Paige Christian, MSW, CFTP, LCSW
Clinical Treatment Director

Paige is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Family Trauma Professional who received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Asbury University. She has worked with a variety of clients, including adults, teens, and children within numerous settings, such as residential facilities, outpatient facilities, and therapeutic foster care agencies. Paige’s expertise is working with mothers who have experienced trauma related to miscarriage, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum issues, like depression and anxiety. Paige is currently working toward becoming a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional and has already completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training, which is a highly effective evidence based approach for treating trauma. She works mainly from a client-centered approach and believes that everyone can benefit from therapy with the right therapist that suits them. Her philosophy stands that her clients are some of the bravest people and that anyone is capable of healing and experiencing hope with the right kind of nurturing. Paige has a kind and gentle spirit, which clients tend to find disarming, non-judgmental, and inviting in the sacred space of therapeutic work and healing.

When Paige is out of the therapy office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and high school sweetheart of 11+ years. Paige and her husband focus much of their time and energy pouring into their marriage and parenting their 3 young children. They enjoy spending time outdoors, going for walks with their golden retriever, making music together, playing board games, and competing for the best fitbit scores. Paige finds the most rejuvenation from reading, journaling, meditating, and being near any body of water, preferably the ocean.

McKenna Fey, M.S., MFT Associate

McKenna is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who received her Master’s degree in Family Sciences with an emphasis in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky. She has worked with a wide variety of clients from various backgrounds, including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her specific areas of knowledge are working with depression and anxiety; work, life, or family stress; processing through traumatic experiences; and conflict and communication issues. McKenna leans toward using emotionally-focused, narrative, and solution-focused approaches that allow clients to understand their own thoughts, feelings, and strengths better so they can come up with practical solutions to begin effective healing. She believes empathy and strength finding are keys to an effective therapeutic alliance.

Outside of the therapy office, McKenna usually spends her time working on her fixer-upper house with her husband. She also loves to spend time outdoors while hiking or canoeing, but she also loves sitting on the couch with a good book. She enjoys learning new things and has recently been teaching herself to play the piano and to embroider. McKenna has a gentle and calming presence, which can be inviting and comforting for the clients she sees.

Jane Samuel, J.D., M.S., MFT Associate

Jane is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who received her master's degree in Family Science with an emphasis in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky. As a seasoned parent (adoptive and bio) she came to her “second career” in therapy after years of working with the national non-profit Attachment Trauma Network. Jane has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on therapeutic parenting, adoption communication and the importance of sensory based play as a means of building attachment and felt safety. Her work has appeared in several adoptive parenting magazines and anthologies. In 2020 her research into different aspects of parent-child communication about adoption was selected for presentation at the International Conference on Adoption Research and the Rudd Adoption Research Conference. She has experience working with families and individuals in the areas of attachment and relational trauma, grief, special needs parenting, and eldercare stress.

Jane knows firsthand that life's challenges can impact family and couple relationships as well as our own perspective of ourselves. Jane aims to help people believe that they are worthy, there is hope in their relationships, and that they can experience happiness and connections that they thought weren’t possible. Clients have described Jane as very accepting and empathetic, whatever path they walk and whatever problem they present with. A key goal of Jane's in all her therapy work is to be fully present for the client, whether that be an individual or the various members of the family she is working with.

When not at AGC Jane serves as "Momma" to three daughters, two of whom live at home and one who is married and resides in Lexington. Jane and her husband have been married for 32 years and know personally the waves of married life. They have re-centered themselves through moves to Asia, parenting through their girls' ages and stages and caring for Jane's elderly parents; Jane draws on this life experience to bring a wider lens to the therapy room. To keep herself centered Jane enjoys knitting, swimming, cooking, volunteer work, as well as contemplative prayer and journaling.

Melinda Murdock, M.S., MFT Associate

Melinda is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who received her Master’s degree in Family Sciences with an emphasis in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky. She is now pursuing her doctorate in Family Processes and is researching how issues of social justice and inequality impact connectivity in relationships. She has helped clients tackle a variety of issues, involving couple and family conflict, communication, and connection. As well as relationship trauma, stress, anxiety, identity, and cultural differences. Melinda is knowledgeable in emotionally-focused, cognitive behavioral, and contextual therapy, meaning her strengths are helping clients work through unhelpful cycles of conflict and behavior, identifying and addressing negative thought patterns, and re-establishing balance and connection in relationships. You will find Melinda is naturally empathic, encouraging, empowering, and easy to open up to. She strongly values creating a safe, non-judgmental space for her clients of all backgrounds to feel good about themselves and the work they do in therapy. Melinda is a cat mom to Puma, loves working out and being outdoors, writing, journaling, and visiting her big family spread across New Orleans, LA, Little Rock, AR, and Tampa, FL.