Pine Grove Women's Center

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Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services

Women's Center Staff

At Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, our treatment staff are known for their leadership and expertise in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of addictive diseases and psychological disorders. Learn more about the background and experience of each Women's Center staff member by clicking on their image below:

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Cathy Reto, Ph.D.

Dr. Cathy Reto is the Director of the Women’s Center at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Reto received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and obtained her A.A. in Nursing at Youngstown State University. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is on their senior advisory board. Dr. Reto has specialized training in EMDR and has been trained in somatic psychology at The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Her areas of expertise include psychology of normal eating, eating and weight disorders, body image distortion, compulsive overeating, childhood trauma, and chemical dependency. Additionally, Dr. Reto has expertise in bariatric psychology and bariatric post-operative weight management.

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Caroline Smith, MA, LPC, CSAT-S, CMAT, CIP, EMDR

Caroline Smith holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist-Supervisor, and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist. She is EMDR trained and holds clinical expertise in the areas of trauma resolution, relationship attachment patterns, addiction interaction disorder, and the two most primary process addictions, food and sex.

Caroline Smith is the Director of Pine Grove's Intensive Workshops and she works with Pine Grove’s Women’s Center, facilitating the Breaking Free workshop, which is offered to qualifying Women’s Center patients. Additionally, Smith frequently speaks at professional conferences throughout the United States and Internationally. She also had the honor of providing a plenary session during Ireland's first Neuroscience and Addiction Conference. She is a trainer for both European and American professionals seeking Board Registered Interventionist (BRI) credentialing and authored a chapter in the published book, Mending A Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, 2nd edition.

Smith’s theoretical perspective has been heavily influenced by graduate studies examining the influence early childhood experiences have on adult relationship attachment, cognitive processes, affect regulation, spiritual practice, sexual expression and social functioning throughout the lifespan. She is a passionate force in the support of healing, hope and sustainable recovery. Because of her unique therapeutic approach and natural talents, Smith has attracted a national and international clientele.

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Thomas Miller, MD

Dr. Miller has served at Pine Grove Behavioral Health since 2001. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He went on to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Miller is board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine. Additionally, Dr. Miller is certified in hypnotherapy by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Miller’s professional memberships include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Dr. Miller has a special interest in understanding how our emotions can be affected by the disease of addiction. At the Women’s Center he leads a weekly ongoing seminar titled Working with Emotions.

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Stephanie Donald, LPC

Stephanie Donald graduated from the University of West Alabama, earning her BS with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology. She also received her Master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from the University of West Alabama. Prior to joining Pine Grove Women's Center, Donald worked as a Case Manager with mentally ill adults, and as a Clinical Therapist, helping children, adolescents, and families.

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Erin Hampton

Erin Hampton is a Clinical Therapist with Pine Grove’s Women’s Center program. Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is known as one of the nation's most comprehensive treatment campuses. Since 1984 Pine Grove has offered a continuum of outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment services. The Pine Grove Mission is to be a leader in healing and changing lives by providing the highest quality behavioral health services.

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Rebekah R. Dess, LMSW

Rebekah Dess graduated from the University of La Verne, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Before joining Pine Grove Women's Center, Dess was an Addictions Counselor working with dually diagnosed patients with substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders.

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Brooke Helton, Dietitian

Brooke Helton works as a Registered Dietitian and has been a part of Pine Grove's team since 2007. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Mississippi State University where she also completed her dietetic internship. Brooke works primarily with the dual diagnosis patients in meeting their nutrition goals and challenging their eating disorders.

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Sheila Reagan, LPN

Sheila Reagan is a licensed Practical Nurse with Pine Grove’s Women’s Center program. She received her Diploma from Pearl River Community College, located in Poplarville, Mississippi. Reagan works closely with the Women’s Center’s physician to take care of patients’ medical needs. She joined Pine Grove’s Women’s Center in 2006.

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Stephen Alfonso MT-BC

Stephen Alfonso MT-BC, is a board certified Music Therapist. Alfonso earned his degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and he has worked with clients who have experienced sexual trauma, sexual compulsivity, eating disorders, and other addictions since 1995. Alfonso is experienced with using non-verbal, expressive modalities. He has conducted psychodrama groups with sexual trauma clients, those with sexual compulsion, and clients with eating disorders since 1997. During the last five years, Alfonso has also worked with male eating disorder clients. Alfonso is classically trained in voice and he is a professional drummer and band leader with a popular band in the New Orleans area. He has also presented several lectures on the use of Expressive Therapy with survivors of trauma, eating disorders and sexual compulsion. Additionally, Alfonso uses his musical talents during drumming workshops to promote community and healing.

