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For anyone from first-time patients, to continual care patients, PCA will make sure you're comfortable with the process and ensure you are satisfied with every  aspect of your treatment. Please contact us so we can begin to alleviate your suffering, care for your individual needs, and move forward with improving your mental health.


To improve the lives of our clients and their loved ones by helping them identify and manage psychological, physical, and behavioral issues.


To create a better state of mental and emotional health and well-being for the people of Northwest Arkansas.

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Your local multidisciplinary, multigenerational clinic

Founded in Fayetteville in 1996 by Susan Shackelford, Ph.D., Psychology & Counseling Associates, P.A. of Northwest Arkansas is an independent, free-standing, private practice providing a comprehensive array of mental health and behavioral health services for the people of the greater Northwest Arkansas region.

Psychology & Counseling Associates consists of 15 mental health clinicians providing general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology, and psychological assessment services to thousands of clients throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Our Credentials

Providers who practice at Psychology & Counseling Associates adhere to the highest standards of care in the field of mental/behavioral/emotional health. We also hold membership in many respected professional organizations, including:


Our knowledgeable and caring team of dedicated, conscientious professionals includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, and licensed psychological examiners who are professionally trained to assist with the mental, behavioral, and emotional issues that affect you.

These eminently qualified professionals include clinicians specializing in areas such as Child and Adolescent Psychology, Play Therapy, Couples Therapy, Grief Therapy, and Psychological Testing.

Providers who practice at Psychology & Counseling Associates adhere to the highest standards of care in the field of mental, behavioral, and emotional health.

The medical providers practicing at PCA are not agents or employees of PCA. They are all independent private practitioners.

Susan L. Shackelford, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Susan Shackelford is a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. She completed her B.S. at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology and Business. She completed her doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology in 1991 at Texas A&M University. She was a professor in the Department of Psychology at LSU for 3 years. Dr. Shackelford completed her post doctorate specialization in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa and completed her training at the Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. She also worked in the psychiatric ward at Charity Hospital at New Orleans. She now enjoys working with student athletes to enhance their performance in their sports.

Angela C. Chapman, M.D.
General Psychiatrist

Dr. Angela Chapman completed her residency in adult psychiatry with an emphasis on community mental health in 1997 at the University of Arizona after graduating from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her area of practice includes outpatient and inpatient adolescent and adult psychiatry with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders as well as addiction. Dr. Chapman is the medical director of Western Arkansas Guidance and Counseling Center and Horizon Adolescent Treatment Center. She has been board certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1998.

