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.
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…
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.
Donya Ahmadian is a local Memphian with a background in Neuroscience and providing a brain- based understanding of trauma and mental health. Donya is passionate about the fusion of public health and behavioral health- and the power of advocacy, reducing stigma, and increasing access to quality behavioral health care that can revolutionize treatment outcomes. Through a diverse background in trauma, eating disorders, attachment-based disorders, negative body image/body dysphoria, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, PTSD, and additional behavioral needs, Donya aims to build a lighthouse, where hope may feel lost or out of reach.
Donya utilizes a variety of care models, including Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialetical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and various Psychodynamic and Cognitive Restructuring tools to help alleviate the severity of these symptoms, while simultaneously helping clients regain a sense of Self, peace, and power in their voice and recovery.
She enjoys working with all age-groups, including adults, adolescents, and teens in individual and/or group therapy settings. She is also able to provide couples work and counseling on issues affecting partnership and intimacy.
She is currently leading our LYFE group Tuesday evenings, targeting self-esteem and body image. She is also available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with tele-therapy appointments available throughout the week.
Henry Isaac, LPC-MHSP
Are you wanting to work with someone with real life experience and EMDR Training? Henry Isaac has a diverse background in law enforcement, mental health, working with adolescents and their families and treating addiction. He understands the relationship between mental health and substance abuse; and aims to address underlying mental health issues and trauma. He is trained in EMDR and trauma resolution. Henry is also skilled in doing group therapy and family counseling and hosts a Men’s Group on Mondays at 6 at our Poplar Location.
Vanessa Davis, LPC-MHSP
Are you someone who struggles with identifying and communicating how you feel? Vanessa is trained in Expressive Arts and can find a way for you to share. She utilizes art, music, and other creative modalities in session for you to get the most out of your time in counseling.
Vanessa has experience in these areas:
Expressive Arts Based Therapies, Depression Resolution, Helping you identify and learn Healthy Boundaries, Anxiety Recovery, Working with Young Adults, Managing Grief and Loss, Teens, Women, Parents, LGBTQ+ Informed
Vanessa works out of our Princeton House Location.
Nakicia Smith, LMSW
Is there a teen in your life dealing with low self esteem or anger issues? Nakicia has over 10 years of experience working with children and adolescent dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, and behavior issues. Nakicia is passionate about helping families and teens in a variety of settings and can intervene either by working with the teen or with the parents to learn how to set appropriate limits.
Nakicia uses a variety of therapeutic process with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Nakicia believes in partnering with the families to reach desired outcomes during therapy.
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…
Emily Phipps, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Progress
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…
Michael Valdes, LCSW
Are you ready to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Michael believes that every human being has the capacity and right to think, feel, learn, love, and to grow into one’s maximum potential. He helps clients develop the coping skills, motivation, self esteem, confidence, and perspective taking needed to face struggles within and outside of one’s self.
He utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, including but not limited to experiential, humanistic, person centered, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, solution focused, motivational enhancement, and acceptance and commitment therapies. In his free time, Michael enjoys living life to the fullest, relaxation, spiritual meditation, watching movies, and reading books
DeAvila Bennett, LCSW
Are you ready to heal from past toxic relationships or something that has hurt you? DeAvila has obtained training in multiple therapeutic approaches that can aid you in processing through you thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, so that you can live their best life.
DeAvila is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She enjoys working with young to middle aged adults to help them uncover past traumas, process them, and let them go. DeAvila has a wealth of knowledge including, but not limited to: depression resolution, anxiety, trauma resolution, life adjustments, stress management, self-care, etc.
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…
Sharon Richardson, LPC-MHSP
Are you ready to get to BETTER in your life? Sharon can walk with you to that place. She is a trained therapist who is experienced with helping people move forward. She has experience with teaching individuals how to put their needs first without feeling guilty. Sharon also enjoys helping you learn how to identify outdated beliefs which no longer move you forward.
She is licensed Therapist in the State of Tennessee trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Substance Abuse Recovery Techniques and Solution Based techniques which identify those beliefs which are keeping you stuck. Life happens and often leaves us confused, unsure and hurt. Let Sharon help you move to Happy and Healthier. Begin the journey towards wellness by participating in your new better.
She will work with individuals from 16 and older, male or female, couples or individuals.
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…
Allyson Valley, MA
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 communication.
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…
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.
Valerie works Monday-Thursday from 9-1PM
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 5 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.
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…
Amber, Newcome, BA, Master Counseling Intern
Do you have a child or teen that is struggling, stressed, or needs a little help in their daily life? Amber is a current intern looking for a variety of opportunities in working with clients and their families. She is passionate about working with children and adolescences utilizing creative arts and play therapy techniques. Amber is currently working towards her M. Ed. in counseling at Delta State University and has a background in psychology that informs her counseling techniques and theories. She also has done extensive research on children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum.
Amber works primarily from a person-centered focus, but also uses CBT and reality therapy techniques, allowing each session to be tailored to what the client needs at that time. Amber works with children of all ages, adolescents, and young adults and with a variety of issues – anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+, stress, social skills. . .