APAC provides counseling and referral services for all of Alabama's adoptive families. Adoptive families and families awaiting adoption finalization are eligible, with priority given to DHR families. Services include intake, assessment, and ongoing counseling for families who have concerns related to their adoptions. Crisis intervention sessions are also available for families concerned about their adoption stability. Counseling is offered in-office or in-home, depending on family needs.
All APAC counselors are Licensed, Masters level professionals specializing in adoption and trauma-related issues.
For more information, contact any of the members of our APAC counseling team directly.
Jill Sexton, M.Ed, LPC
Jill received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 2003 and obtained her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Auburn Montgomery in 2006. She has worked with APAC since April 2006. She has worked in various capacities with APAC which include; Family Support Worker, Family Counselor and is the Southern Region Coordinator and Statewide Clinical Coordinator. She has extensive knowledge and training in the adoption and foster field. She is an EMDR certified counselor, certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is a certified facilitator for Prepare and Enrich. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed by Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. Jill lives in Montgomery with her husband and 2 children. War Eagle!
John M. Douglass, III, MA., LPC
John joined APAC as Family Counselor in June 2010 with his first day being Camp APAC. Prior to joining APAC John was a counselor with Impact Family Counseling and United Methodist Pastoral Care and Counseling. He started a Counseling and Family program at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church after serving 12 years as Youth Director for 6th—12th grades. John graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Master of Arts in Agency Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He did 2 years of post graduate work in Pastoral Marriage and Family Therapy. John is a Licensed Practicing Counselor with the state of Alabama. John grew up in Birmingham. John is a member of the University of Montevallo Counseling Program Advisory Council. His community activities include, Past Leadership Vestavia Hills Board of Directors, Vestavia Hills Board of Education Strategic Planning Team, Past League Director for Vestavia Hills Youth Baseball and currently serves as a Youth Sunday School teacher at Vestavia Hill United Methodist Church. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and they have 2 sons. John enjoys spending time with his family, attending son’s sporting events, traveling, wildlife management, and being a part of a barbecue club.
Kendra Alley, MS, LPC
Kendra is a Family Counselor in the APAC Huntsville office. Kendra has lived in Madison, Alabama, her entire life. Kendra received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Alabama A&M University. She is licensed through the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. Kendra has worked with children and families in a therapeutic capacity for over 10 years. Before joining APAC in 2015, she worked as a foster care counselor and placement specialist, finding loving homes for foster children throughout the state of Alabama. She has also provided intensive therapy for seriously emotionally disturbed children, preventing out-of-home placements. Kendra is also trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Sonia Martin, LMSW
Sonia is the Family Counselor for APAC Montgomery and Southeast Alabama region. She earned her BSW from the University of South Florida and her Masters in Social work from the University of Alabama. Her clinical focus is on assisting families in understanding the effects of early trauma on the brain, and on how best to empower their children to overcome early negative experiences. As an adoptive mother herself, Sonia works with families across the adoptive continuum to include families that are both pre and post placement.
Debra Fredenburg, LCSW
Debra is the APAC Family Therapist in Mobile. She has a Master in Social Work and is a certified as a Trauma and Loss Consultant and School Specialist. Debra has worked as an administrator of non-profit programs and has extensive experience working with family and children providing individual, family and group clinical services as well as in crisis intervention, assessment services, screening for psychiatric hospitalizations, and educational instruction. Throughout her career she has worked collaboratively with social service agencies, the court system, schools and medical providers.