Maggie Futch graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduating, she moved to Huntsville and began working at a residential treatment facility for at risk teens. This experience gave Maggie the opportunity to implement behavior modification techniques as well as learn more about the clinical side of mental health. Maggie earned her Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Argosy University in December 2014. During her graduate program, Maggie was given many opportunities to research, write about, and present on counseling individuals diagnosed with terminal illness, particularly cancer. Bringing awareness to this area of counseling has been a passion and a counseling interest of Maggie’s. She hopes to advocate for this population. Currently, Maggie is continuing to work toward independent licensure in professional counseling at Behavioral Sciences under the supervision of Dr. David Barnhart.
While interning at Behavioral Sciences, Maggie gained experience with a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit disorders, and bipolar disorder. Maggie is trained in the use of the Cogmed working memory-training program. Cogmed has been used successfully with children and adults with attention-deficits (ADHD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, and adults experiencing memory loss. Maggie is also a member of the American Counseling Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, and the International OCD Foundation. An area that Maggie has focused specifically on under the guidance of Dr. Barnhart is the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy including Exposure and Response Prevention in the treatment of OCD.