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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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)

Allison Layton

L.P.C., L.M.F.T., B.C.-TMH

Allison is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy & Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Allison has worked with a diverse population ranging from pre-teens to adults and has walked through many trials such as anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and planning for the future. She desires to meet clients right where they are with deep compassion and encouragement. Her therapy style is client-centered, focusing on the client’s autonomy and resources. Her background in marriage and family therapy also influences her ability to better understand the family dynamics that shape her clients, the way they interact with others, and the way they view themselves.

Allison is a board qualified Telemental Health Provider, a Gottman level 1 trained therapist, and is certified in EMDR.

When she isn’t seeing clients, you could probably find Allison spending time with her husband, Tyler, their daughter, Evelyn, and their golden doodle, Layla. She also enjoys reading, singing, serving her church, eating good food, and traveling.

Client Reviews:

“Allison is kindness and compassion personified. She invites you to a space of comfort, while confidently and bravely guiding you through deep fears and hurts to freedom and peace. She sees all clients as children of God and people of worth. Because of this she is a soft place to land and a safe person to share with. Without hesitation, I would recommend Allison to anyone.”

“I am so grateful for my work with Allison as she walked with me through some of my darkest days. She cares deeply, is patient, and extends compassion unconditionally. I will continue to use the skills I gained while working with her throughout the rest of my life!”

Beth Eddleman


Beth is a biblical counselor on staff at Cornerstone Counseling. As a graduate of the University of Mississippi, Beth comes to Cornerstone after many years of practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist. During these years, she cared for children and counseled families at Blair Batson Children’s Hospital. She also was an adjunct instructor for undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi. Beth has spent much of her life as a mentor to adolescent girls through Young Life ministry and she is active in leading women’s bible study at her local church. She has two passions: a love for the gospel and meeting people where they are. These two loves led her to feel called to change careers and become a biblical counselor.

Beth received her Masters in Counseling from Westminister Seminary. She also has obtained a level 1 certificate from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundaion (CCEF). Beth is a certified Enneagram coach and received her gospel centered Enneagram training through Beth McCord's YEC program. Beth feels called to be a resource to the church and campus ministries. Suffering and struggles are universal to humanity and we all need a safe place to be honest about our hardships. Beth wants to help pastors and church leaders who often feel overwhelmed by the needs of their members. Beth is trained and has interest in issues such as grief, depression, anxiety, family conflict, parenting struggles and life transitions. In her free time, Beth is spending time with her fun loving husband (Kirk), taking care of her two children (Cooper and Luci), listening to her favorite musicians, and hanging with her three dogs (Grace, River and Emmylou).

Client Reviews:

"Beth gets grace and teaches me how to apply grace to the most complex parts of my life, including my relationship with myself. Beth relies on scripture but doesn’t use biblical platitudes to hide from what is hard or true. Beth’s counseling has given me real tools to help me work through an intense family dynamic and I have experienced tangible progress. She pushes me to know myself well and to act from that place of self-knowledge."

"From my first very appointment, Beth embraced me with unconditional love that made me feel seen and understood. She opened my eyes to the self awareness I was so deeply lacking, challenged me with grace, and wrapped applicable tools with the Word of God. Not only is Beth a remarkable therapist, she is a true Proverbs 31 woman and a role model for me. I cannot say enough good words about the profound impact Beth has had on my life. I have and will continue to recommend Beth to everyone I know. Beth has given me life long tools to be the healthiest version of myself as I take on adulthood."

Don Waller

M.S., L.P.C.

Don Waller, a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2009, brings a unique perspective to counseling. After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Business Administration, Don spent the next twenty years in the Oil & Gas Industry in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Running a successful business and raising a family helped prepare Don for his next calling – returning to study counseling and receiving a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mississippi College.

His counseling career began at Summit Counseling, First Baptist Church in 2007. Joining with individuals and couples to help them experience fulfilling relationships they desire became a passion. Don has been gifted in helping men discover their God given place in life, helping them break free of harmful behaviors and addictions, and helping men find strength and freedom through living in community while experiencing authentic relationships. Leading men’s retreats and adventures has further expanded Don’s impact on men's lives.

Planning and leading marriage retreats is another area of experience for Don. In 2015, Don along with Dr. Ron Mumbower held a marriage conference for missionary couples in South Africa. This conference involved intensive counseling sessions that helped couples better cope with working overseas and helped them discover new ways to find a fulfilling marriage.

Don is married to Yonnie and has two daughters and a son. Experiencing God’s best in his own marriage, family, and relationships has been a driving force in Don’s life, and he uses that success to help others find God’s best too.

Experience and education have helped Don become successful helping others with depression, anxiety, and addictions, Don’s marital counseling includes communication, conflict resolution, emotional as well as physical intimacy, dealing with affairs and trauma.

Don Waller is a dedicated counselor with experience, passion, and a desire to help others through difficult times.

Lauren Laird

Billing & Insurance Coordinator

Lauren has worked at Cornerstone for the past five years covering office administration and billing. As we have grown, her role has become more focused on billing and insurance.

