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Imani Behavioral Health

Outpatient Mental Health Services

 

Services

We offer various Mental Health Services and Psychological Evaluations

 

Telehealth

Mental Health Therapy via various technological devices

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Meet The Team

In addition to providing care to our clients, we hold the training of the next generation of clinicians as critical to our mission. We are able to provide a transformative experience through hands-on training, quality supervision, and continuing education from our talented, diverse, and multidisciplinary staff.

Clinical Staff (Clarksville, TN)

Tiera McMakin, MS

Mental Health Professional

Tiera graduated from Walden University with her Masters of Science in Marriage, Family, and Couple Counseling. Her focus is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but she is open to other theories to find what best fits her clients and their needs. In CBT we would focus on understanding your thoughts and behaviors, and then process what can be done to challenge those negative thoughts and behaviors to become more positive.

Tiera believes: Life is going to do what life is going to do. The way you approach life challenges is all up to you. There comes a time when we all need someone to listen to us and hear what we have to say. She desires to be that someone for you. She offers a safe, non-judgmental environment to establish a trusting and compassionate relationship with her clients.  One where you feel comfortable enough to be open and honest with her and more importantly, with yourself. Tiera would love the opportunity to help you work through life’s challenges and develop a positive mindset and boost your outlook on life!


Favorite Quote: “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” -Anonymous

Phone Number: (931) 320-9824
Email: tlynch@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Isaiah Moore, MS

Mental Health Professional

Isaiah Moore has earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Psychology from California Baptist University and a Master’s degree  in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. He has also completed Level 1 Gottman Training and has a  Premarital counseling certification in SYMBIS assessments. He believes that the best work in therapy comes when there is a strong rapport with the client and a feeling of support. Therefore, he strives to create an environment where his clients feel like they can be themselves and express themselves to their fullest. Isaiah’s main theoretical orientations are Cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. With his couples, he adheres to Gottman techniques and Emotionally Focused Couples therapy. However, he is always willing to find what will work best for his clients. He is excited to help individuals, couples, and families reach their goals.

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: 
imoore@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Gina Mallory

Mental Health Professional

Gina Mallory earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University in January if 2023. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor is forensic psychology. She has worked for over 15 years in public health as a medical assistant/phlebotomist and deputy clerk. She is certified to facilitate the Nurturing Parent Curriculum and The nurturing parenting for families in substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Gina enjoys facilitating group sessions and feels that every individual can work towards achieving optimum mental health by incorporating the mind body and soul. She uses mindfulness practices along with Internal Family Systems therapy and is currently training to become certified in trauma informed therapy.

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: gina.m.mallory@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Len Liebner, MS, M.Ed

Mental Health Professional

Len earned his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and a Master’s in educational counseling from Northern Arizona University. He incorporates an integrative approach to various modalities of therapy. His initial approach is to gain an understanding of where the client needs assistance and to build a professional rapport for the client to be fulfilled socially, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

Len uses three primary therapeutic counseling theories to facilitate the client in their search for happiness, and fulfillment. He likes to utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to change one’s distorted thinking patterns; this will help the client focus on the positive aspects and facilitate the individual to move into upward growth arenas. In addition, he uses an approach referred to Jungian therapy which touches on the aspects of spirituality, mind, body, and soul. The final therapeutic approach is referred to as Adlerian therapy. Within this modality, this will guide the client to begin looking at their life in a deeper sense such exploring the unconscious, and learning to build a life from where the client is at present day. Adlerian theory’s approach to therapy includes and understanding one’s lifestyle, relationships, and past experiences.

In summary, Len enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples. He is very empathetic, professional, easy-going, and will work diligently to help the client explore their life and what they want to change.

When not working Len likes to spend time with his wife traveling, going on day outings, and enjoying quiet times at home. He and his wife enjoy watching hockey, finding fun places to explore, and antiquing.

Let me guide you to your new journey of life!

Favorite Quote: “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: len.liebner@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Sharita Brown

Licensed Mental Health Professional

Sharita has wanted to be a counselor since she was seventeen years old. She knew that she wanted to impact the world by improving the mental health of all people. Once she engaged in college life,  she never wavered and here she is seventeen years later. Her goal is to empower her clients through active & reflective listening, building coping skills, planning for change, and building a strong self-awareness through being mentally centered. She has worked in vast settings from Community Mental health, and incarcerated youth, to the United State Postal Service. 

Sharita graduated from Fisk University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology/Sociology. She then attended St. Louis University where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. She has been progressive in the counseling field for over seventeen years. Sharita is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Missouri and currently working towards Tennessee Licensure. The foundation of her work is based on a cognitive-behavioral approach to Counseling. She is eclectic in her approach to meeting the needs of the client but she often utilizes an empowerment approach to change. Sharita is active in her community and sits on the Board of The Village.

