Guided Growth Counseling, LLC

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Our Mission

Founded in 2023, Guided Growth Counseling, LLC is owned and operated by Kaitlyn Hay, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP-II. We are an expanding practice dedicated to aiding clients. We work with clients in a variety of formats, including individually, as couples, in groups, and as families. We see clients of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you need support during a life transition or just want to talk, we are here to help.

At Guided Growth Counseling, we are committed to providing you, either in person or via tele-mental health, quality services that match the core qualities of counseling: autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, justice, fidelity, and competency.

Following this commitment, we believe that one of the most important aspects of successful counseling is the therapeutic relationship; therefore, our clients are met with empathy and unconditional positive regard. Every client at Guided Growth is a respected partner in their own treatment, as we acknowledge that the client is the expert on their own life. We value the client’s honesty and trust in the therapeutic process.

We work to create a safe and non judgemental environment for all clients to feel that they are free to express themselves in an open and honest manner, knowing that their privacy is respected. Our clients should always know that we have their best interests in mind.

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Our Contact Info

Kaitlyn Hay

Phone: (985) 603-8082



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Matt Exnicios

Phone: (985) 401-2442


Meet Our Staff

Kaitlyn earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with a Specialization in School Counseling from University of Holy Cross in August 2018. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Level 2 Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Guidance Counselor, and has a certification in Crisis Intervention and Prevention.

Kaitlyn has diverse training working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Her experience in schools, clinical settings, homes, and with telehealth allows her the opportunity to work with diverse populations. She has specialized training and experience working with children, adolescents, those in crisis, individuals on the autism spectrum, and children with learning differences.

Kaitlyn works with children of all ages and adults. She sees clients individually, in couples, as a family, and in groups. Kaitlyn works with traditional and non-traditional families. She focuses on seeing clients who experience mood dysregulation, sexual trauma, including trafficking, behavioral issues, family conflict, and school issues.

She approaches counseling from a cognitive-behavioral perspective in that patterns of thoughts and actions are explored in order to better understand the clients’ problems and to develop solutions; however, she often employs expressive and creative approaches for her child clients, which include play and art.

In addition to her private practice, Kaitlyn is in a PhD program at the University of Holy Cross. She is also a full time school counselor. She presents at National and State counseling conferences. Her research interests include Counselors who work with Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Suicide in a School Community and the Aftermath, Counselors’ Attitudes Towards Suicide, and the Supervisor and Intern Relationship.

Matthew Exnicios, is a provisionally licensed professional counselor (PLPC) with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Holy Cross. With 2 years of experience, he has experience with both children and adults on a wide range of mental health concerns. Matt has a special interest in severe and chronic mental health problems, the LGBTQIA+ community, and interpersonal relationships.

As a dedicated mental health professional, Matt strives to create a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. He believes that everyone has the potential to overcome their challenges and live a fulfilling life. Through a collaborative and personalized approach, He works with clients to identify their unique strengths, challenges, and goals. Matt is committed to utilizing evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to help clients achieve desired outcomes. However, he recognizes that each client is unique and may benefit from borrowing tools from other counseling theories to create a customized counseling experience.

As a deep thinker, Matt views each client as an individual with their unique set of circumstances and goals. Matt believes in challenging his clients to reach their potential and works collaboratively with them to develop strategies to achieve their goals.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading, fish-keeping, gardening, and spending time outdoors. Matt believes in the importance of self-care and encourages his clients to find hobbies and activities that bring them joy to promote their mental health and well-being.

If you are looking for a counselor who is committed to your growth and well-being, you are invited to schedule an appointment with Matt. Together, you can work towards achieving your goals and improving your quality of life.