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Clinical Social Work

Ms. Grace Reed, L.C.S.W. is a Clinical Social Worker with many years' experience working with a variety of adults, couples and families in therapy.  She also has extensive training and experience in the areas of addiction recovery, 12 step work, relapse prevention, and relationship/family issues in addiction.  Grace is an EMDR practitioner, using EMDR to resolve anxiety problems, attachment issues, and trauma/stress disorders.  Other areas of her work focus on women's issues, relationship issues, the effects of childhood adoption in adulthood, and dealing with issues in the workplace.  She also does weekly group therapy with female trauma survivors and women with a range of other life issues.  933-9276 Extension 108.



Caroline Sasser, MSW LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who treats adolescents, college students, and adults in individual, family, and relationship counseling.  Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, self-esteem/body image challenges, broken or strained relationships, anxiety, and depression.   As an Eating Disorder Specialist, she gained hands-on experience as a primary therapist and body image specialist at a treatment center for eating disorders.  Caroline's goal in counseling is to provide a safe and caring atmosphere that enables her to meet others where they are and join them on the road to a more fulfilled life.    Caroline uses a person-centered approach in counseling and incorporates cognitive behavioral,  experiential, and psychodynamic techniques to empower clients in their everyday lives.  She also utilizes a personalized collaborative treatment model which includes incorporating loved ones when appropriate and consults regularly with medical providers, dieticians, schools and coaches.  She is a member of IADEP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association),   NASW (National Association of Social Workers), ASCSW (Alabama Society for Clinical Social Work), and a collaborative member of Integrative Women's Care (www.integrativwomenscare.com). 


Counseling Services

Jane F. Brown, M.S. in Psychology is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Sex Therapist, Diplomate, and a Nationally Certified EMDR therapist.  She has 20 years' experience as a sex therapist.  Currently, Ms. Brown's practice is limited to individual therapy and sex related issues in relationships, medical sexual dysfunction and sexual addiction.  Jane's clients include children, adolescents, and adults.  She is available for workshops as well as group sessions.  933-9276 Extension 144.


James P. Cotton, M.Ed. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor.  He is also a Certified Pesso-Boyden Psychomotor therapist.  Jim works with individuals, couples, and families.  His areas of expertise focus on relationships, addiction recovery, life stages, and men's issues.  Jim is a founding partner of Cotton, McInturff & Associates.  933-9276 Extension 106.


Rebecca Dossett, Ph.D., LPC, has been a practitioner specializing in the treatment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders for almost four decades.  She is a graduate of The University of Mobile (BA in English and Psychology), Western Carolina University (MA.Ed. in non-school Guidance and Counseling), and the University of Alabama (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.)  In 1972, she began her training by working as a Certified Psychoeducational Specialist with Division TEACCH at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Dossett was the first Executive Director of the North Carolina Autism Society, which founded the first group homes and residential summer camps in the nation for people with autism.  She served as the Director of the North Carolina Autism Society Residential Summer Camps for 12 years.  From 1986 to 1996, Dr. Dossett held clinical faculty appointments at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Schools of Medicine and Education.  She was instrumental in the organization of the Autism Society of Alabama and served as a member of the ASA Board of Directors for many years.

Dr. Dossett’s private practice focuses on diagnostic evaluations, ongoing treatment, behavior intervention, family and school consultation, and advocacy.  She travels throughout Alabama and adjoining Southeastern states, making home visits, consulting with agencies, and presenting to parent and professional groups. She participated as a Clinical Reviewer on the epidemiological study commissioned by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ongoing measure of the incidence and prevalence of people with autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Dossett administers diagnostic evaluations, and provides treatment to people in the Autism Spectrum throughout the life span, from toddlers to adults.  Her treatment approaches include the application of behavior principles, cognitive behavior therapy, and psychodynamic approaches, as appropriate. 

Over the last decade, Dr. Dossett has developed a specialty in diagnosing and treating older adolescents, college-age young adults, and mature adults.  Many of her previously undiagnosed clients have struggled throughout their lives with school, work, and relationship problems without understanding their struggle, and without appropriate intervention and support.  Dr. Dossett conducts a support group for parents of college-age and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrodme. 

Dr. Dossett also offers psychotherapy to the general population, with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and loss/grief.  Much of her training in loss and grief came while serving as the Director of Hospice, first at Baptist Hospital in Montgomery, AL.  After a year, she was recruited to UAB Hospital to establish its first hospice, and was its director for ten years.

In 2008, Dr. Dossett was awarded the “Commitment to Autism Research, Education, and Service Award” at the Annual Conference sponsored by the Autism Society of Alabama and the University of Alabama PDD Clinic.   933-9276 Extension 111.


