Providing Individual and Family Therapy
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Look after your behavioral and physical health with help from Desoto Family Counseling Center, PLLC in Southaven, MS. Our counselors and 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.
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-Supervisor, Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified level II AutPlay Therapist.
Melissa Sisco is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor. 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.
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.
Marilyn S. Snow
It is my belief that when people can talk or play through their experiences, they are able to heal from past traumas and become more aware and accepting of themselves. They are capable of finding a sense of peace and contentment in their lives.
Dr. Snow’s primary focus is working with children in play therapy and with parents. She uses a client-centered approach and a framework of attachment and interpersonal neurobiology. At the beginning of her career, she primarily worked with adults who had experienced trauma. She specialized in dissociative disorders and PTSD. Her specialties continue in the area of trauma, PTSD, dissociation, attachment, parenting, and adverse childhood experiences.
Dr. Snow has a doctoral degree in counseling from Georgia State University and is an Associate Professor Emerita at The University of Mississippi, having taught in Counselor Education and Leadership from 2000 until June 2015. She became licensed as a professional counselor in 1996 in Georgia and in 1998 in Mississippi. She is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in Mississippi. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia. Dr. Snow was the Executive Director of the Oxford Play Therapy Training Institute and the Child Advocacy and Play Therapy Institute at The University of Mississippi. She has supervised hundreds of both master level counselors and licensed professionals specializing in play therapy. Dr. Snow has published over 30 professional articles in refereed journals.
Brandy West is originally from Memphis and went to school at Mississippi College in the Jackson Area for her bachelors and masters degree. Brandy has experience working with teens, early adults, and adults in the areas of depression, stress & anxiety, relationships, grief and loss, personality, trauma, LGBTQIA+ topics, and self-love! She does hands-on counseling which most often includes a safe and positive therapeutic relationship, talk therapy, psychoeducation, emotional exploration, present-moment practice, resources, take-home suggestions “some call it homework but I don’t like the word homework!“, and as always, unconditional positive regard. Brandy lives in Memphis now with her husband Mitch and their puppy Gracie. She has a passion for seeing people grow and change through self work and self love. Brandy’s hobbies are hiking, camping, making soap, and reading!
Abigail Morales (Abby) received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi. Abby is also a National Certified Counselor. She has experience working with children, children with disabilities, adolescents, and early adults. The areas in which she has experience in are anxiety, attention deficit disorders, depression, family divorce issues, Autism, and those dealing with life transitions. Abby believes some of the most important parts of counseling are the therapeutic relationship, psychoeducation, creating a safe environment, and unconditional positive regard. When not working with clients, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their families, watching sports, and binge-watching movies!
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 earned her Doctorate degree in Medical Sciences in 2020. 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.
Maureen Spain began her undergraduate studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, as a Biology major in the pre-med track. Halfway through, she decided to change her major to English, because she was tired of spending fruitless hours in Chemistry lab. 😉 After graduation from Rhodes in 1986, she had a 10 year career as a writer and producer before deciding to return to school for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating from UT-Memphis in 1997, she began working at Regional One in Memphis as a NICU RN. She then went on to get her Master’s at UT as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 1999. Maureen worked in the Neonatal field for 20 years, both in Memphis and traveling all over the country taking care of babies (and their families!).
Maureen has always loved a challenge. In addition, she is fascinated by the brain and how it works, so she decided to return to school and get a Post-Master’s degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Frontier Nursing University in 2019, and has worked with patients across the lifespan since then. She really enjoys getting to know her patients so that she can best serve their needs. Maureen feels like all the “life experience” she has accumulated makes her a better practitioner. She maintains a collaborative practice agreement with Dr. Paul King.
Maureen lives in Memphis in the Midtown area. She has 3 boys: Davis is 20 and a sophomore at the University of Montevallo, where he plays soccer and is currently studying to become a Sports PT. Calvin is 17 and a junior at Central High School, and Gus is 14 and a freshman. Maureen is excited about joining DFCC, and looks forward to helping her patients address their unique challenges and make progress toward achieving their goals.
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.
Jena is from Mississippi and currently lives in Memphis, TN with her lovable Great Pyrenees, Beatrice. Jena enjoys learning about nutrition and its impact on our overall health and outdoor activities, specifically her new found love of fly fishing. Jena received her Bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and Master’s from Jackson State University in Speech Language Pathology. Jena developed a passion for pediatrics during her clinical rotations. Jena’s clinical experience includes individuals of all ages in skilled nursing facilities, long term acute care hospital, outpatient clinics, schools, and daycares. She is nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and by the state of Mississippi. Jena is certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) through Vital Stim. Jena has treated individuals with hearing impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Feeding/Swallowing Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delay, Dysphagia, Dysarthria, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders/Delays, Fluency Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Aphasia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Apraxia of Speech. Jena has a special place in her heart for all of her kiddos with Autism and behavioral concerns.
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 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 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 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 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.
Michael A. Lineberry
Michael Lineberry (Alex) is from Memphis, TN. He received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Exercise Science in 2018. Alex then continued on to acquire his Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Murray State University in Paducah, KY in 2021. Alex has always been a big advocate for the pediatric field as he was inspired from his time as a recent and current patient of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital here in Memphis, TN. Alex’s main areas of focus in occupational therapy include autism, sensory processing, developmental delays, and behavior modification. He is excited and blessed to be a part of the team at DFCC!
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.