The Forging Place is a community counseling and family therapy firm. We specialize in refining individuals and relationships by offering mental health services and emotional support to the community, helping both individuals and families combat a variety of issues.

Our facility houses a play therapy room as well as six therapists specializing in a range of issues, both individual and family/marital related. 



wp_haley-150x150Haley Bryant, LPC, LMFT, Clinical Director


hbryant@theforgingplace.com • 479-310-9096

It is an honor to work as a counselor and a wonderful privilege to come alongside people in their journey who need support but practical help in feeling better.  My heart is to join people on their journeys, while providing authentic help and hope along the way. I am a Van Buren native and I graduated in 2010 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development, Family Sciences, and Rural Sociology. In 2012, I obtained a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with a community counseling concentration from John Brown University.  I love working with families and couples. It is a particular passion to work proactively with couples before marriage. I also enjoy working with adults burdened with depression and anxiety. I also have two years of experience working with children and teenagers in a school based setting, and I still enjoy working with this population and their families as well. I am available from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Mondays through Thursdays.



wp_eric-150x150Eric Fergeson, LAC, LAMFT


efergeson@theforgingplace.com • 479-310-9096

It is a privilege for me to work as a counselor alongside the people of Van Buren and the River Valley. I try to create a safe and accepting environment where people in crisis can share their innermost feelings and concerns with an experienced therapist. I work with individuals, couples and families. I have experience working with individuals that are suffering from both depression and anxiety. My passion is working with couples. I believe in marriage and I love working with couples and families, helping them get their lives back on the right track. I have been a resident of Van Buren since 1999. I served in Operation Desert Storm and am a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. In 2013, I obtained a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a community counseling concentration from John Brown University. I primarily see clients on Monday through Thursday from 8:00 to 6:00.



wp_nick-150x150Nick Keeter, LMFT, LPC



All of us strive for significance, to matter to at least one other person, and are designed for relationship. One of the daily benefits of my work is to watch clients and their families taking the steps to know each other and be known, and not in superficial ways. I delight in helping people find ways to “be nice” instead of “play nice.” To that end, working with couples and families is my primary goal. However, not all families or couples attend, and so I often work with those who are motivated to “do life differently.” I do not see my clients as defective, merely stuck, often repeating patterns in functioning of which they may not be aware. I take the work very seriously, but myself considerably less seriously, and greatly enjoy and learn much from my clients. My educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, for whom I now teach on an adjunct basis. It is also my distinct privilege to supervise beginning clinicians with an approved specialization credential  in supervision from the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, the state governing body for the profession.

Recognizing that we all have different skills and interests, I seem to have the best results in families with parenting difficulties, marriages in crisis, affair recovery, men’s sexual health issues, individual assertiveness and sense of self-worth issues.

Theresa Bell, MS, LPC

tbell@theforgingplace.com •479-310-9096

It has been such a blessing for me to experience the ability to help others heal their hurts through therapy. I believe it is a primary need for people to have good relationships and to feel good about themselves, so I am excited at the opportunity to get to work with those who are motivated to have happier and healthier lives and relationships. I believe some of the difficult life experiences that I have had gives me the unique insight and ability to come alongside others who struggle too.

After earning my Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Arkansas, Fort Smith I spent three years working in the Department of Children and Family Services, primarily in the foster care department. It was a difficult time for me as I really have a heart for children and their families, but it was a eye opening learning experience into our communities needs. After leaving there I worked as a mental health paraprofessional while earning my Masters of Science in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University. Since then I have worked with children in crisis and their families. I have training in trauma focused CBT and have used this technique with a high level of success. It is my desire to help clients with the aftermath of trauma, anxiety, depression, obsessive/compulsive symptoms and those who are just struggling with adjustments or changes in life. I also have experience leading group therapy and have the desire to create a safe and nonjudgemental environment for those who have some of the same struggles to come together and share their experiences to help heal one another.

Jennifer Henry, LPC, LMFT

jhenry@theforgingplace.com •479-310-9096

It is common knowledge that stress and trauma can potentially tear apart those delicate strands which hold our life together. I delight in working with individuals, families, and couples to begin the rebuilding process. Success in therapy is when the client has been able to stitch and mend what was once torn and learn to appreciate their new approach to life.

I earned my Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith in 2006. From there I decided to pursue my Master’s of Science degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy from John Brown university. After graduating in 2011 I took on a position with a local Therapeutic Day Treatment program working with children, adolescents, and adults. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my main therapeutic orientation to help my clients reach their goals. I use Trauma Focused CBT to address issues with clients that are going through or have gone through a traumatic event. My specific areas of interests include anxiety, trauma, guilt, grief, pre-marital, and marital counseling. Currently, clients are able to schedule appointments with me on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I work at the Van Buren and Greenwood locations.