479.799.4720 | fax 877.884.4583 savannah@oakscounseling.net

Our Counselors

Savannah Hill Conner

Ph.D, LPC, Executive Director | 479.799.4720 | savannah@oakscounseling.net

It is an honor to work as a counselor for Oaks Counseling. I have found that life is messy, but also filled with such beauty. Someone once said, “protest the chaos with something beautiful” and I think that is what the counseling journey is about; taking that which is broken in our lives and trying to make sense of it all. I received my masters in Community Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy from John Brown University. I earned my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through Regent University in August of 2014. My passions and experience are in working with adolescents, women who are struggling with infertility, relationships where conflict and intimacy are a struggle, anxiety, and grief. It is a joy and an honor to be a part of people’s stories as they process the messiness that life can bring.

Carrie Henry

MS, LMFT, LPC | 479.445.3407 | carrie@oakscounseling.net

I love the concept of life as a journey. While we desire to live purposeful lives with depth and meaning, we often find ourselves unprepared to navigate the complexities of relationships and face some of the unexpected roadblocks along the way. My heart is to join people on their journeys, while providing practical help and hope along the way. I have over fifteen years of clinical experience in a variety of settings. I really enjoy working with all ages of women on all types of womens’ issues, especially eating disorders, grief, infertility, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. I work from a family systems and emotion focused perspective and also love to incorporate art and sand tray techniques when possible. I received a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas and a dual masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and Community Counseling from John Brown University. I am also an Arkansas Board Approved Supervisor for LACs and LAMFTs and enjoy investing in new therapists in the counseling field.

Inger W. Nelson

LCSW | 479.502.2057 | inger@oakscounseling.net

Working with others as they learn practical ways to reflectively look through life's disappointments and tragedies is something I have enjoyed doing for the last 27 years. The hope is that as the work is completed in an effort to address the intense feelings and thoughts surrounding those events there will be a discovery of self awareness and a new sense of contentment, joy, and peace.

I am an Arkansas native who has resided in NWA for 34 years. After completing an undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, I went on to complete the Master of Social Work degree at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. I am a licensed certified social worker.

It is with great gratitude that I consider all the various employment opportunities in which I have participated. My area of expertise includes teens and/or young adults struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, attachments disorders, grief, family and other relationship issues.. I have worked with birth moms as they work through the decision to place a child for adoption, & provided emotional support to adoptees and their families as they integrate into adoption placements.

I consider it an honor and a pleasure to assist you as you work toward your journey of recovery.

Leah Jacobs

MS, LAC | 501.416.8382 | leah@oakscounseling.net

Life, with all its challenges, certainly is not easy. We all need help navigating the more difficult seasons. It is my passion and, I believe, my calling to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for my clients to share their struggles. In our fast-paced world, caring for ourselves is often made a lower priority; whether you are experiencing a traumatic time of grief or simply struggling to maintain balance in your everyday life, counseling can play a vital role in helping you reach emotional peace. I earned my masters degree in Counseling at John Brown University. I do not take lightly that people choose to share their lives with me; I consider it an incredible honor to play that role in your life. .

Brandi Harris

MS, LPC, LMFT | 918.261.3194 | brandi@oakscounseling.net

I am real person; a real mom and wife chasing the balance of life, love, and truth. I love people, as difficult as they are at times, and I have a heavy heart for those weighed down by the pain of life and loss. I especially enjoy working with clients who are dealing with relationship and parenting struggles – as parenting has probably been the most humbling (or should I say humiliating?) experience of my own life. I am an LPC and LMFT, and have been practicing since 2007. I received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Tulsa and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling from JBU.

Brant Cates

MS, LPC | 479.366.1129 | brant@oakscounseling.net

You deserve to feel accepted and respected. I strive at all times to offer these two things. I enjoy counseling and want you to as well. It is work, but it is work that provides energy instead of draining it. While working with all ages, my primary practice in the last several years has focused on teens, young adults, and children. My hope is to help people find the power inside themselves to be stable and productive no matter what life challenges they are experiencing.

I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2005. I have worked in various settings. These include foster care worker, outpatient therapist, TDT therapist, and school-based therapist.

Shelli Engle

MSW, LCSW | 479.310.9090 | shelli@oakscounseling.net

During the counseling process, my goal is to meet you where you are and to help you navigate through the difficulties of life successfully. I come to you with experience working in various settings including inpatient and outpatient therapy. Within each of those settings, I have worked with a diversity of populations including children, adolescents, adults, and families. My passion is working with women of all ages, dealing with various issues, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bi polar, grief, trauma, health and lifestyle issues, relationships, and job related stress, as well as continuing my work with children, adolescents, and their families. I utilize various therapeutic techniques in therapy, and attempt to focus on the individual needs of each client. I obtained my Master's in Social Work, at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Beth Rogers

BS, Masters level intern | 479.957.5862| beth@oakscounseling.net

Beth is a Masters Level Intern. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at John Brown University.

Cindy Palen

MA, LAC, NCC | 479.222.1711 | cindy@oakscounseling.net

When life seems overwhelming, and negative thoughts tend to prevail, we sometimes need help navigating through these troubled times. My passion in counseling is to help you overcome obstacles to your peace of mind. I seek to provide a confidential, non-judgmental space for you to work through hardships and distress. I work with both adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, and grief. It is one of my desires to help people work through past or present trauma. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as other trauma focused techniques. I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Missouri State University, and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). It is my hope that all who struggle will find the peace and restoration they desire.

Mollie Reddin

MS, LAC | 479.274.0963 |  mollie@oakscounseling.net 

It is a privilege to join others through the counseling process as they encounter the difficult and unexpected parts of life. I seek to provide a non-judgmental, warm, and accepting presence while providing excellent care, listening, practical tools, and hope. At Oaks, my primary focus is working with children. My approach is child-centered, integrating a variety of play therapy techniques, sand tray therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy. I received my master’s degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Play Therapy from John Brown University. My professional experience includes community clinic, non-profit agency, and university counseling center settings.