The benefits of counseling can be vast. Working on personal problems in therapy can help bring added meaning to your life, help you to learn excellent conflict resolution skills, and improve your marriage. You can be taught techniques to relieve stress and overcome depression and anxiety, as well as improve your self-esteem.

  Learn how to improve your relationship with others at home and work. Enhance your marriage and learn how to improve your parenting skills. If you are single, gain knowledge about Stress-Free Dating. If you find yourself in an addictive relationship, develop a means to break this addiction and learn more about healthy boundaries. Build strong relationship skills and improve self-esteem. The most important relationship you will ever have with anyone is that which you have with yourself.
  Overcome fear and improve your state of mind. Learn about what causes depression and build your coping skills. Develop greater knowledge about what generates fearful responses and how to reduce feeding overwhelmed by these emotions. Find out the difference between healthy and harmful types of fear.
  Understand what stress is and how to deal with it in your everyday personal and professional life. Learn the difference between eustress and distress. Find out what stress does to your health and your relationships as well as your work performance and how to eliminate unnecessary stress and what to do about unavoidable stresses at home and at work.
  To better understand the nature of your symptoms and further clarify whether or not you and/or your child may be diagnosed with ADHD, it will be necessary for a full evaluation to be completed by one of our licensed psychologists. Such an evaluation can further assess one’s level of attention related difficulties, while also ruling out comorbid diagnoses, such as learning disorders, anxiety, mood disorder, and other developmental/behavioral concerns. This evaluation will likely include various questionnaires, computer based continuous performance tests, and in some cases, cognitive, achievement, and emotional testing.
  Learn to deal with a myriad of problems associated with ADD or ADHD. If you tend to be restless, fidgety, easily distracted, or have trouble sustaining your concentration during activities or work, you may be suffering from an attention deficit problem. Individuals struggle in relationships and have difficulty with maintaining a positive work environment. There are also tendencies to use drugs or alcohol to cover up the discomfort of not being able to maintain concentration. Learn coping methods to overcome this disorder without causing pain for others who care about you.
  You really love your kids, but they may be driving you "up the wall". We can help you with parenting skills and we can help your child or teenager learn how to get what they need without tearing the family apart. We provide you with the skills of managing, supervising, and advising your children as they develop and grow to adulthood. Learn what to do when your child is dating someone you cannot tolerate. Acquire the secret of getting them back on your side.
  You don’t have to go to war to experience an emotional breakdown. If you have been involved in an auto accident, have been physically assaulted, or any perceived near-death experiences, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress. Do you have nightmares? Flashbacks of a terribly frightening event? Do you suffer from depression or have high levels of anxiety when you experience similar situations to your traumatic event? Are you easily startled? If so, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress. Our well-trained staff have the education and training to ameliorate your symptoms and give you back your sense of safety. Our well-proven cognitive and behavioral techniques can end or alleviate these painful symptoms and let you return to a sense of normalcy.
  Our culture sometimes makes it very difficult to be a woman. Females have many obstacles to overcome because of our once male dominated society. This is gradually changing but women still have to learn to cope with poor choices of marital partners, dealing with harassment in the workplace, struggling with sexual predators, and finding empowerment in their home and work. We provide the environment for women to overcome these hurdles and teach them how to be strong yet promote their comfort with their femininity. Build self-esteem, develop assertiveness, acquire inner strength and gain more effective relationship skills.
  It’s not easy being a man anymore. In today’s society men must cope with many stressors of work and home. They must be masculine but also be sensitive to women and children. Let us teach you about healthy relationships, or how to be a friend to other men, an excellent partner to a woman, and how to provide nurturance and protection to your children. Let us show you how to be in a relationship out of strength and not out of weakness.
