We are offering telehealth services instead of in-office sessions.

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.  

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Karen Zamora, LCSW Therapist

Erica Pristas, PhD Licensed Psychologist

Erica Pristas, PhD Licensed Psychologist

 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. 

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Erica Pristas, PhD Licensed Psychologist

Erica Pristas, PhD Licensed Psychologist

Erica Pristas, PhD Licensed Psychologist

 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.

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Emily Porter, LPCC Counselor

Erica Pristas, PhD Licensed Psychologist

Emily Porter, LPCC Counselor

 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.  

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Linda Combes, CSW Therapist

Linda Combes, CSW Therapist

Linda Combes, CSW Therapist

 After  earning my Master’s degree in Social Work in 1994, I worked as a  therapist at the U.K. Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and later developed  and conducted an equine experiential education program. I enjoy helping  adolescents and adults tap into their strengths and develop new skills  to achieve their goals. I am certified to provide Trauma-Focused  Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy (TF-CBT). I also use  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  (ACT), Cognitive Processing for PTSD, and Motivational Interviewing.  Incorporating animals into treatment has had powerful benefits for many  of my clients. Riley, my therapy dog-in-training, can be included in  sessions. I also provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and am an  Eagala certified Mental Health Professional. 

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Danielle Hurt, LPCC Counselor

Linda Combes, CSW Therapist

Linda Combes, CSW Therapist

 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 with Military Designation and provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  I am the co-founder of North Star Therapeutic Services.

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Alexandra Leet, LCSW Therapist

Linda Combes, CSW Therapist

Alexandra Leet, LCSW Therapist

 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. 

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Kristen Young, CSW Therapist

Beth Lewis, MA, LMFT, RPT TBRI Practitioner, Certified Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy

Beth Lewis, MA, LMFT, RPT TBRI Practitioner, Certified Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy

 Upon graduating from Georgetown College with a degree  in psychology, I attended the University of Kentucky where I earned my  Master’s in Social Work (MSW). I have experience working in the foster  care system, and my passion is working with children and adolescents who  have experienced adverse childhood experiences. My approach to therapy  is integrative, primarily adopting techniques from Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, play therapy, and behavior  modification. I enjoy incorporating art and sensory play into my  sessions in an effort to foster creative expression and emotional release.  

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Beth Lewis, MA, LMFT, RPT TBRI Practitioner, Certified Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy

Beth Lewis, MA, LMFT, RPT TBRI Practitioner, Certified Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy

Beth Lewis, MA, LMFT, RPT TBRI Practitioner, Certified Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy

Are  you looking for positive change in your child's behavior?  Does your  family need to break unhealthy cycles and find a way to re-connect and  interact in healthy ways?  I am passionate about children and adolescents receiving healing from trauma, attachment  concerns, families formed through foster care and adoption, and  families struggling with communication or the impacts of addiction.  I also specializes in parenting concerns, behavioral issues, conflict, peer relationships, and codependency. 

  

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Registered Play  Therapist (RPT), certified in Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial  Therapy, and a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner.  I hold a Bachelor of Science in Family and  Consumer Sciences, concentrating in Child Development, from Delta State  University and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Asbury  Theological Seminary. 

I have over twenty years of experience working with children and families  in private practice, community health settings, childcare and education,  and would cherish the privilege to meet yours and join you in your journey.

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Nicole Hatfield Equine Specialist/Insurance Admin

Beth Lewis, MA, LMFT, RPT TBRI Practitioner, Certified Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy

Nicole Hatfield Equine Specialist/Insurance Admin

  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.   

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Zoë Zamora Office Manager

Mike Hurt Equine Specialist

Nicole Hatfield Equine Specialist/Insurance Admin

   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! 

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Mike Hurt Equine Specialist

Mike Hurt Equine Specialist

Mike Hurt Equine Specialist

 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 with Military Designation. 

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Annie

Annie

Annie

  I am Annie, the therapy dog-in-training. I love people and treats. I like to sit on the couch and take naps, but also like to play, if the humans want to. 

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Callie

Annie

Annie

I am the real owner of Harmony Farm! I like rubs and pets, and especially enjoy playing in water.