Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

MA, LPC, NCC, CSAT, CMAT, DCC, Clinical Director

Sean McDonald is the owner of Waterstone Counseling Center where he is the Director of the Sexual Addiction Recovery program that helps individuals, couples, and families in Northwest Arkansas find hope and healing. Sean understands the importance of having a safe and confidential counselor that can help you work through challenges in your life. It was over 15 years ago that he sought out the help of a skilled counselor who helped him navigate through the pain and consequences of his own emotional distress and addiction. Sean is passionate about helping men and women experience this same healing and joy in their lives. His desire to help people find hope and freedom is driven by his faith in God and personal experience of going through recovery for sexual addiction. This journey led him to leave the business world and begin working full time in recovery ministry and eventually into professional counseling.

Sean has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. He has been trained under some of the great leaders in the sexual addiction and sexual therapy fields, such as Patrick Carnes, Mark Laaser, Clifford and Joyce Penner and Doug Rosenau. Sean is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). He is a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists (ABCST). He has been trained in emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to work with individuals and couples. He is also a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and obtained a Technology Specialization License through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling that allows him to provide counseling via the telephone and/or a HIPAA compliant videoconferencing application. Please click on the Internet/Video Counseling Services tab to learn more.  

Sean served for four years as the Director of a recovery ministry at a church where he gained valuable experience working with individuals and couples who were encountering a wide range of issues. He has experience counseling college students and adults at a private practice in Denver, Colorado.

Sean works with individuals who struggle with sexual addiction, pornography addiction, sexual identity, sexual shame and trauma, marital infidelity, and other intimacy related disorders. He also works with spouses/partners and families of sex addicts as well as individuals who struggle with anxiety, anger, and depression. He enjoys pre-marital counseling and also working with couples who are trying to strengthen their relationship.

Sean has been married to his wife since 2005 and is the proud father of three children. He is an avid Razorback fan who enjoys traveling and being outdoors, especially when it involves mountain biking, skiing and wakeboarding.

Email » sean@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

LMFT-s, LPC-s

Justin Phillips is Licensed by the state of Arkansas as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and as a Supervisor (LMFT-S, LPC-S). He is a graduate of John Brown University’s Graduate Program and also holds degrees in Family Psychology from Williams and a ThM in Counseling Education from NOBTS in New Orleans. Justin is a life-long learner and was recently selected for the Renovaré Institute to continue his studies in spiritual formation and soul care. 

Justin is an Arkansas native and has called Northwest Arkansas his home for the last 15 years. He has experience working with families for the last 25 years. His various roles have included school based mental health, owning a private practice, working and training with NWA Healthy Marriages, Executive Director of the JBU Care Clinics, working and serving in his local church and as a JBU graduate level counseling educator. In this time he has worked with individuals, families and couples in a variety of areas, including anxiety, addiction, grief, trauma, depression, compassion fatigue, career counseling, marriage counseling and premarital counseling.

Justin is passionate about giving space to hearing stories and entering into life-giving conversations that encourage healing and growth in individuals and couples. In his time working as a counseling educator, counseling supervisor and vocational ministry Justin has developed a deep passion for “helping the helpers”. Through his own story and the stories of others he sees the growing need to provide counseling and education on topics such as compassion fatigue, burnout, and soul care.

He currently lives in Bentonville with his wife and 3 kids. He enjoys time spent with his family, doing woodworking in the shop, writing, gardening, and fly-fishing.

Email »Justinp@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
René Wells

Reneé Wells

MSMFT, LPC-S, TA-S

Reneé Wells is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arkansas and holds the Technology Assisted Counseling and Supervision credential. She is also approved by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling to supervise Licensed Associate Counselors. Reneé has a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Harding University. Reneé is trained in EMDR and has been trained in emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to work with individuals and couples. She obtained a Technology Specialization License through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling that allows her to provide counseling via the telephone and/or a HIPAA compliant videoconferencing application. Please click on the Internet/Video Counseling Services tab to learn more.

Reneé believes that “childhood is what we spend the rest of our lives getting over” is a statement that unfortunately too many people can make. None of us have a perfect life. Many of us are facing challenges that we never expected. Past and current trauma contributes to our physical, emotional and mental health. Trauma is a significant factor that impairs daily functioning and can deepen depression and anxiety. Trauma effects every one of our relationships and the lens with which we view the world. Reneé understands trauma and it’s impact on us. She is passionate about helping people process the trauma that is keeping them from experiencing a healthy life.

