Value and Strengths, at your Fingertips

Our story

We never thought, when we met in 2019, that we would become business partners one day! We didn’t even know we would end up being as close as family, but here we are. Two driven women with an idea and a dream. In 2022, Ailu and I became business partners after working closely at another office. I had the name “Peaceful Pathways” in my head for several years, knowing one day I would start my own practice. Meeting Ailu sealed the deal because I could not have done it without her. Peaceful Pathways began serving client via telehealth in April 2022, by mid-August we moved into the 120 W Dublin office and never looked back! We spent days and nights, dreaming, thinking, and planning, doing our best to make every detail shine through so our clients would feel at home and at peace when they walk in the office. We believe we have accomplished this! Since opening in August 2022, we have grown to add 3 more clinicians. Our purpose has always been to provide the best care possible and to make our clients feel welcome, heard, and seen. We strive for this every day because we care about our clients and we believe in our business.

Our Team

Adriane Howard

Seeking guidance for your life can be difficult, I understand how hard it can be to reach out for help. I believe that self-improvement and a life of joy and hope are possible for all people, no matter their struggles.

 I provide psychotherapy to help my clients identify problem areas in their lives that they want to overcome, set small goals to achieve their desired outcome, and help them make connections between how events in their past are driving their emotions, thoughts, and decisions today.

I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques including Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Strengths Based- Solutions Focused Therapy to tailor therapy sessions to my clients’ needs. In addition to counseling for depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship difficulties, I am also a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I have a passion for those suffering from addiction. Addiction is a scary and all-consuming struggle, but I believe recovery is possible.

I have been in the social work field since 2006. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Auburn University and then completed my Master’s program at the University of Alabama in 2015. I have worked in a variety of behavioral health setting, including an addiction treatment, community mental health, and now in private practice. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I have worked with a variety of populations, to include children, adults, and seniors. I would be honored to be a part of your journey.

Specialties: Addiction, Trauma and PTSD, Stress.

Treatment Approach / Types of therapy.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), and Strength-Based.

Ailu Hernandez Co-Owner/Director of Administrative Operations

As Co-owner and Director of Administrative Operations of Peaceful Pathways, my main priority is to provide an excellent, welcoming, and professional environment to both our counselors and clients. During the last 8 years on working in the healthcare field I have found a genuine love for all administrative, billing, and management areas of the private practice world, such love and passion made it easy for me to gain a lot of experience in these areas throughout the years. I have received my education from Northeast Community College and Calhoun Community College and always look for the opportunities to continue learning about Billing, Coding and Management to ensure a better quality of services to our clients and providers.

In my free time, I cherish spending time with my family, friends and pets. I also enjoy doing home improvements, dancing my feet off to a variety of Latin dances and ballroom, and taking trips to discover new places.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding your experience at Peaceful Pathways and I will gladly assist you.

Dezerei Diaz Social Worker Intern

For the past ten years, I have worked with children and adults who are survivors of trauma. As a social worker, I have advocated for victims of crime in the court system and the community to regain their balance, strength, and motivation to thrive in their personal and professional lives. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology and will graduate in 2023 with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University. As an intern at Peaceful Pathways, I am continuing my path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker while helping others move past their pain and achieve their goals. I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, fitness, outdoor activities, reading, and listening to music in my downtime. I also speak Spanish for anyone looking for services in Spanish.

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Trauma.

LaKrisha Coleman, LCISW Bio

It’s said that one of the hardest things for any human to do is deal with his/herself; rationally confront your own emotional pain and traumas in order to stop unjustly inflicting it on others and begin applying processes that are at the heart of healing,

I have over 15 years experience working in the mental health field to empower adolescents, adults, and geriatric population addressing such issues as depression, trauma, and life transitions.

My goal is to assist you to discover, embrace, and mold the best version of you. As your therapist, I provide a safe comfortable environment to collaborate in problem solving, reignite hope and self determination to strengthen the healing process in various areas and stages of life.


Thank you!

LaKrisha Coleman, LICSW

Laurie Jones, LPC Bio

As both a parent and therapist, it is my honor to walk alongside families that are hurting and struggling emotionally. With a specialization in play therapy and over 11 years of experience working with children and teens of all ages, I am committed to helping you and your family navigate the unique challenges you face, and the changing times in which we live. In addition to working with children and teens, I also bring over 11 years of experience working with young adults, individuals, and families. My specialties primarily include stress-related disorders, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, family conflict, domestic violence, abuse, and other various types of trauma.


My counseling approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); however, I also utilize an eclectic approach at times, including aspects of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, as well as Motivational Interviewing techniques. I tailor my approach and treatment plan to meet the specific needs and challenges of each individual client, and I look forward to finding which treatment modality works best for you.

Jonathan Williams, LPC-S Bio


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a heart to help. I graduated from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University with both Bachelor’s and Master degree in Psychology. Prior to opening my practice ARS Inc. 16 years ago, I worked for local community mental health organizations; hospitals, court systems; and local colleges to address issues such as substance abuse, depression, bipolar, and anxiety as how they affect the daily family structures, work, relationships, school system and the local justice department. As a therapist I also enjoy being a LPC supervisor where I train future therapist to continue the fight for quality mental health care. During my free time, I enjoy watching football along with my family, go out to eat, love to travel as well as attend First Missionary Baptist Church where the Pastor Reverend Don Darius Butler presides. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Minnetta Williams, where together we have 3 amazing children Joshua (15) ; Jeremiah (12) and Gabrielle (6).

Peaceful Pathways

120 W Dublin Dr. Suite 202


Fax: 888.440.PATH (7284)