Meet Our Providers
Dr. Mike Martin, DMin, MA, MEd, MSSM, LCMHC-S, NBCC
Mike is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 25 years of experience in private practice. He became a counselor following a 28 year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Special Operations Command. Mike specializes in treating individuals, couples, and families facing a variety of issues including abuse, trauma, grief, PTSD, mood disorders, childhood disorders, family conflict, among others. His counseling is based on the needs of the individual, and includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Person-Centered Therapy, as well as a faith-based approach (when requested). Mike's education includes the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, the University of Southern California, Carolina Bible College, Liberty University, and Regent University obtaining the Master of Education, Master of Systems Management, Master of Counseling, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Mike enjoys spending time with his family including his eight grandchildren, studying the Bible, traveling, and watching the Georgia Bulldogs.
Misty Martin, MA, LCMHC
Misty is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of mental health experience. She received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and has a Master's in Business from Regent University. Misty is passionate about working with adults and adolescents in the areas of grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Misty is actively rostered by the NC Child Treatment Program in the evidence-based treatment for trauma, TF-CBT. In addition, Misty incorporates a variety of treatment approaches based on the need of the individual, including person-centered therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, family systems, and faith-integrated counseling. When Misty is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, traveling and ministry.
Kim Rueda-Herring, MA, LCMHC, LPA
Kim is a Licensed Psychological Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor who has provided outpatient therapy for over 20 years. She provides family and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Disorders treated include: ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, blended family issues, and Adjustment Disorders, among others. Her area of specialty is trauma based disorders including: physical and sexual abuse, issues related to out of home placement, and grief. She is trained in the TF-CBT model which is an evidence based model that provides education and treatment to both the individual and family.
Angela Torres, MA, LCMHC
Angela is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fayetteville State University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She retired from Local Government where she served 22 years working and serving individuals with mental health issues. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a trauma focus treatment, and specializes in anger management, marital conflict, relationship issues, stress/anxiety, and self -esteem. She works with ages 7 and up. She accepts Tricare, Medicaid, Cigna, and BCBS insurance. Her general counseling approach is Solution Focused and Behavioral Therapy and her ultimate goal is to help you resolve ongoing issues that cannot be resolved alone.
Johnny Leonard, MA, NCC, LCMHC, MAC, LCAS, CCS, SAP, BC-TMH, CHT
Johnny Leonard is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Substance Abuse Professional, Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider, Certified Hypnotherapist at Biblical & Lighthouse Counseling Services since April of 2012. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2006) and a Master of Arts in Psychology (2010) from Fayetteville State University. He has been counseling since 2009. He serves children, adolescents, and adults. His therapeutic approach is eclectic typically blending Psychoanalytic, Person-Centered, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Additionally, he is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. Professional associations that he is involved with include: Addictions Professionals of North Carolina, National Association for Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Behavioral Health Professional Association, and National Guild of Hypnotists (national & state). During his free time, he enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and being involved in the community.
Claire Almay, MSW, LCSW
Claire Almay is a Licensed Clinical Social Work with a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and years of experience working with children and families. Claire is currently working to obtain her Registered Play Therapy (RPT) credential and believes that play is the main form in which children learn, communicate, develop, learn to heal and express themselves. Claire specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma, children with defiant or disruptive behaviors, children with Autism/ADD/ADHD, who are struggling in school or at home with symptoms of Depression or Anxiety and more! Claire currently has opening for clients ages 3+, (Various insurances such as Tricare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield accepted) please call the main office for appointment times!
Nicy Bishop, LMFT
Nicy Bishop is a License Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), licensed in the state of North Carolina, with over 7 years of experience. She became a counselor following retirement, as a Captain, from a 21-year Army career. Nicy specializes in individual, couples/marriage, and family counseling; and addresses issues including anger, anxiety, depression, grief, and PTSD/trauma. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to deliver person-centered counseling. Nicy facilitates several groups to include parenting, PTSD/trauma, and depression and anxiety. She also facilitates court-accepted parenting classes. When not working, she enjoys traveling with her husband and friends; and enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, family, and church family.
Teresa Bailey, MSW, LCSW
Teresa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker serving clients in the Fayetteville, NC area professionally since 2011. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from UNC Greensboro in 2009 and her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health/Substance Abuse from Fayetteville State University in 2011. Training and population served include: children, adolescents, adults and families. Specialty areas include issues related to conduct, anger management, anxiety, depression, oppositional behaviors, ADHD, impulsivity issues. She engages her clients in cognitive behavioral therapy, insight oriented therapy and reality therapy to address their concerns. Teresa enjoys engages in hands on activities and expressive art therapy.She currently accepts Medicaid with Sandhills, Alliance and Eastpointe, and is working on credentialing with other insurance agencies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare and TriCare.
