Erin Turner, LCSW
Erin received her Master's degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Additionally, Erin received her Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville as well as a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa.
Erin worked for several years with Youth Villages providing individual, family, and group therapy in community-based and inpatient settings. Erin has also worked with children and families as an emergency room social worker at LeBonheur Children's Hospital.
Erin uses a client-centered approach, in which she and the client partner to reach each individual's unique therapeutic goals. Erin is trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (tf-cbt), trauma-informed care, and collaborative problem solving. Her practice is also influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and a psychodynamic approach. Erin is a believer in the healing power of writing and loves to incorporate therapeutic journaling into sessions.
Erin provides treatment of: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, domestic and intimate partner violence, relationship issues, family dynamics and stress management. Erin is also passionate about creating awareness of, and overcoming, relational aggression and verbal abuse, which so many adolescent girls and women are exposed to.
Erin is originally from Central Illinois but has been living and working in Memphis since 2011. Erin loves writing personal essays and short stories. Erin also enjoys movie nights with her husband and spending time with their rescue cats.
Erin is available to meet with individuals, couples, and families. She offers daytime, evening, and weekend sessions.
George "Greg" Hale, MA
Greg graduated from Crichton College with a BA in Psychology and obtained his MA in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Nashville. He is working toward his licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Greg is a husband and father who has worked in the mental health and social services fields with teens and their families for 15 years. Greg’s experiences including working with teens at Wilder Youth Development Center, Memphis Group Home, Child Protective Services, Youth Villages residential treatment, YV Transitional living program. Greg has vast experience obtained through his volunteer work as well including years of service mentoring teens at his local church and facilitating groups for couples with troubled marriages. In his spare time, Greg enjoys being outdoors camping, bicycling, fishing, and hunting. Greg does individual, family and couples counseling.
~Greg is a Gottman Trained Couples Therapist
GREG'S SESSION FEES, INSURANCE INFORMATION, AND AVAILABILITY:
Greg is currently not in network with any insurance companies. His session fee is $85 for any 45-50 minute session including couples, individual or family and Forward Counseling can help you file for our of network benefits. Greg can accept session fee payment with your Medical or Health Savings Card. Greg sees clients on Monday evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturdays from 8-2pm.
Melodie Fitzpatrick, MSSW
There are so many challenges in life; traumatic/stressful events, relationship issues, difficult life transitions,and general instability that negatively impact one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. If you feel that you need assistance with managing the stressors of daily life and you are here looking for a therapist, you have taken the first step to positive change in your life! Melodie would greatly enjoy the pleasure of partnering with you!
Melodie utilizes Strengths-Based Approach and Holistic Expressive Therapy as well as Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her areas of interest include adolescents and adult trauma therapy, family therapy, and treating emotional and behavioral issues. Through internships, Melodie gained experience working with trauma, various types of abuse, social skills, relationships, family dynamics, and managing emotional and behavioral problems. She has served a multitude of diverse clientele, such as the homeless, children, the elderly, those suffering with addictions, those with intellectual disabilities, and those suffering from mental illnesses. Melodie spent a year at Compass Intervention Center serving traumatized adolescents and their families before coming to Forward Counseling.
Melodie is a master’s level Social Worker, currently working towards becoming a Licensed Master Social Worker to fulfill her dream of becoming a Clinical Social Worker. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, salsa dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Insurance / Payment / Hours
Melodie is currently out of network with insurance providers. Her rate is $65 per session. Melodie works Monday-Friday 9am until 5pm at 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, Tn, 38117.
Daytime Availability, $65 Session Fee, Child and Adolescent Therapist, Play Therapy Provider, Expressive Arts Practitioner
Anne Marie Schoenherr, MS, MFT
Anne Marie is a family systems trained therapist who believes that any problem can be worked through if clients are provided with a safe space, a trusting relationship, and the time to discover solutions. She sees herself as a co-navigator on your journey, and views therapy as a collaborative exploration into your current ways of thinking, feeling, and doing. It is Anne Marie’s goal to provide nonjudgmental support and companionship as you both discover different ways of understanding yourself and others; leading you to health, peace, and satisfaction in your life. No matter the reason for seeking therapy, she believes that by making the first step in finding a therapist, you have already given hope for change a fighting chance.