Favorite Quote: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh)

Fun Fact:
 She loves Christmas music all year round and she is an author.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: sbrown@imamibehaviroalhealth.com

Shaughnessy Berrios, BS, MA

Master’s Level Counselor

Shaughnessy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and went on to earn her master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As an Army Veteran, Shaughnessy continued her service as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at Fort Campbell, KY while in her master’s program. It was working as an EMT that drove her to pursue a career in mental health. As a veteran Shaughnessy understands the dynamics of the military and challenges that active duty, veterans and family members face. Shaughnessy enjoys getting to know each client while creating a safe space where they can be their authentic self. Her goal as a therapist is to provide empowerment, compassion, and unconditional positive regard to everyone who walks into her room.

Shaughnessy has experience working with Trauma and is certified in level 1 Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Low Energy Neurofeedback Systems therapy (LENS).

Fun Fact: Shaughnessy started her military career as a 31L, A.K.A. a cable dog.

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: shaughnessy.berrios@imanibehavioralhealth.com

 

Dr. Janay Moreland, DBH, MSW

Mental Health Professional

Dr. Janay Shantae Moreland, DBH, MSW, is from Nashville, TN. She graduated from Middle TN State University in 2009, Tennessee State University in 2013, and Freed Hardeman-University in 2022. As a therapist, she has a passion for helping individuals improve their mental health outcomes to positively enhance their life experiences. She further expands on this passion through her behavioral health art business. Her business uses a creative process as a tool for improving individuals’ emotional wellbeing. Outside of work, Janay‘s personal interests include visual art, gardening, road trips, visiting museums of various genres, and spending quality time with her loved ones.
Janay is looking forward to working with the residents of Clarksville, TN and welcomes the new experiences this opportunity will manifest.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: janay.moreland@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Erin Thomas-Donaldson

Mental Health Professional

Erin Thomas is a pre-licensed professional counselor with over 5 years’ experience in the mental health field. She came to Clarksville in 2013 to be closer to family. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, gardening and reading a good book. She loves her family and spending time with her animals. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Childhood Development and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. 

Erin has previously worked with individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds and age groups, to include children as young as 5 through adulthood. She has experience with acute patients who have diagnoses ranging from Schizophrenia to suicidal ideation. Erin has also worked with those who have been previously diagnosed with a variety of mental health concerns such as substance abuse, previous trauma, anxiety, and depression. Erin has experience in working with active-duty military members, veterans and their family members. She also has extensive training in working with PTSD clients. Erin has a particular passion for working with adolescents and adults within the LGBTQIA+ community.  

Erin uses several different models for treatment. Her certifications include: EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: erin.thomas-donaldson@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Rhoda Cheeks-Hunt, MS

Clinical Operations Manager, Clarksville/Mental Health Professional

Rhoda is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Master and Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an Associates of Art in Criminal Justice. She has served 10 years in the Army receiving numerous awards, certifications and accommodations during her service and is also a military spouse. Rhoda has a history of working with children of all ages, a passion that has grown over the span of 30 years. She originally went into the counseling field because she wanted her children to learn how to process, understand, and express their thoughts and feelings in a positive way.  

As a veteran, Rhoda has numerous experiences with multiple religions, ethnicities, races, and sexual orientations, etc. She has in the past worked with individuals struggling with alcohol and substance usage, PTSD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression, anxiety, anger management, and trauma to name a few. She is presently open to working with children, adolescents, teens, and adults. Rhoda uses multiple therapeutic techniques in order to meet the changing needs of her clients. Because of this, it allows her to connect with her clients and work together  with them to find a solution. Rhoda personally believes that the client is the expert in their life. She is there to assist the client to gain insight and tools to facilitate growth and change. Rhoda notes,” If you’re ready for change, I’m ready to be a part of it.” One fun fact about Rhoda is that she is a triplet.

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: rhunt@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Crystal Beesing

Pre-licensed Mental Health Professional

Where are you from and how did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Florida. I grew up in South Florida and then moved to Fort Myers to finish out my high school career. I decided to stay in Fort Myers and go to Florida Gulf Coast University for my first year of undergrad until I transferred to University of Central Florida to complete my undergraduate degree in Psychology and called Orlando “home”. I then went straight into my masters at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Tell us about your professional background.
I first started my professional career as a full time nanny. While I was doing nannying I received amazing opportunities to intern at a few different places. I first interned at Kids House where I was able to advocate and provide support to children who were or are currently experiencing abuse. The next opportunity was at HelpNow, a domestic violence shelter. I was able to support and advocate for women and children and even some males during their toughest battles and get them out of their situations. I was also able to go into the county jail and facilitate groups for the women in there. The last few places were slower paced and in a private practice apart of church’s. At one I did individual counseling mostly for students in their graduate programs for counseling. At the other practice, I was a school counselor and did individual counseling and classroom presentations on different topics for teachers and students.

What made you decide to become a mental health professional and what areas do you specialize in? Elaborate.
Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be a doctor. I knew that my purpose in life was to be advocate for those around me. Growing up, counseling was not a common thing. After I made it to my undergrad I realized how fascinated I was with the brain and mental health. I realized that counseling emphasized the dream I had as a little girl to help those around me.While I have had the opportunity to experience many different jobs as a mental health professional, I really enjoy working in crisis and trauma. I love what experiences that working in crisis and trauma has brought out and the skills that I have been able to learn in just the little opportunities I have had.

In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about mental health therapy and what would you say to someone who is currently on the fence about seeking help?
The biggest misconception about mental health therapy is that you are “sick”. I have always hear from those around me and those that have come into my office that they feel like they will be judged if they go into therapy. Many people believe that being in therapy means you’re weak or that you are “sick”, which to me is the complete opposite. For those that are currently on the fence I always hear, what if? “What if therapy sucks?” Or “What if I do not get anything out of it?” Or “What if people think I am crazy?”. All of these can be true, but challenge those thoughts. What if therapy brings out amazing things? What if you learn one thing? What if you create strong relationships with those around you? What if you going to therapy shows someone else that it’s okay to go to therapy? What if that “change” that you are yearning for starts when you make that first step?

Name your favorite film, music artist/band, hobby, and food.
My favorite film is Inside Out, which I think explains itself. My favorite music is Christian music. I enjoy learning to play the piano and hope one day I can be like Beethoven but that’s just a dream. My favorite food is Cuban food or anything Spanish. Spanish food feels like home to me.

What has been the highlight of your life thus far and why?
The highlight of my life so far has been my move to Tennessee. Moving from Florida to Tennessee on my own has showed me to depend on my own strength and allowed me to be more graceful with myself and others around me.

When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably and what was the reason?
One thing I love to do is laugh. I do not think there has ever been a moment where I am not laughing. The last time that is memorable was with my siblings and sister in law a few weeks ago. With them is usually when I laugh the most because we always laugh at the smallest things. I cannot even remember what we were laughing about but I know it was over something so small but had us going for a few minutes.

What is your philosophy on emotions that are generally deemed negative like sadness, grief, and disappointment?
I feel that they are the strongest emotions. In my opinion, you cannot experience true happiness until you experience sadness, grief, and disappointment. Unfortunately, I feel that these are the emotions that anyone and everyone will or have experienced at some point in their life. To me, these emotions bring out the “humanness” part of you that sometimes we lack in our day to day life. To experience sadness is to experience life fully.

What is your favorite quote?
I have a few quotes that I often go back to when life gets hard and I need a few reminders to keep going.So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34

Christ’s power rests in my weaknesses so that is why, for christ’s sake, i delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, I am strong.
2 corinthians 12 9-10

The last one was said by someone that was going through the rough battle of cancer. She said this and it has stuck with me ever since. When she was telling her story, she was asked “why do you still have a smile on your face?” And she said “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore to be happy.”

Lastly, tell us something about yourself that most don’t know.
I cannot think of anything that most don’t know about me. I like to think of myself as pretty open and transparent to model for those that struggle to do the same.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: crystal.beesing@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Clinical Staff (Nashville, TN)

Robyn Aug

Intern

Robyn Aug has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Excelsior University and she is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grand Canyon University. As an intern at Imani Behavioral Health, Robyn is working toward fulfilling the clinical experience requirement to earn licensure as an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) upon graduating from her master’s program in October 2024. Over the past ten years, Robyn has filled many leadership positions that compliment her passion for helping others achieve a greater balance of health and wellness within their life. As a U.S. Army veteran, Robyn has extensive experience working with people from diverse geographic and cultural backgrounds. Robyn not only understands the significant role diversity plays in shaping one’s life, experiences, and worldview, but she acknowledges and attends to this role by celebrating and embracing her client’s diversity as an integral part of the counseling process. 

Robyn enjoys working with clients of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. Her approach to counseling is rooted in a person-centered approach, emphasizing the uniqueness of each client’s experience in counseling. This approach prioritizes the client and their needs, while also considering their unique cultural background, values, and beliefs. A core tenant of this theory is meeting the client where they are at and creating a safe and welcoming environment to feel supported and heard. Guided by this theoretical framework, Robyn utilizes and incorporates different skills, techniques, and treatment interventions that are best suited for the client and their unique set of needs. 

Robyn is passionate about empowering her clients and is dedicated to working alongside them, helping them to navigate and overcome the challenges and/or questions that brought them into counseling. Robyn believes therapy is much is like taking a road trip. Her role in the therapeutic process is similar to a GPS or navigation system. You, as the client, decide where you want to go (your goals or reasons for coming to counseling) and Robyn, as the counselor, will pull all the different possible routes (strategies and techniques) to help get you there. Ultimately, the format of the trip (pace and direction of counseling) is up to you. However, by working together, Robyn is committed to supporting you and helping guide you on your journey toward your final destination— whatever that may be for you.  

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: robyn.aug@imanibehavioralhealth.com

 

Shunda L. Brown, Ph.D.

Mental Health Professional

Dr. Brown has extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults in a variety of clinical and academic settings, and she has 14 years’ experience as a Professor of Counseling and Psychology. She is compassionate, warm, and knowledgeable about evidence-based techniques. She specializes in working with individuals to address a variety of issues like anxiety, mood disorders, suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, life transitions, and more. Her aim is to help individuals reconnect with their own strengths and empower them to overcome challenges, to see things in a new way, or perhaps, to identify goals and values.

Dr. Brown believes that you are the expert of your own life, whether you are 9 or 92, and she uses that as a foundation to create a collaborative therapeutic relationship. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all activity, and she tailors sessions to find what works best for the client. Dr. Brown’s approach is positive, affirming, and nurturing. She utilizes a variety of techniques depending on the needs of the client and draws on many modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused, and a strengths-based, Humanistic approach.

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: shabnam.brady@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Robert Gurich

Mental Health Professional

Bob is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Imani’s Nashville office. He has been in the counseling field since 2010. Bob has a masters degree  from Liberty University. Bob uses a wide variety of counseling modalities. Bob has counseled with over 4000 people and he has an extensive background in addiction. He uses experiential therapy, which allows the client to be active in the counseling process while also allowing them to visualize the process. Bob has led groups of 60 people and is also a Marriage and Family Counselor. If you are looking for a counseling process that is friendly and straightforward with set goals and objectives, you have come to the right placeBob is a part time employee and is available on Tuesday and Thursday.


Fun Fact: Bob has sold over 5 million units of recordings.

Phone Number: (615) 622-5923
Email: rgurich@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Marie Rutherford

Mental Health Professional

Marie Rutherford earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with specialization in Addiction and Trauma from Walden University in 2022. She is currently working towards her LPC and LADAC 2 licensure. She is a U.S. Army Veteran whose passion is to empower others. She has helped develop the curriculum for an all-women’s substance abuse with co-occurring disorders program. She established a mom and children’s program; allowing the mother to receive clinical services and housing with their children. She teaches Psychology in Film at the Nashville Film Institute. She incorporates the person-centered approach with the belief that empowering the client will provide them with the realization of self-worth and purpose.  A few interesting facts about Marie, are that she bakes and enters local baking competitions, she is currently seeking her PhD in Clinical Supervision and Education, and she believes that her clients deserve to receive competent care that empowers them and encourages growth.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: marie.rutherford@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Patricia Satterwhite

Mental Health Professional

Patricia Satterwhite holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Kentucky University. She has over 7 years of experience working with adolescents and adults in the therapeutic residential setting, university setting, correctional setting and community setting. Patricia enjoys serving the mental health population and working with young adults struggling with life transitions.

Patricia takes pride in being an active listener and creating a safe space for her clients to lean into vulnerability while they make sense of their lived experiences. Patricia believes that all clients are the experts of their lives and each client has their own unique perspective, and the therapist is there to provide guidance along the way. She uses a client centered and strengthen based approach. This approach allows for open communication, focuses on strengths, and encourages clients to be the agent of change. She utilizes traditional talk therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, therapeutic homework, and brief solution focused therapy. Patriciaspecializes in anxiety, depression, social skills, grief, trauma, behavior modification and life transitions.

Outside of serving clients, Patricia loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, eating, working out, and watching movies.

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: patricia.satterwhite@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Jennifer Robinson, MS

Mental Health Professional

Jennifer has a wealth of experience in the Mental Health field. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. After a brief sabbatical, she continued to pursue her love of understanding the brain, mind and behavior.

Jennifer enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Amridge University, ultimately completing a Master of Science in Human Services degree in 2020.

Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Jennifer had the opportunity to relocate to Kansas City to work as a community navigator for the Healthy Kids, Bright Futures project. During that time she received training on the ACEs Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma informed care.

Jennifer has been enriched by experiences as a case manager, family development specialist and outpatient therapy clinician. She has completed Mental Health First Aid training and has experience handling crisis situations as well.

Jennifer prefers to utilize a Humanistic approach to therapy, helping clients to actualize their full potential while maximizing focus on wellbeing. She also includes treatment modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectal Behavioral, & Solution Focused Therapies, Mindfulness, Integrated Family Systems and Motivational Interviewing.

