Beverly J. Oxley, Ph.D., RPT-S, Executive Director of Wellsprings is a Georgia Licensed Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor who has worked with children, adolescents, and families since 1970. Previous experience includes 16 years as a special education teacher specializing in learning and behavioral disorders, 17 years as a school psychologist, and 10 years as an associate professor of education and psychology at Emmanuel College. In 2003, she opened Wellsprings which has become a thriving counseling center serving several counties in northeast Georgia. Her primary work is with children, adolescents, women, and families.
Dr. Oxley holds memberships in the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), Association for Play Therapy (APT), and Georgia Association for Play Therapy (GAPT). Over the years, she has led numerous short-term mission trips and currently, she is doing training in Ukraine and Kenya. If you want to see her eyes light up, ask about her grandchildren (two of her own and many other “adopted” ones).
Liz Gilchrest, M.A., LCSW, Clinical Director is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Liz graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s degree in Social Work and works with children, adolescents, and families with a wide range of clinical concerns. She specializes in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with relationships, depression, anxiety, life adjustment, grief, PTSD, self-harm, and the aftermath of childhood trauma. Liz incorporates art therapy and sand tray therapy, along with other creative means of expression, into her therapeutic work as clients process issues that are difficult to process using words alone. Liz utilizes a wholistic therapeutic approach, incorporating mind, body, and spirit. Her passion is to facilitate change for clients through gaining both self-awareness and healthy coping strategies to respond to past and present stressors. Liz’s work with children and adolescents focuses on parenting strategies designed to build and grow the child/caretaker relationship.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys gardening, hiking, art, and spending time with her family.
Harold Rhoades, Ph.D., LP is a Georgia Licensed Psychologist with more than 30 years clinical experience specializing in couples, marriage, families, and adults. He has extensive experience with personality disorders, dissociative identity disorder, mood disorders, spiritual direction, and adjustment issues. He is the director of Healing Springs Retreat Ministry, a retreat house for couples, marriage enrichment, individuals, families, and ministers needing time for rest, reflection, and restoration. In addition to many insurance panels, he is a Medicare provider. Dr. Rhoades adjuncts at Emmanuel College.
Terry Morris, M.S., LPC, CAMS is a Georgia Licensed Practical Counselor with over 20 years of clinical experience specializing in anger management, addiction, teenage behavioral problems, depression and anxiety disorders, as well as communication issues between couples and families. Prior to Wellsprings, Terry worked in an adolescent psychiatric hospital in Youngstown, Ohio where he co-facilitated therapeutic group, and facilitated groups in anger management, self-esteem, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Terry moved to Georgia to be closer to his children and grandchildren and worked eight years with a counseling agency that provided in-home counseling. Terry is a member of the of the Georgia Licensed Practical Counselor Association, and the National Anger Management Association. While Terry’s therapeutic approach is based upon the needs of the client, he often utilizes the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach (CBT) because as he says, “If a person can change how they think, they can change how their life.”
Tammy Arnold, MA, LPC is a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor. Her past experience includes in-home and outpatient clinical work with children ages 5-12, specializing in those on the Autism Spectrum. Presently, Tammy works with women, teens and children presenting with anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, trauma and autism.
Tina Hart, M.Ed., Ed.S., LPC, NCC is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Tina graduated from Clemson University in 2010 and has worked with children, adolescents, parents, and couples in various settings for over 25 years. As a teacher, she was selected as the Franklin County Middle School Teacher of the Year. She is currently a counselor at FCMS, as well as Wellsprings. Tina works with children, adolescents, and their families and specializes in anger management, grief, self-esteem issues, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders. Tina is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia Association (LPCGA), American School Counselor’s Association, and Professional Association of Georgia Educators.