Anne Marie is a Masters Level Marriage and Family Therapist, who holds a Temporary License in Tennessee. Her training in family systems informs her work to empower clients to gain control over their emotions, decrease effects of stress, and improve their family dynamic to create a healthier life. Anne Marie has worked with a wide array of presenting problems and family configurations since 2013. She particularly enjoys working with those struggling with: relationship problems, marital dissatisfaction, anxiety, life transitions, identity conflicts, stress management, parenting, and/or unsatisfactory family dynamics. She believes in collaborating with clients to improve health and relationships in ways that feel comfortable and authentic to them.
Anne Marie holds a Postmodern view and takes an integrative systems approach to individual and family therapy. Specifically, she is heavily influenced by Transgenerational theories, Solution Focused Therapy, Gottman, and has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Anne Marie has a strong passion for improving couples’ relationships and helping individuals to develop more efficient, compassionate, and authentic styles of communication.
Anne Marie was born and raised in a rural village in Michigan, has been in Tennessee since November 2015 and now lives on 32 acres with her husband and two dogs. Anne Marie enjoys spending weekends with family in the country and frequently visits loved ones in Michigan. She enjoys traveling, drinking lattes, playing board games, adventuring with her husband, and catching up on the latest movies or TV shows.
Insurance / Payment / Hours
Anne Marie is currently out of network with insurance. Her rate for individuals is $65 per session. For couples/families the rate is $85 per session. Couples may also opt for a 80 minute session for $150.
Anne Marie works Monday 11am-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday from 11am-9pm, and Saturday from 9am-2pm. Her office location is 4646 Poplar Ave, Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117.
Denice Perkins, MA, CCC- SLP
Denice Perkins, MA, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Social Skills Group Leader of children, teens, and young adults
Denice is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a graduate of The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) Masters degree program.
Denice worked at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities for 34 years. She specialized in providing speech-language therapy to children with and without developmental disabilities ages 12 months - 6 years.
Denice also provided social communication services in the form of social skills groups to middle school age children, teenagers, and young adults on the Autism Spectrum for the past 15 years.
Denice enjoys working with parents regarding IEPS, early intervention, behavioral issues, executive function issues, goals for independence, and daily living skills.
Denice considers herself a “functional, flexible, and fun” therapist. “I want the client to work on activities in therapy that will be important on a daily basis to client and family. If it isn’t working, I change it, and if it isn’t fun, I change it.”
In her spare time, Denice goes to the Theatre with her husband and spends time texting with her daughter who is attending college in NYC!
Allie Coughlin, LPC-MHSP
Ms. Allie Coughlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the state of Tennessee and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She earned her undergraduate in Psychology and her graduate degree both from Mississippi State University. Allie began her counseling career at Golden Triangle Recovery Center where she was an intensive outpatient therapist gaining high levels of experience with treatment for addictions, trauma resolution, depression, ADHD, anxiety, anger management, family dynamics, and domestic violence. Allie has been working with Youth Villages for the last 3 years where she has gained a large variety of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families utilizing approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as other traditional therapy methods. Allie is a Collaborative Problem Solving Practitioner who enjoys being creative within therapy and tailoring sessions to meet the needs of each client. In her free time, Allie loves to travel, paint, and spend time with friends, family, and her dogs. Allie treats children of all ages, adolescents, and adults in a variety of areas including: trauma, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, LGBTQ, anger management, domestic violence, and addiction.
ALLIE'S SESSION FEES, INSURANCE INFORMATION, AND AVAILABILITY:
Allie is in netwotk with Cigna, BC/BS, Humana, and Tricare. Her self pay session fee is $125 for individual and $150 for family sessions. Allie sees clients on evenings and weekends.
