Pictures and Bios of our Memphis, Tennessee, Forward Counseling Treatment Team. We are here to help counsel children, teens and adults. If you or a family member is in distress, let the professionals of Forward Counseling a call. Choose your therapist on this page. We treat depression, anxiety, mood disorder, ptsd, autism spectrum disorders, social or emotional skill deficits, adjustment disorder and divorce recovery.
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.
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 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.
Valerie McKinney, LPC-MHCP
Valerie McKinney is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Care Provider. Valerie is a graduate of the University of Memphis and has 13 years of experience providing counseling to adults.
Valerie uses an eclectic approach in the therapeutic process with an emphasis on developing therapeutic rapport while using Reality Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Valerie has experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief issues, PTSD, forgiveness issues and other life stressors.
VALERIE'S SESSION FEES, INSURANCE INFORMATION, AND AVAILABILITY:
Valerie is in network with Cigna, BC/BS, Humana and Tricare. We are working hard to get her in network with Magellan, BCBS, Medicare and other providers. Individual sessions are $125 each if you choose to self pay.
Valerie sees ADULT CLIENTS Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Valerie is working at Location 2: 4646 Poplar Ave Suite 203, Memphis, TN, 38117.
Matt Stamps, LPC-MHSP
Matt Stamps is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider and National Certified Counselor. Matt began his journey in counseling at the Oaks at La Paloma as a therapist, during which time he worked with individuals and families recovering from dual diagnosis.
He is comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, along with training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Matt has experience using these techniques to effectively treat individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, substance use, emotional dysregulation, and trauma.
Matt Spends his free time enjoying time with his wife and two dogs, along with playing board games with friends. He also enjoys playing guitar, singing, and playing tennis.
~Matt is EMDR Certified
~Matt is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Trained
MATT'S INSURANCE, SESSION FEE AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
Matt is in network with Aetna, BC/BS, Cigna, Humana, Tricare and Magellan. $125 for individual sessions, $150 for family sessions. Matt sees clients Monday-Friday, 9-5 with limited late evenings appointments available.
Matt works out of location 2: 4646 Poplar, 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
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 $65 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.
Greg works out of Location 1: 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
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.
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.
Jill DePriest, LPC-MHSP
Jill is Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the state of Tennessee. Jill has spent much of her time working with children and teenagers at centers across Memphis.
Jill provides trauma resolution, depression treatment, ADHD interventions and parent training, anxiety resolution, behavioral issue plans, and resolving family system strains. Jill uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy in both individual, family and group settings.
Jill treats children of all ages, adolescents and adults in a wide span of areas including PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, Bipolar Disorder, anger management and LGBTQ as well as any family work that is needed to increase stability of the family system including foster and adoption placement struggles.
Jill is an unapologetic Tiger fan who married a Tennessee fan and enjoys spending time outside, especially in the mountains. She also has a very old grumpy Pitbull who keeps her company in the backyard.
JILL'S INSURANCE, SESSION FEE AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
$125 for individual sessions, $150 for family sessions. Jill is in network with Aetna, Cigna, BC/BS, & Humana, Magellan, and Tricare.. Jills sees clients Monday-Friday, 9-5 with limited late evenings appointments available.
Jill works out of location 2: 4646 Poplar, Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117
Jessica Shea, LCSW
Ms. Jessica Shea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that sees adolescents and their families, men, and women dealing with life transitions, sexuality issues, anxiety, mood disorder, depression and PTSD. Jessica is a lifelong Memphian who began her professional work with children and families in 1999 as Child Care Director at St. John's Episcopal Church. While earning her Bachelor's Degree, Jessica wrote and illustrated three children's books based on cross cultural research, earning a Distinguished Special Project Award from University of Memphis. After completing her Masters in Social Work from University of Tennesssee, Jessica worked for several years at Compass Intervention Center with severely traumatized children, adolescents and their families. Jessica has experience working with adults from the Veteran's Administration Hospital in downtown Memphis, working both in the Emergency Room and Mental Health Clinic departments. In 2012, Jessica opened Forward Counseling to offer high quality life enhancement services for individuals and families and also to provide a great place to work for highly-talented professionals.
$125 for individual sessions, $150 for family sessions. 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
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.