Timothy A. Cavell, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Tim Cavell is a Clinical Psychologist who uses short-term, problem-focused therapy that builds on existing strengths. His clinical expertise includes troubled families, strong-willed children, hyperactive students, rebellious teens, depressed adolescents, worried moms, disengaged dads, distressed couples, weary wives, and lost husbands. He is also trained to treat children and teens suffering from OCD. Dr. Cavell is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. He has published two books: Working with Parents of Aggressive Children: A Practitioner’s Guide (2000), and Anger, Aggression, and Interventions for Interpersonal Violence (2006). Funding for his research has come from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Cavell earned his PhD at LSU and did his internship at the Morrison Center for Youth and Families in Portland, OR. He and his wife, Lauri, have 3 children.
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Meghan Murphy, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Murphy takes a “whole person, whole health” approach that is directive yet patient centered. She utilizes evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to help her clients reach their whole health goals. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, chronic pain management, health behavior changes, smoking cessation, serious mental illness, chronic disease management, and exploring substance abuse/dependence. She is also experienced in diagnostic and pre-surgical evaluations, such as pre-bariatric surgery evaluations. Dr. Murphy has specialty training in Motivational Interviewing, health psychology, serious mental illness, chronic pain, and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with adults and adolescents. Dr. Murphy earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed both her internship and postdoctoral work at VA Hospitals. She returned to her home state of Arkansas in 2016 to be closer to both her family and the great outdoors she has always loved.
Kamie Meeks, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Kamie Meeks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 14 years of experience. She has been with Psychology & Counseling Associates for more than eight years. Her background includes experience with inpatients and outpatients in the following areas: children and adolescents, people with eating disorders, women’s issues, marital therapy and group therapy. Kamie Meeks earned a degree in Social Work from Lyon College at Batesville and subsequently completed a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She cites "the wonderful people I have met and the impact that it has made on my life and theirs” as the most rewarding aspect of her job. When she’s not helping clients, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and practicing yoga.
Caroline Sawyer, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Caroline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 11 years of experience. She has been with Psychology & Counseling Associates for more than six years. In private practice since 2002, she previously served as Director of an inpatient psychiatric unit and a counselor in a university setting. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Harding University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds Level I & Level II certifications in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing training). “I never get tired of hearing someone’s story,” she says. “I feel everyone deserves to be met where they are and heard – and that is where the ‘magic of therapy’ happens.” Ms. Sawyer spends her off hours with family, camping, enjoying outdoor activities, reading and cooking.
Carol Cordell, MED, LPC, NCC
Professional Counselor
Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with more than 13 years of experience. She joined Psychology and Counseling Associates in January of 2014. Her background includes residential treatment, intensive family counseling, school based mental health, individual counseling, and group counseling. Throughout her career she has provided counseling and mental health services to people of all ages. Carol holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in Counseling and Career Development from Colorado State University. She believes that life is full of constant changes and you never know how you will react to a situation until it actually happens. Her hope is to help guide people through these situations providing them with a safe and comfortable environment, positive coping skills, and an increased sense of self.
Kristy Bailey, LPE
Psychological Examiner
Kristy Bailey is a Licensed Psychological Examiner who provides testing and assessment services to adolescents and adults for a variety of concerns, including learning disabilities, ADHD, and mood disorders. Kristy joined the PCA staff in September 2011 and also works as a psychological examiner in the Bentonville school system. Bailey earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Administration at Harding University and then completed the Counseling Psychology masters program at the University of Central Arkansas. Her previous career experience was gained counseling and testing varying populations and issues in a community mental health center in central Arkansas. Kristy has three boys who keep her busy with their activities. She is active with her church and enjoys playing tennis, being outdoors, and spending time with her family
Julie Council, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Julie Council is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Arkansas and received her Master of Social Work at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Julie has been working as a clinical social worker for 14 years and has been at PCA for over 8 years. She is passionate about working with children and their families to overcome issues of conflict and address their mental health needs. Julie also enjoys working with adolescents and adults struggling to adjust to or coping with life stressors. Julie enjoys traveling with her husband and two young daughters as well as spending time at home playing outside. She spends most of her free time visiting friends and family who live all over the country, unless of course, there is a Razorback football or basketball game at home.
Kathy Q. Jordan, LCSW

Kathy Jordan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience in day-treatment, school-based, inpatient and outpatient settings. She has been with Psychology & Counseling Associates for over 8 years. Her background and present work includes:

  • -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • -Solution Focused Therapy
  • -Mindfulness
  • -Structured Play Therapy with children, adolescents and young adults, focusing on the following areas:                         - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  •                        -Anxiety
  •                        -Depression
  •                        -ADHD
  •                        -Behavioral Issues

Kathy Jordan earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Arkansas State University and subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She has certifications as a Certified Autism Specialist and a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.

Kathy's philosophy can be summarized in a quote by Loretta Gizartis as follows "If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand, extraordinary things begin to happen.

Chuck Shields, LPC-S, CCTP
Professional Counselor

Chuck Shields is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and college/young professional ages. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and two Master's degrees at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a board approved supervisor with the Arkansas State Board of Examines, and a certified clinical trauma provider for adults and adolescents with international association of Trauma Professionals. While in Fort Worth, he worked at Cook Children's Medical Center as a therapist. Most recently, he worked at Vantage Point/Vista as a lead therapist in the therapeutic day treatment unit. He has experience in medical, wilderness experiential, and outpatient settings. Chuck's strongest experience is with anxiety, mood and personality disorders. Chuck resides in Bentonville, enjoying life with his wife and two children. He is an avid trail runner and tells corny jokes.

