Saralu P. Belkofer, M.S., L.P.C.
Saralu (Sam) Belkofer is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a 1969 graduate of Auburn University with a BA in Education and graduated from Georgia State University with an MA in Counseling in 1988.
Prior to coming to The Samaritan Counseling Center, Sam counseled adults at Chemical Addictions Program from 1994 until 1999; Therapeutic Programs, Inc., where she worked with children and foster parents of children in need of therapeutic foster care; and at Helping Montgomery Families Initiative, sponsored by Ellen Brooks and the District Attorney’s office, assisting troubled children/youth in Montgomery Public Schools and their families.
Most recently, she served as the Montgomery County Director of Adult Outpatient Services with Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority until November 2013.
Sam counsels adolescents, young adults and adults, employing psychotherapy to gain insight into problems to develop needed strategies for life transitions, survivors of abuse and neglect, addictions, forgiveness, ADHD, anxiety and depression, issues of abandonment, attachment and development of life skills.
Kay Cannady, L.P.C.
Kay Cannady is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 32 years working with adults and adolescents with chemical dependency and mood disorders. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications in 1977 and earned a M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Troy University-Montgomery in 1988. At The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. she focuses on clients whose lives have been affected with substance use or the problem behaviors, consequences and moods associated with addiction.
Prior to coming to The Samaritan Counseling Center, Kay has worked in a variety of settings with adolescents and adults. Kay worked at Alabama Psychiatric Services as a clinician working with psychiatric and addictive disorders patients for eight years. She has also worked with juvenile delinquent behaviors at the Alabama Department of Youth Services and other organizations with referrals from DHR. Her experience includes ten years working in public schools as a Guidance Counselor for ages K-12. She uses cognitive behavioral skills training to help clients deal appropriately with stress and loss in everyday life.
Monica L. Cone, M.Ed., L.P.C., N.C.C.
Ms. Cone graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development in 1993 and 1995, respectively. Her post graduate training was with children, including forensic interviewer training for abused children. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
She has worked with children, teens and adults for many years. Her collaboration with local psychologists and psychiatrists affords her the opportunity to see diverse populations of clients including assessments or testing of adults and children for anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, specific trauma and survivors of sexual abuse.
Ms. Cone has specialized training in working with abused and traumatized children, assessing and treating children with special needs, and helping children struggling with issues with divorce, death, adjustment to life changes, school problems, other and mental health issues. Ms. Cone provides play therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy with children.
Deborah S. Cowell, M.S., L.M.F.T.
Debbie Cowell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a member of the Alabama Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
In 1970, she received an Associate of Science Degree in nursing from Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College and worked for many years as a Registered Nurse. In 1999, she received a B.S. in Psychology from St. Leo College and in 2002 graduated from Southern Christian University (currently Amridge University) with a M.S in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Prior to her work at The Samaritan Counseling Center, she worked at Family Guidance Center and in a private Christian school.
Ms. Cowell works with individuals, couples, families, adults, adolescents and children. Debbie’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, spiritual and identity development, marriage and family counseling, parenting issues, adolescent issues, and child behavior issues.
Jessica Gibbe Fernandez, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
Dr. Jessica Gibbe Fernandez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Alabama. She is originally from Mexico and fully bilingual in Spanish and English. Dr. Gibbe Fernandez joined the center in 2006 serving in the administrative part of the center and grew her practice since then.
She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Monterrey, Mexico in 2000, and obtained her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2006. She received her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amridge University. Dr. Gibbe Fernandez is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and an Approved Supervisor for the Alabama Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jessica’s clinical interests include marriage and couples therapy, healthy relationships, and family therapy. She sees adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem and personal growth issues, life transitions, gender issues, family adjustment and acculturation.
Daryl K. Hamblin, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. D. Kim Hamblin is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Alabama. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His clinical experience includes working with the U.S. Army, the Veteran’s Administration and the U.S. Air Force, with his final station being Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He entered private practice in August, 1993, on retirement from the USAF. Dr. Hamblin is a member of the American Psychological Association.
