Preferred Counseling offers a safe and accepting environment where people in crisis can share their innermost feelings and concerns with an experienced therapist who will guard their confidentiality and guide them to new approaches to their problems.

Our mission is to set a new standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health.

At Preferred Counseling, we strive to provide an environment of caring, trust and mutual respect in which you can discover ways to alleviate the distress you or your family may be experiencing.

Clinical Specialties

  1. Improve Relationships:
    1. Marriage counseling
    2. Family counseling
    3. Adolescent issues
    4. Divorce
    5. Adoption & foster care
    6. Parenting
  2. Assist with Teen Growth & Safety:
    1. Internet safety
    2. Child & adolescent disturbance
    3. Grief
    4. ADHD
    5. Violence
    6. Oppositional defiance
    7. Behavioral issues
  3. Manage Emotions:
    1. Chronic Pain
    2. Depression
    3. Anger
    4. Stress
    5. Bipolar
    6. Impulsiveness
    7. Co-dependency
  4. Overcome Challenges:
    1. Phobias
    2. Sexual & physical abuse
    3. Loss & grief
    4. Addiction
    5. Pornography
    6. Suicidal Thoughts
    7. Trauma & PTSD
  5. Other Ways We Help:
    1. Career
    2. Emotional eating
    3. Eating disorders
    4. Online Counseling and e-Therapy
    5. Emotional disturbance
    6. Crisis & critical incident
    7. Deepen spirituality

Our Staff

Want to talk to someone? We would love it if you talked with us. Call us at (479) 709-9880 or via email at

Cheryl Edwards, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR

Cheryl Edwards, Therapist

Paul Rust, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR

Paul Rust, Therapist

Christa Means, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR

Christa Means, Therapist

Carrie Craig, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR

Carrie Craig, Therapist

Carol Reeves, Office Administrator

Carol Reeves, Billing Administrator

Minda Harpe, Office Administrator with Preferred Counseling

Minda Harp, Office Administrator

Jessica, Office Administrator

Jessica Pargo, Office Administrator


Accepted Insurance:

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Ambetter Arkansas Health Insurance Multiplan Health Insurance PHCS Health Insurance Choice Benefits Healthchoice 

Where We’re Located

4951 Old Greenwood Rd,
Fort Smith, AR 72903


Our Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm
We are typically close for major holidays. Feel free to call and confirm.

Contact Us