Courtney Goodrum, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Courtney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has worked for inpatient psychiatric hospitals, in community mental healthcare, and in private practice. Her areas of expertise include working with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with varying degrees of depression, anxiety, mood disturbances, psychosis and personality disorders. Courtney has received training in working with parents and children who struggle with the impacts of divorce. She has led and instructed parenting seminars in East Texas for parents who experience a wide range of disciplinary challenges. She has been a strong advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault both as a volunteer and a clinician. Courtney received her master’s degree in clinical Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Courtney enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and music. She also sees the therapeutic value of having a good sense of humor and having fun, especially with her children.
Carrie Ann Reed, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Carrie Reed has been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2013. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Carrie received a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Counseling from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband have lived in Fayetteville since 2004 and are huge Razorback fans. Carrie has 2 sons, one 20 months old and one 5 years old. Carrie and her family enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and the Florida beaches but is happy just spending quality time with her family. She is passionate about everything she does including her work.
Ananda Rosa, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ananda Rosa is Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She earned a BA in English and Communications from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ananda has 19 years of post-graduate experience during which time she has worked extensively with children and families in a variety of settings, including public schools and mental health agencies. Other experience includes conducting foster / adoptive parent training, social work ethics training, and verbal de-escalation training for area teachers and clinicians. From 2006-2010 Ananda lived in Hawaii and provided family therapy and grief counseling with Native Hawaiian families. Since returning to Arkansas, Ananda has continued work with children and families as well as serving in a program director role in the University of Arkansas School of Social Work. Ananda approaches the counseling process from a systems perspective and believes in empowering individuals to overcome personal obstacles and improving relationships. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents, transitional / college aged youth, and families, and combines her clinical counseling expertise with her hands-on social work experience, to provide a unique approach to problem-solving. Ananda enjoys spending time in the outdoors in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, as well as traveling with her husband to Hawaii to see friends and family.
Lee Walton, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Lee Walton is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has been in private practice for more than eight years and graduated with honors from Regis Jesuit University of Denver.

His area of expertise includes:

  • Grief & Loss
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Relational and Family of Origin issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personality and Mood Disorders

He works with adult individuals and engages therapy using a client centered approach at a pace that is comfortable for his clients. He uses an integrated approach based in Jungian Psychology. He believes that psychological distress is a result of an imbalance that is experienced consciously as an alienation from a deeper unconscious aspect of our self. The imbalance affects and distorts our ability to think, feel, work, and relate to others. He integrates other modalities like Gestalt and Narrative to incorporate the body and the mind to help bring unconscious material into conscious awareness to heal the rift.

Lee has three adult children, enjoys gardening, backpacking and fly fishing. He even ties his own flies.

Lee is a member of the American Counseling Association, NWA Friends of Jung and the CG Jung Society of Colorado.

Ruth Wilkirson, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ruth Wilkirson is an LCSW, recently relocated to Fayetteville from Tulsa Oklahoma. Having worked for twenty-plus years as a hairstylist, she achieved her Masters in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 and has since worked in both Community Mental Health and Private Practice settings. Ruth is trained in a range of techniques and enjoys helping an adult clientele with a wide variety of needs.

For clients faced with issues of loss of trauma,

Ruth is certified in both EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

For clients who would like to be more self-aware in the face of challenges, regulate stress and emotions, intensify focus, access creativity, communicate more effectively, be more present in relationships, and experience greater well-being, Ruth has trained in techniques from several research-based interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation. Rather than focusing on the elimination of difficult feelings or symptoms, these research-based interventions are more about developing a healthy relationship to difficulties, Emphasizing life-enhancing behaviors, and living a rich, full, satisfying life.

Ruth herself is a long time practitioner of both meditation and yoga techniques and is currently in the process of certification as a Yoga Teacher. As in the practice of Yoga, Ruth’s approach to therapy is customized for each client to facilitate progress toward desired change and wellness based on his or her unique goals and values.

Danell Will,LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Danell Will is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and a Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with various issues including major mental illnesses, life adjustment, significant crisis, relationship problems, and identity formation in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She uses an integrative model of counseling, incorporating a variety of therapeutic theories into her strengths-based and person-centered approach to target each client's specific goals with empathy and unconditional positive regard. She is passionate about helping individuals successfully navigate life and reach their full potential and she strives to make each client be able to recognize their personal worth and resiliency. In her free time, she loves to travel with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys hiking the beautiful trails around NWA and is constantly on the hunt for the perfect cup of chai tea.