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Executive Director

Mrs. Dunson has her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She worked at The Birmingham News for close to 30 years, most of those serving as benefits manager in Human Resources. She worked for EAS / ACT as grant writer and as development manager prior to being named as executive director.  

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Clinical Director

Mark holds a B.A. in History, a Masters of Arts in History, a Masters of Arts in Agency Counseling, and an Education Specialist in Agency Counseling, all earned at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honor Society of Counseling. He has been a licensed professional counselor in the state of Alabama since 2005, and a supervising licensed professional counselor since 2015.  He has been trained and certified in couples work including the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment and the PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach.  His counseling experience includes, but is not limited to, individual therapy (stress, depression, sexual abuse, grief, etc.), couples therapy, and critical incident debriefing.  He has experience in conducting workshops that include, but not limited to, temperament (using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), stress management, conflict resolution, and communication.  He consults for supervision and administrative aspects of EAS. He has been with EAS since 2002. As the Clinical Director, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of case consultation, and supervision of the counseling staff, ALCs, and interns.  

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Tiffany is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with BA degrees in Anthropology and Communication. She also holds a Master’s Degree in human behavior from National University and a Master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy from Northcentral University. She is a member of Delta Kappa International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society - Iota Chapter. Tiffany served in the United States Navy, studied abroad in Sweden and South Africa, and taught English in South Korea. Armed with a passion for international travel, she has volunteered to work with deported US military veterans in Mexico and has traveled extensively to over 15 countries. Tiffany provides holistic / mindful integrative therapeutic counseling by telehealth. She is passionate about working with couples, families, teens , LGBTQ, and veterans. She has worked with individuals managing depression, anxiety, cultural/racial, medical issues, abuse, suicide, anger, and addiction. 

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist 

Under supervision of Jessica Gibbe Fernandez, PhD LMFT supervisor

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Brian has over twenty years of experience in providing mental health care. He has worked in a variety of community mental health settings providing outpatient, residential, and partial-hospitalization services. His primary area of focus has been working with individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness. He completes mental health and substance abuse assessments. He offers individual as well as group counseling services in order to assist our clients with meeting their unique goals.  Brian graduated from the University of Mississippi where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He trained at the University of West Alabama where he received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He is a certified by the Alabama State Department of Mental Health as a case manager and as a case management supervisor. He recently passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification.

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Dr. Rowe earned her Doctorate degree in Counseling Studies from Amridge University in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Rowe has demonstrated a solid background in special project development, coordination, assessing and analyzing needs, as well as developing activities targeted toward specific groups. She has many years of experience working with individuals, families and groups to address and treat mental and emotional disorders. Her ability to use therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of issues including depression, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress management, low self esteem, and eating disorders.  She also works with children and adolescents.

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Ms.Watts has her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She holds certifications as a Grief Recovery Specialist, Hypnotherapist, and Certificate of Specialized Training in Critical Incident Stress Management. Ms. Watts has many years of experience counseling federal inmates and working with substance abuse issues and mental health issues in group and individual sessions.     

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Deborah Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a member of Chi Sigma Iota the International Honor Society of Counseling. She is also certified as a facilitator for Prepare/Enrich a comprehensive pre-marital and marriage enrichment program. She completed her Master’s Degree in Agency and Marriage and Family counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With over twenty years of experience, she has seen clients dealing with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, stress and sexual abuse.  She specializes in couples, marriage and family therapy with emphasis in communication skills, conflict resolution and anger awareness. Her experience includes being the on-site Family Therapist for the Jefferson County Family Court for ten years and a provider for the Department of Human Resources.  She also served as a contractual counselor for a local school system by working directly with school counselors targeting At-Risk youth. She is a compassionate, client-centered counselor integrating Systems theory, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused and biblical approaches to therapy. 

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Marion provided counseling services to adolescents demonstrating behavioral and emotional health care needs at Booker T Washington high school clinic, which served more than 900 students. Marion’s focus is to provide each client with windows of help, hope, and healing. Marion Henderson is a licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric / Mental Health. She obtained her MSN degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Marion has over 35 years of counseling experience, providing individual, family, and group counseling to clients with mental health issues. She served as the director at Barbara Britt-Pickens counseling for 7 years, facilitating the development and implementation of the counseling programs, workshops, and seminars for the counseling center and community.

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Mrs. Murray has over 17 years’ experience treating adults and couples for a wide variety of problems and disorders. She earned her BS degree from the University of Alabama with a Finance Major followed by a Master’s in Business Administration and equivalency in Accounting from UAB. After a number of years in the banking industry, she chose to pursue counseling, earning a Masters in Counseling from UAB. Mrs. Murray specializes in treating complex trauma and obtained a Trauma Certification from the Justice Research Institute in 2016.  She is EMDR Level 1 and 2 certified.  Currently, Mrs. Murray is pursuing a Yoga Teacher certification to be completed October 2018. Mrs. Murray has post-graduate training in:Complex Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I and II, Dissociation and EMDR, Yoga and Mindfulness Therapy, The Body and EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Mindfulness-based Therapies, Solution-focused Therapy, Memory Consolidation, FLASH Technique and EMDR.  Mrs. Murray treats: Complex Trauma, Childhood Sexual and Physical Abuse, Adult Trauma, PTSD, Mood Disorders such as Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Stress, Relationship and communication problems and Low Self-esteem.

Diamond Kinermon, MA, CRC,


Diamond is a mental health counselor who obtained her Master depress in Rehabilitation
unseling from Adler School of Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. As a Chicago native
witnessed first hand how mental health conditions such as; post trauma, anxiety,
depression, work stress, financial stress, relationship discord, etc. can impact one’s daily
Diamond works with teens (13-18), adults, couples and families to begin the healing
journey through life’s difficulties. Diamond works with individuals to learn more about
their strengths, build healthier routines, build positive self esteem and looks at the
individual holistically to build a brighter future.
Diamond is currently an Associate Licensed Counselor under the supervision of Jacques
L. Austin.