He maintains a fulltime private practice which specializes in adult individual therapy. Dr. Hamblin brings many years of clinical experience that has been integrated with psychiatric practice, or the “medical model.” He is a strong believer in psychotherapy as a necessary adjunct to psychotropic medication, but also in the power of psychotherapy alone. Special interests include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders and ADD/ADHD.
Christy H. Holding, M.Ed., R.N., L.P.C.
Christy Holding is a graduate of Trinity Presbyterian School and received her undergraduate degree at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1976. She obtained her Master’s degree from Georgia State University in Community Counseling in 1984. In 1996 she received a B.S. in nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery. Christy is a member of the American Academy of Christian Counselors.
Her varied experience as a private practitioner, a school counselor, and a nurse enables her to work with many different issues. Ms. Holding provides individual and group counseling to adolescents and adults.
Christy has a passion to see people walk in wholeness and freedom and experience the life they were created to live. Her experience includes working with those struggling with depression, anxiety disorders, chronic disease including cancer, grief, loss, eating disorders and other self-harming behaviors.
Prior to coming to work at The Samaritan Counseling Center, she also worked in hospice for 10 years dealing with grief and loss.
Brandi McNew, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Brandi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Alabama. She is a Clinical Fellow Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in Psychology and Sociology from Troy University Montgomery and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amridge University. She has a passion for working with couples to strengthen marriages or helping those whose marriages are in distresses. Other clinical interests included: post-partum depression, anxiety, parenting skills, Christian counseling, and adjustments through the teen years. She works with adults, couples, families, adolescents, and teens.
Brandi has been married to her husband Chris for 16 years and they have two children Evan (13) and Linley (10). She enjoys cycling and gardening in her spare time.
Rebecca Morris, Ed.S., NCC, LPC-S
Rebecca Morris, Clinical Director, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Counseling Supervisor. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Auburn University Montgomery in 1998 and her Ed.S. from Troy University Montgomery in 2003.
Rebecca was previously Executive Director and Therapist at the Second Chance Foundation, a day treatment facility serving youth expelled from school or otherwise outside of the educational mainstream and their families. She has served in the Graduate Counseling Program at Troy University Montgomery as an Adjunct Instructor since 2002, teaching Group Dynamics and supervising Practicum and Intern students.
Rebecca works with adolescents, adults, couples and families to address a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, divorce recovery, life transitions, and personal growth. She has received specialized training in relational and betrayal trauma recovery.
Will G. O’Rear, Esq.
Will G. O’Rear is the Director of Samaritan Family Mediation Services. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Alabama and a former Family Court Judge. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University, an M.S. in Counseling from Troy University Montgomery, and a J.D. from Jones School of Law.
Prior to his appointment by Governor Riley as a Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge in the Family Court Division, he served as Legal Counsel and Mental Health Coordinator for the Montgomery County Probate Office and was a Licensed Professional Counselor. His counseling experience included experience in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and involuntary commitment.
Will has significant experience in the areas of domestic relations, custody, divorce, eldercare law, mental health and probate law. He is particularly interested in preserving family relationships throughout the divorce and custody deliberations and mediates with other attorneys in this process.
He has served on the Alabama Department of Mental Health Board of Trustees, as Vice President of the Alabama National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and as President of the Board of Mental Health America Montgomery.
Olivia Pierce, M.S., C.C.M.H.C., L.P.C.
Olivia Pierce is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of West Florida in 2000 and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Wright State University in 2006. She works with adolescents, adults, and couples.
Prior to working for Samaritan, Olivia worked for the Department of the Air Force and Department of Corrections, providing counseling to active duty military and family members, as well as female inmates. These settings have equipped her to provide trauma-based psychotherapy that addresses multiple anxiety disorders, such as acute stress, posttraumatic stress, and generalized anxiety. She also has experience in treating mood disorders, crisis, grief, dual diagnosis, personality disorders, self-injury, and numerous work/life issues.
Olivia incorporates several therapeutic orientations, such as Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Cognitive Processing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is also a Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, assisting individuals in preparing for or switching careers via individualized career counseling sessions. She enjoys providing couples and organizational workshops, certified in the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program, Bringing Baby Home Program, 4 Lenses™, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, and Seven Habits of Highly Effective People®.