Empowering Encounters at Hagan Health is dedicated to providing all clients with a safe space where they will find compassion, kindness, and encouragement. After each session, clients should feel empowered to make positive changes in their lives. Our clinicians are trained to appreciate and celebrate diversity as well as the resilience of the human spirit. It is our mission to make every client feel that they are heard, acknowledged, and valued.

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Our Psychotherapists

Colleen Kidd

LMFT, LCSW, Director of Psychotherapy

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate

 Part of life is the struggle. It is during the most trying times of our lives that we learn the most about ourselves. While it is natural to go through periods of hardship, that does not mean you have to do it alone. I see it as my role to be a helping hand and resource for those who are going through a difficult time. That is why I am so thankful to be able to come to work every day to help others.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I attended Western Kentucky University where I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies. I then attended the University of Louisville where I earned my Master of Science in Social Work with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy.

My areas of interest include women’s mental health, anxiety, and trauma work. While I utilize many different strategies and methods in therapy, the emphasis of my practice is on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our emotions, thoughts, and actions all interact and influence each other. Changes in the way we think can influence the way we feel and behave. Additionally, I utilize EMDR to help clients process and heal from trauma. I see myself as a coach for my clients who have the ability to make positive changes in their lives but perhaps need to be pointed in the right direction.

Additionally, I am an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate, able to provide supervision toward licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists in Kentucky.

Insurances Accepted: Anthem, Humana, United Healthcare, Medicare, and Tricare

Self Pay rate: $135 per hour

Vern Rickert


Vern Rickert, LCSW, LMFT, received his BA in Psychology from Bellarmine University in 1971, MSSW from the Kent School of Social Work; the University of Louisville in 1973, and a Post-Graduate certificate in Structural Family Therapy from the Department of Psychiatry; the University of Cincinnati in 1982. Mr. Rickert has previously served as the Director of Programs for Family & Children’s Counseling Centers. Mr. Rickert has over forty years of experience with non-profit organizations, clinical practice of marriage and family therapy, and supervision and training of professionals.

Vern is a co-founder of the Family Therapy Program at the University of Louisville where he is widely known for his expertise in teaching, training, and supervision of Family Therapy and formerly served as an Adjunct Clinical Professor. In addition to his considerable experience in providing family therapy to families who have experienced abuse and neglect, Mr. Rickert served as a consultant to the Cabinet’s implementation of Family Sensitive Residential Treatment where he provided training and supervision to Residential Treatment Specialists who themselves served as consultants to residential treatment centers throughout the state.

Mr. Rickert has also provided training to several Family Service Teams under a Child Abuse and Neglect Grant to assess and treat Drug and Alcohol issues – a critical barrier to family restoration.

Insurances Accepted: Anthem, Humana, United Healthcare, Medicare, Tricare, and Beacon

Self-Pay Rate: $135 per hour

Suzanne Mesa-Lancaster


Carrying the weight of the past or feeling a blanket of anxiousness and dread for the future can be a heavy burden to bear. Reaching for help is a strength that we all possess but might not have been able to locate in the past. It can also be a difficult first step on the journey to healing. I hope to help others embrace the process of healing through therapeutic means, because everyone has the strength to heal and grow in their individualized life journeys. The process of therapy is not always easy but using a client-centered approach to therapy can create room for clients to embrace change in their own time. 

For families, couples and individuals struggling with mental health issues, relationship struggles, and other related hardships, therapy can provide an outlet for help. As every client carries individualized life journey experiences, I use a variety of therapeutic interventions in order to achieve clients’ goals. I carry a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and individuals that have experienced traumatic experiences. 

I received a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Family Sciences from the University of Kentucky. I then graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science in Social Work, and a specialization in Couples and Family Therapy. Currently, I work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In order to supply effective therapy, I align closely with the therapeutic interventions of Narrative, Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Trauma-Informed, and art/play therapy. I am also a Trained Clinical Trauma Professional. I manifest the belief that each individual carries the capability to write and engage in their ideal narrative of life. For this reason, I see myself as a teacher, listener, and coach, to help others engage in positive change.

