Gaye B. Vance, Ph.D. gbvance@shelbypsych.com

Doctor Vance is a licensed clinical psychologist and works with adults, adolescents and children. Dr. Vance has over 25 years of experience working with individuals and families. She graduated with honors from Florida Southern College, obtaining a degree in Psychology. Dr. Vance later earned her doctorate at UAB and completed her internship at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. She practiced her early years as a member of a group practice and founded Shelby Psychological Services in Pelham in 1997. Dr. Vance is a frequent speaker for schools and other organizations, as well as teaching classes at UAB and The University of Phoenix.  

Ages 12-69

Insurance accepted:  American Behavioral, Aetna, Beacon (formerly Value Options), Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, Magellan, Medicare, Tricare, VIVA.  Does NOT accept any Employee Assistance Program (EAP) visits.  No private pay rates - full rate applies, which varies depending upon services rendered and length of each visit.

Dr Vance currently offers appointments Tuesday-Friday and every other Monday at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (also 4pm on Tuesday & Thursday).  The 2pm, 3pm & 4pm appointment times are the most in-demand, so there is typically a longer wait for availability at those times.  The 3pm & 4pm appointment times are not available for your very first appointment.  If the client is UNDER age 18, the first visit is a parent(s)-only meeting to collect a full history on the minor client.

Education

Children's Hospital of Michigan - Internship
University of Alabama at Birmingham - awarded Doctor of Philosophy
Florida Southern College - awarded Bachelor of Science in Psychology

 

Ellen Spence, Ph.D. espence@shelbypsych.com

Dr. Spence is a licensed clinical psychologist who works primarily with families of children and adolescents.  She has a specialization in developmental neuropsychology and performs assessments of children who have developmental delays, learning disabilities, and/or neurological illnesses.  She emphasizes the importance of understanding the child's strengths and weaknesses, and developing an effective intervention or educational plan.  Dr. Spence also enjoys working with children and families in therapy sessions to address emotional and behavioral issues.  Dr. Spence completed her internship in Child Psychology and Neuropsychology at UAB, and earned a doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida in 1992.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Developmental Neuropsychology at Georgia State University in 1994.  Dr. Spence was in private practice in the Birmingham area for twelve years before joining Shelby Psychological Services in January, 2009.  

Ages 2-21

Insurance accepted:  American Behavioral, Blue Cross, Cigna, Medicaid (family must obtain a Medicaid referral from child's primary care physician before scheduling), VIVA.  Does NOT accept any Employee Assistance Program (EAP) visits.  No private pay rates - full rate applies, which varies depending upon services rendered and length of each visit.

Dr Spence currently offers appointments Tuesday-Thursday at 9am, 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.  The 3pm & 4pm appointment times are the most in-demand (especially during the school year), so there is typically a longer wait for availability at those times.  The 3pm & 4pm appointment times are not available for your very first appointment.  If the client is UNDER age 18, the first visit is a parent(s)-only meeting to collect a full history on the minor client.

Education
Georgia State University - Post-doctoral Fellowship in Developmental Neuropsychology
University of Alabama at Birmingham - Internship
University of Florida - awarded Ph.D.
California State University at Northridge, Masters of Arts
Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts


Leska Meeler, LPC
leska01@mac.com

Leska has been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1999, starting in Texas and transferring her license in 2003 to Alabama.  She is also credentialed to supervise other clinicians working towards obtaining their licensure  She has specialized training to do EMDR therapy (Pt. 1 & 2). 

The majority of her experience is working with youth and adults that have experienced trauma and loss, marriage and family/relationship counseling, pre-marital counseling, parenting issues, anxiety, spiritual issues and life transitions.   She also has years of experience supervising and consulting other counselors, as well as, being a consultant for workplace transitions and management. 

Leska’s theoretical orientation is solution-focused brief therapy, which builds off of the strengths and assets available within an individual in order to tap into creating change in the areas of their lives that have become stagnant, or problematic.  This is a goal-oriented therapy model that requires openness to the process and will entail an investment of time from the client to ‘experiment’ with practicing new ways of being outside of the therapy sessions.  Leska takes a supportive role as the clients push outside of their comfort zones, but her goal is to be a catalyst to empower clients to embrace the life they want for themselves. Therapy will not always ‘”feel comfortable.” Changing old habits, or thought patterns, can be a difficult process, but the abundant life we were created to have is worth the effort.

Ages 12 & up

Insurance accepted:  American Behavioral, Behavioral Health Systems (BHS), Blue Cross, Cigna, VIVA.  Accepts ONLY Behavioral Health Systems (BHS) & American Behavioral Employee Assistance Program (EAP) visits.    Private pay rate:  $135 for first visit, $95 per visit thereafter.

Leska Meeler currently offers appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:30am, 10:30am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm, and on Wednesdays & Fridays at 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm.  The 3pm & 4pm appointment times are the most in-demand, so there is a longer wait for availability at those times.  If the client is UNDER age 18, the first visit is a parent(s)-only meeting to collect a full history on the minor client.

 Education

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1998.
Master of Arts in Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1998.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Religion, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1995.

