Lisa Smith

Lisa has been in the middle Tennessee area for over thirty years.  She is from rural Kentucky and received her undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Kentucky.  She also has a Master of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  While working on her master’s in counseling from Trevecca University graduate program, she is also training to be a spiritual director through Dovehouse Ministries here in Nashville. She is also a student of the Enneagram.

Lisa is passionate about helping individuals discern their unique and individual callings from God and working through hinderances that can keep us from moving forward in that goal. Lisa has been married to Joey for twenty-seven years and they have three adult children and two dogs. Lisa loves to cook and hang out at home with family and friends.


Abby Nesbitt

Abby is a Tennessee native, born and raised in rural Pleasant Shade. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/Health Sciences from Tennessee Tech University and is currently getting her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She currently works as a neurofeedback tech and brain trainer. In her free time, Abby loves to play with animals, read fiction novels, go to the gym, and get in touch with nature.

Abby enjoys forming authentic connections with others and walking with them through difficult seasons of life. She loves to hear others’ stories and providing means of growth, grace, and acceptance. Abby wants to work with a variety of people and provide a welcoming, safe atmosphere in which any discussion can be held. Her passion is working with those experiencing anxiety/panic, phobias, identity issues, trauma, depression, and body image distress.


Emily Kratzert

Emily is from Jacksonville, Florida, and has called Nashville home for three years. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Health from the University of North Florida in 2011, and is currently working on her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy here at Trevecca Nazarene University. 

Emily’s desire is to cultivate a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space for clients to share and process their stories. She believes that the counseling relationship is powerful and sacred, and can result in lasting change and healing. Her heart is to extend hope and acceptance to her clients, and for them to know that they are never alone.


Candice Ashburn

Candice is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program after having previously worked in a number of other professional roles. She has experience in both the non-profit and business sectors which have taken her around the world including living in Toronto, Canada for 2 years. 

Her interests are in complex trauma and the holistic healing and growth thereof while considering attachment and family systems as well as the implications of clinical research. But most importantly,  she believes heart connection is at the core of our greatest need and thus, can also bear some of our greatest wounds. Yet, healing from broken relationships and unpredictable circumstances is possible.  Candice desires to provide a safe place for her clients to land in the midst of life's turbulence and simply to facilitate health and hope and peace. 


Lauren Riley

After graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Lauren realized her passion for counseling and enrolled in the Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy program here at Trevecca. Lauren believes it is a privilege to sit with clients as they navigate through all the joys and the heartaches that life has to offer. It is her hope that therapy can be a place of refuge for clients who are overwhelmed and need a place to be seen and heard.

Lauren was born in Atlanta but has lived in Middle Tennessee for over twenty years. After growing up in a relatively small town, she moved to Nashville in 2012 and is happy to call it home. In her free time, Lauren enjoys trying new restaurants around town and nights in with her husband re-watching The Office and The Great British Baking Show. 


Samuel Pennington

Samuel was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Trevecca for his undergraduate in Psychology in May 2016. He is currently seeking his Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Samuel believes in the power of therapy and change. He believes that everyone has hard times, but does not have to experience hard things alone. People deserve to have connection and safety. Counseling can be an intimidating thought, but Samuel strives to bring safety to his clients and looks forward to helping people in his career.


Autumn Woodard

Autumn is a Tennessee native, born and raised in Nashville. She graduated from Trevecca in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications, focusing on dramatic arts during her undergraduate years. She is currently a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Counseling program. 

Autumn felt a call to counseling when she found herself wanting to minister to people individually by helping them navigate through difficult or challenging situations. As a former drama student, she's always open to using creativity in the counseling office. She strongly believes in the importance of creating a safe environment for individuals to share their stories while collaboratively working together to overcome obstacles.


Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Belmont University in Religion and The Arts and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trevecca University. Taylor’s professional career up until this point has been spent working in both the for profit and non-profit sectors, mainly with individuals who have been sexually abused or trafficked for sex both nationally and internationally. She is interested in continuing to work with individuals who have experienced sexual trauma, as well as individuals struggling with grief, depression, and transitional life changes. She hopes to bring healing and safety to all of her clients, by creating a space where they can truly be themselves. When she is not working, she enjoys watching movies with her husband, snuggling her two cats and dog, and kayaking when the weather is warm. 


Drea Pryor

Drea Pryor is a San Francisco, CA native. She has obtained her BA in Sociology from Fisk University, a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University, and is currently working on her PhD in Clinical Counseling here at Trevecca Nazarene University.

