Mid-South Professional Counseling

Mid-South Professional Counseling (MPC) is comprised of several locations in Memphis and surrounding areas. We provide services such as weekly counseling sessions and medication management at the outpatient level of care. We provide services for young children, adolescents, and adults. We are invested in providing evidence-based treatment protocols. Additionally, research studies have indicated for many years that the quality of the relationship with your mental healthcare provider is a critical predictor of a positive outcome. Therefore, our providers encourage ongoing feedback from you about the quality of the relationship in addition to your treatment protocol.

At MPC, we pride ourselves in welcoming persons of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and belief systems. We believe in keeping your sessions focused on your needs and goals, working with you based on your personal worldview and values. We consider ourselves allies of the LGBTQAI+ community (some of our providers are also members of the community). We embrace cultural, religious, and non-religious diversity. We understand it is difficult to take the first step in scheduling a therapy appointment, and we appreciate your courage in taking that step with us.

For adults who are in need of a higher level of care, MPC can assist you in getting an appointment for a thorough, level-of-care assessment with the Intensive Outpatient team of Mental Health Resources. See more about MHR’s programs by clicking on the MHR Services tab on this website.

Counseling and Therapy Services Include:

 

  • Depression Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling
  • Anxiety Counseling, Stress Management
  • PTSD and Trauma Counseling
  • Addiction Treatment and Addiction Counseling
  • Grief Counseling
  • Chronic Pain Counseling
  • Counseling for Work and Career Issues
  • LGBTQQI Concerns
    (Issues Related or Non-Related to Orientation)
  • Relationship Crisis (separation, divorce, coping with new custody arrangements, parenting, target of bullying, friendship issues, etc.)
  • Unhealthy Behaviors (Smoking, Difficulty Following Weight Management, Lack of Physical Activity, etc.)
  • Child and Teen Counseling
Meet The Staff at Mid-South Professional Counseling
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Andrea Davis, LPC-MHSP
LPC-MHSP

Andrea Davis

Angelyn Vaughan, LCSW, LSSW, TCYMT, ASDCS
LCSW, LSSW, TCYMT, ASDCS

Angelyn Vaughan

Brenita Seay, LPC
LPC

Brenita Seay

Brittany Kirk, LMSW
LMSW

Brittany Kirk

Chanel Townsend, LCSW
LCSW

Chanel Townsend

Chase Spiegel, LCSW
LCSW

Chase Spiegel

Christy Murphy, LMFT
LMFT

Christy Murphy

Courtney B. Johnson, M.D.
MD

Courtney Johnson

Danielle Sharkey, LPC
LPC

Danielle Sharkey

Debra Fitzgerald, LPC-MHSP, CRC
LPC-MHSP, CRC

Debra Fitzgerald

Ferrell Varner
MD

Ferrell Varner

Jasmine Robinson MS, NCC
MS, NCC

Jasmine Robinson

Keisha Kennedy, LCSW
LCSW

Keisha Kennedy

Khyati Kothari
MD

Khyati Kothari

Kim McCaskill, LPC-MHSP
LPC-MHSP

Kim McCaskill

Kristi Poindexter, LPC MHSP, NCC
LPC MHSP, NCC

Kristi Poindexter

Kristy Vassar, LCSW
LCSW

Kristy Vassar

Lauren Ashley, LPC-MHSP
LPC-MHSP

Lauren Ashley

Lauren Bean, LPC-MHSP
LPC-MHSP

Lauren Bean

Leah Pinkston, LPC-MHSP
LPC-MHSP

Leah Pinkston

Lindsey Hightower, LPC-MHSP
LPC-MHSP

Lindsey Hightower

Mary Statum, LPC-MHSP
LPC-MHSP

Mary Statum

Mike Wood
LCSW

Mike Wood

Randolph Potts, Ph.D.
PhD

Randolph Potts

Roneferiti Fowler
PhD

Roneferiti Fowler

Sandi Payne, LPC
LPC-MHSP

Sandi Payne

Sarah Barbour, LMSW
LMSW

Sarah Barbour

Sheila Murphy, MSN, PMHNP-BC
MSN, PMHNP-BC

Sheila Murphy

Shoshana Scott, PMHNP
PMHNP

Shoshana Scott

Stacie Hopkins, LPC NCC
LPC NCC

Stacie Hopkins

Teraysa Thompson, M.Ed.
M.Ed.

