Meet Team Thriveworks Conway!
Candace Baker, LCSW
Candace Baker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Arkansas. She specializes in Addictions, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Trauma. She offers over 10 years of experience counseling individuals, groups, and families in a variety of settings including community mental health, corrections, and geriatrics. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Candace’s style is straight forward yet compassionate with a hint of humor because after all, laughter is said to be medicine for the soul. Candace believes in partnering with her clients in order to help them achieve their goals and overcome their struggles.
One of Candace's favorite quotes is:
"It is in your moments of decision, your destiny is shaped" - Tony Robbins
She is passionate about helping others and enjoys watching her clients grow and learn to thrive in a brand new way.
Letha Richardson, LPC
Letha Richardson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of AR. She received her undergraduate in Psychology at University of Central Arkansas, Masters of Counseling with specialty in Rehabilitation Counseling at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with emphasis on Behavioral Health from Grand Canyon University. She has worked in a variety of settings from outpatient community mental health, court-based therapeutic settings, and inpatient hospitalization.
She has experience working with clients with various mental health disorders including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, mood disorder, PTSD, grief issues, adjustment disorders, substance use issues, faith/spiritual issues, and career/life transitions. She has worked with all populations, but primarily works with adults 18 and older. Utilizing cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies, she believes that clients can be empowered to use all life experiences to create a brighter, better reality and live to their fullest potential.
Sarah Bramblett, LMFT
Sarah is a graduate of Amridge University, where she received a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Sarah has worked with a wide range of individuals and families, adults and children, to deal with life’s challenges. Using a systemic approach, she helps her clients understand forces at work in their lives and find ways they are comfortable with to manage and overcome the difficulties they are experiencing. Sarah encourages her clients to use their strengths and knowledge to maximize their abilities to cope with hardships.
Sarah’s focus is to be real and authentic with her clients and understands that it can be difficult to reach out for help. Because of this, she commits to working with each client in a unique way to help them be comfortable in counseling and still face the difficulties that brought them to her. Sarah’s passion for helping people who are hurting and unsatisfied with “the way things are” has enabled her to help numerous families, couples, parents, children, and individuals find a balance in life and new ways to thrive.
Jennifer Smitha, LPC
Jennifer Smitha is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arkansas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with distinction from Henderson State University and her Master of Science in Community Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas. She has 13 years of experience in the mental health field.
She works well with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, anger management issues, grief/loss, low self-esteem, and parenting. She is highly passionate about working with LGBTQIA, women’s health issues, relational issues, couples counseling, and family with particular focus on validation parenting.
She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents. She has the experience and expertise to help youth and their families through tough times. She has presented workshops for adolescents and adults that span character education, life skills, stress management and relaxation, relationships and sexuality, as well as parenting.
She has worked with a multi-disciplinary team to aid in treating holistically. She has been a motivator and mentor to young adults and professionals helping guide them.
Her practice is primarily existential, drawing additionally from solution focused, and cognitive behavioral theories. She integrates these styles by collaborating with to find solutions and foster change. Her style is validating and non-judgmental, meeting clients “where they are”. This means she will work towards finding and creating meaning in her clients lives, working out the solutions, and creating habits that will last a lifetime!
Jo Ann Clay, CNS, APRN
Jo Ann Clay is a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, with Prescriptive Authority, as well as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is Adult certified, and has over 15 years experience as an APRN, and 30 years experience in the Mental Health field. She has treated a variety of disorders, including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, insomnia, drug and alcohol issues.
Jo Ann believes that Medicine management requires finding the best medication for the client. That requires diagnostics and disclosure. Second is managing symptoms and side effects. She always wants to hear how well the medication is working (efficacy) as well as problems that might arise (side effects). Third is prescription refill.
Good medicine requires trust and excellent communication. Jo Ann requires patients to be in therapy to receive medication services.
Kristen Grubbs, LPC
Kristen Grubbs is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arkansas and has been licensed in the state since 2005. She received her Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Psychology from UALR and her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Arkansas. She has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field.
She has had experience and works well with clients of various disorders including but not limited too depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, sexual abuse issues, family relationship issues, grief/loss, adjustment issues, negative self esteem and image, and parenting issues. She has also worked extensively with children, adolescents, teenagers and young adults. She has a passion for working with people and helping people to see their full potential. Her goal is to let her clients know that not only does she value them as a client but as a human being.
Her practice is primarily client centered, drawing additionally from solution focused, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Her biggest priority is making sure that her clients are happy and satisfied, while reaching their full growth and potential.
Joshua Lee, LPE-I
Joshua Lee is an Independent Licensed Psychological Examiner in Arkansas. He graduated magna cum laude from Lyon College with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the University of Central Arkansas with his Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. He has worked for over 20 years as a paraprofessional, case manager, primary therapist, and advocate for individuals with mental health concerns. He offers over 15 years of experience providing individual and group counseling as well as psychoeducational and emergency assessment. He has worked in a variety of settings ranging from outpatient community mental health, acute day treatment, emergency services, nursing facilities, human development centers, and inpatient hospitalization and neurorehabilitation.
He provides treatment for a wide variety of individual mental health diagnoses in teens and adults ranging from major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, anger management, partner relational problems, and psychotic disorders. He has also taught process and skills development groups in: communication, anger management, stress management, relationship skills, recovery, DBT, and relapse prevention.
His therapy style is primarily humanistic with a focus on developing a strong therapeutic alliance to gather insight into the origin of problematic behaviors and the use of mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral skills development to affect meaningful change in an individual’s life. He is continually working to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in treatment and is working to incorporate more trauma-informed care principles into his practice.