A good counselor is like having a sturdy achor in the midst of a storm. Our team of caring Mobile, Alabama counselors strive to be anchors for each of our clients as we guide you through the storms of your life.

Each therapist at Collins Counseling & Associates is licensed by the State of Alabama to provide professional and specialized counseling services. Continuing education is required each year to ensure we provide the best and latest techniques and treatment options for our clients. Our practice is also HIPAA-compliant and operates under the highest ethical standards of care in the counseling industry.

The requirements for state licensure mean all of our counselors are trained to treat a variety of mental health conditions. However, our Alabama counselors also have unique specialties that allow us to offer the most personalized and effective treatment plan for our clients.

John Finch

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • ATSA-Trained

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John Finch is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is ATSA trained. John is experienced working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of therapeutic and mental health counseling issues, including:

  • Family therapy
  • Affair recovery
  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Men’s issues
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Personal growth
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Sexual abuse
  • Adjusting to lifestyle changes
  • Work-related stress
  • Feelings of grief and loss
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Men’s Sexual Abuse concerns
  • Emotional management skills
  • Values-centered approach addressing sexually impulse behaviors with pornography.

John’s services include individual therapy, couples counseling, and group counseling.

Paul Swaim-Sanders

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

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Paul Swaim-Sanders is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience in academic and clinical settings. He began his career as a college professor but decided to pursue counseling when he realized his passion for helping his Psychology and Sociology students apply his classroom materials to their everyday lives. After earning a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Community Agency Counseling from the University of Montevallo, Paul worked at Birmingham Aids Outreach, UAB Palliative Care Clinic, and Altapointe Health Systems before joining Collins Counseling & Associates in 2021.

Today, Paul’s practice focuses on helping teens and adults through adjustment issues and life-stage transitions. His specialties include LGBTQ, marital dispute and divorce, Dysphoria, Chronic Pain, Substance Issues, and Trauma (especially religious trauma).  As a therapist, Paul relies on cognitive and educational approaches to help his clients explore and process pervasive patterns of thinking. His typical therapy methods include psychoeducation and processing, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), gestalt, and positive psychology.

When he’s not in a session, Paul can be found traveling and exploring the world with his husband and their daughter or engaging in self-care through baking, anime, research, and video games.

From the Counselor’s Desk: I practice a holistic approach to therapy where you and I work together to help you as a whole person, not just one concern. I believe in reinforcing what strengths you already have while challenging which patterns slow down or stop progress or growth. There’s no “right or wrong, good or bad” in addressing concerns. There’s what works and what doesn’t. Together, we can find what works to do more of it, and less of what doesn’t.

Kevin Dudeck

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Certified Anger Management Specialist

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Kevin Dudeck is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Anger Management Specialist-II. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1986 with a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education. He went on to establish a career as a U.S. Probation Officer, a role that allowed him to spend 10 years serving as the Drug/Alcohol Treatment Specialist and the Mental Health Treatment Specialist. After retirement, Kevin completed the process of becoming a counselor and earned his license in 2020.

Kevin’s unique background has given him specialized skills in Anger Management, Men’s Issues, Substance Use/Abuse, Criminal Justice Issues, Anxiety and Depression. His practice provides adults with a confidential and non-judgmental setting where they can realize their potential and resolve harmful issues through a blend of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy).

Kevin is happily married to Colleen Dudeck and they have five children and five grandchildren. His hobbies include fitness activities, sports, Alabama football, and vacationing in Northern Ireland, where his wife grew up.

From the Counselor’s Desk: We all want to be emotionally healthy and realize our true potential. However, tension and disorder within a person often make this appear impossible. How do you begin a journey of restoration and transformation? Connecting with a caring professional is the first step toward the restorative process, attaining your goals, and giving you peace and hope.

Hazel Woodward

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

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Hazel Woodward is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 27 years of educational and practical experience. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Alabama and holds a Certificate in Thanatology from the University of Alabama. She also has extensive training in 12-Step Programs and EMDR, and she is a level-2 Gottman Method Couples Therapist. Hazel’s specialty areas include Complex PTSD, Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Traumatic Grief and Loss, and Emotional Disorders.

As an experienced therapist, Hazel puts her esoteric learning to practical use by helping people with some of life’s persistent afflictions, tragedies, and disappointments. Her practice focuses on empowering her clients to move on from these unexpected and unavoidable events by understanding how they can happen, identifying the challenges to be faced, and developing the strengths needed to move forward with their lives. Hazel works with her clients in a way that is candid but mindful and keeps her approach humanistic and person-centered.

Hazel even has her own therapist – a beloved 33-year old horse that “is very good at what she does.”

From the Counselor’s Desk: I do not offer a fix-all solution to every problem. I seek to help you gain a deep sense of self awareness and trust in yourself so you can examine new ways of dealing with problems and accept the responsibility of changing. You are the expert on you, my role is to assist you in finding meaning in the midst of chaos so you can move on with your life.

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Leah Patrick

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

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Leah Patrick has more than 20 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Spring Hill College and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from The University of South Alabama. She now specializes in treating children and teens with Depression, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Autism, and ADHD. She also has experience in grief counseling and PTSD.

Leah decided to pursue therapy after experiencing its benefits first-hand as an early adult struggling with depression and childhood issues. She now uses her experience and education to assist her clients through techniques in role play and behavioral rehearsal, art therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), structured problem solving, and supportive reflection. It is her ultimate goal to help her clients and their families overcome the storms in their life, reach their goals, and become happier and more well-balanced individuals.

When she isn’t working with her clients, Leah enjoys spending time with her five children and 10 grandchildren, sewing, football, and cooking.

