Melissa began her career as a personal care home assistant at the age of 14 and worked as a certified nursing assistant for several years. She’s studying social services at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work. At The Ranch, Melissa does a little of everything, from planning offsite meetings and activities for the clients to handling RA scheduling and quality assurance tasks. Her team helps clients feel safe and supported. Melissa has been in recovery since February 2012 and is passionate about her work at The Ranch. “The best part about what I do is I get to pass on what was given to me,” she says. “I leave work with a full heart and know I am living out my purpose.”
Michael brings both personal and professional addiction recovery experience to The Ranch Pennsylvania. He’s a member of the advisory board for York/Adams County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and belonged to the committee that helped get an opioid treatment clinic built in York County. Michael also teaches classes for people who’ve been charged with driving under the influence (DUIs). Before joining The Ranch Pennsylvania mental health and drug rehab, he served 20 years as operations manager for the York County transit system. Michael oversees our residential assistants and helps with clients. He says he loves his job and has always been interested in helping people in recovery. Michael has more than two decades of sobriety under his belt. “The Ranch has given me a chance to help others and for that I’m extremely grateful,” he says.
Ryan brings diverse experience in program coordination, outdoor recreation and mental health treatment to The Ranch Pennsylvania. After earning a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration and management with a concentration in psychology from York College, Ryan began his career at Baltimore County Parks and Recreation. He then transitioned into a role at a residential treatment center where he developed three alternative therapy programs including a low ropes course, a horticultural therapy program and a pet therapy program. For eight years, he combined his experience in recreation skills and addiction treatment to help families reconnect and heal through in-home family therapy.Ryan is a certified Level 2 Archery Instructor and is both Safe Sports and Range Pass certified. He develops one-of-a-kind archery programs, helping individuals learn to “let go” of their past and develop mindfulness skills. Ryan’s diverse background in outdoor recreation and mental health services complements the unique, adventure-based approach to treatment at The Ranch Pennsylvania.
Crystal has been a mental health and addiction counselor since 2010, holding roles in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Trained in trauma, she specializes in working with survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and intimate partner violence. Crystal is a Certified Kink Aware Therapist (CKAT). She works with alternative lifestyles as well as the LGBTQ+ population, focusing on healthy relationships and addressing sex and intimacy issues through a non-judgmental, safe and empathic lens. Crystal earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Baltimore and a master’s degree in clinical social work with a mental health specialization from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She is trained and experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and emotion-focused therapy.
Jill has been part of our team since 2016. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Temple University in Philadelphia, and has almost two decades of experience in the behavioral health field with a focus on crisis intervention. Jill has held positions in foster care management, emergency departments, learning support classrooms, and psychiatric hospitals and acute care units. She strives to meet clients where they are in their recovery journey while establishing a trusting client-therapist relationship.
Dara is one of our primary therapists in our mental health track. She is also a facilitator in our family day program, helping families understand and manage the issues that they face due to a loved one’s substance abuse and mental health issues. Dara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Albright College and a master’s degree in counseling-psychology from Rosemont College. She is also a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor in Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to The Ranch Pennsylvania, Dara worked at Caron Treatment Center. She is passionate about her work and encourages clients to identify and develop their individual strengths and capabilities. Dara uses various techniques to challenge clients in a respectful manner to change their old patterns. Dara works with those who have trauma issues, she explores spirituality with clients, and she has been utilizing experiential techniques to motivate internal growth since 2007. She is certified as a Level II from the American Society of Experiential Therapists and has hundreds of hours in psychodrama training.
Sarah has worked in counseling/psychology since 2004, with experience in residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. She has treated addiction and mental health issues among children, adolescents and adults, and has worked with the criminal justice system (through treatment courts, working with juvenile and adult probation, and the prison system). Sarah is a certified clinical trauma professional, has training and experience in dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, and has taught psychology/counseling at the undergraduate and graduate level for seven years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Maryland, College Park, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from McDaniel College, and a master’s degree in forensic studies from Stevenson University.
