MEET OUR COUNSELORS

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Sean McDonald, MA, LPC, NCC, CSAT, CMAT, DCC, Clinical Director

Sean McDonald is the owner of Waterstone Counseling Center where he is the director of the Sexual Addiction Recovery program that helps individuals, couples, and families in Northwest Arkansas find hope and healing. Sean understands the challenges in life that people encounter because almost 15 years ago he sought out the help of a skilled counselor. There was a lot of emotional pain that he needed healing from and counseling played an important role in his journey. Sean is passionate about helping men and women experience this same freedom and joy in their lives. His desire to help people find hope and healing is driven by his faith in God and personal experience of going through recovery for sexual addiction. This journey led him to leave the business world and begin working full time in recovery ministry and eventually into professional counseling.

Sean has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. He has been trained under some of the great leaders in the sexual addiction and sexual therapy fields, such as Patrick Carnes, Mark Laaser, Clifford and Joyce Penner and Doug Rosenau. Sean is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). He is a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists (ABCST). He has been trained in emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to work with individuals and couples. He is also a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and obtained a Technology Specialization License through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling that allows him to provide counseling via the telephone and/or a HIPAA compliant videoconferencing application. Please click on the Internet/Video Counseling Services tab to learn more.  

Sean served for four years as the director of a recovery ministry at a church where he gained valuable experience working with individuals and couples who were encountering a wide range of issues. He has experience counseling college students at a private university and has also worked in private practice in Denver, Colorado.

Sean works with individuals who struggle with sexual addiction and other sexual issues, anger, anxiety and depression. He also works with spouses/partners and families of sex addicts. He enjoys pre-marital counseling and also working with couples who are trying to strengthen their relationship.

Sean has been married to his wife since 2005 and is the proud father of three children. He is an avid Razorback fan that enjoys traveling and being outdoors, especially when it involves mountain biking, skiing and wakeboarding.

Sean's email: Sean@waterstonecounseling.com

Sean’s phone: (479) 202-6300

 

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Ryan A. Martin, Ph.D., LPC-S

Ryan Martin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arkansas and approved by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling to supervise Licensed Associate Counselors.  In addition to his work at Waterstone, Dr. Martin is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at John Brown University and Director of JBU’s CARE Clinic in Ft. Smith where he provides clinical training and supervision for graduate counseling interns.

Dr. Martin received his B.A. in Family Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University.  He has also completed advanced degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling (M.A.), Christian Education (M.A.) and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Martin has worked in various mental health and educational settings in direct care, administrative, and faculty positions.  He has provided care to individuals, couples and families on a variety of treatment issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addictive disorders, anger management, stress management, sexual and physical abuse, post-traumatic stress, divorce recovery, attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders, relationship problems, and general women’s and men’s issues.  Dr. Martin has also received advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management and facilitated debriefings and follow up care to various individuals and groups including the 1999 shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, the Joplin, Missouri tornado, and suicides at area high schools and businesses.

In addition to his direct care work, Dr. Martin also provides clinical and operational consulting for individuals and organizations and regularly presents seminars on a variety of counseling related topics.

Dr. Martin has been married to his wife Jennifer for over 20 years and has four beautiful daughters, including twins.  He enjoys fly fishing, exercise, gardening, and grilling at home with his family and friends.



Ryan's email: Ryanm@waterstonecounseling.com

Ryan’s phone: (479) 202-6300

 

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Megan Matsuyama, MA, LPC

Megan has several years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families.  From a young age, she found herself counseling peers with compassion and practical wisdom.  During college she realized a calling on her life to make this a vocation. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Sociology, she received her Masters in Community Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas.

Over her counseling career, she has gained experience working in various educational settings, from elementary schools to universities. Throughout her career Megan has worked with children, adolescents and adults doing both individual and family therapy. She has treated individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, and various forms of abuse. She has also worked with personality disorders and behavioral disorders including ADHD, ODD and Conduct disorder. 

In 2008, Megan and her husband Garrett became pastors at New Life Church (NLC), a multi-location church throughout Arkansas. Megan has been working closely with college students, providing emotional and spiritual support. She and her husband have worked with couples, focusing on premarital counseling & training.  They have recently moved to Northwest Arkansas to help start NLC Fayetteville. Megan believes that each person has a God-given purpose and she is looking forward to helping people live healthy lives, reaching their fullest potential.  



Megan's email: Megan@waterstonecounseling.com

Megan’s phone: (479) 202-6300

 

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Jennifer Kephart, MSW, LCSW, CSAT

Jennifer began her counseling career almost a decade ago working with children, adolescents, and families in school and agency settings.  She has worked with women dealing with trauma and abuse, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.  Jennifer has personal experience growing up in a home with a mentally ill family member which prompted a call early in life to counsel others and empower them with the tools and knowledge they need to overcome obstacles and live healthy lives. 

In the last few years, Jennifer became burdened to help couples and spouses after she and her husband experienced their own growing pains in their marriage.  They sought the help of a counselor, which proved to be life-changing in their marriage.  Since that time, Jennifer and her husband have been mentors and co-facilitators for the Artof Marriage Conference, both at their church and in Mexico.  She is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and she is passionate about working with women, couples, families, spouses of sex addicts and sexual abuse survivors.  She values creating a safe and secure therapeutic relationship that fosters acceptance and growth.

Jennifer believes that having a relationship with God is an essential piece to living a fulfilled life and she is actively involved in her church and small group.  She enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and fitness.  She is honored and privileged to share her life with her best friend and husband and is the Mom of two amazing girls.

