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The Magic City Wellness Center is proud to offer counseling.  Individual Counseling, Couple Counseling, and HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) Letter Counseling and Evaluation.  Please contact our office for self pay rate. 

Appointments are available throughout the week at varying times.  Please call the Magic City Wellness Center at 205.877.8677 to inquire about our waiting list.

Client concerns may include:



Family of origin issues

Relationship conflict

Sex and intimacy

Exploring gender identity

Gender dysphoria

Exploring sexual orientation

Coming out

Improving communication

Grief and loss

Stress management

Goal setting

Life transitions

Personal growth

And more

Katie Reese is the Director of Counseling and Support Groups at the Magic City Wellness Center (MCWC) and Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO). An avid reader and writer, she earned a bachelor's degree in English at UAB. After working in communications/marketing positions at the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, the Birmingham Zoo, and Red Mountain Theatre Company, Katie decided to pursue a master's degree in Counseling (Couples and Family Therapy) at the University of Montevallo, where she served as the Publisher of the Chi Chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. After completing graduate internships with the University of Montevallo's Counseling Services and MCWC and earning her master's degree in May 2016, Katie was thrilled to officially join the MCWC team as the Director of Counseling and Support Groups. She is currently an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) practicing under the supervision of Charlotte Daughhetee, Ph.D, LPC, LMFT, NCC. Katie is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL).


Katie provides individual, couples, and family counseling and facilitates support groups at MCWC and BAO. Her goal is to provide a safe, affirming environment in which individuals have the freedom to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they work to become their healthiest and most authentic selves. Katie works within an eclectic, humanistic, solution-focused, family systems framework to effectively meet the individual needs of her clients.

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Director of Counseling
and Support Groups
Katie Reese, M. ED, LPC, NCC
She, Her, Hers

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Savannah Donahoe (she/her) is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Montevallo and completed her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Montevallo. She completed her internship at the Crisis Center of Birmingham as a Rape Response Counselor and operator for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Savannah serves on the Crisis Center Junior Board, is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), and the Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association.

As a therapist, Savannah utilizes strengths-based and trauma-informed approaches, and incorporates mindfulness, person-centered, and other therapies as appropriate for each of her clients. She has worked with clients who are navigating abuse, family conflict, trauma, PTSD, LGBTQ concerns (including HRT), anxiety, and depression.  Her goal is to provide safe, affirming care to her clients. 

Savannah Donahoe, ALC NCC
Associate Licensed Counselor
Magic City Wellness Center

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Riley McCay (he/him) is a counselor at the Magic City Wellness Center. Riley has been involved in the field of counseling for over 6 years. For longer still, he has shown interest in supporting others through structured and empathetic services. Riley graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and obtained his master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston College in 2014. Riley has worked as a student, research assistant, counselor, and supervisor to better understand and support people working through issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, anger and aggression, as well as difficulties in concentration, communication, and relationship dynamics. He currently works with youth, adults, couples, and families to create a collaborative affirming environment to address the most pressing issues of his clients. Utilizing a wide array of therapeutic interventions and pulling mainly from cognitive behavioral, dialectic, and person-centered therapy, Riley strives to work with clients to meet their unique needs. 

Licensed Professional Counselor
Riley McCay
Magic City Wellness Center


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launches new 3-digit number: 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 


When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.


The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally.

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