Enjoy Life Without Worries! Our Therapists are Here to Help You!

Look after your behavioral and physical health with help from Desoto Family Counseling Center, PLLC in Southaven, MS. Our therapists are dedicated to helping you keep your mind and body in tiptop shape so you can regain your sense of self-empowerment and enjoy life without worries. Rest assured that we will go above and beyond the call of duty to help you with your troubles.  

Our Counseling Staff


Anthony J. Wood

Our company owner, Anthony J. Wood, received his Master's Degree in Education in Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi in 2004. He received advanced training in Play Therapy at the Oxford Play Therapy Training Institute. Anthony has worked with children, adolescents, and adults for the state of Mississippi, the Federal Government, and in private practice. He has spent several years researching and working with children and adults with disabilities. Anthony is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified level II AutPlay Therapist.


Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed received her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Mississippi in Psychology and Counseling. She also received her Ed.S. from Delta State University in 2014. Jessica specializes in co-parenting/blended families, ADHD testing, coping skills, anxiety, stress management, relationship counseling, play and behavioral therapy for children and adolescents. Jessica enjoys working with children and families addressing areas of codependency/ boundaries, communication, conflict resolution, identity and self concept, emotional and sexual trauma, depression, children & families in need of parenting or coping through divorce.  She also enjoys working with women, pre-martial couples, and families to enhance overall well mental and emotional well being in persons ages 3 and up. Jessica is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Jessica is a Prepare and Enrich Relationship Facilitator who works to address persons needing relational counseling.


Cynthia Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She is a graduate of Delta State University and has been working as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor for over ten years. Cynthia has worked in a variety of settings over the years. She enjoys helping others and acting as a guide to assist with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. "It’s a joy to watch progress from the first therapy session until the last." Cynthia provides counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Melissa Sisco is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 1992. Melissa has worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, geriatrics, family therapy, foster care private practice and Intensive Outpatient practices. Melissa enjoys utilizing TF, CBT, as well as, EMDR with children, adolescents and adults. Melissa also enjoys working with grief therapy/groups and anger management groups. In Melissa's spare time, she enjoys gardening and swimming.

Melanie Elmore is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Melanie has training in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. She is also a certified Mental Health Fist Aid instructor. Melanie has experience working with adults and children with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD, along with life-transition problems. LGBTQ+ related issues, and grief. Melanie also has experience with couples and family counseling. When she is not working with clients, Melanie enjoys spending time with family and friends and her two cats, Piper and Joey.


Renita Hogan is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Delta State University in 2012. Later in 2015, she earned her Masters of Education with a concentration in Clinical Counseling from Delta State University, as well.   Renita’s clinical experience varies. She has worked as a Child/Adolescent therapist, is trained in Play therapy techniques, is familiar with Family therapy, Addiction\Recovery, and co-occurring mental health disorders.


Willie Wells

Willie J. Wells, received his Master's Degree in Education in Counselor Education, at the University of Mississippi in 2013. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults for the state of Mississippi with residential and outpatient experience with all populations, and, he has several years of experience in private practice. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the mental health arena. Willie is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.


Morgan Vanlandingham

Morgan VanLandingham received her under graduate degree from Mississippi State University in Clinical Exercise Physiology and continued on to acquire her Masters degree from Cox College in Springfield, MO. She has worked in the Pediatric Home-Health setting in Fort Worth, TX and Skilled Nursing Facility in Holly Springs, MS. Morgan is currently pursuing a Board Certification in Pediatrics. Morgan's main areas of focus are sensory processing, behavior, and the integral relationship between them. Morgan's goal daily is to help parents better understand their child and how to help them grow and learn effectively.



Erin L. Allen

Erin Allen graduated from Mississippi State University in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology - Clinical Exercise Physiology. Erin then went to PRCC in Hattiesburg, MS to pursue a career as a Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has worked primarily in Pediatrics with emphasis on Autism, Sensory Processing, and Developmental Delays. Erin is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.

Tia Beasley

Tia Beasley was raised in Tupelo, MS. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from The University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS and studied Biomedical Sciences at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She completed her PA studies at Christian Brothers University and has been working in psychiatry in the Southaven area ever since.  In addition to her psychiatry training, Tia spent two years training in family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology along side MD residents. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. She is currently working towards her Doctorate degree in Medical Sciences with an anticipated completion date of summer 2019. Tia loves children and travels monthly to rural regions of Mississippi to provide psychiatric care to the underserved. Tia maintains a collaborative practice agreement with Dr. Paul King.

Dr. Angelia Cleark McDowell is a board certified psychiatric mental health practitioner. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama in 2016. Dr. McDowell has been in the mental health field for 4 years working in various areas in the Delta.


Jena Dimberg 


Molly C. Pratt

Molly C. Pratt recently joined Desoto Family Counseling Center in December 2015 as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Molly received a Master's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi in 2012. She is nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of Mississippi. Molly is a certified provider of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) swallowing treatment. She loves working with a diverse population of ages including children and adults and has worked for a skilled nursing facility, the Mississippi early intervention program, and private practices. Molly has professional experience in the areas of language delays, articulation disorders, voice disorders, dysphasias, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, dysarthria, and aphasia. Molly loves to incorporate sign language as a secondary means of communication when appropriate. She is thrilled to be a part of the team at DFCC!


Alisha Campbell

Alisha Campbell was born and raised in Holly Springs, MS. She received a Master's of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi in 2012. Alisha is nationally certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed in both Mississippi and Tennessee. She has years of diverse experience acquired in a school setting working with students aged pre-school to high school treating disorders involving impairments in articulation, language, stuttering, developmental and social skills, and vocabulary acquisition. She has also acquired geriatric experience working in skilled nursing facilities treating adults with deficits related to communication, aphasia, swallowing, cerebral infarctions, TBIs, dementia, etc. She enjoys working with and researching new and developing treatment approaches for both children and adults with diagnoses such as: Down Syndrome, Developmental Delays, and Autism. Alisha is listed on the VitalStim Registry as a Certified VitalStim Provider.


Sophie Hays

Sophie Hays is originally from Jackson, TN. Sophie is a Licensed Physical Therapist living in Oxford, MS for the last 2 years. She graduated from Ole Miss in 2005 and attended Physical Therapy school at the University of TN Health Science Center in Memphis. Sophie received a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2008. She has worked in the pediatric setting for over 5 years and loves working with children and their families.


Angela Washington

Angela Washington is a Licensed Physical Therapist. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1999 and has been in the field for over 18 years. Angela has worked with Early Intervention and in the school settings, as well as, out-patient clinics and nursing homes.


Jessica King

Jessica King is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Jessica has worked with Early Intervention and in the school settings, as well as, out-patient clinics and nursing homes.


Call Us for More Information

Don’t let your mental health hold you back from living life to the fullest. Visit or call our counseling center today (662) 772-5937 for more information. We offer individual, group, couples, and family therapy for adults, adolescents, and children ages 3 and older. Prescription medication management is provided as needed. We also provide OT, SLP, and PT for Pediatrics in the areas of Autism, Sensory Processing, Developmental Delays, Behavioral Modifications, and Physical Dysfunction.