Allie works out of location 1: 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117 on evenings and the 2nd and 4th Saturday and Sunday of each month.
Leslie Halpern, LMSW
Leslie graduated from the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program at the University of Tennessee in 2011. She is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with the state of Tennessee, working toward full LCSW status. Leslie is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Theraplay, Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She works with families and individuals of all ages, including children, teens, and adults.
Leslie is skilled in treating: anxiety, depression, attachment issues, behavioral problems, trauma related symptoms, stress management, ADHD, and LGBTQ concerns. Additionally, she is able to effectively address the specific issues experienced by adoptive families. Leslie believes in partnering with clients to find the best treatment approach, making therapy a custom fit for each individual or family.
In her free time, Leslie enjoys traveling, spending time with family, playing fetch with her rescue dog, and reading.
Valerie McKinney, LPC-MHCP
Are you facing issues that are holding you back or hindering you from reaching your potential in any or all areas of your life? Valerie’s approach is to encourage, support, and ask thought provoking questions as you identify and explore life changing issues.
Valerie uses an eclectic approach in the therapeutic process with an emphasis on developing therapeutic rapport while using Reality Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has over 13 years of experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief issues, forgiveness issues, and other life stressors. I provide services to adults (18 and over) who are looking to reach their full potential and live a more balanced life.
Valerie received her degree from the University of Memphis, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Care Provider. In her free time, Valerie enjoys going to the theater, reading, solving puzzles, watching movies, and traveling.
Insurance / Payment / Hours
Valerie is in network with Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and Magellan. Her individual sessions are $125 each if you choose to self pay. Valerie sees ADULT CLIENTS Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm at 4646 Poplar Ave Suite 203, Memphis, TN, 38117.
Melissa Gross, MS
Melissa is a graduate from the University of Memphis Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's program. She is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and is working towards her LPC-MHSP license.
In addition to traditional therapy methods, Melissa emphasizes play and creativity in therapy to work with kids and adults on problems related to anxiety, stress, anger, social skills, and more. She enjoys working with children, families and couples on a variety of life problems, and tailors her approach to each client.
Through internships, Melissa has gained experience working with trauma, domestic violence and sexual abuse, anger management and social skills in a variety of populations. She also has experience with crisis intervention and has helped train an Army Surgical Unit in crisis response. Melissa has an extra-soft spot for military service members and their families.
Melissa spends her free time playing board games with friends,spending time with her family, and playing with her two rescue cats and Husky. She also enjoys camping and hiking and being outdoors.
MELISSA'S SESSION FEES, INSURANCE INFORMATION, AND AVAILABILITY:
$65 for individual and family. Melissa is currently not in network with insurance but we can help you file for out of network benefits. Melissa can accept your Medical or Health Savings Card for session fees. Melissa works Monday 9-5, Tuesday 12-8, Wednesday 12-8, Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-5.
Melissa works out of Location 1: 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
Cierra Jordan, LCSW
Cierra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of the Master of Social Work program at the University of Memphis. Over the years, her career has focused around providing services to various populations including the aging population, youth, adolescents and families. From her diverse experience, Cierra has discovered her passion for adolescents and young adults. She enjoys spending time with youth, building strong therapeutic relationships to foster an open and honest environment. Family is very important to Cierra and she feels strongly about family engagement throughout the therapeutic process and beyond. Through her career and internships, Cierra has gained experience in the use of several clinical interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, trauma related behaviors, child maltreatment and co-occurring disorders. She believes in individualizing treatment planning to the client’s needs and works with clients age 13-25. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling.
CIERRA'S SESSION FEES, INSURANCE INFORMATION, AND AVAILABILITY:
Cierra is in network with Aetna, BC/BS, Cigna, Humana, Magellan, Tricare. Her session fee is $125 for individual and $150 for family sessions and Forward Counseling. Cierra sees clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8:30 and Saturdays from 9-1pm.