Teraysa Thompson

Valerie Shaw, LCSW
LCSW

Valerie Shaw

LPC-MHSP

Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation in Tennessee.. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), and The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA). She is experienced in both community and residential settings. She received her undergraduate psychology degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2012.

Andrea has had substantial experience working with children and adolescents in the following areas: trauma, adoption and foster care issues, grief, learning and developmental disabilities, anger management, family/relational problems, social skills, self-injurious behavior, anxiety, the LGBTQ population, attachment issues, and emerging adult/life transitions.

Andrea is highly invested in ongoing professional growth. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, and music.

LCSW, LSSW, TCYMT, ASDCS

Angelyn Vaughan

Angelyn Vaughan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed School Social Worker, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist, and Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. She was a recipient of the Mid-South Social Work Professional Development Initiative Fellowship and received her Master of Social Work at the University of Memphis. Angelyn is licensed to practice in Arkansas and Tennessee.

Angelyn utilizes a strengths-based, holistic approach focusing on both physical and mental health. She implements multiple evidenced-based practices and interventions into her practice, including Internal Family Systems Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Theory of Mind, and Motivational Interviewing. Angelyn has a warm, relaxed approach which helps clients feel safe navigating the therapeutic process. As an artist and master clinical aromatherapy student, she has a special interest in alternative treatment and complementary approaches, to meet the unique needs of clients.

Angelyn has experience working in crisis assessment, community-based mental health, outpatient mental health, and the school setting—with youth and adults. Angelyn’s has extensive experience working with clients with mood disorders, anxiety, conduct disorders, sleep disruption, trauma, relationship concerns, and autism spectrum disorder without an accompanying intellectual disability. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, engaging with art and music, cooking, and spending time in nature.

LPC

Brenita Seay

Brenita strives to provide a place of non-judgmental peace, security and excitement for growth and change in sessions with all clients. Brenita enjoys working with underserved communities, adolescents, individuals and families indicated through her experience in community and residential mental health. No topic is taboo as Brenita is open to addressing issues with trauma, grief, communication, family issues, social and life skills. Using a variety of modalities, Brenita is able to empower clients as they do the work to improve themselves and their daily interactions with others. Brenita earned her Bachelors in Psychology, minoring in African-American Studies and Sociology from Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) in Virginia and followed-up with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University. Brenita currently offers both in-person and telehealth therapy. Some of the things Brenita enjoys in her spare time include traveling, spending time with family, music and cooking.

LMSW

Brittany Kirk

Brittany Kirk is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of TN who received both of her social work degrees from the University of Memphis (Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work). She has experience working in skilled nursing, hospice, home health, and children and adolescent inpatient psychiatric services. She works with patients from twelve to ninety-nine and all ages between.

Brittany is currently under supervision to achieve the LCSW, the highest level of  licensure for Social Workers in Tennessee. Her treatment modalities are Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Brittany’s areas of interest include but are not limited to the following: the LGBTQ+ population, chronic pain, fatigue, and illnesses, end of life care and death, grief, career counseling and guidance, teenagers and young adults, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, social skills, religion-based concerns, stress management, and self-injurious behavior.

In her free-time, Brittany enjoys playing with her five cats, spending time with her family, and taking road trips with her husband.

LCSW

Chanel Townsend

Chanel Townsend, LCSW, received her Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She achieved her Bachelors of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. She is fully licensed in the state of Tennessee.

Chanel views the relationship between client and therapist to be a key component in making progress. She is invested in building a healthy rapport in a non-judgmental environment. She has experience providing individual and family therapy. She has provided services in community health, residential, crisis care, and the veteran population. She addresses issues related to anxiety, stress, trauma, unresolved anger, depression, relationship conflicts, adjusting to life changes, and self-esteem issues. Chanel has a special interest in working with unique challenges faced by young and middle-aged adults (aka, Generation Z and Millennials).

