Brooke Stephens brings a true passion for supporting
individuals with disabilities to have the same opportunities as their peers. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Auburn University, Brooke began work in disabilities in the Office of Intervention and Prevention at Sparks Clinics in 1996. This early work led to a position as a Case Manager for the local Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Health Care Authority. During this time, Brooke completed the coursework toward a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Following Case Management, she coordinated the Respite and Behavior Management Programs and later the Supported Employment Program at Glenwood, Inc.
In October 2006, Brooke began working at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Lifelong Coordination Clinic with two main goals: to assist individuals in finding and keeping a job and to educate the public on the benefits of working with people who have a disability. When this Clinic closed in July 2007, Brooke and another colleague founded Triumph Services, which opened August 1, 2007. When Triumph began, services were provided for the sixteen individuals who had received support through the Lifelong Coordination Clinic. Triumph has grown rapidly since its opening, supporting more than 150 individuals in developing and achieving their goals for independence.
In addition to her professional experience, Brooke has a nine year-old nephew, Luke, who was diagnosed with Autism five years ago. Understanding how Luke’s disability affects the entire family has been as valuable as any other professional experience. As the Executive Director of Triumph Services, Brooke strives to assist individuals with disabilities to become active members in their communities and to decrease societal stereotypes.
Leigh Belcher, MS, LPC
Director of Clinical Services
Leigh Belcher is a Licensed Therapist who has been involved in the mental health field for the last fifteen years. Through her educational and professional experience, Leigh brings a unique approach to therapy that has proven to be extremely successful for individuals who have developmental disabilities. Leigh’s experience in undergraduate school led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Samford University. After graduating in 1997, Leigh moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and began pursuing her graduate degree in Counseling. While in graduate school, she gained professional experience by working with soldiers and their families at Fort McPherson. After completing her Master’s of Science in Counseling in 1999, Leigh returned to Birmingham to begin her professional career.
Leigh had the privilege of beginning her career with Glenwood, Inc. Through this position, she developed a passion for working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. Leigh worked in different roles with varying populations at Glenwood, including work with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. It was through this experience that she began her cognitive behavioral approach that she currently practices with individuals who have developmental disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders.
After eight years at Glenwood, Leigh opened a private practice where she provides individual and group therapy for individuals involved with the Alabama Department of Human Resources and varying other referral sources. Triumph approached Leigh in July 2007 to be a Contract Therapist. Her approach with the individuals Triumph supports was so successful that Leigh joined the Triumph Staff in January 2009 as the Director of Clinical Services.
Leigh resides in Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys reading, shopping, spending time with her family and friends, and being outdoors.
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