Miranda Pool
Counselor, MEd, LPC, MHSP, (temp), RYT-200 Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
I utilize a range of therapeutic modalities including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused CBT), CBT, play therapy, expressive arts, and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I provide therapy to children and adolescents ages 4-17. I specialize in: neurodivergent thinkers including autism, ADHD, and learning differences; adoption, complex trauma and foster care; behavioral issues; and gender exploration and identity. I also work well with neurodivergent adults. I view my role as a therapist to the child and a supportive consultant to the parent/guardian. I believe in the transformative power of relationship, in the power of play and connection, in the intersection of neuroscience with shared humanity, and in a strengths-based mindset for all individuals with whom I work.
(615) 412-5233
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Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
I utilize a range of therapeutic modalities including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused CBT), CBT, play therapy, expressive arts, and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I provide therapy to children and adolescents ages 4-17. I specialize in: neurodivergent thinkers including autism, ADHD, and learning differences; adoption, complex trauma and foster care; behavioral issues; and gender exploration and identity. I also work well with neurodivergent adults. I view my role as a therapist to the child and a supportive consultant to the parent/guardian. I believe in the transformative power of relationship, in the power of play and connection, in the intersection of neuroscience with shared humanity, and in a strengths-based mindset for all individuals with whom I work.
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Kate Worley
MA, LPC, MHSP, NCC Verified
Nashville, TN 37228
Through my background as a play therapist, I have learned that play is a child's natural way of being in this world and how they heal.
I love working with children and their families to find healing. I have experience working with children and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, learning difficulties, relational problems and trauma. I use a family approach as I understand the importance of a care giver's role in their child's life. I specialize in play therapy and also offer EMDR therapy. As a play therapist, I also offer parent coaching and consultation. It is my goal to help children and teens heal through play and to support their parents.
(615) 637-3457
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Nashville, TN 37228
Through my background as a play therapist, I have learned that play is a child's natural way of being in this world and how they heal.
I love working with children and their families to find healing. I have experience working with children and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, learning difficulties, relational problems and trauma. I use a family approach as I understand the importance of a care giver's role in their child's life. I specialize in play therapy and also offer EMDR therapy. As a play therapist, I also offer parent coaching and consultation. It is my goal to help children and teens heal through play and to support their parents.
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Tricia E Thornton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
Offers online therapy
As a Registered Play Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, I use play therapy tools to develop the heart, mind and soul of children. After working with children and families in private practice and in school settings for many years, my passion is to empower my clients through play. Through their natural language, play, children can learn to express their emotions and start to heal. I specialize in working with children ages 3 years to 12 years but can work with all ages. Common issues that my clients have are ADHD, anxiety, anger, sadness, school phobia, loss and grief, change in their families, and social anxiety.
(615) 823-6750
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Nashville, TN 37215
Offers online therapy
As a Registered Play Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, I use play therapy tools to develop the heart, mind and soul of children. After working with children and families in private practice and in school settings for many years, my passion is to empower my clients through play. Through their natural language, play, children can learn to express their emotions and start to heal. I specialize in working with children ages 3 years to 12 years but can work with all ages. Common issues that my clients have are ADHD, anxiety, anger, sadness, school phobia, loss and grief, change in their families, and social anxiety.
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Sloan S Mankin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, RPT Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
Offers online therapy
I am a Registered Play Therapist and a Level 1 Trainer of PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy).
Life can often be overwhelming and difficult. I believe that within every person you have the tools to find what you need, but sometimes it is difficult to know where to start. Let me help you and your family sort through and get life back on track. My passion is walking alongside children, families, and adults and helping them to find different ways to navigate life. I strive to individualize therapy for each person, and after the initial intake, you and I will create an individualize treatment plan to match your specific needs.
(615) 492-8841
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Nashville, TN 37215
Offers online therapy
I am a Registered Play Therapist and a Level 1 Trainer of PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy).
Life can often be overwhelming and difficult. I believe that within every person you have the tools to find what you need, but sometimes it is difficult to know where to start. Let me help you and your family sort through and get life back on track. My passion is walking alongside children, families, and adults and helping them to find different ways to navigate life. I strive to individualize therapy for each person, and after the initial intake, you and I will create an individualize treatment plan to match your specific needs.
