Our Counselors

Mary Bade, Ph.D.

Mary has been a psychologist since 2000 and at the UT Employee Assistance Program since 2008. Her prior work experience includes being a counselor at an employee assistance firm, a director of a college counseling center, an undergraduate and graduate instructor at six universities/colleges, a counselor at an outpatient mental health clinic, a college academic advisor, a college staff member, and a therapist in private practice. Mary has specialized interests in facilitating resiliency in coping with crises and promoting health and wellness. She currently provides training on supervisory skills to manage distress and disruption in the workplace, suicide prevention in the workplace, building resiliency skills, reducing compassion fatigue in workplaces, burnout prevention through engagement, and a psycho-educational, supportive group for people impacted by trauma.

Amber Hunter-Crawford, LCSW-S

Amber (pronouns:she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker and board-approved supervisor. She previously worked in nonprofit agencies serving immigrants and refugees, community mental health, a domestic violence and sexual assault resource center and in private practice. Amber’s approach is culturally-responsive and rooted in the mind-body connection, bringing the science of interpersonal neurobiology to explore what tools might strengthen clients’ relationships with oneself and others. Professional interests include healing from loss and trauma, and cultivating resiliency in the face of crisis and change.

Jamie Justus, LCSW

Jamie has been a social worker for over 15 years. She has worked in agency settings such as a nursing home, court-appointed special advocates, two rape crisis centers and a university counseling center. In private practice, Jamie specializes in working with survivors of trauma and those who want to better manage their anxiety. She is a Hatha yoga teacher and is passionate about making yoga accessible to all bodies and minds.

Jeff Stellmach, LCSW

Jeff has worked as a licensed clinical social worker in Texas since 1993. He has been a social worker in psychiatric hospitals, a case manager with political refugees, a counselor at outpatient mental health clinics, primary care clinics and nursing homes, and a counselor and treatment supervisor for adolescents in residential treatment.  Jeff specializes in eldercare issues by assisting individuals making care decisions and finding community resources for loved ones. He provides training on stress management, responding to crisis situations, and appropriate language and conflict management at work. Jeff has provided culturally-sensitive services for diverse populations across the lifespan.  He provides counseling in Spanish.

Rakima Parson, LPC

Rakima is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Rakima has worked in university, k-12 and agency settings. Her professional background has allowed her to explore the impact that trauma has on an individual’s, daily functioning. Currently, in her role as Victim’s Advocate Network (VAN) Trauma Specialist, she provides counseling, groups and workshops to those with primary or secondary exposure to trauma. Additionally, Rakima is also active in the community, involved in mental health policy and other community outreach opportunities.