“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
“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”
– Fred Rogers
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
“You don’t have to stay anywhere forever.” – Neil Gaiman
Joshua “Josh” Duncan, joins FBCBT as a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual and relational therapy services to clients ranging in ages from teenagers to adults. He believes that the path of change involves the letting go of old habits and embracing new habits through understanding how thoughts can impact feelings, and how those feelings influence our behavioral response, especially when feeling unsafe, and embarrassed.
Therefore, when we address our distorted thoughts our mood improves, and our ability to cope and manage our relationships increases.
Josh has 17 years experience working with families in a variety of treatment settings including working with the Arkansas Department of Human Service as an Intensive Family Therapist and acute hospital care. He has his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR).
Among Josh’s talents outside of therapy, he speaks Spanish conversationally, he enjoys being outside (especially biking!), writing, and playing piano!
We are honored and grateful to have Josh on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with him.
“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” - Carl Jung
“If you do too much, people get dependent on you. And if you do nothing, they lose hope. You have to use a light touch. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.” – Futurama
Michael Deyo, Licensed Professional Counselor, provides individual counseling services with our team via in-person and teletherapy platforms. Michael has worked in various treatment settings prior to joining FBCBT; he wants to focus on CBT because of its wide range of application to help clients bring awareness and guide individuals so they can create their own positive personal change.
Michael received both his undergraduate degree (BS in Psychology) and Master’s degree (MS in Community Counseling) from the University of Central Arkansas. He spent the first part of his career working in community mental health and in acute hospital settings, gaining experience with a wide variety of clients from children through adults.
Michael is a veteran, having served as a combat medic for the Arkansas Army National Guard for 12 years (including a tour in Iraq). He enjoys being busy, as evidenced by working a full-time night shift as a janitor for Wal-Mart, and then as a Residential Care Tech for DHS/DDS while pursuing his Master’s degree!
We are honored and grateful to have him on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Michael.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Shannon.
“We are not what we think, or what we say, or how we feel. We are what we do” – Gordon Livingston
“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” – David Richo
Bonita McElhannon, therapist intern, utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills in an empathic manner as she attentively offers counseling services to clients from adolescents to adults. She received a master’s degree in counseling from Crown College (Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota) and is currently an intern working under the guidance of our team of therapists while pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Bonita employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to equip individuals with the tools needed for independent and positive daily living. She believes that everyone is capable of conscious self-regulation (minimizing harmful thought patterns and replacing them with other, more balanced cognitions). When self-regulation is accomplished, emotional conflicts are regulated, resulting in a more peaceful state of mind and liberating independence. Bonita lives by the adage that “Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” (Shannon L. Alder)
Bonita supported her husband for 21 years as he served in the United States military. She raised their three children while residing in a variety of locations across the country and overseas. After their children were grown to adulthood, Bonita decided to finish her degree and pursue a dream of becoming a Licensed Professional Therapist. Bonita enjoys time with her family, reading, interior design, and cooking.
We are honored and grateful to have Bontia on our team as she refines her skills as a therapist. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Bonita.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu
Peter holds licensure as both a Licensed Associate Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He seeks to help clients foster both insight and awareness (insight into how beliefs shape emotional responses and how to change beliefs, as well as awareness of our own and others’ belief systems), and working collaboratively with clients to develop a “toolbox” to deal with distress. In working with couples, he focuses on skills that enhance communication and understanding, targeting evidence-based features of healthy relationships, and working through specific emotional roadblocks.
Peter graduated from John Brown University, completing Master’s of Science coursework and licensure exams for both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. He also holds Master’s of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Biola University. He has completed all required training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and is planning to pursue certification in this as soon as he is eligible. EMDR focuses primarily on addressing trauma, anxiety, and other “stuck” thoughts and feelings. Prior to joining this clinic, Peter has worked with a local community mental health agency providing therapy services to clients ranging in age from children through adults, families, and couples.
Peter has been married for 23 years and has 2 boys (ages 11 and 14). He has taught undergraduate philosophy as an adjunct professor for 18 years. When not spending time with family, working with clients, or teaching, Peter is an electronic music composer and is working to write a fantasy fiction novel.
We are honored and grateful to have him on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Peter.
“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 email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Scott.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Krystal Burks, Licensed Professional Counselor, offers mental health and relational counseling services via teletherapy to our clients. She strives to cultivate an environment where people can tap into their abilities to grow and change.
She joins the FBCBT team having 6 years experience working in the mental health field. Krystal began as an activity therapist for a community mental health agency in Hot Springs and fell in love with the field, becoming a mental health paraprofessional, and then returning to school to earn her Master’s of Counseling in Clinical Mental Health from Henderson State University.