Cierra works out of location 2: 4646 Poplar, Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117
Heather Thomasson, LPC-MHSP
Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider in the state of Tennessee. Heather began working in the mental health field starting in 2010 and has a variety of experiences in both the inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and acute care settings through Youth Villages, LaPaloma IOP, and the Exchange Club.
She has a wealth of knowledge working with topics that range from stress management, social skills training, life adjustments, stress management, grief/loss, attachment issues, domestic violence, other mental health struggles, trauma resolution, depression, anger management, anxiety, LGBTQ, behavioral issues and family system strains for clients of all ages.
Heather has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in both individual, family and group settings. She is also working towards becoming nationally certified in TF-CBT. Heather has a strong passion working with teens and adults to assist in trauma resolution and grief/loss.
Heather is a native Memphian who loves to travel and experience new places. She likes to shop for deals, try new recipes, and garden in her free time. Heather enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cat, Tony Gotti.
Heather is in network with BC/BS and Cigna at this time; we are continuing to work on getting in network with other providers. $125 for individual sessions, $150 for family sessions. Heather sees clients on the first and third weekends of the month from 9-5 with limited weeknight appointments available.
Heather works out of location 2: 4646 Poplar, Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117
Richard Wanderman, MD, FAAP
Dr. Wanderman has been in practice for 45 years as a Pediatrician, an Adolescent specialist and a Clinical Ecologist. Dr. Wanderman was born in New York City and attended college in New York and Ohio. His philosophy of practice is that there must be a partnership between patient and practitioner with open communication going both ways. This enables the doctor and patient to create optimal wellness and health. He uses conventional medicine as well as several alternative approaches. These include diet, vitamins and supplements, and incorporate other alternative modalities when needed. His concern is your health, and his goals are to keep you off medication when possible, and to teach you how to be and stay healthy. Dr. Wanderman has five children, and in his free time he writes poetry and paints.
DR. WANDERMAN'S INSURANCE INFORMATION, AVAILABILITY AND FEES:
Dr. Wanderman is in network with BC/BS and Aetna and is working to get credentialed with other insurance companies. Initial appointment (up to 60 minutes) with Dr. Wanderman is $200. Follow up appointments are $150 per session (30-45 minutes). He is available for appointments on Tuesdays 9-12, Thursdays 9-12, and Fridays.
Dr. Wanderman works at all locations.
Esther Flanders, OTR/L
Esther Flanders is a Master Level Social Worker Intern at Union University. She is an occupational therapist with over two decades of clinical experience with people of all ages. She has training in a companioning model for grief and loss with certification in Death and Grief Studies from the Center for Loss & Life Transitions through the University of Colorado. Esther has been a Memphian for 20+ years. She has a rich multicultural, multiethnic background which has given her unique perspectives, helping her to connect with her clients. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Esther’s interests surround issues related to social justice, race relations, marginalization, social deprivation, minority experiences, disabilities, loss, grief, adjustment, and adaptation to change. A few of her other passions include socializing, traveling, writing, enjoying Starbucks cappuccinos, and of course, her two dogs Fifi and Verdell, which she adores.
Esther is comfortable working in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy and Group Therapy.
• B.Sc (OT), University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, South Africa, March 1995
• NBCOT, September 1997
• Registered OT and licensed in TN, expiration 2019
• Certificate in Death and Grief Studies, Center for Loss and Life Transition, Fort Collins, Colorado, December 2009
• Stephen Minister at Advent Presbyterian church - February 2008 - December 2012
• Camp Good Grief volunteer with Baptist Memorial - Summer/Fall 2007/2008
Esther is available for individual sessions and works out of all locations. Esther is out of network with insurance and offers sessions for $50. Medical Savings Cards accepted for Esther's services.
