Chuck Wint, LICSW
Chuck is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received his Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Alabama in 1988. He has worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse settings over the past 40 years which has allowed him to form breadth of understanding around the wide variety of issues that impact people’s lives. He provides creative programs, counseling, and interventions for fraternities, athletes, and young adults. Chuck is a seasoned counselor who has worked extensively with individuals and couples to reclaim direction and purpose for their lives. Like all of the counselors at Lifeline, he is trained in EMDR therapy for treating trauma, grief and loss. He has 25 years of experience in working with addictions, recovery, and the impact substance abuse has on families. Chuck has also provided supervision for those seeking social work licensure. Chuck embodies the free spirit of someone who has a clear vision and mission for helping others in the community. His efforts are always focused on taking care of people regardless of their circumstances. Anyone can talk to Chuck, as he is open-minded, always interested, and freely available. Chuck enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, listening to music, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. He will be a strong advocate who truly cares for your best interests, and he will help you to achieve your goals.
Erin Hinz, LPC- S
Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master's degree in Counseling from The University of Alabama in 1999. She also is an approved Supervising Counselor trained to provide supervision to counselors seeking licensure. Erin has over 20 years of experience in mental health and addiction counseling and is experienced in working with individuals of all ages and family systems. She has extensive training in trauma, addictions, and eating disorders. Her passion for helping others is shown in her commitment and willingness to extend herself to individuals in times of crisis. She is trained in EMDR and Mindfulness and utilizes these techniques with those who have experienced trauma and other life events that have affected their beliefs about themselves negatively. Her work is reflective of her heart for guiding others on their path toward serenity, acceptance, and fulfillment. Erin enjoys cooking, watching sports, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. When working with Erin, you will feel heard and understood. She will walk alongside you as you work to navigate through the issues you have been struggling to resolve.
Melanie Childers, LPC
Melanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Alabama in 2015 with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has over 5 years of experience working with those who struggle with addiction and with couples and families. She is trained in EMDR therapy has experience in working with people in the LGBTQ+ community. She will guide you as you embark on your journey to become your best self, find meaning in your life, and strengthen your abilities to cope with hardships. Melanie enjoys playing guitar, spending time with her pets and friends, and creating artwork.
Wendi Hogue, LPC, NCC
Wendi is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a National Certified Counselor who received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Montevallo in 2012. She has over seven years of experience working with adults, couples and adolescents addressing a wide array of issues. Wendi is passionate about helping people find their way by discovering their inner strength to overcome obstacles, so that they will learn to have a fuller, healthier life. Each of us have had experiences that have shaped us, they affect how we respond to others, how we express and manage anger, how we communicate, and, most importantly, how we view and value ourselves. In exploring these experiences and developing healthier coping skills, we can have the relationships we want, achieve our personal goals, and discover the life we are seeking and meant to live.
Mollie Putyrae, LPC
Mollie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s in Counseling from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 2013. In addition to a license in Alabama Mollie holds endorsements in Washington state including Child Mental Health Specialist. The majority of Mollie’s 7+ years in the field has been spent directly with children ages 4 to 18 years old and their families/caregivers focusing on ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, family issues, parenting struggles, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and others. She is trained in EMDR for all ages with specialized content for EMDR with children. In addition to EMDR, Mollie is a trained facilitator in the attachment-based parenting strategy of Circle of Security Parenting in order to help parents meet their children’s needs while not getting so down on themselves. Mollie is also certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus because she knows everyone is different and so she strives to be ready for whatever her clients bring to the table. She also believes that regardless of differences, every one of us is just doing the best we can do. It is with this perspective that Mollie meets her clients through the ebbs and flows of change.
Sara Beth Lovelady, LICSW
Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has over 6 years of experience in working with men and women whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues. She consistently utilizes person-centered therapy (PCT) and Mindfulness techniques in her work with clients, but also has experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She is trained in EMDR and uses this approach in sessions with those whose lives have been impacted by trauma. She works with a variety of ages, but maintains a special focus in empowering young adults as they forge their own paths towards a life of fulfillment and acceptance. Sara is a strong advocate and is committed to walking alongside each of her clients as they navigate the intricacies of what makes us human and discover that they worthy of healing and capable of creating authentic change. She believes in the power and worth of the individual and that through collaboration, trust and compassion, each of us can realize our value to this world. Sara is honored that you would invite her to play a part in your life and your story of strength and perseverance. She identifies her work with you as a sincere privilege. Sara lives in Birmingham with her husband and their three dogs. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, cooking, yoga, hiking, and music. Sara is available to meet with clients in both Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.
Deb Walker, LICSW
Deb is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama in 2009. She has 20 plus years experience working with adults, children and teens in various mental health settings. Her past work has included medical social work, clinical social work with children, adolescents and adults, as well as advocacy for severely mentally ill patients. Deb has also provided clinical social work in the field of addictions providing care in an intensive outpatient setting working with adults. She utilizes a Person-Centered therapy approach, building trust/rapport and she will meet her clients where they are without judgement. She understands the struggle to manage and regain a balance in life. She has a strong belief that problems do not need to be faced alone. Deb is eager to join with her clients in getting back to a place of mastery over their own life, in spite of any level of discomfort and dysfunction. When she is not working Deb enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as cooking.
Kristen Wilburn, Business Office Manager
Kristen is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She has worked with Lifeline Solutions for years handling financials, account payables, development and implementation of policy and procedure, and general day-to-day operations. More importantly, she strives daily to ensure our mission of taking care of people is fulfilled. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and learning ASL.