Chantal Carter,LCSW, LADAC, CEDS
CEO and Therapist
People explore therapy or counseling for a variety of reasons. Therapy can help you explore yourself or your relationships with others. It can help you to identify obstacles and how to overcome them. Most importantly therapy can help you increase your self-awareness and help you work towards being a happier, healthier individual.
It is important for the client and therapist to work together as a team. The role of NWA Therapy is to help you explore what your goals are for therapy, develop a plan with you to help you reach those goals, and support and guide you in this process. Take a look at our "Provider" section to learn more about our therapists, including information about their credentials and specialties.
• Complimentary phone consultations
• Individualized care based on your goals
• Teletherapy (counseling via a secure online platform) available for adults in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee
• The use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gestalt Therapy, Play Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as indicated by an individual's needs
• Working with a experienced professionals trained in a variety of environments including residential substance abuse treatment facilities, intensive outpatient for substance abuse, acute psychiatric hospitals, community mental health, and private practice.
• Now treating children aged 3 and older, adolescents, and adults.
• Scheduling a session with our New Client Support & Intake Coordinator is quick and convenient.
• Access to your health care provider as needed.
• You can pay with a credit or debit card and insurance will be filed for you. See insurance section for more information about participating insurance providers.
• Rates are $225 for the initial intake session and $175 for ongoing sessions. Private pay rates are available. Please contact NWA Therapy with any questions!
MY experience with NWA Therapy and my therapist was fantastic... It's ran very well and from a counseling standpoint, I couldn't have asked for better care and investment in me.
CEO and Therapist
Our CEO Chantal Carter is a long time resident of the Northwest Arkansas area. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas in 2002. She then pursued and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Arkansas where she graduated in 2005 with an emphasis on mental health and substance abuse treatment. Upon graduating and starting her career, she continued to focus on substance abuse through her role as an Assistant Clinical Director in a residential substance abuse facility for drug addicted mothers. Chantal became a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in 2008, which is the terminal licensure for a social worker in Arkansas. Additionally she is a Licensed Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) through the Arkansas State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. This licensure required Chantal to demonstrate proficiency as a therapist providing services to individuals strugging with substance abuse as evidenced through 6,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.Chantal is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and is the first Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) in the state of Arkansas. The International Association of Eating Disorders (IAEDP) has a very thorough screening process to ensure that certified professionals are skilled leaders in the field of eating disorder treatment. IAEDP "is well recognized for its excellence in providing first quality education and high-level training standards for professionals who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems." She is passionate about helping others and empowering them to live life at their best. Professionally, she has had the great opportunity to serve as Secretary of the Northwest Arkansas Medical Social Workers and Associates in 2010, and served as President in 2011. She remains an active member and often offers professional presentations to this organization as well as to other professional and community groups in Arkansas. As Chantal is licensed in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennesse, and Pennsylvania she is able to offer counseling & therapy services to adults residing in those states through a secure telehealth platform via live video counseling. Personally, she enjoys a quiet life spent in nature with her friends, her husband, and their dogs Connor & Zoe. Feel free to use the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of this page to reach Chantal directly with any questions you may have about how NWA Therapy can help you as she remains involved in each patient's care from start to finish!
We would like to welcome Licensed Professional Counselor Kelly Cowan as the newest member of the NWA Therapy Team! Kelly received her Bachelors of Arts Degrees, in Psychology, and Sociology: Substance Abuse Studies, from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Life moved her to Arizona soon after, where she completed her Masters of Counseling in 2017 from Arizona State University. Kelly has completed Practicum and Internship work with a variety of populations. She spent time focused on substance abuse at a court referred outpatient agency, as well as a residential treatment facility for teen girls. She also saw clients at Arizona States Counselor training center, and completed her internship focused on Play Therapy at an early education center on the Fort McDowell Reservation in Arizona. Kelly feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve individuals and families from many different cultures and ethnicities. She is an advocate for the LGBTQA+ community, and hopes to help everyone feel comfortable in their own skin.Since moving to Northwest Arkansas in 2017, Kelly has worked in community mental health. She enjoys working with all ages from three to adulthood, and has done school-based mental health counseling, and outpatient counseling. Kelly is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, has completed many Play Therapy trainings focused on Attachment and Anxiety, and is working toward her Registered Play Therapy (RPT) credential, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arkansas. She has received training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Due to her excellent clinical care and her advocacy for patients, Kelly was awarded Ozark Guidance Center’s Mental Health Champion Award in 2019. Kelly can see clients online for telehealth services through a secure platform. She has immediate openings for children as young as three years old, teens, and adults. Personally enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, trail running, and paddle boarding, as well as home improvement projects.
