“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
“Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.” – Unknown
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful .” – Joshua J. Marine
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Jonathan Watts joins the FBCBT team as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). His work in sessions strives to look at the entire person and the crossover between mental/emotional, physical, and spiritual health, believing that a problem in any of these areas will impact the others. In viewing emotions as an “ally” rather than an enemy, Jonathan seeks to help clients figure out where to establish boundaries with their own emotions. He aligns this with the structure of the CBT model, helping clients identify and reach their goals through digging down below the things we experience on the surface to really understand what is driving that surface experience. Jonathan seeks to integrate these components to help clients develop clear, specific goals and move toward progress.
Jonathan has been a practicing clinician since 2008, following his graduation from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. He has worked in various settings in the mental health field, including inpatient facilities, school-based services, therapeutic day treatment, residential settings, the university counseling clinic at UA, and as an outpatient therapist. He is also currently serving on the faculty at the University of Arkansas School of Social Work.
Outside of work, Jonathan is a novice woodworker. He can also be found calling the Hogs, or rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs!
We are honored and grateful to have Jonathan 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 solve our problems with the same thinking that we used to create them..” - Albert Einstein
Megan (Meg) Myers, Licensed Professional Counselor, is a Mental Health and Relationship Therapist providing services via telehealth out of Hot Springs, AR. She has been practicing since 2014, but even before that she worked as an activity therapist for an agency outpatient program and was also a mental health paraprofessional. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters of Science degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Meg has always had a passion for helping others and has said from the beginning that this profession picked her. Meg’s philosophical belief is that individuals can subconsciously hold themselves back and even engage in self-sabotaging behaviors without being aware. To stop this cycle, Meg believes that one must identify the root source (or negative thoughts and beliefs) of why this continues to occur and actively work to change it. Utilizing CBT, she helps identify those negative thoughts and patterns and collaborates to find ways to change. Meg believes that sometimes, you have to get out of your own way and do things differently!
Meg is originally from South Arkansas but has made a home in Hot Springs with her husband of 7 years and their 3 children. She also has a daughter in Heaven, 3 grown step children, and a granddaughter. Family is the most important thing in life to Meg, and when she is not spending time with her family she enjoys watching horror movies, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and engaging in thrift store shopping and repurposing furniture. Meg also has a goal of publishing a novel!
We are honored and grateful to have Meg on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with her.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to learn more and/or schedule an appointment with Krystal.
“Change is the essential process of all existence. .” - Spock
Dewey Dykes (Licensed Professional Counselor) joins the FBCBT team as a mental health therapist. He initially earned his BA in History through the University of Arkansas (UofA)and then returned to school to pursue a Master’s of Science in Counseling (UofA) and is now working on a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis in grief work (UofA). His doctoral research is focused on advanced practice in grief counseling/therapy and developing novel teaching methods geared toward Master’s level students to help increase knowledge of evidenced-based treatments for grief.
Prior to joining FBCBT, Dewey worked at both Counseling and Psychological Services on the UofA campus (where he completed his internship and worked in a senior clinical position post-licensure) and with a local community mental health agency. His counseling has focused specifically on anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, and in providing crisis and emergency assessment. His therapeutic philosophy focuses on striving to create a relationship of collaboration and trust with clients, recognizing that clients are experts in their own life. He has found that “overwhelmingly the skills and techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have the most and longest lasting impact on the clients with whom I have worked. Learning to be more mindful of thoughts, behaviors, and emotions allows us to be more aware of what we are feeling moment to moment and as a result be more responsive when we recognize that we feel anxious/depressed/angry. Learning to make small modifications to thinking and behaviors can have a tremendous impact on the way that we feel overall.”
Dewey loves to travel and once even whitewater rafted a section of Nile River in Uganda! He can be found reading anything and everything, especially history and biographies. He is “thrilled to talk for much too long” about the St. Louis Blues and hockey in general.
We are honored and grateful to have Dewey on our team. Call/text (479) 282-4452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 psychotherapists who is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is also a Certified Cognitive Therapist and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. 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 Master’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, daughter Ava 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 email@example.com 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 Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist! Having completed her degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Mental Health from John Brown University (JBU), she provides individual therapy services to clients ranging in age from adolescents to adults and relational therapy services. 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.” She is also pursuing additional training in integrating art techniques into her practice and training in issues specifically related to LGBTQIA2S+.
Thea was born and raised in South Africa; she and her husband immigrated to the USA over 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and he will be honored to help.