All Therapists are Independent Contractors
It is a Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic policy
that patients will be charged $25.00 for "no show" to an appointment.
Beth D. Handal, M.S., L.P.C.
Director of Therapy and Counseling Services
Mrs. Handal is a Licensed Professional Counselor with twenty-five years' experience in the mental health field. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Judson College in 1989, her Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University, Dothan in 1996.
Initially she worked in various in-patient child and adolescent psychiatric facilities. She later began private practice in counseling working with children and adolescents with behavioral challenges, emotional disturbances, and other mental disorders. She also specialized in providing parental support and training to the families of her clients. Ms. Handal expanded her practice to become a Program Supervisor at a residential girls' home.
Mrs. Handal trained under a licensed clinical psychologist to administer psychometric testing of children, adolescents, and adults. She primarily tests for, educational placement (learning disabilities and/or gifted abilities), obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety. Ms. Handal currently administers psychometric testing and is also the Director of Counseling and Therapy at Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.
Brett Brockett, M.S., L.P.C.
Mr. Brockett is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has worked in mental health for the past twenty-three years and has been licensed in the State of Alabama for the past twenty years. Mr. Brockett received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Auburn University and received his Master's in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University.
He is nationally certified and is a Master Addiction Counselor. Areas of therapeutic interest include: Providing ADHD education and coaching for patients and their families, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for children, teens and adults with anxiety, depression, and stress related difficulties. Mr. Brockett also provides professional workshops locally and nationally.
Olivia Parker, M.S., L.P.C.
Phone Consults Only
Ms. Parker is a Licensed Professional Counselor with twenty-six years of experience in the school setting. She received her Master's Degree and Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. In 2002 she was named Outstanding Graduate in Counseling and Psychology. In 2003 she was named ASA Sparks Counselor of the Year for the State of Alabama.
While working as a School Counselor, she also worked with the Department of Human Resources as a therapist and was a DIBELS Consultant for the Alabama State Department of Education. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through a National Board for Certified Counselors.
She has received specialized training through Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and the International OCD Foundation. She is an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) specialist with related disorders, enabling her to provide more intensive therapy. Her areas of expertise also include Educational Consulting for children and adolescents with academic needs due to mental health issues.
Tracy Baugh Fussell, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C.
Director of Clinical Services
Ms. Fussell is Director of Clinical Services and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and English from Troy State University Dothan in 1999 and a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University Dothan in 2001.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor through the Alabama Board of Mental Health and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She received training and certification from The University of Michigan Autism and Communicative Disorders Center (UMACC) in 2008 as a rater for administering the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised) and ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule).
She has over fifteen years of experience in mental health working with children, adolescents and adults.
Denise Butler Cleveland, EdD, CMFSW, LCSW, PIP
Dr. Cleveland is a child, adolescent, and family therapist at Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic. She has fifteen years of experience at The University of Alabama in educational research administration and ninteen years in the mental health field. Dr. Cleveland holds a Bachelor's from Judson College in Communications, Master's and Doctorate in Education, and a Master's in Social Work, all from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Cleveland specializes in interventions for families experiencing concerns with divorce, custody, and/or visitation and access issues and achieved Certified Master Forensic Social Worker (CMFSW) status at the invitation of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI). Dr. Cleveland is a registered mediator for the State of Alabama iin Divorce and Domestic Relations.
She also works with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders. Dr. Cleveland serves as an Educational Consultant for Children, Adolescents, and College Students with behavioral and /or mental disorders experiencing academic difficulties. She assists with the development of educational accommodations and attends meetings as an advocate for parents and patients.
Dr. Cleveland is also an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Troy University, Dothan.
Jennifer S. Tompkins, M.S., L.P.C., MT-BC
Mrs. Tompkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Board Certified Music Therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from the University of Alabama and completed her clinical training in music therapy at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and has twenty five years of experience in both the inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.
She joined the DBMC team in 2009 and has been in private practice since 2013.
She is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF). Her extensive training through the IOCDF includes completion of two Behavior Therapy Training Institutes (General and Pediatric) as well as continuing education through annual conferences. She specializes in the treatment of OCD and related disorders using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) which is the gold standard therapeutic intervention. She utilizes additional, empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Activation, Habit Reversal Training (HRT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and contingency/behavioral management. Other clinical interests include Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB), Specific Phobias, Separation Anxiety, Body Dysmorphia and Generalized Anxiety.
Brad Bullard, M.S., L.P.C.
Mr. Bullard is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Master Addictions Counselor. He has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master's degree in Counseling from Troy University.
He has over 30 years' counseling experience in inpatient, outpatient, private and public agencies, and treatment programs. He works primarily with adults and adolescents utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy as well as emotional management techniques.
He enjoys playing guitar, hiking, attending the Episcopal Church and spending time with his wife, Kim, and three adult daughters.
Mary Josie Strother, M.S., L.P.C.
Ms. Strother is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky and a Masters Degree in Community Mental Health from Troy State University, Dothan, Alabama. She also has training in Gestalt therapy from the Gestalt Institute of Atlanta, GA. She has over twenty years experience working in various mental health settings including Crisis Counselor/Resident Manager for a battered womens shelter in Georgia, and ten years as a Prevention Specialist and Senior Therapist at a chemical addictions inpatient facility.
