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Who We Are

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Staff

Allow us to introduce our staff and therapist.

Betty Wittmer

Office Manager

The first person you'll probably see when you walk into the office is Betty, the office manager. Betty has been with Gulf Coast Family Counseling for more than 17 years. She has lived on the Gulf Coast for 45 years, ever since her father retired from the military. Her favorite memory of being a ``military brat`` is from the time her family lived in England. England is also where her love of horses began. She still loves horses as well as cats (she has six). Her other interests include quilting and going to the shooting range. Betty will help you with scheduling, payments, insurance questions, and most other questions you might have about the agency.

Laura Kinsey, LCSW

Therapist

Laura has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings for over twenty years. Laura became a social worker to decrease people's pain in all its forms.

Megan Lockley, LCSW

Therapist

Megan has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi as well and has been working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health since 2009. In her practice, she enjoys working with individuals and families to resolve conflict, promote healthier relationships, and reduce stress to create a better sense of overall wellness.

Gayle Oakes, LCSW

Therapist

Gayle has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Mississippi College. She earned her Master of Social Work from Tulane University in 1974. She has over twenty-five years of counseling experience. She became a therapist because she is energized by the process of understanding clients and assisting in their growth and change.

Beth Casey, LCSW

Therapist

Beth earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. After working in the field of child protection she returned to school and obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Beth has extensive experience working with children and families impacted by trauma. Beth has experience across a wide range of settings including Child Protective Services, Youth Court and community mental health. As a social worker, Beth's goal is to walk with clients through their emotional journey toward rediscovery and growth.

Laura Floyd, LCSW

Therapist

Laura earned her Bachelor's degree from William Carey University on the coast and her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has accumulated over 20 years of experience working in community mental health and has extensive experience in the juvenile justice setting. Laura looks for what is best in each person and builds a therapeutic alliance based on respect and appreciation for her clients' strengths.

Anita Twiner-Watkins, LCSW

Therapist

Anita has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Anita has nearly 20 years of experience working with individuals and families in various settings including schools, community mental health, and telehealth. Anita values diversity, and strives to provide a safe, accepting space, and to be affirming for all her clients.

``Mi`` the Office Cat

Office Cat

Mi the cat will most likely be lounging in one of the lobby area chairs waiting for you to arrive. He loves napping, mealtime, and getting attention. He enjoys spending his days at the office and having his picture taken. He eagerly looks forward to meeting you and hopes you will want to rub his belly.

``Oscar`` the Office Cat

Office Cat

Oscar is a wonderful example of the benefits of therapy. He came to us as a feral cat, very timid and afraid. It took him almost three years to feel comfortable enough to come through our door from the outside world, but is now the sweetest most loving cat around (sorry, Mr. Mi). He has learned to trust and is very giving of his love and affection. We are so happy to have him as part of our office family.

``Farrah``, Puppy Intern

Puppy Intern

Farrah was born September 7, 2019 in Gulfport. Her date of birth is known because she and her siblings were actually taken to the Humane Society of South MIssissippi when they were only 1 day old. Their mother had been abused and neglected and died soon after coming into the shelter. Farrah and her siblings were lucky to have great care from the humans at the Humane Society as well as another mamma dog who nursed them and took care of them as only another dog can do.<br /> When she was old enough to be ready for adoption, she found a forever home with one of our therapists, Anita. Almost immediately she started coming to work, meeting new people and making friends. She started puppy (beginner level training) classes at about 3 months of age and graduated in January 2020. She has 2 more levels of classes where she will continue to work on more advanced obedience commands, then she will be evaluated for therapy dog certification.<br /> Farrah works at Gulf Coast Family Counseling 2 days a week. During her free time, she enjoys barking, running very fast, and playing with other dogs. She has cat siblings at home and cat coworkers (bosses) here. Her name means “bringer of joy.” Farrah seems to take that meaning seriously and strives to greet every person with love and happiness. She has been known to steal kisses, as well.