Jillian Balser, MHP, MSSW, RYT
Jillian believes in the inner wisdom and resiliency that exists within each individual, and feels honored to walk beside her clients as they tap into their own inner resources and engage in their unique healing journey. Known for her warm and inviting nature, Jillian has a person-centered and integrative approach to care, incorporating elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness into her therapeutic work. Jillian specializes in providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents and young adults, and enjoys working with clients of various cultural backgrounds and with a wide variety of clinical concerns. Her clinical interests include trauma-related disorders, anxiety & depressive disorders, OC-spectrum disorders, eating disorders, and student-athlete mental health.
Jillian earned her Master of Public Health degree from Vanderbilt University, and her Master of Science in Social Work degree through the University of Tennessee. During graduate school, Jillian completed her concentration internship with the University Counseling Center at Vanderbilt, where she provided individual therapy for undergraduate and graduate students. Jillian also completed the Trauma Treatment Graduate Certificate Program through UT College of Social Work, and has a rich educational and experiential background in trauma-informed care. As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance®, Jillian also has experience leading trauma-informed yoga in various behavioral health settings and enjoys incorporating mindfulness and movement-based therapies into her work with clients.
As self-care, Jillian enjoys all kinds of crafting (particularly painting, sewing, and drawing), being outside in nature, running, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Specialties: Trauma, anxiety disorders, OCD & OC-spectrum disorders, athlete mental health, & eating disorders in children, adolescents and young adults
Ruth Bryant, LCSW
My practice is built on my respect for human resiliency: a belief in our ability to live through and move forward from great difficulty and deep hurts. I approach my clients with warmth and curiosity and seek to nurture a holding space that feels safe to address whatever unique concerns you bring. In sessions, I am engaged and accessible, starting with your present concerns and also facilitating interest in your deeper self. Knowing the positive impact of psychotherapy personally, I am passionate about walking alongside others navigating this courageous process.
I enjoy working with adults dealing with life transitions, grief and loss, family of origin concerns, relationship issues, trauma, sexuality concerns, body image issues, and anxiety.
I also have a special interest in fertility-related struggles, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, difficult or traumatic birth experiences, and the unique emotional and physical toll these experiences can take. In addition, I see individuals and couples who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss as well as those who are coping with children’s difficult medical diagnoses.
I am a licensed clinical social worker (TN license #6798) and completed my master of science in social work through the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work. I completed a bachelor of arts in public relations from Auburn University in 2002. I am a member of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute and the National Association of Social Workers and am an adjunct faculty member at The College of Traditional Midwifery in Summertown, Tenn., where I teach on loss and grief. I have also completed training in attachment- and somatic-based Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which can be employed to treat trauma and anxiety among other issues. I did post-graduate training in maternal mental health with Postpartum Support International and was trained and certified as a birth doula through DONA International.
I practice from a psychodynamic perspective, an approach that is curious about how our past impacts our present, while also employing interventions rooted in cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. Additionally informed by personal experiences with Gestalt therapy and seven-plus years in an ongoing modern analytic training group, my practice is guided by an appreciation for the transformative power of self-exploration with a here-and-now focus. Ultimately, I believe psychotherapy has the ability to positively impact our relationships and help us to be our most whole and authentic selves.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, cooking, camping, watching movies, and going to see live music and plays. I also love spending time my spouse and our two kids (three if you count our dog Greta.)
Specialties: Postpartum depression/anxiety/OCD and birth trauma, grief and loss, identity and relationship struggles, anxiety.
Tennyson Dodd, MSSW
Tennyson works with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of problems in living. He has clinical experience working with difficulties ranging from trauma to depression and anxiety to relational struggles. Tennyson works from a broadly psychodynamic framework, while also incorporating dimensions of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and existential therapies. He strives to provide a warm and empathic presence for his clients, holding a deep respect for the intensely personal nature of the therapeutic process.
Tennyson holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, along with an MTS from Vanderbilt with a concentration in Religion, Psychology, and Culture.
