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 and Therapist in Fort Smith, AR

Cheryl Edwards, Therapist

Jeana Hopper, Licensed Professional Counselor, Fort Smith, AR

Jeana Hopper, Therapist

Paul Rust, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR

Paul W. Rust, Therapist

Brian Abshere, Trauma Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Counselor, Fort Smith, AR

Brian Abshere, Therapist

Stuart Whitlow, Licensed Professional Counselor, Fort Smith, AR

Stuart Whitlow, Therapist

Rachel Hatfield, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR

Rachel Hatfield, Therapist

Patty Thrift, MA, LPC, Trauma Therapist

Patty J. Thrift, Therapist

Carol Reeves, Office Administrator

Carol Reeves, Billing Administrator

Minda Harpe, Office Administrator with Preferred Counseling

Minda Harp, Office Administrator

Laura Bullington, Office Administrator

Laura Bullington, 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.

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