Dean Graves, Mindfulness Instructor and Guide
Dean Graves has aided people in their personal healing of unwanted conditions through teaching meditation and mindfulness for over fifteen years in the Memphis area. Additionally, Dean has been instructed and practiced a variety of emotional healing methods identified simply as “emotion processing” that expedite the healing process by enhancing concentration and awareness, the same elements that meditation develops, and allows the individual to more quickly experience healing from unwanted conditions. The primary methods used in these healing processes employ a variety of techniques developed by Dr. Zivorad Slavenski, a Serbian psychologist who has researched various techniques from around the world for most of his life and subsequently developed and employed his own techniques which he has used in his personal growth and counseling practice for decades.
Having been instructed by the creator of the process(s) directly and achieved certification as a trainer of these methods, Dean has focused the applications to alleviate traumas and other conditions resulting from unpleasant life events so the client can begin to experience life with joy and happiness. Most traumas and unwanted conditions dissipate quickly, often within the first session and do not return which liberates the client to enjoy life more completely almost immediately. The collection of methods, characterized as a “spiritual technology”, is safe and effective.
Significant success is frequently experienced with such conditions as trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), bi-polar, grief, anxiety, phobias, psychosomatic disorders and many more. Through a dedicated enterprise of emotion processing and a daily mindful meditation practice we learn to heal the past, create a happy present, and enjoy a future full of joy and excited anticipation. Awareness is both the discovery tool and the healing tool and learning to take control of the mind is the means by which we learn to cease creating what we don’t like and begin creating only what we do like.
Dean Practices out of Location 1 (560 Colonial) on Fridays and charges $125 per session. Please call our office 901-930-7397 to get scheduled with Dean.
Latrina Stewart, BS
Latrina Stewart is a Master Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern at Walden University. Through her clinical internship at Forward Counseling, she will practice and gain clinical experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Feedback Informed Treatment, Strength-based Solution-Focused Therapy, and other therapy models. As a Professional Counselor, she would like to provide counseling to individuals, particularly women from marginalized populations by promoting esteem-building, efficiency; productiveness, confidence, effectiveness, and ability, as well as addressing trauma, grief, and loss.
Latrina received her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis in both Sociology and Criminology Criminal Justice. She has over 10 years’ experience working with individuals from all walks of life. She has specialized experience in motivational interviewing, career planning, educational planning, and counseling, as well as life coaching.
LATRINA’S INSURANCE, SESSION FEE, AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
Latrina is out of network with all insurance providers and charges $50 for individual sessions.
Jessica Shea, LCSW
Have you ever experienced flow or that state of operation where you are totally immersed in a feeling of energy, focus, and enjoyment from an activity? We get there by following our values to guide our activities. Jessica approaches counseling and consulting from a values-based perspective, guiding her clients to investigate and solidify their core values and work toward rebuilding their lives, or their company, around these beliefs so they can experience flow.
Jessica has over 10 years experience in counseling, marketing, small business startups and non-profit launches. She has helped people overcome severe childhood trauma, overcome depression and harness the energy of anxiety or anger. She has helped some of those same people go on to launch profitable and fulfilling startups.
If you are looking for business support or consultation, check out her non-profit business incubator:
If you are looking for performance enhancing tools to stimulate your senses, check out her sensory tool store: www.calmblankets.com
If you like art, check out her art project: www.perfectisboring.net
Jessica's insurance, session fee and schedule information:
$125 for individual sessions, $150 for family sessions. $125 per hour for business consulting. Jessica is in network with BC/BS, Optum, Tricare, Humana Military, Military One Cource, Cigna, Aetna and some Humana plans. Jessica sees clients M-F, 9-5PM and leads group therapy in the evenings. Check out our current groups here.
Jessica works out of Location 1: 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
Kaelin Large, MSSW
Kaelin works with our LGBTQ clients, runs some of our Trauma Groups, Runs our non-profit, You Can Sit With Us and does some of our research.
