The Center for Children and Families opened its Clinton, Mississippi clinic in 2018 to provide hope and access to counseling and family therapy services for children and families in the Central Mississippi region.


We proudly offer evidenced-based, in-home counseling services for children and families facing difficulties who are referred for counseling services by a local school, healthcare provider, court, medical professional, state agency, or law enforcement professional.

We take referrals for in-home counseling services and serve Copiah, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, and Yazoo counties.


We also provide clinic based counseling services for children and families. We accept private insurance and self-pay options for our in-clinic counseling services, which offer compassionate and innovative mental health treatments for various behavioral and/or mental health issues. Counseling sessions are family-oriented and research-based to ensure the highest quality of care. The reasons children may need counseling services include:

  • Anger or Violence
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Issues (at home, school, or community)
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict and Crisis (separation and divorce)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Running Away
  • Suicide Risk
  • Trauma (including abuse and neglect)

Our Providers

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Shelley Jones, LPC, NCC
Clinical Director | Counselor

Shelley has a wide range of experience working with juveniles in the correctional system, addictions and rehabilitation, and children and families with system involvement. She understands current issues and tries to help clients come to an understanding of their own situations. As a client begins the process of understanding, the larger context is used to explore possible resources in an effort to help solve problems. Shelley's objective for counseling is to empower clients to access and utilize their resources. As clients begin to feel confident and access their resources, they will feel more secure in the personal decision-making process, which will lead them to their therapeutic goal(s).

Allyson Young Ward, PLPC 
Intake & Crisis Supervisor | Counselor

Allyson has experience working with individuals, families, children, adolescents, adults, and groups for almost 10 years. She works with clients who are experiencing difficulties in their lives from anxiety, depression, and trauma, to relationship and behavioral health issues. Allyson utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy including Parent-Child Relationship Training, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.


Marisa Finlayson, PLPC
Outpatient Supervisor | Counselor

Marisa has 4 years of experience working with adults, teens, children, and families, helping them overcome their personal, relational, emotional, and behavioral issues. She has experience working with clients struggling with addiction, codependency, depression, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other life stressors.

Samantha Hale, LPC 
Clinical Coordinator | Counselor

Samantha has experience working with children, teens, young adults, and families. She utilizes a person-centered approach to therapy. Her specialties include trauma, emotional and behavioral issues, family issues, adjustment disorders, and attachment. Samantha believes that play is a child's first language and enjoys using play, art, and games in therapy to help engage younger clients.

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Hannah Billiard, LPC

Hannah has experience with children, teens,  adults, and families. She especially loves working with kids and teens. Hannah believes wholeheartedly that the best therapeutic work, especially with children, is done in the context of a free and creative space, where each client gets to show up authentically as themselves.

Kalaishi Johnson, LPC

Kalaishi has over 4 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. She utilizes Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and more. Kalaishi counsels children and their families, helping them overcome their personal, relational, emotional, and behavioral issues.

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604 Hwy 80 West, Ste R
Clinton, MS 39056
Phone: (601) 473-2106
Fax: (601) 473-2150

Services Offered: Evidence-based child and family counseling services by licensed and provisionally licensed counselors, therapists, and social workers. Children 0-18 years with Medicaid may qualify for services at no cost to their families. We also accept private insurance or self-pay for our counseling services.