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.



wp_haley-150x150Haley Bryant, MS, 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, MS, 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, MS, 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.

Lisa Brock, LAC, LAMFT

lbrock@theforgingplace.com • 479-310-9096

I consider it a joy to work with couples, families, and individuals in the River Valley and Greenwood areas. It is an honor when people allow me to walk beside them in their journey. I believe that each person has great worth and their stories are as unique as snowflakes. Sitting with people in their distress gives me an unparalleled vantage point from which to watch the healing power of secure attachment in the lives of my clients. Each of us is created to attach to those important people in our lives, and when that attachment is threatened, we respond with emotional upheaval. My training allows me to see the attachment wounds through the pain and help couples and individuals find healing.

I have Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples as well as Trauma Focused Therapy for individuals. I am a native and current resident of Fort Smith who lived in Greenwood from 1995-2007. I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling with an emphasis on Community Counseling from John Brown University. I am currently available to see clients in the Greenwood office.

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.


Damon McKenzie, Student Intern

It is a big deal to me when clients allow me to get to know them with the intent of helping them on their journey through life. It is a goal for me to walk with them on their journey and offer guidance on the way. I grew up in the beautiful city of North Little Rock, Arkansas. I am a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy tracks at John Brown University. My anticipated graduation date is December of 2017. At this time, I enjoy working with all populations. I have over 17 years of experience working in ministry. I am naturally wired for students, but am finding that couples struggling to make their marriage work are a passion of mine as well. I realize that marriage is tough, but that it is of great importance also.   I believe that with the client’s hard work, and my growing knowledge, both of our journeys may become better through our interaction. I primarily see clients on Fridays, but can arrange times that fit the client’s schedule also.  As an intern, I see clients for a discounted rate.


Julianne Passen, Student Intern

My passion is to come along side my clients and help them connect with others in a healthy manner. I believe that humans are designed to deal with our hurt by connecting with others and I am honored to be able to be a part of that journey.

I graduated from Alma High School and completed my Bachelors at University of Arkansas Fort Smith in 2014. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Family and Marriage Therapy. I am also seeing clients at the Care Clinic in Fort Smith. Although I originally went into the counseling program with the mission of serving members of the military and police, I am open to all populations, and have worked with many different populations in my time as an intern. I particularly enjoy working with couples and people who have experienced trauma.