The Families Forward team focuses on providing the best quality therapeutic services to the children, adolescents, and adults that entrust us with their care. Each of our providers use evidence-based practices while focusing on the individual or family’s needs. Please read about our clinicians in more detail below.
Dara Delancy is a child and adolescent psychologist and co-owner of Families Forward. She has been working in the Augusta area since 2006 when she completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia (currently Augusta University) in the Psychiatry and Pediatric Departments.
Amy Holsten is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbus State University, her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Augusta State University and her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University.
Marie Gehle is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 2008.
Lolita Wiggs currently performs individual and group therapy for children and adolescents and occasional psychological assessments. She co-developed and facilitates the adolescent DBT group, also known as DBT MIND.
Leslie Owen is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Centre College, her Master’s Degree at the University of Memphis, and, later, pursued further graduate training at Western Kentucky University.
Christopher Hollar focuses on serving as a counselor for children, adolescents, young adults and families in an effort to assist them with improving their quality of life. He has 12 years of experience working in multiple settings, including inpatient and outpatient facilities, a community mental health agency, and offering in-home services.
Fran Speer M.A., L.P.C., L.P.A. graduated from Lander University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Counseling Emphasis and obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University.
Amanda Viola-Brooke is a licensed professional counselor working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and her Master’s degree in Counselor Education, in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track, from Augusta University. Amanda completed her practicum at the Child Advocacy Center of Child Enrichment, Inc. working with children who had experienced sexual abuse and other traumas and completed her internship at Families Forward.
Lisa Gentry, M.Ed., LPC is the assessment coordinator and psychometrist for Families Forward. She is a dedicated clinician that puts forth diligent effort to gather as much data as possible to understand and give helpful recommendations for the children, adolescents, and adults.
Kelsey Thompson, LMFT received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, SC, and holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College, located in Spartanburg, SC. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia, and a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Debbie Fain is a licensed professional counselor and has been practicing in the Augusta area since 2011. Debbie has 30 years experience working with children as a school teacher. She has extensive training and experience in substance abuse and takes a holistic approach to therapy.
Kevin is from the Augusta area and completed his Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University. He has a specialty in working with teenagers and adults who present with symptoms of anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, anger, stress, and adjustment difficulties.
Daniel Horgan, LAPC, has spent the last eleven years working with children and adolescents in a variety of capacities. Dan was a high school teacher in Boston, MA before relocating to Georgia and attending graduate school at Augusta University. While at Augusta University, Dan completed his practicum and internship at Families Forward.
Sarah Merten, LAPC, has worked with children in a variety of capacities and age ranges for the past 10 years. With an undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Science Education, she has taught middle and high school in Illinois and Georgia. She attended graduate school at Liberty University obtaining an MA in Professional Counseling. Sarah completed her practicum at Georgia Family Crisis Solutions and her internship at Families Forward.