Specialties: Trauma, Depression and Anxiety, Relational Struggles
Catherine Furbish, LCSW
Catherine is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in anxiety, depression and trauma (especially sexual abuse, physical abuse, and developmental/attachment trauma). She works with adults and adolescents. Catherine is certified in EMDR, a leading trauma-focused evidence-based intervention for many mental health issues. She is also an EMDR consultant-in-training. She received her Master’s in Social work from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in 2013. She also has specialized training in mindfulness-based approaches, somatic approaches, and the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model for treating traumatic stress in teens and children.
Specialty: Trauma care for adolescents and adults.
Kara Gibbs, LCSW
Kara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 10 years of clinical experience. She is a person-centered therapist with the strong belief that the individual is the expert on their own experience and greatest resource for healing. Kara has a holistic approach in her work with clients, addressing and affirming the whole person, not just the initial problem that brought them into therapy.
Kara specializes in providing evidence-based therapy services to adolescents and young adults with a variety of presenting concerns including: substance use issues, trauma and stressor-related disorders, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and family of origin issues.
As an person-centered therapist, Kara first focuses on building a relationship and connection with a client then determining the best evidence-based treatment approach to meet the client’s needs. These approaches may include: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Motivational Interviewing. In addition to being trained in use of EMDR for treatment of PTSD and trauma disorders, Kara is trained in administration and interpretation of substance use screenings that can provide direction in treatment planning and referral to appropriate treatment services if needed. Kara has extensive experience working with substance use disorders in a residential treatment setting and has a passion for working with teens and young adults struggling with substance use issues as an outpatient therapist.
Kara is a passionate social worker and has received additional training to provide clinical supervision for Licensed Master Social Workers pursuing licensure in either an individual or group setting based on interest level.
Courtney Grimes, LCSW
Courtney’s passion for helping others is evident upon meeting her.Through the power of acceptance and commitment, Courtney is able to facilitate lasting change among individuals, families and systems by promoting hope throughout all circumstance. Courtney specializes in eating disorder treatment, body image and self-esteem issues, depression and anxiety as well as couples/family work.
She maintains regular radio spots as a Sports Psychotherapist commentator for the Tennessee Titans and other athletes around the country, has been featured in numerous local magazines and publications including Nashville Lifestyles, N’Focus and the Nashville Scene, and starred in an HGTV television series called “Interiors, Inc.” Courtney has chaired large fundraisers over the past 12 years in efforts to raise awareness for various causes in and around Nashville including domestic violence, breast cancer, eating disorder awareness and addiction. Courtney is a trained interventionist (BRI-II), maintaining a passion for being on the “front lines” of change, and currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, a non-profit for the state of Tennessee, providing help, hope and support for all those suffering from disordered eating.
Courtney has a strong music background as well. She is a classically trained pianist and opera singer, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Opera Performance, and has been a part of the Nashville music industry since 1998.
Committed to shifting social undercurrent, Courtney’s work as a Psychotherapist aims to model compassion and understanding towards self and others in order to heal, protect, educate and advocate for a life well lived. Courtney strongly believes in, and reminds others that sustainable change is possible - from the inside out.
Specialties: Eating disorder treatment, body image and self-esteem issues, and depression and anxiety.
Erica Hazlehurst, MSSW, LMSW
Erica specializes in working with individuals through their trauma and grief. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She is familiar with multiple systems, including schools. Part of her current clinical practice includes working as a clinical hospice social worker, which entails helping patients and families through the end of life transitions, complicated grief, and traumatic loss. Past experience include working in multiple settings with families and children with extensive histories of trauma. Erica uses a combination of therapeutic modalities including CBT, MI, and Narrative therapy.
Specialities: Trauma, grief, complicated grief and loss.
Brittany Jones, LMSW
Brittany believes that the act of meeting people right where they are creates a sacred space, which allows the client to take ownership of the therapeutic process. She also believes that people are already equipped with every tool necessary to overcome obstacles, and she aims to support her clients as they uncover these tools. With an inviting, safe, and confidential atmosphere, Brittany helps her clients continue their journey to healing.
