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)