Counselors & Staff

Rebecca Vercher, LCSW, CEAP 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certified Employee Assistance Professional
Program Director

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Rebecca has over 30 years’ experience working in Behavioral Health including 20 years in the Employee Assistance field. She has been the director of AEAP since 2002. Rebecca places a high value on understanding individual company and industry climates and the impact these factors have on employee productivity and the work environment. She enjoys working with supervisors and workgroups to improve communication and relationships. Rebecca is knowledgeable in the areas of resilience, conflict management, team building, crisis management, and compassion fatigue, and provides enthusiastic facilitation of workshops in these areas. She is also an experienced Critical Incident Stress Debriefer. She specializes in working with families in transition, specifically divorcing families, and also is experienced in grief counseling. Rebecca works well with management and administrators of AEAP contracts through assessment, consultation, and training. She is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, and is an advocate for promoting knowledge about the EAP industry among Arkansas businesses.

ravercher@uams.edu


Heather Chapman-Henry, LCSW, RPT
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Registered Play Therapist

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Heather has 18 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field. She has worked extensively with at-risk children and families in the school and day care setting. Heather has developed expertise in the areas of autism, PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, depression, sensory integration, self-esteem, stress management, behavior disorders, grief and loss, and parenting. She utilizes a variety of techniques and an eclectic approach in the counseling process to help individuals, groups and families improve functioning. Heather also develops and presents a variety of trainings and workshops related to issues in the workplace as well as issues related to the mental health and well-being of individuals and families. She uses a supportive, strengths-based approach to her work with families, individuals and work groups.

hbchapmanhenry@uams.edu


Emily Durham, LPC, CEAP 

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Certified Employee Assistance Professional

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Emily has been working in the field of Human Services and Behavioral Health since 1986. Seventeen of these years have been dedicated to the field of Employee Assistance. She has experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of contexts including adjustment issues, effective parenting, substance abuse/addiction, geriatric issues and mental illness. Her areas of interest include stress management, effective communication, anger management, assertiveness training, self-esteem building and development of coping and problem solving skills. Emily has a particular interest and expertise in marital/relationship counseling and has advanced

training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. She has developed a structured six session course of pre-marital/pre-commitment counseling offered to interested couples. In addition, she provides workplace services to AEAP contracts which include supervisor consultation and training, critical incident debriefing and team-building. She also develops and presents a variety of trainings and workshops tailored to the unique concerns of the organization. Training topics include professionalism in the workplace, conflict management, effective customer service, and stress and anger management.

durhamemilya@uams.edu


Sean Pitman, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Sean manages the Arkansas Employee Assistance Program (AEAP) in northwest Arkansas including the Fayetteville and Ft. Smith offices. He provides expert consultation and support to supervisors and workgroups to help improve interpersonal relationships and team work. Sean also provides training on a variety of topics helping employees improve work relationships as well as work-life balance. He offers solution-focused counseling and coaching services to adolescents and adults who struggle with stress management, grief, anxiety, depression, family and work relationship difficulties, as well as, substance abuse recovery. He has been a licensed therapist in Northwest Arkansas since 1995 with experience in outpatient and in-patient treatment settings as well as private practice.

SCPitman@uams.edu


Gary Blonsky, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Gary has worked extensively with at-risk children, adolescents and their families in acute care and residential settings for over 30 years, and has utilized play therapy, filial therapy, theraplay and cognitive/behavioral therapy in his practice since 1985. Other areas of practice include male survivors of sexual abuse, gay, lesbian and transgender issues as well as family systemic related issues. Interventions to assist in assertiveness, problem-solving, self-esteem building and self-awareness are also integral elements of his practice skills. For 18 years Gary worked for UALR-MidSOUTH. In this capacity he provided training services for workforce development, offering training and classes on a broad range of subject matter including supervisory skills, team-building, mediation, organizational development and communication issues.

GBlonsky@uams.edu


Betsy Johnson, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Life Coach certified by Guiding Mindful Change

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Betsy has worked since 1991 in a variety of behavioral health settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and community based, with clients of all ages. She has worked at AEAP since 2005, providing individual, family, and marital counseling. She also offers life coaching for clients seeking positive change. She has taught graduate level classes at the UALR School of Social Work, and is an experienced trainer. Betsy has developed expertise in the areas of anxiety, stress, midlife crisis, disability issues, reflective supervision, and early childhood mental health. She has developed a workshop for AEAP that helps participants plan a successful retirement. Betsy has worked with clients in the process of gender transition, and with gay and lesbian couples working out marital conflict. She is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and enjoys teaching mindfulness techniques to help with anxiety and stress.

JohnsonBetsy@uams.edu


Lee Ellis, LCSW 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Lee has worked in behavioral health since 2000, working with children, families and adults, providing therapy, substance abuse treatment and parenting education. She is trained in The Incredible Years, a parenting curriculum, and particularly enjoys working with parents to improve their parenting skills. Lee has also trained with the Grief Recovery Institute, and works with children and adults struggling with losses. She has training and expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps people recognize and change dysfunctional thoughts, and motivational interviewing, which helps people become motivated rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Lee sees children, adults, couples, and families.

LWEllis@uams.edu


Glenda Davis, LPC, LMFT
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Prior to becoming a clinician, Glenda had a long career in social services. She has worked extensively with children and families through the local community mental health agency. She has experience working with divorce, stepfamilies, childhood traumas, behavioral disorders of children, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression and many other issues. Trained from a systemic perspective, Glenda looks beyond the current issues with children to see the bigger family issues. Her approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she seeks to provide guidance and support as each individual and family builds on their strengths.

GJDavis@uams.edu


Paula Jefferson

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Paula is an Administrative Analyst and has been with AEAP since 2000. Having 20 years of experience in the administrative field, she performs programmatic, logistical and administrative tasks. She is the voice of AEAP, serving as the intake administrator, assisting clients and scheduling appointments. Paula also has many other tasks supporting all aspects of AEAP.

JeffersonPaulaK@uams.edu