About Our Team

Marshawna S. Hoyte, M.S.ED., LPCC-S

Marshawna (Starr) is a graduate of Capital University with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in psychology, class of 1996. After graduating from college, she worked as a Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Educator, speaking to youth about making healthy choices and building healthy relationships. Her love for people and desire to help others live a life that’s purpose driven, led her to attend the Gospel Lighthouse School of Ministry, which she completed in 2000. She has overcome Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), including sexual trauma and is passionate about walking alongside others and helping them to break the barriers that ACES creates. As a result, she attended the University of Dayton, where she received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling in 2010.

As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Starr is passionate about working with teens, adults, parents, families and couples with varying challenges, including trauma. She also has experience working with at-risk youth and families. Her desire is that clients will come in wounded, and leave healed, and this is accomplished by counseling from the whole-person perspective.

She is also a certified SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) assessment facilitator for married and soon to be married couples, published author and speaker and has a unique way of connecting with the clients that she serves

Alison G. Franklin, M.S., LPC

Alison is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master’s of Science Degree from Capella University in Mental Health Counseling. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Hampton University and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Psychology. Her previous experience includes over 20 years’ experience working in the human and social services field. Alison utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing as treatment interventions.

Through her experiences, she has gained an empathetic ear and concern for the needs of individuals who struggle with anxiety, stress, depression, anger and trauma. Alison’s passion and genuine ability to connect with clients, allows her to work effectively with adults, couples and families. Alison desires to create a safe and caring environment for clients and provide the necessary tools for optimal healing and wholeness.