Dr. Michael E. Whitten graduated from the University of Louisville with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.  He completed a clinical psychology internship/residency at the Appalachian Regional Medical Center in Hazard, KY.  Prior to opening Whitten Psychological Services, Dr. Whitten trained at the Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center where he evaluated and treated children with Autism Spectrum disorders.  Dr. Whitten also trained with a neuropsychologist for over four years to develop additional testing skills. The focus of his current practice is pre surgical and opioid risk assessment.  
Michael E. Whitten, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Shon Goodwin, M.A.
Licensed Psychological
Shon Goodwin is a graduate of the University of Louisville. Mrs. Goodwin earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and went on to complete doctoral level training and education.  Mrs. Goodwin is independently licensed to practice psychology in the Kentucky Commonwealth.  Mrs. Goodwin has extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse issues.  
Mrs. Goodwin primarily serves adults and older adolescents at our Shelbyville office
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Allison Recktenwald, M.A.

Licensed Psychological Associate

Allie graduated from the University of Louisville with her master's in Counseling Psychology. Before then she worked as a counselor for those who experienced trauma at The Center for Women and Families. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate and has since worked in the neuropsychology field at Norton's Children's Hospital providing assessments for children and adolescents. Her focus is providing assessment for all ages, as well as working with those who have experienced trauma, anxiety, or depression in their lives. 

Allie serves client's of all ages for psychological evaluations at our Louisville office. 

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Alex Hammond, M.Ed.
Licensed Psychological Associate

Alex graduated from the University of Louisville with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Psychological Associate. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Kniffley Racial Trauma Therapy. Her practicum experience has included working in a community mental health setting with people who are materially poor and with the geriatric population in a primary care medical setting. She also has  experience working as a home-based case management with children and families, single mothers pursuing college degrees, and women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Alex implements techniques from the following types of therapies: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Feminist Therapy.


Sarah Grattan, M.Ed.
Licensed Psychological Associate

Sarah Grattan is a Licensed Psychological Associate and a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she obtained her Master’s of Education in Counseling Psychology. Sarah has completed practicum experience in community based and primary care settings, where she received training in evaluative services and psychotherapy. Before this, Sarah worked with children and adults diagnosed with Autism and Down’s Syndrome, providing both direct and behavioral supports. Currently, Sarah provides psychological evaluations for all ages, as well as therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Sarah uses a trauma focused, cognitive behavioral approach in therapy, and her practice is rooted in the belief that having a safe, validating space to work through complex emotions and history can lead to healing and change.
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Esther Nethery graduated from the University of the Cumberland's with a bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology. Esther is attending Campbellsville University in the marriage and family therapy program.  Esther is currently under the supervision of Dr. Whitten.

Esther Nethery, B.A.
Psychological Assistant

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Laura Herp, M.S.W.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.  I am a level 2 trained Internal Family Systems (IFS or parts work) therapist.  This type of therapy is designed to isolate parts of us that need healing so that we can interact in the world from our highest self.  I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  I believe accepting people without judgement and with grace to be fundamental to the healing process.


Dr. Biebel holds a doctorate in health psychology/behavioral medicine and a master's degree in clinical psychology.  His primary practice specialization is in health psychology with a focus on presurgical psychological assessments for bariatric surgery, spinal cord stimulators, and intrathecal pain pumps.  Dr. Biebel also conducts pre-employment psychological assessments for municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Charles J. Biebel, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Jamie Guyton, M.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Having become a therapist only after my children were grown, I bring to my practice a

great deal of life experience in addition to professional training. My therapy practice has tended to focus on issues that cause depression and anxiety, on the difficulties we

experience coping with life transitions, with aging, with grief, and with loss of all kinds. I

have found that life presents us with many challenges, and that there are times when

empathy and an objective ear can help us find clarity, direction, and healing. If you ever

experience a need for some extra help for a while, just know that it is available here.

Jamie primarily serves adults for therapeutic services at our Shelbyville office


Nicole graduated from the University of Louisville with her master's in Counseling Psychology in 2020. Nicole worked as a Registered Nurse for 19 years, serving pediatric and adult patients. She is currently a Licensed Psychological Associate under the supervision of Dr. Whitten. Her primary focus is providing assessments services for children and adults.  Nicole also specializes in treating people who have experienced trauma and suffer from anxiety and depression.

Nicole Brangan, RN, M.Ed.
Licensed Psychological Associate


Ruth is a Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field for 25 years. Ruth worked as an RN and went on to receive specialized training as a clinical social worker. She completed a master's degree in social work at Spalding University. Ruth is trained to provide services to children, adolescents, and older adult. Ruth's focus of treatment is reunification and foster children, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, trauma related disorders, and medically complex issues.

Ruth Gabehart, RN, MSW
Clinical Social Worker

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Yeni Santiesteban M.S.
Marriage and Family

Yeni is a graduate of the University of Campbellsville with a master’s degree in Science of Counseling, with a concentration in marriage and family therapy. Currently Yeni is a Marriage and Family Therapy associate, she has completed all requirements for licensure and plans to soon be fully licensed, currently practicing under supervision. Yeni has practiced in a variety of settings: community mental health, residential treatment, and private practice. Yeni has completed training and TFCBT (trauma focused behavioral therapy) and Mental Health First Aid. Yeni works with a varied population, children 10 and up, teenagers, individual adults, and couples. Yeni is particularly passionate in working with client’s that need a space to BE, a space where they can share their life experiences and be able to receive unconditional acceptance while being able to work towards their mental health goals and life goals. Yeni is bilingual in English/ Spanish, so she is able to work with Spanish speaking clients. 


Nina Smith, MFTA
Marriage and Family

Nina Smith graduated from Campbellsville University with a Master of Marriage in Family Therapy.

Nina has experience practiced with individual, couple and family therapy for mental and behavioral health disorders in private practice and community mental health.  Nina provides a Person-Centered approach to help you learn and develop new ways of viewing life with understanding, purpose, and meaning, to help identify new ways of viewing and /or responding to problems in a safe, non-judgmental environment with trust and a genuine focus on your abilities and strengths to help create space for new meaningful life experiences to emerge, reinforce hope, help create a healthier balanced, and enjoyable life.


Troy Cilone is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Troy is currently a Licensed Psychological Associate in Kentucky. Troy has previous experience working in a community mental health setting assisting clients in low-income areas. Troy currently conducts psychological assessments as well as holds individual therapy sessions for all ages. Troy’s treatment strategy involves a more goal-oriented approach helping clients to continue to move in a positive direction. 


Troy Cilone, M.Ed.
Licensed Psychological Associate

Whitten Psychological Services, PLLC

Assessment and Counseling Center