It is her belief that within relationships we are both hurt and healed. Her work centers around the integration and healing of attachment wounds and trauma recovery. She works frequently with adult survivors of child abuse, those who struggle with anxiety/depression in relationships, or those who have been impacted by adoption. For such work, she offers Attachment Focused EMDR. She also helps couples heal from marital distress and infidelity.

She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) for Trauma, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and Prepare/Enrich for couples seeking premarital therapy which has been proven to help clients discover their strengths and navigate towards healing and wholeness.


Jonathon Roy

Jonathon grew up in a small town in Central Ohio. He has a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College, in Warsaw Indiana. He currently studies at Trevecca, in the PhD Counselor Education and Supervision program. Jonathon loves the creative arts and has spent time singing and acting throughout his life. Jonathon has a minor obsession with Brené Brown and her research on shame, vulnerability, and becoming the most authentic person you can be. 

Jonathon has worked with a variety of clients from elementary students to those in their 60’s. He is excited to work with the population here at Trevecca. He believes that therapy is a place for you to be your true self. Life is full of experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly moments shape the people we become. It can take a long journey to find any beauty in the painful moments of life. Jonathon is not afraid to walk with you, no matter where you are in life. He hopes that his office will hold a lot of laughs, a lot of tears, and hopefully a lot of healing. 


Jacey Granda-Zapf

Jacey Granda-Zapf has lived across the US, but has called Nashville home for the past two years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Crown College, MN, and is pursuing her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trevecca. Jacey understands the difficulty of working through emotional issues while in a college setting. She is committed to helping her clients be successful despite the numerous pressures they are under while managing, school, family, friendships, and "life."

Along with a passion for helping others, Jacey enjoyed 18 years of soccer, including playing at the D1 level. Because of her experiences as an athlete, she has a strong interest in working with athletes (identity, injuries, team dynamics, stress, performance, etc.). Other areas of interest include multicultural issues, spiritual exploration, the ability to understand emotions, and LGBTQ+ counseling.

Jacey's husband is from Ecuador and they have a baby boy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling outside of U.S., working out, and watching MasterChef. 


Qunisha McKee

Qunisha is from Memphis, TN. She moved to Nashville, TN seven years ago in pursuit of her journey for school. She obtained her bachelors at Tennessee State University in psychology. She is a graduate student here at Trevecca Nazarene University working on becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves working with people from many different backgrounds.

Qunisha gains much of her experience from working with patients on mood and stress unit in an inpatient setting for two years. Qunisha's main goal at the Counseling center is to be able to create a safe space for our clients to feel free to be themselves without judgement, and create the ability to heal and prosper.


Griffin Bonham

Griffin received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and spent the next almost 10 years in the finance and investing world. His path twisted and turned back towards counseling and mental health, and he is now pursuing his degree in Mental Health Counseling here at Trevecca.

Griffin believes that life is filled with challenges, but also with meaning and purpose. The challenges that face us often leave us feeling lost, hopeless and out of control. If this is where you find yourself, Griffin would love to get to know you and try to help you work towards healing.


Melba Buchanan

Melba Buchanan is from Nashville, TN and graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program here at Trevecca. Melba comes from a multicultural background and spent the majority of her undergraduate experience working with students from different cultures, religions and backgrounds. She has a passion for helping people from diverse backgrounds overcome various obstacles and navigate life in general. Melba also has experience with and a passion for people who struggle with substance abuse. Melba believes that change is possible for anyone and that someone's past does not define them. She is passionate in being with people through their issues and helping them along their journeys. 


Stephanie Latka

Stephanie Latka has called Nashville, TN home for the past ten years. She graduated with a Bachelors in Corporate Communication from Olivet Nazarene University in 2007. After a ten-year career in marketing and event planning, she discovered her true passion and began pursuing her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Stephanie's passion is for those who are coping with life/career changes, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and adjusting to chronic or sudden illnesses. She believes in an integrative, holistic approach that incorporates the mind, body and soul. She is committed to creating a safe, inviting and comforting place to begin or continue the healing journey. 


Sally Croft

Sally calls Nashville home. She grew up in Kentucky and lived in California for a few years. She received a degree in Marketing from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from California State University. She has worked for several years in business and in the public sector, and she is currently completing her internship in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca. She enjoys working with students and couples and wants to create a safe environment where clients feel safe to share their stories.