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Megan Barbee
MS Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
Healing is multidimensional, so my approach uses play/expressive arts therapy and somatic processes in addition to other evidence-based interventions such as DBT, IFS and Ego State.
I work with adolescents and adults who have felt out of touch from their bodies and emotions for a long time. They are experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, dissociation, and disordered eating. Many feel that they spend excess time worrying about food and their bodies and find it hard to engage fully in their lives. They continue to feel out of control of their relationships, their bodies, and their emotions. They feel numb and isolated on the surface, and deep down feel hurt and helpless.
(615) 326-6352
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Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
Healing is multidimensional, so my approach uses play/expressive arts therapy and somatic processes in addition to other evidence-based interventions such as DBT, IFS and Ego State.
I work with adolescents and adults who have felt out of touch from their bodies and emotions for a long time. They are experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, dissociation, and disordered eating. Many feel that they spend excess time worrying about food and their bodies and find it hard to engage fully in their lives. They continue to feel out of control of their relationships, their bodies, and their emotions. They feel numb and isolated on the surface, and deep down feel hurt and helpless.
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Julia Marx
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFA, MA, R-DMT, LPCMHSP Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Play therapy is integral to my work with children.
I provide individualized support tailored to my clients' unique stories. I use expressive arts therapy and dance/movement therapy techniques in addition to client-centered talk therapy to engage with clients as we process in both the verbal and non-verbal realms. The body and mind are interconnected and the body can be used as a map guiding explorations of the self, as well as a metaphor to express emotions which can be difficult to convey in words alone. Through a therapeutic relationship, I provide empathic support and playful intervention.
(615) 933-2821
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Nashville, TN 37212
Play therapy is integral to my work with children.
I provide individualized support tailored to my clients' unique stories. I use expressive arts therapy and dance/movement therapy techniques in addition to client-centered talk therapy to engage with clients as we process in both the verbal and non-verbal realms. The body and mind are interconnected and the body can be used as a map guiding explorations of the self, as well as a metaphor to express emotions which can be difficult to convey in words alone. Through a therapeutic relationship, I provide empathic support and playful intervention.
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Brianna White
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP Verified
Nashville, TN 37228
Offers online therapy
Using techniques like Cognitive Behavior Therapy and play, I hope to help you identify the strengths you already possess to meet your goals.
Is your kid having big feelings all of the time and you're trying your best to support them, but nothing is working? Are you feeling overwhelmed with parenting and wish you could start fresh with a new outlook? Are you feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders and need a space to decompress? Let's chat!
(615) 682-0139
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Nashville, TN 37228
Offers online therapy
Using techniques like Cognitive Behavior Therapy and play, I hope to help you identify the strengths you already possess to meet your goals.
Is your kid having big feelings all of the time and you're trying your best to support them, but nothing is working? Are you feeling overwhelmed with parenting and wish you could start fresh with a new outlook? Are you feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders and need a space to decompress? Let's chat!
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Caitlin Pooley
LPC Intern, Intern Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I integrate aspects of CBT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, & Mindfulness, depending on the unique needs of my client.
My ideal client is an individual of any age who is at a turning point, yearning for change, or working through a trauma. They may be experiencing emotional dysregulation, & require a bottom-up approach focusing on grounding and mindfulness. This client may be having cognitive distortions that are directly affecting their mood, looking for top-down tools grounded in CBT or ACT. The client is looking to collaborate with their therapist, co-constructing goals & discovering a new path forward. My ideal client hopes for a safe space to heal, discover new coping skills, & become empowered to create a life that honors their truest self.
(615) 903-5867
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Nashville, TN 37205
I integrate aspects of CBT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, & Mindfulness, depending on the unique needs of my client.
My ideal client is an individual of any age who is at a turning point, yearning for change, or working through a trauma. They may be experiencing emotional dysregulation, & require a bottom-up approach focusing on grounding and mindfulness. This client may be having cognitive distortions that are directly affecting their mood, looking for top-down tools grounded in CBT or ACT. The client is looking to collaborate with their therapist, co-constructing goals & discovering a new path forward. My ideal client hopes for a safe space to heal, discover new coping skills, & become empowered to create a life that honors their truest self.