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Mimi Leeds, MS, ADTR

Mimi Leeds holds a Bachelor of Arts in both psychology and dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master's Degree from Hunter College. Currently, living in Houston, Texas, she works as a certified Life and Wellness coach in private practice. She also has an established Skype therapy practice focusing on addiction, trauma resolution, lifestyle coaching and as a facilitator of her individualized healthy weight, and balanced life program. Her past experience includes working as a department head and therapist for River Oaks Psychiatric hospital in New Orleans for seventeen years. She has also been a group leader for onsite workshops in Nashville TN, and as a group therapist for Arizona Family Therapy Intensives. She has been a national speaker and created workshops focusing on the use of creative arts therapy in the treatment for adult survivors of trauma as well as self-care, compassion and nurturance as a means to healing and growth.

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Roland Johnson

Roland Johnson has worked for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services since 1993. He currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Pine Grove’s REACH Program, which stands for Realistic Experiences and Challenging Horizons. REACH is an experiential therapy ropes course for Pine Grove’s residential patients. Each participant accomplishes key goals by pushing themselves past their personal comfort levels. This experience enhances the patients’ self confidence, communication skills, and self esteem while increasing their teamwork and trust building skills. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration, Johnson completed his certification as a ropes course facilitator and trainer. In 2012, Johnson received the "We C.A.R.E. Award" presented by Forrest General Hospital. This award recognizes staff members who make a positive impact on the patient’s experience.

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David Sellers, M.Div.

David Sellers served as associate pastor at Parkway Heights from 2005 to 2011. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, a member of the Order of St. Luke and part of SDI (Spiritual Directors International). He has over 20 years of experience in ministry as a youth director, retreat leader, hospital chaplain and church pastor. He received his M.Div. from Emory University with emphasis in Spiritual Formation. David facilitates group and one-on-one spiritual direction across all programs at Pine Grove.

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Ralph Carson, R.D. B.S., B.H.S., Ph.D.

Ralph Carson, R.D. B.S., B.H.S., Ph.D., is a nationally recognized clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist. Dr. Carson is a frequently requested speaker on a variety of nutritional topics for medical groups, pharmaceutical companies, universities, athletic training camps and corporations. He has a successful clinical practice as well as being a faculty member of the University of Alabama at Huntsville for over 20 years. Dr. Carson is also a nutritional advisor to numerous university athletic departments including the University of Tennessee National Basketball Champion Lady Volunteers. Dr. Carson received his B.S. from Duke University, his B.H.S. in pathology from Duke University Medical School, and his Ph.D. in nutrition from Auburn University.

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Rebekah R. Dess, LMSW

Rebekah Dess graduated from the University of La Verne, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Before joining Pine Grove Women's Center, Dess was an Addictions Counselor working with dually diagnosed patients with substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders.

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  Cathy Reto Caroline Smith Thomas Miller Stephanie Donald
  Cathy Reto
Program Director
Caroline Smith
Director of Addiction Services
Thomas Miller
Psychiatrist/Addictionologist
Stephanie Donald
Clinical Director
         
  Erin Hampton Rebekah Dess Brooke Helton Sheila Reagan
  Erin Hampton
Clinical Therapist
Rebekah Dess
Clinical Therapist
Brooke Helton
Dietitian
Sheila Reagan
Nurse
         
  Stephen Alfonso Mimi Leeds Roland Johnson Ralph Carson
  Stephen Alfonso
Experiential Therapy
Mimi Leeds
Experiential Therapy
Roland Johnson
Experiential Therapy
Ralph Carson
Consultant
         
  David Sellers      
  David Sellers
Spirituality Coordinator
     
         

Psychology Internship Program

Pine Grove has an excellent internship program that offers a wide range of training activities in our three rotations. We are able to offer interns opportunities for training in residential and outpatient settings working with adults, adolescents, and children. We are APA accredited as a single entity pre-doctoral psychology internship program under the name of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology (PG-DIPP).

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