I have taken a seemingly circuitous route to find my calling in counseling. After completing a post-baccalaureate fellowship at a neuroscience imaging lab at the National Institutes of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, I was fascinated with the inner workings of the brain and its impact in the mental health arena. I began a doctorate program in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University desiring to better understand the brain and translate my findings to the healing professional field. During my graduate coursework at Vanderbilt, I attended a seminar where a psychiatrist integrated the field of neuroscience, therapy, and the Christian faith in his client intervention techniques. That seminar opened my eyes to the possibility of using my expertise in neuroscience - combined with my faith - in a more relational capacity.
After receiving my doctorate in neuroscience from Vanderbilt, I proceeded to get my masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University. Currently, I work at a private practice where I primarily see couples and adult women. My desire is to come alongside hurting couples and women, encouraging them in their life journey of growth, healing, and restoration. I value counseling from an attachment lens and using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as a guide to help clients work toward emotional health in their closest relationships. Additionally, I enjoy walking openly and honestly with individuals who are struggling to make sense of their relationship with God in the midst of difficult life circumstances. I also hope to be a liaison in the therapy community, offering further training on the latest research and relevance of neuroscience in counseling.
For the past several years, I have co-led weekend marriage workshops based on Hold Me Tight (by Dr. Sue Johnson) as well as Created for Connection: The Hold Me Tight Guide for Christian Couples (by Dr. Sue Johnson and Kenneth Sanderfer) to help couples take intentional time over a weekend to reconnect and have meaningful conversations in their relationship.
Most recently I have had the opportunity to partner with two therapist friends to launch a podcast and YouTube videos on all things pertaining to relationships, including those with God, others and even ourselves.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my little ones, cooking up a new-found recipe, reading, walking, and getting coffee/tea with friends. I am also actively involved in a Nashville church plant where I serve in a variety of ministries.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Tennessee (#1228)
PhD in Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Trevecca Nazarene University
Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals
EMDR Trauma Therapy, Levels 1 & 2
Certified Facilitator for Prepare-Enrich Pre-Marital Assessment
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member
Trainer for Seven Conversations Weekend Marriage Workshops (click here to view upcoming events)