Adrienne Mixon, MSc, NCC, ALC

Adrienne Mixon is a Nationally Certified (NCC) Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC), who studied undergrad at the University of Alabama (Birmingham) and received her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. In October 2022, Adrienne opened her own practice called Better Days Counseling, where she encourages clients to find hope through healing using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Over the past 22 years, Adrienne has fulfilled the role of pastor’s wife, where she gained hands-on experience with crisis stabilization, trauma informed care, and grief and marriage counseling. Her greatest accomplishments are being a wife, mother of three children, new grandmother, and helping people on their wellness journey. 

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Caroline Veazey, MA, LPC, NCC


A graduate of New York University (B.A. Psychology) and Northwestern University (M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling), Caroline believes that alongside struggles are innate strengths. Trained from a psychodynamic perspective, Caroline enjoys counseling from many different modalities, such as Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and CBT. Caroline has worked in multiple private practices and a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham. Her approach is not only effective, but also on the client’s terms. Mood disorders are Caroline’s greatest specialty, but she has also been extensively trained to counsel other disorders, life conundrums, and more. 

Caroline is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Monte Ellis, B.S.

Monte is our clinical intern who holds a B.S. in Marketing from Mississippi State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. Monte works from a person-centered approach and believes that our past experiences can shape our current behavior and beliefs. He is highly interested in trauma work and has received training on Experiential therapeutic modalities. His greatest goal is to be an unbiased witness to your story and walk alongside you on your journey towards wellness and healing.

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Zahria P. Richard, M.ED, ALC

Zahria is a graduate of both the University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Montevallo with a B.S in Kinesiology and a Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, respectively. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honor Society of Counseling. 


Zahria works with all age groups ranging from children to adults. She believes in using unconditional positive regard and self-esteem building. She counsels utilizing techniques from CBT, DBT, Trauma-Focused Care, and Person-Centered Counseling. Zahria works with a large range of concerns which includes but is not limited to: anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship issues, work issues, daily life issues, work-life balance, and grief/trauma.


Zahria is an Associate Licensed Counselor under the supervision of Kevin Bridgmon, LPC-S. 


Brandon Snipes, M.A., M.A.


It is my life mission to help people live happy, strong, and healthy lives. Before turning my attention toward counseling, I was a repo man, a middle and high school teacher, an mma fighter, a tennis and volleyball coach, a fitness trainer, a musician, and a record producer. In short, I love talking about life with people from all walks of life!

I am currently a counseling intern with plans to complete my M.Ed. in Counseling by Fall of 2023. 

If you are feeling stuck, anxious, unmotivated, angry, or just plain directionless, I would LOVE to work with you. I believe it is your birthright to be happy, healthy, and strong. 


Keith Cooper, MSW, CADC

Mr. Cooper received his Bachelors Degree from Miles College in Social work in 2009, and received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Alabama A&M University in 2010.

He owned his own business for 13 years, providing in-home services and vocational services to elderly and disabled individuals. Mr. Cooper has worked with various populations, with multiple presentations, to include couples,  children,  and at-risk families.

He is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and experienced with providing assessments for various Substance Use disorders. 

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Drew Williams MA, ALM, ALC
Drew is passionate about helping individuals struggling with relationships and interpersonal conflict. His focus is collaborating with individuals to find solutions in areas of their lives that may be holding them back from reaching personal goals and ambitions. He believes empathy and collaboration are foundational for successful counseling.   

Drew holds an  MA in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and ALM from Harvard University.  He has experience conducting couples therapy, anxiety, depression, grief counseling, and personality disorders. He is currently working at a psychiatric facility specializing in schizophrenia, paranoia, and PTSD. His primary modes of therapy are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. He is Gottman Level 1 Certified for Marriage Counseling. 


Aileen Hopkins Murphy, MS, ALC,

Aileen is a graduate of Alabama A&M university with BS degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She also holds a Juris Doctorate of Law degree from Miles Law School. She has over 15 years of experience working with families, adults and transitional youth. She has an international certification in addiction counseling, where she specializes in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. She also treats individuals with mental health needs, trauma, anxiety, depression, conflict and communication. Aileen’s purpose is to provide a safe space for people to communicate and share their life experiences.

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Jenni Goolsby, MEd., ALC

Jenni is a Nationally Certified Counselor and received her MEd. in couples and family counseling from The University of Montevallo. She worked for 28 years in education, working with students, families, and leaders experiencing stress that led to anxiety, depression, and burnout. She implements cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and client-centered therapy, to work together with you to create a healthy and productive life that includes satisfying work, strong relationships, and meaningful play to help you bring your life back into balance. She will focus on your values and strengths while developing tools to refine the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of what it means to be healthy. Her approach helps clients learn to manage the intense emotions they're experiencing with confidence and deal with life-changing situations, stressful conditions, or relationship conflicts. Jenni wants to help you feel less overwhelmed and reduce depression, anxiety, and isolation to move forward to a healthier version of yourself.

Sonja D. Curtis B.S.
Ms. Curtis has a business management degree from Winthrop University and over 25 years of administrative legal experience. 

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Kim Bailey, MEd, ALC
Kim holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Montevallo and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Language Arts from the University of Alabama.  She has worked in the field of education for 29 years with 20 of those years being as a  school counselor.  She works with a variety of clients, but her specific areas of specialty include professional and personal compassion fatigue and caregiver support for those caring for parents, spouses, or children with physical or mental health needs.

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