She has also been an Adolescent Chemical Addiction Therapist. Ms. Strother works with adults/couples, adolescents and children. She has experience dealing with chemical dependency, codependency (including sexual codependency), understanding and healing A.C.O.A. issues (Adult Children of Alcoholics or Addicts), victims of domestic violence, grief/loss resolution, understanding and healing depression and anxiety, understanding and managing adult and childhood A.D.H.D., healing past childhood emotional trauma (sexual, emotional, and physical), and anger/stress management. She works with the LBGT community as well.
She works with couples in developing effective communication skills and effective conflict resolution skills, and is experienced in helping parents develop effective non-reactive parenting skills. Ms. Strother utilizes an Experiential, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioral approach to best create a safe, nonjudgmental environment for patients to heal.
Suzanne Hammit, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C.
Suzanne Hammitt is a native and current resident of Dothan, Alabama and a former childhood resident of Tallahassee, Florida and Donalsonville, Georgia. She was class valedictorian at Seminole County High School in Donalsonville, Georgia and earned respective A.A. and B.S. degrees from Bainbridge College and Troy University. Ms. Hammitt earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling & Psychology (Advanced Community Counseling concentration) from Troy University and is an Alabama Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Internationally Certified Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor (ICADC), DOT Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and Certified Employee Assistance Specialist (EAS-C). She has worked as a substance abuse therapist in the outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient settings. Other roles have included adult inpatient mental health counselor/case manager, adult day treatment counselor, developmental disability residential habilitation therapist, adolescent group home worker, and domestic violence/anger management group facilitator. With almost twenty years of experience in the mental health/substance abuse arena, she has also served as a community mental health therapist, county clinic director, and adult crisis residential substance abuse program director. Ms. Hammitt completed one year in the Capella University Ph.D. in Human Services program, with a major in counseling studies and specialized coursework in addiction psychology. A Corvette/Camaro and family genealogy enthusiast, she also enjoys NASCAR, reading, car shows, SEC football, music/concerts, and major thrift-shop excursions in her limited spare time.
Emrist Mustin, M.S., L.P.C.
Emrist Mustin is a licensed professional counselor. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama in Psychology and Family Studies. Her Masters of Science in Community Counseling was obtained through Oklahoma State University. She has over ten years experience working in mental health and social work settings. Emrist is nationally certified in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has advanced training in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Emrist has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide array of issues. Her primary approach to treatment utilizes cognitive behavior therapy but she is also able to implement techniques from other theories as needed.
David Cleveland, MSW,AMPH
Mr. Cleveland is a child, adolescent, and family therapist at Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic. He has five years of experience in the mental health field with positions at the State of Alabama Department of Youth Services and Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center. Mr. Cleveland holds a Bachelor's from Auburn University and a Master's in Social Work from Troy University. Mr. Cleveland works with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders.
Carrie B. Moore, MSW, LGSW
Carrie B. Moore grew up in Luverne, Alabama and attended Troy University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work. Carrie worked as a Foster Care Social Worker for ten months, before returning to school at Troy-Dothan. She graduated in 2015 with a Master of Social Work Degree and received licensure at the Graduate level. Carrie also began her current career, as a Forensic Interviewer, at the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center in 2015. To date, Carrie has completed 556 forensic interviews, with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, many of which have aided in the arrest and prosecution of abusive offenders. She also has assisted with children’s therapy groups, and more recently with an adult women’s support group. Carrie has also coordinated the CAC multidisciplinary team meetings for Henry and Houston counties, as well as assisted in coordinating the Houston County Child Death review meeting. Carrie has received training and education in many areas, to include; TF-CBT therapy, Forensic Interviewing, and Human Trafficking. She is excited to begin her new journey as a therapist at DBMC. Carrie plans to work with children, adults, individuals with intellectual disabilities and families.
Alena Cherry, L.P.C., NCC
Alena Cherry is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2009 from the University of Montevallo, and received her Masters degree also from UM in 2014. Alena has national certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR)- an evidence based psychotherapy, which utilizes bilateral stimulation that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Alena is experienced in working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families in diverse outpatient as well as inpatient settings. She specializes in trauma-focused therapy with an integrative theoretical approach that is tailored and specific to teach client’s needs. In her free time, Alena enjoys spending time with family and loved ones, being outdoors, going on adventures big or small, and spending time with her dog, Milo.
Laura Baird, MA, MA, NCC, LPC
Ms. Laura Baird is a Licensed Professional Counselor with twenty five years of experience in private practice, hospital, and agency settings. She worked in private practice for the past 18 years, seeing children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She earned degrees from University of Alabama, York University, and UAB. Ms. Baird holds Masters degrees Counseling Psychology and in Sociology, with emphasis in Social Psychology and Psychoanalysis. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.Laura has expertise in treating the following: ADD/ADHD,Entrepreneurs with ADD work life balance,Autism,Psychotic Illness,Mood Disorders,Identify/sexuality Issues,Ptsd and Trauma,Couples/Family,Enneagram personality types
Ms. Baird sees therapy as a calling and has a passion for the intuitive process of collaborating with clients in order to understand what makes them tick and how to apply increased self-understanding to achieve results. She strives to meet patient goals for growth, change, and improved quality of life.
Ms. Baird is also a Mother (to two college-aged daughters, and a high school stepdaughter), a published poet, and lives on a small farm with her husband, two dogs, goats, chickens, and several colonies of bees. In her free time, she is a voracious reader, a hiking enthusiast, and enjoys weekend trips to the beach to visit extended family. She is also an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.