Dr. Mary House Kessler is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Dr. Kessler received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina.  She opened her private practice in 1985.  She earned a certification in clinical hypnosis in 2006.  She completed EMDR training in 2009.  She specializes in working with the following:  managing chronic pain, lowering anxiety, reprocessing trauma, letting go of phobias, habit cessation, and regression therapy.  For more information, you may contact her at her website at www.maryhousekessler.com.


Ms. Robbin C. McInturff, M.A. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with thirty years experience in treating individual adults, couples and families.  She is also a Certified Pesso-Boyden Psychomotor therapist and a Supervising Counselor for the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling.  Ms. McInturff's areas of expertise include addiction recovery, trauma recovery, psychomotor group therapy, women's issues and groups, grief recovery, couples' therapy, blended family issues, and divorce adjustment.  Ms. McInturff lectures on family systems at UAB and has experience as a community public speaker.  She is a founding partner of Cotton, McInturff & Associates. 933-9276. Extension 113.


Tom McLure, M. Ed., is an Associate Licensed Counselor.  On the heels of a 25 year career in Birmingham and Mountain Brook churches, Tom is excited to engage individuals, couples, families and goups in the warm, safe, personal and private setting of a professional counselor's office.   He feels honored to have the opportunity to open a private practice, Red Mountain Counseling, LLC, in the company of such a highly respected and well established group as ACDP.

In 
addition to this practice, Tom teaches counseling and family life courses for Faulkner University (including:  Introduction to Counseling, Personal and Social Adjustment, Drugs and Society, Marriage & Family, Parent-Child Relations, Domestic Violence).  In compliance with professional standards, during this transition from a career in the ministry to professional counseling, Tom practices as a Board recognized ALC under the supervision of Robbin McInturff.

While pastoral counseling and professional counseling are not precisely the same, and the boundary between the two must be respected, Tom is trained in both disciplines, and is able to offer his professional counseling clients a rich and broad range of perspectives as they pursue personal and relational goals.

Like other professional counselors, Tom focuses on a  variety of personal and relationship matters:  addiction, adjustment to transition, anxiety, depression, marriage, divorce, grief, trauma, etc. while maintaining a special interest in the lives of men and the challenges men currently face.  As a career minister, university instructor, pastoral and professional counselor, Tom has worked with and enjoyed friendships with men of all ages, life stages, personality types, levels of influence, and situations.  Tom continues to mentor students at Beeson Divinity School (on the campus of Samford University), and has a long involvement with local civic groups, Chambers of Commerce, and student ministry.  Tom sees both male and female clients.  He is married, has three grown children, is a 5K runner, holds an Alabama Home Builders license, and is a member of ASCAP and the American Counseling Association.   www.facebook.com/redmountaincounseling , www.adultandchilddevelopment.com;  933-9276 Extension 155

 

Donna Sisson, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Coach.  She assists individuals, couples, and families needing help with pre-marital, marital, significant relationships, life transitions, coping skills, anxiety, depression, addiction, alcoholism, trauma, stress, grief, domestic violence, career counseling, and life coaching.  Each person and situation is unique and Donna uses her education and experience to help you find solutions that work for you.  Donna is experienced in many treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Solution Focused, Bowenian, Structural, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Coaching.   Donna provides an emotionally safe and confidential environment where you can work on the challenges you are facing.  Over 20 years' experience helping individuals, couples, families, and businesses with a wide range of issues using counseling, coaching, human resources expertise and training.

Richard Yoakum, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Richard works with individuals and families addressing anxiety, depression, adjustment, difficulty with relationships, addiction recovery, family support in addiction recovery, grief and loss, and stress related issues.  Richard has extensive training and experience in the areas of addiction recovery, family support, and the 12-steps of recovery.  He is a member of Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) and Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).    Richard is available for after hours and weekend appointments.   933-9276  Extension 156.

Psychiatric Services

Thad F Ryals, M.D. is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults with depression, ansxiety, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  He practices both medication management and psychotherapy.  You can learn more about him and how to contact him through his website at www.thadryals.com


Stewart D. Waddell, M.D. is board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.  He has many years' experience in the psychopharmacological treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders and his consultative expertise has been invaluable in providing comprehensive care for our clients who need it.


Psychological Services

Susan M. Corbin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist specializing in work with children, adolescents, and families.  She has been working with children and families for forty years.  Dr. Corbin works with children and adolescents of all ages, including ages 0 to six.  She has experience and training in the treatment of most pediatric mental health difficulties.  She has a special interest in working with childhood trauma and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
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