I am the owner of Alternative Choice Counseling Center. I have spent over 30 years in the field of Counseling and Criminal Justice work. I wanted to fill in the gaps that I saw over these years  and provide a place that offers evening and weekend treatment in a  family like atmosphere. Our philosophy and mission is to meet our clients where they are and provide guidance for them as they choose their path to wellness. We strive to make each client feel their importance and show compassion and support for them on their journey. We look forward to  being a part of your journey.



Clinical Director; Therapist LPC/MHSP, MAC, QCS

Dr. Welch has graduate degrees in Counseling and Religion. He is licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Professional Counselor (Mental Health Service Provider) and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor 2. Nationally, Dr. Welch is a Board-Certified Counselor, Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Master Addiction Counselor, and a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Dr. Welch has more than 30 years’ experience in the Counseling Profession. He has worked for the State of Tennessee Department of Correction, served as the Primary Therapist for the 27th Judicial District Drug Court, founded a Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling for Memphis Theological Seminary, and maintained a private practice.

Dr. Welch practices from the Cognitive Behavioral perspective. He strongly believes that each individual client can learn how to overcome barriers that interfere with their lives resulting in better relationships and a more satisfying life. Further, he believes that each client deserves the opportunity to explore their unique, individual lives, and develop their own goals for treatment.



Hispanic Coordinator - Counselor

I have worked in this field for four years. I enjoy my job because I like helping people overcome challenges in their life. I enjoy the family environment we provide to our staff as well as the clients while at the same time emphasizing the importance of responsibility, respect, and honesty. I have a true desire to help those within my culture deal with their issues as they strive to make a better life for themselves. I have been an advocate within the Hispanic Community for the past twelve years.

“I like to help people find a new life after alcohol / drugs or other compulsive behaviors.”


Mi nombre es Mariela Terry, tengo 4 aῇos trabajando en esta profesiὀn. Yo disfruto de mi trabajo porque me gusta ayudarlos sobre pasar sus desafios de sus vidas. Me gusta el eamiente familiar que proveemos a nuestros empleados y clients y ḗnfasis que nosotros ponemos valores, responsabilidades, respeto y honestidad. Realmente tengo un verdadero deseo ayudar dentro mi cultura y temas adonde marchan para mejorar sus vidas para si mismos. Yo soy una partidario dentro la Comunidad Hispana por doce aῇos.



Program Director

My name is Tonya Beard and I’m the Program Director at Alternative Choice Counseling Center. I currently live in Milan, TN with my husband- Brandon, who is in the military, and with our beautiful children; Shelby, Payton, Katelyn, and Paisleigh.  I first started at Alternative Choice Counseling in March 2015 as a client. ACC, my counselor, my family, and the Gibson County Recovery Court saved my life. I learned so much about my disease and learned tools to help me maintain it. Everyone at ACC was so nice and helpful whenever I needed them or had a question they were always there. When I completed my treatment, I wanted nothing more than to be a part of Alternative Choice Counseling and give back what was given to me. I absolutely love my job. Seeing our clients turning their lives around and meeting goals that before they never thought were possible is so rewarding.



DUI Instructor & ARP Coordinator/Counselor

My name is Anthony Burke. I enjoy giving people the information they need to make better decisions in their life. Sometimes people just need the right information, encouragement, and understanding to change behaviors and move toward a brighter future. I enjoy working with the staff and clients at ACC. This field interests me and I look forward to continuing to help others.



Fiscal Director

I have lived by the motto that every decision you make creates a pattern for the person you are to become. Being able to work at this center has been one of the best decisions of my life. It’s caused me to be thankful for each and every day that I have and created a want for me to better myself. I enjoy working here and being able to interact with the clients and my fellow coworkers. I think this center has provided a wonderful atmosphere and bestowed upon not only the staff but the clients a sense of responsibility. I’m thankful to be learning and enjoying my work, and very much love seeing the progress of our clients.




I started working at Alternative Choice Counseling Center on March 26, 2019.  I was a stay-at-home wife and mother for about 18 years.  I was ready to get back to work, be productive and make a difference in my life and the lives of others.  I love clerical work, so when I saw this job become available, I jumped out of my comfort zone and applied.  And I am so glad that Mrs. Lori gave me a chance and hired me.  I love my job and all the wonderful people I meet.  To see clients come in on drugs or alcohol or even just having mental health issues, and then to watch how their lives change over the course of their treatment, is truly awe-inspiring and amazing.  If all I can do is give them a smile or a kind word of encouragement, it makes me feel like I had a hand in helping them turn their lives around.




 Katelyn Cole's bio coming soon.