Christopher Caldwell, Ph.D. is a Georgia Licensed Psychologist and has been in practice for more than 35 years. Past experience is quite diverse and includes youth ministry, residential wilderness treatment, work with military families in Germany for 7 years and Oregon for 7 years. For the past 15 years, Dr. Caldwell has been working as a rural psychologist in a community mental health center and enjoys working with children, adults, and groups in Elbert, Oglethorpe and Madison counties. He joined the Wellsprings staff in July of 2017, providing both psychological testing and mental health group therapy. His main passion is doing group work with 34 years’ experience.
Dr. Caldwell specializes in Dialectical Behavior Training and other cognitive behavioral therapies for mood, anxiety, and interpersonal functioning problems. He has an extensive background in addictions work, men’s issues, grief and trauma support counseling, parenting, and child and adolescent therapy. Dr. Caldwell loves most outdoor activities (including swimming year round in his outdoor pool), traveling with his wife, and biking.
William Danny Bird, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS is a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a member of the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia. His Ph.D. is in Counselor Education and Supervision. Thus, Dr. Bird’s fulltime work sees him teaching college students and attempting to influence the lives of future generations of professional helpers.
Dr. Bird arrived in Georgia in 2016 from his home in Canada via a circuitous 20-year journey with stops in the Dominican Republic, Indiana, Georgia, and Virginia. Along the way, Dr. Bird has worked in residential care with at-risk youth (and their families), in outpatient psychiatric hospital, residential psychiatric hospital, in-home counseling, and outpatient settings.
On a personal level, Dr. Bird and his lovely wife (a Georgia Peach) were married in 2005 and together they are attempting to raise three fantastic children. Dr. Bird loves the country life and thoroughly enjoys the opportunities that exist in living and working in a small community.
Wanda Heath, Ph.D., is a Georgia Licensed Psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and youth ages preschool through college. With 30 years of experience as a School Psychologist, Wanda is well versed in the educational and social/emotional difficulties of childhood. Her experience includes the assessment of learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as other developmental concerns. In addition to her work in schools, Wanda opened up a private practice in 2005 providing therapy and psychological assessment services for children and families.
Wanda is a member of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the Georgia Association of School Psychologists (GASP).
Amy Swails, M.A., LAPC is working toward full Georgia licensure. She earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University (2018), and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Tulsa University (2009). Past clinical work includes provision of daily intensive, in-home therapy for children with autism as an Applied Behavioral Analysis tutor. Amy has also served as a Guardian Ad Litem advocate for children suffering from abuse and neglect. Her work at Wellsprings includes people of all ages with specialization in pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, play therapy, and individual therapy for people experiencing complications from grief, depression, and anxiety. Amy also works at Reins of Life (Eastanollee, Georgia) providing equine-assisted therapies for all ages.
Cindy Robbins is a Masters Candidate at Grace College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (degree to be conferred May 2019). She has interned at Wellsprings under the supervision of Dr. Beverly Oxley and Mr. Terry Morris. Her specializations include work with adolescents and families. Cindy is a student member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA).
Laura Huddleston, M.A., LPC, NCC, ACS is a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor, with 23 years of experience counseling children, teens, and their families. Laura and her husband have recently relocated to Georgia, and she has expanded her practice to include working with adult women. Laura’s previous experiences include working as a school-based therapist, as a clinic-based therapist in community mental health centers, in group home settings, in a multidisciplinary group practice, and most recently as a manager of clinic and community-based services at a community mental health center in Tennessee. She enjoys using play therapy techniques to work with children who struggle with anxiety, OCD, ADHD, depression, and trauma, and she works closely with caregivers using a systemic approach. Laura looks forward to working more with women who struggle with life adjustments, depression, anxiety, OCD, and trauma exposure of all kinds. She has completed EMDR Levels 1 and 2 and is qualified to utilize EMDR as a modality with both youth and adults. In addition to her work as a therapist, Laura values her role as a clinical supervisor, having supervised many therapists in Tennessee to Licensed Professional Counselor status. She is qualified to offer LPC supervision in Georgia with the Approved Clinical Supervisor credential.