Dissociative Disorders (DID) Therapists in Nashville, TN

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Lauren Muller
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
All are welcome here! I'm dedicated to supporting clients of all ages through a variety of areas, including dissociative disorders (DID/systems), complex trauma, developmental/relational trauma, self-esteem struggles, life transitions, and dysfunctional family systems. While survival strategies may have been effective in the past, therapy provides a platform to explore new pathways to healing. I trust in every client's innate creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience, offering support and connection while navigating this journey. Together, we'll cultivate resources for growth and empowerment.
All are welcome here! I'm dedicated to supporting clients of all ages through a variety of areas, including dissociative disorders (DID/systems), complex trauma, developmental/relational trauma, self-esteem struggles, life transitions, and dysfunctional family systems. While survival strategies may have been effective in the past, therapy provides a platform to explore new pathways to healing. I trust in every client's innate creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience, offering support and connection while navigating this journey. Together, we'll cultivate resources for growth and empowerment.
(615) 551-1428 View (615) 551-1428
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Aaron M Free
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LMSW, CTP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37228  (Online Only)
Are you exhausted from the relentless grip of chronic aches, pains, or the weight of trauma and dissociation? Do you want to get back to enjoying the things you used to? Are you looking to work with someone who understands your LGBTQ+ identity? If you're here, you've already taken the first step towards finding relief and reclaiming control over your life. I am dedicated to fostering a collaborative relationship focused on setting goals, tracking progress, and facilitating healing. Beyond our therapy sessions, my commitment extends to actively researching resources, interventions, and personalized solutions to fit your needs.
Are you exhausted from the relentless grip of chronic aches, pains, or the weight of trauma and dissociation? Do you want to get back to enjoying the things you used to? Are you looking to work with someone who understands your LGBTQ+ identity? If you're here, you've already taken the first step towards finding relief and reclaiming control over your life. I am dedicated to fostering a collaborative relationship focused on setting goals, tracking progress, and facilitating healing. Beyond our therapy sessions, my commitment extends to actively researching resources, interventions, and personalized solutions to fit your needs.
(865) 327-2011 View (865) 327-2011
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Maritza Erazo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, MHSP-S, RPT, CIFS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
Are you constantly contradicting yourself? A part of you wants to grow and transform into your “true” self, but then you feel as though you are self-sabotaging again. You question how you can work on yourself when you are the one preventing the growth. Pablo Neruda’s poem "We Are Many" describes the internal conflict that many of us feel. As a psychotherapist, I noticed that my clients needed something more than just traditional talk therapy. This realization led me to become a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist to help people “befriend” the internal conflict and embrace it with love and compassion.
Are you constantly contradicting yourself? A part of you wants to grow and transform into your “true” self, but then you feel as though you are self-sabotaging again. You question how you can work on yourself when you are the one preventing the growth. Pablo Neruda’s poem "We Are Many" describes the internal conflict that many of us feel. As a psychotherapist, I noticed that my clients needed something more than just traditional talk therapy. This realization led me to become a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist to help people “befriend” the internal conflict and embrace it with love and compassion.
(615) 307-4092 x525 View (615) 307-4092 x525
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Pamela L Hicks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MMFT, MA, MS, MBA
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Each one of us experiences psychological challenges in life that we try to meet using whatever strategies we know. However, sometimes the challenges become too great and our coping strategies stop working. This can be compounded by the fact that we often internalize messages from our society, however well-intentioned, that limit our abilities to understand ourselves and our world. It is in these moments that we can use support from therapists to turn down the noise of the world so that we may find our own inner wisdom about who we are, what we need, and ultimately how to heal.
Each one of us experiences psychological challenges in life that we try to meet using whatever strategies we know. However, sometimes the challenges become too great and our coping strategies stop working. This can be compounded by the fact that we often internalize messages from our society, however well-intentioned, that limit our abilities to understand ourselves and our world. It is in these moments that we can use support from therapists to turn down the noise of the world so that we may find our own inner wisdom about who we are, what we need, and ultimately how to heal.
