L. Lauren Brown, PhD, LCSW

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Dr. Lauren Brown specializes in trauma, intimate partner violence, self-harm, anxiety disorders & LGBTQ issues. She conducts individual, couple's and family therapy. Largely, she employs techniques from Cognitive Behavioral therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Brown's philosophy is that all individuals possess the ability to be successful and happy but sometimes lack the empowerment and self-efficacy to achieve desired goals. Lauren's technique is to help individuals improve their sense of self-efficacy as they strive to reach their fullest potential. Individuals can expect to be treated respectfully as they are gently guided through a process of self-reflection and action.

She currently is a lecturer for University of Louisville's MSSW program, and serves on the board of Directors for Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a PhD in Social Work. Past experiences include clinical services and supervision with domestic and intimate partner violence; individual and group therapy with incarcerated women and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS; dual diagnosis treatment (IOP).

 

Specialties: Trauma, self-harm, intimate partner violence, anxiety disorders, LGBTQ issues, adolescents.

Ruth Bryant, LMSW

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Ruth works with older adolescents and adults and enjoys treating women and men dealing with life transitions, grief and loss, relationship concerns, trauma, anxiety, sexuality concerns, and body image struggles.  She has a special interest in working with issues related to women’s health including birth trauma, postpartum concerns, and baby loss, among others.   

In therapy, she seeks to nurture a safe holding space for clients to address the concerns that are keeping them from living life as fully and authentically as they wish.  She sees therapy as a collaborative process and is interested in helping her clients find their unique capacity to cope with their immediate struggles while also fostering a curiosity about their deeper selves.

Ruth 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.  Her past training and experience includes work as a therapist in community mental health and treatment center settings as well as work as a certified birth doula. She completed post-graduate training with Postpartum Support International in Maternal Mental Health, and she also completed training in Attachment- and Somatic-Based EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an integrative, physiological psychotherapy approach.  Ruth is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and she serves on the programming committee for the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.  

In her free time, Ruth enjoys hiking, cooking, karaoke, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Specialties: Postpartum depression/anxiety/OCD and birth trauma, grief and loss, identity and relationship struggles, anxiety.

Catherine Furbish, MSSW, LMSW

Catherine is a licensed master social worker specializing in anxiety, depression and especially trauma. She works with both adults and adolescents with Symmetry as well as the Sexual Assault Center here in Nashville. She utilizes trauma-focused interventions and is level II trained in EMDR. She is currently working toward her Advanced Certification in EMDR. In her free time and for self care, she loves to spend time with family and friends listening to music, eating great food, dancing, and spending time outside. 

 

Specialty: Trauma care for adolescents and adults.

Kara Gibbs, LCSW

Kara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 8 years of clinical experience. She is a person-centered therapist with the strong belief that an individual is the expert on their own experience and greatest resource for healing. Kara is an integrative therapist with experience working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families employing a variety of techniques and interventions based on an individual or family’s needs. Kara primarily works with individuals ages 12-25. 

Kara is trained in administering substance use screenings that can provide direction in treatment planning and referral to appropriate services if needed. She is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and employs EMDR in treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. In addition to being a therapist on the team at Symmetry, Kara is a full-time therapist at a high school, so she has experience working with all presenting problems that frequently occur in the adolescent population, including depressive disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment issues, interpersonal/relational issues, and family of origin issues.

Specialties: Substance use issues and assessment, trauma work with young adolescent to young adult populations, and clinical supervision for LMSW practitioners pursuing licensure

Courtney Grimes, LCSW

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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.

Nicoll Hannaway, LCSW

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Nicholl has held various roles in the field of mental health for the past 8 years. Her current and most recent experience encompasses a full-time therapist position and she has held this role for the past 2 years. She specializes in the treatment of adults and adolescents who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders. She is certified in EMDR therapy and utilizes it in her daily practice. She has seen immense changes in client outcomes while utilizing this therapy technique.

 

Specialties: Trauma counseling, grief/loss therapy, and anxiety and depression.

Rick Hunter, LCSW

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Rick is a Licensed Master Social Worker with experience with a wide range of ages and issues, but for the past three years has specialized in working with adolescents and young adults. His clinical focus is anxiety and mood disorders ranging from Depression to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment therapy to pursue an engaged and valued life for the client.

As a therapist, Rick strives to be a companion with the client and navigate together the difficulties of life.

 

Specialties: Anxiety and mood disorders in Young Adults and adolescents ranging from Depression to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Open to practicing with a Christian modality. 

Christopher M Johnston, LMSW

Chris specializes in helping adults, young adults, and adolescents work through anxiety and depression, family issues, and transitional phases. His therapeutic approach utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques within an overall client-centered model. He is particularly interested in working with men’s issues and spirituality.

Chris is a Licensed Master Social Worker who received his Master of Science degree in Social Work from The University of TN College of Social Work. He completed his practicum at Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center working with young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, adjustment disorders, and phase-of-life/transitional issues.

 

Specialties: Spectrum disorders, depression and anxiety in late adolescents and adults, social conditioning.

Brittany Jones, LMSW

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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

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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. 

Erica Lewis, MSSW, LMSW

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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.
 

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

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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

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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.