PSYCHē Individual Adolescent Therapy
PSYCHē's DBT-Adolescent (DBT-A) program has a reputation for keeping kids out of the hospital and residential treatment. When caregivers are active participants, we can help adolescents fast with issues of depression, suicidal thinking, self-harm, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In our program, parents and adolescents each work with their own team member. For caregivers, the parent coach focuses on teaching behavioral management and communication skills while teens focus on learning skills and talking through their emotions.
PSYCHē therapists that practice individual adolescent therapy:
Primary Populations: All Ages & Gender Identities
Specialties: Gottman Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Parent Coaching, & Substance Abuse Issues
Jen has a fantastic reputation as a therapist in Nashville for her success in working with clients of all ages. She loves working with couples, people with mood disorders (especially Bipolar Disorder!), trauma, and substance abuse. Jen has worked as a private practitioner, in-home family counselor, and residential therapist. Not only that, but she is currently working on getting a doctorate degree! She loves a good challenge and has the magic touch when it comes to clients who have trouble opening up.
In addition to being a master DBT therapist, Jen has also completed 3 levels of training in the well-researched Gottman Method for working with couples and is headed toward full certification. She firmly believes couples should not leave therapy feeling more hopeless than when they got to her office in the first place. Learn More...
Primary Populations: Young Women, Teens, & Men
Specialties: RO-DBT Intensively Trained, Eating Disorders, Pregnancy & Postpartum Issues, Chronic Depression
Lauren Ruth Martin is a breath of fresh air. She is a favorite of multiple clients, both adolescent and adult, and believes therapy should be anything but boring. Lauren practices from the philosophy that feeling "stuck" is actually good news because it is a signal that something needs to change. Her approachable demeanor makes it easy to open up and her non-judgmental stance eliminates shame. Around the office, "Lilly" is always the one who makes us smile. She never gives up on her clients and she has a way of always being able to see both sides of a situation. She loves, loves to help clients with severe and pervasive depression. Let a little Lilly light in!
Lauren is intensively trained Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT), a specialized treatment for Chronic Depression, Anorexia-Nervosa, and disorders of Over-Control (OC) . Radically-Open DBT promotes openness, flexibility, and direct communication. Lauren has shown proficiency working with depression, anxiety, phase of life issues, codependency, self-harm, suicidality, and self-esteem issues. Lauren practices DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to fidelity, specializing in Adolescents. Learn More...
Primary Populations: Adults & Adolescent Males
Specialities: Sports Related Issues, Substance Abuse, Social Phobia, Anxiety Disorders
David is a Licensed Professional Counselor who completed his undergraduate degree and graduate degree at Lipscomb University. Following his undergraduate education, David enrolled in the Peace Corps and served in the Philippines, where his passion for counseling and psychology began. He previously served as the adolescent unit's lead therapist at Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital and served as the Clinical Coordinator for the Young Men's Program at Cumberland Heights Residential Treatment Center. He is a national speaker on the topic of addiction. David's clients appreciate his professional yet humorous approach to counseling.
David specializes in tough cases--period. He is well known for being able to draw out the most withdrawn clients, to make the most angry clients relax, and to earn the respect of the biggest therapy skeptics. The fact that David is a man hasn't hindered any gender from sharing their most sensitive trauma experiences with him while he provides the healthy boundaries necessary for healing. He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and DBT for mood disorders, trauma, addiction, and behavioral issues. Learn More...
Primary Populations: Adults & Parents
Specialties: Applied Behavioral Analysis
Jacque Huffaker is a natural—she was born to be a therapist (and a parent coach!). She is that rare blend of clinician who possesses both strength and warmth which seem to magically combine to create “just the right fit” for just about any personality type. She can put you at ease while challenging you in the same moment. Jacque knows that it takes guts to spill long-held secrets and raw emotions and believes that anyone willing to take on that challenge deserves the utmost respect.
If there’s one thing that Jacque is known for, it is being a leader amongst her peers. She is a problem-solver who never backs down from a challenge, while her wry and quirky sense of humor keep her from taking herself too seriously. PSYCHē, PLLC had to wait for 2 long years to talk Jacque into coming on, but it was well worth the wait. Learn More...
Primary Populations: Adolescents, College Students, & Adults With Anxiety
Catherine brings a warm, energetic approach to therapy and her bright outlook on life is contagious to both clients and colleagues. She is a realist and keeps clients on their toes while making it a priority to be one of their biggest supporters. She believes that creating a soothing yet engaging environment in the room helps clients to open up. Her calm and graceful manner hide the fact that she is a powerhouse of productivity and perseverance. The saying around the office is, "If you want something done right--ask Catherine to do it."
Catherine works with both adolescents and adults. She specializes in treating women with co-occurring disorders, body image issues, compulsive behaviors, depression, and anxiety. She counsels using a compassionate, warm, and customized approach for each client, but don't mistake her for being a pushover--she's a PSYCHē therapist, after all! Catherine conducts individual therapy, parent coaching, and c0-leads Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills groups. Learn More...
Primary Populations: Singles, Teens & Adults
Specialties: Breakups, Dating, Relationships, DBT, and RO-DBT (Intensively Trained)
Sally is a master at working with singles who have relationship issues (or lacktherof!). She knows how to help you figure out what you want, feel like you deserve it, and then, make it more likely that your dreams become reality. She can quickly help you identify places where you get stuck or get in your own way and work with you to make change happen fast.
Sallys passionate stance of "keeping it real" combined with her belief in staying up-to-date on the latests trends also makes her the perfect fit for “salty” teens. She has experience with relationship distress, mood disorders, anxiety, impulsive behavior, oppositional defiant disorder, and teens at risk for personality disorders.