Jennifer is an avid reader, enjoys traveling and true crime.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: jennifer.robinson@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Lindsey Dartt

Pre-licensed Marriage and Family Mental Health Professional

Where are you from and how did you grow up?
I am a Nashville Native. I grew up in the suburbs of Hendersonville then moved to Brentwood with my Mom, Dad, and three older siblings. My parents still live in the same house I grew up in. Nashville is completely different then when I grew up so I enjoy exploring the area just as much as anyone else.
Tell us about your professional background.
I started my career out wanting to work in ministry but soon realized my passion was in therapy. In grad school I was trained in couples counseling and fell in love with it. After graduating, I worked in a school setting, then crisis counseling, outpatient therapy, and most recently a treatment center. While working in outpatient, I was given the amazing opportunity to be trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) to support clients in working through their trauma.
What made you decide to become a mental health professional and what areas do you specialize in? Elaborate.
I decided when I was 23, after working in ministry, that my passion was for therapy and helping people untangle the negative emotions and thoughts that they cannot seem to find relief from. I truly feel that I was created to be a therapist because everything about the process brings me joy. After 12 years of being in the mental health profession, it’s still hard for me to pick my most ideal client. I can say for certain, I love working with married couples as I have extensive training in couples therapy. I love working with those who have experienced trauma whether from childhood or from serving our country in the military. I love working with men and women who are experiencing anxiety and depression. I also love working with families.
In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about mental health therapy and what would you say to someone who is currently on the fence about seeking help?
If you’re in a place of desiring to seek help but are unsure whether it’s wise due to financial reasons, time issues, or fear of being vulnerable… I would love to work with you. I can promise you with confidence that the investment in yourself will be life changing and worth all of those obstacles.
Name your favorite film, music artist/band, hobby, and food.
My favorite music from a teen to now has been Michael Jackson, Eminem, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks from the 90s, Paramore, the chicks… I could go on, but that’s just a few. I love the movie Bridesmaid and the show the Office, Parks and Rec, and Modern Family. I also love (trash) reality tv shows. I love binging shows and greatly enjoy the dramas from all the streaming services. My absolute favorite hobby is my golden retrievers. They’re the best emotional support puppies in the world. Their names are Chewy and Indy, my husband named them after Chewbacca and Indiana Jones.
What has been the highlight of your life thus far and why?
The highlights of my life have been graduating with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, marrying my husband Taylor in 2015, and having my two amazing children and not all in that order.
When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably and what was the reason?
My husband makes me laugh uncontrollably. I cannot specifically remember the details of the last time but i do remember him on our third date saying “that was a good one” loudly after a slow meaningful song was played at a small indoor concert. It was completely silent throughout the whole space except for his loud comment. I could not stop laughing out of embarrassment but also just thinking he was funny.
What is your philosophy on emotions that are generally deemed negative like sadness, grief, and disappointment?
All emotions need to be processed out no matter how negative you may label them. The worst thing one can do with their emotions is to judge them, suppress them, and hold them in.
What is your favorite quote?
“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.” “Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.” “Daring leaders work to make sure people can be themselves and feel a sense of belonging.” – Brene Brown
Lastly, tell us something about yourself that most don’t know.
In 2011 I ran the Music City Marathon. I ran the whole way. I was really proud of myself and also told myself I’d never run again. lol.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: lindsey.dartt@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Malcolm McDole

Intern

Where are you from and how did you grow up?
I am a Nashville native at heart. Growing up, I moved around the city frequently with my mom and sister. Substance abuse and alcoholism were common among my peers. After numerous run-ins with the law, I decided to make a change.
Tell us about your professional background.
I earned my B.S. in Ministry from Belmont University and is now pursuing an M.A. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling.
What made you decide to become a mental health professional and what areas do you specialize in? Elaborate.
As someone naturally curious about others, I find great joy in hearing the stories of those he encounters. I believe that everyone deserves to be seen and heard, and that their stories truly matter.
In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about mental health therapy and what would you say to someone who is currently on the fence about seeking help?
While you can find support by attending church or talking to your barber, consulting a professional who can evaluate your situation impartially is much more effective than simply receiving advice.
Name your favorite film, music artist/band, hobby, and food.
“Good Will Hunting” is my favorite movie, and I love listening to Andy Mineo. I enjoy cycling and running, and my favorite cuisine is Thai.
What has been the highlight of your life thus far and why?
Becoming a new father has been the highlight of my life. I’ve always wanted to be a dad, to build a strong family, and to lead by example.
When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably and what was the reason?
The last time I laughed uncontrollably I was watching the movie Money Pit with Tom Hank’s. Tom’s character was walking up the stairs to help his wife who is being attacked by a raccoon and the stairs he is running up begin to snap like a stack of toothpicks.
What is your philosophy on emotions that are generally deemed negative like sadness, grief, and disappointment?
We are emotional beings, and sadness and grief are powerful ways we process our feelings. These emotions are a natural part of life and have the potential to unlock awareness, gratitude, and perspective.
What is your favorite quote?
“If we do not allow for a rhythm of rest in our overly busy lives, illness becomes our Sabbath.” – Wayne Muller
Lastly, tell us something about yourself that most don’t know.
I created a YouTube channel called KicksforMalcolm about sneakers for a short time.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: malcolm.mcdole@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Clinical Staff (Telehealth)

