Our Counselors

Mary Bade, Ph.D.

Mary (pronouns: she/her) 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, and burnout prevention through engagement. She coordinates EAP’s Parenting in Challenging Times program and EAP’s Strengthening Relationships Presentation Series.

Amber Hunter-Crawford, LCSW-S

Amber (pronouns: she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker and board-approved supervisor. Her therapeutic approach is heart-centered and rooted in the relational neurosciences, believing deeply that clients ultimately need to be seen, heard and felt. She helps clients slow down, learn how to hold compassionate awareness of their experience, and cultivate healthier and more fulfilling relationships with themselves and others.

She is committed to ongoing learning and unlearning, practicing from an anti-oppressive framework to offer culturally affirming and culturally responsive services.

Professional interests include embodied approaches to healing from interpersonal violence and intergenerational trauma, navigating life transitions, grief and loss, supporting working mothers, and cultivating community care in the face of crisis and change. She has advanced clinical training in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and EMDR.

At the EAP she serves as the liaison to the Asian/Asian American Faculty Staff Association and as a Field Instructor for the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, providing clinical supervision for our graduate social work intern.

Jamie Justus, LCSW-S

Jamie (pronouns:she/her) 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 (pronouns:he/him) 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.

Aaron Bandy, LCSW

Aaron (pronouns: he/him) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a National Board Certified Teacher of people with exceptional needs. Aaron worked as a clinician at the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center for the past three years, where he interned and is also completing his post-graduate fellowship. Before graduating from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin in 2018, he was a Spanish-bilingual special education teacher at an elementary school in South Austin for 8 years. Aaron specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and people who identify as Neurodivergent. Aaron is also an active member of the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society (AGPS) and actively participates in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for AGPS. Aaron is informed by psychodynamic psychoanalytic principles that are attachment-focused and based in the theories of interpersonal neurobiology. He is a neuro-nerd! Aaron provides services in Spanish.

Danica Morgan, LMSW

Danica (pronouns: she/her) is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) who has worked with an array of client demographics within various agency settings since entering the field in 2011. Including active-duty military and veterans, people coming from chronic homelessness, young adults aging out of the foster care system, K-12 students and their families including first-generation college students, people living with a physical disability, mental and/or substance use disorder, persons seeking inpatient behavioral healthcare, and older people with high geriatric needs. In her efforts to build rapport with those she serves, she utilizes motivational interviewing, strengths-based and solution-focused approaches to create a healthy and trusting therapeutic alliance. In addition to her work at the EAP, Danica works as a Victim Advocate Case Manager with the Victims Advocate Network (VAN), providing crisis and de-escalation interventions to students, staff, faculty, and visitors to campus a crime or distressing event may have impacted. Her professional interests include understanding the neurobiology of trauma, holistic and somatic approaches to healing trauma, and providing compassionate care from an anti-oppressive, cultural humility lens. 

Nicolas Juarez

Nico Juarez (pronouns: he/him) is a graduate student in the clinical social work program completing his final field internship at the Employee Assistance Program. Nico approaches his work from a psychoanalytic, existential, and trauma-informed approach which aims to not only provide relief from mental suffering, but also to address the underlying causes of symptoms so that they might disappear rather than simply become less bothersome. Prior to joining the Employee Assistance Program, Nico worked with people experiencing homelessness, intimate partner violence, and immigration issues. As such, Nico is particular interested in working with people struggling with the aftermath of trauma, both personal and collective. As an Indigenous man of color, he is also especially focused on providing a therapeutic space for Indigenous peoples and people of color who might be approaching therapy for the first time.