Staff

Stephanie Paredes

Administrative Assistant

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent Van Gogh

Stephanie Paredes is our delightful & friendly Administrative Assistant. She is originally a Texas native who desired to experience a change of scenery from the wonderful sandy desert to the beautiful rolling hills of Northwest Arkansas. Stephanie graduated with honors from the University of Texas of El Paso, with a focus in Biomedical Science and has been involved in the community helping hospital patients, immigrants without homes, and sheltered pets. 

Stephanie’s natural disposition and chill vibe helps to cultivate our peaceful office environment.  During her free time you may catch her listening to Post Malone, discovering new cooking and grilling recipes as well as exploring all the uniques spots in NWA. She has found both urban and outdoor venues and wonders! 

Stephanie can answer any questions or concerns you may have about services. She can also walk you through the process of setting up an appointment to see one of our skilled clinicians. Her email is admin@fbwcbt.org or you may TEXT or call our office phone number at: (479) 282-4452. 

We are grateful that she has chosen to be a part of our team. 

 

LEEANNE RHODES, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Mental Health & Relationship Therapist

“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 is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-S) and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT-S), The “S” at the end of her credentials indicates that she is also an approved Supervisor by the Arkansas state board. LeeAnne has cultivated a reputation for professionalism and competency. She is definitely a seasoned therapist in our community, but here is a little bit more about her:

She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from Fort Hays State University (FHSU); She graduated Summa Cum Laude.  LeeAnne was a collegiate athlete at FHSU in Track & Field; LeeAnne is a NCAA All-American, 3 time academic All-American, 8 time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champion & awareded 14 time all-conference honors. LeeAnne also held 6 school records at one point! She is simply… super fast. 

LeeAnne graduated in December 2005 with a Master of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy from JBU. Her theoretical orientation includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), LeeAnne reports, “I like it because it considers the whole person (their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and the interactions 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” She also utilizes techniques from Solution-focused Therapy & Structural Family Therapy. LeeAnne is a well respected therapist and supervisor as evident by her 13 years with Ozark Guidance school-based programs, working in a rural setting with students from Pre-K-12th grade and their families; she also has 7 years experience providing licensure supervision to help new therapists refine their skills, grow and discover who they are as a Mental Health Professional. 

LeeAnne grew up between Illinois and Kansas, she moved to Arkansas for graduate school and never left.  She has 2 precious little (ages 5 & 3), She enjoys her free time by chasing after them, poking around in the kitchen (She loves baking), reading, being outside (hiking, running/walking), crafting, or watching documentaries related to American history. Some Interesting random facts about LeeAnne that we had to include is that she has played violin since the 3rd grade and she enjoys singing, she is a  lifelong Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox fan, and she has a goal of visiting all 50 states (She has hit 31 so far)! LeeAnne is an incredibly humble human with a heart made to help and a brain designed to find a way! We are truly honored she is apart of our team. 

KATI WELLS, LPC, TAC

Psychotherapist | Founder | COO

“For there is nothing either good or bad, but BELIEVING makes it so.” – Shakespeare 

Kati Wells utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of a variety of issues and conditions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is the form of psychotherapy directed at present time issues and based on the idea that the way an individual thinks and feels affects the way they behave.  Kati has advanced, specialized training in CBT with over 40 hours of post graduate intensive studies.  She has also participated in a rigorous supervision program through the Beck Institute and is currently working toward certification through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  Research shows that this form of treatment is one of the most effective for anxiety, depression, life adjustment and emotional distress due to medical conditions.  These are Kati’s primary areas of specialty.  Kati believes in the importance of collaboration in identifying goals and that work is done outside of session to promote change.  Kati has a Master’s of Science Degree in Marriage and Family and Community Counseling; and offers a comfortable, inviting office environment for people to feel safe in.  

Kati finds deep meaning in being apart of her community and volunteering her time for the better good and meeting like minded people. Kati has many unique talents, one example is her knack for impersonations (especially of Adele, and we might add that she can hit that vocal… we know she will refuse this claim). Kati is such an inspiring human because she is not only a student, a provider and a teacher of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but she does her best to live it, seek it and be it. She is not perfect in this and works to not make perfection the aim (that is a daily adjustment). Kati does not ask her patients to do anything she would not do, here is how we know this…

Kati has been putting herself in situations that are very vulnerable for her in the last year; Kati has been learning to road bike, mountain bike, run, swim and compete in road races, duathlons, triathlons and other outdoor challenges that she has never done in her life! These things have been possible for her because of what she knows now about the brain and how it uses experiences to build evidence to create beliefs about one’s self and about the world. She understands now that life and self-love must be mindfully cultivated. Kati Wells is a wonderful human and exceptional therapist.

 

RYAN FREEMAN-BURCHFIELD, LPC

Psychotherapist | Founder | CEO

“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 is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Mental Health; and with that practices individual and family psychotherapy. Ryan utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat mental health and relationship issues. Ryan believes that collaboration between patient and therapist is essential in establishing an understanding and in creating trust within the therapeutic alliance. Ryan knows that modifying and balancing destructive thoughts/beliefs will allow you to gain mastery skills over debilitating fears and maladaptive behaviors. Impactful life experiences can leave wounds on us which may manifest as anxiety, panic, social phobias, depression, chronic pain, OCD, personality disorders, insomnia, and many other conditions. These conditions can be treated and lasting change is possible through CBT.

Ryan is originally from Kansas, but completed her graduate education here in Arkansas, and has worked as a therapist in Northwest Arkansas since 2006. She graduated from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Art with an emphasis in painting. She was also on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams at FHSU, where she had the opportunity to be selected as one of the first female pole-vaulters for the university. Ryan stayed in Northwest Arkansas because of all the colors, the trees, and the stunning mountains and valleys here. Ryan is still in love with painting, strives to keep practicing yoga, heals in the outdoors, pushes herself in running, finds peace in swimming, is learning to bike, and finds deep meaning in spending time with her 3 daughters, her husband and her many nieces and nephews.

JEHIAH BURCHFIELD, MBA

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 is 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 jehiah@fbwcbt.org or info@fbwcbt.org and he will be honored to help.