Christy Vaughn, LPC

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Bluefield College and a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. My experience includes working with individuals and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I utilize several different methods to incorporate treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. I work in a warm and non-judgmental atmosphere with individuals suffering from trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues.


I have enjoyed living in North Roanoke for the past 25 years. I’m married and have four wonderful sons, two amazing daughters-in-law, and three adorable granddaughters. I also have three cats and two dogs. My Tinker Creek location is not a coincidence. I love the water and am a beach girl at heart.

Mark Martin, LCSW, RPT-S

Hello, my name is Mark Martin, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience working with children (ages 3 and up), adolescents and families in a variety of settings. I specialize in working with anxiety, anger, autism, depression, grief/loss, ADD, ADHD, ODD, and LGBT issues. I am also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. I do utilize play therapy techniques in sessions (especially with the younger ones). I take a person center approach by active listening to clients and their needs and encouraging them to make the changes they desire. I also use a strengths based approach as well because everyone has strengths that can be built upon to make the changes that you want in life. I love being able to watch the growth and changes my clients make while succeeding.


In my spare time, I like to spend time with my partner, grilling out, cooking, antique shopping, reading, writing and going on cruises when I can.

Kim Garland, LPC

I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from James Madison University and a Masters of Education in Counseling from Old Dominion University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and have been working in the outpatient setting since 2016. I also have experience working in the hospital setting and in Crisis Stabilization Services. I specialize in working with adolescents, Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Anger), Parenting Issues and Family Services. I have extensive experience with completing assessments and diagnosing. I have a passion for helping each client become the best version of themselves. My goal is to walk beside each client and provide them with the support that they need to walk through the path that they are currently on.


I have lived in the Roanoke area my entire life. I am married and have two wonderful children. I am excited to start a new chapter in my life at Tinker Creek and look forward to all the individuals I will be able to meet. 



Nicole Lilly, LPC

Nicole Lilly, LPC





A good therapy experience begins with having a nonjudgmental space to feel heard and understood. A therapeutic partnership to help you begin connecting the dots and resolving things that are causing you distress. My aim ​is to help you identify your strengths, challenges and priorities. ​My ​style is to be affirming and supportive, while also challenging any perspectives or beliefs that are keeping you from being your best and authentic self.


I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with 17 years of experience in working with individuals, including children, adolescents, and adults. ​I have the most experience in treating clients with symptoms of Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress, Panic Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I also have some experience treating high functioning Autism, grief/loss, and LGBTQ concerns. In addition, I am comfortable offering additional supportive service for people who are involved in recovery or addiction treatment programs. I have particular skills in addressing complex trauma, including difficult family of origin dynamics, which has contributed to longstanding difficulties with managing emotions, maintaining self esteem and forming healthy and satisfying relationships. a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from James Madison 

Nora Tate, LPC

Do you ever feel "stuck" in a pattern that inevitably leads to not getting what you want in life? Do the messages you carry from the past keep getting in your way? Are you holding onto resentments and negative feelings that prevent you from moving forward? Are you confused about how to make important decisions? If any of these things are a current struggle for you, then let's talk!

I earned a B.S. in Psychology (2003) and an M.S.Ed. in Counseling (2005) from Old Dominion University. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2008 and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider since 2009. I have worked extensively in community mental health and in private practice.

I have training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) used for the treatment of trauma and PTSD, along with training in Gottman Method Couples Counseling to address marital and relationship issues. I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to address a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Additionally, I have a special interest in spiritual issues and men’s issues. I enjoy working with adults, couples, and groups. I also find great satisfaction in partnering with family members / friends who have a loved one who suffers from mental illness to help them cope.

I would love the opportunity to walk the journey with you. Please reach out to Tinker Creek Creative Counseling and let’s discuss how we can help you reach your goals.

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