Kerstin Brueck, Owner of Freedom Professional Counseling

Kerstin Brueck


Kerstin Brueck is the Owner and Founder of Freedom Professional Counseling. After earning her Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Theology from The Franciscan University of Steubenville, she pursued two years as a Missionary Youth Minister in New Zealand, followed by Graduate School. She earned her Masters degree in Counseling with a Concentration in Christian Counseling from Franciscan University in 2012.


Upon graduation, Kerstin worked in a Private Practice in the D.C. area. She also holds work experience in Psychiatric as well as Inpatient settings. This furthered her desire to open her own Practice one day, and Freedom Professional Counseling was thus established in 2015. Kerstin worked with Magnolia Creek, an Inpatient Facility in the Birmingham area, while launching her Practice.

She enjoys an eclectic and integrative approach to therapy and to life. Kerstin believes in freedom and healing for her clients, and integrates Spirituality into the therapeutic process if desired by the client. Kerstin enjoys working with all age ranges and a vast array of therapeutic topics, and utilizes various treatment modalities depending on the clients therapeutic needs.

Taber Carlson


Taber Carlson joined Freedom Professional Counseling after working with University students as well as Counseling Centers. Taber volunteered two years of his time as a missionary serving college students through the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Through experiences working with young adults, Taber recognized a passion for healing and the need for mental health services in our society.


After his time with FOCUS, he earned his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at Tyler. Before moving to Alabama, Taber worked at Pathstones Counseling Center in Longview, Texas, providing affordable Counseling services to the community. He has experience treating adults and couples, and is highly skilled in treating addiction, grief, depression, anxiety, and emotional disturbance, to name a few.


Taber employs an integrative approach to Mental Health, reflecting the mission of Freedom Professional Counseling.  Sessions address all aspects of the human person, including physical, mental, relational, and spiritual elements. He aims to assist individuals in creating realistic goals, building strength to overcome obstacles, and seeking to find and maintain a sense of peace and freedom. 

Taber Carlson, Therapist at Freedom Professional Counseling
Hannah Hughes

Hannah Hughes joined the team at Freedom Professional Counseling after working in an outpatient mental health setting with a broad age range of adults. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and studied Addiction and Recovery at the University of Alabama, then went on to receive her M. Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University. 


She utilizes a person-centered, strength-based approach and tailors each client’s treatment according to their individual needs. She enjoys working with all ages of adults and has experience with a diverse range of topics such as substance use and relapse prevention, grief, anxiety, depression, stress management, intellectual disabilities, and more.


Hannah believes all people are capable of creating positive change in their lives, and enjoys working alongside clients to provide encouragement and tools and strategies to succeed. Her goal as a counselor is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for healing and growth. She enjoys integrating spirituality, prayer, meditation, or art into the counseling process based on client preferences.