Our Outpatient Staff

Svea Welch

Svea Welch
Primary Therapist

Svea Welch joined the The Oaks at La Paloma staff in 2013 as a primary therapist in the morning IOP. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a counseling specialization and a concentration in treatment of addictions from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Svea is a licensed professional counselor (LPC).

Prior to being at The Oaks at La Paloma, she served as a clinical operations manager and therapist at a local outpatient mental health facility. In Illinois, Svea worked as a psychotherapist at a community mental health facility that specialized in trauma, play therapy and the treatment of sex offenders. Svea uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing methods to assist in the patient’s recovery process.

Svea’s approach to treatment comes from the belief that everyone possesses the ability to change. She is able to identify the patients’ strengths and meet them where they are in order to assist them in overcoming barriers that impede therapeutic goals.

Jennifer Weaver, NCC, MS
Primary Therapist

Jennifer Weaver joined the staff of Foundations Memphis in 2013 as a primary therapist. She facilitates not only psychoeducational groups, but also process groups throughout the week. Jennifer also meets with clients individually in order to create personalized master treatment, crisis, and aftercare plans. As a facilitator of change, Jennifer’s treatment approach comes from the belief that all people possess the strength to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. She believes in the importance of compassionately meeting a person where he or she is physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually with the hope that each person reaches his or her full potential.

Jennifer received both her master’s of science in clinical mental health counseling and her bachelor’s of art in psychology from the University of Memphis. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is working toward licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Services Provider (LPC-MHSP).

Prior to becoming an outpatient therapist at Foundations Memphis, Jennifer worked for two years as a crisis counselor with the Tennessee Recovery Project. Through her work with the project, she was able to provide resources to individuals affected by natural disasters in Shelby County, Tennessee. Jennifer also worked as a therapist at Delta Medical Center during her internship on the Acute Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit. For her practicum experience, Jennifer worked at Parkwood Behavioral Health Systems, not only in their Intensive Outpatient Program, but also on every unit within the hospital. Her work through all these programs has provided Jennifer with experience working with very diverse populations and with patients at all levels of acuity.

Debrah Fitzgerald

Debra Fitzgerald, LPC-MHSP, CRC
Therapist

Debra joined the Foundations Memphis staff in 2013 as a therapist in the evening program. She received her Master of Science degree in counseling and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Memphis, and she is currently completing her EdD degree in counselor education.

She is a licensed professional counselor and mental health services provider (LPC-MHSP) as well as a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Debra is a Level II trained EMDR therapist who utilizes this approach in working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Prior to joining the staff at Foundations Memphis, Debra was in private practice working with clients who struggled with co-occurring disorders, addiction, anxiety, mood disorders and eating disorders. She has also worked at Delta Medical Center and Parkwood Behavioral Health.

Debra’s goal is to assist patients in believing in themselves and developing skills to assist in their recovery journeys. She also feels passionate about advocating for the elimination of the stigma and discrimination that so often surround co-occurring disorders.

Ellen Faust, NCC
Primary Therapist

Ellen joined the Foundations Memphis staff in 2012 as a primary therapist. She works individually with patients who come to Foundations Memphis with primary mental health issues. She meets with each client throughout his or her time in the program for treatment planning and for development of a crisis and aftercare plan. In addition, Ellen leads process and psychoeducation groups during the week. Her treatment approach is grounded in the belief that each individual has the ability to learn coping skills to better manage stress, prevent relapse, and improve his or her quality of life. Ellen believes strongly in a holistic approach that addresses the client’s needs physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Ellen received her Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Memphis. She is a national certified counselor (NCC) and is working toward licensure as a licensed professional counselor and mental health services provider (LPC-MHSP). Through her work in the program, Ellen is beginning to specialize in the treatment of individuals with co-occurring mental health and chronic pain issues.

Prior to becoming an outpatient therapist at Foundations Memphis, Ellen worked as an intern therapist at Delta Medical Center on the adult mental health inpatient unit and in the substance abuse outpatient program. During her time in these programs, she developed skills to work with patients at all levels of acuity with compassion and empathy.