Where all are welcome and healing happens

Wellspring Renewal Center offers counseling and therapy for people with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, family and marital conflicts, school and relationship problems, issues related to addictive behaviors and more.

Our Therapists

Our therapists come from a wide range of backgrounds and have a broad set of skills. Together, we provide an inclusive environment that makes our clients and visitors feel safe and open.

Michelle Ainsworth, LPC

I have worked in this profession for over 10 years and it continues to truly excite me when I get to witness my clients begin to recognize their potential and take charge of their lives, possibly for the very first time.  That’s why I have such passion for what I do.

Sean Oakley, LCSW

I have experience working with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, and other issues. I believe very strongly in working collaboratively with you and treating you as the expert on your life.
I am especially passionate about working with people who identify as LGBTQ.

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC

As a married mother of two, Leah is passionate about working with other women, mothers, individuals, teens, and families struggling to be at peace with themselves, relationships, or general life stresses.
Leah is dually licensed as an Independent Licensed Psychological Examiner (LPE-I) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Rebecca Spooner, LPC, NCC

Rebecca pastored congregations for more than 13 years and has been licensed as a therapist since 2007. Beginning in 2006, she worked with Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home & Family Services to establish the Laurence Schmidt Center (LSC) – the first counseling center in the state specifically for clergy.
She is especially passionate about working with clergy.

Michelle Whitfield, LCSW

Michelle believes that utilizing evidence-based treatments and maintaining best-practice standards are paramount when serving clients. Michelle is also open to clients who choose to include spirituality as a large focus of their therapeutic journey.Michelle has over a decade of experience working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Her primary focus is on children and families but is certified to work with adults, couples, children, and families.

Our Services

We are mental health advocates for our clients, our community, our state, and ultimately, our world. We believe that healing happens when the whole body is nurtured - body, mind, and spirit. We specialize in these areas:

Latest From the Blog

Transitions in Later Life

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC
I would like to start this post by putting it out there that I am by no means an expert at what it is like to navigate life transitions age 60+. I think it's obvious to say that if you haven't lived through something, it makes it hard to fully understand and appreciate that journey. I can think of examples in my own life that highlight the knowledge of before and after, such as things I knew about being a parent before kids versus after or things I knew about being married before versus after my wedding. It's only natural that perspective shifts with age, time, and life experience. 

Getting Started with Mindfulness

Sean Oakley, LCSW
Over the last decade mindfulness has become a huge buzzword in everything from exercise, to therapy, to corporate workplaces. But what is mindfulness exactly and how can you get started practicing it?  Mindfulness is simply being focused on the present moment. It is simple awareness or “getting present.” It is acknowledging both the internal (thoughts, emotions, body sensation) and external (sounds, smells, visuals) environments. Mindfulness isn’t a big mystery or a 2 hour long meditation session (but it can be!), it is just simply being present.

Counseling 101

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC
“Only crazy people go to therapy.” If that statement were true, then as a mental health clinician, I would almost never talk to anyone. The stigma around mental health is real. Unfortunately, we live in a world that has perpetuated the idea of mental health, mental illness, therapy, and counseling as something you do only if you’re one step away from jumping off a bridge, talking to imaginary people, or licking paint off the walls. As a mental health professional, I want you to know that this is not the truth.

New Year...New You?

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC
January 2: The gym is so crowded you need to stand in line for half an hour or more to use your cardio machine of choice, or heck, any cardio machine. January 5: You head to the grocery store and it is as if no fruits, vegetables, or protein supplements were ever stocked on their shelves. Fast forward to February 15: The gym has returned to the usual suspects and you can finally buy bananas again!

Ready to take the step toward better mental health?


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Wellspring Renewal Center
101 North Woodrow
Little Rock, AR, 72205
501-265-0057 (fax)