Every day veterans and their families struggle with the mental and physical scars uniquely earned through military service. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone was created to support this selfless population by ensuring they receive the care they deserve at little to no cost.
Who We Are
In 2016, philanthropist Steven A. Cohen recognized the need for high quality, accessible mental health care for our nation’s service men and women and their loved ones. In that year, he made a long-term commitment to provide that care by establishing the Cohen Veterans Network; a national network of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics dedicated to ensuring veterans and their families receive the support they need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
In 2017, the Cohen Veterans Network partnered with Centerstone, one of the nation’s leading behavioral health providers, to establish the 10th Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic across the country in Clarksville, TN. For more than 60 years Centerstone has been delivering care that changes people’s lives by providing comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services for all ages. Now, by joining forces, Centerstone and the Cohen Veterans Network are on a mission to provide middle Tennessee’s large veteran and family member population with compassionate and effective care to help heal the invisible wounds of war.
Who We Serve
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone provides confidential, compassionate, personalized mental health services at little to no cost for any post-9/11 veteran who has served in the United States Armed Forces and their family members. Additionally, the Cohen Clinic at Centerstone recognizes that our nation’s heroes are in need of our support, therefore strives to provide veterans of all eras with the care they deserve.
Any person who has served in the United States Armed forces, including National Guard and Reserves, regardless of discharge status, role while in uniform, combat experience, ability to pay or insurance type.
Any identified Veteran or Active Duty family member including spouses or partners, children, adolescents, parents, siblings, caregivers and others.
Services are provided by culturally competent professionals trained to work specifically with veterans and their families. Veterans and their family members are able to receive services individually and as a family unit with the same treatment team.
The Cohen Clinic provides the following services:
- Counseling for individuals, groups, couples, children, and families
- Psychiatric evaluation, treatment, and medication management
- Parent consultation
- Case management and resource connection
- Life skills and wellness groups
- Telehealth services that allow access to therapy from home or work
- Transportation to and from appointments
What We Do
The highly skilled clinicians at the Cohen Clinic treat a variety of behavioral health challenges, including:
- Post-traumatic stress
- Substance misuse
- Sleep problems
- Anxiety disorders
- Grief and loss
- Transitional challenges
- Relationship and family difficulties
Brief evidence-based therapies include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Meet Our Team
Our Cohen Clinic at Centerstone team is led by experienced, culturally competent professionals who are trained to work specifically with veterans and their family members.
Jennifer Smith, MSSW, LCSW – Lead Clinician
Jennifer Smith is an Army spouse familiar with the challenges military families face. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of behavioral health experience and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work. Her professional experience includes both clinical and administrative responsibilities, as well as training on mental health related topics. Her clinical experience includes areas of assessment and diagnosis, individual therapy with adults with specialty focus in geriatrics, crisis response, suicide prevention, traumatic grief and loss, and critical incident stress management.
Julie Adams, LCSW – Therapist
Julie Adams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 12 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. She has spent 7 years working specifically with military children and their families, emphasizing healthy parenting methods and strong parent-child relationships. Julie holds a bachelor of science degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work. She has expertise and additional training in the treatment of childhood anxiety, depression, trauma and disruptive disorders. Julie also has training as a school social worker and has worked with individuals with drug and alcohol dependency concerns.
Nancy Bandel, MSW, LSW – Therapist
After losing her military husband of 14 years to a non-combat-related illness, fellow Army veteran Nancy Bandel knew she wanted to help others. Despite the challenges brought on by a life of service, which led to delays in her education, Nancy was determined to obtain her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work. Now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she draws from her personal and professional experience to help veterans and their loved ones overcome the unique obstacles that military families face. Nancy’s work has focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention, grief counseling, and providing therapeutic support around trauma, anxiety and depression. Prior to joining the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone, she also helped develop a program known as “Suicidal Pathway” which led to a reduction in suicide rates in our area.
King Counts, D.Min, LMFT – Therapist
Dr. King Counts is a licensed marriage and family therapist and ordained minister who believes in treating the whole person: mind, body and spirit. He holds undergraduate degrees in Bible and Christian Education, master’s degrees in Divinity, Arts in Family Therapy and a doctorate in Ministry in Counseling. Dr. King has worked extensively with veterans for many years, specializing in stress-related disorders such as PTSD, sexual abuse, anxiety, trauma, depression, anger and life adjustment issues. He has wide-ranging experience in treating marriage, family and relational issues; is very skilled in providing telehealth services and is EMDR certified.
Kevin Cuchia, LCSW – Therapist
Kevin Cuchia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master’s of Science in Social Work, holds a Trauma Treatment Graduate Certification, and is a Certified Crisis Worker by the American Association of Suicidology. Kevin hails from a military family and has worked with veterans in both the VHA post-deployment clinic and as the program specialist for the Veteran’s Treatment Court of Davidson County. He is a trauma-informed clinician with extensive experience in addressing PTSD, trauma-related disorders, vicarious trauma, co-occurring substance abuse, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, anger, grief, and relationship concerns. Kevin utilizes a strength-based approach in his work with many diverse populations that recognizes the client as the expert of their own life and honors the resiliency of their experience.