She has experience working with a wide range of clientele (from children to adults), and mental health needs including depression, anxiety, trauma, and family/relational issues. Krystal is an Arkansas native and continues to fall more in love with the state as time goes on. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping, which is all aided by the fact she lives in a national park!
Krystal also wants to visit all 52 Arkansas state parks (she’s seen 37 so far!). When not working or spending time outdoors, Krystal loves tapping into her creative side through painting, crocheting, drawing, sewing, and art journaling, to name a few.
We are honored and grateful to have her on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Krystal.
“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
Jeff is a therapist intern providing individual and relational therapy services under the guidance of our team of therapists. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. Since earning his undergraduate degree, he has worked in two fields: He spent his first 10 years after college helping young adults find meaning and purpose in their lives, relationships, and future in the context of their personal worldview. Most recently he has been working in human resources bringing together complex teams to implement solutions to business problems. Jeff is pursuing his Master’s degree in Counseling from John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR) to follow his passion of helping others.
Jeff focuses on creating a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, enabling them to create and work on goals to live fulfilling lives with themselves and others. He believes that using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people evaluate and change how they think about themselves, experiences, and the world around them. That change in thinking changes how they feel and leads people to develop new habits that enable healing and growth. He also leverages elements of Experiential Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
Jeff’s favorite role is that of dad to his son and daughter. He enjoys spending time with his faithful companion, Jiko – An AKC Champion Standard Schnauzer. He also loves hiking and camping in state and national parks.
We are honored and grateful to have Jeff on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with him.
“It is our chocies that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities .” - Albus Dumbledore
Twila is a Licensed Certified Social Worker providing individual and relational mental health services. She knows that we as humans tend to struggle with questions about why we think the way we do, why we feel the way we do, and why we behave the way we do, and believes that CBT provides a model to help us process and understand these thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Twila received both her undergraduate degree (Psychology) and graduate degrees (Social Work) from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining FBCBT, Twila has worked in both inpatient facilities, outpatient clinic settings, and in private practice where she has worked with clients ranging in age from children to adults, and with individuals and families. She finds her niche working with adolescents and adults.
Of all the clinical staff at FBCBT, Twila holds the honor of being the only one who has had her picture taken with Dr. Aaron Beck (an early pioneer and developer of CBT as a theory of practice)! She attended and presented at the 37th annual convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, where she and her cohort were able to have ta picture with Dr. Beck. She is also the one of our staff who has been the closest to making a bulls-eye in a recent axe-throwing experience!
We are honored and grateful to have her on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Twila.
“You are braver than you believe, strong than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin
Nicholas Ward, Licensed Professional Counselor, offers Mental Health and Relational counseling services out of our Little Rock extension office. He recognizes that change is never easy, even if that change is for the better. His therapeutic approach seeks to help make those changes easier through using CBT aid his clients in identifying those thoughts that contribute to depression and anxiety in order to give clients the ability to change those thoughts.
Nick has worked in the mental health field for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health, both from Henderson State University. Over the past decade, he has provided services in outpatient, inpatient, and substance use treatment settings, working with clients ranging in age from 5-75 with a wide variety of presenting issues.
Nick is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which focuses primarily on addressing trauma, anxiety, and other “stuck” thoughts and feelings. Nick is the proud father of 4 children ranging in ages from 2-20! He enjoys being active and busy, which has included climbing the Great Wall of China.
We are honored and grateful to have Nick on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with him.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Makenzie.
“… there are amazing things to be a part of, and fight for, and feel, because the world will unlock hundreds of doors when you give this day all the courage, love, and intensity you can.” – Victoria Erikson
Thea is a soon to be a Licensed Associate Counselor providing individual and relational therapy services under the guidance of the FBCBT team. She has completed all of her coursework toward her Master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Clinical Mental Health from John Brown University.
She notes “ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is thoroughly researched, and a practical and effective therapy in spreading hope and healing into an aching work as it helps to change thinking patterns and behavior to improve quality of life through empowerment.”
Thea was born and raised in South Africa. She and her husband immigrated to the USA 25 years ago. She has been a full-time professional artist, owning and running her own art studio. Thea and her husband are avid international travelers, and she loves to paint, read, and is a passionate English horse rider and animal lover.
We are honored and grateful to have her on our team as she refines her skills as a therapist. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Thea.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with LeeAnne.
“People are not disturbed by things but by the view they take of them.” – Epictetus
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. Ryan is also a certified diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. 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, determined, and highly capable therapists. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with any of our therapists.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be honored to help.