Connie Barbour, LPC; EMDR

Mental Health Professional

Connie Barbour earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University in 2019. She is certified through EMDRIA, in EMDR and her passion is treating survivors of trauma. She facilitated state-mandated programs such as Drug and Alcohol; Batterer’s Intervention; State certified DUI classes, and Victim Impact. She holds the sole therapist telehealth role in two treatment centers in East Tennessee. She earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Tennessee State University; and worked for many years in the field of nursing, and 13 years at the Dept of Corrections. She incorporates an integrative approach to therapy and feels that rapport and teaching a client to recognize their conditioned paradigm and then working to change it, produces a realization of lasting transformation in their core belief system. A few interesting facts about Connie, are that she has owned 3 successful food trucks, she is well known worldwide for her internationally televised Discovery Health program entitled “The Shrinking Woman”, and her mission is to always leave her client in a better state than she found them. She offers flexible availability for sessions, including afternoons, evenings, and seven days a week. Her belief is that mental health needs frequently occur outside of business hours, and she loves meeting this need for her clients.

 

Phone Number: (615) 545-5247
Email: cbarbour@imamibehaviroalhealth.com

Caitlin R. Bottcher, MSW

Mental Health Professional

While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Caitlin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Studies with a concentration in children and adolescence. In 2020, she also graduated with her Master’s in Social work, concentrating on mental health and health care. Prior to joining the team at Imani, she was working as a Medical Social Worker in a dialysis clinic. Caitlin also has experience in substance use and working with individuals with disabilities.

Taking the steps necessary to start therapy is a big accomplishment and should be respected. It is my desire as a therapist to meet you right where you are and work together to overcome whatever obstacles you are facing, no matter how daunting they are. I believe strongly that it is through hard work that we learn to recognize our own strengths and values. I have been blessed to find my truth through my own hard work, and it would be an honor to walk beside you as you find yours.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: caitlin.bottcher@imanibehavioralhealth.com

DeAnna Chavez

Mental Health Professional

DeAnna Barco Chavez earned her master’s degree in 2016 at Walden University.
While working in the state of Mississippi, DMH Mental Health Professional
Licensure allowed provisional certified mental health therapist for the first 2 years
of working (PCMHT). After your first 2 years of your experience, you were tested
at the DMH to earn your CMHT- Certified Mental health Therapist.

DeAnna Barco Chavez clinical therapist treating individuals from adolescents to
the age of 21. DeAnna’s specialty includes incarcerated youth, anxiety, ADHD,
ODD, trauma, adjustment, anger management and PTSD.

DeAnna believes that everyone has a divine purpose and although it may not be
easy finding what that purpose is she would love to be that help to guide you
along the way as you prepare yourself emotionally, mentally, socially, and
spiritually for your journey.

 

Phone Number: (931) 614-0093
Email: deanna.sanchez@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Dana Davis

Mental Health Professional

Danielle ‘Dana’ Davis has been an advocate and healer for as long as she can remember: in grade school she was the confidential and empathetic friend everyone would talk to, the voice for those too afraid to speak, the volunteer for those in need and the rescuer of stray/abused animals.  She now has 20+ years of mental health experience in counseling and advocacy.

A North Carolina native by birth (Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington) but Tennessean by heart, she graduated University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (1994) and her Master’s Degree (Ed.M.) in Guidance and Counseling (Clinical Psychology concentration) in 2000. She obtained her National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certificate in 2003 and remains a member of her local PsiChi chapter to date. Certified in Trauma Informed Therapy in tandem with the Tommy Burkes Victim Assistance Academy, she has counseled those surviving rape/sexual abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking and grief/loss. She is also certified in Crisis Intervention/Suicide Counseling, serving those experiencing thoughts of self harm, addiction issues, and anger management.

Dana developed a love of community service as a clinician at a Nashville community mental health center, providing assessments, therapy and case management referrals to Middle Tennesseeans. That passion expanded to public service while working in local city and state government; counseling victims of crime, persons experiencing homelessness, veterans and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. She has worked in all Levels of Care settings and telehealth is her preferred method of therapy, as she has learned clients feel more relaxed and empowered in the comfort of their own space.