Erika Jetton

Erika earned a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca in 2016. Since earning her degree, Erika has joined the Trevecca Counseling Center team where she mentors graduate interns, arranges counseling services for students, and works individually with clients. Erika has a passion for working with couples and young adults, and is honored to sit in the highs and lows of life with her clients. She believes that health is found in secure connection and attachment with self, others, and God. Erika is currently pursuing licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Away from work Erika enjoys cuddling her baby girl, date nights with her husband Daniel, and Ohio State football.


Sara Hopkins

Sara earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca in 2005, and finished the Doctorate in Clinical Counseling program August 2011. Since earning her Masters, Dr. Hopkins has worked therapeutically with individuals and couples. Sara believes that God calls us to live in healthy relationship with Him and others. She attempts to help people love and accept themselves for who they were uniquely created to be to be. Sara provides supervision for the Counselors at the Center and works individually with clients. Sara originates from rural Arkansas where she grew up to appreciate small town living and Razorback football. She has lived in Middle Tennessee for 10 years with her husband, Shannon. They have 3 children and enjoy movies, lazy weekends at home with their kids and dates without them.


Amy Shelton

A lifelong resident of Tennessee, Amy has her BS in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She is studying for her Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. Amy enjoys working with college students. For over 18 years, she headed student affairs at O’More College in Franklin. In that role she served as the college counselor, helping students solve a wide variety of personal and academic problems. Amy currently serves as the campus enrollment counselor for Trevecca's BA in Management and Leadership and AS in Business Management programs.

Amy knows that life can hurt sometimes. She is dedicated to her clients' present and future wellbeing and has a passion for helping them overcome issues that can harm personal and professional satisfaction. Comfortable in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Amy offer an empathetic, understanding, and knowledgeable ear and a safe, caring and respectful environment for a process of self-discovery, healing and progress.


Christy Street

Christy was born and raised in Mississippi, but has called Nashville home for 5 years. She is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program after spending 7 years as an Exceptional Education teacher. She has been married for 14 years and has two young boys.

Christy believes that everyone is capable of change and healing, and our mistakes don't define us, but help us to learn, grow, and develop our character. She has a passion for helping people accept themselves as they are.


Courtney Howard

Courtney, a Nashville native, is a graduate student pursuing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Samford University, and has previously worked as a freelance writer. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and hanging out with her husband and three children.

Courtney is honored to hold space for people in pain and to walk alongside them, helping to navigate their journey to healing and wellness. She's fascinated by the mind-body connection and the science behind how our brains work. Courtney is passionate about working with clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety, self esteem issues and eating/body issues.


Emily Carroll

Emily is originally from the Jersey Shore, but has called Nashville home for many years.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  After graduation, Emily worked in the domestic violence field and in various roles at nonprofits in the Nashville area, Chicago, Illinois, and Anchorage, Alaska.  She is currently working on her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy here at Trevecca Nazarene University. 

Emily deeply believes in the power of therapy and relationship – to know that we are not alone can be life changing and bring about lasting hope, healing, and change.  She views it as an honor to sit with clients and walk alongside them as they experience the hard, painful, joyous, and unknown that can be our lives. 


Hilary Dycus

Hilary Dycus was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from Harding University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy here at Trevecca. She believes in the power of therapy and that we all have the ability to change and grow. Hilary has a passion for walking with young adults through the transitions of life. She desires to present a safe place for others to be authentic to themselves and to heal. She looks forward to helping others learn that they are not alone.


Tonya Mills

Tonya is a graduate student in Trevecca’s Mental Health Counseling program.  She obtained her B.A. from Winthrop University and relocated to Nashville, after attending Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Tonya has internship experience providing therapy to professional women who struggle with co-occurring addiction and trauma, including emotional, physical, and verbal abuse, as well as attachment issues.  She has specialized training and experience in modalities used to treat trauma, including somatic experiencing, psychodrama, sociometry, expressive therapies, and equine therapy.  Tonya’s treatment focus is on repairing relationship attachments, through the use of psychodynamic and body-based therapies. She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association, Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, and the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.

Tonya was drawn to the field of counseling because of her own positive and healing experiences in therapy, as well as her belief in the power of therapy to repair relationship trauma.  She is passionate about work with those struggling with relationships, abuse, addiction, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disabilities.  Tonya is a native of Columbia, SC and in her spare time enjoys singing, playing music, cycling, and her fur baby.


Doc Holiday

Doc Holiday is known by his friends as Doc.  He has been at the center for the past two years. Although he doesn’t see clients he is available for the occasional head rub and snuggle.  When he’s not at the center he enjoys chewing the eyes off of stuffed animals, long walks, barking at anyone who walks by his house and naps.