Your Story Matters

Have you ever thought of your life as a story? It can have ups and downs and several twists and turns along the way. What do you do when the next pages ahead are uncertain? Who do you turn to when solutions aren’t clear? At Cornerstone, we would love to help you walk through whatever chapter you are in.

Why Cornerstone?

Cornerstone is led by a passionate team of counselors who each have a heart to serve and provide both individuals and families with high-quality care.

When we opened our doors in 2012, we had one desire that drove us.  We wanted to become a place where each and every person who entered our doors, no matter how big or small their problems were, would feel cared for, safe, and important.

We believe that faith plays an integral role in the lives of our clients, regardless of the specifics of what they believe. As Christian counselors, we believe our faith guides us in the counseling process with each person we see. Please know, however, that we work with people from all backgrounds, including religious and non-religious belief systems.

We do not seek to impose our beliefs upon others, but we do recognize that our beliefs impact and shape our work with clients. Ultimately, it is our goal to see our clients living out balanced and healthy lives – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Whether you are seeking individual, couples, marriage, teen, child, or family counseling, you will find that the counselors at Cornerstone are sympathetic to the role faith plays in your life.

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Flowood Offices:
10 Canebrake Boulevard, Suite 240, Flowood, MS 39232
769.230.4953 | Make an Appointment


Lee Smith

Lee Smith

Founder and Clinical Director, M.S., L.P.C.

Lee is the Founder and Clinical Director of Cornerstone and has been counseling since 2006. A native of the Mississippi Delta, he attended Delta State University and later Mississippi College where he received his M.S. in Counseling Psychology. He is a nationally board certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. When it comes to his career, Lee has had a very diverse background spending over ten years in sales and management in both the wireless and pharmaceutical industries. Lee later served on staff at Pinelake Church for a number of years.

Since being in private practice, Lee has worked with adolescents, families, marriages and individuals addressing a variety of topics. He specializes in marriage and family dynamics, anxiety and depression and working with those who serve in the ministry. In addition to his work in private practice, Lee is a sought after speaker at churches, retreats and events.

He believes that change in a person occurs in the context of relationships and vulnerability. Being fully known, fully accepted and being reminded of the life-changing truth of the Gospel is what continues to profoundly impact Lee’s life. He loves spending time with his wife, his three children, and his family and friends. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, drinking a great cup of coffee and listening to a wide range of music.

Pastor Reviews:

"I have tremendous confidence in Lee, not just as a counselor, but also as a friend and a man after God’s heart. At Pinelake, we define ministry as “what you leave behind you as you follow Christ.”Having served alongside Lee for over a decade, I have witnessed many lives touched by the wake of his walk with Jesus. In addition, Lee’s unique gifting, compassion and ability to speak hard truth in love gives me great confidence anytime I refer people to him."

Chip Henderson, Senior Pastor at Pinelake Church

"Lee Smith gets it. The needs of people are not just psychological but holistic. Here at Venture Church, he has created opportunities for healing through individual counseling, a referral plan for family counseling and has been on the ground floor of helping build out our Recovery Ministry. We are thankful and blessed to work alongside him."

Jeff Clark, Senior Pastor at Venture Church (Hattiesburg)

Anna Mahaffey

M.A., L.P.C.

Ever since Anna was a young child, she wanted to become a counselor. Through receiving counseling in various seasons of her own life, Anna’s desire grew to serve and minister to those experiencing hardship and life transitions. Anna graduated from the University of Mississippi and spent the following two years interning with Reformed University Fellowship at Texas A&M. After her time with RUF, Anna received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Anna is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Prepare-Enrich Premarital Counseling Facilitator and has a Level 1 Certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Anna’s therapy style is integrative, using resources from both psychology and scripture, to create an individualized and client-centered experience. She enjoys using creative interventions to provide her clients with a variety of avenues for growth and healing. Anna primarily works with adolescents, young adults and adult women on various issues such as: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, family issues and parenting, communication skills, emotional regulation, interpersonal skills and life transitions. In her free time you will find her watching a movie, working on an art project or spending time with her husband (Matt), daughter (Ellie Grace) and puppy (Fenway).

Debbiejo Barnett

Administrative Assistant

Debbiejo Barnett became a member of the Cornerstone family in 2023. She previously served in mental health administrative assisting and was active in schools and churches conducting choirs, teaching voice lessons, and leading physical education classes.

She recognized the immense value of counseling when she served as a hotline worker for Life Choices. Although she enjoyed playing the violin in an orchestra and was a licensed private pilot, her greatest passion today is her daily Bible study and time spent worshiping God.
Originally from Olive Branch, Debbiejo and her husband, Keith, reside in Clinton and have a daughter, Kempseyann, and son-in-law, Dillon. She said she is thankful to join the Cornerstone staff to support the clients and counselors.

Dr. Justin Kelly

PhD, L.P.C., B.C. -TMH

Dr. Justin Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi and Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also received his Master of Theology and his Master of Divinity in Counseling with a licensure track. He received his B.A. from Delta State University.

Dr. Kelly is an integrative Christian therapist and has extensive training and experience working with individuals and couples. He has worked with clients with various issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, OCD, prolonged grief, and PTSD. His specialties include trauma counseling and couples counseling, including affair recovery. He uses a number of different models to help his clients process through their trauma, including EMDR. Dr. Kelly uses emotionally focused therapy to help couples repair their relationship and grow closer together. He is also board certified in TeleMental Health.