(615) 623-8846 View (615) 623-8846
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Maria Nguyen
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Do you notice yourself being forgetful or having brain fog? Or those close to you point out that you seem “out of it?" Maybe you questioned if past events actually happened or if these hurtful experiences should affect you like they do today. You might also have a hard time expressing your emotions because of overwhelm, numbness, or fear of judgement. And there's a harsh inner critic that makes it hard to accept parts of yourself. If this resonates with you, know you're not alone.
Do you notice yourself being forgetful or having brain fog? Or those close to you point out that you seem “out of it?" Maybe you questioned if past events actually happened or if these hurtful experiences should affect you like they do today. You might also have a hard time expressing your emotions because of overwhelm, numbness, or fear of judgement. And there's a harsh inner critic that makes it hard to accept parts of yourself. If this resonates with you, know you're not alone.
(615) 379-9231 View (615) 379-9231
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Patricia Dean
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SEP, CBP, BASE
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37204
My clients desire change yet don't always know how to get there. My hope is to walk with you during life's challenges, conflicts in relationships, trauma, addictions, and old deep wounds. I love to see my clients heal and grow in ways they did not think possible. In sessions, clients learn their negative interactional patterns, begin to experience real closeness and intimacy with their significant others. My goal is to help you work through life's messes, discover the beauty of forgiveness, mine the depths of true joy, teach the art of grieving well and to help you discover your most authentic self.
My clients desire change yet don't always know how to get there. My hope is to walk with you during life's challenges, conflicts in relationships, trauma, addictions, and old deep wounds. I love to see my clients heal and grow in ways they did not think possible. In sessions, clients learn their negative interactional patterns, begin to experience real closeness and intimacy with their significant others. My goal is to help you work through life's messes, discover the beauty of forgiveness, mine the depths of true joy, teach the art of grieving well and to help you discover your most authentic self.
(615) 610-1732 View (615) 610-1732
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Gayden McFarlin Fite
Counselor, MEd, LPC, MHSP, LICDC, TTS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37216
I have over 20 years experience in private practice and institutional settings. I work with individuals and couples. I use traditional talk therapy methods as well as instituting new approaches such as the use of EMDR for those suffering from trauma.
I have over 20 years experience in private practice and institutional settings. I work with individuals and couples. I use traditional talk therapy methods as well as instituting new approaches such as the use of EMDR for those suffering from trauma.
(615) 576-0972 View (615) 576-0972
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Jones Zimmerman
Licensed Professional Counselor, Jones Zimmerman
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
Most of the folks I work with have experienced relational trauma (abuse/neglect), dysfunctional family systems, and/or social marginalization. Our brains and nervous systems are incredibly resilient and creative in adapting to these challenges. Ironically, sometimes the very adaptations that once helped us survive keep us stuck in painful patterns. My clients often struggle with chronic anxiety, panic attacks, overwhelming emotions, or numbness and disconnection. They may feel intense self-doubt or internal criticism. They may long for close connections but also feel terrified of relationships.
Most of the folks I work with have experienced relational trauma (abuse/neglect), dysfunctional family systems, and/or social marginalization. Our brains and nervous systems are incredibly resilient and creative in adapting to these challenges. Ironically, sometimes the very adaptations that once helped us survive keep us stuck in painful patterns. My clients often struggle with chronic anxiety, panic attacks, overwhelming emotions, or numbness and disconnection. They may feel intense self-doubt or internal criticism. They may long for close connections but also feel terrified of relationships.
(615) 375-4389 View (615) 375-4389
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Jana Pressley
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37219
Waitlist for new clients
As a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience, I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families who have been impacted by complex trauma. We are shaped most profoundly by our earliest and closest relationships, and when those relationships have been fraught with chronic adversity – either due to neglect and abuse, or due to unintentional or unavoidable life adversity – we tend to struggle emotionally, behaviorally, and interpersonally with the impact of early life trauma exposure. Treatment is most effective when one is able to find a safe space to identify the root of those struggles.
