Our Counselors

Sarah Godwin, MSW, LCSW

Sarah Godwin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) raised in rural Pike County, and living in Evansville, Indiana since 2005. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2007 with Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW), and in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW). Prior to becoming a licensed therapist, Sarah has worked as a social worker with people of all ages in various settings, including a hospital emergency department, acute psychiatric services, hospital-based case management, community case management, and residential treatment settings. She has been working in private practice since 2020, primarily working with young and middle-age adults.

Sarah is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and currently leads a DBT group in addition to providing individual therapy. She also utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her approach. Sarah is a Certified Grief Counselor and specializes in working with parents who have lost a child.

A message from Sarah…

I recognize that if you are on this page there is a good chance you are in pain. First off, I want you to take a breath and give yourself credit for making it this far. Next, I want you to know you are not alone. So many of us have been right where you are in this moment, hurting, confused, looking for help, unsure if anything can help, or unsure if you even want it to. It is completely okay to not know. That is why you are here.

I believe in creating trust and equanimity in a therapeutic relationship, so I'd like to share a bit about myself: 
I have struggled with my own mental health issues for much of my life. Though it did not spare me from making a lot of mistakes and creating plenty of hardship for myself, I was fortunate in that I got help early enough to keep me from going down a worse path. It has been my mission to pay that help forward since I decided to go into this field. There have been many ups and downs along the way, but my commitment never waivered. That is, until May 2015, when my world completely fell apart. My beautiful 11-year-old daughter, Madeline, was tragically killed in an accident. Feeling lost and questioning the path I had been on, I was unsure if I could, or even wanted to help another person again. Through my grief journey, I was forced to be strong in ways I never wanted to be. I was forced to accept a life I could not fathom. With time I eventually re-connected with my passion for helping others. I know first hand how hard it is to feel like anyone can understand you after a loss like that, which is why I vowed to try my best to be that for someone else.    
In my personal time, I enjoy staying at home, spending time with my family and cats, or working on one of my (too) many hobbies. I love art in all forms. The eternal introvert, you'll rarely see me out socializing. I believe in self-care and growth for myself as much as I do for my clients, so I am always looking for new ways to build the life I want.

Sarah specializes in treating adults and older adolescents dealing with:

  • Borderline Personality (BPD)
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties with managing emotions
  • Self-harm
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties with boundaries and communication
  • Weight and body image issues
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
Send a Message to Sarah!

Melissa Patterson-Wright

Melissa Patterson-Wright is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) raised in Northern Indiana, and living in the Newburgh/Evansville area since college. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2002, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2004. Melissa has worked with an array of populations: children, teens, adults, pregnant women, inmates, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, foster children and families, LGBTQ+, people with addiction and substance abuse, and has worked with court system.

Melissa is Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and is trained in EMDR. She specializes in working with children using Play Therapy. Melissa is also a Certified Grief Specialist and has special training in treating electronic addiction.

A Message from Melissa…

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Melissa specializes in treating children, teens and adults dealing with:

  • Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Difficulties with Peers
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Electronic Addiction
Send a Message to Melissa!

Brigette Hill

Brigette Hill grew up in and around the Evansville area, having lived in Warrick, Vanderburgh, and Posey County as a child.  Brigette is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) in 2007 from the University of Southern Indiana, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) and Post Master’s Certification in Addiction Science also from the University of Southern Indiana.  Brigette has previously worked in areas of child protective services, hospital based social work, oncology social work, substance abuse and relapse prevention with incarcerated clients, 911 emergency dispatch services, and providing mental health assessments to those presenting to the emergency room with a mental health or substance abuse crisis.

Brigette is a Certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor and is available to provide QPR training to community groups upon request.

Brigette currently lives in Evansville with her husband and teenage daughter.  Brigette enjoys playing with her dogs, horseback riding, and kayaking in her free time.

A Message from Brigette…

When I first meet with clients, I really try to communicate how important it is to me that they feel they are being accepted and helped from a non-judgmental stance on my part.  I hope that I am able to place my clients at ease to be open and share very personal experiences that can be of a very sensitive nature.  By creating a relationship where clients feel comfortable that I will not be shocked, judgmental, or offended by their experiences, we can instead seek to explore how these experiences impact their own life and relationships. Having experience with traumatic events in my own life, such as domestic violence, divorce, loss of an infant, loss of loved ones to suicide and substance abuse, my husband’s experiences as a 25 year police officer, as well as my own experiences responding to incidents of child abuse, I hope my clients will feel my desire to help in an empathetic and supportive manner that is respectful to their own experiences.

Brigette specializes in treating children, teens and adults dealing with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and relationship struggles amongst first responders
  • Substance Misuse