Our Staff

Cathleen Donahue, LPCC and owner

Cathleen Donahue, or Cathi, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky and the founder of Restoration Christian Counseling, PLLC.  She believes that the purpose of Restoration Christian Counseling is to help individuals and families by providing them with sound clinical counseling balanced with faith-based, biblical principles and practices.

Cathi completed a B.A. in Secondary Education at Indiana University in December 1994, but knew she was supposed to become a Christian Counselor.  In 1996, she moved to Wilmore, KY to attend Asbury Theological Seminary and then graduated in 1999 with an M.A. in Counseling.  She completed the necessary requirements in 2002 to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Over the past two decades, Cathi has worked in a variety of roles in the mental health profession, including crisis counselor, community mental health outpatient therapist, substance abuse group facilitator, program director, and counselor and director, since 2009, for Restoration Christian Counseling.  Cathi has experience working with mental health issues, such as depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictions, codependency, trauma, abuse and other mental illnesses; she implements many different modes of treatment, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Motivational Interviewing into counseling as needed.

Cathi is dedicated to supporting individuals and families in seeking healing and recovery in their lives.  She believes the Lord promises this when He said that He will “restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25).

Stephen Applegate, Certified Psychologist with Autonomous Functioning

Stephen Applegate is a Master's level Certified Psychologist with Autonomous Functioning.  He has 30 years of clinical experience in several outpatient settings.  Services provided over the years include both mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults, adolescents and children.  Although Stephen has experience with most mental health problems, he is particularly interested in working with grief issues, spiritual issues, and family dynamics.

 1993--Bluegrass Mental Health Board Clinical Employee of the Year

1995--Bluegrass South RIAC IMPACT  5 year Services Award

2000-- Bluegrass South RIAC IMPACT 10 year Services Award

2007--Kentucky State Commissioner's Best Practice Award for Individual Services

2010--Bluegrass Mental Health Board Clinical Long Time Employee of the Year

Christina Dillon, LPCA

Christina Dillon is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate.  Her professional specialties include couples/marriage counseling, issues surrounding same sex attraction, adolescents and young adults, and grief counseling.  Christina has a Level Two certification in Gottman Marriage Counseling as well as a certification in Prepare/Enrich Couples Counseling.  In the past, Christina has also worked in business, finance and college student affairs at the University of Kentucky.  In her free time Christina enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, painting, home renovation projects and reading.

Lee Ann Hunt, LCSW

Lee Ann Hunt

Lee Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been with Restoration Christian Counseling, PLLC, since February 2014.  She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of the Cumberlands in 1987 and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1993.  She obtained her independent license in 2003.

She has provided counseling for multiple issues in a variety of treatment settings and specializes in treating people who have experienced abuse and domestic violence.  Lee Ann’s mission is to make clinically sound, faith-based counseling accessible to those who seek it. Lee Ann counsels in the Danville office.

Sarah Knisely, LPCC

Knisely, SarahSarah Knisely is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both Kentucky and Ohio. Sarah completed a B.S. in Biology at The Ohio State University with the intention of helping others through the pursuit of an MD and a career in the emergency room. While mentoring peers during her undergraduate degree, Sarah recognized the long-term impact of loss and trauma in their lives. It was at this time that Sarah sensed a clear call to use her passion for healing to counsel others through the relational and emotional challenges of their lives – something she believes vastly affects physical and spiritual health.

Sarah completed her M.A. in Clinical Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary and obtained her counseling license in the state of Ohio in 2010. Following graduation, Sarah spent 4 years serving on the Intensive Home-Based Treatment team at Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services in Mansfield, Ohio. This role allowed Sarah to further develop her passion and skills family counseling as she provided family counseling, parenting skills coaching and advocacy services for at-risk youth and their families.

Sarah was granted her license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky in June of 2014 as she prepared to move to Wilmore, Kentucky for her husband to pursue his PhD.  Sarah believes that an individual is shaped – positively and negatively – by key relationships. She is thus able to use a family therapy lens to blend family therapy techniques with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her work with individuals and families. She is particularly skilled in youth counseling, including behavioral counseling, and working with individuals with anxiety and depression. Sarah is passionate about helping clients bring their faith into the counseling room to allow their spirituality to drive healing and growth.