Our Outpatient Staff

Stephan McLaughlin, LMSW

Stephan McLaughlin, LMSW
Intensive Outpatient Program Therapist

Stephan McLaughlin is currently serving as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) therapist at The Oaks at La Paloma. He began that role in May 2018. Previously, he was a residential counselor and a primary therapist at The Oaks before working as a therapist at Compass Intervention Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in substance abuse counseling from the University of Memphis and a master’s in social work from the University of Tennessee.

Before entering the world of recovery, McLaughlin spent more than 35 years as a businessman. Several decades ago, he had his own battle with addiction and decided to redirect his career toward working with those seeking recovery from addiction and treatment for co-occurring disorders. Roughly 20 years after his own recovery, he became an interventionist, working with the HEAL Foundation and writing a book about healthy relationships, Seeking Self: An Inner Journey to Healthy Relationship. “Treatment and recovery saved my life …, and helping others keeps me engaged in recovery and learning about healthy relationships,” McLaughlin says, adding, “Call it my 12th-Step blessing.” Today, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and dogs, and he plays a number of outdoor sports.


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.

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.