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Premier Professional Counseling Services is a team of certified experts ready to help you find the best way to put things back into perspective. As committed, professional psychotherapists, your well-being and mental strength is our number one priority. We are happy to guide you through all of life’s challenges with the attention and care you deserve in both in-person and e-counseling options.
Jocelyn Gavin-Lane, LCSW
Founder & Therapist


Premier Professional Counseling Services, led by Jocelyn Gavin-Lane, LCSW, is committed to helping adults, adolescents, children, and families along the MS Gulf Coast region through counseling/therapy and treatment for a range of needs. 

We're conveniently located in Gulfport, MS and we're highly experienced at helping individuals from all walks of life. For your convenience, we accept various insurances.


No matter what you're experiencing, we'll customize our treatments and sessions for your particular needs. We're dedicated to helping our patients get on the road towards happiness, so we'll give you the support you need to move past difficult situations.

"We're moving the conversation about mental health from the backroom

to the front porch."

- Jocelyn Gavin-Lane

We implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among patients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations.


It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and caretaker alike.


But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.

Whether you’re an individual, a couple, or a family looking for help - our therapy sessions and services are designed to strengthen your confidence and assist you in the healing process. Take a look at the services we offer below, and get in touch with us today.



Family Therapy


Family Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances.

Contact us so we can help you

find the best in yourself.

Group Therapy


Contact us for quality Group Therapy sessions with a certified Psychotherapist that cares. We guide patients and implement various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards all of life’s most complex matters. 

Couples Therapy


Couples Therapy sessions with a certified Psychotherapist guides patients through various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards life’s most complex matters. Schedule an appointment today.



In individual sessions, we work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. We help “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find our personalized Individual Therapy beneficial

and inspirational. 

Concierge Therapy


You desire change but have a demanding schedule. You work long hours or travel frequently. This service is structured to increase access. There is no insurance or managed care interference. You receive:

  • Private access to therapist

  • Premium scheduling access (including weekends)

  • Prompt provider response time

  • Extended session times (grace period offered)

  • Flexible appointment settings

  • Personalized & Discrete Services

  • E Therapy Option


Years of Experience


Smiling  Clients


Master Certifications


Team Members


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Barbara has a Master's and Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She has a specialization in child psychology. She received a Bachelor's dual degree from Tougaloo College in Liberal Arts and Mental Health. Dr. Martin has a wealth of experience through the promotion of psychological and behavioral healthcare.

Amber is an administrative guru and serves as our Office Manager/Client Care Coordinator.

Amber is a mom and lover of animals. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has a bachelor's degree in English. Amber has worked in administrative roles with the government and other private agencies. She is excited to share her gifts and talents with the PPCS team and clients. 


Dr. Barbara Martin

Licensed Psychologist

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Amber Kaufman

Office Manager/Client Care Coordinator

Eric Wills is a proud graduate of University of Southern Mississippi. Eric has extensive knowledge in working with children and families. He also has special training in working with victims of human trafficking. Eric enjoys working with adolescents and teen boys and males. He also facilitates a group for males, Men Talk, which targets giving men a space to be authentic and discuss their mental wellness. 

Heather Miles is a certified medical billing/coder. She is a graduate of Southwest Mississippi Community College with an Associate's Degree. She has several years of billing experience as well as supervisory experience in medical billing. Heather's goal is to process claims accurately for clients. She is very attentive and knowledgeable with insurance and billing issues. 

Kimberly Shelton-Hudgins received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mississippi State University with a concentration in gerontology and a Certificate in Women’s Studies. She also received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama, focusing on mental health for adults and families. Kimberly has been a licensed clinician in Mississippi since 2007 and in the state of Alabama since 2008. 

Riva Cornelius is licensed in the state of Mississippi, and impending the state of Louisiana. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Riva has several years of experience including concerns of relationship conflict, self-image, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and elder/end-of-life care. 

Erin handles administrative tasks such as appointments, scheduling, and client care. She approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset, and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenges.  She brings with her an extensive background in customer service. She is excited to bring these experiences and enthusiasm to the team at Premier and to our clients.   


Riva Corneilus

Clinical Director


Kimberly Shelton-Hudgins

Licensed Certified Social Worker


Erin Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Jocelyn Gavin-Lane, LCSW, received a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Jackson State University. She also holds a Master's in Public Health-Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.​   

TuShonda has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a Master's of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a passion to help others and has worked in the social service field since 2003. TuShonda is committed to going above and beyond.

Kimila DeFlanders is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with over 17 years of experience in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment, substance abuse recovery, and working with seriously mentally ill clients.


Jocelyn Gavin-Lane

Licensed Certified Social Worker


Kimila DeFlanders

 Licensed Certified Social Worker

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TuShonda Boyd

Licensed Certified Social Worker



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