Chronic Illness Counseling Center
A place where individuals and families coping with a medical diagnosis can find support and resources.
We believe access to care is important, especially when faced with the uncertainty of a medical diagnosis.
We accept most major insurances including Medicare, Medicaid, Humana, Anthem, United Healthcare,
Passport Molina, Aetna, Aetna Better Health, Caresource, and Wellcare
Meet with one of our skilled therapists individually to address specific needs and goals.
We recognize that family members are also affected by a medical diagnosis. Family counseling can include individual counseling for family members, education regarding diagnosis and resources, and sessions with family members together.
Stay tuned! As we assess needs we hope to offer groups in the near future.
Our Counseling Team
Jayan Thomas, LCSW
Jayan graduated from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work with a specialization in marriage and family therapy in 2003 and has worked with neurology patients and their families since 2007. She has a special interest in working with Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) and Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder (FNSD). Since branching out into private practice, Jayan has worked with a wide variety of chronic illness diagnoses. She is trained in EMDR parts 1 & 2 and is experienced working with PTSD and complex trauma.
Gina Wheatley, LCSW
Gina is licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience with adult and child survivors of brain injuries and other chronic conditions. She received her MSSW at the Kent School of Social Work of the University of Louisville with a specialization in marriage and family therapy. She has served in hospital, residential, and community locations. She is open-minded and willing to consider your uniqueness in the development of your treatment plan. She is trained in EMDR parts 1 & 2.
Niyabinghi Thomas, LCSW
Niyabinghi graduated with a masters degree in social work from the University of Louisville Kent School in 2019. She has served in a variety of settings such as school, residential and community locations since 2016. Niyabinghi has a lot of experience working with individuals (both children and adults), couples and families who have experienced trauma. Niyabinghi utilizes a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy, Play therapy, motivational interviewing and strengths based interventions while working with clients. She is committed to creating a safe, respectful, and compassionate space of self exploration.
Kole Metz, LPCC
Kole has worked as a licensed professional clinical counselor since 2015. He earned his Master of Arts in mental health counseling from North Carolina Central University. He has experience working with patients and families who received Hospice services. His clinical interest include helping individuals manage issues related to chronic and terminal illness. He also enjoys working with children and has experience utilizing play therapy and Sandplay modalities.
Robbie Blair, LCSW
Robbie is IFS Level I and EMDR trained. She can also engage with immediate crisis concerns with CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She holds licenses in Indiana and Kentucky. For persons who are seen in the office there will likely be an opportunity to engage with “Juni” the standard poodle who provides support. Robbie works with adults and adolescents ages 15 and up. Robbie has experience with addictions, complex trauma, and a special interest in working with somatic disorders which includes psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES).
Yeonjun AKA “Juni”
Yeonjun AKA “Juni” is a standard poodle in training to provide canine assisted interventions, and works in the office with Robbie. When encountering Juni in the office he will likely be asked to ignore you as a part of his initial training. When Juni is asked to focus on his work we ask that others refrain from making eye contact, speaking to him or attempting to touch him. Please let our staff know if you would prefer not to see, or be aware of his presence in the office.
Samantha Goodwin, LCSW
Samantha graduated with her MSSW from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work in 2019. She has worked for several organizations throughout her career and has spent five years working in the field of addiction. Samantha has a commitment to meeting people where they are and has a special interest in helping folks work through trauma, anxiety, and depression. Samantha uses a variety of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Franchesca Brutley, LPCC
research interests in chronic illnesses, disability and diversity. She utilizes Person Centered Therapy, CBT and Motivational Interviewing.