Pictures and Bios of our Memphis, Tennessee, Forward Counseling Treatment Team including Mental Health Counselors in Memphis, Couples Counseling, Yoga Teachers in Memphis and Mindfulness Teachers in Memphis. We treat depression, anxiety, mood disorder, ptsd, autism spectrum disorders, social or emotional skill deficits, adjustment disorder and divorce recovery.
Crysta Nilsson, LPC-MHSP
Is life stressing you out? Do you feel tension but cannot figure out what the real problem is? Crysta works to help clients uncover triggers and stressors.
Crysta works with children, adolescents and adults to help them reduce conflict and stress in their life. Crysta is down to earth and has a soothing calm voice. She is trained in techniques to help you resolve trauma, and create new habits in your life that work better for you.
Are you ready to get emotionally healthy? With a variety of modalities, Jessica has the techniques to help you be happier, healthier and a better communicator with those closest to you.
Jessica enjoys working with children, adolescents, families and women to help them uncover their authentic self and connect from that place of authenticity.
Jessica also practices overall health and wellness and is happy to help you become your best self…
George "Greg" Hale, MA
“Friendship fuels the flames of romance because it offers the best protection against feeling adversarial toward your spouse.” ― John M. Gottman,
If you are ready to have a better marriage than you have now, Greg is your counselor. Are you ready to feel a safe, but intimate, connection to your partner? Greg is a Gottman Trained Couples Therapist, with over 15 years of counseling experience, who works evenings and weekends to accommodate busy working couples. Though Gottman Therapy, communication skills and creating a sound house are the key elements to finally having the marriage that you always dreamed of…
Erin Turner, LCSW
Do you have interest in learning to write your way to emotional health? Erin is a believer in the healing power of writing and loves to incorporate therapeutic journaling into sessions.
Are you a woman who is struggling to find your voice? Or the father a a female child who you want raise to be assertive? Erin is passionate about creating awareness of, and overcoming, relational aggression and verbal abuse, which so many adolescent girls and women are exposed to.
Erin uses a client-centered approach, in which she and the client partner to reach each individual's unique therapeutic goals…
Richard Wanderman, MD, FAAP
Are you looking for a Doctor who considers your health from a Holistic Perspective and utilizes progressive and effective techniques? Dr. Wanderman believes that healing occurs when the whole person—body, mind, and emotions, are considered.
Dr. Wanderman has been in practice for 45 years. His philosophy of practice is that there must be a partnership between patient and practitioner with open communication going both ways. He uses conventional medicine as well as nutrition, 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…
Allyson Valley, BA
Are you ready to learn to set boundaries in your life and begin to put yourself first? What if you had someone who helped you set goals and provided support and accountability to reach those goals? Allyson would be happy to work with you! Allyson is down to earth and easy to talk to, and encourages you to open up with authentic communciation.
Emily Phipps, RN, PMHNP Intern
We all take medication at some point in our lives whether it is an antibiotic for an infection or an antidepressant for our mood, but do you know how your medication actually works, what symptoms it targets, and what side effects and interactions might occur? If you are interested in learning more about the ins and outs of your medication, as well as any possible alternatives that might be a better fit, Forward Counseling is offering brief consultations with our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Intern. If you have any questions or concerns relating to any prescription or over the counter medication, or would like to explore the world of supplements, herbs, vitamins, or nootropics, come in for a consultation…
Melodie Fitzpatrick, MSSW
When it is hard to talk about what is wrong or that bad thing that happened, Expressive Arts Based Therapies can help uncover what is going on inside. Melodie is an Expressive Arts Based Practitioner who utilizes play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapies to help clients uncover the source of current stress.
Wanting to uncover why you feel the way you do? Melodie is happy to pair up with you for this therapeutic journey…
Dean Graves, Mindfulness Instructor and Guide
Want to learn how to look inside, find what needs to be healed and heal it?
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. Dean utilizes 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…
Leslie Halpern, LMSW
Are you ready to get over that bad thing that happened to you? Leslie has extensive training in several techniques that can lead you to sleep better, have less anxiety, suffer less negative thoughts and feel better overall.
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. When your ready to go there, Leslie is willing to partner with you for the journey…
Anne Marie Schoenherr, MS, MFT
Are you someone who is willing to work hard for fast results and the best connections of your life? Anne Marie is a non-judgmental, 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.
Latrina Stewart, MA, NCC
Latrina Stewart is passionate about women’s issues and approaches counseling from a place of authentic, honest connection. Latrina believes that there are many threats in society, meant to traumatize and fracture women. To help women overcome and achieve, Latrina teaches women to empower themselves with wisdom and set proper boundaries to heal and be whole.
Latrina promotes esteem-building, efficiency; productiveness, confidence, effectiveness, and ability, as well as addressing trauma, grief, and loss.
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…
Valerie McKinney, LPC-MHCP
Are you facing issues that are holding you back from reaching your potential but want to work with a Christian Faith Based Therapist? Valerie’s approach is to encourage, support, and ask thought provoking questions as you identify and set goals for yourself.
With over 15 years of experience, Valerie can work from a secular or Christian Based Perspective and enjoys working with adult and older adult clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief issues, forgiveness issues, and other life stressors.
Melissa Gross, MS
Are you stressed out but don’t know why? Melissa is trained in a variety of methods to help you or your child discover their barriers to happiness.
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 relationship issues…
Denice Perkins, MA, CCC- SLP
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.”
Denice specializes 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…
Allie Coughlin, LPC-MHSP
Are you ready to work on your mental health but need evening or weekend appointment times? Allie is Collaborative Problem Solving Practitioner who enjoys being creative within therapy and tailoring sessions to meet the needs of each client. 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.
Cierra Jordan, LCSW
Is there a struggling teenager or young adult in your family? 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.. She believes in individualizing treatment planning to the client’s needs and works with clients age 13-25…
Esther Flanders, OTR/L
Have you suffered a deep loss and need some help navigating the grief? Esther is an occupational therapist with over two decades of clinical experience with people of all ages and for the past 10 years has expanded her practice to include grief and loss counseling. 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. If you are struggling, Esther would be happy to work with you…
Heather Thomasson, LPC-MHSP
Are you needing an expert therapist that works on the weekends? Heather offers Saturday and Sunday appointments for busy clients.
Heather 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…
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…
Deborah McLaughlin, BS
Are you ready to move towards wellness? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or poor posture? At Forward Counseling, we believe physical health and emotional health go hand in hand. Nutrition and Exercise are evidenced based interventions for depression, anxiety and insomnia. Deborah is our Health Educator and Personal Trainer who offers individualized plans, including health and fitness assessments, meal planning, one on one training, and group training, support your process towards a move towards a healthier, happier lifestyle…