Kimberly Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Services Provider (LPC-MHSP), Clinical Program Director
Kimberly Jones is the Clinical Program Director and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) Supervisor at Compass Intervention Center. Kimberly is a certified national TFCBT therapist, holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in counseling and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Counseling Education program at The University of Memphis.
Her clinical background includes providing in-home services to children and adolescents, working with victimized women and children and addressing case management issues for clients. Kimberly’s passion is to help, not only children and families, but the whole community understand the impact of trauma from an individual and global perspective.
Terri Sweet, Case Manager
Terri Sweet started volunteering at adult aftercare groups at Lakeside in 1988 and became an official employee in the adolescent residential program in 1992. She worked at Desoto County Alternative Center in Mississippi from 1995 to 2010, at which time she joined Compass.
Terri has a degree in rehabilitation counseling in education. She enjoys working at Compass because of the varied nature of her work and the interaction with other departments. Her position gives her a clear picture of how the facility works as a whole and how dependent each department is on the others.
Amanda Chain, Therapist
Amanda Chain has been working at Compass since 2016. Prior to becoming a fulltime therapist, she completed an internship at Compass and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Memphis.
Her treatment philosophy centers around learning and a systems approach. Amanda believes that because every client is unique, not every client can be supported the same way. Her goal is to be the client’s advocate and better understand their pattern of learning and coping and the patterns impressed on them by family and environment. Every child can acquire the behavioral skills to become a successful adolescent with a bright future.
Amanda enjoys Compass because of the supportive staff and overall positive environment. She likes coming to work every day to build therapeutic relationships and see the children grow socially from activity engagement.
Tiffany France, Therapist
Tiffany France has worked in the field of mental health and counseling youth since 2015. She has been a fulltime therapist at Compass since 2016. She says she loves working with adolescents because they have so much potential.
She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Harding School of Theology, where her course of study focused on family therapy and effecting change in systems. Working at Compass allows her not only to work with adolescents but also with their families to facilitate positive growth as they move together into the next chapter of their lives.
Tiffany Vann, Therapist
Tiffany Vann has one year of professional mental health experience. Her degree is a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her treatment philosophy integrates both Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Tiffany enjoys Compass because she can be creative in therapy, believes the leadership displays a positive attitude, and values the many opportunities for staff appreciation.
Ashley Neal, Therapist
Ashley Neal has one and a half years of experience in the mental health field as both a professional and an intern. She is eclectic in her therapy philosophy, using Person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy as her primary theories. Ashley believes every patient is different, and considers each individual’s needs in therapy planning. Ashley says she enjoys working at Compass because she loves working with the children.
James Piiparinen, Therapist
James Piiparinen grew up in a small town in northern New York, and earned a degree in Creative Writing from Hamilton College. He then went to Zimbabwe, for two years to teach English and math with the Peace Corps. Afterward, he moved to Mississippi to get a master’s degree in education and serve in the Mississippi Teacher Corps. James spent the next seven years teaching high school and middle school English. During that time, he got an M.F.A. in Poetry, was published, nominated twice for Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and decided to teach at the college level. He spent the next three years as an adjunct professor at both the community and four-year college level. During this time, he received a Mississippi Art Commission Grant and participated in another grant, teaching creative writing techniques in a GED program, funded through the Mississippi Art Commission.
James was influenced, through the many people he had encountered and the stories from their lives, to enter the field of therapy. His personal therapy philosophy stems from Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy. What James loves about working at Compass is the impact he has helping people tell their stories and gain control of who they were meant to be, before something unplanned happened to them.
He has spent the past four years working as a therapist at Compass and currently has a Master of Arts in Counseling. James is also pursuing a certification to be a LPC-MHSP.