Sean McDonald, MA, LAC, NCC, Director of Sexual Addiction Recovery
Sean McDonald is the owner of Waterstone Counseling Center where he is the director of the Sexual Addiction Recovery program that helps individuals, couples, and families in Northwest Arkansas find hope and healing. Sean understands the challenges in life that people encounter because almost 10 years ago he sought out the help of a skilled counselor. There was a lot of emotional pain that he needed healing from and counseling played an important role in his journey. Sean is passionate about helping men and women experience this same freedom and joy in their lives. His desire to help people find hope and healing is driven by his faith in God and personal experience of going through recovery for sexual addiction. This journey led him to leave the business world and begin working full time in recovery ministry and eventually into professional counseling.
Sean has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. He has been trained under some of the great leaders in the sexual addiction field, such as Patrick Carnes and Mark Laaser, and is in the process of becoming a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist CSAT through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Sean also is currently completing his training as a Sex Therapist through the Institute for Sexual Wholeness (ISW).
Sean served for four years as the director of a recovery ministry at a church where he gained valuable experience working with individuals and couples who were encountering a wide range of issues. He has experience counseling college students at a private university and has also worked in private practice in Denver, Colorado.
Sean works with individuals who struggle with sexual addiction and other sexual issues, anger, anxiety and depression. He also works with spouses/partners and families of sex addicts.
Sean has been married to his wife since 2005 and is the proud father of two children. He is an avid Razorback fan that enjoys traveling and being outdoors, especially when it involves mountain biking, skiing and wakeboarding.
Sean's email: Sean@waterstonecounseling.com
Jennifer Kephart, MSW, LCSW
Jennifer began her counseling career almost a decade ago working with children, adolescents, and families in school and agency settings. She has worked with women dealing with trauma and abuse, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Jennifer has personal experience growing up in a home with a mentally ill family member which prompted a call early in life to counsel others and empower them with the tools and knowledge they need to overcome obstacles and live healthy lives.
In the last few years, Jennifer became burdened to help couples and spouses after she and her husband experienced their own growing pains in their marriage. They sought the help of a counselor, which proved to be life-changing in their marriage. Since that time, Jennifer and her husband have been mentors and co-facilitators for the Artof Marriage Conference, both at their church and in Mexico. She is passionate about working with women, couples, families, spouses of sex addicts and sexual abuse survivors. She values creating a safe and secure therapeutic relationship that fosters acceptance and growth.
Jennifer believes that having a relationship with God is an essential piece to living a fulfilled life and she is actively involved in her church and small group. She enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and fitness. She is honored and privileged to share her life with her best friend and husband and is the Mom of two amazing girls.
Jennifer is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, and completed her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.