As a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience, I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families who have been impacted by complex trauma. We are shaped most profoundly by our earliest and closest relationships, and when those relationships have been fraught with chronic adversity – either due to neglect and abuse, or due to unintentional or unavoidable life adversity – we tend to struggle emotionally, behaviorally, and interpersonally with the impact of early life trauma exposure. Treatment is most effective when one is able to find a safe space to identify the root of those struggles.
(781) 590-3580 View (781) 590-3580
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Irena Stjepic
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
I specialize in Somatic Attachment-Focused EMDR therapy, a body-mind approach to help you heal from current and past pain and discomfort. Additionally, I incorporate the Safe and Sound Protocol and Neurofeedback in my practice. My expertise lies in supporting young adults aged 16 and above, as well as adults who have experienced recent traumatic events or have Complex PTSD as a result of unhealed childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and other areas of focus, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, and performance enhancement.
I specialize in Somatic Attachment-Focused EMDR therapy, a body-mind approach to help you heal from current and past pain and discomfort. Additionally, I incorporate the Safe and Sound Protocol and Neurofeedback in my practice. My expertise lies in supporting young adults aged 16 and above, as well as adults who have experienced recent traumatic events or have Complex PTSD as a result of unhealed childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and other areas of focus, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, and performance enhancement.
(615) 471-6617 View (615) 471-6617
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Cathy Hacker
PhD, SPE
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
(COVID-19 NOTICE: Online Sessions Now Offered) It takes a lot of courage to enter into psychotherapy. If you are looking at this website, you may be suffering anxiety, emotional or relational pain, and wondering where to get relief. Choosing a therapist can be overwhelming. I work with couples and individual clients, many who have suffered anxiety and depression, grief, trauma, addiction, painful relationships, and eating disorders. Because of life experience as well as extensive training, I can offer practical tools that can help relieve you now as well as long after you leave my office. I am glad to answer any of your questions
(COVID-19 NOTICE: Online Sessions Now Offered) It takes a lot of courage to enter into psychotherapy. If you are looking at this website, you may be suffering anxiety, emotional or relational pain, and wondering where to get relief. Choosing a therapist can be overwhelming. I work with couples and individual clients, many who have suffered anxiety and depression, grief, trauma, addiction, painful relationships, and eating disorders. Because of life experience as well as extensive training, I can offer practical tools that can help relieve you now as well as long after you leave my office. I am glad to answer any of your questions
(615) 956-2169 View (615) 956-2169
Photo of Michelle Coyne, Licensed Professional Counselor in Nashville, TN
Michelle Coyne
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, SEP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
Waitlist for new clients
As a somatic psychotherapist, I use a combination of body-based and traditional talk therapies to help clients live more fully. My passion is working with clients who are struggling with the effects of trauma including anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and relationship difficulties. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is my foundational lens while utilizing other evidenced based treatments including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Experiential, Dream Analysis and Adjunct to 12-Step. I view therapy as a collaborative process and see myself as a guide in helping my clients find their unique ability to address their struggles.
As a somatic psychotherapist, I use a combination of body-based and traditional talk therapies to help clients live more fully. My passion is working with clients who are struggling with the effects of trauma including anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and relationship difficulties. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is my foundational lens while utilizing other evidenced based treatments including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Experiential, Dream Analysis and Adjunct to 12-Step. I view therapy as a collaborative process and see myself as a guide in helping my clients find their unique ability to address their struggles.
(615) 987-0970 View (615) 987-0970
Photo of Nora B. Krause, LCSW, LLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Nashville, TN
Nora B. Krause, LCSW, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
You may be knowledgeable about therapy, or just trying to figure out if it is something that will help you. You may be concerned about privacy, cost, and how to fit therapy into your schedule. These are all important considerations. I am a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years experience. I want you to be comfortable coming to therapy. I strive to make sure that your treatment is based on well-researched practices, that fit with who you are and your preferences. I can see you in my office, or via a HIPAA-compliant telehealth program.