Kristen is a licensed professional counselor who has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. Prior to joining The Ranch Pennsylvania, she worked in a variety of treatment settings from outpatient to inpatient residential treatment with a variety of clients, including children, adolescents, families and adults. She has extensive experience treating addictions, as well as a wide range of mental health issues. Kristen is passionate about helping people with addiction, having decided to become an addictions counselor at the age of 13. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania with a double major in psychology and sociology and double minors in criminal justice corrections and German. She also received a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Cristina brings a valuable blend of mental health and case management experience to our clinical team. Prior to joining The Ranch Pennsylvania, Cristina supervised case managers treating clients with mental health and substance abuse issues. She has provided outpatient therapy to individuals and families struggling with addiction and mental illness and has extensive crisis management and assessment and intake experience. Cristina earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family science from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Dayton.
Daisy is a bilingual, double board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Chester University. Daisy completed the registered nursing program at Brandywine School of Nursing and received a master’s degree in nursing from Wilmington University where she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice. Daisy is a member of Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force and is a Mental Health First Aid and QPR instructor in the community. She is an active member of several nursing organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. Daisy says she always strives to provide outstanding, high-quality, compassionate treatment and pursued this work because she is passionate about helping people.
Kristy is a registered nurse with over 14 years of experience. Prior to shifting her career focus to substance abuse and mental health treatment, she worked in maternal newborn nursing for several years. Kristy decided to change client focuses after working with mothers battling addiction as well as having personal relationships affected by substance abuse. Realizing the hardships people with addictions face, Kristy decided to be an active participant in fighting the opioid epidemic. She has found a real passion in caring for clients facing addiction and mental illness.
Meghan earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Millersville University. She completed her internship as a dual diagnosis therapist in an intensive outpatient program at Retreat of Lancaster County, providing her a diverse view of treatment from multiple levels of care. Meghan also worked as a research assistant at Pennsylvania State University where she was a team member of the FaMILY Study, researching the didactic parent-child relationship in families characterized by the trauma of physical and emotional abuse or neglect and abandonment. Meghan provides individual and group therapy at The Ranch Pennsylvania drug rehab, focusing on topics such as spirituality, codependency, trauma, the 12 steps and mindfulness.
Cheryl Brown has worked in the addiction and behavioral health field since 1981. Her position at The Ranch supports her passion for providing hope and healing to those individuals and families who continue to suffer from trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, sexual addiction and substance use disorders. Cheryl’s journey began with her own recovery and grew as she continued her training and became a Certified Addiction Counselor. Cheryl’s background, practice, and knowledge have come from a few noteworthy pioneers in the treatment field, such as: Life Healing Center ~ Santa Fe, where she held the position of Executive Director and lead the staff to pioneer the first women’s gender-specific program for sex, love and relationship addiction; Sierra Tucson, where she held multiple management and supervisory positions in Intake and Marketing for over 17 years; and Cottonwood, where she began her experience in the treatment field, holding the positions of Business Manager, Therapist, and Assistant Clinical Director over her tenure. “The Ranch truly resonates with my personal beliefs around the effective tools and models needed to impact the severity of the illnesses and life challenges often presented in our clients. The healing process here addresses the multidimensional needs of the whole person, and provides the client with opportunities for personal accountability, while in a safe, nurturing, and life-like environment. Most importantly, this affords them the ability to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change.” Cheryl also remains devoted to her family, which includes her, children and grandchildren. She is also an avid horsewoman and ballroom dancer.
Jimmy came to The Ranch in 2010 with only his personal experience in addiction recovery. He began as a resident assistant, quickly showing his desire to truly make a difference in other people’s lives. Since 2010, he has served in a variety of other roles including lead resident assistant, house manager, senior house manager, residential manager, director of residential and recovery services, and currently director of operations residential services. In each position he embraced the challenge not only to make the role better, but also to make the greatest impact in client care. In 2016, he became a licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselor.
Michele has over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. Prior to joining The Ranch in 2017, she acted as national manager of utilization review for Elements Behavioral Health. She has also managed hospital inpatient units and worked in community mental health in multiple cities across the country, including New York City. Michele lived and worked in Nepal for one year, teaching nursing students and helping homeless addicted children find safe places to live and become drug-free.