From the Counselor’s Desk: Bringing children back to wholeness, joy and peace of mind is the heartbeat of my practice. I believe laughter is the best medicine, and I use it frequently in my practice. I also believe that no one is perfect…after all, it did just take me 20 minutes to find my reading glasses, and they have been sitting on my head!

Diana Ford

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

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Diana Ford is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Collins Counseling & Associates. She earned her degree from Antioch New England University in 1993, followed by a two-year internship in mind-body medicine with a senior clinical group in Burlington, Vermont. Her specialty areas include anxiety, mood problems, trauma, grief, relationship issues, military lifestyle issues, and health-related concerns.

Diana’s practice focuses on using CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and exposure and response prevention combined with a holistic approach that attends to each patient’s mind, body, and spirit. She strives to create a safe, confidential place where clients can explore their feelings and expand their options.

Diana lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. She is passionate about gardening and loves taking a patch of earth and giving it what it needs to become beautiful.

From the Counselor’s Desk: My counseling work focuses on you as a whole person and respects the dimensions of mind, body, and spirit. While you can’t control or change other people, you do have power over your thoughts, actions, and outlook. This is the valuable raw material we work with to help you gain an increased sense of control, a fresh perspective, or a new approach to a difficult problem.

Susan Case

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • National Certified Master Addiction Counselor

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Susan E. Case is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 33 years of experience treating teens and adults with various mental health issues. She earned multiple graduate degrees in Community Counseling from the University of South Alabama and began her practice with a focus in Substance Use, earning a Master of Addiction Counselor certificate in 2015. Susan continues to specialize in Substance Use Disorders and is also experienced in Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Thinking Disorders, and Women’s Issues pertaining to Depression and Anxiety.

As a therapist, Susan strives to provide a safe place free from judgement, criticism, or fear. She uses an eclectic approach involving person-centered therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and motivational interviewing. Her ability to employ various therapies and techniques allows clients to establish a course that is personally tailored to their needs.

Susan has been married for 42 years and has five children and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, sewing, cooking, and having fun with her family.

From the Counselor’s Desk: Considering my counseling style allows me to have a large toolbox of techniques that I can draw from, I want to help the clients develop and draw from their own toolbox.

Suzanne Glass

  • Associate Licensed Counselor

  • Specializes in body image and eating disorders
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Suzanne Glass joined Collins Counseling & Associates in June of 2021. She holds an MBA from the University of North Florida and earned her Masters of Science degree in Clinical and Mental Health from the University of South Alabama in 2016. Her specialty areas include Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues, Suzanne specializes in Eating Disorders, Body Image Issues, Self-Esteem, and other Women’s Issues.

As a counselor, Suzanne believes in beginning every session with an open mind and allowing the clients’ needs to determine which of her many different treatment modalities is best. She is highly trained in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E), one of the leading and most promising treatment methods for eating disorders. Her goal in each session is to create a positive and safe environment where clients can process their emotions and improve the way they view themselves and the rest of the world.

Suzanne’s large and happy family keeps her equally busy in her spare time. She and her husband, Glenn, share five beautiful children: Isabelle (19), Gabi (17), Houston (13) Vivian (6), and Grant (5). They also have two dogs, Lily and Luxe, and a cat named Sox. Suzanne also enjoys cooking, traveling, shopping, being outdoors, and spending time with her amazing girlfriends.

Mary Lee Collins

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist

  • ATSA-Trained

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Mary is the founder of Collins Counseling & Associates. She is a Certified Sex Therapist, a supervisor for those working toward sex therapy certification, and is an ATSA Clinical Member. Mary is not currently seeing clients as she is supervising clinicians to become Certified Sex Therapists.

From the Counselor’s Desk: In October 2012, almost a decade ago, I began Collins Counseling & Associates. I was fueled by the belief that both patients and counselors were suffering due to a mental health system, dictated by large community agencies, that overshadowed quality independent practitioners. I had worked in agencies that had a fragmented process of care and relied on inexperienced practitioners due to their high staff turnover. Patients were not being provided the best care and underappreciated counselors were suffering from burnout. I knew there had to be a place in the community for therapists to specialize in their field of work and for clients to be able to make the changes necessary to live well. With those beliefs, I opened Collins Counseling & Associates and we have been serving the community for a decade.

Leigh Ann Johnson

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Leigh Ann Johnson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with more than 25 years of experience in psychotherapy. She attended St. Louis University, where she completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her specialty areas include Recovery from Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal Trauma, and Veterans Issues.

Leigh Ann brings extensive field experience to her clients at Collins Counseling & Associates. Her prior roles have allowed her to provide counseling and Social Work services to children, Veterans, high-risk pregnancy patients, postpartum women, and the families of those seeking counseling care. Throughout her career, she has worked at faith-based organizations, government agencies, and in private practice as she has served those seeking help for Depression and Anxiety.

Today, Leigh Ann finds joy in helping her clients improve their emotional, social, physical and spiritual health. Her practice involves a multi-faceted approach, and she has trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy for Depression (IPTD), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBST). Her ability to employ various therapy methods allows Leigh Ann to find the most effective form of counseling for each client.

Leigh Ann is a Gulf Coast Native, an avid history buff, and a self-proclaimed sci-fi geek. Her family has deep ties to the military and includes many active and retired service members. When she isn’t working, she enjoys swimming, bicycle riding, nature hikes, boating, and anything around the water.

From The Counselor’s Desk: The goal of my practice is to help people find the hope, healing, and freedom to live according to their values, improve key relationships, and reclaim their lives.  I believe people really can find Healing and Restoration!

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