Tina Hazlewood, LPC-MHSP
Tina Hazlewood is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the state of TN. She has been working in the mental health field since 2005 with children and families.
Tina treats children of all ages, adolescents, and adults in a variety of areas including: depression, anxiety, trauma, suicide intervention, behavior problems, grief and loss, alcohol and drug, LGBTQ, and problem sexual behavior issues.
Tina brings the following therapeutic approaches to her work: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Experiential Therapy.
Outside of her professional life, Tina enjoys music, reading, nature, and chocolate.
TINA’S INSURANCE, SESSION FEE, AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
$110 for individual sessions, $150 for family sessions. Tina is in network with BC/BS, Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Optum and Tricare plans. Tina sees clients on Mondays and Thursdays, 5-9 PM.
Tina works out of location 2: 4646 Poplar, Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117
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.
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
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.
Wandra Cosby, MSSW
Wandra Cosby is a Master Level Social Worker Intern at Union University. Through her internship with Forward Counseling, her goal is to gain clinical experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Group therapy. As a professional Social Worker, she would like to provide counseling to individuals, families, with special interest in working with domestic violence victims and assisting veterans cope with trauma, grief and reintegration back into their communities.
Wandra received her undergraduate degree from the Excelsior College in Liberal Arts with a focus in Sociology. She served in the United States Navy and retired after 26 years of faithful service. She has a diverse background which encompasses military, law enforcement and social work. As a City of Memphis Police Officer, she was certified as a Crisis Intervention Officer. She worked as a Case Manager and Resource Linkage Coordinator for Tennessee Department of Children Services (DCS), Shelby County; performing thorough assessments by conducting face to face visits in the home, school and with service providers. She specializes in working with children and families providing preventive services to ensure forever families, allocating community resources to ensure family unity and linking families with resources in their communities.
Wandra currently works as a Data Analyst for the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Millington, TN; responsible for processing and analyzing data, error research, case and record management of active duty service records for naval personnel. Wandra has hosted and participated in community events geared towards bridging the gap between DCS families, community leaders, service providers and faith-based organizations and participated in In-Home Tennessee Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Intensive In-home Preservation Workgroups. She is currently serving as a Patient Centered Outcome Research Stakeholder; assisting clinicians and healthcare providers in ensuring better healthcare outcomes for cancer patients.
Wandra has two beautiful adult daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, spending time with her family, traveling and serving as an Ordained Elder at Miracle Temple Ministries, Inc.
WANDRA’S INSURANCE, SESSION FEE, AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
Wandra is out of network with all insurance providers and charges $50 for individual sessions. She is available for sessions from July 2017-May 2018.
Wandra works out of location 1 and 2
Kaelin Large, MSSW
Kaelin has joined us while working on her Master’s in Social work with Union University. She currently runs a homeless rehousing program here in Memphis and has worked with youth alcohol and drug addictions, school social work, and individual and family homelessness.
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 $50 for individual sessions.
Kaelin works out of location 1 and 2
Jarvett Shipp, LBSW
Jarvett Shipp is a Master’s Level Social Work Intern at the University of Memphis. She is a highly motivated and versatile licensed social worker who attained licensure after graduating from the University of Memphis with an undergraduate degree in Social Work. She has over 7 years of field experience and is devoted to helping people cope and succeed with life’s challenges. She finds the field of Social Work to be one of passion, meaning, diversity, satisfaction, and empowerment.
She specializes in working with children, adolescents, case management, and families of all diverse communities and backgrounds, as well as, prevention and intervention services. Jarrett also has experience teaching adolescents and adults between the ages of 16-24 career readiness skills, college prep, life skills, and career marking. She also has experience with individual or family counseling in the areas of parenting, conflict, grief, anger management, domestic violence, and supervision.
Jarvett enjoys traveling, thrill rides at amusement parks, helping others, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite quote is, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
JARVETT''S INSURANCE, SESSION FEE, AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
Jarvett is out of network with all insurance providers and charges $50 for individual sessions
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 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
Location 1: 560 Colonial Road, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
Location 2: 4646 Poplar Ave, Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117
Midtown Gym Location is inside Lindenwood Church, 2400 Union, Come in the West Entrance, Memphis, TN, 38112
Germantown / Collierville Location Coming October 2018: Wolf River Blvd, Collierville, TN, 38017