  Whether you are an adoptive parent or child, or you are an adult adopted as a child and you struggle with the problems often facing parents or the adoptee, we can help. Learn about the process that children go through as they mature to adulthood. Learn about the adoption triangle and how to cope with being angry with your "real" parents [those who raised you] or deal with the confusion of why your birthmother let you go. Develop a sense of "rooted-ness" and a more grounded identity. If you are a couple in the process of adoption, learn to deal with the stress and frustration of the adoption process. We can help you with these issues.
  Some of our clinical staff provide Christian-based counseling upon request. We do not impose our values on anyone but since we are evangelical Christians and have a close personal relationship with God, we are available to provide spiritual guidance for those who ask for it. With our Christian patients we make every attempt to include biblical ethics into the counseling process and we love to pray with individuals who are comfortable doing so. However, if you are not a believer or you are of another faith, we will honor and respect your personal beliefs. Again we never impose our values or beliefs on anyone unless they inquire and would like to learn more about our faith.
  Do you have a gambling problem? Do you steal things from merchants when you can afford to buy what you stole? Do you sometimes feel like you are out of control? Just as emotional problems can result in eating problems or addictions, they can also cause poor impulse control. When you give in to these impulses you get an emotional rush but you also put yourself and your family in jeopardy. You may violate the law or community moral standards and this will eventually cause you to hurt your family and have legal problems. Now is the time to seek help and our professional staff is trained in behavioral therapies that will help you to acquire new and more healthy behaviors as well as to regain self-respect and self-worth in your life.
  Emotional problems have many various expressions and sex is just one of them. Pornography, hyper-sexuality, extra-marital affairs, and excessive masturbation are avenues that people find to deal with stress and poor self-esteem. Many individuals are introduced to sex before they are emotionally mature enough to deal with it. As a result, emotional problems develop and a person’s primary means to feel good about themselves or cope with stress is through sexual expression. We can help men and women to overcome sexual addictions in counseling and psychotherapy. You can learn how to relate to the opposite sex in a healthy manner, deal with self-issues in a productive and more fulfilling way, and discover more effective methods of dealing with emotional stress.
  Whether you are struggling in your relationship with yourself, others, or food, you need to learn to cope with emotional loneliness and distress. That emptiness you feel is not exactly hunger. It is really how you struggle in your relationship with you. Learn from us how to develop a healthy approach to eating and to your emotions. If you use food to calm or sooth yourself or you are struggling with your weight or body-image, we can help. Avoid the destructive tendencies of having an eating problem and let us guide you in the personal growth of becoming a healthy person who can be in charge of your own life. Come and break free of the power that food may have over your life.
  Marriages can suffer from an unsatisfactory sex life. After an initial medical exam by your physician, we can provide an assessment of emotional or psychological etiology as well as an evaluation of relationship problems that prevent a couple from having sexual satisfaction in their marriage. We can assist you in regaining a sense of excitement in your relationship and guide you in overcoming obstacles to your sexual fulfillment.
  You have a right to your feelings. It is the strength of the emotional reaction that hurts you and what you do with that feeling that hurts others. Don’t wait until the courts force you to seek therapy or until your partner walks out on you to get help. We can teach you how to deal with unpleasant feelings and improve control issues in relationships. Regain a positive perspective in your life and do not allow your anger to ruin it. We will help you and to relax your emotional ‘muscles’ while feeling good about yourself.
  Can’t stand your boss? That co-worker driving you bonkers? Work can be very stressful if you do not know how to deal with difficult people, have ineffective communication skills, have chosen the wrong career, or just feel like you hate your job. We can teach you highly effective stress management techniques reducing your frustrations and giving you a sense of peace in your life. Let us guide you in dealing with depression and anxiety from not coping well in your work environment.
  Having a bipolar disorder can be very debilitating to your life and your career. Family and co-workers struggle to understand you, but you may love the energy and drive this disorder provides. As time goes on your career and your family suffers. You find that your highs do not last and you sink into a devastating despair. Our therapists, along with your physician, can be of great help coping with this problem. We can help you with medication compliance and how to recognize when you are shifting phases as well as how to deal with the myriad of problems associated with bi-polar depression.






