Therapy & Counseling Centers
Amanda has the strength of seeing the best in people and practices from a place of compassion, grace, and hope. Amanda has been in the social services/mental health world for the past 10+ years. She found herself in a place of deep burnout and secondary traumatic stress early on in her career that led to feelings of utter exhaustion and hopelessness that there was any good or possibility for change in this world. That experience spurred her career as a therapist working 1:1 with individuals to improve their emotional health and well-being as well as her passion for helping the helpers as they do the hard work of serving others and sitting with others in their pain. Amanda also recognizes the trauma many helpers are exposed to as they serve others and is highly trained in EMDR to help alleviate symptoms of traumatic stress.
Burns brings a variety of perspectives into the counseling relationship. He is an ordained Vocational/Permanent Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. In this role, he has served churches in Franklin and Nashville where his work has largely focused on pastoral care. Burns is a graduate of the Education for Ministry program of the Episcopal Church, and has also completed two certificate programs in the Spirituality of the Enneagram with the Institute for Conscious Being. Burns is also certified as a spiritual director by the Metagem Institute.
Burns pursued a career in counseling after having worked in Public Health as an Epidemiologist for over 18 year. While studying counseling at Belmont University, Burns followed the Clinical Pastoral Therapy track. Burns is open to working with people of all faiths. He welcomes those of strong faith, questioning faith, or no faith at all and those who may have been hurt by organized religion or prefer to consider themselves spiritual rather than religious. Burns is open to working with clients with a wide variety of issues, but he particularly enjoys working with individuals experiencing anxiety and/or depression, those experiencing grief and loss, and providing premarital counseling to couples.
Cara is a National Certified Counselor and is certified in the Grief Recovery Method ® and with experience and training in spiritual integration. She is comfortable working with people of all faiths or no faith, equally.
Cara received her Masters from Richmont Graduate University and her Bachelors from the University of Georgia. While in graduate school she obtained her certification for grief work. While grief is her specialty, Cara readily works with individuals and with couples experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-worth, co-dependency, relational issues, life transitions, addiction recovery, pre-marital, affair recovery, and more.
Cara believes the most important element in therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. Because of this, she works hard to understand each individual and create a safe and open space. While she works with a variety of therapeutic approaches, Cara finds most of her work centers around the Psychodynamic theory, recognizing that we all believe and inevitably behave the messages we narrate unconsciously. By understanding these beliefs and messages and how they originated, we can ultimately change all aspects of our lives.
Carrie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Spiritual Director. She has worked in the recovery/substance use treatment field for over 25 years. She also specializes in working with people in the midst of life transitions. These transitions can include grief, depression, anxiety and seeking healing through therapy and/or developing spiritual practices. She also works alongside those who are experiencing professional development challenges and relationship issues. She offers in person and virtual sessions.
Chris is the former Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee and a former President of the Tennessee Association of Pastoral Therapists. He has experience in both hospital chaplaincy and pastoral psychotherapy. Chris is open to working with clients of all faiths, people who have been hurt by their faith group, and those who identify with no faith.
Chris seeks to be open and inclusive with each client. All are welcome here. Chris is trained in in-depth psychotherapy and enjoys exploring the deeper roots of presenting problems with a focus on uncovering practical solutions.
As an ordained minister, Chris is also a regular speaker and preacher who has written several published articles and Sunday School lessons.
Crystal is a mental health professional that is licensed in two areas of mental health support. Crystal has worked as a Licensed School Counselor for over 11 years, is a temp Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider, and is also the owner of Red Cedar Psychotherapy, located in Brentwood, Tennessee. The combined areas of focus bring about a comprehensive approach to supporting individuals of various ages and abilities. She is prepared to walk alongside her clients on the journey towards healing.