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Darden Wilson
MMFT
Nashville, TN 37205
Offers online therapy
I have an MFT with a certificate in Play Therapy.
I became an MFT because I wanted to work with as many people as I possibly could. My education has given me the ability to work with a large diversity of clients, and I am excited to meet and help as many people as possible. I can work with individuals, couples, and families to find their way and help them create or build the life they have always wanted. I am passionate about women’s issues and helping women reach every goal they set. Mental Health can be isolating and draining. My hope as a clinician is to be a support system for you to work through the difficulties or mental health and life challenges.
(615) 282-5304
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Nashville, TN 37205
Offers online therapy
I have an MFT with a certificate in Play Therapy.
I became an MFT because I wanted to work with as many people as I possibly could. My education has given me the ability to work with a large diversity of clients, and I am excited to meet and help as many people as possible. I can work with individuals, couples, and families to find their way and help them create or build the life they have always wanted. I am passionate about women’s issues and helping women reach every goal they set. Mental Health can be isolating and draining. My hope as a clinician is to be a support system for you to work through the difficulties or mental health and life challenges.
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Deborah E Doineau
Psychologist, EdD Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
With younger children, I use play and art therapy and behavior modification for behavior disorders.
My clientele consists of children, adolescents, and adults. I use a variety of approaches in working with my clients in an attempt to find the most efficacious approach to meet the particular client's needs. As a psychologist, I also perform psychological evaluations for diagnostic purposes. For example, I evaluate cognitive ability, learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and many other issues. Finding oneself can be a daunting task in our complex society. I aspire to help my clients achieve self understanding, a sense of efficacy, and develop tools to assist them in navigating life's challenges on their own.
(615) 745-1058
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Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
With younger children, I use play and art therapy and behavior modification for behavior disorders.
My clientele consists of children, adolescents, and adults. I use a variety of approaches in working with my clients in an attempt to find the most efficacious approach to meet the particular client's needs. As a psychologist, I also perform psychological evaluations for diagnostic purposes. For example, I evaluate cognitive ability, learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and many other issues. Finding oneself can be a daunting task in our complex society. I aspire to help my clients achieve self understanding, a sense of efficacy, and develop tools to assist them in navigating life's challenges on their own.
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Janie Wilkerson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, NCC, LPC, MHSP Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
***Offering telehealth sessions as of 3/16/2020*** Finding a therapist where you can connect, trust, and experience real and lasting change can be a daunting process. I see children, adolescents, and adults who are working through identity, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and other issues. Using a variety of modalities, including EMDR, play therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and CBT, we will work together to design and implement a treatment plan that is as unique as you are. I am committed to my clients and care deeply about helping them achieve positive outcomes through therapy.
(615) 465-0163
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Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
***Offering telehealth sessions as of 3/16/2020*** Finding a therapist where you can connect, trust, and experience real and lasting change can be a daunting process. I see children, adolescents, and adults who are working through identity, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and other issues. Using a variety of modalities, including EMDR, play therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and CBT, we will work together to design and implement a treatment plan that is as unique as you are. I am committed to my clients and care deeply about helping them achieve positive outcomes through therapy.
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Sasha-Nícole Cory
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFCT, MEd Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I have received training in Family Systems Theory, Prepare/Enrich for Couples, ABA, and Play Therapy.
I am honored to provide an affirming environment for people on their journey to growth and healing. In addition to providing services to individual adults and children, I provide family sessions. I come from a multicultural and bilingual background and I embrace the idea of family in all of the diverse ways it shows up in our lives.
(615) 819-4014
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Nashville, TN 37205
I have received training in Family Systems Theory, Prepare/Enrich for Couples, ABA, and Play Therapy.
I am honored to provide an affirming environment for people on their journey to growth and healing. In addition to providing services to individual adults and children, I provide family sessions. I come from a multicultural and bilingual background and I embrace the idea of family in all of the diverse ways it shows up in our lives.
