My Story

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. 

CREDENTIALS

  • 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)

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