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 children, adolescents and adults in the areas of grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.  She has extensive experience in working with children and adolescents in foster care or other out-of-home placements. 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, church, and traveling.

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.


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 beginning with her practicum 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.  

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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 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 engaged in the practice of 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. 

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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.

Claire Almay, MSW, LCSWA

Claire Almay is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate 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+, (Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield accepted) please call the main office for appointment times!


Sasha Hamilton, MSW, LCSW-A

Sasha's passion is working with children and adolescence. She has a baccalaureate in Psychology and Master of Social Work degrees, both in which she obtained from Fayetteville State University. She also has a Certification in Military Behavioral Health. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSW-A) and has been practicing for over a year. She is currently able to serve Medicaid and private pay recipients.


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.

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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.



 Corey Winston received his bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2009 and his Masters of Social Work in 2015. He has been working in the mental health field since 2007 and have served children and adults in the DD, MH, and SU populations.