Dr. PaQuita R. Pullen is the owner of Ubuntu Counseling & Wellness. She is a Nashville/Middle TN native. She completed her undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2014. She is also a Doctoral Candidate at Trevecca Nazarene University in Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision, a 2020 NBCC Doctoral Fellow, and a Brainspotting Therapist. In 2019, she attained her LPC-MHSP license for the state of Tennessee. In addition to her clinical mental health training, she is a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-200).
PaQuita strives to remind each client that they matter and are worthy of compassion. She is committed to serving each client with culturally competent, developmentally appropriate and ethical care. PaQuita understands that life can be difficult to manage, but she encourages each client to access their personal power and resources to achieve change and well-being.
PaQuita hopes that all of her clients have an authentic experience in counseling rooted in connectedness and genuineness.
Jackie Halstead, Ph.D., LMFT, MDiv, is the CEO of Selah Center for Spiritual Formation located in Nashville, Tennessee. This non-profit offers a certificate program in Spiritual Direction and online courses in the Christian Spiritual Disciplines and other spiritual topics. Jackie is on the faculty with Abilene Christian University’s online Marriage and Family Therapy program.
Dr. Halstead has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past thirty-five years—specializing in ministers and their families--and a Spiritual Director for twenty years. She speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and relationships at the national and international levels.
Jeff had a first career in retail (long hours, significant pressure to produce sales results) and experienced meaningful personal change in his own counseling work. Jeff believes counseling is a helpful way for people to overcome a specific problem or to create overall emotional growth and healing. He encourages clients to find the right fit for them as they search for a counselor (someone they like, someone they want to spend time with, and someone they think would be helpful in resolving their presenting issue).
Kacey desires to stand in the gap of hard places and life with clients who may be struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. She believes that life experiences are not wasted and can be used for the good of ourselves and others.
She utilizes an integrative approach when counseling because therapy is not one size fits all. Approaches she uses are evidence-based such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and mindfulness techniques found in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
She is married and a new resident of Nashville. As she is able, during the present season, they enjoy exploring the city. Her family consists of her, her spouse, and her three cats.
Kaitlyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Grief Recovery Method Specialist. Since 2017, Kaitlyn has been working with a variety of mental health populations and she considers it an honor to journey with others through the ups and downs of life while gently guiding them in remaining connected to themselves.
In all that occurs in our life – from the mundane to the extraordinary, in the joys and in the sorrows – God is present with us and is drawing us into closer communion with himself. Kendra is a certified spiritual director and brings to her practice over twenty years of experience as a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist. She most enjoys her work at the intersection of mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Whether in a therapeutic relationship or one of spiritual companioning (or a combination of the two) she sees this work as cultivating a depth of soul.
At its foundation a relationship of spiritual direction is an invitation to be still and attentive to God in all the moments of our lives. As a spiritual companion, Kendra invites you into the sacred space where, together, we can explore your relationship with the Divine. This may include guiding you in creating a rule of life, practicing discernment, or learning a new spiritual practice. She also finds the use of poetry, art, and the exploration of dreams help connect us more deeply with God. Additionally, she has been studying the Enneagram for over fifteen years and has found it to be an incredibly helpful tool in understanding self and others better.
In her work as a therapist Kendra's approach is psychodynamic, which means there is value placed on your early life experiences and family relationships and how those experiences are impacting your current behaviors and relationships. Her style is insight-oriented and relational, emphasizing the value of a safe and trustworthy therapeutic relationship. Kendra believes psychotherapy is a collaborative process where her clients can learn to cope with their current struggles while also fostering a curiosity about their deeper selves. Kendra is a certified EMDR practitioner and incorporates Internal Family Systems work as well as practices based on Interpersonal Neurobiology when appropriate.
In all of these endeavors she seeks to help others awaken to their truest self.
Having spent many years in non-profit and ministry settings, Nick knows the importance of individual healing, recovery, and personal growth for those working in those callings first hand. He also knows the challenges and struggles of those in more traditional business and marketplace settings, having spent many years in project management. Thus, Nick's approach to counseling and therapy is relational, story driven, and solution focused. It is founded upon the belief that humans are relational beings to the core. We live and thrive (and also suffer) in relationship with ourselves, others, God, and all of creation. Healing and growth, then, are fundamentally relational in nature. Where there is wounding in relationship, there is the need for healing in relationship.
