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Laura Dunson, M.A.

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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Mark A. Phillips,ED.S.,LPC-S,EAS-C

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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Amy M. Stocks, ASBA

Operations Manager

Ms. Dunn graduated from Herzing University with an Associate in Business Management and Accounting. She is a Certified Case Manager and has worked with State, County, and Local Probation Offices coordinating admissions, discharges, and progress reporting for probationers in residential and outpatient treatment programs since 2003. Ms. Dunn received training from the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division’s ASAIS billing system in order to bill for contracted funds. She provides contract and grant research assistance and reporting, monitoring of program budgets and expenditures, and is proficient in the use of Peachtree Accounting.  

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Tiffany Elliott

Counselor

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 Associate

Under supervision of Jessica Gibbe Fernandez, PhD LMFT supervisor

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Brian Lucas, MSCE,LPC

Counselor

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 offersindividual 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 Examinationfor Licensure and Certification and is currently an Associate Licensed Counselor under the supervision of Venita Gowdy, LPC-S.

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Paulette Rowe, Ph.D.

Counselor

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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Cecelia A. Watts, M.A.LPC,NCC

Counselor

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, M.A., LPC, LMFT

Counselor

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. She maintains a private practice in the Birmingham area.

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Marion Henderson, MSN

Counselor

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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Susan Murray
LPC,NCC,MACN,MBA,CPA

Counselor

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.

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Kimberly Lavender-Jones
M - E.d.

Counselor

Kimberly earned her BBA in Finance from the University of Montevallo.  For
many years, she worked in the Insurance Industry.  During this time, she
gained valuable interpersonal skills that help her successfully interact and
communicate with others. Through many volunteer activities with Big
Brothers Big Sisters, St. Anne’s Home, and United Way, Kimberly became
interested in the field of Counseling.  As a result, she obtained the M.Ed. in
Counseling and Guidance from the University of Montevallo as well.  After
obtaining the M.Ed, Kimberly gained experience providing individual and
group counseling for adult and adolescent patients and working with
individuals dealing with depression, stress, and grief.

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Caroline Veazey, MA, ALC, NCC

Counselor

A graduate of New York University (B.A. Psychology) and Northwestern University (M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling), Caroline believes everyone has a story that deserves to be told. Trained from a psychodynamic perspective, Caroline also enjoys counseling from many different modalities, such as LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy, Solution-Focused, and CBT. Caroline has worked in multiple private practices and a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham. Her person-centered 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. She is a nationally certified Associate Licensed Counselor under the supervision of Pamela Kay Yancey, LPC-S, Supervising Counselor.

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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.

Myrtha Watts, MFT

Myrtha earned her BA in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. She then went on to complete her graduate education and obtained a Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Mercer University. During this time, she worked in behavioral healthcare providing behavioral healthcare and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults with special, and often complex, mental health needs.  She was able to obtain experience providing individual and group therapy for adult and adolescent patients, and conducted family sessions as well. Myrtha has worked with individuals dealing with depression, stress, anxiety, and grief. She has completed Gottman professional training for couples counseling and enjoys working with individuals in relationships and who are married. She has also worked many years with a group home agency offering therapy and support for individuals and their families who have developmental disabilities and behavioral health concerns. She also provides Christian counseling and believes her faith to be the foundation and guiding force for her life’s work.