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.


 
Courtney P. Parrish received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi. Courtney has experience working with behavioral problems, depression, stress management, simple trauma, codependency, communication, women's issues, parenting, and addiction. Courtney's theoretical approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Reality Therapy primarily. Courtney provides individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Courtney coordinates with the Mississippi Department of Children and Family Services along with the Youth Court to provide services to adolescents within both systems. Courtney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  


 

Jaqueline T. Carter

Jaqueline T. Carter received her Master of Counselor Education from Delta State University with honors in 2007. Jaqueline has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential and outpatient treatment. Her interests include anxiety, depression, stress management, anger management, trauma, and behavior modification. Jaqueline has also worked with grief and divorce recovery for children, adolescents, and adults. She also worked with couples in our practice to better communication skills, increase trust and respect, and identify roles in relationships. Jaqueline uses a Cognitive Therapy approach, as well as, Person Centered Therapy to best meet her client's needs. Jaqueline is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

 


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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 to address persons needing relational counseling.



 

David Joslin

John David Joslin is a graduate of the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working with men, women, and adolescent boys with various issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, physical and emotional health concerns, LGBTQIA, relationships, intimacy, infidelity, divorce, sexual dysfunctions, sexual acting-out and compulsive behaviors, process addictions, trauma, PTSD, and male survivors of abuse. He uses cognitive behavioral therapy and has a mental health recovery approach to treatment.



 

 Heather Carter

Heather Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Heather is a Certified Prepare/Enrich Premarital Facilitator and a Gottman Level 1 Couples Counselor. Heather’s focus areas include family therapy, play therapy with children 4 and older, filial therapy (parenting), and couples counseling. She has experience treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, trauma, shame, sexual issues, codependency, behavioral problems, and grief. She has a passion for families and coming alongside the hurting; let her help you reach your personal/interpersonal goals!



 

Vanessa Naidoo

Vanessa Naidoo received her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1994. She has experience in Geriatrics, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD, and Down Syndrome. Vanessa has also worked with children who work with Dyslexia and Sensory Processing Deficits. Vanessa's pediatric work experience includes school-based, clinic-based, and early intervention services.




 

Constance Rigdon

Constance Rigdon received her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Mississippi in 2011. She has experience in Geriatrics, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD, and Down Syndrome. Constance has also worked with children who work with Dyslexia and Sensory Processing Deficits. Constance's pediatric work experience includes school-based, clinic-based, and early intervention services. Constance is a Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist.


 

Morgan Vanlandingham

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



 

Kara Cline

Kara Cline is licensed in MS and TN as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has worked primarily in Pediatrics with emphasis on Autism, Sensory Processing, and Developmental Delays. Kara has also worked with Down Syndrome and Behavioral Modification. Kara is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.


 

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.



 

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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!



 

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.




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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.