Tammy Leininger, LPC-MHSP, NCC – Therapist
Tammy Leininger is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked with children, families and adults for the past 11 years and is passionate about helping people achieve mental, emotional and relational health. She has worked with military families for 8 years and has experience in helping children and families manage anxiety, adjustment issues, depression, anger, behavioral concerns, and trauma-related issues. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is trained in Parent Child Interaction Training, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Don McCasland, LCSW – Therapist
Don McCasland is a retired Army Sergeant First Class, a Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and a PTSD survivor who brings experience and insight to his clients. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work. Don has served as a consultant to numerous local and national organizations seeking to understand the challenges facing veterans and their families. He has extensive experience and training in the field of trauma with a focus on combat and military sexual assault-related trauma. Don believes in the importance of the mind/body/soul/spirit connection in making the journey toward healing.
Leahanna McDonald, MSW, LCSW – Therapist
Leahanna McDonald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker married to a disabled veteran who became the inspiration behind her desire to serve veterans and their families. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Social Work. Leahanna specializes in high-risk children and families and has worked with children from infancy through young adulthood in countless capacities, helping them through trauma, adjustment disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and disruptive disorders.
Steven S. Sellars, LPC-MHSP – Therapist
Steven Sellars is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a volunteer firefighter of 18 years (semi-retired), and an endorsed emergency services chaplain. Steven’s clinical journey came as a result of his personal experiences through emergency services, his military family (who deals with combat related difficulties), and the loss of his Marine friend in Operating Enduring Freedom. He earned a master’s degree in counseling to help those also dealing with the constant exposures and traumatic experiences. Steven has a great deal of experience working with post-combat veterans and their families. He specializes in trauma-related difficulties, stress, critical incident stress management, grief and loss, disaster response, deployment readjustment and marital conflict and communication. He also is trained in working with parent-child positive relationships.
Elizabeth M. Sherr, MA, LPC-MHSP, NCC – Therapist
Elizabeth Sherr is a retired Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who served as both a Non-Commissioned Officer and Commissioned Officer for 20 years. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds an undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Sociology and master’s degrees in Arts in Diplomacy and Arts in Counseling. After seeing the increased need for mental health professionals, she knew this was where she needed to be and could continue to serve. Her areas of focus are military sexual trauma, PTSD, combat traumas, non-combat traumas and internal family systems. In addition to individual therapy, she also facilitates both psychodynamic, skills and support groups.
Kendra Lee, MSW – Intake Coordinator
Kendra Lee is a military spouse who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work. After watching a family member struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder related to Vietnam, Kendra realized he never had a voice or an outlet. She knew then that she wanted to give others that voice and to help heal their invisible wounds. Prior to joining the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone, Kendra worked with active-duty service members and their loved ones to overcome the unique challenges military families face. Her clinical experience also includes therapeutic support concerning domestic violence and sexual assault trauma for victims of all ages.
Lisa Eggebeen, MSSW, LCSW – Clinic Director
Lisa Eggebeen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 12 years of behavioral health experience, 10 of which have been with Centerstone of Tennessee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s in the Science of Social Work, and frequently conducts speaking engagements locally and nationally on an array of mental and behavioral health topics. Her professional experience has included both clinical and management responsibilities. Her clinical concentration includes assessment and diagnosis, trauma and traumatic grief and loss, individual and family therapy with children and adults, crisis response, suicide prevention, critical incident stress management and mental health disaster response. Administratively, Lisa currently oversees the day-to-day clinical operations for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone.
Lindsey Chantler – Office Manager
Lindsey Chantler grew up in Clarksville and is no stranger to the community or the area’s large veteran population. As a Montgomery County Veteran’s Service Office representative for nearly 10 years, Lindsey supported our service men and women in various capacities. She later joined the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, where her work was instrumental in the creation of the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court. Today, Lindsey continues to stay connected to the local veteran community and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition.
Alicia Huff – Office Coordinator
Alicia was born and raised in Clarksville. She has many family members who have served in the Armed Forces. She has worked in the medical field for over 20 years and behavioral health for the last 3 years. As a parent of a child with autism, she feels working in this field is the best way to be an advocate. She has had the pleasure of working with many different physicians in Clarksville and she truly enjoys helping people and making sure they leave the office with a smile.
Lourdes Santos – Office Coordinator
Lourdes Santos is married to a U.S. Army veteran and believes that the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone is an incredible resource for area veterans and their families. Lourdes has worked for over 3 years in behavioral health as an office coordinator and administrative assistant. Working to help serve veterans and their families is a rewarding experience for her, being that she has close family members who are veterans and who are currently serving in the different armed forces around the world.
