Our Team

Meet the

Experiential Healing Team


Michelle Rappaport


Michelle Rappaport has over 20 years experience in the addiction/mental health field. She holds a Masters Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from University of Louisiana at Monroe. She has areas of specialty in trauma, attachment issues, addiction, eating disorders, human sexuality, interpersonal neurobiology, women's issues, and chronic health related disorders.

Michelle has trained with top educators in the field, including Dan Seigal, Alan Schore, Sharon Stanley, Patrick Carnes, Claudia Black, and Tian Dayton. She is a the co-founder of the Experiential Healing Center in 

Memphis TN. She is also the co-creator of SomEx(sm) : A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction, and is on the certification board for SomEx(sm).  Michelle is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor, a trained Experiential Therapist, and certified in EMDR.  She completed a two-year fellowship with Sharon Stanley in Somatic Transformation and is an expert in the interpersonal neurobiology behind attachment trauma.

She has been an educator and professor, as well as worked with First Responders in traumatic incidents. Some of Michelle's professional organizations include the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, The American Counseling Association, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and The Tennessee Counseling Association.

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Kent D. Fisher


Kent D. Fisher holds a Master's degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of Louisiana, and has over 25 years experience in the field of treating addiction, trauma, codependency, and related disorders. He has a specialization in the area of human sexuality and working with issues of identity, orientation, abuse or addiction, and helping to restore individuals to their healthy sexual/relational selves.  

He is the co-founder of the Experiential Healing Center, and co-creator of SomEx(sm): A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction. He is on the certification board for SomEx(sm) and conducts trainings throughout the country. His book Emotional Harmony is available now. 

Kent has previously taught college courses in counseling and psychology. He has trained with pioneers in the field of addiction and mental health such as Patrick Carnes, Claudia Black, and ONSITE staff, as well as worked with the indigenous tribal elders of the Lakota Reservation. He completed a two-year fellowship with Sharon Stanley to become a Certified Somatic Transformation Therapist, is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor, and is in the process of certifying as a Sex Therapist through AASECT.   He is a supervisor for LAADAC, CSAT, LPC and SomExTM.

Kent has presented at various conferences and workshops, including the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association. He is licensed as an Addiction Specialist and Certified in Experiential Therapy, among other credentials he holds.

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Sandra Hobson


Sandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis with an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Sandra’s professional interests are in trauma, developmental psychology and mind/body/spirit healing.  She is trained in hypnosis at the Intermediate level with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She completed academic courses at the Masters level in clinical hypnosis and she serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts. She has edited an introductory book on self-hypnosis. Sandra is also Level 2 trained in EMDR. 

She is a member of the American Counseling Association, ISSTD-The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and IATP-The International Association of Trauma Professionals. Other training includes Suicide Crisis Intervention, professional programs at Onsite, Inc., Shades of Hope, workshops on Dissociation, Borderline Personality Disorder and courses on sex addiction. Sandra has completed studies in Somatic Transformation concerning the neurobiology of attachment and trauma. She is also a certified trainer and supervisor of SomEx(sm): A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction, which combines somatic knowledge with experiential principles.

Oscar Carr


Oscar holds a Master of Counseling degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis. He works with individuals, couples and families with a focus on trauma, substance abuse, depression, stress management, sexual and relationship issues, men's issues and religious and spiritual issues. 

He also works with licensed professionals in high stress jobs with a risk of burnout including physicians, lawyers, pilots, clergy and business owners. Previously, he was an attorney at a large Memphis law firm where he helped find solutions for complicated business and personal legal problems. Oscar's professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association and the West Tennessee Counseling Association. In 2015, he was a co-presenter at the 4th Annual West Tennessee Counseling Summer Conference on the treatment of pornography and sexual issues in individuals and couples. He is a Certified Sex Addiction Candidate through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

LaSheryl Askew

M.Ed, Licensed Counselor and Life Coach

LaSheryl Askew is a Licensed Counselor and Life Coach with more than 20 years of experience working in diverse community settings. She holds a Master’s Degree from Cambridge College of Massachusetts, a Bachelor’s Degree from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis TN and certification in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Memphis. 


LaSheryl uses a variety of theoretical and sound approaches as person-centered, solution-focused and experiential therapy in her practice, She helps children, adolescents, and adults overcome mental and emotional stressors of daily living and empowers them to gain clarity and awareness to lead a more productive and fulfilling life.      


She is on the cutting-edge of innovative approaches to counseling and life coaching through her professional affiliations with the American Counseling Association and the Tennessee Counseling Association to meet the diverse needs of her clients. 


To make an appointment, contact LaSheryl at 901- 910-2260.

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