Welcome

We are not taking on new clients currently, but 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.

meet maureen

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Because they said I had to...

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, massage therapists and 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.

About Catalyst Counseling

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Let's talk about why you're here...

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.

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The point:

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. 

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The bottom line:

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: 

● Trauma 

● Anxiety 

● Depression 

● Communication Barriers

The stuff

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Depression & Anxiety

Depression & Anxiety

Depression & Anxiety

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. 

 

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Trauma & PTSD

Depression & Anxiety

Depression & Anxiety

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. 

 

Oh yeah, and some faq

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How do I know whether I really need therapy or counseling?

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! 

What’s the difference between counseling and therapy? Which one is right for me?

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.

What type of counseling experience can I expect?

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.

What types of therapy does Catalyst Counseling offer?

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.

Which insurance plans do you accept?

Aetna, Ambetter, BlueCross and BlueShield, Qualchoice, Tricare and some EAP plans.

Do you offer a sliding scale?

Yes.

endorsements

accreditations

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referral partners

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 

heberspringscounseling.com 


Adrea Jones, LPC 

Hope Arising Counseling 

Hopearisingcounseling.com 


Angela Campagna, LCSW 

Face2Face 

face2facetherapy.com 


Brandi Rodgers, LCSW 

Because You Matter Counseling

becauseyoumattercounseling.com 


Wendy Blackwood, LPC 

Healing Path Counseling 

healingpathcounseling.com 


Holly Scott, LPEI 

Therapy With Holly 

therapywithholly.com 


Ariella Frazier, APRN 

Chenal Family Therapy 

chenaltherapy.com 


Alleviant Health Centers

 alleviant.com 


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* 

conwaycwc.com 


Central Arkansas Harm Reduction Project facebook.com/centralarkansasharmreducctionproject/ 

Call or text: 501-438-9158 


Lucie's Place 

luciesplace.org 


The Van 

itsthevan.org 


National Suicide Hotline 

800-273-8255 


*offers sliding-scale services

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Catalyst Counseling, Pllc

2223 Washington Ave STE C Conway, AR 72032

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