 

Joanna Milkay, LPC-S, NCC
 milkaycounselingservices@gmail

 

Joanna Milkay graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Education, focusing on Marriage and Family Counseling. She has been counseling children, adolescents, and adults since 2002. Initially, she worked in treatment and residential centers working with addictions and abuse. After her practicum and internship at The Bessemer Cut-Off Child Advocacy Center dba The Clay House, she was given an opportunity to continue her work in advocating for children that were victims of physical and sexual abuse. She became their Clinical Director and provide services in supervision, counseling, forensic interviews, court testimony, and collaboration with agencies in advocating for victims. During her 11 years of employment with the Clay House, she assisted in forensic interview training with The National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. Working with the Quality Assurance Committee for The Department of Human Resources; she assisted in review and support of services to children and their family.

She started her private practice in 2015 and has focused on treating trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, and marriage and family issues. She is Level 1 and Level 2 trained in the use of EMDR. She trained in a one-year learning collaborative to treat trauma using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her approach with counseling is an integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, Insight-Oriented and Evidenced-Based approaches to target trauma.

She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Alabama Counseling Association, and American Counseling Association.  Maintaining connections with the University of Montevallo, she is on the Advisory Council for the Counseling Department. She provides supervision of Associate Licensed Counselors that are working toward licensure. Personally, she is married and has one daughter. Joanna enjoys painting, sewing, reading, and time with friends and family. Her happy places are attending musicals and embracing the love of animals, especially her dogs.

Joanna Milkay

Ages 4/5 (must be fairly verbal) & up

Insurance accepted:  American Behavioral, Aetna, Beacon (formerly Value Options), Blue Cross, VIVA.  Only accepts  Employee Assistance Program (EAP) managed by American Behavioral.  Private pay rate:  $110 per visit.

Joanna Milkay currently offers appointments on Mondays-Thursdays at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm & 5pm.  The 9:00am and late afternoon appointment times are the most in-demand, so there is a longer wait for availability at those times.  The 4pm & 5pm appointment times are not available for your very first appointment.   If the client is UNDER age 18, the first visit is a parent(s)-only meeting to collect a full history on the minor client.

Education

Masters in Education in Counseling, University of Montevallo

 

Emily Tucker, LPC
 emilytuckerlpc@gmail.com

 

Emily Tucker is a  Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified counselor in private practice. Ms. Tucker, a graduate of the University of Montevallo (2001) Currently resides in Shelby County AL. Emily began her private practice in 2010. Her practice moved into a full time venture in 2012.  Prior to opening her practice, Emily worked at a behavioral health treatment center, a community crisis center, and a community mental health center.  The professional experience obtained at these agencies and in her practice have allowed Emily to develop a highly intuitive and empathetic approach. Clients frequently present seeking support with mood disorders such as depression and bi-polar disorder, relationship issues, anxiety, trauma recovery, inner child healing, life adjustment support, grief and healing, behavior change and much more.

 

An experienced therapist, Emily finds working with mental health and wellness promotion especially meaningful. Her approach is “client -focused” in most situations, meaning the client can direct the therapy to focus in areas and exploring resources most helpful to each unique client.  Support, reflection, and building and modeling a healthy therapeutic relationship are seen as essential qualities in every session.  Emily works from the client centered model, but also utilizes other skills and techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), journaling, homework if requested by the client, reading from outside sources, Gottman method for couples, hypnotherapy when requested, and Lifespan Integration in trauma recovery when indicated.

 

Clients are encouraged to express what is most (and least) helpful in their personal process, allowing each therapy session to evolve in the most productive manner for each individual client. Emily believes that resources within each individual can be recognized and utilized in the therapy. Emily feels that within us all, we have connection to great hope and healing, sometimes we may simply need someone to walk with us, as we discover our own potential, strength and possibility.

 

Outside of her practice, Emily enjoys activities with her family, such as hiking, biking, and traveling. She also volunteers time with local animal rescue groups and also is pursuing her interest in health promotion, wellness, and healing philosophies.

 

Ages 13 & up

Insurance accepted:  American Behavioral, Beacon (formerly Value Options), Blue Cross, Magellan, Tricare, VIVA.    Accepts ONLY American Behavioral & Magellan Employee Assistance Program (EAP) visits.  Private pay rate:  $110 per visit.

Emily Tucker currently offers appointments Tuesday-Thursday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm.  She has mentioned that she may phase out the 6pm time later this year.  The 5pm & 6pm appointment times are not available for your very first appointment.  If the client is UNDER age 18, the first visit is a parent(s)-only meeting to collect a full history on the minor client.

 

Education

Masters in Education in Counseling, University of Montevallo

Bachelor of Science in Psychology , University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

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Contact

1940 Hwy 33 Unit A
Pelham, Alabama 35124

bbloomfield@shelbypsych.com

205-664-4010
205-664-9928 (fax)

Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5 pm CST
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 

Thoughts

“It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”

"Mental health is not a destination but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going. The therapist is like a driving instuctor, not a chauffeur.”

 

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