Meet The Journey Team

Journey counseling is  a group of independent LIKE-MINDED professionals.

Our name and logo embody our belief that this life is a journey to be enjoyed. We all have periods when we feel lost or can't find the path we are looking for.  In those times, its helpful to have guidance - like a compass that points us in the direction we want to go, counseling can provide clarity and help get us back on the road to health. 

Chris Abbey

MS family Therapy, LPC

Chris has spent more than a decade working with people who struggle with anxiety and depression and their families. He also has extensive experience helping people with Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and those who love them. Chris is skilled in assisting couples and individuals regain their equilibrium after emotional and/or physical affairs.

Bryan Jones


Bryan has been a practicing counseling for over 10 years.  He has almost a decade of experience working in the schools of Ft. Smith and has been in private practice in Northwest Arkansas for 4 years. Bryan specializes in helping kids of all ages, especially those who may be involved with the court system either for personal issues or family custody agreements. He also works with adults who struggle with relationships, anxiety and/or depression.

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Andrea Penner


Andrea is a practicing counselor who has been doing therapy in Northwest Arkansas for over 11 years. She specializes in relationship counseling - particularly co-parenting and parenting concerns, and partners counseling including affair recovery, conflict resolution and pre-marital therapy.  Andrea is also a strong presence with the female adolescent population and eating disorders.

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Marion Pearson


Marion has been a practicing counselor for ten years. She has experience working with youth and adolescents and their families from 9 years working in the Ft. Smith and Bentonville School Districts. Her background includes school based therapy, child, adolescent and adult day treatment settings, as well as individual, group and family counseling. Throughout her career, she has provided counseling to individuals of all ages, in a variety of life stages. Marion has assisted individuals with issues related to anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, ADHD, trauma and behavioral issues. 

P. J. Beason


Pearl (P. J.), our Fort Smith therapist, has worked as a Professional Counselor in Arkansas for over 15 years.  She specializes in working with adults who battle anxiety or depression, as well as those who have struggles related to trauma, including all types of abuse, accidents, natural disasters or other painful experiences.


Ross Kelley


Ross' greatest aspiration is to partner with others to help improve their quality of life. He enjoys working with individuals, couples and families on topics such as loss, coping skills, phase of life adjustments, relationship roles, social skills, and family dynamics.


Fred Garcia


Fred has had extensive experience as a mental health professional for over a decade in Northwest Arkansas. His approach uses CBT, REBT, Behavior Therapy, Play therapy, TFCBT, EMDR, and SFBTI. He has worked with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger management problems, disruptive behavior, addiction problems of various types, and relational problems people face in their everyday life.