As a therapist, Reneé has helped families, children, and couples who struggle with trauma, mental illness and addiction work through their issues and develop lasting healing. Reneé also works with spouses/partners and families of sex addicts, sexual shame and trauma, marital infidelity/betrayal trauma. She enjoys pre-marital counseling and also working with couples who are trying to strengthen their relationship. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ptsd, betrayal trauma or other mental illness, Reneé can help you develop the healing needed to achieve a happier life. Don’t let your past or current struggles hold you back from fulfilling and rewarding relationships. Let her help you achieve your goals as you work together.

Originally from the Central Arkansas area, Reneé has recently relocated to NWA and is enjoying this new phase of her life after raising three children, now young adults. Reneé loves coffee, visiting her children in Colorado, spending time with friends, and SEC football.

Email » Reneew@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Carolyn Hull

Carolyn Hull

MA, MFT, LPC

Carolyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arkansas and Colorado. She received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS. She also has a BA in Elementary Education from Wheaton College.

Over the past 20 years Carolyn has worked in various educational and counseling settings including private practice, community mental health agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, universities, and churches. Carolyn works with adolescents and adults, individually and as couples, around issues of depression, anxiety, suicidality, self harm, eating, trauma, parenting, sexual identity, relational conflict, OCD, and grief. She has attended various trainings which include: TFCBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Exposure therapy, EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) for Families, and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).

A native of Tampa, FL, Carolyn has lived in 8 different states, 11 different cities and now calls Springdale, AR home. She is a mother to 3 children and wife to her husband, Chris. In juggling these roles of professional, mother, wife and friend, Carolyn understands how difficult it is to find balance, and how overwhelming transitions can be when moving into a new community, job, or stage in life. She considers it a privilege to journey with each one of her clients, learning their stories and helping them reach their goals.

When not working you can find Carolyn running carpool, playing tennis, jogging, reading, traveling, napping, or having coffee with a friend.

Email » CarolynH@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Megan Matsuyama

Megan Matsuyama

MA, LPC

Megan has several years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families.  From a young age, she found herself counseling peers with compassion and practical wisdom.  During college she realized a calling on her life to make this a vocation. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Sociology, she received her Masters in Community Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas.

Over her counseling career, she has gained experience working in various educational settings, from elementary schools to universities.  Throughout her career Megan has worked with children, adolescents and adults doing both individual and family therapy. She has treated individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, and various forms of abuse. She has also worked with personality disorders and behavioral disorders including ADHD, ODD and Conduct disorder. Megan has been trained in the EFT relationship model, which provides a structured approach to couple’s therapy. There is a substantial amount of research outlining the effectiveness of this approach for couples and individuals and she has witnessed how impactful this model can be in helping marriages grow and become stronger. Megan also incorporates some prayer techniques for her faith based clients that desire that to be apart of their healing journey.

In 2008, Megan and her husband Garrett became pastors at New Life Church (NLC), a multi-location church throughout Arkansas. Megan has been working closely with college students, providing emotional and spiritual support. She and her husband have worked with couples, focusing on premarital counseling & training.  They have recently moved to Northwest Arkansas to help start NLC Fayetteville. Megan believes that each person has a God-given purpose and she is looking forward to helping people live healthy lives, reaching their fullest potential.

Email » Megan@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Morgan Thomason

Morgan Thomason

MS, LPC

Morgan is a licensed professional counselor and holds a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has worked with individuals and families for the past 5 years in private, clinical, and ministry settings. Morgan works with those struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar, eating disorders, and other mental health challenges. She also enjoys working with teenagers, parents, and those in ministry.

Brokenness in life is inevitable, but Morgan wholeheartedly believes in the meaning and redemption of pain. Morgan hopes that with every moment invested in counseling, we’re moving toward a world that’s more healed and more whole. When she’s not in the office, Morgan enjoys spending time at home with her family as well as traveling abroad. She’s also fond of writing, painting, and gathering around the table with friends for a beautiful meal.

Email » MorganT@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Rebekah Price

Rebekah Price

MSW, LCSW

As a licensed clinical social worker, Rebekah has been active with children, couples and families professionally, philanthropically, and in ministry for almost two decades. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has worked in a school setting with families who struggled with various issues, including poverty, incarceration, domestic violence, and substance abuse, among other things. She has experience working through a variety of mental health issues, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders, trauma and PTSD, as well as with challenges of adoptive and foster families:  attachment; adjustments; healing from grief, loss, and trauma; and the struggles for connection that all these challenges can have on families and marriages. She practices a trauma-informed, attachment and trust-based approach with all client interactions. She has trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention at the TCU Institute of Child Development in Ft. Worth and is Certified in Child and Adolescent Trauma.  Rebekah has also been trained in the EFT relationship model, which provides a structured approach to couple’s therapy. There is a substantial amount of research outlining the effectiveness of this approach for couples and individuals and she has witnessed how impactful this model can be in helping marriages grow and become stronger.

