Professional Staff

David Pickering, Ph.D.

Dr. Pickering is a Licensed Psychologist / Health Service Provider. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Clinical-Child Psychology from Memphis State University. He also holds Diplomate status in Clinical Psychology, granted by the American Board of Psychological Specialties, a certifying board of the American College of Forensic Examiners International.

Dr. Pickering has over twenty years experience in treating children, adolescents and adults for mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, panic and anxiety disorders, marital and relationship issues, developmental disorders and attention deficit disorders. He is also experienced in intelligence, educational, personality, projective and neuro-psychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation of neurologically impaired individuals.


Paul Deschenes, Psy.D.

Dr. Deschenes is a Licensed Psychologist / Health Service Provider. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from Biola University. He has over thirty years clinical experience with positions of Clinical Director at Pathways and Director Counselling Services at Union University.

Dr. Deschenes works with adults and geriatrics and is experienced in treating mood disorders. stress and anxiety disorders, adult deficit disorders, marital problems, anger issues, academic issues, grief and life adjustment issues. He taught at Union University for many years and presently teaches a class which focuses on the integration of faith issues into counseling.

Gayle Michael (Mike) Cravens, Ed.D.

Mike Cravens is a Licensed Professional Counselor / Mental Health Service Provider and Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. Dr. Cravens holds a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy and a second doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience at the University level in addition to maintaining his private practice. He is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy. Mike currently concentrates on treating couples with relational and/or sexual issues and adults with mood-anxiety disorders as well as loss and grief issues.

Deryl P. Hilliard, Ed.D.

Dr. Deryl Hillard is a Licensed Psychologist / Health Service Provider. He has been delivering counseling and evaluation services for more than thirty-five years. His experience includes a broad range of services including individual, family and group counseling for children, adolescents and adults. He is experienced in treating mood disorders, family and interpersonal conflicts, substance abuse, issues related to sexual abuse, academic difficulties, childhood disorders, stress and health-related issues. He provides psychological testing services to assist in the diagnosis of a variety of disorders and is certified by the State of Tennessee to evaluate and treat sex offenders.

Sherry Thompson, MS, M.Ed

Sherry Thompson is a professional counselor. She is nationally certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Counseling from Freed-Hardeman University and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education from University of Memphis. Ms Thompson has a 26-year history of teaching from elementary to university level and 5 years of experience counseling in community mental health, church counseling and private practice. Ms Thompson has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couples and marital counseling, group counseling and family counseling.

Ms Thompson has spent the last five years working with individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse issues, childhood disorders, stress management, grief and loss, post traumatic stress disorders, parenting challenges, and other relational issues. She also speaks on mental health, education, and wellness topics for a wide variety of audiences.

John H. Redden, M.S.

John Redden is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Services Provider. He received a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. He has more than twenty years of experience counseling adults and children in hospital and outpatient settings. John specializes in helping clients overcome grief and loss, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, marriage and family problems, and child and adolescent issues. He is an EAP affiliate with several companies. He is highly regarded as a public speaker and workshop facilitator.


Claudia Gossett-Divine, LPC/MHSP/LADAC/EMDR II/MS

Claudia Gossett-Divine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Mental Health Service Provider with 29 years of working in Alcohol and Drug treatment with individuals, families, and groups. She is a Level 2 EMDR certified therapist for working with traumatized individuals of natural disasters such as floods, hurricane winds, and accidental incidents; as well as family related trauma such as domestic violence – verbal and physical abuse, and incest.  Claudia has worked with most addictions including gambling and internet, grief, depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, adjustment disorders and many others. She works with adults, adolescents, couples, family interactions, and LGBTQ individuals and couples. Claudia has 256 Hrs. of training in Hypnotherapy which she primarily uses to teach relaxation and meditationr.

Claudia has extensive background in Hispanic culture, Japanese, and some specific African-American issues. Her experience ranges between rural and urban having been raised in both and is comfortable with a broad base of perspectives.  Claudia has a Masters of Science in the Memphis University Counseling program graduating with honors in the International Honor Society in Education of Kappa Delta Pi. She is a trainer in the La Mesa Human Development Program since 1981.