MURRAY, Ky. — Two Murray State University alumnae have recently opened their own mental health private practice facilities in western Kentucky.
Lisa Robin Sanford, ’14, ’17, and Lisa Frost, ’18, are both graduates of the University’s Educational Specialist (Ed.S) in clinical mental health counseling.
Sanford’s facility, Sacred Break Throughs, offers a variety of mental health services in the greater Mayfield, Hickory, Paducah and Benton, Kentucky, communities, from individual to group and couple’s therapy to online sessions. She graduated with her Ed.S degree summa cum laude as the Outstanding Counseling Student, and also served in the University’s Mu Sigma Chi chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota honor society as vice president. She completed her internship and practicum at the Murray State University Counseling and Assessment Center and University Counseling Services.
Sanford has worked at Recovery Works of Mayfield since April 30, 2018 as an inpatient substance abuse counselor. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Indian Education Foundation, Women in Wellbriety and the National Alliance in Mental Illness, and was just awarded a registry into the Marquis Who’s Who in America registry for her professional contributions in counseling and mental health advocacy and personal achievements.
Sanford said her own recovery over the years has informed her approach to therapy, including a strong belief in human resilience, the ability to overcome all obstacles, and empathy toward others and themselves.
“I am highly engaged in mental health policy reforms and advocacy at all levels — global, national, statewide, and local — and enjoy offering platforms for learning, growth, healing and positive outcomes for individuals, couples, families and communities,” Sanford said. “I believe we are all interconnected and that everyone desires and deserves opportunities to become their highest potential, living and thriving to their greatest capacity. I believe that when one suffers, we all suffer, and reciprocally, when one heals and succeeds, so too do we all. Each human being has within them all that is necessary to thrive, and all deserve opportunities to manifest their best self and life!”
In her practice, Maple Street Counseling Center LLC, Frost specializes in assisting clients with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and coping with trauma. She currently works under the clinical supervision of Dr. Justin Brogan. Frost has obtained additional education in the areas of addiction and substance use disorders as well as trauma-informed care, anger management, and domestic violence counseling practices. She is currently a member of the Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA) and the American Counseling Association, and was the 2017 recipient of a KCA scholarship.
She completed her internship and practicum at the Murray State University Counseling and Assessment Center and University Counseling Services, as well as Four Rivers Behavioral Health. She has been employed at Massac County Mental Health Center as an outpatient substance abuse coordinator and with Recovery Works as an inpatient substance abuse counselor.
“Living in a rural area and a local farming community, I understand the importance and needs for mental health care services,” Frost said. “Just as Murray State is a benefit to the local community, being a graduate of Murray State gives us an opportunity to give back and be an asset to the community as a service provider.”