Jennifer is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, and completed her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

 

Jennifer's email:Jennifer@waterstonecounseling.com

Jennifer's phone: (479) 202-6300

 

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Amy Butler, MAMFC, LPC

Amy Butler has been counseling in the Northwest Arkansas community for several years.  Her previous experience has been working in community mental health facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice within the church.  Amy has pursued specialized training and experience in trauma care, sexual abuse recovery, healthy sexuality education, and attachment and bonding in foster/adoption families.  Amy loves helping the Northwest Arkansas community by being a volunteer trainer for The CALL (equipping to-be foster parents for the big job in front of them),she is also a member of the NWA Project Zero team (raising awareness about Arkansas adoptable children through our DHS foster care system), and leader in her church for student, orphan care, and counseling ministries.

Amy is married to a minister of students and has 4 children.  She loves to read, drink coffee with friends, sit in quiet, and watch movies with her husband in her “free time”.  Amy desires to constantly grow as a person and be equipped to serve the needs of our community.  She finds joy and humility in walking with others in their healing journey.

 

Amy's email: Amyb@waterstonecounseling.com

Amy's phone: (479) 202-6300

 

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Vance Crow, MS, LAMFT, LPC, CSAT Candidate

Vance is a graduate of John Brown University with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Business from College of the Ozarks. He is currently a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) as well as Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). He is in the process of becoming a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT). Vance has completed extensive training in the EFT model which provides a structured approach to couple’s therapy. There is a substantial amount of research outlining the effectiveness of this approach for couples and individuals and Vance has seen firsthand how this model can help transform lives and relationships. Vance also is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist Candidate and has received extensive training in treating addiction, working with couples going through infidelity, and helping couples that have experienced betrayal. The attachment lens that both of these models stem from allows for an integrative approach that takes into consideration the context from which Vance is able to help those who are struggling with either marital difficulties or addictive sexual behavior. 

Vance has worked in the mental health field serving children, families, couples and individuals. Vance has experience in School-Based Mental Health, Therapeutic Day Treatment, Residential Facilities and Private Practice. He has worked with people who struggle in areas ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, pornography addiction, and affairs. He considers it a privilege to hear people’s stories, walk alongside them, and to see them grow to their full God-given potential. He has a passion to see NWA thrive rather than survive in their marriages and he enjoys playing a role in giving people the guidance and tools to navigate obstacles in their relationships. He comes from a blended family and has a special place in his heart for those struggling in this area, since many of his personal challenges have stemmed from this part of his story.

Vance met his wife in college and they were married in 2009. They currently have four rambunctious children; one little boy and three beautiful girls. They love being outside and enjoying creation in nearly any capacity, whether that’s gardening and yard work, or spending time canoeing the many beautiful rivers in the Ozarks.

Vance's email: Vance@waterstonecounseling.com

Vance’s phone: (479) 202-6300

 

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Danielle Wheeler LMFT, LPC

Danielle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has actively worked with married couples, individuals, adolescents, and children for over 10 years. Danielle has experience working with: marital conflict, relationship issues, blended families, attachment, adjustment concerns, stress, depression, anxiety, grief, behavioral disorders, and conflictual family dynamics. Danielle's passion comes from her great burden for hurting people. She understands how one person's pain affects not only the individual, but the entire family system and uses this approach in working with her clients.

Danielle is originally from South Carolina and relocated to NWA in 2006 in order to obtain a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling from John Brown University. She attended Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, CO in 2004, where she had the privilege of studying under experts in the field of Marriage and Family therapy and Theology.

After moving to NWA, she met her husband and has been married since 2010. They have a fun loving and energetic son and a precious daughter. Danielle is indoorsy, in which she fills this free time with her Pinterest DIY lists, sewing, and baking. She has more DIY Pinterest fails than she can count.



Danielle's email: Danielle@waterstonecounseling.com

Danielle’s phone: (479) 202-6300

 

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Megan Taylor, MS, LAC, LAMFT

Megan has lived and worked in Northwest Arkansas for several years and loves the people and community.  Her experience includes time in ministry, various roles in the non-profit sector, the local education system, and private counseling practice.  She is a graduate of John Brown University with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services.  Megan holds credentials as both a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) in the state of Arkansas, and also holds an active Professional School Counselor’s license.  

Megan has a desire to see people live life unhindered- to walk alongside them as they journey through life’s places of joy and pain.  She has received specialized training in the areas of trauma recovery, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), sexual abuse prevention and education, attachment (healthy relationship) theory, and working with foster and adoptive families.  Megan has also had the opportunity to become a Designated TBRI Educator and TBRI Practitioner through intensive training with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas.  TBRI is an evidence-based practice that offers hope and healing to children and families walking through significant trauma, loss, or attachment difficulties. Megan has worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families with various presenting difficulties including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma recovery, abuse recovery, relationship difficulties, behavioral struggles, and attachment difficulties.  She also enjoys working with groups and training other professionals, educators, and community members on topics such as trauma-informed care, sexual abuse recovery, attachment-sensitive approaches to difficult child behavior, and abuse prevention.  

Megan has been married to her husband, Nic, since 2007 and has 2 sons.  She and her husband both drive Jeeps and love spending time with their children and friends outdoors.  Megan has developed a passion for running in recent years and enjoys getting to know the hearts of others while training together for races.  If she’s not outside, you may find her listening to or playing music, drinking coffee with a friend, or eating ice cream.  Megan is passionate about people and is blessed to have the opportunity to partner with them as they walk in healing.



Megan's email: MeganTaylor@waterstonecounseling.com

Megan’s phone: (479) 202-6300
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