She uses the following therapeutic methods: Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem Solving, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma – Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Aggression Replacement Training.

In her free time Chanel enjoys reading, funny movies and tv shows, Zumba, and exploring new cooking recipes.

LCSW

Chase Spiegel

Chase Spiegel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in helping clients recover from traumatic experiences. She is a nationally recognized Specialist for treatment of PTSD with over 15 years of experience that began at the Memphis VA.

Relying on Cognitive Behavioral informed techniques, she is trained in using all three Gold Star trauma therapies to include Prolonged Exposure, CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) and EMDR. She earned her BSW at Delta State University and her master’s from Michigan State University. She is also certified to teach English as a foreign or second language.

She is well versed in treating veterans of combat, survivors of rape/sexual assault, near death experiences like natural disasters, and witnesses or victims of hate crimes/terrorist attacks. She is experienced with outpatient, inpatient, residential, and Homeless Programs.  She also treats Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, and other mood related problems.

Chase affirms the LGBTQ population, and she is welcoming to all beliefs and backgrounds. No topic or experience is off limits with Chase. She understands that goals belong to the client, not the therapist. She opens the therapeutic process by asking clients what they hope she can do to help, what they want to change, and she strives to understand how past experience is influencing present life. Testimonials report “she is compassionate and trustworthy,” and “I got my life back.”

LMFT

Christy Murphy

Christy Murphy, LMFT, a University of Memphis graduate with a B.A. in Psychology, achieved her M.A. in Counseling at Harding University. Christy has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2012. She has served in Director and Supervisory roles in a variety of settings.

Christy enjoys working with adult clients of all backgrounds, lifestyles and belief systems, working from the world view of the client to achieve therapy goals. She is a trauma-informed clinician with a special interest in childhood abuse recovery.

Her therapeutic approach is tailored to the needs of the individual with an emphasis on empowerment of a person’s strengths to learn new ways to cope with life’s challenges. The problematic areas she treats most often are depression, anxiety, bipolar, grief/loss, addiction, trauma, marital conflict, divorce recovery, and family dysfunction.

She utilizes evidence-based therapeutic approaches and treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and family systems theory. Christy is happy to provide Christian oriented counseling for clients who request this service. She has been married for over 23 years and has one son who serves in the Army. Christy is a certified group fitness and Zumba instructor and has led fitness classes for the last 10 years.

MD

Courtney Johnson

Courtney B. Johnson, M.D., is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology board-certified psychiatrist with more than nine years of experience.

Dr. Johnson is a native of Shelby County. She was born and raised in Germantown, Tennessee, where she graduated from Houston High School. She is a proud alumna of Xavier University of Louisiana, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, ACS Certified. Dr. Johnson went on to receive her medical degree in 2008 from University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. While there, she received special recognition for academic performance and community service. She then completed her psychiatry residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Johnson has acquired extensive experience in outpatient community mental health while treating a diverse patient population. She practices patient-centered, evidence-based medicine tailored to the individual. Dr. Johnson’s focus of treatment is to help individuals improve quality of life, and she strives to show compassion to each patient while focusing on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices in aiding mental health.

LPC

Danielle Sharkey

Danielle Sharkey is a Licensed Professional Counselor pursuant of the Mental Health Service Provider status. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. Danielle enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults in hopes of helping them discover and achieve their best self. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Collaborative Problem Solving. She uses evidenced based practices to assist clients struggling in various areas that include depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, social and interpersonal skills, anger management, trauma, and stress.

Aside from counseling, Danielle continues to seek opportunities for growth in the mental health field and enjoys painting, journaling, and reading.

LPC-MHSP, CRC

Debra Fitzgerald

Debra Fitzgerald has been a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation since 2009. She also holds a national certification as a Rehab Counselor.

Debra is Level II EMDR certified in treating trauma, Gottman Therapist Level II certified for couples counseling, and she holds a Grief and Death Studies certification via the Center for Loss and Life and Life Transition from Colorado State. She also works with people who are struggling with mood disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders. A counselor for over fifteen years, she has worked in hospitals and IOP/PHP programs. She has also provided therapy in routine outpatient settings such as her own practice and other private practice settings. Debra received her B.A. in Psychology in 2002 and her M.S. in Counseling in 2004 from the University of Memphis. Debra has completed additional master’s level courses in Thanatology from Marian University to further the depth of her knowledge in treating issues related to grief and loss.

