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About Us

The NWA Therapy Difference


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.

Components of our treatment model include:

• A phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator to match you with the right provider

• 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

Benefits of choosing NWA Therapy:

• 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. We are an LGBTQA+ inclusive practice.

• 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.

Meet Our Providers

About Our Team

Chantal Carter,


Founder and Therapist

Our founder 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 earned her Masters in Social Work with an Emphasis on Mental Health from the University of Arkansas in 2005. Her graduate studies also focused specifically on preparing to treat people struggling with substance use disorders. Upon starting her career, she continued to focus on substance use treatment 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 after demonstrating mastery in substance use treatment and completing 6,000 hours of related supervision.

Chantal is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and in 2016 became the first Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) in the state of Arkansas. 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 utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches in her work with patients. As Chantal is licensed in Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, 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 any questions you may have about how NWA Therapy can help you!

Lori Cottingham, LCSW


NWA Therapy would like to welcome our newest team member Lori Cottingham! Lori is a long time resident of the Northwest Arkansas area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Professions and Education from the University of Arkansas in 2003. She went on to receive her Masters of Social Work with an Emphasis on Mental Health also from the University of Arkansas in 2005.

Lori is passionate about working with children and has worked the past six years as the Assistant Director of a children’s program in the area. Lori has a gentle therapeutic approach full of compassion, empathy, and support as she helps both women and children work through a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and stress. With children she is well equipped to explore behavior concerns and academic stress due to her past role within the children’s program. She can support them in their journey with her training in play therapy as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is also passionate about supporting women in their journeys to build self-esteem, explore work related stress, parenting stress, and building confidence and compassion within themselves. She has some training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy which can be helpful in building coping skills to help self-regulate and self-soothe when having difficult or overwhelming emotions. Lori is now scheduling girls 5 and older and women for in office appointments. In her personal life, she likes to read, spend time with her children, and enjoys living life outside in nature.

Kara Willis, LCSW


Kara received both her Bachelor of Science and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Arkansas. During graduate school, she had the practicing experience of providing counseling services to young adult women in residence halls on the University of Arkansas campus. Kara graduated with her Masters in 2013 and began her career as a Social Worker. This includes work in an inpatient psychiatric hospital providing individual, family, and group therapy. Kara has a history in medical social work providing support to people with chronic or terminal illnesses, and truly understands the emotional complexities living with illness can create. She has also worked extensively helping patients in their grief and loss process through her work in hospice.

Kara is practices a holistic approach to mental health care. She is invested in recognizing people as individuals and exploring the multiple layers of their lives. She is passionate about helping people explore their personal goals and support them in finding meaning and enhancing their day to day functioning. Kara prioritizes inclusivity in her practice and is passionate about serving women, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and people of color. She is currently training to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, and is also completing focused on trauma specifically related to race. Her membership in the Northwest Arkansas Medical Social Workers and Associates keeps her connected to community resources as well as staying current on developing treatment approaches. In her free time, Kara enjoys reading, spending time outside, enjoyable movement, traveling, and experience different foods. Kara is serving patients 16 years and older via telehealth or in office for patients in Arkansas.

Erika Wood, LPC


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. Because of her passion in supporting recovery from trauma, Erika earned acknowledgement as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist.

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, and her practice is inclusive of the LGBTQA+ community. Erika has also been in training and supervision with our founder Chantal Carter in treating patients with disordered eating. She treats teens and adult patients via virtually or in office in Arkansas. Personally, Erika roots for the Fayetteville Bulldogs and the Razorbacks. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, spending time with her husband and their young son, scrapbooking, and writing.

Abby Stanfill, LPC


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. With nearly over 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 is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, and is currently in training and supervision with our founder Chantal Carter in her work treating patients with eating disorders.

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 has loved her 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 daughter.

Leah Ricther, LCSW


Leah Richter is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. Leah earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Northwestern in May 2007. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Simmons University in July 2019. Leah is not accepting new patients at this time so please check out one of our other providers!

Erika is the best therapist I've ever had. She's the perfect blend of professional and approachable. She is accepting, but will also push you to make changes that will improve your life.

Our services

What we do

Individual Therapy

Explore a variety of needs including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse among other things for children, adolescents, & adults

Couples & Family Therapy

Facilitating communication and conflict resolution to strengthen relationships, providing parenting support, and resolving problem behaviors

Virtual Online Counseling

Offering telehealth services to those throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, & Tennessee


NWA Therapy can provide presentations upon request. Use the Contact Us form to request a presentation.

Abby was amazing. She made sure that our child felt safe and our child looked forward to each visit. We honestly couldn't be more happy with NWA Therapy!


NWA Therapy can provide a super bill for out of network polices at the patient's request. Below are current in network insurance plans. Benefits & estimated financial obligations are confirmed before the first appointment.

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!

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NWA Therapy
2592 N Gregg Ave, Suite 10
Fayetteville, AR 72703