Erika received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Henderson State University in 2012. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she relocated to NWA for graduate school at the University of Arkansas where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015. Her education included internships working collaboratively with seasoned therapists to establish and develop her therapeutic skills. Erika had an internship at the University of Arkansas Counseling and Psychological Services clinic where she worked with women of all ages through individual therapy and facilitating a women’s focused group therapy to help these ladies find their professional voice within the educational system and in their lives after college. She also had a practicum at the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center working with survivors of sexual assault as they coped with their trauma. In this environment she also facilitated group therapy helping the survivors process their experiences and feel validated in their recovery from trauma in a safe compassionate setting for healing.When she entered the work force, Erika found herself at a community mental health center locally. She had a wide variety of patients that she worked with including elementary through high school aged children in an alternative learning environment. These children and adolescents addressed concerns including trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, substance use, sexual identity struggles, and family related issues in their work with Erika. In this setting Erika provided both individual therapy to the patient as well as facilitated family therapy to help families better understand one another, improve communication patterns, and resolve conflict. Her treatment approach is Gestalt and person centered therapy which supports finding peace and making meaning in integrating fractured parts of oneself to form a more whole integral self. She is passionate about giving a voice to patients working through difficult issues and helping them find their own meaning in life’s struggles. Erika is the newest member of the NWA Therapy team joining and we are so excited to have her join us! She treats teens and adult patients via telehealth (online) sessions for people in Arkansas. Personally, Erika roots for the Springdale Bulldogs and the Razorbacks. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, spending time with her husband and their young son, scrapbooking, and writing.
Jonathan has called Nortwest Arkansas home since 2000. He moved here to attend the University of Arkansas and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2004. His background includes a dual emphasis in mental health as well as children, youth, and families also from the University of Arkansas. Upon completion of his Masters of Social Work (MSW) studies in 2008, Jonathan was awarded the MSW Student of Excellence Award by the Social Work faculty for his accomplishments while in the program. Jonathan has a desire to help others see that change is possible, empower them to make steps towards change, and help them discover their true selves. He believes in the connection of the body, mind, and spirit, and how problems in one of these areas can impact the whole person. He is passionate about helping people live their most fulfilled lives and his training as a social worker helps him develop a holistic approach. Jonathan has provided services in a variety of treatment settings including psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic day treatment, school-based services, and traditional outpatient therapy clinics. He also received specialized training in "Rewiring the Anxious Brain" to better help patients understand and manage their anxiety. Jonathan is now recognized as a Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional through the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals.Personally Jonathan is very active in his local church where he works with high school students. He is an avid Razorback fan and is working to teach his children how to call those Hogs! He enjoys the outdoors whether it's running, camping, or kayaking. He is very active and continues to make his wife and their two children a priority. Jonathan is an excellent addition to the NWA Therapy team as he will help expand current services to meet the needs of adolescents, families, and individuals that would prefer to see a male therapist in the area. Since joining the NWA Therapy team in February 2018, Jonathan has received excellent feedback from the patients he has supported in therapy. Jonathan sees teenagers and adults via online virtual counseling sessions in Arkansas. Use the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of this page for more information or to schedule with Jonathan!
Abby moved to northwest Arkansas in 2003 to attend college. She received her Bachelor of Science in Lifespan Development from the University of Arkansas in 2007, and then her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2010. Upon graduating, she worked in community mental health as a school based counselor and as a Program Coordinator leading a team of therapists in the area. With nearly a decade of experience, Abby has been exposed to a variety of mental health issues including treating individuals with anxiety, depression, challenging family dynamics, trauma, and children with behavioral issues. Her extensive training in play therapy allows her to work effectively with young children that may not have the verbal skills or vocabulary required by traditional talk therapies to process difficult emotions and work through problem behaviors. She also has been trained in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF - CBT). This therapeutic modality is geared specifically towards helping individuals of all ages work through, process, and resolve trauma that otherwise would negatively impact their emotional well being and day to day functioning.Abby worked for nearly a decade in community mental health where she initially worked as a school based therapist providing individual and family therapy. Eventually she was promoted to direct and supervise all school based services provided for an entire county. Abby is really excited to transition into private practice so she can facilitate counseling in a way that helps her tap into all the skills she has developed thus far as a professional counselor. Her goal is to work with the client meeting them where he or she is, working with them to identify what they want to accomplish in therapy, and working collaboratively with them to meet those goals. This can include individual, couples, and family therapy to help patients develop more fulfilling lives and develop closer relationships with their loved ones. Abby is available for in office sessions for children, adolescents, and adults. In her private time, Abby enjoys relaxing with her friends, family, husband, and their one daughter.
Jonathan was patient with me and helped guide me to a healthier, productive, and happier life. He taught me how to reprogram my thought processes which resulted in being able to evaluate myself more clearly and accurately.
Explore a variety of needs including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse among other things for children, adolescents, & adults
Facilitating communication and conflict resolution to strengthen relationships, providing parenting support, and resolving problem behaviors
Offering telehealth services to those throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, & Tennessee
NWA Therapy is proud to offer live interactive webinars as an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider. For more information and to sign up for our next event, click HERE
Erika made me feel amazing. She gives me the confidence so I can make better decisions and make myself a happier stronger person.
I highly recommend Chantal. She saved my life and gave me hope again when I was going through a very rough time in my life. I would have not made it through without her!