You may be knowledgeable about therapy, or just trying to figure out if it is something that will help you. You may be concerned about privacy, cost, and how to fit therapy into your schedule. These are all important considerations. I am a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years experience. I want you to be comfortable coming to therapy. I strive to make sure that your treatment is based on well-researched practices, that fit with who you are and your preferences. I can see you in my office, or via a HIPAA-compliant telehealth program.
(615) 375-4786 View (615) 375-4786
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Steven Stewart
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37216
Making that initial contact is by far the hardest part. I appreciate you reaching out to me. Making it easy to discuss difficult topics is my job, and that happens by making sure you know you are in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment. People may seek out counseling due to a wide variety of feelings: fear, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, sadness, confusion, apathy, heartbreak, grief, or any other aspect of the incredibly complex human experience. I'm honored to help you on your journey towards emotional recovery and growth. I try to keep costs reasonable and affordable.
Making that initial contact is by far the hardest part. I appreciate you reaching out to me. Making it easy to discuss difficult topics is my job, and that happens by making sure you know you are in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment. People may seek out counseling due to a wide variety of feelings: fear, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, sadness, confusion, apathy, heartbreak, grief, or any other aspect of the incredibly complex human experience. I'm honored to help you on your journey towards emotional recovery and growth. I try to keep costs reasonable and affordable.
(931) 538-1055 View (931) 538-1055
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Beth Barnard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
By curiously hearing and understanding your life story through our professional relationship, I hope to unburden you of your pain and help you remove road blocks which might be keeping you from experiencing greater pleasure. I work with adults ranging in age from 18 through post retirement years and specialize in treating life transitions, relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, trauma, infertility, adoption, postpartum depression, grief, loss, and divorce. I'm sensitive to issues of diversity and inclusion, am interested in working with people from various cultural backgrounds, and am a LGBTQ ally.
By curiously hearing and understanding your life story through our professional relationship, I hope to unburden you of your pain and help you remove road blocks which might be keeping you from experiencing greater pleasure. I work with adults ranging in age from 18 through post retirement years and specialize in treating life transitions, relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, trauma, infertility, adoption, postpartum depression, grief, loss, and divorce. I'm sensitive to issues of diversity and inclusion, am interested in working with people from various cultural backgrounds, and am a LGBTQ ally.
(615) 807-0935 View (615) 807-0935
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Stephanie Hathcock Vaughn
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
As a CBT and DBT Psychologist, National Speaker, hospital consultant, and clinical supervisor for Vanderbilt University, I have successfully helped veterans, teens, psychologists, physicians, attorneys, students, celebrities, and homemakers feel better and improve their lives. My business, PSYCHē, PLLC is founded upon the belief that going the extra mile makes all the difference. People need real support and real solutions—not just a nod and concerned look. My job is to help—my clients tell me how. I am a member of PSYPACT which means I can see clients in every state that is a member of PSYPACT and I am also licensed in MA.
As a CBT and DBT Psychologist, National Speaker, hospital consultant, and clinical supervisor for Vanderbilt University, I have successfully helped veterans, teens, psychologists, physicians, attorneys, students, celebrities, and homemakers feel better and improve their lives. My business, PSYCHē, PLLC is founded upon the belief that going the extra mile makes all the difference. People need real support and real solutions—not just a nod and concerned look. My job is to help—my clients tell me how. I am a member of PSYPACT which means I can see clients in every state that is a member of PSYPACT and I am also licensed in MA.
(615) 745-1019 View (615) 745-1019
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Chris Gonzalez Ph.D., LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215
Taking care of yourself, your relationships, and your soul are some the most important things you can do. However, sometimes stress can pile up, relationships get strained, or unexpected losses leave an empty place in life. Sometimes even church can hurt. When these things happen it can get overwhelming resulting in many more questions than answers. It is a privilege for me to walk with people who are experiencing challenges and help them heal from wounds, solve problems and glean some redemptive meaning from the challenges they face.
Taking care of yourself, your relationships, and your soul are some the most important things you can do. However, sometimes stress can pile up, relationships get strained, or unexpected losses leave an empty place in life. Sometimes even church can hurt. When these things happen it can get overwhelming resulting in many more questions than answers. It is a privilege for me to walk with people who are experiencing challenges and help them heal from wounds, solve problems and glean some redemptive meaning from the challenges they face.
