Please feel free to peruse and check out what Catalyst Counseling is all about! Plus, if you scroll to the REFERRALS section, you’ll find a list of (highly) recommended clinicians and providers—even if we can’t currently help you, we want to make sure you’re in the right hands.
Catalyst Counseling is a judgment-free space in which our fellow humans explore and heal from their pasts, acquire tools to problem-solve in the present, and work to create their desired future.
We are a small, intentional group of therapists with a focus on social justice, evidence-based practices, and meeting folx where they are.
We loudly and proudly create an intentional safe space for marginalized communities.
Catalyst is making a difference by:
Offering accessible and inclusive mental health services
Providing validation, support, unconditional positive regard, encouragement, and honest feedback
Fostering a judgment-free environment where learning and growing are acknowledged as a messy—and essential—process
Tackling issues around identity, sexual orientation, poly relationships, addiction, porn, personality disorders, and losing faith
Utilizing technology and referral sources to provide services and connect people with appropriate resources
So, I hate talking about myself. But I know you are contemplating trusting me with your life story, so here are a few things you should know about me. (I guess.)
I'm an Independently Licensed Psychological Examiner and behavioral health care professional, and I’ve been practicing since I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2011. I’m quite proud of the relationships I’ve built throughout my career, and I am very excited to be part of an incredible network of physicians, physical and massage therapists and, of course, mental health professionals in Arkansas.
I practice what I preach to my clients—I’m a firm believer in actively seeking the good, the positive, and the real. I’m quite practiced at setting healthy boundaries and sticking to them. Outside of the office, you can find me gardening and doing home improvements, like building a deck or replacing a floor. I get a kick out of thrift-store shopping, both because of the bargain and the idea that it’s environmentally conscious. Should you choose Catalyst as your partner in leveling up, you will definitely be exposed to my crocheting—it's a bit of an obsession. Oh, and I have a wonderfully weird purse that looks absolutely nothing like a purse; it’s ridiculous, which is why I love it.
I am so glad you are here! I am passionate about therapy, mental health and creating a safe environment where people can share their lives and feelings without fear of judgment. Together we will create a space to explore your concerns and problems; at Catalyst, You are the priority.
I love learning and have significant training in various modalities and especially love working with folx encountering substance use/abuse issues, trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. I am loudly LGBTQA+ affirming, poly-aware, and sex-positive/kink knowledgeable.
If you are struggling, hiring a professional is a great way to help resolve the things preventing you from living your life the way you want. With a heart for families, family issues and even estrangement, I love to do the hard work of reconnection, communication, problem solving, parenting, and navigating life changes; helping you improve your relationships.
With over 20 years of experience as a mental health professional, I am trained to help you heal, using skills & techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), mindfulness for trauma and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, all with a Person-Centered approach.
Because therapy and counseling are deeply personal, my techniques will be tailored to you and your needs. We will work together to help you develop self-compassion, self-confidence & the skills you need to thrive. You are the expert on you, I'm just the guide.
I am so grateful that my days are spent with people sharing their stories with me. My background as a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in treating adolescents and adults has been truly a calling. In 1995 I earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology & Sociology and in 1998 I received my Master of Science in Community Counseling, both from Henderson State University. Personally, I enjoy reading, learning, being active outdoors, and spending time with friends and family, my daughter, and fur babies. Some of the fur babies might make an appearance on a televideo call!
The only difference between a grave and a rut are dimensions…
Do you want to better understand yourself, live authentically, build self-confidence, and/or foster meaningful relationships? Are you looking for liberation in your life? If you’re ready to get real and work hard, you’ve come to the right place! As a clinician, I want to know your story, help you understand how we got here, and collaborate on a plan to help you to get “unstuck” so you can find a way forward that aligns with your values. My curated approach to therapy pulls from person-centered, CBT, and feminist traditions with a central goal of providing a safe space where you feel free to be yourself, be honest, and find the strength to tap into your full potential. As a therapist and fellow human being, I am strongly committed to providing affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community and honoring each person’s ways of being and meaning making. A little about my credentials: I graduated from UCA in 2022 with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and currently practice as an LAC. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, writing, exercise, singing 80s music at the top of my lungs, carpentry projects, and being outdoors (when the Arkansas heat and humidity allow). Still interested? Great! Let’s get started. I can’t wait to dive into the challenging, fun, surprising, and rewarding journey of growth and self-awareness that therapy is with you!
If you’re reading this, you likely have already decided that some changes need to take place. Maybe you’re exhausted from too many sleepless nights where decades-old conversations play on a loop in your mind. Maybe you’re tired of being triggered by the same traumas and want to break the cycle. Maybe you’ve maxed out your stress levels and just want to learn how to put yourself first, how to distance yourself from toxic people, how to turn off your phone for a while and just breathe—or how to tell your sister’s friend’s cousin, “No, thank you, I would rather let my cat claw my eyeballs out than partake in your most recent pyramid scheme.” Or maybe you want to figure out how to be yourself in a world that would rather you be anything else.
Regardless of the reason(s), if you’re looking to create real, lasting change in your life, then you’re in the right place. Starting counseling will be the catalyst for you to achieve your goals and overcome your hurdles.
I (Maureen, owner and founder) went to school for a long time and learned about a bunch of useful (and scientifically validated) tools—but you have been YOU your whole life, so you're kind of the expert in that department. You know your hopes, your desires, your fears, and your “why” for starting therapy.