Lauren grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she met her husband, Lee. After they married, they lived in Charlotte, NC for a few years. During that time, she helped in the front office at a Christian counseling center called The Barnabas Center. It was through this ministry, she began to value and understand the importance of seeking counseling through all the different seasons of life.

After moving from North Carolina to the Jackson area nearly 20 years ago, she worked in the counseling office at Jackson Academy. When her first son was born, she came home to focus on raising their family. She and Lee have 3 sons and are active members of Pinelake Church in Madison.

Laura Smith

Administrative Assistant

Laura graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and concentration in Communications and Public Relations. Originally from Starkville, MS, Laura previously worked at Pinelake Church as administrative support staff before taking time off to raise her daughter, Ellie. Laura is married to Tyler Smith, who is the Campus Worship Pastor at Pinelake Church Oxford, where they are active members.

Lily Howard

Administrative Assistant

Lily graduated from the University of Mississippi with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May of 2020. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University online. She is from Memphis, Tennessee but has lived in Oxford, Mississippi for the past 5 years. Lily enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and being active. Psalms 55:22 22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Liz Coleman


As far back as she can remember, Liz has always wanted to help others be the best version of themselves as possible.
Liz Coleman is a Licensed Master Social Worker, in supervision to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the Cornerstone team, Liz has had the pleasure of working with youth and adolescents, young adults, and middle-aged adults over the last 5 years. Liz enjoys working with individuals who experience trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence), anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, and life changes. Liz uses a client-centered approach to ensure each person’s needs are met according to his/her environment, values, and beliefs. Liz focuses on the whole person through physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health by assessing each area of her client’s life to ensure optimum health. Liz aspires to become certified to provide ABA therapy to work with children on the autism spectrum in the future.
When Liz is not providing therapy, she enjoys spending her time as a wife to her husband Alex and as a new mother to their son Jonathan. Liz likes hanging out with family and friends, eating good food, and relaxing by doing absolutely nothing at times. Liz also enjoys traveling, serving on the Praise and Worship team at Church, and utilizing exercise as self-care.

Sheri Scruggs


Sheri found herself working at an all-girls Christian camp every summer throughout college, which sparked a love for working with children and ministering to them. After an internship with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Ole Miss, she began a masters degree in community counseling at the University of Mississippi, graduating in 2004, to further prepare herself for a career helping others. Her passion is working with children through the means of play therapy. Upon graduation, she worked for several years with children, specializing in trauma recovery, at The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. After a stent home rearing her children, Sheri has returned to the counseling office and ready to serve.

Sheri takes an integrative approach to counseling children where parents are involved and educated throughout the process. Sheri has a passion for helping parents better understand their child and how to fit his/her needs in a loving, grace-filled way. She primarily works with children (3-10 yrs old) in the playroom and their parents who are dealing with anxiety, depression, learning disorders, trauma, and life-transitions. Sheri also sees adolescents (11-17 yrs old) and individual females.

Sheri is a national certified counselor (NCC) and is pursuing her LPC with the state of Mississippi under the supervision of Dr. Jennier Main. She is also working on her Telemental Health certification to be able to service clients remotely.

When not in the office, you can find Sheri spending time with her husband of 17 years (Clay) and two very active children, Sydney and Josh. We love anything outdoors and time with friends!

Tyler Stacy

M.A., L.P.C.

Tyler is from the Jackson, MS area. After graduating from Mississippi State, he served with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) for a year in Salerno, Italy. While in Salerno, he met his wife, Jamie, who is from Orlando, FL. After his time in Italy, he returned to work for his family's business. It was during that time that he felt the Lord called him to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in order to pursue a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

After graduating from seminary, Tyler worked in Louisiana at both a hospice and community counseling agency. It was during this time that Tyler became convinced that it's the relationships we have in life that give life meaning. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families in order to help them reach their goals. Tyler is trained in Prepare Enrich, and he has completed Gottman Level 1 Training. He is certified in EMDR, and he will soon complete an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship.

Wesley Bell


Wesley is originally from Tupelo, MS, but has called the Oxford area home for the last 10 years. He is currently a Provisionally Licensed Counselor in pursuit of full-licensure with the state of Mississippi. Wesley received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Mississippi. He then worked for a short time in project management before feeling led to go back to school to pursue a career in counseling. He attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe and graduated with his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Wesley has worked with a diverse population ranging from those struggling with substance use disorders to clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has also worked with adults and families struggling to work through life’s difficulties, as well as clients within the criminal justice system helping them find resources to rebuild their lives. Wesley not only brings educational and clinical knowledge to his work, but has also worked through difficulties himself like anxiety, depression, and difficult life transitions.

Wesley is a certified Equine Therapist specializing in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning and is also trained in EMDR.

When Wesley is not seeing clients, you may find him spending time with his wife and three children, or doing something outdoors. Wesley is an avid outdoorsman and also loves spending time on horseback.

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