Nick then works with individuals and couples to help them come to bless the space between where they are and where they want to be as they recover their hearts and redeem their stories in the here and now. He seeks to make counseling a place of hope where clients can tell the truth about the pain of where they are, grieve the tragedy of where they’ve been, and dare to move into where they want to go.
Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Since 2005, she has been working in a variety of school based and community mental health settings and she wants to use her experience and expertise to guide you along the path to a well balanced life!
After 15 years in the field of Social Work, Sara has come to understand the joy and the burden of helping professions first hand. She is passionate about supporting helpers as they deal with burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
Tiffany Bankett is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has had 15 years of working with individuals and families in a service capacity. However, over the past 4 years has solely provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Previously an educator, Tiffany has learned the skill of patients and how to help clients learn how to listen to themselves and trust the art of compassion. Her style of therapy focuses on moving forward through collaborative, gentle nudges toward solutions and improvements.
Tiffany recognizes that therapy is not a one size fits all solution. Everyone has their own style and approach to doing things; therefore, she uses a variety of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Restoration Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Solution Focused Therapy, while bringing in tools from other modalities when needed. She hopes to help clients recognize and quiet the negative mental chatter and encourage them to overcome past suffering to make lasting changes.
The Counseling Center, PLLC assists clients in achieving depth, connection, and wholeness in their lives by providing professional pastoral care and counseling in Middle Tennessee.
Therapy is not always comfortable, but our goal is for each client to feel welcome and safe in our office and to create an environment that assists our clients to achieve growth and wholeness.
Hampton House is a counseling center whose mission is to serve individuals from marginalized communities, specifically BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ folks. Our team specializes in helping clients navigate a variety of issues and circumstances including anxiety/depression, women's issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, cultural dissonance, religious dissonance, stress, prenatal care, pregnancy, postpartum, and trauma.
Restore Small Groups' founder, Scott Reall grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Otterbein University in 1976 with a B.A. in Health and Exercise Science. Scott was an athlete through college and became a coach before joining the Green Hills Family YMCA in Nashville, TN as the Senior Wellness Director in 1988. Upon winning the YMCA of the USA Armstrong Award, Scott returned to school and attended Masters level classes in Theology from Covenant Seminary. In addition, Scott has completed Stage II™ Recovery Training and is certified in The Grief Recovery Method ® Scott has led thousands of small groups and consistently meets with individuals to support their journey to transformation. Scott has also written 5 books: Journey to Freedom, Journey to Healthy Living, Journey to A Life of Significance, Journey to Living with Courage, and Journey to Life after Loss. Journey to Freedom has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, French, German, and Swahili. He travels globally to aid in the growth of Journey small group efforts in Ukraine, Belize and beyond. Scott lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is an avid hiker, golfer and dog rescuer.
Executive Director, Sara Hamill, has more than 15 years experience in the not-for-profit world including work in the pastoral care field, program management, and organizational development. She joined her first Journey to Freedom small group in 2010. She experienced a safe, caring community that helped her grow and self-examine her life during a time of personal and spiritual discernment. She knew that she had found a unique, life-changing process that could be helpful to anyone no matter what the struggle or need. She joined the Restore staff at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in 2011 and has served as a Program Director and Director of Partnership Development for the organization. She is passionate about increasing the healing impact of small groups throughout Middle Tennessee and globally. Sara has her Master’s degree from the Institute of Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, Sara has 400 hours of training in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee and is a Certified Rule 31 Meditator.
Insight Counseling Centers exists to restore lives to wholeness – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Insight provides quality, spiritually-integrated mental health counseling services for individuals, couples, and families, training for professionals, and mental health awareness education for communities in Tennessee.