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Meet the Staff

Lucrecia Slater  

Lucrecia Slater, MSW (Staff Therapist)

Lucrecia is a graduate of APSU having received both her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Masters of Social Work. She is an Army veteran who proudly served her country for 13 years, with her last duty station being Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is an avid mental health advocate and has a strong desire to see everyone mentally healthy, but with an emphasis on the African American women population. Lucrecia strongly believes in the ability of meeting people where they are to help them become unstuck, feel seen, and understand their value and worth. These elements are regularly expressed in her mental health sessions with students where she utilizes a variety of tools such as journaling, crafting, and mindfulness. Her areas of interest are adverse childhood experiences in adulthood and African American women. Lucrecia aspires of complete and earn her Doctorate in Social Work within the next two years. In her spare time, Lucrecia enjoys investing time with her husband and two daughters—the oldest who is now serving in the Army.


Sharon West  

Sharon West, MS (Staff Therapist)

Sharon obtained her Master’s degree at Austin Peay State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. In therapy, Sharon believes you deserve a space where you are heard and understood in a supportive and empowering environment.  Her wish for you as a client is to enter into the process of healing and wholeness and to feel validated and safe.  She offers a person centered, non-judgmental, and holistic approach to counseling and combines elements of Existential, Psychodynamic, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Her interests in counseling are working with but not limited to LGBTQI+ clients, culturally diverse clients, and spiritually diverse clients as well as the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).  Sharon’s clinical interests include Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and Grief among others.  Sharon is an artist and enjoys any creative process from painting to crocheting to writing to interior design.  She loves spending time with her family and fur babies, and her ultimate self-care place is the beach.    


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Emily Rhoads, (Staff Therapist)

Emily is a proud graduate of Austin Peay having received her undergraduate degree in Social Work in 2010 and her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. She is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Emily feels that the therapeutic experience is a journey and she enjoys being present as she walks alongside her clients on that journey - always letting them lead the way. Emily has a passion for mental health awareness and destigmatizing the seeking of mental health treatment. Her therapeutic passions include ADHD in women, perinatal mood disorders, anxiety, and depression with a particular focus on the LGBTQ+ and poly communities. Emily uses a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, journaling, Narrative Therapy, mindfulness, and Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy. In her downtime, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, and watching terrible reality television.


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Tyler Tims, MA (PsyD Intern Therapist)



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Marketa Cawood, MA (PsyD Intern Therapist)



Sara Whisler (Administrative Assistant)

Sara is a proud APSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in English Literature. She moved to Clarksville in 2004 and fell in love with Tennessee. A diverse work background gives her a well-rounded world view and the ability to appreciate the views of others. She believes that communication is the key to building a bridge to a positive, uplifting change for all people. A lifelong student, Sara enjoys reading, creative writing, photography, getting together with friends, and cuddling with her shih-tzu.