Our Staff

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Clinical Director

Dr. Laura C Taylor is a licensed clinical social worker who has been a faculty member with the University of Memphis School of Social Work since 2011. She has 23 years of professional experience as a social worker, is trained in psychodynamic therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and reflective supervision. Dr. Taylor has been in private practice for 11 years and specializes in supporting African American women's mental wellness.

 

Dr. Taylor's research interests involve social determinants of health that influence how African Americans seek out and experience mental health care. Her research also includes the experience of infertility among African American couples. Lastly, Dr. Taylor has five published peer-reviewed articles and has been an invited speaker, locally and nationally.

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Assistant Clinical Director

Memphis native, Jelisa Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC-MHSP) in the state of TN. Jelisa has 7 years of professional experience working with ages 16 and up in the areas of anxiety and stress management, adjustment issues, addiction, maternal mental health, relational conflicts, and self-esteem/self-worth empowerment. She incorporates an array of therapeutic techniques and tools to cater to the specific needs of her clients. Jelisa is compassionate and dedicated to work in a collaborative process to assist clients in their progression to wellness.

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Lead Therapist

Tera Brownlee is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a designation of Mental Health Services Provider. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Memphis. Tera has experience counseling children, teens, and adults in various inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a passion for walking alongside clients as they heal and helping them navigate life transitions. She specializes is supporting women and young adults experiencing life transitions. Tera is a native Memphian and enjoys reading, spending time with family, travel, and attending live entertainment shows. 

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Therapist

Kelli Holloway is a graduate of University of Memphis’ School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in TN, MS, and AR. Kelli is a trauma-informed clinician with specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting therapy. Kelli has experience working with individuals experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, individuals living with chronic illnesses including HIV/AIDS, complex trauma, grief/loss, and interpersonal/intimate partner relationship stressors. She is passionate about helping individuals through their journey of healing, self-discovery, and self-empowerment—utilizing an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities. Kelli is dedicated to providing collaboration and attunement in the therapy space, respecting the client as the expert in their own story.  

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Therapist

Kimberly Adams received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Memphis. She continued her education and received her Masters of Social Work degree from Campbellsville University. Kimberly has 5 years of professional experience working with the adult mental health population, bringing hope to individuals by providing services that will help encourage clients to maintain their self-worth, independence, and dignity. Kimberly is passionate about working with women and families by providing therapeutic counseling to help clients succeed and live a better quality of life. Kimberly not only values the people she serves, but she loves being a wife and mother of four.

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Therapist

Dianne Stacks has an M. S., an MBA, and an M. Ed. with a concentration in School counseling. She has 15 years of professional experience providing trauma-related services to victims of domestic violence,
sexual assault, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES-related) trauma. Dianne has provided services for ADHD, grief, anxiety, bipolar, relationship issues, self-esteem, co-dependency,
coping skills, depression, family conflict, self-harming, and stress. She seeks to research the systemic effect of inter-generational traumatic experiences within African American communities to empower African American families and other indigenous populations for change. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, traveling and experiencing the various other cultures of the world.

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Therapist

Coasy Hale is a licensed master’s level social worker (LMSW) in the state of TN and has been
working with vulnerable populations in the Memphis community for more than 20 years. Coasy
has experience providing therapeutic services to adults in acute crisis,
substance addiction and recovery for adults, adult and youth trauma survivors, and those
experiencing life and relationship stressors. Coasy utilizes a myriad of therapeutic approaches
as she works to help support individuals navigate restoration and healing for their lives. Coasy
believes in people’s inherent ability to transform their lives and she is honored to be able to offer
support and empowerment to those who have lost their voice. Coasy enjoys travel, music,
baking, and spending quality time with her loved ones.

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Therapist

Nikeisha is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) that holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Memphis. She has extensive experience in various areas of social services including Parenting Education, Foster Care, Family Preservation, Child Protective Services, and Early Childhood Education as well as Community Engagement and Community Organizing. Nikeisha leverages knowledge learned from personal experiences as well that gleaned from her educational and professional endeavors to inform her practice as a therapist and social worker. She utilizes therapeutic methods designed to assist with targeting client’s issues to help them to resolve those issues through strengthening their coping skills. She specializes in parenting, infant and maternal mental health in addition to focuses on depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma.

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Therapist

Angela received her Bachelor of Social Work at LeMoyne Owen College. She also received her Master of Social Work from the University of Memphis in 2013. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work who has 8 years of professional experience working with children, teens, adults and geriatric populations. Angela has worked in various settings helping individuals battling addiction, weight issues, unresolved trauma, anxiety and stress management. Angela also holds certifications as a Certified Family Trauma Professional and is a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor. Angela truly believes in having a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients.  She uses an array of evidence-based practices as well as organic techniques that caters to the client’s needs.  Angela is a native Memphian who enjoys spending time with her son, Sunday dinners with family, crafting and painting.

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Therapist

Maria Garcia, a bilingual therapist (Spanish/English), received her Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Memphis.  She has 6 years’ experience working with children (6+), teens and adults in different community settings. Maria has worked with at risk communities in Memphis providing services to clients dealing with birth trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, life transition, childhood trauma, stress management and marriage conflict. Being of Mexican descent, Maria is committed to bringing mental health awareness to the Hispanic community. During her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. 

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Therapist

Ashley Blackmon, LCSW is a seasoned clinical psychotherapist from Memphis, Tennessee. She received
her Master’s in Social Worker from University of Memphis in 2013. Ashley has worked professionally in
the field of social work for the past decade and served in many different arenas. She has extensive experience in working with individuals with trauma histories, attachment issues, behavioral issues, life-stressors/adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, anger management, substance abuse recovery, chronic pain management, health issues, foster/adoptive and traditional parenting issues, and geriatric counseling. Additionally, Ashley holds a certification in Theraplay. Ashley is very passionate about improving the lives of others and assisting them to reach their fullest potential to achieve their highest quality of life. She enjoys spending time family, especially her 7 year old daughter, and volunteering in her spare time.

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Therapist

Elissa Brooks is a licensed professional counselor with mental health service provider designation (LPC.MHSP) in the state of Tennessee. Elissa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice prior to her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Memphis. Her areas of expertise and specialization include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is experienced in providing trauma-informed therapy to children, adolescents while also working with parents and families. She enjoys incorporating mindfulness, expressive arts interventions, and exploring family systems within her work with clients. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, reading, thrifting, and trying new places in the Memphis area in her free time.

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Clinical Student Therapist

Madison Neel is a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Memphis and serves as a clinical student therapist. After earning her LMSW she will go on to earn her LCSW. Madison is a therapist in training with a deep appreciation for the strength and resilience of Apple Seeds clientele. She is passionate about creating a comforting experience for our clients. In her free time, Madison enjoys pottery, nutrition, fitness, and spending time with family.

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Clinical Intern

Madeline Voss is a master's student in The University of Memphis clinical mental health counseling program and is excited to work with Apple Seeds during practicum placement. She is most looking forward to connecting with and learning from the diverse Apple Seeds clientele. Previous experiences including facilitating social support groups with pregnant women with intimate partner violence experiences and volunteering with the Memphis Crisis Center, a member of the national suicide hotline. Long term, Madeline plans to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor with a mental health services provider designation and work with military families. Madeline is passionate about promoting individual's holistic wellbeing and is especially interested in building upon individuals' strengths and resiliency to facilitate healing and personal growth. In her leisure time, Madeline enjoys exercising, especially yoga; crocheting; exploring Memphis with friends; and spending time with her cats and fiancée.