Consultants/Counselors

 

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Rebecca Vercher, CEAP, LCSW

Program Director

Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rebecca has over 29 years experience in the Behavioral Health field. Rebecca specializes in working with families in transition, specifically divorcing families. Grief counseling is another area of specialization. Rebecca works well with management and administrators of AEAP contracts through assessment, consultation and training. She has a high value for understanding individual company and industry climates and the impact these factors have on employee productivity and work environment. Rebecca is knowledgeable in the areas of customer service, anger management and team building. She provides enthusiastic facilitation of workshops in these areas. She is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter of Employee Assistance Professional Association and is an advocate for promoting knowledge about the EAP industry among Arkansas businesses.

ravercher@uams.edu


Samara “Sam” Duckworth, LPC, DCC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Distance Credentialed Counselor

Sam has worked in the field of behavioral health since 1990, including more than 10 years working with employee assistance programs. She has served as a counselor, clinical and program director in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and as an EAP consultant. She works with a variety of clients including children, adults, couples, and groups. Sam has experience working in rural areas in Texas and Indiana, and is comfortable with most issues that might bring people to counseling. She has a special interest in workplace and supervisor consultations. Her background in various supervisory and administrative roles as well as private practice allows her a unique perspective into workplace relationships and communication patterns.

slduckworth@uams.edu


John Michael “Mike” Huddleston, CEAP, CADA, LPC

Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor

Mike has more than 23 years as an experienced Employee Assistance Professional. He has been with the Arkansas Employee Assistance Program (AEAP) for over 14 years and manages the Fayetteville and Fort Smith offices in Northwest Arkansas. He has extensive experience in work place services including organizational climate assessment, change management, work place and supervisory consulting with supervisors on a variety of work place issues. Mike excels at understanding the work environment of the companies he serves and developing good relationships with supervisors. He is also an experienced Critical Incident Stress Debriefer. He is an excellent trainer and has developed and presented seminars and workshops on a regular basis for all of the companies he serves. He has over 25 years of clinical experience and likes to work with family/marital issues, stress management, alcohol /drug dependencies, depression, anxiety, grief issues, and managing change. Mike is solution focused in his counseling and likes to help clients find solutions for their situations. Previous experience includes Clinical Director for Youth Bridge in Fayetteville, EAP Coordinator for Value Options Inc in North Carolina, and as a manager of Drug/Alcohol Programs for the U.S Air Force.

huddlestonjohnm@uams.edu


Gary Blonsky, LCSW, RPT-S

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist

Gary has work extensively with at risk children, adolescents, and their families in acute care and residential settings for over 25 years and has utilized play therapy, filial therapy and theraplay  in his practice since 1985. He currently is a certified Play Therapy Supervisor. 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 an integral element of his practice skills.


Betsy Johnson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Betsy has over 16 years experience in the field of Behavioral Health, working with children, families, couples, and adults.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including Bridgeway Hospital, Centers for Youth and Families, and the Child Study Center Community Outreach Program.  Betsy has developed expertise in the areas of anxiety, ADHD, parenting, depression, midlife transition, and disabilities.  She is a Certified Mindful Life Coach and is trained in mindfulness based stress reduction.  She particularly enjoys helping individuals learn to manage their stress and anxiety.


Lee Ellis, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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; motivational interviewing, which helps people become motivated to make positive changes; and mindfulness, which helps people focus on the present moment rather then dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Lee sees children, adults, couples, and families.


Emily Durham, LPC, CEAP

Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Employee Assistance Professional

Emily has been working in the field of Human Services and Behavioral Health since 1986, primarily in the field of Employee Assistance Counseling. She has experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of contexts from the daily adjustment of situational stressors to substance abuse and addiction to severe mental illness. Emily has advanced training in marriage and relationship counseling and enjoys this dynamic work.  In addition, she has extensive experience with geriatric and rehabilitation counseling. Emily also develops and presents a variety of trainings and workshops to address issues that relate to the workplace as well as those of improved personal functioning and well-being.

durhamemilya@uams.edu


Glenda Davis, MSC, LPC, LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Glenda is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a professional counselor. Prior to becoming a clinician, she 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 issues, 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.