MEET OUR CLINICIANS
About Our Team
DR. CRYSTAL DEBERRY, LCSW
I teach in the Social Work department for The University of Memphis and Union University. I am the founder of Indomitable Families Affected by Incarceration, Inc and the owner of DeNovo Clinical Strategies, LLC. I recently obtained my doctoral degree in social work from the University of Southern California. I was awarded Social Worker of the Year for the NASW West TN Branch in 2018 and the 2019 Field Instructor of the Year. I am a mother of five and enjoy dancing, providing therapy, studying my genealogy, and traveling.
RAE ANN BALLESTEROS, LMSW, LSSW
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed School Social Worker, with several years of experience in mental health working with individuals, groups, and families. I have earned my undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis, and my graduate master’s degrees in social work and Business Administration from Union University. I understand how flexibility is important to individuals in today’s world. My intention is to provide the clients with the tools and coping skills to achieve a healthy life balance, while meeting them where they are.
I utilize a number of therapeutic processes such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I am knowledgeable in treating a variety of behavioral health issues experienced by individuals of all ages such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger management, trauma, personal development, communication, social skills, and substance use. My integrated therapeutic approach is strengths-based, solution-focused and client-centered as I whole-heartedly believe that a uniquely tailored and collaborative approach with my clients produces the best results.
TYLER-MARIE BLACHER, LMSW
My name is Tyler-Marie Blacher, a Licensed Master Social Worker living in Memphis, TN. I earned my Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Memphis and later obtained my Master’s in Social Work from Union University. From a young age, I’ve had a passion for helping people and as your therapist, I aim to assist you in managing life’s challenges, while helping you understand what you’re feeling, why, and how to cope. I have experience with children, teens, adults, and their families. I utilize a multidimensional approach to therapy, exploring each individual's biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. I am experienced in assisting clients working through depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use, anger management, communication and boundaries concerns, trauma, and relationship and family issues. My goal is to provide compassionate, non-judgmental care to every client.
TERESA FRANKLIN, LMSW
I am Licensed Master Social Worker who has been providing services to children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years. I received my Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2009. Throughout the course of my professional expertise, I have spent a significant amount of time working survivors of trauma and violence, individuals and families in the hospital setting, children and families in the child welfare system, and individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
Every therapist has a unique style, and my clients appreciate that I am direct and straightforward. I am empathetic, understanding, and caring, but I also it “tell it like is.” Telling you what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear only delays the healing process. I find that getting to the root cause of the issue that brought you to therapy will get you on the road to healing. As your therapist, I empathize with your personal journey, listen without judgement, and can provide you with coping mechanisms to find hope, peace, and joy in your life.
A little more about me…
I teach in the School of Social Work at the University of Memphis. My free time is usually spent watching my sons play football. Yes, I’m “that football mom” loud and proud! I enjoy spending time with family, shopping, and traveling.
ASHLEY LUCAS, LMSW
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker from Memphis, TN. I received my Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Martin, my Master's of Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and have been licensed with the state of Tennessee since 2019. I have over 6 years of experience working with children, families, and adults in behavioral/mental health. I am currently experienced and trained in CBT, TF-CBT, motivational interviewing, and emotional focused therapy. Using a person centered approach, I tailor all of my sessions based on my client's individual needs. Areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, attachment issues, anger management, couple's counseling, lifestyle changes, conflict resolution, mood disorders, family conflict, and LGBTQIA+. I am available to work with teenagers aged 14 years and older, as well as adults, couples, and families.
TERRIAN MATTHEWS, LMSW
I am a licensed master level social worker who has an enthusiasm to work with people to better improve their mental health and to become their true selves. I received my bachelor's degree in social work at the University of Memphis in 2015. Afterwards, I secured my master’s degree in social work at Union University in 2019 along with a certification in School Social Work with the state of Tennessee. I am currently receiving clinical supervision for my LCSW. Since being a social worker, I had the pleasure of working with at-risk youth, families, and high school students by providing mental health support and connecting them to community resources. I have experience in conducting individual, family, and group clinical sessions. Also, I am experienced in Trauma Focused Cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution Focused Therapy. Amongst others, I worked with a plethora of behavioral and mental issues such as anxiety, cognitive distortions, interpersonal issues, poor impulse control, anger management, and social skills. Sessions will be tailored with you in mind. I use the strength-based approach and client centered approach when serving my clients. I am open to working with youth, adolescents, and young adults to address anxiety, self-esteem issues, life changes, unhelpful thinking, conflict resolution, and etc.
Do you know who matters? You. Yes, you do matter! Let’s communicate on how we can better serve you and your mental health.
CHESTINA JONES, LCSW
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 5 years of experience. I graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN. I combined my experience and education to provide a well-rounded therapy approach. I have a history of working with the following diagnosis and/or symptoms; Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Cancer, COVID, and Grief. My counseling style is realistic and interactive by incorporating the strength perspective, with cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic approaches. I treat everyone with respect and sensitivity. I will provide active listening skills and compassion throughout our interactions. You will play a major role in our dialogue and the development of a treatment plan that will motivate and empower you. I believe everyone can change when ready and reaching out is the first step. Thank you and Congratulations! Yourself is waiting on you!
CHINA TULLY, LMSW
I am a licensed master social worker with a passion for working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families to support healing during life’s most challenging times. I have practiced as a licensed master social worker for two years, as a licensed school social worker for three years, and am currently practicing toward my clinical license. My experience includes seven years working with families and children with special needs in a variety of settings including: in home early intervention, school, and hospital. My experience also includes providing support to families with children with chronic medical conditions. I possess a unique skillset to help determine the best approach to assess concerns. I utilize a number of therapeutic processes such as strength based perspective, solution focused therapy, and crisis intervention. I am a diligent force in the workplace and use my interpersonal skills and resources to advocate for the best interests of my families.
ELEXIS WAUGH, LMSW
I am a licensed masters level social worker from Memphis, TN. I received my Bachelors in Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University and my Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. I recently moved back to Memphis at the end of 2019 to further pursue my passion in social work working with individuals and families in and from my very own hometown. I have over 7 years of experience providing mental health services to individuals and groups of various age groups. The bulk of my experience has been across multiple settings such as residential treatment facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, forensic inpatient hospitals, and the prison system. I utilize various therapeutic techniques such as Psychodynamic therapy, Humanistic therapy, CBT, and Behavioral therapy. I believe in providing my clients with hope and assisting them with identifying their strengths to help them navigate through life’s many obstacles. I do this by modifying my approach to each client as it fits for their particular concern.