About Us

A little info about the company

    The Counseling & Diagnostic Ctr. has been providing quality mental health services in the No. KY/ Greater Cincinnati area for over 30 years. The practice is staffed by a variety of independently licensed providers including: Licensed Psychologists; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor; Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor; and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

    We provide individual , group and marital/family therapy for a variety of  mental health and substance use disorders. We also provide psychological evaluations and consultation for several school systems as well as substance use/abuse assessments for the community at large. We serve clients from early childhood to senior adults.


Dr. Thomas Noyes

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Marriage and Family Therapist

Years in Practice: Since 1988
Graduated University of Kentucky in 1988
Graduated Union Institute and University 1998

Anxiety & Stress Management
Anxiety Disorder
Bereavement/Grief Counseling
Crisis Intervention
Health Related
Men's Issues
Occupational Issues
Parenting Issues
Post-Traumatic Stress
Stress Management
Sexual Addiction
Wellness/Positive Health

Treatment Modilities Used
Rational Emotive Therapy
Systemic Family Therapy



K. Joanah Renner, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Dr. Renner completed her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Mathematics, master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of the Cumberlands. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Counseling and Diagnostic Center. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, she provides therapeutic services for individuals and families with a wide range of mental concerns.
    She also provides assessment services for individuals seeking diagnosis and recommendations for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disability, and other issues. Dr. Renner specializes in issues related to: anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, adolescent behaviors, women’s issues, and stress management.



Tammy Pentecost, LISW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Tammy Pentecost has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Tammy, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Kentucky and a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in Ohio, specializes in issues related to depression & anxiety, stress management, trauma, military trauma, substance abuse, severe mental illness, family dysfunction, grief, and women specific issues.
    She is focused on assisting individuals to obtain their goals and live life to their fullest.



Micah Noyes, LPCC, LCADC

Mental Health and
Chemical Dependency Counselor

    Mr. Noyes began his counseling career working with adults struggling with substance use disorders in 2010, in an outpatient and intensive outpatient medication assisted treatment programs. He participated in a clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of an implantable medication delivery systems at that time. Mr. Noyes went on to develop and implement a new intensive outpatient and outpatient dual diagnosis treatment program for adolescents in the northern Kentucky area that were struggling with substance use and other mental health needs. Mr. Noyes went into private practice in 2016, to be able to continue this work and serve a more diverse population.
    Mr. Noyes earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling in 2013, with a concentration in alcohol and drug abuse counseling. His Master’s research project focused on the contributing factors to adolescent substance abuse and conversely the protective factors to prevent adolescents from using substances. Mr. Noyes achieved his independent Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and his Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the state of Kentucky in 2016.



Greg Merrill

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Mr. Merrill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He obtained his degree from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Merrill has been providing counseling services since 2002. As an LCSW he is providing therapeutic services for individuals and families with a wide range of mental illness.
    Mr. Merrill specializes in issues related to: substance abuse, marriage/ couples counseling, grief, depression, anger management, adolescent behaviors, and blended family issues. Mr. Merrill is very flexible and will work with your needs to fit you in for an appointment.



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Frequently Asked Questions

If you or someone you love is experiencing difficulty, You may benefit from counseling. Our approach to counseling involves:

- Assessing the problem.
- Defining the goals.
- Taking action.
- Regain control and enhance the quality of life.

What can I expect on my first visit?

    We request that you arrive at our office 15 minutes prior to your appointment so that you may complete a new patient information form, which will be available to you in our reception room. Upon your arrival, please make yourself comfortable and complete the questionnaire.
    At your scheduled appointment time, your therapist will come to the reception area to greet you. During the beginning of your first session, your therapist will briefly review the new patient form to make sure we have all the information required for our records. You will also be asked if you have any questions, you can proceed with the purpose of your visit. This will allow your therapist to get to know you and to answer any questions you have not already asked about the counseling process.

Will this be covered by insurance?

    To find out if one of our providers is covered by your health insurance, you will need to call the number on the back of your insurance card. (There may be a separate number for "mental health benefits".)
Make sure you get the authorization number for the provider you wish to see.

Why schedule and appointment?

    The experienced and dedicated clinicians of CDC provide a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic services designed to meet the particular needs of their clients.







859 - 282 - 0119

Mon - Thur: 8am - 6pm
Fri: 8am - 2pm

    Services are by appointment only. The time for your appointment is reserved exclusively for you and can not be given to someone else, so please be sure to inquire about our cancellation policy when scheduling your initial appointment.

    If you are a first time caller you may call our primary number (859-282-0119) and speak directly with our receptionist, or leave a message and she will return your call as soon as possible. If you leave a message on our voicemail system, please be sure to provide your name and state your number slowly or twice to make sure we can return your call.

7426 U.S. Hwy 42 #106
Florence, KY 41042


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