Pilgrim Center for Counseling

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The Pilgrim Center began in December, 2001, as one of the shared-space ministries of First Congregational Church.  The Pilgrim Center is not a religious counseling program, as such, but spiritual guidance is available upon request.  The church offers this shared-space program because of its belief that good mental health and spiritual well-being are intertwined.  

Most major insurance plans are honored.  Two of our therapists are also TennCare providers.  All practitioners offer reduced fees for those qualified, depending upon the therapist's caseload.  If we are unable to see someone, we make every effort to refer the person, when possible, to another agency.

To reach one of the therapists in the Pilgrim Center, please call 901-844-4357 and the desired Box Number:

Joel Chapman, Ph.D., Director,  Box 2:  Over 40 years experience as a clinical psychologist, specializing with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, addictions, marital and relationship issues, and gay and lesbian concerns.

Denise Cox, M.S., Box 7: Senior Psychological Examiner with over 30 years experience.  She provides psychotherapy for relationship, parenting and life adjustment issues.  Her practice is grounded in the work of C.G. Jung.

Michelle Cooper, Ph.D., Box 6:  Board-certified music therapist with over 15 years experience working with verbal and non-verbal children, adolescents and adults in individual and group music therapy and specializing in grief, depression, anxiety, trauma and life transitions.  Musical skill is not necessary to benefit from music therapy.

Catherine Dixon, M.S., M.Div, LPC, Box 8:  Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years experience in treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship conflicts, grief and loss, and GLBTQ concerns.

Teresa Maxwell, MPH, L.C.S.W., Box 5:  Licensed clinical social worker who also holds a degree in Public Health and specializes in treating women with eating disorders and sexually traumatized children.  She also counsels adults with depression and anxiety issues.

Emily Schultz, L.C.S.W., Box 3:  Licensed clinical social worker in Tennessee and Arkansas with over 20 years experience in individual, couples and family therapy.  She is Level II certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for trauma related issues.