In addition to professional counseling, Dr. Kelly serves as an assistant professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at Belhaven University. Dr. Kelly previously has worked as a full-time counselor for various clinics and at an inpatient behavioral health unit, giving him valuable experience working with clients with more severe mental health issues.

Dr. Kelly wants his clients to feel safe as they explore some of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. He desires to see his clients grow closer to God and to find healing in their biggest issues.

Dr. Kelly is married to his wife Christi. They have four children and a sheepadoodle named Patch. When he is not teaching or counseling (or going to many family activities), Dr. Kelly enjoys photography, playing music, and baking bread.

Kate McNair

M.A., L.P.C.

A Rankin County native, Kate graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Mississippi State University and a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi and Texas.

Since completing her education, Kate has been working with children and adolescents in a multitude of settings including foster care, community services, intensive outpatient programs, and private practice. She enjoys working with children in the playroom while partnering with their parents through the counseling process. Kate also sees teenagers and young adults.

Utilizing a client centered focus, Kate believes that one of the most important factors in change is the therapeutic relationship. She strives to create an accepting, non-judgmental environment where each person feels truly seen & heard.

In her free time, you can find Kate spending time with her husband and young son. She enjoys reading fiction books, playing tennis, and taking Sunday afternoon naps.

Kim Williamson

Billing Assistant

Kim has been an integral part of Cornerstone since it opened in 2012. She has served Cornerstone’s clients and staff in multiple ways including the processing of insurance claims, billing and payroll. Kim brings with her over 20 years of medical office management experience. She is married to Anthony and they have two daughters Laney and Haley.

Dr. Kristen Jones

L.P.C.-S, N.C.C.

Dr. Kristen Jones is a National Board-Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor by the State of Mississippi.
She attended the University of Memphis where she received a B.A. in Psychology. She later graduated with an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mississippi College. Dr. Jones acquired her Doctorate in Professional Counseling from Mississippi College.

Dr. Jones has years of experience and research, giving her specific insight to working with anxiety, depression, and normal life adjustments. She works with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and attachment disorders. Her understanding of the world of adolescents helps her bridge the communication gap between parents and teens.

Through her research and hands on experience with trauma, attachment and life adjustments; she is passionate about helping families heal. Whether from adoption, divorce, or foster care. She has a heart for helping families navigate various aspects of life.

For those who are ready to do a deep dive into behavior and unconscious motivations, Dr. Jones uses enneagram knowledge and language to help shed light on unconscious motivations that keep us stuck in the same patterns of behaving and feeling.

Dr. Jones enjoys working with the local Jackson community. She partners with schools in the Jackson area to teach middle school and high school students about anxiety. Additionally, Dr. Jones partners with local foster care and adoptive communities to inform them of the impact of trauma on attachment and behaviors. She also offers workshops on body language, and mental health awareness.

Lisa Owens

M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C., C.C.M.H.C., B.C. -TMH

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH). She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Her background includes working on a church staff, teaching in a college on the mission field, working as a foster parent at a children’s home, working in the medical field and in corporate sales, and being a small business owner. While raising her children, Lisa also invested her time in mentoring relationships. Lisa’s work in business has given her insight into work-related issues and career decisions. She has decades of experience in resolving difficult individual, family, business and church relationships. She works to use the most appropriate method with those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, family conflict, parenting struggles, blended family, and age-related issues.

Lisa will soon celebrate 50 years of marriage and enjoys spending time with her family and being a big part of the lives of her six grandchildren. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, swimming, hiking, and cycling.

Lois Young

M.A., L.P.C.

Lois Young is a National Certified Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology, minoring in Sociology from Belhaven University and a Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling from Mississippi College. Prior to pursuing a career in counseling, Lois worked for several years serving others in customer services roles. Her fascination with being a valuable part of helping others with their life stories led her to counseling. Her relationship with God has fueled a drive to continue serving others through counseling. Lois has worked with individuals suffering from a range of issues such as intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders. She believes her work with those suffering from substance abuse disorders has given her a better understanding of the effects that trauma, depression and grief have on an individual and their family. Lois' therapy style is strength based but individualized to meet the needs of the individual, family or couple that she counsels. Outside of counseling, Lois enjoys reading fiction novels, trying new restaurants with her husband and playing the Sims.

Raymond Kennedy

M.S., L.P.C., B.C.-TMH

Raymond Kennedy, a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) and a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH), was called to wear the shoes of a therapist in 2014. After graduating from Mississippi College with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling, Raymond stepped into the arena of private practice. At Cornerstone Counseling, Raymond works with youth and adult clientele. However, his expertise is in counseling boys and young men. When it comes to counseling, Raymond incorporates the interests of his clients into his work. You can find Raymond holding sessions while skateboarding with his clients in a parking lot or while playing a game of cards on his office floor. His goal is to create a safe, judgement-free environment for his clients that helps them navigate life’s obstacles. Through the use of a holistic approach, Raymond longs for his clients to discover God’s purpose for owning their journey. Outside of the realm of therapy, Raymond enjoys gravel biking, hiking, and watching Stranger Things. He has been married to his wife, Gina, for 27 years and has three, college-aged daughters.

Stephanie Wilson

Director of Administration

Stephanie worked in the behavioral healthcare field for 23 years predominantly in outreach and crisis intervention for Memorial Behavioral Health, Pine Grove, and Three Oaks Behavioral Health. For approximately 17 of those years, she was licensed as a marriage and family therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi. In 2011, Stephanie felt led to devote more time and energy to her family and community involvement. She is married to Judge Cory Wilson and they have a teenage son. They are active members of Highlands Presbyterian Church.

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