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Dr. 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

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 pre-surgical 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

Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience working with adults experiencing a wide range of behavioral health issues. I am an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 2 trained practitioner and work as a therapist for Whitten Psychological Services.

Laura Herp

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Dr. Cordell received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University. She completed a doctoral internship in clinical health psychology at the Medical College of Georgia and Charlie Norwood VA, then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical specialization is in bariatric surgery and pre-surgical evaluations. She has experience working with many populations and a particular emphasis on serving those with co-morbid medical conditions and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Cordell additionally provides assessment services for all ages.

McKenzie J. Cordell, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Shon is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and went on to complete doctoral level training and education. Shon is independently licensed to practice psychology in the Kentucky Commonwealth. She has extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse issues.  
Shon primarily serves adults and older adolescents at our Shelbyville office.

Shon Goodwin, M.A.
Licensed Psychological


Gerald is a marriage and family therapist who also provides EMDR, individual and faith-based therapy. He received his Master's degree at Campbellsville University and is currently completing his practicum at our Louisville office.

Gerald Gaspar, M.F.T.A.
Marriage & Family Therapy Associate


Sarah Grattan, M.Ed.
Licensed Psychological Associate

Sarah is a Licensed Psychological Associate and a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she obtained her Master’s of Education in Counseling Psychology. She 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. She currently provides psychological evaluations for all ages and 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, B.A.
Marriage & Family Therapy Associate

Esther is a graduate of Campbellsville University and holds a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently a marriage and family therapy associate practicing in the state of Kentucky and is certified to provide telehealth services for those residing in Kentucky. Esther specializes in working with couples as well as those with relational difficulties. She practices from a Bowenian Model of therapy and is level two trained in the Gottman Method for working with couples.  Additionally, Esther enjoys practicing from a mind-body perspective to treat trauma, anxiety, relational issues, and depression for individuals and is working toward certification for neuro emotional technique (NET). 

Trainings and Certificates:

Certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator

Gottman Level 1 and 2 Trained

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) Trained

NET Basics trained


Nicole graduated from the University of Louisville with her master's in Counseling Psychology in 2020. She worked as a Registered Nurse for 19 years, serving pediatric and adult patients. Nicole 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, R.N., M.Ed.
Licensed Psychological Associate


Ruth is a Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field for 25 years. She worked as a Registered Nurse and went on to receive specialized training as a clinical social worker. Ruth completed a master's degree in social work at Spalding University. She 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, R.N., C.S.W.
Clinical Social Worker


Nina Smith, MFTA
Marriage and Family

Nina graduated from Campbellsville University with a Master of Marriage in Family Therapy. She 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 is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. He 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. He currently conducts psychological assessments and 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
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