Insurances Accepted: Anthem, Humana, and Medicare

Self-Pay Rate: $135 per hour

Sheana Pryor


I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Psychology in 2007 and the University of New
England in 2015 with a Master’s in Social Work degree and have been practicing clinical social work for
the past 7 years.

I am a Trauma and IFS-informed therapist but I draw from a myriad of theoretical models (CBT, DBT,
ACT, etc.) to fit each individual’s needs. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults with chronic
depression, anxiety, and overwhelming emotions. I enjoy working with personality disorders, especially
Borderline Personality Disorder, although I do not get hung up on labels and appreciate the complexities
of our individual psychology and life experiences. I strive to be culturally competent and provide
gender-affirming care as I believe we all deserve empathy and compassion and the chance to live our
best lives.

Insurances Accepted: Anthem, Humana, United Healthcare, Medicare, and Tricare

Self Pay rate: $135 per hour

Ervina Desaussure

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Sometimes all it takes is for one person to notice someone’s humanity and worthiness for change to occur.  I believe it is important to name the parts of clients’ identities that haven’t been heard and acknowledge their need to be understood. With a new perspective of self, we can attack those daily problems and resolve them in ways that are authentic to who they are as a person. 
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College and went on to earn my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 
In sessions, I use CBT and Narrative approaches to help clients identify the patterns in their lives that they want to change. I work with adolescents and adults to deconstruct dominant stories that are not their own and create stories that represent who they truly are. I also pull from IFS, Solution Focused, ACT, and other models depending on what the client needs. I enjoy working with the intersections of many identities and helping those clients to explore the complexities of each and how they impact the other. My goal is to make sure that my clients are able to show up safely in the world, living their lives free of the restrictions created by fear so that they can enjoy a life full of joy and light.
Insurances Accepted: Anthem and Medicare
Self-Pay Rate: $100

Sarah Akers

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Time and Time again my own therapist would say, “We have to call things what they are.”, and when looking at issues that I have dealt with, I couldn’t begin to explain how much that statement has helped me in my personal and professional growth. If it wasn’t for therapy I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I believe that can be true for so many others who deserve to have a safe and healing space to bring anything they are working/struggling through.

I am a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, graduated from Campbellsville University with my Master in Marriage and Family Therapy. I work with individuals from a social justice/trauma-informed mindset. My focus is Solution Focused Brief Therapy informed (SFBT) and on the front of trauma, I am basic trained in NET (Neuro-Emotional Technique). This gives clients a way to work through their trauma as we find solutions and coping mechanisms that will help healing begin. Though this is my primary focus, that does not mean I won’t work from other modalities. What you need is the direction I will go. I focus on working with individuals with topics ranging from Anxiety, Depression, previous traumas, self-esteem issues, issues inside of singleness, etc.


Insurances Accepted: Anthem and Medicare

Self-Pay Rate: $100

Sara Hof

M.Div, M.A., Couples and Family Therapy Intern

Life is a journey to understand ourselves and our relationships with others in kinder, more
loving ways. This process can be challenging, and you don’t have to go through it alone. I am
here to hold your hand as you move through the more difficult parts of life. My goal is to
provide support and kindness to my clients while also helping them navigate the difficult
emotions that come with life.

I am a graduate student at the University of Louisville pursuing a Master’s of Science in Couples
and Family Therapy. I am a second career student, so I come to the table with a lot of lived
experience. I recently moved to Louisville from Los Angeles, where I worked as a
Communications Specialist for the local Children’s Hospital. I was in that field for about 10 years
before deciding to change careers to the therapy setting, where I can help people in a different
way. I strongly believe that connection to others is what brings fulfillment and joy to life and I
feel privileged to help deepen these connections with my clients. I also have a Master’s Degree
of Divinity from Wake Forest University and a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies from
Claremont University.

My areas of interest are women’s mental health, religious trauma, and depression and anxiety.
I use many different therapeutic methods, emphasizing on self-love and encouragement. I
believe that therapy should be conversational, free of judgement, and goal oriented. I like to
approach clients, whether they be couples or individuals, with curiosity and compassion. I am
excited to work with you on your journey towards a more dynamic and fulfilling life!

Offers therapy on a sliding scale. Please contact the front office for more information.

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