Luciana C. Silva

Luciana C. Silva is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her Master of Science and her Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Child and Family Development (specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy) from the University of Georgia. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and done national and international conference presentations on a variety of research topics. Her Masters thesis focused on the effects of the fear of sexual assault on women’s use of time and space, and her dissertation topic was how intercultural couples negotiate a multicultural identity for their relationship.

She has a wide-range of experience and expertise in the field of mental health and family therapy. She comes to UAB after ten years of experience in various nonprofit settings, where her work focused on trauma, addiction and co-occurring mental health recovery, intimate relationship conflict and distress, and sexuality education. Luciana works with families to witness and influence their journey toward better understanding, acceptance, and negotiation of themselves as a unit, and as relational (and relating) individuals. When treating individuals, she still conceptualizes their needs and objectives through developmental and systemic frameworks. She is both compassionate and directive in therapy, using Bowen family systems theory as a guiding framework for the practical application of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness principles.

Luciana has advanced clinical training in Bowen Family Systems Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, and other evidence-based practices. She is an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on various topics in mental health and family therapy. Additionally, she has interest and experience in program evaluation, project management, and qualitative research.

Luciana C. Silva, PhD, LMFT
Employee Assistance and Counseling Center Counselor

Sydne Stone

Sydne Stone is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Clinical Fellow for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  She has been a counselor in various settings for over 25 years.  Sydne has provided individual, group and family therapy in outpatient and inpatient settings, and has worked in the school system with children from kindergarten through 12th grade. She has worked extensively with grief, divorce, blended families, trauma, depression, co-dependency, addictions, stress, self-esteem, anxiety, life stage adjustments, coping with chronic illness and navigating college scholarships and the application process. Sydne has facilitated groups such as family support, intensive outpatient therapies, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, heterogeneous therapy, parenting, and has presented programs on ADHD, Counseling Children, Parenting, Coping Skills, Grief Issues and Family Therapy.

Sydne earned an MS in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1985, and a Master of Education from the University of Montevallo in 1998. Her BS in Sociology is from Indiana University in 1981. Sydne is a member of the Alabama Counselors Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 
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Sydne Stone, MS, MEd.
Employee Assistance and Counseling Center Counselor

Carrie May Ezell

Carrie May Ezell is a Registered and Board Certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a certified GATEways facilitator (an Australian art therapy program for clients with dementia).  Carrie is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, Alabama Art Therapy Association, National Association of Activity Professionals, National Coalition of Activity Professionals, and is a Holmberg Arts Leadership Fellow.  She is the past president of the Tennessee Art Therapy Association and taught as an adjunct professor while living in Tennessee.   

Carrie is currently a doctoral student studying Expressive Therapies.  Her research is focused on the efficacy of art therapy with older adults in long term care. 
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Carrie May Ezell, ATR-BC
Employee Assistance and Counseling Center Counselor

Tanesha C. Derico

Tanesha C. Derico is a graduate of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is the Office Services Specialist II for the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center. In this capacity, she performs all administrative tasks for the daily business operation of the division. Her areas of expertise include data entry, transcribing, word processing, and correspondence. She is a resident of Birmingham, AL.

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Tanesha C. Derico, BS
Office Service Specialist II