And whether you heard about me through a friend or just the good ol’ internet, you’re here because you’ve decided to make some changes—and why not?—whether that be to deal with trauma, change harmful behaviors, come to terms with your identity, or to simply acquire the tools to navigate through life better; change is the only constant.
So great job! —Catalyst Counseling can help with all of the above. (Plus a lot more, of course.) Through counseling and therapy, we will explore, heal, energize, and help you become aware of your inner strengths.
At Catalyst Counseling, regardless of labels, you can expect a safe, judgment-free, affirming, positive, bullshit-free zone where—together—we will work on the things that are no longer working for you.
The Catalyst Counseling Approach is Especially Effective When Dealing With:
● Substance misuse
● Family Issues
● Communication Barriers
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience mental health symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. Counseling and therapy can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
A Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a medical condition defined by the inability to control the use of a particular substance (or substances) despite harmful consequences. Substance abuse is a complex disease that can affect many areas of a person's life. Substance abuse or addiction requires individualized treatments and modalities that ad
A Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a medical condition defined by the inability to control the use of a particular substance (or substances) despite harmful consequences. Substance abuse is a complex disease that can affect many areas of a person's life. Substance abuse or addiction requires individualized treatments and modalities that address the symptoms and underlying causes of the disease and the consequences that substance use has on different areas of a person's life. This includes their ability to socialize, physical and mental health, and consequences at work, home, and school.
Families often encounter issues that specifically affect mental health and functioning. Family therapy can help individual family members build stronger relationships, improve communication, and manage conflicts within the family. Some of the primary goals of family therapy are to create a better home environment, solve family issues, and
Families often encounter issues that specifically affect mental health and functioning. Family therapy can help individual family members build stronger relationships, improve communication, and manage conflicts within the family. Some of the primary goals of family therapy are to create a better home environment, solve family issues, and understand the unique issues that a family might face. Therapy encourages family members to tell their own stories to understand how those experiences shape who they are and how they relate to others. The person can start to view problems more objectively than just seeing things through their own lens.
If you’re asking the question, the answer is YES, YES, YES. In truth, everyone needs some level of therapy or counseling from time to time—whether it’s weekly appointments to process past trauma or just a monthly check-in to keep you on the right track and maintain momentum. At Catalyst Counseling, we will work together to identify what type of therapy fits YOU, your needs, and your lifestyle!
Counseling and therapy are similar and are often used interchangeably—but also can be defined differently. Counseling is often solution-focused and shorter in terms of the number of visits; there is an end-goal you achieve, often a behavior that is ultimately changed. Therapy is more insight-focused and seeks out the root cause of the thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing.
Whatever you prefer to call your journey, it’s definitely a collaborative process.
I believe in meeting my clients where they currently are in life—mentally and emotionally—in order to help them move forward. My background is diverse, including working in community mental health settings with acute, severe mental illness, private group practice with individuals seeking greater understanding of themselves—and now, solo private practice with adolescents and adults seeking to make improvements in their lives and gain understanding of the underlying issues holding them back.
My style is relaxed, compassionate, and nonjudgmental.
I use a combination of strengths-based focus and basic behavioral and cognitive principles. I practice motivational interviewing with an emphasis on uncovering and identifying your intrinsic motivation for change. These methods are particularly effective for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and Psychotic Disorders.
I believe in the power of relationship and the transformative nature of the therapeutic process. As a Psychological Examiner, I also perform specialized psychological evaluations, psycho-educational testing, career testing, objective-personality testing, diagnostic interviewing, and consultation.
Ambetter, BlueCross BlueShield and Qualchoice.
Yes. We also offer cash pay rates for those without insurance. This is negotiated on a case by case basis and at the discretion of your clinician. Should you need to use or you choose the cash pay option, a good faith estimate for services can be provided.
A therapist’s job is quite literally to help, so even during times when I can’t take on new clients—or maybe you’re needing specialized treatment options such as EMDR or trauma focused yoga—I want to make sure you find the help and resources you’re seeking.
At Catalyst, we’re working to build a network of care teams for Conway and Central Arkansas and beyond. We recognize that you have options in your healthcare choices and appreciate the fact that you choose us.
With that in mind—and because medication management and prescription services are not available at Catalyst and sometimes it’s hard to find a medical provider—I’m also including links to psychiatric professionals who may be options for any medication questions you have.
The following list is in no way exhaustive and I have not been compensated in any way for these shoutouts.
Bernadette Stanford, LPC
Heber Springs Counseling
Adrea Jones, LPC
Hope Arising Counseling
Rachel Pinto, LPC
Cardinal Counseling Services
Brandi Rodgers, LCSW
Because You Matter Counseling
Amy Ballard, LPC
Amy Ballard Therapy
Wendy Blackwood, LPC
Healing Path Counseling
Holly Scott, LPEI
Therapy With Holly
Dr. Elizabeth Stout
Collin Davies, LPEI, LPC
Central Arkansas Testing & Therapy Center
Ariella Frazier, APRN
Chenal Family Therapy
Dr. Kelsey McClellan
Alleviant Health Centers
Included below are resources for folks who may need sliding-scale fees, who may be unhomed, needing LGBT+ specific resources, links to the suicide prevention hotline, and/or harm-reduction resources.
Conway Counseling and Wellness*
Chenal Family Therapy*
Central Arkansas Harm Reduction Project
Call or text: 501-438-9158
National Suicide Hotline
*offers sliding-scale services
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
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930 Wingate St, Suite E2, Conway, Arkansas 72034, United States
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08:00 am – 04:00 pm
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday