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 is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting this selfless population by offering accessible, high-quality mental healthcare services. We have walk-in clinics in Clarksville, Tennessee and Jacksonville, Florida, and also offer Telehealth, face-to-face video therapy to reduce barriers to treatment.
Who We Are
In 2016, philanthropist Steven A. Cohen recognized the need for accessible, high-quality mental healthcare services for our nation’s service men and women and their loved ones. In that year, he made public 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.
To help further this commitment, the Cohen Veterans Network partnered with Centerstone, one of the nation’s leading behavioral health providers. For more than 60 years Centerstone has been delivering life changing care by providing comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services for all ages. Together, CVN and Centerstone are on a mission to provide veterans and military family members with compassionate and effective care to help heal the invisible wounds of war.
In 2017, the first Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone was opened in Clarksville, TN. Three years later in 2020, the mission was expanded to include a second Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone in Jacksonville, FL.
Who We Serve
Veterans – Any person who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reserves, regardless of discharge status, role or combat experience, with a focus on post-9/11 veterans.
Family – We serve the entire military family, including parents, siblings, spouses or partners, children, caregivers, and others of veterans and active-duty military.
Although we make a priority of serving post-9/11 veterans, each Cohen Clinic will assess all veterans based on their specific needs. We will make every effort to see pre-9/11 veterans who can be best served by our level of targeted outpatient care, based on clinician availability.
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
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
Treatments and 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 – Assistant Director
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 & Clinical Supervisor
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.
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.
Tiffany Douglas, LCSW – Therapist
Tiffany Douglas is an Army spouse familiar with the challenges military families face. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in mental health and substance use disorders and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical experience includes areas of assessment and diagnosis, individual therapy with adults with specialty focus in trauma, suicide prevention, grief and loss, and substance use.
Venée Hummel, LCSW – Therapist
Venée Hummel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialty focus on combat trauma, military sexual trauma, and the impact of military deployments on families. Having finished a clinical fellowship with the STRONG STAR Research Consortium and Consortium to Alleviate PTSD at Fort Hood, Texas, she is expertly trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Nightmares, and Crisis Response Planning for Suicide Prevention. In addition to clinical work, Venée is a part-time faculty member with the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University, freelance writer on topics pertaining to military family mental health, and has led numerous clinical trainings on military culture and behavioral health topics. As a proud military family member, Venée has always wanted to serve the community that helped raise her and is honored to do so.
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.
Jason Leaverton, MA – Intake Coordinator
Jason Leaverton is a medically retired Army Staff Sergeant who served in the Infantry and deployed three times to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jason has a passion for serving veterans and their families and hopes to also counsel couples. Prior to joining the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone, Jason counseled people that suffer from opioid addiction by helping them develop coping skills, process trauma and grief, and develop the tools necessary to stay clean.
Kendra Lee, LMSW – 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.
Marie Cohen, MSW – Case Manager
Marie Cohen graduated from APSU with her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work. She is currently working towards licensure. She is a wife of a Veteran who served both in the Army and Marines. She is familiar with the traditions and culture of military members and their spouses. She served as the FRG for her husband’s unit while at Fort Campbell. Marie has experience in grief support due to her volunteering at Grief Camp for kids as well as volunteering at Hospice care facilities in the Clarksville area. Marie’s passion for helping veterans and families in need comes from having a long line of service members in her family. Experiencing the struggles of deployments and dealing with the inner and outer workings of military life before and after service helps her to address concerns a family member might have. Having lived in Clarksville for 25 years gives her an advantage which supports her role here as Case Manager.
Bethany Lavigne, MSW – Case Manager
Bethany Lavigne has extensive familial background within the military community. Her firsthand knowledge of the impact service men/women and their families can face lead her to pursue a social work degree at Austin Peay State University where she obtained her BSW and MSW. Her experience and understanding of the military culture gives her the ability to seamlessly work through those unique challenges and barriers that many Veterans and their families face. Raised in Clarksville, she had a passion to serve within the community she calls home, which brought her to Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic where she hopes to make a positive impact.
Lisa Eggebeen, MSSW, LCSW – Regional 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.
Anna Batson – Office Coordinator
Anna Batson was born and raised in Clarksville and believes the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone will be an incredible asset for area veterans and their families. Anna is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies and has previously worked for the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court. It was her own personal experience with a member of her family serving in the U.S. Army that led her to working with veteran oriented military service organizations.
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.
Chelsey Smith – Office Coordinator
Chelsey Smith grew up moving around the country as part of a military family and settled in Clarksville in 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and also a Culinary degree. Chelsey has a passionate interest in the cognitive neuroscience research field. She believes that the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone is an invaluable asset to the military community and is proud to be a member of our team.
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 Director
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 Manager
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.
Programs & Groups
The Cohen Clinic at Centerstone in Clarksville hosts regular programs and groups for veterans and their family members. For more information or to sign up, please call the Cohen Clinic at: (931) 221-3850.
Access Group (Marie Cohen and Jessie Eisenmann)
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.
GateKeepers: A Peer Led Group for Veterans
Gatekeepers is a weekly peer group where veterans can share comradery and support for one another. This group is open to all post-9/11 veterans and will be peer led by active group members.
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.
Empower-HER: A Support Group for Women (Marie Cohen, Bethany Lavigne, & Kendra Lee)
This group is available to all women clients, adult children (18+), veterans, spouses of active duty service members, spouses of veterans, and significant others and partners of veterans. Participants must be clients of the Cohen Clinic.
Sessions focus on self-confidence, boundaries, self-care, coping skills, challenges of military life, relationships, parenting, but most importantly, connections with other women. Activities will include art, mindfulness, weekly discussion topics, resource sharing, empowerment, health, and awareness.
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.
It’s Not Over: A Post-Discharge Group (Steven Sellars)
It’s Not Over is an after-care (post-therapy) group for adult clients who have completed a planned discharge. Each week covers a specific topic such as reviewing therapy basics/concepts, coping skills, boundaries, stress management, cognitive challenges, practicing self-management, and ongoing self-care, to continue the building and utilization of your therapy skills.
R E C O N N E C T: A Caregiver Support Group (Leahanna McDonald)
Reconnect is a support group for the caregivers, spouses and immediate family members of Veterans. This group focuses on self-care, psychoeducation, resourcing and empowerment, with the goal of reducing stress and improving quality of life. This is also a time to reconnect with yourself, connect with others who may share your experiences and understand what you are going through, and develop a peer support network.
Girl Power: A Support Group for Adolescent Girls (Tammy Leininger and Caila Holm)
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!
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