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Andrea Ramsey
Counselor, LPC, MHSP Verified
Nashville, TN 37206
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families to provide support through a variety of challenges. If your child has experienced trauma, behavior challenges, difficulty in school, ADHD, depression, anxiety, issues with self-esteem, grief, life adjustments, or other needs that may be impacting your family, I believe there is hope and healing through counseling. I utilize play and expressive arts techniques in sessions and have many years of experience working with families impacted by trauma and loss.
(615) 471-7144
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Nashville, TN 37206
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families to provide support through a variety of challenges. If your child has experienced trauma, behavior challenges, difficulty in school, ADHD, depression, anxiety, issues with self-esteem, grief, life adjustments, or other needs that may be impacting your family, I believe there is hope and healing through counseling. I utilize play and expressive arts techniques in sessions and have many years of experience working with families impacted by trauma and loss.
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Scoville Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, RPT, NCC, MS Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
Offers online therapy
I am relational and utilize evidence-based treatment modalities including play therapy and expressive arts, cognitive behavioral therapy, and EMDR.
I am a licensed professional counselor in Nashville, TN. I am passionate about helping others and I work with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of presenting issues. Life is messy, full of hurts, disappointments, stressors, and grief – past and present. I want to help you get “unstuck” so you can live your best life, whatever that is for you. I have been where you are which makes me uniquely qualified to sit with you and to walk alongside you on your journey of healing. I cannot give you the answers, but I promise you will not have to find them alone.
(615) 235-5988
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Nashville, TN 37205
Offers online therapy
I am relational and utilize evidence-based treatment modalities including play therapy and expressive arts, cognitive behavioral therapy, and EMDR.
I am a licensed professional counselor in Nashville, TN. I am passionate about helping others and I work with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of presenting issues. Life is messy, full of hurts, disappointments, stressors, and grief – past and present. I want to help you get “unstuck” so you can live your best life, whatever that is for you. I have been where you are which makes me uniquely qualified to sit with you and to walk alongside you on your journey of healing. I cannot give you the answers, but I promise you will not have to find them alone.
Jessie Risman
MS, LPCMHSP, (temp) Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about the heart and deeply committed to seeing you live more fully by engaging yours. Because your needs are as unique and valuable as your story, my therapy is grounded in Person-Centered Theory. I trust you to be the expert on your own life, and thus the expert in the room. My approach to therapy is integrative and trauma-informed. While drawing from Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR and Play and Expressive Arts Therapy, my focus remains on the most powerful tool, the relationship. From my own healing journey, I have come to believe we're wounded in the context of relationship, and we heal in relationship, too.
(615) 205-8130
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Nashville, TN 37212
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about the heart and deeply committed to seeing you live more fully by engaging yours. Because your needs are as unique and valuable as your story, my therapy is grounded in Person-Centered Theory. I trust you to be the expert on your own life, and thus the expert in the room. My approach to therapy is integrative and trauma-informed. While drawing from Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR and Play and Expressive Arts Therapy, my focus remains on the most powerful tool, the relationship. From my own healing journey, I have come to believe we're wounded in the context of relationship, and we heal in relationship, too.
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Blake Butterfield
MEd, EdS Verified
Nashville, TN 37214
Offers online therapy
I also use play therapy with my younger clients.
Perhaps you are feeling stuck, hopeless, or overwhelmed by your current circumstances. Are you hoping to move forward and unsure how? Maybe you are struggling with feelings of worthlessness and believing you are not enough. Do you want to find relief as well as further explore your own beliefs, feelings, and behaviors?
(615) 488-5433
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Nashville, TN 37214
Offers online therapy
I also use play therapy with my younger clients.
Perhaps you are feeling stuck, hopeless, or overwhelmed by your current circumstances. Are you hoping to move forward and unsure how? Maybe you are struggling with feelings of worthlessness and believing you are not enough. Do you want to find relief as well as further explore your own beliefs, feelings, and behaviors?
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Catherine Stutzner
Counselor, MS, LPC, MHSP, NCC Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
Offers online therapy
Catherine has additional training and certifications in Play Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Positive Discipline, and Be Body Positive which add to her traditional counseling toolbox.
