Meet the Staff

 We offer creative counseling to children and their families. We use a team approach to address difficult behavior issues. 

Please note: Only Linda and Alex see new adult patients at this time.  

Karen Zamora, LCSW Therapist

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 I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a behavioral/mental health specialist. I graduated in 2010 with my Master’s in Social Work. I enjoy working with children and parents to improve their relationship by using PCIT, working with foster children, certified in using TF-CBT to address trauma, and incorporating equine assisted psychotherapy. I am advanced certified with Eagala as a mental health specialist. Annie, our "therapy dog in training", can join our sessions. 

Erica Pristas, PhD Licensed Psychologist

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 I began working with children in 1999 providing discrete trial training to autistic children, and continued my work with children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health concerns during my graduate training in child clinical psychology. I received my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2007, and have worked in community mental health and residential settings, providing individual, group, and family therapy and psychological evaluations.

Emily Porter, LPCC Counselor

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 I began working with families and children with emotional difficulties in 2003 after graduating from UK with a BS in Family Studies. I went on to graduate from EKU with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have a passion for utilizing strengths-based and creative approaches to achieve emotional wellness in children. I am skilled in family-based interventions. I enjoy working with elementary aged children as well as older high school teens when transitioning to adulthood.  

Linda Combes, CSW Therapist

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 After earning my Master’s degree in Social Work in 1994, I worked as a therapist at the U.K. Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Later, I developed and conducted an equine experiential education program. I enjoy seeing children, teens, and parents tap into their strengths and develop new skills to navigate challenges. To help clients achieve their goals, I use strategies from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Incorporating animals into treatment has had powerful benefits for many clients. I provide Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and I am Eagala certified. 

Danielle Hurt, LPCC Counselor

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 I have been in the field of Counseling for nearly 11 years now and have worked in many settings, with many different kinds of people, in all walks of life. I have 3 years experience being a Military Family Life Counselor. I enjoy helping others find their path and gain valuable insight. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is essential and that by empowering my clients, I can help them make positive changes in their lives. I would consider myself to be eclectic in my approach because I often pull from many different modalities in order to meet my client's needs. I look forward to helping my clients on their journey and assisting them in gaining the strength necessary to pursue it. I am Eagala certified and provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  I am the co-founder of North Star Therapeutic Services.

Alexandra Leet, LCSW Therapist

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 I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master's in Social Work and I am now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have experience providing therapeutic services in the home, school and community. I provide individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. My passion is working with individuals who have experienced traumatic life events by providing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). In addition, I have knowledge in early childhood development and provide PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) to children and families to improve bonding and attachment. I treat individuals with various mental health diagnoses including mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. I am open-minded and creative in my therapeutic techniques allowing clients to meet their goals. 

Nicole Hatfield, Equine Specialist

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 I am a Kentucky native with years of experience in the behavioral health industry. I enjoy working with children and their families, and I find it very rewarding to see patients achieve their goals both in treatment and life.  I have a BS in Equine Studies from Midway College, and my passion for horseback riding has been a lifelong hobby. I co-facilitate equine assisted psychotherapy sessions and am Eagala certified. When I’m not on the field, I am helping in the office. I can help you with your insurance and billing questions.  

Mike Hurt, Equine Specialist

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 I co-facilitate equine assisted psychotherapy sessions and am Eagala certified.  I am originally from Northern Kentucky. I joined the Army in 2001 and served 4 years in California and deployed to Iraq in 2005. I moved back to Kentucky to start a family. I then joined the US Marine Corps in 2009. I lived in California, North Carolina, and Virginia. We moved to Paris, Kentucky in 2018 to co-found North Star Therapeutic Services where I am an Eagala Certified Equine Specialist.

Zoë Zamora, Administrative Assistant

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    I  grew up here in Scott County and went to Asbury University to study  music, media, and adventure leadership. It is my goal to incorporate all  of my passions into my work and to use them as a tool to help people. I  look forward to meeting you! Feel free to share your favorite music with me any time!