Meet the Team

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Morenike Murphy

Chief Executive Officer/Licensed Clinical Therapist

Donna Ross

Director of Operations / Clinical Therapist

Hayley Barnes

Licensed Clinical Therapist

Claudia Walker

Licensed Clinical Therapist

Aisha Lee

Client Care Liaison / Master's Level Clinical Therapist

Dr. Lametria Johnson

Licensed Clinical Therapist

Morenike Murphy, LPC-MHSP has 19 years of experience in the field of social services, serving most recently as the State Crisis Director at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Morenike provided direct services for 15 years to individuals in need of mental health services and persons in a behavioral health crisis. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, as well as a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Morenike is a Mandatory Pre-Screening Agent designated by the State of Tennessee to complete a Certificate of Need for emergency involuntary hospitalization. She has expertise in crisis intervention and suicide prevention, with specialized assessment and treatment expertise to help people who have serious mental illnesses live productive and satisfying lives in the community. The culmination of professional and personal experience with Tennessee’s mental health system provides the background for her current life’s work. Morenike is available for speaking engagements, therapy, Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM), and coaching and consultation for personal development and professional goals.

A note from Morenike: “I opened the Center of Hope for Behavioral Health because you deserve options for high-quality behavioral healthcare services. Taking a step to get help feels lonely because we face battles unknown to others. It takes wonderful courage to begin to navigate pain & shame towards healing & hope. Therefore, my office is a safe place where you can just sit and be heard, while talking through issues that need a safe space to explore. Congratulations on beginning your journey to recovery and healing! My training can help you better understand your life experiences through Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I look forward to meeting you.”

Donna Ross, Ed.S is a Mental Health Clinician with years of professional experience within community based mental health services. She holds an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which is advance specialized training to provide counseling support for students who need to overcome personal and academic challenges. She also has a Degree in Childhood Education, Special Education with a minor in Psychology, and Master of Education in School Counseling.  Donna enjoys working with children and adolescents ages 12 to 18 and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, marital and relationship issues, and trauma-related issues. 

A note from Donna: “Now, is the time for you to Live Your Best Life, YET. It Starts with you!!  It can be hard to walk this journey alone, and I would like to assist you with your transformation into a Better You. I look forward to meeting you.”

Hayley Barnes, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 11 years of experience in the field of social work. She is experienced in mental health and behavioral health evaluation and assessment, and specializes in crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, and stress management. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient settings as well as residential treatment facilities. Hayley is committed to providing compassionate care to her clients and helping them to cope with various emotional and behavioral concerns.

A note from Hayley: “We have all gone through difficult times and, with guidance, can come through stronger than before. I would like to walk alongside and guide you, while celebrating your triumphs as you become whole again. My specialties include trauma, women’s issues, depression, anxiety and life transitions such as a recent job loss, grief and loss, and relationship issues. I look forward to helping you forge a new path to hope, healing, and positivity in all aspects of your life.”

Claudia Walker is a National Board Certified Licensed Clinical Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field of social services. She is experienced in behavioral health evaluation and assessment and specializes in co-occurring disorders, crisis resolution, grief, and depression. Claudia’s training in Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Person-Centered and Trauma Focused Therapies help people move towards the growth and healing they desire. Claudia’s experience as a Director and Coordinator for behavioral health care clinics provides the background for her expertise of working with a diverse adult population. She has professional degrees in Substance Abuse, Rehabilitative Services, and Clinical Psychology/Neuroscience.

A note from Claudia: “I want to help you focus on progressing from tragedy to hope and from darkness to a new beginning. Everyone deserves to have a voice and be heard. Within this therapeutic space, you have an opportunity to be validated and will not be judged. I look forward to helping you figure out how to get through today, tomorrow, and all the days ahead.”

Aisha Lee is a graduate of Lipscomb University and specializes in Play Therapy and Expressive Arts. She is passionate about helping clients foster self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by using expressive arts. Aisha also has experience working in Community Mental Health, which provided her with a wide range of experience. Aisha’s approach to counseling is based on the belief of a holistic approach which provides support to the whole person, not just their mental health needs.

A note from Aisha: “Your illness does not have to define you but your strength and courage does. It takes a lot to go through this process, but there is so much growth that can come out of it. I look forward to meeting you and going through this journey with you. ”

Dr. Lametria Johnson is a licensed professional counselor with 15 years of experience in the mental health profession. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Masters in Professional Counseling from Argosy University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. She has an array of experience working with children starting at age 4 through adulthood. She specializes in working with families of children diagnosed with ADHD, conduct disorders, and other life-altering behaviors. She also specializes in working with adults diagnosed with PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Major Depression Disorder. Dr. Johnson is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).  Using an integrative therapeutic approach, she customizes treatment to the needs of the client. Dr. Johnson often says that therapy is not just her profession, it is her way of life. Although she is not always in a therapeutic setting, she continues to use her gift to help others through her community service organizations and church. You can often find her singing/humming a tune, planning an event, or on traveling adventures (ask about the time she rode an elephant!). Overall, Dr Johnson recognizes that she has been blessed with people who have gone above and beyond for her, so she strives to go above and beyond for others. Therefore, she lives by the thought…“Life is truly worth the living, so LIVE and GIVE!”

A note from Lametria: “Sometimes in life, things get hard and we don’t always know how to navigate our struggles. Whether it is facing a significant change, dealing with the chaos of life, or even trying to identify what your struggle is, I’m here! We all have our ‘stuff’, but we don’t always know how to deal with it in an emotionally healthy manner. I’m here to help you navigate your emotional well-being in order to truly live, and not just exist.”