Employee Assistance Program Staff

Laquita "Laila" Cooper, LCSW

Program Manager
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Laila is a skilled mental health clinician, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners with more than 15 years of experience providing services to children, adolescents, adults, and families including:

  • Anger management
  • Behavior modification
  • Family systems
  • Crime victim services
  • Crisis intervention
  • Family violence
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Treatment and diagnosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental health disorders
  • Training
  • Supervision
  • Program development

Laila has worked in numerous settings including:

  • Private practice
  • Community mental health
  • Law enforcement
  • Social services
  • Hospital systems
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Military installations (Texas Army National Guard)
  • Managed care

Laila provides individual, group, marriage, and family counseling.

Education and Military

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice – The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Master of Science in Social Work – The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Texas Army National Guard – (honorably discharged after eight years of service)

April Wilder, LCSW

EAP Specialist
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April is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 12 years of experience in social work, having worked in a variety of practice settings including:

  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Mental health outpatient programs
  • Mobile crisis teams
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Dallas Independent School District

April has extensive experience providing individual and group counseling to patients from all walks and stages of life on subject matters such as:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Anger management
  • Relationship difficulty
  • Constructive communication
  • Grief and loss
  • Personality disorders
  • Adjustment issues
  • Life transitions
  • Assertiveness and boundaries
  • Self-worth
  • Co-dependency

April has lectured to graduate-level social work students and colleagues and enjoys the opportunity to impart and receive knowledge that contributes to quality-of-life improvements.

Outside of serving others, April enjoys time with her family, cooking, UFC, and college football.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Social Welfare – Dillard University
  • Master of Social Work – University of Michigan

David Terpstra, LPC, LMFT

EAP Specialist
David.Terpstra@UTSouthwestern.edu

David is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 21 years of experience working as a counselor in private practice, psychiatric hospitals, and community agencies in the Dallas area. He has worked with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of issues, including:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Anger control
  • Grief and loss
  • Marriage and divorce
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Co-dependency
  • Family concerns
  • Conflict resolution

David has presented to groups ranging from five to 2,000 on multiple topics and excels in sharing patients’ journeys of healing, change, and life success.

In his personal life, David enjoys time with family, hiking/camping, exercising, global news, and good coffee.

Education

  • Master of Science in Counseling – University of North Texas
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature – Bethel University
  • Master of Divinity – Princeton Seminary

Sean Maybery, LPC, LCDC

EAP Specialist
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Sean is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with more than five years of experience working with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, and substance use issues in multiple settings including community mental health, substance use treatment facilities, and private practice.

Sean provides group, individual, and couples counseling to adults and adolescents and is eager to help clients with issues such as:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Relationship concerns
  • Anger management

Having completed Safe Space training, Sean helps clients who identify as LGBTQ.

When he is not at work, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Spring Hill College
  • Master of Arts in Counseling – St. Edward’s University

Questions about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?

Employee Assistance Program
214-648-5330

eap@utsouthwestern.edu