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Irene Little – (MS, MA, LCDC, ICADC, ADC III, MAC, CCC-SLP) CEO, Clinical Director

“I LOVE what I do! I get the amazing opportunity to help families heal from the devastating effects of substance use disorders. Families allow me to guide them on their journey through recovery to discover a better version of their life and themselves. And I get to work with the BEST team who truly love and appreciate each other and their role in helping the families we serve”

The recovery specialists at Access Counseling Group are supervised and inspired by our CEO, Irene Little. Irene is widely regarded one of the finest clinicians in the country. In addition, she frequently is asked to speak on her clinical experience and is viewed as a thought leader by hundreds of certified and licensed professionals.

Irene believes in immersing herself in the recovery status of each patient, constantly ensuring each individual’s care is independently approached. Because every patient is different, Irene is passionate about a “clean slate” methodology that allows the clinician to consider all possible variables and manners of care for her patients.

MS in Communication Disorders
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)
Licensed Speech Language Pathologist with Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Associate (LMFT-A under the supervision of Candace Marcum)

Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC)
Alcohol and Drug Counselor level 3 (ADC III) – 23 years’ experience
Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)

Contact: Irene Little (MS, MA, LCDC, ICADC, ADC III, MAC, CCC-SLP): CEO, Clinical Director, Counselor irene@accesscounselinggroup.com


Stephanie McGill –  Counselor LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)

“I enjoy working at access because I enjoy working with the adolescents, adults and their families. I love to see the growth and progress they make while in the program”

Stephanie’s passion is bringing excellence to her clinical work. To her, that means surpassing ordinary standards to deliver care that is above and beyond for her patients. Her passion for excellent treatment coupled with her work ethic and compassion makes her one of the most complete therapists in North Texas.

Stephanie has an incredible passion for helping people recover from substance use disorders and to regain control of their life.  Her warm personality and commitment to professionalism are factors that differentiate her as a clinician.

She came to Access with an extensive background in therapy. But because she’s determined to be excellent, Stephanie still has a passion for learning and growing in her knowledge and best practices.

BS in Rehabilitation Studies

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)

Contact: Steph@accesscounselinggroup.com


Sydney Ellis – Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor- Intern.

“I enjoy working at Access Counseling Group because of the genuine desire to help heal families and the fun attitude in which we do it”

Students interning during their practicum is common in our field. But Sydney is uncommon in all the best ways. We’ve had many Interns spend time here at Access, but seldom have we seen one with the natural talent and discernment Sydney showed.

When we see great talent, we want them part of our team. Sydney Ellis graduated from the University of North Texas Denton with her Bachelors Degree in Rehabilitation Studies. She also received her minor in Addictions.

She has been with the Access Counseling Group for over two years. She is almost done completing her intern hours and that much closer to being fully licensed. Although Sydney is completing her internship for her counseling license, she has taken a leadership position supervising the teen youth group with their peer support groups. She also has assisted in facilitating multi-family groups and intensive outpatient groups.

Sydney has a very strong passion when it comes to working with teens and their families. She also has a strong background and has plenty of experience when it comes to working with adults.

BS in Rehabilitation Services
Minor in Addictions

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC-I)

Contact: Sydney@accesscounselinggroup.com


Hunter Brown – M. Ed., LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor)

“I have worked with a number of counseling agencies, but I have never been with any that focus more on continuing education than Access Counseling. Because of the number of clinicians who provide continuing education services, I believe that our staff is able to continually improve and hone their counseling skills”

Hunter S. Brown, M.Ed., LPC, graduated with a bachelors degree, including a major in psychology and a minor in social work, from Southern Methodist University. For graduate work, he then attended the University of North Texas and earned a Master’s of Education degree in counseling.

Hunter is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas, and is also licensed to provide continuing education (CE Provider) to counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers, For the past decade, he has been working in the field of addiction counseling, but also enjoys biofeedback work – a process that uses electronic monitoring of a normally automatic bodily function is used to train someone to acquire voluntary control of that function and animal assisted therapy with his Great Pyrenees dog, Jax.

Hunter also said, ” It is amazing to see the results that can occur when you have a team that is well-qualified and well connected. This can be a daunting field in which to work because there is so much involved in behaviors that have been in place for decades however, at Access Counseling all are able to focus on the goal and support one another.”

Hunter has worked for Access Counseling in the past, and now, being semi-retired, he has returned to work in the field he is most passionate.

MEd in Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Contact: hunter@accesscounselinggroup.com


Jessica Johnson – Counselor LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)

“Working at Access Group is like being part of a family. The team approach is the best”

Jessica has displayed exceptional skills in working with individuals impacted with the disease of addiction in our community. She has compassion and demonstrates clear judgment when assisting clients in addressing their challenges appropriately. As a resourceful individual, Jessica has repeatedly shown that she is a true advocate for those with addiction who have been marginalized by society. She continues to persevere to bring positive changes to the lives of many.

Jessica attended the University of Memphis to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and relocated to Dallas to attend Texas Woman’s University Counseling & Development masters program. Jessica completed her graduate internship at Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas. She is licensed in the State of Texas as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.

MA in Counseling & Development
BS in Psychology

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas

Contact: jessica@accesscounselinggroup.com


The Search for the Best

We believe every person on our team has an incredibly important role in helping families recover from substance abuse, which is why we spend a great deal of time looking for the best people with a passion for helping others.  It is important that we hire people who want to be a part of a team who work tirelessly to serve families who suffer from the devasting effects of addiction.  

When we have an open position we seek out people who are committed to excellence, personal and professional growth, compassion, integrity and accountability.  When we find the right person with the right heart, we invite them to join our team.  It’s not enough to have credentials, experience and education to join our team, it takes a willingness to learn and the ability to go above and beyond to provide services and treatment that fit the individual’s and family’s needs for recovery. We truly mean it when we say that we offer individualized treatment.

When interviewing for any position at Access Counseling Group, Irene Little, our CEO & Clinical Director, tests interviewees not just for their knowledge, she’s looking to see if they have the passion and ability it takes to reach the hidden places where long-term recovery is found.