Catherine is a unique therapist with a breadth of lifetime experience that makes her an ideal therapist for adolescents and teens through adulting and on into parenting phases of life. Her background as a coach, entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and mom are life experiences she can draw from to guide you through your journey towards healing. Using a person-centered approach to counseling, Catherine uses multiple evidence-based techniques tailored to each stage of life and the problems that arise. Life doesn't happen in a straight line. Sometimes we get stuck and need a little help getting back onto our path.
(615) 392-3580
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Nashville, TN 37205
Offers online therapy
Catherine has additional training and certifications in Play Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Positive Discipline, and Be Body Positive which add to her traditional counseling toolbox.
Catherine is a unique therapist with a breadth of lifetime experience that makes her an ideal therapist for adolescents and teens through adulting and on into parenting phases of life. Her background as a coach, entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and mom are life experiences she can draw from to guide you through your journey towards healing. Using a person-centered approach to counseling, Catherine uses multiple evidence-based techniques tailored to each stage of life and the problems that arise. Life doesn't happen in a straight line. Sometimes we get stuck and need a little help getting back onto our path.
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Paula Rampulla
Psychologist, PhD, HSP Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
Offers online therapy
My treatment approaches are: Psychodynamic and Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, Interpersonal and solution focus brief therapy, Play therapy.
I’m a Licensed Psychologist. I obtained my doctorate degree from the University of Salamanca in Spain. I have 13 years of clinical psychology experience working in different clinical settings including student counseling centers, community mental health services, medical clinics and private practice.
(615) 802-5830
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Nashville, TN 37215
Offers online therapy
My treatment approaches are: Psychodynamic and Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, Interpersonal and solution focus brief therapy, Play therapy.
I’m a Licensed Psychologist. I obtained my doctorate degree from the University of Salamanca in Spain. I have 13 years of clinical psychology experience working in different clinical settings including student counseling centers, community mental health services, medical clinics and private practice.
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Maria Genduso
MS Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
My mission as a counselor is to provide individuals with support and encouragement as they navigate challenges and experience triumphs. Through my experience I have learned the importance of helping clients cultivate a life they love, even if it is different than what they originally envisioned. With my specialization in play therapy from Lipscomb University, I love incorporating expressive arts into counseling to help my clients develop hands on skills to take with them as they grow and flourish beyond therapy.
(615) 205-8615
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Nashville, TN 37203
My mission as a counselor is to provide individuals with support and encouragement as they navigate challenges and experience triumphs. Through my experience I have learned the importance of helping clients cultivate a life they love, even if it is different than what they originally envisioned. With my specialization in play therapy from Lipscomb University, I love incorporating expressive arts into counseling to help my clients develop hands on skills to take with them as they grow and flourish beyond therapy.
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Faye Bledsoe
TLMFT Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Offers online therapy
I practice an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes restoration therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and Gottman method interventions.
This private practice is unlike most others. I am a pre-licensed clinical fellow at The Briggs Institute, Inc. The therapists at the Institute are graduates of Lipscomb University's Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program. As the only COAMFTE accredited program in Nashville, the Lipscomb MFT program has earned its fine reputation by meeting the highest academic and clinical experience standards in the country. Because we practice under the supervision of the Lipscomb MFT program core faculty, we remain connected to academia. This means our work is informed by state-of-the-art scientific research that most private practice ther
(659) 200-6069
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Nashville, TN 37203
Offers online therapy
I practice an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes restoration therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and Gottman method interventions.
This private practice is unlike most others. I am a pre-licensed clinical fellow at The Briggs Institute, Inc. The therapists at the Institute are graduates of Lipscomb University's Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program. As the only COAMFTE accredited program in Nashville, the Lipscomb MFT program has earned its fine reputation by meeting the highest academic and clinical experience standards in the country. Because we practice under the supervision of the Lipscomb MFT program core faculty, we remain connected to academia. This means our work is informed by state-of-the-art scientific research that most private practice ther

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Play Therapy
Generally for children ages 3 to 11, play therapy is a form of counseling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys--such as playhouses and dolls--to understand the child's behavior and identify issues.

If you're looking for play therapy in Nashville or for a Nashville play therapist, these professionals provide play therapy, play therapy children, child play therapy, play therapy for children, sandplay therapy, family play therapy and group play therapy. They include play therapists, play psychologists, play psychotherapists and play counselors.