(615) 721-2482 View (615) 721-2482
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Kiersten Twitchell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37206
I believe that all of us can benefit from additional support in different seasons of our lives. It takes bravery to reach out and meet with someone, and I’m passionate about building a relationship with my clients where they are able to engage with their own resilience and innate ability to heal. Many of us develop patterns that help us move through and cope with what we have experienced, and often, we realize these strategies are no longer serving us, and are keeping us from experiencing the full life we desire. I walk alongside my clients in helping them become reconnected to their true selves, and reach their goals.
I believe that all of us can benefit from additional support in different seasons of our lives. It takes bravery to reach out and meet with someone, and I’m passionate about building a relationship with my clients where they are able to engage with their own resilience and innate ability to heal. Many of us develop patterns that help us move through and cope with what we have experienced, and often, we realize these strategies are no longer serving us, and are keeping us from experiencing the full life we desire. I walk alongside my clients in helping them become reconnected to their true selves, and reach their goals.
(615) 751-5763 View (615) 751-5763
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Elizabeth DeVaughn
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37206
Empathic, highly sensitive, and wondering if you're a magnet for narcissists? Did you know that we often repeat relationship patterns because of "unfinished business" in our bodily tissues? You might have even gone through therapy before but still see old patterns surfacing in relationships. Twelve years in practice, my expertise is in helping women de-magnetize the root cause of narcissistic/codependent relationship patterns through specific bodily (somatic) methods, designed to heal the root of the issue. I would love to speak with you to design your specific healing plan!
Empathic, highly sensitive, and wondering if you're a magnet for narcissists? Did you know that we often repeat relationship patterns because of "unfinished business" in our bodily tissues? You might have even gone through therapy before but still see old patterns surfacing in relationships. Twelve years in practice, my expertise is in helping women de-magnetize the root cause of narcissistic/codependent relationship patterns through specific bodily (somatic) methods, designed to heal the root of the issue. I would love to speak with you to design your specific healing plan!
(629) 300-5576 View (629) 300-5576
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Kary Valdes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in treating children and adolescents. I have been working with children for over 20 years and truly enjoy seeing children move from timid and anxious to confident and self assured. I can help kids deal with divorce, death, abuse, anxiety and many other issues that affect children and adolescents. I will help them to be better at dealing with life as it comes to them and to be more assured when things get hard. I am a Consultant with EMDR which is trauma therapy. I also see adults for EMDR as well with children and adolescents.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in treating children and adolescents. I have been working with children for over 20 years and truly enjoy seeing children move from timid and anxious to confident and self assured. I can help kids deal with divorce, death, abuse, anxiety and many other issues that affect children and adolescents. I will help them to be better at dealing with life as it comes to them and to be more assured when things get hard. I am a Consultant with EMDR which is trauma therapy. I also see adults for EMDR as well with children and adolescents.
(615) 282-5138 View (615) 282-5138
Dissociative Disorders (DID) Therapists

How does therapy for dissociative disorders work?

Dissociation may be triggered by stress or other upsetting circumstances, and therapy can address the traumatic events at the core of an individual’s dissociation. Understanding why a person may dissociate can help the therapist and the individual come up with alternative methods of coping. A person with a dissociative disorder may get stuck on negative thinking, for example, and treatment like Cognitive behavioral therapy is a gold standard for breaking such thinking. And dialectical behavior therapy, for example, can help a person manage their anguish through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for dissociative disorders?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, psychodynamic, schema therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful memories and past traumas. These therapies work to integrate an individual's different identities into one person.

Are there specific medications for dissociation?

There are no specific medications prescribed for dissociative disorders. However, psychosis, depression, anxiety, and/or panic often co-occur in dissociative disorders. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for any accompanying symptom—which may include antipsychotics like aripiprazole, antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines.

How often and how long are therapy sessions?

Like any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. There are still other patients, especially those who have co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety, who may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months.