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.  More information regarding my practice and modalities can be found on the second page.

SInce April 2020 all of my appointments are virtual- and this has worked better than I could have hoped! Even with some of my littlest ones, we can still be creative and playful over a screen! I hope to return to in-person appts in the Spring of 2021.  It sounds like the pandemic may be more under control by then. 

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 also enjoy supervising, presenting and training.  I have information regarding my trainings as well as supervision opportunities on separate pages on this website.   I'm also teaching as adjunct faculty with both MTSU (Fall and Spring) and when needed at Lipscomb University in the summers!

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


Association for Play Therapy (since 1991, currently serve as Chair of the Credentialing and CE committee and also member of 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... 

I've been married  for 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 duaghter-in-law as well!  I can't wait to see what is next in store for our family in the future.



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!

Finally, my story is not complete without sharing 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: