Nonie Caruthers, M.A., LPC, LMFT

Mrs. Caruthers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been with the Center since 1994.  She is interested in the developmental issues individuals, families, and couples face over their life span-transitions that include young adult to college, career development and middle age/menopause.  Offering EMDR, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapies, her specialties include anxiety and depression as well as the pursuit of wellness and wholeness.                                               


Heather Phares, MS, PLPC

Heather is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana who strives to create a warm, accepting, and judgment-free atmosphere in her practice. Heather focuses on meeting the individual where they are on their journey and values the courage it takes to seek therapy to begin a journey of personal growth.  She completed her Bachelor of Science at The University of Southern Mississippi in Psychology. She received a Master’s of Science in Counseling from William Carey University. She holds a School Counseling certification through the Department of Education and she is a School Counselor. She is a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association.

She counsels a diverse clientele in culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. She has worked with various populations ranging from Child & Adolescents to Adults. 

“I believe that we are all capable of healing and change. Our past and present experiences impact our belief system and contribute to how we view our life and its opportunities. I strive to create a space for you to feel safe and to be heard.”


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Donna Henderson, MA, MS, LPC-S

Donna is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and has substantial life experience beginning with the Army after graduating high school. She stayed in the military for eight years where she gained experience of what a soldier and a soldier’s family deal with as a family. Donna is a Divorce Mediator and is trained in EMDR therapy. She has a teaching degree and taught school for ten years where she gained extensive experience working with children. Finally, she joined an outpatient MHC where she worked as an Assistant Director/Supervisor gaining insight and working with diagnosis from ADHD to schizophrenia. She has worked with all ages and many diagnosis.

Valencia Jones, MS, LPC

This is not just a career, but my calling. As a result people’s lives are being transformed, generational curses broken, goals achieved, and hurts healed. I’m looking for people who are ready to build a life they love. 

My goal is to be part of the mental health solution through: counseling, advocacy, speaking, and writing. My academic background includes: AA and BS in Psychology, MS in Counseling, along with various other training. 

My specialty is abuse and trauma in these areas: adult survivors of child sexual
or physical abuse / domestic violence, both abusers and victims / human trafficking / anger management. Come talk with me and know that you are not alone, someone cares for you, and you are enough.


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Anthony J. Williams, LPC-S, LMFT, NCC, Clinical Director

 Anthony is a Licensed Professional Counselor actively serving as the Clinical Director at the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Mr. Williams has a private practice and has been a Board Approved Supervisor since 1997. He is a retired Air Force veteran and has been a certified bereavement facilitator since 1998. He has provided bereavement training services to area agencies as well as several church groups. Mr. Williams also conducts groups for anger management, self-esteem, adolescents, and effective parenting. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Louisiana Counseling Association, and the Northwest Louisiana Counselors Group.  Mr. Williams also provides ongoing monthly training sessions for LPC Supervisors and PLPCs through the Northwest Louisiana Supervisors’ Group. Mr. Williams enjoys woodworking, listening to classical music, and is an active member of the Civil Air Patrol as a mission pilot. 


Administrative Team

J.D. Burnham, Administrative Director

Linda “Dee” Iverson, Insurance Administrator

Alexis Thomas, Receptionist

In Memoriam

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Mary Young, B.S., M.S.W., LCSW

Mrs. Young was a licensed clinical social worker, she joined the Center in 2011.  She had extensive training and experience in dealing with terminal illness and the impact it had on the immediate, as well as the extended family.  Mrs. Young was trained in adoption counseling, geared to assist parents and families who were dealing with many choices associated with the adoption process.  She was experienced in working with individuals and family members who were dealing with anxiety and depression, which is usually associated with “life adjustments.”  She also had expertise in working with distressed individuals aged between adolescence and geriatric.

Board of Directors

President: Suda Beard

Secretary: Charles Beard

Vice President: Judy Lenert

Board Members

Bill Henderson

Laurie Kent

Jeff Overdyke

Elizabeth Prewitt

Nadine Siegele

Carmell Williams