The Hope Center’s clinical staff at The Hope Center are licensed, experienced, compassionate psychological and counseling professionals who are committed to fulfilling God’s call on our own lives by bringing out the best in our clients and making a difference in our community.

Beverly Smallwood, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Bev Smallwood

Founder and CEO of The Hope Center. Author, This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen to Me: 10 Make-or-Break Choices When Life Steals Your Dreams and Rocks Your World

Dr. Bev Smallwood is the Founder and CEO of The Hope Center, having established this clinic in 1984. Prior to going into private practice, she worked for five years in community mental health and taught one year in the Psychology Department at the University of Southern Mississippi. Before she went to graduate school, Bev was an elementary school teacher for six years.

Bev’s graduate training, continuing education, and experience with literally thousands of clients over the years have prepared her to work effectively with most mental health and relationship issues. She works more often with adults than children. She specializes in facilitating the recovery of clients who have been through major disappointments, setbacks, and personal tragedies.

In fact, Bev “wrote the book on it.” Her latest book (Thomas Nelson Publishers) is entitled, This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen to Me: 10 Make-or-Break Choices When Life Steals Your Dreams and Rocks Your World.

In addition to her work in the clinic, Bev provides keynote addresses and conducts seminars, nationally and internationally, for professional associations, corporations and businesses, religious organizations, and government agencies.

Amanda Heitmuller, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Amanda Heitmuller

Amanda Heitmuller bring years of experience as her role as a Licensed Master’s Level therapist to the Hope Center. As an LCSW who has extensive experience providing clinical counseling to youth and families, she also has years of experience in adoptions and providing post-adopt services. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Florida State University and a Master’s in Social Work from Florida International University.

Amanda’s experience is unique in that she has worked with both child, adolescent and the parents (primarily in the area of abuse, neglect of the child, and the emotional/ behavioral affects that follow the maltreatment). Amanda’s diverse professional experience includes clinical supervision of a large foster care and adoption program, work as an individual and family therapist, and parental assessment and parenting training. She has also provided group therapy as a facilitator focusing on loss and grief, adolescent anger management, and divorce recovery for the child.

She also has had the role of outreach public relations liaison and a Field Placement Supervisor for BSW and MSW students at various CSWE accredited colleges. Over the years, Amanda’s most rewarding professional experiences have been providing play therapy to youth, adolescent, individual, and group counseling as well as assisting children in achieving permanence with their forever family. Amanda’s therapy is in conjunction of the Hope Center and the holistic approach.

Amanda, her spouse Frank, and their daughter Olivia moved to Hattiesburg five years ago after Frank accepted an opportunity to be an Associate Professor in Geology at USM. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and doing outdoor activities such as running, camping and kayaking.

Michelle Howard, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Michelle Howard

Michelle Howard brings 12 years of counseling experience to the Hope Center. Being a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Michelle has provided counseling for adults in community mental health outpatient settings, correctional facility inmates, and college students. Michelle graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a National Association Social Worker member.

While working in community mental health, Michelle worked as an individual, couples, and group therapist for a diverse population. She facilitated therapeutic groups focusing on trauma, anxiety, rational emotional behavior therapy, addiction, and eating disorders. Michelle also worked with both male and female populations doing individual therapy at a correctional facility.

Currently, in addition to her clinical work at The Hope Center, Michelle works as a Counselor at the University of Southern Mississippi. For the past four years there, she has served the college population. Michelle provides individual and group counseling, as well as education and outreach. Her specialty areas include trauma, anxiety, addiction, adjustment, grief, and depression. She facilitates a Female Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group on campus. In her education and outreach experience, Michelle has helped coordinate the Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night events, and has presented on stress management, adjustment, resilience, sexual violence, and overall mental health.

Michelle, outside of work, enjoys spending time with her dogs and loved ones. She is a big music fan and supports the local music scene in the Hattiesburg area.

Cynthia Green

Co-Coordinator of Client Services


Ellen Cotten

Co-Coordinator of Client Services


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