A new counseling center has made its way to Greenbrier, Peace of Mind Counseling Center. 

Owner and Director Ginger Blacksmith said the new center has been well received in the community.

Blacksmith, MA, LAC,  Life Coach and Katelyn Coney, BS, MHPP opened the center in Suite 13 of the Business Plaza, behind the post office.

Blacksmith is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of Arkansas. She earned her Master of Arts degree in professional counseling as a graduate with distinction from Liberty University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty. 

Blacksmith is a charter member of the International Christian Coaching Association and holds a membership with the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors’ Association, and PSI CHI, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

She has earned certificates of completion from Light University in the prerequisite programs of studies in Caring for Kids God’s Way; Crisis & First Responder Skills; and two certificates in Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma.

Blacksmith said she has a love for extending hope to those who feel they are hopeless.

She has experience in working with individuals and groups in the areas of crisis, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse recovery, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief, personality disorders and through life transitions. 

She couples the use of cognitive behavior therapy with faith-based counseling and works to use education and positive support to aid individuals, groups and families to overcome life’s stressors. She utilizes the use of coaching

techniques as well as counseling interventions to offer her clients a well-rounded experience both in and out of sessions.

Coney is the co-owner and president of Peace of Mind Counseling Center. 

She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Phoenix in Little Rock and is currently finishing out her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas and will be licensed as an associate counselor in the coming months.

Coney is a member of the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association and founded the Arkansas Mental Health Student Chapter at University of Central Arkansas as a student there.

She has been involved in bullying and affirmation research with the National Institute of Health and the University of Central Arkansas where she presented research and poster presentations at the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association State Conference for three years.

Coney said she enjoys being able to integrate her knowledge of education and mental health issues to help families, children and individuals problem-solve, overcome personal issues, and work toward positive home and school experiences.

She also counsels individually with adults who are experiencing life transitions, personality disorders, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, managing anger and substance abuse. Her clients include those who wish to improve their

marriages, parenting, communication, and/or life skills.

"Our country’s veterans are very important to us here at Peace of Mind Counseling Centers," Coney said.

She pointed out that Ginger has specialized training to be able to help these veterans deal with the effects of war, sacrifice and service.

"Her specialized training prepares her to effectively help in dealing with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and other military related mental health issues," Coney said. "She is also equipped to help the family

members cope with these effects and to help them navigate secondary PTSD."

Coney and Blacksmith said they believe there is hope and positive change possible for each individual and family. Through faith-based counseling, they strive to empower clients to find Peace of Mind, knowing that many individual and family burdens can be relieved through the collaborative relationship working with a trained counselor. They said they are commited to providing quality mental health care to members of the community through the use of proven psychological principles integrated with faith and infused with respect for all individuals and genuineness.

Their mission is to foster hope, change and peace of mind in members of the community, citing Psalm 29:11: "The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace."

For more information, call the center at 501-581-7703.