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Talley Family Counseling Center

Meet our Staff

Holly Bean

Holly Bean

Counseling Intern

Hi! My name is Holly Bean. I am a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program working on my internship here at Talley Family Counseling Center. Although I have been in Bowling Green for five years now, I grew up in a small town. I respect the value of family and believe in continual personal growth. I enjoy family game nights with friends and family and spend my free time working on my American Sign Language skills within the Deaf community. I am a huge sports fan and although I root for my alma mater (WKU), I tend to bleed blue. During my time at Talley, I hope to help anyone who walks through our doors. I have a high interest in working with children and adolescents, but would enjoy working with the family unit and adult individuals all the same. I am accepting clients for individual, couples, families, and play therapy.


Chelsey Jenkins

Chelsey Jenkins

Counseling Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Chelsey and I am excited to be interning at the Talley Family Counseling Center! I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. Currently, I am in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program here at WKU. I have a particular interest in counseling couples and families. However, I also enjoy working with individuals. My hobbies include reading, exercising, reflecting, playing with my dogs, and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to learning more about counseling and growing both personally and professionally. I am accepting clients for individual, couple, marriage, family, and play therapy.


Spenser Sawyers

Spenser Sawyers

Counseling Intern

Hi, my name is Spenser Sawyers and I'm a student in the clinical mental health counseling program. I was born and raised in Bowling Green, and I have a city and country side to me (I love exploring woods and urban jungles). I love spicy food, tattoos, kayaking, loud music, nature, foreign films, belly laughing, and having a good time. I have an advocacy passion in the LGBT community, and have a research background on suicide prevention within the ethnic minority LGB population. I have a lifelong passion and commitment towards counseling, and I am proud to say that I have found myself within this program! I am accepting clients for individual, couples, families, and play therapy.


Susan Harper

Susan Harper

Graduate Assistant

I am a Bowling Green native, I graduated from WKU in 2011 with my BS in Child and Family Studies. This is my first year in the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program at WKU. I have worked with families and children in many different aspects, and look forward to gaining more experience in these fields. I have many other interests in the counseling field and am looking forward to gaining many more experiences in the near future.

 


Dr. Imelda Bratton

Dr. Imelda Bratton

Co-Director / Supervisor

¡Hola! My name is Imelda N. Bratton. I am a Co-Director for Talley Family Counseling Center. I am also the School Counseling Program and Clinical Coordinator in the Counseling and Student Affairs Department. This is my second year as Co-Director and supervising interns at TFCC. This is my 23rd year as an educator and counselor. I began my career as a bilingual Pre-K teacher in Texas. I later became a school counselor working with English and Spanish speaking populations in Texas. I have been a play therapist since the early 90's where I used it in inner city and rural public schools. Eventually I earned my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Idaho State University in 2008. Over the past 10 years I have enjoyed teaching and supervising counseling students in play therapy, individual, group, family and couple counseling. I have received specialized training in Play Therapy, Supervision, and the Gottman Couples approach. I directly supervise students working with play therapy clients and parent consultations. My interests are in: Play Therapy, Sandtray, Expressive Arts, Parent Consultation, School Counseling, Clinical Supervision and Multicultural Issues. I am originally from Texas, but have become a Kentuckian as I fell in love with the area. I have a wonderful husband, three delightfully active kids (age range from 3 – 20) and two hilarious cats. In my free time I enjoy playing with toys, cooking, antiquing, remodeling, riding the tractor, driving my 65 Ford truck, and shopping. - Imelda N. Bratton, Ph.D, Professional School Counselor, LPCC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, NCC


Dr. Cheryl Wolf

Dr. Cheryl Wolf

Co-Director / Supervisor

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs with a specialty in mental health and career counseling. I am also the Clinical Coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs. My research and therapy interests include the impact of career meaning on satisfaction, values, wellness, and life meaning; career development skills; self-care and wellness including mind-body therapies such as such as alternative treatments, hypnotherapy, nutrition, yoga, exercise, mindfulness, spirituality/meditation; and multicultural spirituality in counseling. My professional experience includes more than 20 years of academic, counseling, business, and military leadership experience including service as a naval officer, financial counselor, career counselor, crisis counselor, and counselor educator. My educational degrees include a B.S. in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; M.S. in Human Resource Management from Troy State University; M.Ed. and Ed.S in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida; and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. My current certifications include National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt).

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