Dana’s counseling philosophy is aligned with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, understanding that healing cannot occur without basic safety needs being met; she is an expert in community referrals, ensuring clients have a solid foundation on which to build.

Grounded in Personality and Attachment Theories, Dana is an expert in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Interpersonal Counseling, and Narrative Counseling with a person-centered, strength-focused approach. She specializes in Trauma (including Depression, Anxiety/PTSD), Dual Diagnosis, Adjustment Disorders, Forensic  Referrals, and Conflict Resolution for adults, couples and adolescents (13 years and older).

“Born on the beach, retire on the beach,” is Dana’s ultimate life goal: A B&B in Costa Rica with my partner, Matt; his Harley; and our 4 cats + 2 Akitas.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: danielle.davis@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Tim Rogers

Mental Health Professional

Tim completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and then his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Substance Disorder emphasis at Antioch University. He is a master’s level Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Tim was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps after serving his country for twenty years and enjoys working with the military and civilian community of individuals aged 13 and up. His military and government travels and living around the world has allowed him His theory is individuals who have the motivation to improve and courage to seek growth through vulnerability and hard work can accomplish many of the goals they desire. 

Tim has worked in community mental health settings to include school-based, community health, mental health advocacy organizations. Everyone’s journey is unique. What works for one person might not necessarily work for you. Tim can help you begin the process to improve your emotional health no matter where you are in life. Tim serves clients ages 12-59, focusing on young adults, adolescents, young parents, adults and groups.  Tim considers it an honor to accompany clients on their journey to improved outcomes.  He views the counseling process as an alliance between client and therapist and considers the clients as the experts of their lives. 

Tim’s theoretic approach is based on the belief that clients are in charge of their counseling experience. They will learn the bounds of aspects of their life that they can control and what they cannot. Clients will understand that the therapeutic relationship is a partnership in which they will be expected to put in the effort for homework, be accountable, and present within counseling alliance. Tim’s goal as a counselor is to provide a safe environment where we can explore your primary interests, develop goals and determines strengths and assets as you move toward your aspirations. 

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: derald.rogers@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Avalie Williams

Mental Health Professional

Avalie Grace Williams brings a fresh, non-intimidating approach to therapy, drawing from not only her clinical knowledge, but life experience as well. She has experience working with young people in schools, as well as experience in community mental health. Avalie Grace’s therapeutic approach is rooted in anti-oppressive practice, a strengths-based focus, and is always client-centered. She has a particular ability to connect with adolescents, a group of individuals who are so often misunderstood. She sees and remembers that longing to be heard and to be given the space to make mistakes in a safe environment.
Avalie Grace believes in the idea that each individual is the expert in their own life, so her approach to therapy is to engage in the process on the client’s terms. Therapy is meant to be a little uncomfortable at times, so she will gently encourage stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, but she makes sure that her clients know they are always in charge.
It isn’t easy asking for help. We live in a society that has taught us that asking for assistance with our troubles is a “weakness”, but on the contrary, it shows incredible strength. So often we fight our demons alone, but Avalie Grace believes it doesn’t have to be that way.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: avalie.williams@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Administrative Staff

Katherine Mendez

Chief Administrative Officer

Katherine Mendez is an Army Veteran and has been trained in multiple areas. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Volunteer State Community College and is certified in other areas. As the Chief Strategy Officer, Imani’s vision is the goal and that’s what she tracks.  She also collects and stores the company’s data. Behavioral health is needed in the communities and she feels that whatever she can do to contribute to the needs of the communities, she will make sure she does her best at whatever that is. By being part of the support team, she helps meet any needs of the client by helping either the clinicians or office employees find a strategic way to operate smoothly.


Fun Fact:
She can be very goofy and funny.

Phone Number: (615) 756-5151
Email: Kmendez@imanibehavioralhealth.com

 

Sarah Ferdaus

Payroll/Accounts Manager

Sara Ferdaus graduated with a business administration degree. She began her career in retail management, but a few years ago, was drawn to the healthcare industry. Sarah has worked as administrative personnel for 10 years and has always been skilled at bringing people together and working toward common goals. Her experiences lead her to consider administration, and she has been building a career as a driven healthcare administrator for the last four years.  

Sara notes: “I’ve been really enjoying that part of my work and I’ve gained as well as my commitment to efficiency to the team at Imani. As a member of Imani, I am looking forward to developing relationships with our employees and helping them provide excellent customer service.  I strive to provide comprehensive service and care and  help you achieve your mental health.”

