Our Outpatient Staff

Greg Hughes

Greg Hughes, PhD, LPC-MHSP
Director of Outpatient Services

Greg Hughes joined the Foundations Memphis team as director of outpatient services in May 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience in the mental health field. Dr. Hughes earned a doctorate in Christian psychology from South Florida Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Memphis. He has served as the administrative director of residential, inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, taught at the graduate level at the University of Memphis, as well as worked in both part-time and full-time private practice. Dr. Hughes has over ten years’ direct experience as a certified crisis prevention/intervention instructor who teaches thousands of mental health workers how to effectively manage patient behavior. He is certified in EMDR and hypnotherapy. The author of 101 Positive Memory Activities, Dr. Hughes also provides lectures and seminars to community healthcare providers on a variety of mental health topics.


Britney Simmons, MS, NCC
Outpatient Therapist

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Britney Simmons joined the Foundations Memphis team in June 2016 as an outpatient therapist. Valuing connection and learning, she enjoys lending an empathetic ear to her patients and is fueled by the inspiring stories she encounters daily.

Simmons initially began her career in the music industry, earning a bachelor’s degree in recording from Middle Tennessee State University. Taking her passion for creating a harmonic experience to the next level, she later earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Memphis. Over the course of her career, Simmons has developed a unique counseling style that treats the root, instead of just the fruit, of a patient’s mental health issue. Simmons believes that a change in one individual’s lifestyle can be the catalyst to changing entire families and surrounding communities. When she’s not busy working, she enjoys going to the movies, writing, exercising, playing with her dog or relaxing and laughing with loved ones.

Ellen Faust

Ellen Faust, LPC-MHSP
Primary Therapist

Ellen Faust, LPC-MHSP, serves as the primary therapist and acupuncture detoxification specialist in the evening Intensive Outpatient Program at Foundations Memphis. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2012. She has worked for Foundations in various roles since graduating, including lead therapist for the former Stress Management for Chronic Pain program, as well as the morning IOP program. Faust believes in and practices a holistic view of health and healing that encompasses the mind, body and spirit of her clients with the goal of helping them move closer to wholeness.

Samantha Richardson

Samantha Richardson, NCC
Primary Therapist

Raised in Oxford, Mississippi, Samantha Richardson joined the Foundations Memphis team as a primary therapist in July 2017. Passionate about developing relationships with her clients, Richardson was motivated to pursue the field of counseling following her personal healing experiences with therapy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi State University and a master’s in counseling from the University of Memphis. Previously, she worked as an acute inpatient therapist at Lakeside Behavioral Health. When she’s not working, Richardson enjoys playing with her dogs, spending time with her niece and nephews and cooking with her husband, Benjamin.

Jennifer Weaver

Jennifer Weaver, NCC, MS
Assessment Coordinator

Although her hometown is Humboldt, Tennessee, Jennifer Weaver considers herself a true Memphian. Currently serving as the assessment coordinator, she has been part of the Foundations Memphis team since January 2013. Weaver believes in the importance of compassionately meeting a person where they are, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and she loves the opportunity to facilitate change and bring hope to her patients’ lives.

Having earned both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling from The University of Memphis, Weaver is currently working toward licensure as a licensed professional counselor and mental health services provider. She has previously held a variety of positions at Foundations Memphis, including UR coordinator, primary morning therapist and primary evening therapist. Over the course of her career, Weaver has cared for patients at all levels of acuity in many settings, from crisis counseling to intensive residential and outpatient care.

Weaver is an avid Memphis sports and Chicago Cubs fan, enjoys event planning for her friends and family and loves anything that sparkles. Outside of work, she can be found traveling to her favorite places, Chicago and 30A on the Florida gulf coast, and exploring Memphis with her husband, Brad, and their two dogs, Baxter and Wrigley.