The staff of the Harpeth Hills Counseling Center takes seriously the opportunity and responsibility involved in consulting with people who are hurting from personal or relationship concerns. In addition to their professional training, therapists work from a faith foundation which honors God and His creation. Efforts are made to create a safe place for people of various religious and philosophical perspectives to address whatever issues cause them pain.
The counseling services are offered to the Harpeth Hills Church as well as the community at large. While individual therapy is provided for matters such as anxiety or depression, a major focus for the Center is that of “relationships”. This includes preparation for marriage, marital therapy, divorce adjustment, stepfamily adjustment and parent-child relationships.
In addition, one therapist (Anderson) is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and is available to help those who are struggling with sexual addiction. Two of the therapists (Anderson, and Owsley) are trained to use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to help those who are recovering from trauma or abuse. Jennifer Lackey is a Senior Psychological Examiner.
Confidentiality is of utmost importance to the entire Counseling Center staff. Great care is exercised to insure the privacy of those seeking help.
All services are provided in the private suite of counseling offices located on the east side of Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tennessee.
The Counseling Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8am–5:30pm. Schedule appointments by calling 615.690.4661. If appointments need to be cancelled clients are asked to call 24 hours prior to their scheduled time to make the necessary changes and to avoid being asked to pay a $45 fee for the missed appointment.
Since the Harpeth Hills Counseling Center is a ministry, we do not charge the customary $95-$200 per session. The fee is $85 per 50 minute session. Clients may file for insurance reimbursement for their sessions if they have hospitalization that covers therapy. Harpeth Hills members who have a need may apply for financial assistance to help pay for their therapy.
Jim Anderson, Phd – Director of Counseling
Jim Anderson, PhD, serves as the director of the Harpeth Hills Counseling Center. His doctorate is from Texas Tech University and his Master of Divinity is from Abilene Christian University. He is licensed as a Marital and Family Therapist in Tennessee; and he is trained in EMDR and as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. He also works with codependency and issues involving family of origin. He and his wife, Kathy, lead A New Beginning Workshop for couples who are in marital crisis.
Email Jim • 615.373.0601 x.114 or 615.690.4661
Dr. John Kennedy received the Master of Arts in Counseling from Harding School of Theology in 2007 and the Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Regent University in 2011. He has received training in EMDR for trauma therapy. John is a counselor educator, AAMFT-Approved Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). John has worked with churches in particular, providing a broad spectrum of counseling services to individuals, families, and groups. He currently serves the Bellevue church of Christ as their Counseling Minister. John and his wife Rose worship with the Mt. Juliet church of Christ.
Vanessa earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree from Freed-Hardeman University in 2006. She has worked with people from many different backgrounds facing a variety of difficulties. She is trained in EMDR and serves people who have a history of childhood trauma, single-event trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and relationship issues. Vanessa was born and raised in Brazil. She moved to the US in 2001. Vanessa is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and provides therapy in these languages as well. Vanessa and her family are a part of the Ethos church.
Helen Newton earned her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca University in 2015. She has been certified in Prepare/Enrich training for couples. She has completed the EFT externship for individuals and couples and is seeking licensure in Tennessee. Helen has experience working with adults and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions and self-discovery. She has also worked with couples experiencing trust issues and/or negative communication patterns. Helen worships at West End Community Church and enjoys visiting other church communities.
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