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Grow with Inner Solace Counseling, PLLC

take control of YOUR LIFE

Is your stress, anxiety or depression affecting your job, relationships, or time with family and friends? Do you need help moving past a difficult time? We believe each person has the ability within themselves to develop personal strengths and work through their own issues. Our job as your counselor is to help you find the tools, strength, and confidence to do so in a safe space, free from judgement or shame.

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Meet your Counselors


Amanda C. Parsons, MA, LPCC-S


Ms. Parsons (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - Supervisor. Ms. Parsons received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University.  She has been using her education and experience with evidence based practices to guide and support teens and young adults, adult individuals and couples since 2009. She uses a strengths-based approach to help those experiencing varying emotional, social and familial issues, traumatic events and/or behavioral/emotional difficulties in working through relationship and life struggles, to help them deal with painful or intense emotions and develop healthy coping skills to become successful in school, work, home, and society.


Shannen Bunton

Practice Administrator

Shannen is dedicated professional who specializes in customer relations and management. She's spent the past years working with clients and professionals to keep their projects moving forward. Her work experience also includes sales and 
design, live demonstrations and event planning.


Emily Shickel, MA, LPCA


Emily Schickel is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate under the direct supervision of Amanda Parsons, MA, LPCC-S. Emily graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned her master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Emily’s training and experience includes assisting adolescents and adults in addressing concerns related to depression, anxiety, substance use, and life transitions. Emily’s therapeutic approach is primarily a person-centered approach while incorporating techniques that would be best suited for the client’s individual needs. Emily’s goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, and nonjudgmental environment for clients to share and process through their different concerns.

Emily is currently accepting new clients who are Medicaid insured or Self-Pay, and offers both in-person and teleheatlh sessions.


Talana Young, MA, LPCC


Talana Young is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. She has experience in mental health since 2015. Talana specializes in severe mental illness, personality disorder, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. She works with but is not limited to African-American, LGBTQ+, single mothers, and body positivity. She believes mental health is the pathway to restoration.

Talana is currently offering evening and weekend appointments through telehealth.

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Michelle Usery, MS, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. Michelle has worked with various populations including older children, adolescents, and adults; both in individual and family therapy settings. She is trained in EMDR therapy approach and utilizes techniques of cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and acceptance and commitment therapies. Michelle’s prior clinical experience includes community mental health focusing on depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and family connection/communication. Michelle is a proponent of the Rogerian approach to therapy focusing on a client’s positive potential by utilizing unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathic understanding.

Michelle offers both in-person and telehealth sessions.


Parker Gilmet, BA

Counseling Intern

Parker is a graduate student in the clinical mental health program at Eastern Kentucky University, and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2023. He is working directly under the supervision of Amanda Parsons, LPCC-S while he completes his internship at Inner Solace Counseling. Parker has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Parker hopes to create a safe space for clients to be able to share their lives with him. ​

Parker is currently accepting new clients with Medicaid insurance, and offers a discounted rate to new self pay clients. 

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Abby Calhoun, LPCC


Abby Calhoun (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with both her B.A. in Human Services and her M.A. in Counseling and Human Development, emphasizing in Mental Health Counseling. Abby has clinical experience supporting children, adolescents, adults, and families in their mental health goals. She specializes in work with adolescents and adults experiencing life change, grief & loss, career or educational issues, relationship issues, and ASD or ADHD. Abby approaches therapy with a strengths-based model, sensitive to the traumas and societal challenges that her clients face. She believes in the power of mental health therapy as a tool to achieve holistic healing, and her goal is to provide a nonjudgmental and supportive environment for all of her clients to work towards that healing.

Abby is accepting new self pay clients, and will be accepting new insurance and Medicaid clients soon!

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DISCOVER your greatest self

Self-discovery is a process to find out about yourself- strengths and insecurities. Identifying your strengths and needs helps to figure out what weak points you need to work on and strong points to expand on to make you excellent. Together we can discover the path to your greatest self.


Relationship Counseling

These sessions often focus on improving problem solving, building communication and connection, and defining relationship roles.  We often address issues including infidelity, financial problems, illness and other life changes, and anger, as a means to accessing a happier, healthier relati. Call now to schedule a session.


Individual Counseling

I believe each person has the ability within themselves to develop personal strengths and work through their own issues. My job as your counselor is to help you find the tools, strength, and confidence to do so in a safe space, free from judgement or shame.



We understand meeting in the office is not always convenient. Online appointments allow you to experience the same quality of care as you do in person. No need to take time off work, deal with traffic, or find a sitter to meet with us. Contact us to learn more and find out if telehealth is appropriate for you.

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change with CONFIDENCE

You may be facing many difficult things that life sometimes throws at us. To help with this, we will focus on mindfulness, learning coping skills, and finding solutions to life's stressors. Through Family therapy,  Individual, or Couples counseling, we can make positive, healthy changes in your life.

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Want to hear more about how we can transform your life? Contact us today to schedule a session.

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1025 Dove Run Road
Suite 307
Lexington, KY 40502




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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”


Anaïs Nin

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