About Jamie...

Welcome to my website!  You are likely here to learn more about me as a therapist and what I do.  So here's a summary...

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 30  years of experience with children and families.  My specialty areas are for children and youth from 3 - 19, although at times I will see younger children (screening is necessary for two year olds) or through college age. 

For children under 10 years of age, I most often use play therapy and include other modalities as needed.  With older children and adolescents I incorporate creative arts, expressive and activity therapies and modalities including sandtray, art, and games as well as nature and play-based activities.  I include parents when possible in treatment including family therapy.    I began offering appointments over Zoom for telemental health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These continue to be an option as needed.  More information regarding my practice and modalities used can be found on the second page.

After working with a mental health center for over 27 years, first in Murfreesboro and then later in Smyrna, I transitioned to private practice beginning in late 2016 and was full-time beginning January 2017.  I was able to join a small group of independent therapists I had previously worked with, all of  whom I have known for over 25  years.  

I am now  beginning a new journey this August as a full-time instructor at MTSU in the Dept. of Social Work! I began teaching part-time as an Adjunct Professor first with MTSU and then Lipscomb in January 2018. I will continue my practice, just on a slightly smaller scale. I love teaching social work students about our profession! I also enjoy supervising, presenting and training- and these will also continue. I have information regarding my trainings as well as supervision opportunities on separate pages on this website.  

I like to network with other professionals and serve our community and am a member of the following organizations:

Association for Play Therapy (since 1991, past Chair of the Credentialing and CE committee and now continue as a committee member, as well as with the Ethics and Program committees)

Children and Nature Network (charter member)

Health Parks Healthy Person TN (Advisory group member  to represent children and mental health)

Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse

Rutherford County Psychotherapy Association (President)

Social Work Association of Middle Tennessee (Board member)

Tennessee Association for Play Therapy (Co-founder and President since 1993)

World Assoc of Sand Therapy Professionals (Co-Founder and former Board Member)

On a Personal Note...

I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where for most of my childhood we lived on a small farm  before moving to a small town in  Kentucky.  I returned to Nashville to attend Lipscomb University and stayed in Tennessee afterwards.

Having always been a social person, I enjoy having friends and doing things with them- Girl's Day Outs with my female friends are important!  I get pretty passionate about sports events with "my teams" involved, so it's not unusual to hear me shout for my Bisons (the "Battle of the Boulevard" in basketball is epic) or  Vols in sports events- esp SEC football and now basketbal too!   On a quieter side I do love to read, play games, and just be out in nature.  I especially enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains or just about any beach.  I truly hope to someday live at least part of the year at the beach or the mountains... a girl can dream after all....

Suess Landing at Universal Studios!

I've been married  for over 30 years to my former childhood sweetheart!  We have been blessed with two sons and have enjoyed doing things together as a family - from game nights to scouts, and especially going on vacations!  That's when we can get away, relax and do some really fun things together - though it can get a little harder to get together now that they are both young adults pursuing their own dreams- which means I treasure our times together even more.  I have absolutley loved being their mom sharing the parenting adventure with their dad by my side.  My younger son was recently married, so I now have a daughter-in-law as well!  I can't wait to see what is next in store for our family. 

 

 

I was also blessed with a really great mom whom I shared so much with!  She taught me to enjoy life and be thankful for our blessings.  Her acts of service both in and out of our church were a great example as I was growing up.  She always loved working with children and was a beloved grandmother as well.  When people tell me I remind them of my mom- I take that as the highest compliment! I miss her every day but so grateful for all of our time together. 

Finally, my story is not complete without acknowledging how my faith is the foundation of who I am and what I do.  I do not impose this on clients, but my faith is part of who I am. I will always be thankful for my earthly blessings of faith, family, friends and career.  I often take comfort in the following scripture: