Administrative Assistant

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” – Charlotte Bronte

Stormie McCarrick has the official title of “Administrative Assistant,” but her job is much more!  She keeps our front desk running and is your go-to for any inquiries, while also keeping up with our therapists’ schedules and questions!  She provides the team with organization and efficiency for checking clients in, keeping up with paperwork filing, scheduling appointments, and responding to phone calls and emails.  
Stormie is the proud mother of a newborn son.  She also enjoys swimming, being outdoors, spending time with loved ones and helping others. 
We are honored and grateful to have her on our team!  Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more or to work with Stormie to set up your appointment with one of our therapists today!


Mental Health & Relationship Therapist

“No matter where you go, there you are” – Buckaroo Banzai 

Shannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor who serves as a Mental Health and Relationship Therapist on our team. She uses her CBT skills to create warmth, compassion, and sincerity with her clients. She works collaboratively and with intention to facilitate the creation of a treatment plan to help you move toward growth and change as quickly as possible!

Shannon received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR) and has gained experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in her work with a local community mental health agency prior to joining this practice. Counseling is Shannon’s second career—she graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and taught in both traditional and special education settings during her time has a teacher.

She has traveled and lived in many different places, but when she moved to NWA 18 years ago, this became her home. Shannon is the extremely proud mother for 4 grown children and has 8 grandchildren! She finds the most joy spending time with them, but is also an avid reader and therapeutic colorist. She loves sports (especially tennis, golf, and volleyball), and being active outdoors hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing with her family and friends!

We are honored and grateful to have her on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Shannon.


Mental Health & Relationship Therapist

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” – Brene Brown

Deneshia Simpson, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), sees clients for individual and relational therapy. She considers it a humbling experience to provide a safe, therapeutic environment for clients to connect to their stories and walk alongside them on the healing journey. She is passionate about utilizing an open, honest therapeutic relationship to assist clients in creating healthy and meaningful experiences in both their relationships with themselves and with others.

Deneshia received her Master’s degrees in both Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. She spent the last decade working in a community mental health setting providing care to individuals of all ages in individual, relational, group, and family settings, addressing issues ranging from mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, behavioral disorders, and relationship distress. She has worked in school settings, therapeutic day treatment, and private practice settings.

Deneshia is a native of NWA, having been born and raised in Fayetteville. She loves spending time with family, especially going on fun adventures led by her son!

We are honored and grateful to have her on the team! Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Deneshia.



“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

Makenzie Smith is one of our a Mental Health & Relationship Therapists who is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Registered Play Therapist. Through use of CBT, Makenzie strives to help clients feel safe to address your concerns and collaborates with you to move toward positive outcomes. He does hold additional licensure as a Play Therapist, which he utilizes to help build rapport with children and adolescents and to assist younger clients in expressing and understanding thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to lead to change through their native language of play, as well as collaborating with families to take home what is being addressed in sessions.

Makenzie received both his undergraduate degree (BS in Psychology) and Mater’s degree (MS in Counseling) from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR. He spent the first 2 years of his career practicing with children and families in Hot Springs, AR before moving to NWA and working with a local community mental health agency providing school-based services.

Though he is a Northwest Arkansas transplant, this beautiful area has become his home over the past few years. He enjoys spending time hiking with his lovely wife and their dog Barney, mountain biking, watching sports, and trying new and interesting restaurants in the NWA food scene. He also has a wealth of knowledge on “nerd culture,” loving anything related to comics, movies, video games, and TV.

We are honored and grateful to have him on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Makenzie.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker

“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.”
-Eckhart Tolle

Kayley Walker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), providing mental health and relationship therapy services in the clinic. Kayley trusts in the collaborative process of CBT to work with clients to develop effective and individualized treatment goals that focus on empowerment. While operating from a CBT standpoint, Kayley weaves in mindfulness and body awareness techniques to help client focus on “staying in the here and now,” accept what arises, become more compassionate toward themselves, and move toward growth and change.

Kayley obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Health and Wellness from the University of Denver (Denver, CO). Her work experiences includes providing individual, family, and group services to children and adolescents diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and their families, and working in a community mental health setting serving a K-12 school setting providing individual, relational, and group therapy to students and their families. 

