Meet Our Therapists

Meet Our Therapists

At Key Assets Kentucky, we are proud of our highly qualified, licensed, and accredited community-based therapists. Each of them brings a specialty that allows us to treat various mental health conditions, from anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depression, developmental disabilities, eating disorder, mental illness, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, physical abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, sexual abuse, and stress.

Learn more by hovering over a picture of one of our friendly, supportive, and caring team members.

Aly Bryant

Certified Social Worker

  • Over 6 years of experience as a case manager for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Expertise in helping victims of domestic violence
  • Likes working with people of all ages and developing strong therapeutic relationships with clients, providing a space where people can feel safe and heard to promote healing and positive change
  • Enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her (very cute) dog

Alex Carlos

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • 5 years of experience providing therapy and mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Emphasis on motivational interviewing and nurturing a collaborative relationship with clients to address crises, on-going life stressors, and symptoms of mental health diagnoses.
  • Preferred treatment modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, Interpersonal Therapy
  • Passionate about working with the geriatric population, as well as survivors of trauma and individuals (of all ages) who experience depression and anxiety.
  • A Lexington native, presently living in Berea, KY, who enjoys nature, crafting, and writing poetry.

Jennifer Haynes

Certified Social Worker

Experience with populations ranging from youth to adults

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Working with victims of trauma
  • Interested in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

My favorite population to work with are clients of all ages with autism and clients who are victims of trauma.
An interesting fact about me: I enjoy binge-watching tv shows on Netflix.

Emily Hidrogo

Certified Social Worker

  • Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and Spanish
  • Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Kentucky
  • Two years of experience working with adolescents and parents

I enjoy working with people of all ages and walks of life.

Fun fact about me: I love trying new hobbies and foods. My favorite hobbies right now are cooking, weightlifting, pickleball, and reading.

Gracie Johnson

Certified Social Worker

  • Undergraduate degree in psychology at UK. Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan.
  • I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • I love working with children of all ages, their resiliency is inspiring!
  • Fun fact about me: I have a VERY active puppy named Oaks! We love to spend time outside.

Cherie Jones

Certified Social Worker

  • Several years of experience working with survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), identifying food deserts in Kentucky, and assisting families facing food insecurities. Enjoyed working with at-risk youth and hosting groups geared toward empowering teen girls.
  • Interested in TF-CBT, CPT, Art Therapy, utilize ACEs and trauma-informed care with diverse populations. Would like to help remove stigmas associated with mental health and eliminate barriers to service.
  • Passionate about the fact that that healing from trauma can be powerful and positive for everyone
  • Avid reader and absolutely loves relaxing at the beach

Taylor Lupo

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

  • Undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services
  • Master’s degree in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy

I enjoy working with individuals & families who have been impacted by abuse. I have a passion for assisting and supporting clients to reach their highest potential. I  meet clients where they are at and accommodate treatment based on individual therapeutic needs.

Fun fact: I love to golf!

Caity Merritt

Licensed Psychological Associate

  • Trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy and operates utilizing framework from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy
  • 7 years of experience working with all ages in residential, hospital, school, home, and office settings.
  • Specializes in administering psychological testing (personality and intelligence assessments) and passionate about treating trauma survivors.
  • Enjoys weightlifting and volleyball

Raven Roe

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

  • Passionate about helping adults and children with all areas of mental health
  • Graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors’s and the University of the Cumberlands with a Master’s.
  • Background in substance abuse treatment
  • Credentials:  M.A., L.P.C.A., and T.C.A.D.C.

Abby Simmons

Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

  • Abby has interned at Lee University’s Marriage Family and Play Therapy Center in Cleveland, Tennesse, served as a chaplain for Lee University’s Campus Choir, shadowed hospice and drug rehab counselors in Kentucky, and volunteered as a youth camp counselor for KYC-COG.
  • Abby is passionate about cultivating growth, balance, and healing for couples, adults, and their families. She integrates Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotion Focused therapy, Solutions Focused therapy, creativity, and experiential techniques such as art, play, and music therapy within her in-person or telehealth therapy sessions.

Valessa St Pierre Gray

Mental Health Provider

  • Valessa received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, and her Master’s degree at Ohio University. She attended SUNY Binghamton and earned a Bachelor of Arts  in Biological Anthropology, concentrating on Forensics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
  • Valessa is a self-professed science geek since the second grade, she received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in 2007 to perform studies (still reads science articles just for fun).
  • Valessa enjoys art, singing, dancing and practicing native languages, French and Haitian-Creole with her two boys. Valessa aspires to become fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys training her pet golden doodle.