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

The "F" Word

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC
Forgive and forget. Okay, so that’s two “F” words, but I have your attention now. Alexander Pope has been famously quoted as having said, “To err is human; to forgive divine.” While I can see where he was going with this, I would venture to modify by adding that perhaps to forget is divine. In my experience, both personally and professionally, sometimes it is easier to forgive than to forget.

Spring Cleaning

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC
Spring forward. Spring break. Spring cleaning. Spring is in the air...or at least pretending to be for the moment. It’s the time of year when we all start to thaw (and dry out!) from cold weather, gloom, and clouds, looking forward to warmer weather, sunshine, and finally releasing ourselves from hibernation mode. Many make their New Year’s resolutions, which have at this point primarily gone by the wayside, but what about spring time resolutions?

Mindful Walking

Sean Oakley, LCSW
Many of us have very sedentary lives. We sit in an office, sit at home, and sit in a car. Many of us also try to squeeze in some exercise to offset all this time spent sitting. Research shows that regular exercise is just as good for us mentally as it is physically. Incorporating mindfulness into regular exercise can further boost the positive effects.

Where is My Village?

Leah Payne, LPE-I, LPC
“It takes a village to raise a child.” I believe the majority of us have heard this saying at some point or another. Sayings of this nature stick around and translate transgenerationally because they are true. So where is this village? As a parent, you learn early that raising a child(ren) is difficult. Ideally, you surround yourself with friends, colleagues, relatives, child care workers, a nanny, and/or babysitters in order to allow yourself, and yourself with significant others, to enjoy some adult time or just decompress. Every parent needs a break now and again in order to maintain the sanity that enables you to be the parent you long to be. So, what happens if you live in a land that is less than the ideal? What about the parent who relocates for a spouse’s job, the parent who does not live near family, the parent who does not have family or close friends as support, or the single mom? Last summer, I started up an 8 week support group for mothers that slated weekly meetings for an hour and a half. Group therapy is amazing because it allows you the opportunity, within a safe space, to connect with other people who understand what you go through and struggle with because they go through it, too. Groups allow individuals of similar circumstances or backgrounds to share their stories, successes, failures, and tips with one another. It is a nice way to gain support and not feel so alone when perhaps you do not have another venue. If you find yourself searching for the village, reach out to local churches, parents day out groups, or check those bulletins at Panera! Facebook has groups for local mothers to chat with one another, though I’m uncertain of the security or screening measures there. Think of activities you do often with your child(ren) and make casual conversation with another mama while on the playground, at the park, crawling through tape tunnels at MOD, or walking through the neighborhood. I get all the hard work that goes into being a mom. I understand that you have good days, bad days, and ugly days. I get that it is hard to move past that mom guilt or let yourself off the hook for worst mom of 2019 because you made a mistake. Reach out to others. And if you can’t locate your village, I’d love to listen.    We're starting up another Mother Support Group. If you're interested, let us know and help us choose a day and time that works best for you!      

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