Debra was honored to receive the Private Practice Counselor of the Year award in 2011 from West TN Counseling Association.  She was a nominee for the Ally Focus Award in 2018. She is a member of APA (American Psychological Association) and ADEC (Association of Death Education Counseling).  In her spare time, Debra volunteers at Methodist Hospice Residence.

MD

Ferrell Varner

Dr. Varner was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He has lived here most of his life and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee where he was Chief Resident. His practice includes work at the UT Psychiatry and Mental Health Resources outpatient clinics. Focusing mainly on medication management, he works with patients dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, and other problems. He has a special interest in helping young professionals and the LGBTQ+ community.

When not working, Dr. Varner enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing piano, watching films, and keeping up with his 75 gallon aquarium.

MS, NCC

Jasmine Robinson

Jasmine received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis with honors in 2014. Jasmine continued her educational journey receiving her Masters of Science degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jasmine has 3 years of experience in the counseling profession working with children and adolescents ages 5 to 18 in outpatient, residential and inpatient/acute settings.

Jasmine’s specialty includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, peer pressure/relationships, and behavioral issues. Jasmine’s focuses also include building/repairing relationships, improving communication/coping skills, creating healthy boundaries and relationships, and enhancing self-esteem. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys watching movies and spending time with family and friends.

LCSW

Keisha Kennedy

I am a 2004 graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a 2012 graduate of University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Master of Science in Social Work degree. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently licensed in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. I previously worked in Community Mental Health for 9 years with children, adults and families. I have experience working with elderly adults and their families in the nursing home setting. I believe in being non-judgmental, sensitive and compassionate. My psychotherapy approach is a combination of cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, interpersonal, solution focused and client centered.

In my down time, I love to relax and have a good time. For fun, I enjoy listening to music and singing, traveling, trying new restaurants and foods, reading, laughing and spending time with loved ones.

MD

Khyati Kothari

I completed my medical school from Terna Medical College in Navi Mumbai, India, and my psychiatry residency from the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY. I have worked in various clinical settings, including inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry and hospital psychiatry . I have a passion for teaching psychiatry to medical students and residents.

I am a faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and serve as the Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Psychiatry. I have a keen interest in Womens mental health.

LPC-MHSP

Kim McCaskill

Kim McCaskill, LPC-MHSP, is the Director of Mid-South Professional Counseling in West Tennessee. Her history includes roles as Executive Director of Mental Health Resources, Interim Director of Fairhaven Treatment Center, IOP Coordinator for Mental Health Resources, Private Practice, providing counseling for Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs, and counseling in the Community Mental Health setting. She earned her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000 and her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Mississippi. She strives to offer a warm, professional, non-judgmental approach in all services she provides to clients. She has a special interest in chronic pain management, self-image issues, healthy lifestyle maintenance, insomnia, serving the LGBTQAI+ community, and serving persons from any religious or non-religious background. She has several years of experience treating clients with depression, PTSD, anxiety, workplace stress, and addiction/substance abuse issues. She is invested in evidence-based treatment and working with clinicians who strive to improve professionally throughout the span of their careers. She applies Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Family of Origin work as appropriate in helping clients achieve progress. Her interests outside of work include time with her family and friends, reading, enjoying music, and exercise.

LPC MHSP, NCC

Kristi Poindexter

Kristi Poindexter, LPC-MHSP, NCC, has over fifteen years of experience providing counseling for children (ages six and older), teens, and adults. She works with individuals experiencing addiction and substance abuse.

She also works with anxiety, depression, change of life situations, relationship difficulties, trauma, and abuse to include both individual and family therapy. Kristi has worked in a variety of mental health settings including acute care, outpatient, psychiatric hospitals and residential facilities. She has received training in Collaborative Problem Solving and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kristi is a proud graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned a BA in Psychology in 2000, followed by an MS in Mental Health Counseling in 2003.

