TAC Employees

Dr. Samantha Short, Licensed Psychologist

  • Dr. Short is a Licensed Psychologist. She specializes in working with women, children, and families. She is also trained in forensics and court custody. She loves working with women who struggle finding their individual purpose. She is trained in working with significant trauma, family relationships, mother and daughter relationships, anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavior problems, reactive attachment disorder, and Autism. Dr. Short incorporates assessment into her therapy, which allows her to gain unique information to build a client's treatment plan. In addition, testing aids in providing helpful information for medication management. Dr. Short is a faith-based Psychologist. She values the role spirituality plays in daily growth and healing. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She is the owner of TAC.

Jacob DeFee, LPC

  • I have worked with a wide range of people on a number of different issues. The majority has been depression and anxiety, but I have helped people with various mental health challenges that people face. In working with anyone, my main focus is on seeing the issue from their perspective and helping them overcome it or develop ways of coping. In seeking out therapy, for most people, there is a fear of engaging in it. A person that is able to start, participate, and finish therapy are brave people. Therapy is work. As I mentioned, it is for the brave, those people who want to see change. It is something that is also enjoyable. The truth is that change is not always easy, but I take pride in being able to work with people in a way that takes out the fear and help them do what they want so that they feel that sense of accomplishment. Life is difficult and it gets messy. There is something special about a professional relationship that is focused on you and your goals. We naturally want to look for meaning in the things that happen to us. When we are lucky, we learn from it and move on, but there are times we also get stuck. Give me the chance to meet you where you are and help.

Lauren Watts, TF-CBT, PCIT

  • Lauren Watts is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Lauren is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is also a certified Infant Mental Health Provider. As a therapist, Lauren has seen all age groups. However, for the past 6 years, she has seen primarily elementary and preschool age children and their families. Lauren's passion is helping to strengthen the relationship between caregivers and children, increasing caregiver’s skills in approaching their child’s challenging behaviors more effectively, helping children heal from trauma and educating caregivers on the effects trauma has on children. She does this while providing a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. Lauren also implement play therapy techniques as play is a child’s way of learning, communicating, exploring and healing. What is TF-CBT and PCIT? TF-CBT is an evidence based treatment designed to help children and adolescents as well as their families overcome the negative effects of trauma. PCIT is an evidence based treatment designed to enhance the relationship between caregiver and child through interaction and to provide education to caregivers regarding more effective parenting skills which in turn, increases the child’s compliance.

Michelle Baker, ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified-Cardio Kickboxing Instructor

  • Michelle has been working at TAC since 2015. She is our front office manager. She will be handling all your questions regarding our counseling and assessment process. She is also a great place to better understand your insurance and papework needs.

Kim Gentry, Licensed Psychologist

  • Her skills are unique in that she is a Licensed Psychologist, a nationally certified School Psychologist and a Licensed Arkansas teacher. She is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She is a great fit for children, teens, and adults of all ages. Dr. Kim is also trained in diagnostic asssessment. She specializes in ADHD. She is a great fit to get proper diagnositic testing for ADHD symptoms.