Our Little Rock Therapists

Michelle Ainsworth Swilling, 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.  I bring my years of experience, passion and knowledge to every therapy session.  I approach my work with empathy, respect, and acceptance, creating a safe and supportive environment.  You will leave every session with me feeling encouraged, supported, and heard.


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. My approach to therapy is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which focuses on gaining clarity in moving toward your best life.

I am especially passionate about working with people who identify as LGBTQ. We face unique issues that add to life’s difficulties, especially in a more rural state like Arkansas. I want to be a strong advocate and healer for our community and its amazing individuals.

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. She has experience working with teens, adults, families, and abuse victims struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, behaviors, and trauma.

Leah is dually licensed as an Independent Licensed Psychological Examiner (LPE-I) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2007 and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas in 2011.

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. 

Working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Rebecca has begun a training process to enable to her to better serve children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She has also received training in Sand Trays, a form of Play Therapy appropriate for all ages.

Rebecca works well with all populations and issues; especially depression and anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and childhood sexual abuse. She also works well with the LGBT population.