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Samara  Duckworth, MS, LPC, DCC
Master of Science
Licensed Professional Counselor
Distance Certified Counselor

Samara DuckworthSamara “Sam” Duckworth has been working in the field of behavioral health since 1990. She has experience in a variety of settings and working with both adults, children and teens. Additionally, she has served as Clinical Director for employee assistance for approximately 70,000 employees across the state of Arkansas. Sam is well versed in Attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She is particularly interested in supervisor consultations and influencing team work and improving resilience in the work place. Sam enjoys facilitating trainings and has developed training in stress management, procrastination, teamwork, and life balance.

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

Heather Chapman-HenryHeather 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.


Emily Durham, LPC, CEAP
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Employee Assistance Professional

emily-durhamEmily 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.

Amy Cates, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Amy CatesAmy has 12 years of experience in the behavioral health field working with children, adults and families.  She has worked in a variety of settings including; an adoption agency, a medical hospital, the school environment and outpatient mental health clinics.  Her most recent five years of practice were focused in the field of EAP.

Marital/relationship counseling, grief work and supporting those navigating life changes are among her areas of interest. Amy helps individuals, couples and families use their strengths in a solution-focused approach to increase awareness and improve overall functioning.

Gary Blonsky, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Gary BlonskyGary 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.

Nancy Culbertson, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor


Nancy has over 30 years’ experience in the Behavioral Health field. In addition to her work in the field of Employee Assistance, she has also worked in Community-based settings and In-Patient facilities. She has worked extensively with both adults and adolescents, with particular experience and interest in the areas of depression and anxiety management, trauma and PTSD management, Couples and Family therapy, parenting education, substance abuse treatment and working with survivors of abuse. She also works with clients regarding grief and loss, assertiveness training and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). Nancy develops and conducts training on various topic including team building, communication enhancement and personality type.   

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

Glenda DavisPrior 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.

Valerie McDermott, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Valerie has been working in the field of Human Services and Mental Health for over twenty five years with children, families and organizations. She utilizes brief, solution-focused interventions within a family-systems frame to help individuals, couples, and families actualize greater well-being. Valerie develops and presents trainings and workshops related to mental health and issues in the workplace. She has extensive experience in consulting with staff within organizations to facilitate improvements in communication, cooperative mediation, goal achievement, and workplace satisfaction. Her special areas of interests include anxiety, stress, midlife challenges, depression, grief and loss, parenting, chronic pain and illness, caregiver burnout, work-life balance, and cooperative mediation.

Paula Jefferson 
Administrative Analyst

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.