Turning Point Professional Counseling Services

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William "Bill" Davis, MS, LPC, LCAC

Bill started Turning Point Professional Counseling Services (TPPCS) in 1998 in Hays, Kansas.  His goal was to establish complete, professional metal health services in Western Kansas and make those services available to every person in the small agrarian communities.  Within 19 years TPPCS has grown to include eight therapists staffing six outreach offices in the Western half of Kansas, in addition to the headquarters in Hays.  Through his efforts and hard work, Bill has established full, complete mental health services on a Level I outpatient basis, with licensed, professional therapists and counselors. 

In addition to being licensed as a professional mental health therapist Bill is also licensed as a clinical addictions counselor in the state of Kansas, and does court-ordered substance abuse evaluations and Kansas Client Placement Criteria assessments.  Bill has also served as a member of the Fort Hays State University adjunct teaching staff in the Graduate School Counseling Department.  Primarily a Cognitive Behavior therapist, Bill offers therapy with a down to earth approach.

Rita Lee Carswell, MS, LCPC, LCAC

Rita is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and ​a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. With 25 years of experience Rita is able to assist you with a variety of problems including; women's issues, grief, relationships, career, and trauma. She has experience with the K-12 population as well as adults. Rita meets with clients in the Hays office Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Michelle Fairbank, MS, LCPC, LMAC

Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and also a Licensed Masters Addictions Counselor.  She has worked with youth and their families for both private and public programs for over thirty years.  A firm believer in continued education Michelle keeps informed and up to date on mental health and treatment issues and practices.  She travels to Plainville and Stockton on alternating Wednesdays. Michelle accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield as well as most other insurances.

 Helping individuals and families deal with challenges such as; abuse/neglect, addiction, divorce, stress, parenting, grief, anger, anxiety and depression is Michelle’s expertise.  Primarily a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, together with the client, she will design an individual treatment plan with the goal of facilitating healing and foster an increase in the quality of life. She offers individual, family and group counseling and has a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. 

Meredith Ernzen, LCMFT

Meredith Ernzen is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) with Turning Point Professional Counseling Services who provides therapeutic services to adolescents, adults, couples and families. Meredith graduated from Kansas State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Studies and Human Services in 2004, and her Masters in Family Therapy at Friends University in 2007. Meredith has extensive experience working with couples and families, as she has served in various roles since becoming licensed in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Meredith has worked in a community mental health agency as a Mental Health Therapist for Pawnee Mental Health Services and also as a Therapist for Courser Lapo Clinical and Family Services. She also has served for the past two years as an independent contractor providing her clinical expertise in preschool settings in south central Nebraska and and most recently for AgProgress during the fall of 2017, where she offers consulting services based upon need to existing clientele. She is a Certified Instructor for Parenting with Love and Logic and ScreamFree Parenting and Marital classes. She also enjoys teaching infant massage and Baby Signs as she is also certified in these approaches to enhance communication and bonding between parents and their children from birth. Meredith utilizes many different techniques from various therapeutic theories to include Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Narrative, Emotion Focused and other family systems interventions.


Meredith, along with her husband and 3 children, relocated to Cheyenne County in July of 2017 to pursue an employment opportunity for her husband. In her spare time she enjoys music, cooking and traveling.  She accepts the following insurances: BCBS, United Healthcare, Aetna, KanCare, Coventry and self-pay. Online Counseling services will also be available coming in mid-2018.

Tess Bennett,LMSW, LCAC

Tess is a Licensed Master Level Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor.  She has worked with adults in for public programs for over twenty-five years.  Tess has continued her education in order to be informed on the most up to date and effective treatment practices. 

Working with individuals to work through any life struggles, such as addictions, depression, anxiety, grief, has been Tess' calling.  With the client, an individualized approach will be developed to resolve those issues.  Tess offers a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends in the Hays office.