Her areas of interest include adolescent and adult trauma therapy, healthy interpersonal and sexual behaviors, and working specifically with women and femmes of all ages to work through stressors related to femininity and womanhood.
When she gets any spare time, she can either be found hanging out with her pets or out roller skating, as she is an active skater with the Memphis Roller Derby.
KAELIN INSURANCE, SESSION FEE, AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
Kaelin is out of network with all insurance providers and charges $65 for individual sessions.
Kaelin works out of location 1 and 2
Deborah McLaughlin, BS
Deborah has been a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer since April 2013. Deborah also holds a BSEE and worked in IT for 16 years. In 2008, she was fortunate enough to be able to resign in order to care for her four children and homeschool our special needs daughter. After homeschooling, Deborah chose Personal Training because she has enjoyed fitness and its multitude of benefits in her life. She enjoys guiding and encouraging others to experience personal health and fitness and the resulting life enriching benefits for themselves. Deborah is here to offer individualized health and fitness assessments, meal planning, one on one training, and group training to all clients of Forward Counseling based on your individual goals. Programs are available 2 or 3 days per week. Fill out an online appointment form to schedule an assessment.
Her Qualifications Include:
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
Experience with proper use and operation of fitness equipment TRX experience
DEBORAH'S FEES, INSURANCE INFORMATION AND AVAILABILITY:
Initial assessment and training plan is $150, and $60 per private training session. Deborah is not in network with insurance plans but her services are covered if you qualify for our Intensive Outpatient Program. You can also pay for Deborah's services with Health or Medical Savings Account Card. Deborah is available M-F 8:15-3 and meets with clients at our Midtown Memphis Gym Location.
Kristina Brack, Yoga Teacher
Kristina Brack teaches yoga at our gym location. She received her Yoga Teacher Training through Midtown Yoga, here in Memphis, Tennessee.
Kristina Teaches Group Yoga on Thursday mornings at 9 am at our midtown Gym location.
Allyson Valley, BA
Allyson Valley is a Master’s Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern studying at Capella University. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She currently works with Youth Villages as an Outcome Evaluation Specialist, completing research on the outcomes of their Multi-Systemic Therapy.
During internship, Allyson plans to gain experience in Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and other therapeutic models. Her areas of interest include teens, young adults, and women of diverse backgrounds and marginalized groups.
Allyson enjoys visiting the lake at Shelby Farms, traveling and hanging out with friends, and watching The Office on Netflix
Allyson’s rate is $50 per session and she will be available after October 1, 2018 to offer individual therapy.
Brittany Kirk, BSW
Is life becoming too much? Do you need healthy coping mechanisms, but aren’t sure where to start? Forward Counseling may be the right option for you. Brittany, while an intern, is able to provide you with these skill-sets in order to improve your quality of life. She works from a strength’s based perspective, and focuses on where you are now. Brittany believes no problem is too big that it cannot be lessened with help from others.
Brittany Kirk-Williamson is an advanced-standing Master of Social Work intern studying at the University of Memphis. She graduated from the University of Memphis in May with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She currently is a Mid-South Integrated Behavioral Health Training Initiative trainee, and a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis.
Brittany’s goal is to gain clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered therapy, Group therapy, and more. Her interest areas include, but are not limited to: the LGBTQ+ communities, gerontology, women that struggle with negative self-worth due to their body images, couples and family counseling, individual therapy, combating suicidal ideations, animal-based therapeutic approaches, and schizophrenia.
While Brittany is not new to the Memphis area, she recently moved to the city proper and has enjoyed the abundance of activities in the area. Some of her hobbies and interests include: photography, unnatural hair colors, tattoos, volunteering to help animals in need, and basking in the nerdier things in life such as Doctor Who, video games, and anime.