Outside of work, Teresa enjoys spending time with her family, woodworking, photography and meeting new people.
Jamie Gaskin, MA, LCMHC
Jamie is a NC Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor with 6 years of experience counseling children, teens, adults and families. Counseling college students and young adults is something she is deeply passionate about. After receiving her BA in Psychology from Bryan College she continued to pursue her counseling education at Dallas Theological Seminary where she earned her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2011. Using an integrated approach she incorporates a variety of techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, faith-based, and person-centered therapy. Tailoring her approach to each client enables her to help individuals work through depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, relational conflict, academic struggles and much more. She accepts BCBS, Tricare, and Medicaid.
Sandy Paul, MA, LCMHC
Sandy is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology from University of Colorado, teacher certification from Fayetteville State University and the state of North Carolina, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has worked with Lighthouse Counseling Center since 2013. She works with children, adolescents, and adults, dealing with a range of issues such as adjustment, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, abuse, and trauma. Sandy includes the following therapeutic approaches, based on the individual’s needs: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Theory, Play Therapy and others. She takes the following insurances; Medicaid (Alliance, Sandhills), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TriCare (Humana). She has spent several years traveling but now enjoys the many visits that she has with her grandchildren, children and friends.
Chris Williams, LCMHC
Christopher Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree of Psychology at Fayetteville State University, and his Master’s Degree of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. Christopher approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy. Christopher has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families while treating ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression, among others.
Stanley Williams, MA Ed, LCMHC-A, LCASA
Stanley currently holds two degrees from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has a BS in Psychology in a Masters in School Counseling. He has worked in the mental health field for the past 8 years working with clients ages 4 to adulthood.
Lakeish Benjamin, LCSW
Lakeish is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Lighthouse and Biblical Counseling Services who has worked in the mental health field for approximately 10 years. Before working in mental health, Lakeish specialized in Early Childhood. Lakeish has experience in individual, family and group therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Since obtaining licensure, Lakeish has worked in both the Outpatient and Intensive In Home programs. Lakeish’s therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered Therapy, Eco-Systemic Family Therapy, and variations of Play Therapy based upon individual/family needs.
Bikash Gurung, MBBS, LCMHC-A
Bikash is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. He has a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and surgery from B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Science, Dharan, Nepal (2004). He has worked several years in a psychiatric unit as a medical officer in Nepal. He attended and completed his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University (2017). His counseling approach is eclectic and depending upon the needs of his clients can be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing. He is passionate about working with those who are troubled with adjustment, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, abuse, and trauma.
Mel Brinkley, LCMHC-A
Mel Brinkley is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHC-A). She works with clients in all walks of life, including children ages 9 and older, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She works with clients who have experienced trauma (including sexual, physical, emotional, and combat related trauma), homelessness, depression or anxiety, grief and bereavement, stress and life changes, or relationship issues and divorce. Her general approach to therapy is a blend of Reality Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Play Therapy. Mel has completed her Level 1 training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Level 1 training in Gottman Method couples therapy, and is currently working on her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Belisa Kershaw, LCMHC, NCC
Belisa is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) and a Certified Prepare/Enrich Marriage Facilitator. She has earned two Master’s degree from Liberty University; Human Services (2013) and Professional Counseling (2018). She’s focused on providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who experience symptoms of PTSD, Depression, Grief, ADD, Anxiety, ADHD, other mental health issues, as well as pre-martial counseling. Her experience also includes working with children and adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. Belisa has served others in a therapeutic setting since 2007, with children and adolescents as an Associate Professional providing Intensive In-Home therapy, and eventually as a Qualified Mental Health Professional in a Day Treatment Program. She believes there is not a “one size fits all” approach, but prefers to tailor therapeutic interventions to fit the needs of the individual. Her passion—serving others from the heart. In her free time, Belisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, art, and traveling.
Kenneth Brown, LCMHC, MACC, NBCC
Practical treatment of anxiety, mood, and personality disorders
Emergency crisis intervention for Suicide Ideation
Experience with military Soldier and Family intervention
Comfortable with inner city environment
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Credentialed with BCBS, Aetna, Medicaid (Alliance and Sandhills), United Health Care,
Marriage and Family Therapy
Completed a Masters of Arts in Community Mental Health Counseling, from Argosy University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Experience in Clinical and Psychological Counseling.
Presently, works as Chief of Budget for Army Reserve at Fort Bragg, NC.
Distinction of working on crisis management at a military hospital
Interpreting psychological tests designed to determine personal attitude of a person (PTSD, depression, career, Strongs,etc)
Gathering data about individual through case history
Conducting therapeutic and counseling interviews, and following up counseling results to determine validity and reliability of treatment.