Aaron Goletz – Data Manager
Aaron Goletz holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and is working towards his master’s in Data Science. He is an Army veteran with two Operation Iraqi Freedom deployments who now serves in the National Guard. Aaron has worked as a case manager and counselor for Centerstone and as a researcher for various grant-funded veteran programs. Ever since transitioning back into civilian life he knew he wanted to help other veterans do the same and learned his skills are best utilized in the structured operation of data collection and analysis. As the Cohen Clinic at Centerstone’s Data Manager, Aaron continues to serve the veteran and family population from behind the scenes by supporting the front lines of mental health care.
Meghan Williams – Outreach Manager
Meghan Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a certificate in public health. As a television news anchor, reporter, producer and print journalist, Meghan covered numerous stories involving our nation’s veterans igniting her desire to support our military service men and women in all capacities. She chose to use her passion for compelling story telling to encourage healthy lifestyles, and worked as special staff to the Fort Campbell Senior Commander developing, planning, promoting and implementing wellness initiatives across the installation. As the Cohen Clinic Outreach Manager, Meghan draws on her public relations experience and personal connection to the military culture to expand the clinic’s reach, and encourage help seeking behavior through community awareness and stakeholder collaboration.
Scott Hudson – Communications Specialist
Scott Hudson has a degree in Marketing and a background in creative design, advertising and marketing, software development and project management. He’s known for being imaginative and innovative, and coming up with new ways of doing things. Prior to joining the Cohen Clinic at Centerstone team, Scott worked as a creative and digital marketing consultant in Nashville, Tennessee, led software teams as an instructional design project manager in Norway and China, and spent a number of years as a creative team leader at multiple advertising agencies in Canada. His extensive client list includes NASA, the Discovery Channel, BP, Chevron and Air Canada.
Cohen Clinic at Centerstone Groups and Workshops:
The Cohen Clinic hosts regular programming for veterans and their family members. For more information and to sign up, contact Outreach Manager Meghan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Group (King Counts and Nancy Bandel)
Access group is intended to provide support, information and encouragement for clients who have completed their eight to twelve session program with their individual therapist and who need ongoing support. We do psychoeducation and open discussion of coping skills and members can share ideas as to how best to work through challenges. This group is a safe space and any information shared with the group will stay within the group.
Better Ways: Developing Tools to Live a Healthier Life (Kevin Cuchia)
This is a psychotherapy group for people who desire to reduce, or stop, their substance use. This group is open to veterans and adult family members of veterans. Group members must be an enrolled client of the Cohen Clinic before participating. This group may not meet legal participation requirements for certain court programs. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure approval and compliance.
Chronic Pain Group (Elizabeth Sherr)
Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) will encourage participants to adopt an active problem solving approach to managing the challenges associated with chronic pain. Techniques such as guided imagery, mindfulness mediation/relaxation, SMART goal formulation, coping styles, cognitive restructuring and sleep hygiene will be covered. The group will foster an understanding of thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors and how social environments can impact chronic pain, encouraging healthy behavioral and lifestyle changes.
Combat Veterans Group (Don McCasland)
This group is for Post 9/11 combat vets, facilitated by a Post 9/11 combat vet. We will focus on issues related to transitioning from a combat/military environment to a civilian environment, with a focus on: relationships and communications with people who “don’t get it”, changing from a structured life to a life where “anything goes, and no one cares about standards”, guilt and shame, goal setting, feelings of a loss of comradery, and much more.
Next Steps (Kendra Lee)
This group is a weekly information session to offer support to clients before they begin therapy. Topics covered include: What is Evidence Based Practice? Explanation of screeners and assessments during intake and how progress is tracked. Self-Care. Mindfulness. Coping Skills. Local Area Resources and Outreach opportunities in this community.
R E C H A R G E: A Caregiver Support Group (Leahanna McDonald and Brittany Wilhelm)
This is an open support group for the caregivers of veterans, wounded service members, and children/family members with special needs. This group will focus on self-care, psychoeducation, the caregiving life style and empowerment, with the goal of reducing stress and improving quality of life. This is also a time to connect with others who may share your experiences, understand what you are going through, and develop a peer support network.
Post 9/11 Women Veterans Group (Elizabeth Sherr)
This group is for post 9/11 women veterans. The group will focus on interpersonal skills and coping strategies. Weekly topics will include: communication skills, relationships, navigating life outside of the military, goal setting, women veterans’ health, comradery and much more.
Girl Power: A Support Group for Adolescent Girls (Tammy Leininger and Brittany Wilhelm)
Together we’ll focus on positive ways to manage stress and other emotions, and build healthy interpersonal skills. Weekly topics will include: Assertive communication, Problem solving, Building resilience and self-esteem, Naming and taming feelings, Trust and intimacy and more!
PTSD and the Family: Adjusting and Thriving (Don McCasland)
Lead by a clinician who’s a veteran that has struggled with PTSD and the effects it had on his family, but was able to overcome it. Topics discussed include, PTSD Symptoms, Causes of PTSD, How PTSD effects not only the mind, but the body, Why trauma survivors react the way they do, How PTSD effects relationships with family and friends, and Helpful tips and ideas to help you.
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