Brittany is a Licensed Master Social Worker by the State of Tennessee and has a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. In the past, she has worked in multiple settings that addressed life transitions for adults, women, and children. Her experience also includes counseling individuals with an extensive history of complex trauma, severe mental illness, depression, anxiety, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. In her free time, Brittany enjoys being a 'foodie', exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
Specialties: Trauma work with adolescents, adults, and women. Healing emotional and communication barriers between families and couples.
Charlotte Keeney, LMSW
Charlotte has a Masters in Social Work and is certified as a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has a bacground working with adults, adolescents, and children. Her experience includes working with pregnant and parenting teenagers, as a school based therapist, working with children and parents in the community, and as a school guidance counselor. Charlotte is passionate about assisting individuals and families and supporting them to make lasting positive change. She uses a strengths perspective base in treatment, incorporating multiple clinical modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Charlotte is a trauma-informed clinician. She is trained in EMDR and as a Circle of Security group facilitator. She is a member of the Nashville Association of Christian Counselors and of the National Association of Social Workers.
She practices self-care by spending time with family and friends, working in her garden, and reading.
Specialties: Behavioral modification for ADHD, anxiety, and behavioral issues in children and early adolescents. Certification in Parent Training.
Cathy Schultz, MSSW, LMSW
Cathy has a passion for showing others their strengths in difficult situations. She believes that each person can overcome their situation once given the proper tools to address it. She provides a warm, understanding and empathetic atmosphere. She understands that each individual and couple are unique and will collaborate with the client(s) to find the best possible solution. Cathy’s greatest joy as a therapist is to watch her clients address their difficult circumstance to a happier and more peaceful life.
Cathy is licensed as a LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work) by the State of Tennessee and has a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. In the past she has worked in multiple settings that addressed life transitions for adults as well as geriatrics. Her training also includes counseling couples through relationship difficulties as well as individuals working through depression, anxiety, self-esteem and trauma.
In her free time, Cathy enjoys cooking, exercising and spending time with family and friends.
Specialties: Depression, anxiety and self-esteem with individual adults and geriatrics. Communication difficulties and healing relationships with couples.
Irena Stjepic, LCSW
Irena is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a passion for helping others. For the past eight years, Irena has helped numerous adults and families create a better quality of life through uncovering hidden strengths within each person. Her professional expertise includes treatment of acute mental illness such as schizophrenia (psychosis), bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and anxiety/depression issues due to transition and life changes. Her approach to the therapeutic relationship is to provide education, identify triggers and provide tools and coping skills on how to manage symptoms of anxiety or depression.
Irena always maintains a positive approach throughout the therapeutic process, valuing the positive reinforcement with clients’ capacities and aspirations. She truly has a passion for the therapeutic process and enjoys working with adults and adolescents from all walks of life, helping them reach their fullest potential!
Her idea of self-care is to simplify her thoughts. She can do that at any time and often incorporates simplifying her thoughts with a hike or run.
Specialties: Mood disorders for adolescents and adults.
Monica Flynn Urness, MSSW, LMSW
Monica works with children, teens and adults with issues such as anxiety, depression, and grief. She is a graduate of University of Tennessee College of Social Work and also works with underserved populations at the Meharry Family and Community Clinic in Nashville.
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, grief, trauma, life transitions, and attention/focus. Monica works with children, adolescents, families and couples.
Katie Veit, LCSW
Katie Veit, Director of Symmetry Counseling Services, is a licensed clinical social worker and has been practicing for more than six years. She is known for her warm, calm, and comfortable approach to counseling. Katie counsels as an Integrative Psychotherapist, utilizing various orientations and therapies, based on the client's individual needs. Katie works with clients from a strength-based, affirming perspective and specializes in issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, couple and family therapy.
Katie notes that her greatest reward as a therapist is guiding her clients along their life journey and helping them to focus on proactive steps towards a brighter future.
Katie is also a clinical instructor at the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work where she obtained her Masters in Social Work degree. A native Nashvillian, Katie enjoys hiking, entertaining and spending time at home with her husband and four children.
Specialties: Depression and anxiety in adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics. Life transitions and adjustments.