I believe that everyone has the ability within their self to reach their highest potential. I believe that past experiences or negative messages we have received can cause us to lose our way. I want to help people find their way to their highest potential. I am a very caring considerate person but I can also be very direct. If you are someone who is ready to work hard to be the best you, you can be then we will do well together.
"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” C.S.Lewis It starts with having someone there to listen; to you and your story. I provide a safe space to talk about the things that are hardest to talk about. For an adult that could be the grief of a loved one, the depression or anxiety that holds you back daily, or a confusing relationship that needs untangling. For a child it could mean talking about something scary that happened, exploring feelings of wanting to hurt themselves, or learning to talk to others in a way that they feel understood. Start the journey to healing today.
Are you tired of holding so much inside? Everyone goes through tough times and needs someone to talk to. My style of practice enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I treat a number of mental health disorders and provide a neutral ground to individuals, families, and couples. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
“Did you know that there are some seeds that cannot sprout unless they are first burned? Sometimes breaking is making. Even Iron can start again, and there are many things that can move through fire and find themselves much better for it afterward.” Kerrek, Critical Role. Sometimes we are confronted with difficult thoughts and experiences that can feel uncomfortable or impossible. I offer a relaxed environment to help you along that journey; be that depression or anxiety, life changes, grief or loss, mood disorders, etc. I strive to make sure I understand your place within in your story and want to help you get to your next chapter.
If you are looking for a no B.S. therapist, then I am the therapist for you. My ideal Client is motivated to make positive life changes. I assist clients in processing their mental health and life phase issues in a safe, non-judgemental enviroment. I am passionate about working with clients from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, veteran, and LGBTQ+ backgrounds. You can learn to recognize/mitigate triggers, implement coping skills, set boundaries, learn radical self acceptance, manage ADHD symptoms, and manage/minimize symptoms of anxiety and depression, and process COVID based anger and trauma.
"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase", MLK Jr. I believe no one wants to live in misery and the first step is asking for help. I believe in helping others to reaffirm their positivity and build on the ones that are struggles. My goal in therapy is for my clients to feel at ease and know they are not alone. To help them deal with the multitude of issues that sometimes can bring pain and help them on the path of healing.
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPCMHSP, CPSII, NBCC
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow." Helen Keller ~~~ I believe all individuals desire joy, hope and happiness and often get so caught up in the difficulties in life, they lose hope in finding these things in their lives again. If in some small way, I can restore hope which leads an another individual to joy and happiness in their lives, then His purpose has been fulfilled. Every person has a plan and purpose in their lives and my desire is to help them reconnect with their plan and purpose.
I am a versatile therapist who is enthusiastic about helping people attain goals for themselves and their primary relationships. We will set goals in the first session in order to provide clarity to the work based on what is important to you. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I see traditional, single parent, & blended families, understanding their differences.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MDvYale, MBA
An informed and liberated mind is my goal in mental health treatment. I have 32 years experience in pastoral counseling, statewide crisis intervention, and counseling in a clinical setting. My experience in helping souls to heal comes from having been with people in their homes, schools, hospitals, and detention centers. I have worked with families ranging from the very poor to the wealthy. Emotional pain can come to anyone and I enable my clients to heal old and new hurts that get in the way of a healthy and happy life.
I utilize a trauma focused, client centered approach to work with those with a history of trauma (PTSD/CPTSD), anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and relationship difficulties such as family and/or intimate partner dynamics. I am able to provide therapy to those who have been harmed by toxic religion and have a desire to deconstruct/reconstruct their current or past faith practice. I'm also comfortable processing issues of systemic oppression, trauma, and racism. I am able to work with teens, adults, couples, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. I am able to offer in person or live virtual sessions.
"We think we listen but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know." Carl Rogers - Everyone at one time or another deals with sometimes more than they can handle and needs someone to really listen to them. I want to offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can be heard. My goal is to really understand and to help you through what you are facing. To help you reach your fullest potential and to increase your self-awareness. I want to create an environment where you can really discover who you are.
I graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014 with a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology, and since then I have had experience working with all ages, including working in intense situations with the police department and hospitals in Chicago, IL. I practice an integrative approach focusing on the whole person, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I approach counseling using mindfulness techniques, along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. I have had experience working with a wide variety of issues including Depression, Anxiety, crisis intervention, self-esteem, grief and loss, and PTSD.
My specialty is working with clients who feel wrapped up in chaos or out of control. They often struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, embarrassment, excessive guilt, relationship issues, and fear that something is wrong with them. These clients often engage in behaviors such as isolating, lashing out, people-pleasing, substance abuse, disordered eating, risky sexual behaviors, impulsivity, codependency, etc. They are looking for understanding, peace, stability, and joy. They want to have healthy and satisfying relationships with themselves and others.
I enjoy all of my clients and am competent to treat any mental or emotional disorder. I work primarily with adults. I do DBT groups for both professional women and women on disability. I am passionate about EMDR therapy and I train in TN, AL, GA, TX, KY and Washington D. C. also use Rapid Resolution Therapy with Clinical Hypnosis for a variety of issues including but not limited to traumatic events, addictions, stopping smoking and decreasing chronic pain. I do relationship counseling, parent education life coaching, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, grief and loss counseling, anger management, personality testing and EMDR.
My approach begins with listening to your concerns and questions. Hearing your desires and goals about how you would like to respond to the adversities of life and then introducing you to concepts and strategies designed to help you respond to life's problems more effectively. My approach may include spiritual resources but I never impose my values and aim to be respectful of yours.
Have the terrible 2's never stopped or gotten worse after your child turned 2.5 yrs? Do you have a young child with more frequent, long, or intense temper tantrums and behavior problems than is expected for the child’s age? Does your child seem to get a thrill out of purposely annoying others, get in trouble regularly at preschool, or react with defiance and aggression to adult requests and limits? Or, is your child so anxious that you are dreading daycare or school drop offs because your child has to be pried off of you? Is your child struggling to adjust to a big transition like parents’ divorce, a new sibling, grief, or trauma?
As a Christian and a professional I endeavor to provide professional counseling within a Christian worldview. As a therapist I try to be a good listener as well as someone who helps to clarify and provide input. I have been trained in a variety of counseling approaches but find that having a caring attitude and listening ear is beneficial to my clients.
“It’s only a passing thing this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.” -J.R.R Tolkien. There are times in life where the road forward is unclear, and all you can do is take the first step. I want to create an open, affirming, and safe place for you to explore your path. There are going to be periods of struggle, loss, grief, joy, growth and celebration. Mental health work is not a destination but a journey created for and by you. I strongly believe in giving you the autonomy, dignity, and respect to make your own decision with a little guidance.
What are you experiencing in your life right now? What would you like to experience instead? Perhaps you simply want to feel better and don't know where to start. Life is a journey and along the way, we encounter many wonderful things as well as many challenges. You may have gone through something in your past or perhaps you are experiencing something currently that is affecting multiple areas of your life. I am here to help you to process what is going on in your life and together we will work on strategies that will allow you to address whatever issues or situations affecting you.
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC/MHS, CPS II
Every day we all make choices about what we do or don't. These choices will affect the results that we get in life. I help clients evaluate their situation and help them move forward to making positive choices that will create the desired life they want to achieve. I provide individual and group counseling in the areas of anger management, life transitions, stress management, divorce recovery, aging and retirement. I provide court mandated programs for anger management, underage drinking and substance abuse education. Workshops for MH professionals, Prevention Specialists and small businesses for CEU's.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Cookeville are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Cookeville then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Cookeville, or Child Psychologists in Cookeville.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Cookeville psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Cookeville specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.