In her free time, Kristi enjoys reading and spending quality time with her husband and her friends.

LCSW

Kristy Vassar

Kristy Vassar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds an M.S. in Social Work and a B.A. in Psychology. She works with young children, adolescents, and adults.

Kristy believes in accessing clients’ strengths to help them achieve recovery. She has a special interest in helping clients overcome addiction to substances.

She is also experienced with child and family therapy, parenting issues, and individual and group therapy. She has provided in-home counseling, Intensive Outpatient services, Psychiatric Inpatient services, and she has served as a Medical Social Worker for patients in medical hospital settings.

LPC-MHSP

Lauren Ashley

Lauren Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) designation in the state of Tennessee. Additionally, Lauren is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Aggression Replacement Training, and Collaborative Problem Solving. Lauren graduated with her master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling in 2011. She has significant experience working with pre-adolescents and adolescents, who are considered at-risk, and their families. Lauren has experience working with emotional and behavioral problems, adoption and foster care issues, learning disabilities, anger issues, communication/family relational problems, and parenting concerns. Lauren also has experience working with mood disorders (such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder), grief/loss, emerging adults and phase of life issues related to the school/job transition experience, attachment issues, survivors of abuse/trauma, and common phase of life concerns.

When she is not busy seeing clients, Lauren remains as active as possible in the local dance community, teaching dance classes to children and adults. She also loves spending time with her husband and “furkids”, and devotes time to further her professional development.

LPC-MHSP

Lauren Bean

Lauren Bean received her M.S. in Counseling from William Carey University in 2011, with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Services. Lauren is very passionate about working with children, adolescents, and their families to improve relationships and quality of life.  Lauren is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Aggression Replacement Training, Collaborative Problem Solving, the Adolescent Community Reinforcement

Approach, and has training in being an Adoptions Competent Counselor. She has had frequently worked with children who have behavioral issues, anger management problems, communication problems, issues with social skills, LBGTQ concerns and needs, anxiety and stress management, depression, abuse and trauma, grief, and self-injurious behaviors.

Lauren is very close with her family and spends as much time with them as she can. She loves to travel and spoil her two little pups!

LPC-MHSP

Leah Pinkston

Leah Pinkston, LPC-MHSP, is currently with our Mid-South Professional Counseling outpatient team. She has previously served as MHR’s Intensive Outpatient Coordinator (IOP) and was an IOP therapist for 4 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver with an Addiction specialization.

Leah has provided individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her previous clinical experience includes working with homeless adults struggling with substance addiction, family therapy, individual therapy, and working to strengthen parenting skills. She has also engaged in volunteer work with Kindred Place related to domestic violence, divorce, and anger management.

Leah relies on Motivational Interviewing, identifying stages of change, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered techniques, Exposure Therapy, and Strengths Based approaches in her clinical work to treat a variety of mental health symptoms. She works with individuals ages 16+ experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship and communication challenges, and low self-esteem.

LPC-MHSP

Lindsey Hightower

Lindsey Hightower is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Lindsey received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Mississippi.

Lindsey has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families dealing with a wide range of academic, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional difficulties that include depression, trauma, grief, attachment, anxiety, anger management, family/relational issues, social and interpersonal skills, self-injurious behavior, LGBTQ concerns, and life adjustments. She is well versed in community and inpatient settings. Lindsey enjoys providing a safe place for her clients in a strength based environment to achieve their therapeutic goals.

In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her three dogs. Lindsey also enjoys antiquing and reality television.

LPC-MHSP

Mary Statum

Mary Statum, M.S., is an LPC-MHSP in Tennessee and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is experienced working with mood disorders and substance abuse problems. Mary uses a variety of evidence-based approaches such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is Level I and Level II trained in EMDR. She has worked in the inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization levels of care in addition to private practice. She is a Contractor for the Shelby County Treatment Courts: Veterans Court, Drug Court and Mental Health Court.