Kayley moved from Colorado to Arkansas in 2017. While she is not an Arkansas native, she is happy to call it home! She loves taking in the gorgeous nature scene with her husband and furbabies, and dabbling in a variety of activities that may lead to new adventures!

We are honored and grateful to have her on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Kayley.


Mental Health & Relationship Therapist Intern

“Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it’s price.” – Sun Tzu

Scott is a therapist intern providing individual and relational therapy services under the guidance of our team of therapists.  He is pursuing his Master’s degree in Counseling from John Brown University (having completed his undergraduate degree there also). 

Scott wants to use CBT as his primary therapy approach particularly because of how the model approaches working with trauma and how it impacts individuals functioning. 

We are honored and grateful to have him on our team as he refines his skills as a therapist. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Scott.  



Marriage & Family Therapist

Director of Operations 

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” – Abraham Maslow

LeeAnne Rhodes is a Mental Health, Relationship, and Family therapist practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor. She believes that “CBT considers the whole person (their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and the interaction between all these parts and how these pieces influence our interactions with others) rather than just considering only one piece. It acknowledges our past experiences but focuses more on the present and future.”

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS), LeeAnne moved to Northwest Arkansas to pursue a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR). She practiced for over a decade with a local non-profit agency providing individual and family therapy services to students and their families in a rural Arkansas school district prior to joining FBCBT. LeeAnne also holds the specialization on her licenses as an Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling certified supervisor, meaning she works with newly licensed clinicians to grow and develop their skills and professional identity.

LeeAnne enjoys trying to keep up with her two energetic kids, running, spending time in the Arkansas outdoors hiking and camping with her family, learning about American history, and has a goal to visit all 50 states (she has 31 down and 19 to go and is always looking for recommendations of what to do in each state!). We are honored and grateful to have her on the team! Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with LeeAnne.


Psychotherapist | Founder | CEO

Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinician

“When we love, we always strive to be better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho 

Ryan Freeman-Burchfield, the founder and CEO of FBCBT, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Mental Health. She is one of the first nationally, and is the first and only in the state of Arkansas, to obtain the status of a Beck Institute Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified Clinician. She knows that modifying and balancing destructive thoughts/beliefs will allow you to gain mastery skills over your life.

She has been a practicing clinician in Northwest Arkansas since 2006, beginning her career with a local community mental health agency before pursuing her vision of opening this Institute as a specialty clinic to provide the highest standards of care. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Art (with an emphasis in painting) from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS), and moved to NWA to pursue her Master’s degree. She stayed in this area because of all the colors, the trees, and the stunning mountains and valleys. Ryan is still in love with painting, strives to practice yoga, pushes herself in running, and finds the outdoors healing, but by far her greatest joy comes from spending time with her husband and 3 daughters, and her many nieces and nephews.

Ryan is honored and grateful to lead her team of talented, experienced, determined, and highly capable therapists. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with any of our therapists!


Director of Administration & Human Resources

“Our fears do not stop death, they stop life.” – Rickson Gracie

Jehiah Burchfield brings many years of experience and knowledge to our team through his time as an Administrative Director, Supervisor and Manager at Piney Ridge Treatment Center & Youth Bridge here in Northwest Arkansas. Jehiah has a Master’s in Business Adminstration. Jehiah also teaches Business and Economics at Northwest Arkansas Community College where he spends time mentoring and leading future entrepreneurs on the ENACTUS team.

Jehiah has a life long committed practice in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spends three days a week coaching in order to share his love of the art. Warning: Do not ask unless you are ready to go to the gym with him and obtain a tiny glimpse at the experience. wink, wink. Truly, Jehiah’s commitment to his art has been inspiring and life changing for him and for those who love him. Jehiah is also a Veteran of the United States Army and the lucky man married to Ryan 😉 Jehiah adores his 3 daughters and shamelessly loves his dogs Joe Frazier, Laila Ali and his unspoken favorite dog… the family’s toy poodle, Auggie or affectionately called “the Baby Dog”.

If you have any questions about career opportunities, internships or general questions and/or suggestions regarding our business please feel free to reach out to Jehiah as our professional representative via email at and he will be honored to help.