Originally from Central Arkansas, Rebekah has been in Northwest Arkansas for the last 16 years. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband and their two sons. Together they enjoy spending time on Beaver Lake or at their small family farm in Kansas. Rebekah lives for gorgeous sunsets, a good book, a strong cup of coffee, and the joy of yoga. Due to the benefits of yoga practice in her own healing, she studied to become certified as an RYT. Her own experience leads her to fully incorporate the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness, attunement, and self-care into the healing process to empower others to restore from the inside out.
Her faith and pure gratitude for her life and its experiences, along with the incredible ways she has discovered kindness and faithfulness in unexpected places along the journey is what gives her hope and continued motivation. She truly desires for everyone to experience hope, joy, and healing.

Email »Rebekah@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Vance Crow

Vance Crow

MS, LMFT, LPC, CSAT Candidate

Vance is a graduate of John Brown University with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Business from College of the Ozarks. Vance is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) as well as a Licensed Processional Counselor (LPC). He is in the process of becoming a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT). Vance has completed extensive training in the EFT model which provides a structured approach to couple’s therapy. There is a substantial amount of research outlining the effectiveness of this approach for couples and individuals and Vance has seen firsthand how this model can help transform lives and relationships. Vance also is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist Candidate and has received extensive training in treating addiction, working with couples going through infidelity, and helping couples that have experienced betrayal. The attachment lens that both of these models stem from allows for an integrative approach that takes into consideration the context from which Vance is able to help those who are struggling with either marital difficulties or addictive sexual behavior. 

Vance has worked in the mental health field serving children, families, couples and individuals. Vance has experience in School-Based Mental Health, Therapeutic Day Treatment, Residential Facilities and Private Practice. He has worked with people who struggle in areas ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, pornography addiction, and affairs. He considers it a privilege to hear people’s stories, walk alongside them, and to see them grow to their full God-given potential. He has a passion to see NWA thrive rather than survive in their marriages and he enjoys playing a role in giving people the guidance and tools to navigate obstacles in their relationships. He comes from a blended family and has a special place in his heart for those struggling in this area, since many of his personal challenges have stemmed from this part of his story.

Vance met his wife in college and they were married in 2009. They currently have four rambunctious children; one little boy and three beautiful girls. They love being outside and enjoying creation in nearly any capacity, whether that’s gardening and yard work, or spending time canoeing the many beautiful rivers in the Ozarks.

Email »Vance@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Whitney Mix

Whitney Mix

MS, LPC, LMFT

Whitney is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Whitney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from Baylor University, and received her Master of Science degree in Community Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy at John Brown University.

Whitney has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families of all types for over 5 years who are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorders, anger management, ADHD, ODD, conduct disorder and others. She has studied and been trained in play therapy techniques through her graduate education and has experience utilizing these helpful techniques to work with children and families. Whitney also completed extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which serves at the basis for her work in counseling. EFT is a therapy style based in attachment theory and focuses on bringing healthy connection to families, couples, and individuals. The goal of EFT is to initiate new cycles of interaction that create a secure and lasting bond within relationships. (For more information on Emotionally Focused Therapy visit ICEEF)

As a native of Northwest Arkansas, Whitney loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, James. When she isn't in the office, you can find her reading, gardening, drawing, painting, watching comedies, or spending time with her nieces and nephews. Her husband is a youth minister, and they both love serving people together in the contexts of ministry and practical care.

Whitney has a passion for people, both state side and overseas. Her parents are missionaries, and she pursued becoming a professional therapist after witnessing the wonderful process of restoration through therapy across various cultures and walks of life. Whitney's passion lies in helping people find healing and hope in broken and difficult places in their lives. Whether it is working with an individual who is struggling with various issues, a missionary working through trauma, a child adjusting to a new home, to a family who needs reconnection and support, Whitney is committed to walking alongside people who are hurting. Her care and compassion for others serves as a basis for her ability to help people wherever they are.