Mary enjoys seeing clients from all walks of life. She has years of experience working with clients who have been incarcerated, those who ascribe to any religious or non-religious belief system, and she welcomes the LGBTQIA+ community. She embraces cultural diversity. She is known for providing a caring, compassionate, nurturing, nonjudgmental, and safe environment.

Her first career was with the Corps of Engineers for many years. After developing a passion for the field of Mental Healthcare, Mary achieved her Bachelor’s and went on to achieve her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Memphis, embarking on her second profession. Mary enjoys being a living example of how people can usually change their circumstances if they are not satisfied with their current life’s path!

Mary’s interests outside of work include spending time with loved ones and enjoying the Science Fiction entertainment genre.

LCSW

Mike Wood

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Memphis in 1991. He earned a Master of Science in Social Work in 1995 from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1998.

Mike has many years of experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of settings. His specialty is helping young adults to those of advanced age learn to cope with anxiety and depression. Mike also enjoys helping those who have experienced trauma. He worked in mental health at the VA in Memphis for over 11 years and while there was trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. He also enjoys providing couples/partner counseling.

Mike is a lifelong Memphian who has been married to Jennifer for 23 years. They have a 26-year-old son, David and two geriatric pugs. Mike enjoys yardwork, church, reading, music, repairing small items, helping out the neighbors and mostly quiet time with family.

PhD

Randolph Potts

Dr. Randy Potts is a licensed psychologist who earned his doctorate in psychology in 1994 from DePaul University in Chicago. For the past 25 years he has enjoyed working with adolescents, adults and older adults in a variety of settings.

He has been a staff psychologist at the Memphis VA Medical Center, a staff psychologist at the University of Memphis Counseling Center and has taught psychology in university settings. He has co-facilitated a community-based group for family members of homicide victims, and a group for military veterans with cancer. He has a special interest in helping clients navigate major life transitions such as loss, life altering medical conditions, military trauma and other traumatic experiences. He has experience providing culturally informed services for ethnic minority populations.

He sees counseling/therapy as an interactive dialogue that can stimulate reflection, new learning, growth and replenishment. He finds it important to emphasize that the person is not the problem they are experiencing — “The problem is the problem, the person is not the problem.” Within the person’s history and larger life story there may be resources for enriching the interactive dialogue, for solving problems and healing. He is married, enjoys running, listening to jazz, getting to know his new grandson, and hiking in Sedona, Arizona.

PhD

Roneferiti Fowler

Dr. Roneferiti Fowler is a native Memphian and licensed psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Memphis is 2012. She completed her internship at The Ohio State University Counseling Center. She provided individual, group, and family therapy and performed assessments and testing at West Cancer Center and several Memphis area community agencies and mental health centers. She has worked in the area of oncology and Hematology assisting with life transitions, managing medical diagnosis and treatment with a special interest providing a positive approach to therapy and working with identifying and building strengths while utilizing a collaborative approach to therapy.  Much of her work has entailed helping patients and oftentimes their families to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress management, reaction to diagnosis and to address issues related to grief and loss. She has a special interest in working with those impacted by cancer and assisting in making transitions throughout all stages of treatment.

Additionally, she has an extensive background in working with both children and adults, the collegiate population, victims of domestic violence, and worked in several local community agency organizations providing individual, group therapy, assessments and testing with a special interest in utilizing assessments and testing help to identify unique characteristics and ways of thinking and apply these findings in a strength-based approach to therapy. She has a special interest in reducing the stigma of therapy in ethnic minority populations and working with clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and all facets of diversity. She enjoys traveling, creating and utilizing arts and crafts as a means of self-expression.

LPC-MHSP

Sandi Payne

Sandi has 25 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings from foster care and adoption, and she was a substitute teacher in an elementary school, pre-school teacher, and was a Poms coach, Poms Volunteer Coordinator, a weekend Crisis Worker, and worked in community counseling, as well as she had worked with substance abuse, and in private practice. Sandi will see ages 3-24 in individual sessions and groups. Sandi specializes in providing play therapy (using art and games), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Issues include anxiety, depression, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, anger management and frustration tolerance, self-esteem, and adjustment disorders.