Besides singles and teens, Sally really knows her DBT and has taught the skills to all ages in group and individual. Sally has succeeded in helping clients where other therapists have failed and is a frequent backup therapist-on-call for the toughest situations between office hours. Learn More...
Primary Populations: Children & Teens
Specialties: Exposure And Response Prevention (EX/RP) For OCD, Creative Therapies For Children
Trained In EX/RP (Exposure-Response Prevention) For OCD
Emily is a graduate of Lipscomb University where she completed her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Previously, Emily worked in community mental health for 2 years as a Lead Behavior Coach. Prior to that, she spent 4 years as a college athlete and understands the stress and anxiety of performing when the stakes are high. Emily believes in her clients and their abilities even when they don't recognize them themselves.
Emily specializes in treating children, adolescents, young adults, and athletes. She provides supportive therapy and specializes in therapy for children that actually works. She is interested in treating mood disorders, trauma, addiction, behavioral concerns, and childhood disorders. Learn More…
Primary Populations: Adults & Teens
Specialities: LGBTQIA Issues
Addy is a graduate of Lipscomb University where she completed her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Addy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from the University of Arizona. Being born and raised in Southern California, Addy offers clients a welcoming, laid-back smile while also providing a gentle challenge when change is necessary. Addy holds a strong passion and commitment to “letting you know whatsup.” Her goal is for clients to leave every session knowing she gave them her all.
Addy also specializes in treating children, adolescents, young adults, and supportive therapy for parents/caregiver. Addy’s interest in multicultural issues sparked her niche for identity development, which encompasses, self-understanding, gender roles, family values, and self-awareness. She has experience working with LGBQIA+, transgender, and gender nonconforming clients. She provides an approach that is both educational and affirming. Learn More…
Primary Populations: Adolescents and Women
Specialties: Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency
Nikki is a natural “people person” with a knack for making others smile. As far as client personalities, Nikki is a rare because she does well with them all! She knows how to balance warmth with “keeping it real” to help people feel comfortable, but still challenged. She believes in the power of positive self-talk and is committed to help her clients create a life they think is actually worth living. Nikki specializes in treating substance abuse and addiction, anxiety, depression, codependency, perfectionism, self-esteem issues, and trauma.
Nikki received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from MTSU in 2016 and her undergraduate degree from Austin Peay State University in 2011. Nikki has several years of experience working in mental and behavioral health treatment with a variety of ages including children, adolescents, and adults. Most recently, she has served as a Primary Therapist in a professional women’s residential program specializing in recovery from substance abuse and mood disorders. Learn More…
Primary Populations: Teens and Adults
Blakely Hunze is a unicorn. We say this not only because she is a true, born-and-raised Nashville native, but Blakely is one of those truly caring and driven individuals who will stick beside her clients no matter the challenges and difficulties that they face. With her calm, witty, and occasionally sarcastic personality, she brings out the light in everyone she meets. Realistic and unafraid of a challenge, Blakely is passionate about and experienced in treating adolescents and adults facing trauma, substance abuse, addictions, and behavioral concerns such as performance anxiety.
A graduate of Lipscomb University, Blakely obtained a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in addictions. She also attended Middle Tennessee State University for her Bachelor’s degree where she studied Anthropology while concentrating in forensic anthropology and archaeology. Previously, Blakely worked in a psychiatric hospital specializing in patients with thought disorders. She has experience working with adolescent males struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, and she has also practiced in an inpatient setting that utilizes the 12-Step program.
During her downtime, Blakely most enjoys activities such as traveling, hiking, and becoming a connoisseur of coffee. When she is not reading or being near the ocean, she spends time with her dog, Louie. A lover of a good pun with a sense of humor you will never forget, Blakely’s drive is in empowering her clients to find their own voice and inner strength again.. Learn More…
Marriage and Family Therapy - Lipscomb University
Need a good listener? Alex completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lipscomb and is currently working on her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy as well (go Bisons!). Fun fact: Alex started a nursing program but realized her true passion during the psych rotation.
Alex is interested in seeing a variety of people…children, adolescents, couples and families. Her authenticity irreverence make her approachable and transparent. She lives by the motto, "What you see is what you get." Alex is interested in working with clients who have family conflict, personality and mood disorders, or have been through traumatic experiences.
In her free time, Alex enjoys traveling and listening to music. Don't ask her who her favorite band is, though! Growing up in Memphis surrounded by music has led her to be appreciate all types of tunes. You can usually find Alex doing some type of physical activity - her current W.O.C. (workout of choice) is Barre. She's a health-food junkie but admits that she can down a bag of HOT chips in record time.
More about DBT for Adolescents
PSYCHē is the only outpatient practice in Tennessee with a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™
What to Expect in DBT-A
Adolescents attend weekly individual therapy sessions for 24-weeks. Each week, the adolescent completes a diary card focused on problematic behaviors and emotions. In addition to re-shaping behaviors, adolescents will gain an understanding for emotions for better regulation. We work on personal accountability, self-esteem, processing emotions, and choosing skillful behavior.
Group Skills Training
Weekly DBT-Skills Training Groups cover tactile skills to increase mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT Skills Training Groups are didactic in nature and do not involve processing emotion-focused content. Most clients anticipate not liking DBT group and are usually surprised by the effectiveness of the skills!
Click HERE to access our current skills training schedule
Adolescents participating in the DBT program at PSYCHē receive support through telephone, text, and email in between sessions so they can receive "in-the-moment" crisis management and skills coaching.
If one therapist isn't available, there is an entire team ready and waiting in the wings.
Parent Coaching & Support
Parents will meet throughout the adolescent's treatment to gain education on behavioral management and support. Parent Coaches will establish an expectation plan to effectively reinforce skillful behaviors.
Those participating in Parent Coaching also receive intersession support for in-the-moment assistance on contingency management.
Click HERE for more information on family services at PSYCHē