six years of experience in helping professions

• School-based therapy

• Community mental health group home therapy

• Trained in Functional Family Therapy

• Private practice

Scott Jones

Counselor Resident


Master of Divinity (MDiv), Covenant Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Counseling (MA), Covenant Theological Seminary

Scott believes that good counseling is built upon a safe and secure relationship that nurtures a client’s sense of agency and dignity. His approach is to work from a relational basis, and empower the client through an integrated approach that includes interpersonal, cognitive, emotional, and if welcomed, spiritual aspects. Scott has worked in individual and couples counseling, helping clients with relationship issues, anxiety, stress, grief, family dysfunction, and various forms of trauma. He offers a willingness to engage in a creative therapeutic process, and he is comfortable with difficult matters, providing a non-judgmental environment for safe discussion. Scott has a special interest in understanding various streams and expressions of popular culture, and applying them for the benefit of counseling.


Counseling Areas

• Adult individuals

• Emerging adults (post-high school age)

• Couples


Areas of Focus

• Anxiety and panic disorders

 Career issues

 Depression

 Education issues

 Emotional, relational and behavioral problems

• Fear

• Grief

• Marital/relationship distress

• Men’s issues

• Relationship issues

• Self-esteem

• Spiritual/faith issues

• Trauma


Training/Experience

• Private Practice

• Community Counseling Center

• University Student Resource Counseling Center

Stephanie Shaugnessy

Bookkeeper

Stephanie works alongside our counselors, administrator, and clinical director to ensure our financial processes run smoothly. Her service and expertise in financial systems and record-keeping make her an invaluable part of our ongoing work at New Hope Counseling to provide you with the clinically sound, theologically-prepared, affordable faith-based counseling services.