Kylie Hathaway is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in treatment for individuals dealing with PTSD and trauma related symptoms. She maintains a private practice in historic downtown Opelika, Alabama.
Kylie has spent the last 6 years working with individuals and couples in a variety of settings including hospitals, government agencies, and private practice. She completed her clinical training and degree through the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of San Diego. She obtained her Cognitive Processing Therapy training through the STRONG Star Initiative program and is certified in treating PTSD with CPT. She has earned her second Masters Degree in social work, through the Master in Social Work program at the University of Alabama.
Kylie is currently the only certified first responder counselor in the Auburn area and is one of the few counselors that are certified in the state of Alabama.
Kylie utilizes a cognitively based and solution-focused approach to therapy, identifying and considering the cause of the presenting problem. Her field specialty is treating PTSD and working with emergency responders and veterans; however, Kylie treats and works with individuals who have experienced any form of trauma. Her secondary specialty is working with women and men during the prenatal and postpartum period. Kylie spent her traineeship working as a maternal mental health therapist at UC San Diego Hospital working with individuals and couples dealing with issues such as postpartum depression, transition issues, fetal loss, and miscarriage.
Kylie can also work with you if you are experiencing issues with depression, anxiety and panic, mood disorders, and personality disorders. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Kylie also has training in working with couples and has completed Level I of Gottman's Couples Counseling. For further information on couples counseling please refer to the Menu and Services tab.
Outside of her practice, Kylie enjoys reading, watching football, going on adventures with her German Shepherd Jack and Labrador Bailey, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Michael Azar, ALC
Michael Azar is an Associate Licensed Counselor under the supervision of Dr. Latrica Henegar, Ed.D., LPC-S, specializing in substance abuse and addictions counseling, depression, anxiety, and grief counseling. Michael’s philosophy of counseling is based around the simple idea that he believes every individual deserves to live a happy, healthy and whole life. A little help in counseling has the potential to go a long way to living happy, healthy, and whole.
Michael spent nearly 5 years working in the substance abuse treatment field, in a variety of different positions, and found his passion for helping people there. He completed his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Troy University in Montgomery. His clinical training for his master’s program began at an intensive inpatient behavioral healthcare facility for children aged 12–18 who were in DHR custody and subsequently in a private practice counseling setting.
There’s enough negativity in the world and Michael believes that most individuals who seek out professional counseling likely don’t want to pile on the negativity in a counseling session. With that, Michael’s approach to counseling is focused on person-centered therapy, which intends on actualizing the individual to be the best version of themselves. He uses a cognitive behavioral approach to his counseling practice in conjunction with mindfulness practices to help alleviate stress and anxiety.
Michael has lived in the Auburn/Opelika for 15 years. Outside of his counseling practice, he enjoys spending time outside with his dog, Sky. Her insatiable appetite for fetch keeps him busy at all hours of the day! He plays bass guitar in a band in his off-time and is an avid college football fan. He also enjoys spending time with his family in the mountains of Western North Carolina and Wetumpka, Alabama.
Michael’s motto in counseling is: “A problem shared is a problem cut in half.”
Faith Naumcheff, LMSW
Faith Naumcheff is a Licensed Master Social Worker with experience and special interest in the gender-based violence field.
Faith completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Auburn University in 2019 and Masters of Social Work at Jacksonville State University in 2021. She received her licensure for social work in November 2021.
Faith first started in the field of gender-based violence as an undergraduate at Auburn University, volunteering at a local sexual assault advocacy center. After graduation, Faith took a job as Victim Advocate/Outreach Coordinator with this organization and over the next two years held both this role and a role as Prevention Educator. Faith moved to her hometown of Huntsville, AL in late summer of 2021 and currently works with AshaKiran, A Ray of Hope, continuing her work with victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Through this work, she found themes of extreme injustice and trauma amongst survivors. Faith knew healing and justice were two goals of hers when working with such victims, whether this be on a micro or macro level.
Faith works with women’s issues, sexuality, trauma, gender identity, polyamory, adjustment/transition, teenage issues, and young adult issues. Faith uses an eclectic style of delivery, utilizing CBT, DBT, ACT, EFT, psychoanalysis, and mindfulness. Faith believes in a holistic approach to wellbeing, including addressing both physical and mental health. She views the body and mind as one entity — not separate issues to address. Faith takes clients via tele-therapy in the state of Alabama.
In her free time, Faith enjoys spending time with friends and family and exploring Huntsville. You can always find her with a coffee in hand. Faith is a self-described “professional student” and is always looking for ways to further her education and knowledge in the field of gender and women’s studies. Faith’s next venture is getting a PhD in this field as soon as time allows! She’s very excited to begin therapy and working directly with clients.