Meet Our Staff


Joe Arnold, LPCC, CADC, BCC

M.S. in Counseling, Georgia State University, 1992 Graduate Diploma in Christian Counseling, Psychological Studies Institute, 1992
B.S. in Biology, Cumberland College, 1984 B.A. in Business Administration, University of Kentucky, 1981
Years in practice as a Professional Counselor: 20
Specialties: Adolescents and Adults, Individual and Couples and Family Counseling.

Joe is married to Susan and has 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, following college football and basketball (especially UK), reading, and exploring his interest in overall health and wellness.



Traci Braun, M.Ed., LPCC

Traci has served children and families in various treatment capacities since 1993, including working with adolescents in a residential treatment facility and serving as an adoption caseworker for 11 years. As a licensed counselor, Traci has been trained in the treatment of trauma from the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College (CACREP Accredited), as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling and Human Services and a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Michigan Christian College. She serves a wide range of clients, from teenagers to adults through individual, couples, and family counseling. Specific areas of focus include: Depression/anxiety, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Relational issues, PTSD, and Addictions (specializing in eating disorders).

Traci is an active member of Southeast Christian Church (Indiana campus). She has been married to her husband Kevin for 19 years and together are the proud parents of a 20 pound black cat named Oliver (and he is not fat; he’s just big boned!). Her hobbies include: photography, reading, exercise, writing, hiking, and being in nature.

Jay Close, LMFT

Post Masters Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy, University of Louisville, 1996
- Have provided family therapy for over 20 years
- Experience in couple therapy, parenting education & family therapy, supervision, pastoral coaching, supervision of therapists seeking licensure
- Jay enjoys helping people make their lives better, especially in relationships

Jay enjoys walks with his wife, spending time with family, and cheering on U of L Cardinals.


Brent Colwick, LPCC

Brent works as a Masters level clinical counselor specializing in Christian counseling. He works primarily with children, young adults and families seeking Christian counseling in a private practice setting. Brent does not work alone - his partner is Coach, a certified/registered therapy dog. (Accommodations can be made for patients with allergies.) Brent sees clients with issues of: depression, divorce recovery, grief and loss counseling, life transitions, adoption and attachment, mood disorders, relationship problems, self esteem issues, sexual identity, pornography, anxiety and spiritual concerns.

Brent’s passion and experience for Christian counseling began with a deep love for working with children and families and a natural intuition for relational dynamics and understanding of how wounds happen and then play out in relationships. His training as a Christian counselor formally began at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, licensed by the state of KY and has been practicing since 1996.

Brent has found faith and family to be an integral part of his decision-making, motivations, and professional growth. He believes strongly in personal choice and feels that it is never too late to make the changes necessary to have a fulfilling and satisfying life. He also believes that for him consistency (walking the talk) in and out of the office is crucial to what makes him an effective counselor, good husband and father, and Christ following Christian. His experience as a father to both his biological and adopted children have given him personal insights into the joys and trials of parenthood. He is an active member at Southeast Christian Church.

Julie Etherton, LMFT

Julie holds a Bachelors in Christian Counseling from Boyce College and a Masters degree from Campbellsville University. She has been working in the counseling and mentoring field for almost 15 years. Her areas of focus are adult trauma, women’s issue, anxiety, depression and marital issues. She enjoys movies (especially action and adventure), sports, and traveling with family. She has been married for over 27 years and has two adult children and a grandbaby on the way!



Brian C. Woodring, LMFT

Brian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006. He has been working in the counseling field for almost 10 years. Specialties include: Individuals 18+, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Marital struggles, Men’s Issues, Military Life, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Pre-Marital work. In 2009, Brian received a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army for work done with the active duty combat veterans struggling with PTSD and mTBI. He enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, virtually anything outdoors, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He is married to Laura and has two children, ages 6 and 4.


Kristine Johnson, MFTA

Chris Chmieleski, MFTA

Brian Troyer, MFTA

Gina Jackson, Intern.