Email »whitneym@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

MS, LPC, CFT, CFE

Sarah is a graduate of John Brown University with her Masters Degree in Community Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is originally from Nebraska, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has additional training as a Compassion Fatigue Therapist and Educator, as well as in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Sarah has worked with individuals, families and children for over 10 years in the various areas of private practice, nonprofit, school based counseling, and in ministry. She is passionate about helping people find hope and healing in whatever they are facing. Sarah has experience working with those who have been impacted by compassion fatigue, burnout, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety and grief. Her training as a compassion fatigue therapist stems from her own journey of healing. She now has a desire to see those who are working in the helping professions find restoration and renewed compassion in their work.

Sarah and her husband enjoy raising their 3 children in Northwest Arkansas. They love spending time in nature, serving their church family, and any chance to have an adventure doing something new together. Sarah is known for her love of planting flowers, cooking and baking, painting, and is always up for a coffee or having chips and salsa with friends.

Email » Sarahp@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Alex Samuel

Alex Samuel

Ed.S., LPC

Alex holds master (M.S.) and educationnal specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Harding University’s CACREP accredited program, and prior to this he obtained a bachelor (B.S.) degree in psychology with minors in philosophy and Biblical studies. He is licensed in the state of Arkansas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is also enrolled with the University of the Cumberlands working toward a CACREP accredited doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision.

Alex has experience in individual, group, relationship, and career counseling with clients of all ages, and he has specifically worked with people dealing with a wide variety of diagnoses and difficulties such as depression, bipolar, PTSD, behavioral problems, various forms of anxiety, existential crises, grief, complicated grief, anger, learning disabilities, ADHD, and those on the autism spectrum. He has worked with children as young as four and adults in the geriatric population. Alex has worked within a variety of in-patient facilities, private practice settings, and community mental health agencies. He has also had the pleasure of working in various settings within university departments devoted to student services. Additionally, Alex strives to be multiculturally competent and has spent a total of 19 weeks serving individuals in the Dominican Republic, Mongolia, and South Korea.

Alex is currently in the process of completing training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is a therapy style based in attachment theory and focuses on bringing healthy connection and new meaning to families, couples, and individuals. The goal of EFT is to initiate new cycles of interaction that create secure and lasting bonds within relationships. (For more information on Emotionally Focused Therapy visit ICEEF)

Alex believes that life is hard, pain and suffering are real, and no one is immune. However, he sees the self as a source of power created with meaning, purpose, and value, which makes healing possible, change achievable, and renewal attainable. While manifestations vary, Alex holds that most people long for purpose, meaning, and direction in life. Perhaps more than ever before, this is a time in which people are on a quest to discover these longings, but this can be a difficult journey with potential obstacles and hindrances. Alex is therefore convicted to help and be a facilitator of healing, discovery, and revelation within the lives of people. He is honored to sit with people and join with people in life, and he would tell you, “You don’t have to do this alone.”

Alex met his wife during college and they are best friends. They both love hiking, playing tennis, and drinking coffee. Alex enjoys listening to vinyl records, reading, and writing.

Email » Alex@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Jackie Harmon

Jackie Harmon

Administrative Specialist

Jackie supports our office in helping with various administrative duties.  She manages all accounts receivable functions, clarifies and verifies details of insurance coverage, reviews claims for accuracy and completeness, maintains electronic and hard copy filing system, and facilitates the efficient operation of Waterstone.

Jackie has been married for over 20 years to her husband, Keith, who is the Marriage & Family Pastor at a local church and together they have 2 sons.  She enjoys spending time with her family at the lake, decorating her home, painting, sewing, and writing. 

Email »info@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Katherine McDonald

Katherine McDonald

Marketing Director & Co-Owner

Katherine co-founded Waterstone Counseling Center with her husband Sean and currently serves as the Marketing Director and helps oversee the financial operations of the business. She and Sean have been married since 2005 and have 3 children who keep her extremely busy and are tons of fun! Katherine enjoys traveling, spending time at the lake, jigsaw puzzles and any dessert!

Email »Katherinemcdonald525@gmail.com Phone » (479) 202-6300
Corrie Crowley

Corrie Crowley

Administrative Support & Intake Coordinator

Corrie provides administrative support to our office primarily by coordinating the intake and follow-up for all client referrals. She also provides excellent customer service to potential clients that are inquiring about our counseling services.

Corrie has been married almost 17 years and has 3 wonderful kiddos. She enjoys reading, playing games and is always up for a family adventure!

Email »Support@waterstonecounseling.com Phone » (479) 202-6300

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