Favorite Quote: Outside of the office, Sarah likes reading books and hiking. On weekends, you might find her at the local bookstore or exploring hiking trails in the area.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: 
sferdaus
@imanibehavioralhealth.com

 

Dustin Savely

Human Resources Director

Dustin Savely has been in the Human Resources field for 15 years working predominantly in the retail industry. He began his career as a single store HR manager and eventually worked his way up to regional HR manager. What he loves about HR is that the profession is ever-changing to make things better, whether it be implementing new strategies to help employees with their development, effective training plans, new HR technologies and tools, or partnering with top-level managers to find ways of improving processes to help the company reach its objectives. He loves helping employees reach and realize their fullest potential as well as being an advocate for diversity.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his 2 daughters (they are daddy girls most of the time), sports and watching movies/series with his wife. They love everything from Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and so on.

Favorite Quote: “Do or Do Not…There is no try.” – Yoda

Fun Fact:
 His favorite sports teams are the Florida Gators, Nashville Predators, and Washington Commanders.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: dsavely@imamibehaviroalhealth.com

 

Brian Hill

Planning and Assessment Coordinator

Brian is an Army vet, and single father of five. He has a background in IT, retail management, Construction and Renovation management and used to teach gross motor skills to military school age students. His military career was in the medical field. Brian is a widower who devotes his time to family and community. He coaches all youth sports, from softball to soccer. Brian has a strong desire to help others and works diligently to that effort.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: bhill@imanibehavioralhealth.com

Kayla Harris

Office Manager (Clarksville)

Hi y’all! I was born and raised in Texas, and will always be a Texan at heart. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Angelo State University and I have my Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas. When deciding which career path to pursue, I couldn’t deny my passion for helping others. I joined Imani Behavioral Health because of the company’s values and vision.

My favorite quote is: “I will love the light as it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows some the stars.” – OG Mandino

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: kayla.harris@imanibehavioralhealth.com

 

Jared Prentiss

Chief Professional Development Officer

Jared received a B.S. in General Psychology from Alcorn State University and a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University.  He became a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation in 2012.  Five years later, he became an Approved Supervisor by the state of TN.  Jared’s specializations in this field include but are not limited to anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, at-risk youth, conflict resolution, grief and loss, and men’s issues.

Since Jared was a youth, he was told that he was a great listener.  He coupled that with his love for helping others.  It provided Jared with an intrinsic uplift.  He also wanted to gain a better understanding of why people do what they do.  Therefore, he felt like psychology/counseling would be a great field for him. 

With years of education and experience, he meets the needs of his clients by meeting them where they are cognitively and emotionally.  He utilizes more of a client centered approach because they lead the therapeutic session.  Jared views himself as a guide in helping them to achieve their goals.

 

Fun Fact: Jared is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: jprentiss@imanibehavioralhealth.com

 

Shemika Jennings

Client Care Coordinator (Nashville)

Hi! My name is Shemika and I am considered a unicorn born and raised in Nashville, TN. I am married and have 2 daughters who are my pride and joy.  I graduated from Nashville State community College and received my Associates Degree in Business Administration. I have been in the healthcare field for 10+ years and have dedicated the last 5 years in Mental Health Awareness. I have 10 years in scheduling for Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and  LCSW’s.  I love helping people and before my journey in Mental Health, I had 1st experience with it having a brother who faced these challenges on a daily basis, so I made it a mission to help spread Mental Health Awareness in the Black Community. My family and I love traveling. I am a certified travel agent. I have my own business within the travel industry.

Fun Fact: I got married at the beginning of the Pandemic and cut my wedding list from 200 people to 85 people. Yay me

Favorite Quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Phone Number: (931) 305-0338
Email: shemika.jennings@imanibehavioralhealth.com

 

Castaneda Locke

Account/Billing Specialist

Castaneda Locke is passionate about contributing to the vital field of behavioral health. She is an aspiring professional dedicated to supporting the operational efficiency and financial integrity of Imani Behavioral Health. As an entry-level Billing and Administrative Specialist, she brings a blend of administrative skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to compassionate care.

Castaneda Locke has developed strong organizational abilities and administrative competencies through her previous roles and internships. Her proficiency in scheduling appointments, managing patient records, verifying insurance coverage, and processing billing statements showcases her ability to handle a diverse range of administrative tasks with precision and professionalism.

What sets her apart is her genuine passion for making a positive impact on the lives of others. She is committed to upholding the highest standards of patient care while ensuring accuracy and efficiency in billing processes. She thrives in fast-paced environments and is eager to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to deliver comprehensive support to patients and staff alike.

Castaneda is eager to bring her dedication, skills, and enthusiasm to the Billing and Administrative Specialist role at Imani Behavioral Health. She looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the success of the team and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

 

Phone Number: (931) 274-7588
Email: castaneda.locke@imanibehavioralhealth.com

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Imani Behavioral Health is an outpatient mental health facility that addresses various mental health needs from counseling to psychological evaluations.

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