In Sandi’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband exploring Tennessee, quality time with my two children and three dogs. She also enjoys crafting, traveling (beaches are one of her favorite places), live music, and all things Disney. She is also an auntie to 8 nieces and 2 nephews who she enjoys pen paling and Facetiming.

LMSW

Sarah Barbour

Sarah Barbour, LMSW, holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Memphis. She is currently under supervision to achieve her LCSW license in Tennessee. She is primarily experienced seeing adolescents and adults in community and residential settings.

As an open member of the LGBTQ+ community, Sarah has a unique understanding and special interest in addressing the issues that LGBTQ+ clients face, especially religious trauma related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. She enjoys providing a safe place for clients to achieve therapeutic goals while focusing on their strengths.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling with her partner, spending time camping and kayaking outdoors, and cooking.

MSN, PMHNP-BC

Sheila Murphy

Sheila Murphy, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with clinical training in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan her practice settings include acute care crisis stabilization units, alcohol/drug rehab facilities and outpatient clinics She received a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization, from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan. She possesses strong clinical skills and a natural ability to build trusting and respectful relationships with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. She values interdisciplinary education and inter-professional collaboration for a whole person, patient centered approach to health and healthcare. She advocates for physical and mental well-being while striving to minimize the stigma associated with mental illness.

Sheila provides outpatient services across the lifespan, as well as services in both the PHP and IOP programs. Areas of special interest include trauma informed care, suicide prevention and substance abuse/dual diagnosis. She is now accepting new patients.

PMHNP

Shoshana Scott

Hello! I received my training as a registered nurse from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and my training as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with experience treating mental health disorders for people of all ages. My philosophy about health and mental well-being requires an integration of mind and body, treating the whole person. My specialties include (but are not limited to) diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for children 6 years and older and adults of all ages.

This office appreciates the diversity of human beings and does not discriminate based on race, age, religion, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, sex or gender identity. Your first appointment will include a complete review of any existing medical conditions and medications, lab work if needed, lifestyle factors along with an initial discussion of the symptoms that led you to make your appointment. Please complete all paperwork as completely and accurately as possible prior to your appointment as that will give us maximum time to develop your initial treatment plan. Your initial visit will be in person at my office conveniently located near the Saddle Creek shopping center in Germantown, TN. Our office has two entrances and is wheelchair accessible. After your initial appointment, follow-up may be available via telehealth if remote follow-up is appropriate, and your insurance plan supports telehealth visits. I look forward to meeting you!

LPC NCC

Stacie Hopkins

Stacie has six years of experience working in the counseling field in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment , in-home therapy services , private practice outpatient, college counseling and the child abuse and foster care system as well as experience as a therapist , case manager and program director , Stacie is able to provide a wide range of expertise working with ages 2-18. Specialities include play therapy , Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Stacie also has a primary focus on working with minority clients and their families and assisting with the stigma of mental health.

Stacie received her bachelors degree from Jackson State University and her masters from The University of Mississippi. In her free time Stacie enjoys , cooking, traveling, photography and being a mentor.

M.Ed.

Teraysa Thompson

Terasya Thompson, M.Ed., received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis, and a graduate degree in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College.

She is under the direct supervision of an Approved Supervisor with the State of TN as she works towards her LPC-MHSP license in TN.

Teraysa works to create a non-judgmental environment for her clients. She has experience working with chronic illnesses, anxiety, depression, grief, and the LGBTQ+ population. Teraysa works with adults and she also has a special interest in working with children and adolescents. She is invested in her continued professional growth and development.

LCSW

Valerie Shaw

Valerie strives to create a caring and non-judgmental environment to all clients and is passionate about assisting people of any cultural background, belief system, sexual or gender orientation and socioeconomic status. Her therapeutic approach is strength-based and mindfulness-centered. She utilizes various, evidenced-based models that best fit a client’s preferences and personal goals including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. She primarily works with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, childhood issues and chronic stress.

Her educational background includes a BA in English from Lambuth University and an MSW from The University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee and Arkansas with 8 years experience in an outpatient behavioral health setting.

In her free time Valerie enjoys reading, volunteering at animal shelters, exploring outdoors, and musical theater.

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