Leah Pinkston, LPC-MHSP
Leah Pinkston, LPC-MHSP, is MHR’s IOP Coordinator. In addition to her therapist role in our IOPs, she supervises the treatment team and oversees daily program operations. 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. She has provided individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her experience includes working with homeless men and women struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, providing individual and family therapy as needed. She has provided numerous types of group based treatment, including parent skills training, nicotine cessation and about the process of addiction. She has volunteered to serve in numerous roles at the Exchange Club Family Center, including their Domestic Violence, Divorce and Anger Management programs. She relies on motivational interviewing, stages of change, cognitive behavior therapy and a strengths based approach in her clinical work. She has been a Member of the Psi Chi National Honor’s Society and the Dean’s List for academic achievement.
Sonia Torrey, MS, NCC
Sonia Torrey, MS, NCC, earned her Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Auburn, AL, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis. Sonia is a National Certified Counselor. She is experienced in individual and group work with children, adolescents, and adults, having earned national certification as an addiction counselor in various settings including a recovery residence and an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse. She received her master’s level training at Kindred Place, formerly the Exchange Club Family Center, serving families affected by domestic violence, including facilitating trauma-focused groups for children and adult anger management. Additionally, Sonia trained at Daybreak Treatment Center, which utilizes DBT in a partial hospitalization setting for adolescents with mental health and behavioral issues. Sonia’s approach is holistic and grounded in motivational interviewing, and she utilizes cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic techniques in her clinical work. Sonia is a member of the American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota, and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
LaMarcus Yates, M.S.
LaMarcus Yates, M.S., earned his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin and his Master’s degree from The University of Memphis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. LaMarcus’ experience includes individual, family and group work with many different populations including males and females incarcerated for crimes related to substance abuse. He has worked with the LGBTQ community and families involving adolescents who have been sexually and/or physically abused. He received has received training at Parkwood Behavioral Health hospital, where he worked with adolescents and adults in an acute inpatient setting. He has also trained in the Trauma Resolution unit at Lakeside Behavioral Health. He is also trained and experienced in providing TF-CBT (Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to children and adolescents impacted by trauma and working with their primary caregivers and parents. LaMarcus utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and family of origin work to help clients achieve their goals.
Neil Vause, M.S.
Neil Vause, M.S., earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis in Psychology and his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. He has experience working with those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Neil has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and their families throughout the Memphis and Shelby County area providing IOP, in-home, and residential based services. Neil relies on evidence based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral based skills training, and Motivational Interviewing to assist clients in our Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis IOPs.
Irfan Ali, M.D.
Irfan Ali, M.D. is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, received his medical training in 1989 from the Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan, followed by a surgery residency. He then served as a Medical Officer in hospital settings until 1994, at which time he was accepted at the University of Tennessee Psychiatry Residency Program. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee in 1998, and went on to finish a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry there in 2000. He then worked at a community mental health center in Jackson, TN, where he treated adults, adolescents and geriatrics on an in and outpatient basis, including Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs. He also served as the Medical Director for an Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. He left the mental health center in 2008 to establish his private practice.
Edward A. Wise, Ph.D.
Edward A. Wise, Ph.D. is the retired Founder of Mental Health Resources, PLLC. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Prior to retirement from MHR, he was in practice for 39 years, treating individuals in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings. He has extensive experience with mood disorders, substance abuse disorders and personality disorders. He conducted psychological and forensic evaluations, including pre-surgical, fitness for duty and risk for violence assessments. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has served as a Reviewer for many esteemed publications. He is a retired Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. He has been nominated as a Health Care Hero by the Memphis Business Journal, received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice and was named Outstanding Alumnus by the University of Wyoming.
Learn more about Dr. Wise (pdf downloads below)
- Wise Receives 2nd American Psychological Assoc. Award
- American Psychological Association Delegate to the American Psychological Association Future of Psychology Task Force
- National Academies of Practice, Distinguished Practitioner American Psychological Association, Fellow
- Outstanding Alumnus Award
- Psychologist’s work wins national Award. Commercial Appeal
- Mid-South Asset. Commercial Appeal
- Health Care Hero Award