Emily Phipps, RN, PMHNP Intern
Emily, a native Memphian, is a psychiatric registered nurse with eight years of diverse experience in the mental health field. She has worked previously at Lakeside Behavioral Health, Delta Medical Center, Turning Point Residential Treatment center, and Amedisys as a psychiatric home health nurse. She is currently enrolled in Walden’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program and will be serving as a therapy intern here at Forward Counseling to fulfill some of her clinical requirements. While in school, Emily also works full-time at Case Management Inc, as well as working one day per month at the Crisis Assessment Center downtown.
It has become apparent to Emily in the recent years that medication alone does not treat mental illness. While medication is a very useful tool, it is only one small piece of a large puzzle that encompasses diet, lifestyle, gut health, physical movement, hormone balance, the immune system, genetics, and relationships. As a therapy intern, Emily will use her life, educational, and clinical experiences to focus on using nutrition, supplements, movement, psychoeducation, and mind-body therapies, as well as gain clinical experience in different therapy modalities offered at Forward Counseling. Emily does not like dogma and believes in meeting people where they are at while using very individualized treatment plans and goals.
Emily is married and has two boys, ages 9 and 11. She is an avid reader spends a lot of her spare time reading about psychopharmacology, addiction and harm reduction, alternative and integrative medicine practices, nutrition, and anything relating to mental health and wellness. She also enjoys practicing yoga, attending concerts, traveling to new places, dancing, watching Impractical Jokers, cooking healthy meals with her husband, and spending time with her family.
Antionette Smith, BA
Antoinette is a Master’s Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling intern studying at The University of Memphis. She has her BA in Psychology from The University of Memphis, as well. Antoinette has volunteered with St. Jude and Aseracare Hospice where she gained experience working with children, the elderly, and their supportive families. Through her volunteer and educational experience, she has learned many different theories and techniques to add a social and professional benefit to any community. Her goals while interning at Forward Counseling are to gain experience with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and many other therapeutic models. Antoinette has a passion for health and fitness and is working on ways to merge her passion with her counseling skills. Her other areas of interest include working with teens, adults, couples, and minorities in poverty-stricken communities.
In her spare time, Antoinette loves to travel and take in the different sights and foods that cities have to offer. She also loves to spend time with her dog, Sheba, and her Guinea pig, Lillie.
Raven Cohen, School Psychologist
Raven is a Master’s Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling practicum student studying at the University of Memphis. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with her Master’s in School Psychology. She previously worked with Shelby County Schools as a school psychologist, working with children and adolescents with various learning, emotional, and behavioral needs. Throughout her career, she has also developed a passion for supporting parents through difficult situations and behavioral concerns.
During practicum, Raven plans to gain experience in Humanistic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, and other therapeutic models. She is interested in working with children, teens, young adults, and diverse populations with regard to ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion. She believes in collaborating with clients to help them uncover their true potential, as well as free themselves from disabling assumptions and attitudes so they can live fuller lives.
In her spare time, she can be found playing with her three rescue dogs, Hendrix, Lola, and Rue. She also spends time with her other four-legged friends through her volunteer work in equine therapy. If there is any time left, she enjoys cooking, going to concerts, running, and riding her moped.
- $50 Session Fee
- $65 Session Fee
- $85 Session Fee
- Autism Assessment
- Child and Adolescent Therapist
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Practitioner
- Couples Counseling
- couples counseling memphis
- Couples Therapy Expert
- Daytime Availability
- Depression Resolution
- Evening and Saturday Appointments
- Expressive Arts Practitioner
- Family Therapy Specialist
- Gottman Trained Couples Therapist
- Grief and Loss Specialist
- In Network with BC/BS
- In Network with Cigna
- In Network with Humana
- In Network with Tricare
- Late Afternoon and Evening Availability
- LGBTQ Informed Therapist
- Mindfulness Based Practioner
- Out of Network Provider
- Over 10 years of Experience
- Play Therapy Provider
- Reality Therapy Practitioner
- Social Skills Specialist
- Speech and Language Pathologist
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) Trained Therapist
- Trauma Resolution Specialist
- Wellness Expert
- Works Weekends
- Young Adult Therapist