Our Team

At Alabama Psychiatry & Counseling, we are only as strong as our staff and are proud to employ a variety of qualified individuals who bring their own diverse knowledge to the practice in order to ensure you receive the most comprehensive treatment possible.

When it comes to your mental health, there’s no decision more important than selecting the right treatment and care. Our team is dedicated to serving high-quality and compassionate care, and we work diligently to offer treatment solutions in a confidential and comfortable environment along with the support you and your family need.

Please take a moment to read more about our individual staff members and learn how they allow our practice to continually be the absolute best at caring for your health needs. Please contact to schedule a consultation.


Adeel Rabbani M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Adeel Rabbani earned his Masters degree in Public Health from the Boston University and his M.D. from the Dow University of Health Sciences.  He completed his General Psychiatry residency at the Texas A & M University Health Science Center and then his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Dr. Rabbani is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.

He has served on the teaching faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as University of South Alabama. He has also served as an attending psychiatrist at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Rabbani’s clinical focus is on the use of medication management and psychotherapy in the treatment of wide range of psychiatric concerns. He enjoys caring for children, adolescents, and adults with Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Depressive Disorders.


Emily Whitt, PsyD

Dr. Emily Whitt is a licensed clinical psychologist offering psychotherapy and psychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her clinical internship at Miami Children’s Hospital in the department of psychiatry and was a member of their eating disorder treatment team. Dr. Whitt received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (2006)

Some of the treatment modalities she uses include, but are not limited to, Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Therapy. Dr. Whitt has specialized training in Family Based Therapy of Eating Disorders (The Maudsley Method) and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a treatment for trauma.


Cecelia A. Watts, LPC

Cecelia Watts is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Certified Critical Incident Stress Management Professional.  Cecelia has 22 years of experience in the counseling field.  She works with adults, adolescents, couples and families in a number of areas including, but not limited to,  substance abuse, eating disorders, grief, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, relationships, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Cecelia believes in the positive power of healing through expression by the client.  She looks at each client as a unique individual and creates a counseling style that best suits that client's needs.  Cecelia creates a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment and works with each client to identify their goals and help them grow to their highest potential.  She loves her work and is passionate about walking with her clients on the journey to a more fulfilling life.  Cecelia uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person- Centered Therapy among other modalities to assist her clients.  

Cecelia received her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2001.

James L. Jackson, Jr.

James L. Jackson, Jr., PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC

James L. Jackson, Jr., PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC is a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, and a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor.

His 20 years of clinical experience includes play therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and advocacy services with abused children and adolescents in schools, foster homes and group homes.

Dr. Jackson serves children, adults, and families through practice at Alabama Psychiatry and Counseling Services.


In Memorium: Farah Khan M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Farah Khan was a compassionate and beloved member of our team and Founder of Alabama Psychiatry and Counseling.

Dr. Khan earned her Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her medical degree from Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her General Psychiatry residency at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Dr. Khan was Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. She also served on the teaching faculty at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Khan commenced practice in 2004. She specialized in the treatment of a broad range of psychiatric disorders including Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD and Sleep Disorders.

Dr. Khan was known to all as a brilliant and passionate psychiatrist who positively impacted the lives and health of her patients. To her friends and family, she was the soft spoken, always smiling Farah.