Dr. Fuller is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and residency at Vanderbilt University. Additionally, he has completed the Nashville Advance Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program, a two-year intensive program to better integrate traditional psychotherapy into his psychiatric practice. When not at work, he enjoys hiking and following the local Nashville sports teams. Dr. Fuller is particularly interested in working with individuals who have survived trauma and/or are struggling with addiction and strongly believes that the life we all deserve is within reach, no matter the adversity that one must overcome. He views medications as tools rather than solutions and his prescribing philosophy is to use the lowest dose necessary of non-addictive medications to help aid the process of recovery.
Jamie graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She began her medical career working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Level I Trauma unit. Jamie then became a nursing supervisor at Skyline Madison Campus for almost nine years before joining The Ranch team. Jaime feels her calling is in the behavioral health field and loves the opportunity to witness patients improve from the care provided. Her favorite quote by Leo Buscaglia sums up her perspective: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Karen received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis and a Masters degree in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She later obtained her (CSAT) Certification in Sexual Addictions through Dr. Patrick Carnes and Supervision under Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S. Her work as a Therapist includes areas of: Primary Chemical Dependency; Intensive Trauma Resolution; Sex / Love / and Relationship Addiction; Gender Specific Issues and Self-Harm. Karen joined the Ranch family in February 2011 to work with the Ranch team on developing a gender specific sexual disorders program. Prior to the Ranch, Karen was at the Life Healing Center, where she held multiple management and supervisory positions in the Clinical and Milieu areas for over 6 years – she assisted in the development of the first residential women’s gender separate, sex and intimacy disorder program in the country. Karen’s past career positions included: Residential and IOP facilities for Chemical Dependency and 20 years in the Financial Industry as a VP of Information Technology. Karen, a native Tennessean, is grateful to return “home” and close to her children.
Lisa is a Nashville native who has worked as a professional counselor since 1995. Lisa attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduation, she returned to Nashville where she attended Vanderbilt Divinity School, receiving a Master’s of Theological Studies with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. Later, Lisa also earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work from UT and became a licensed social worker.Lisa has worked with individuals suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds in a variety of settings, including an employee assistance program, an inpatient psychiatric hospital and a maximum security state prison. She has experience providing individual, couples, family and group therapy with diverse populations. While in graduate school, Lisa worked as an intern at Renewal House, a sober living community for women in early recovery and their children. Lisa was also employed at Cumberland Heights from 2007 to 2010 as a family therapist in both the adult and adolescent treatment programs.In 2005, Lisa embarked on her own personal journey of recovery from the effects of the disease of addiction through a 12-step program, and she continues to actively attend multiple meetings weekly. Lisa joined The Ranch in 2015 as a primary therapist in the men’s co-occurring program, and now helps facilitate family programs as family therapist.
Amanda Morrow received her M.S. in clinical counseling from Lipscomb University, in Nashville, TN. She has extensive experience working with couples, and individuals struggling with grief, anger, depression, addictions, and shame, as well as adolescents with inappropriate sexual behavior. Amanda shares her desire to help others find healing: “I can remember even as a young child having a passion to help others and felt purposefully drawn to the counseling field. What drew me to the Ranch is the ability to approach wellness from a holistic view with the opportunity to develop spiritually.”
Linda is a licensed professional counselor with who holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and a master’s degree in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. Linda has been in practice since 2003. She came to The Ranch after working for Vanderbilt Mental Health Center for nearly nine years, where she treated incarcerated adolescents for substance abuse, trauma, and other issues.Linda’s therapy passion is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), in which she is intensively trained. At The Ranch, Linda leads DBT skills training groups, offers individual DBT sessions, and heads The Ranch DBT consultation team. She also holds the LPC Approved Supervisor designation, and conducts supervision with Ranch therapists seeking licensure. Linda originally hails from Kansas, although she has never met Dorothy nor seen a tornado.
Danielle grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia. She went on to receive her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Valdosta State University and is certified in the EAGALA equine therapy model.Danielle came to The Ranch in 2012 to serve as equine therapist, joining both her passion for helping others heal with her love for horses. She attributes her love of horses to visiting her grandmother’s California ranch as a young child. Danielle says, “Many people work and never get a chance to do what they love. At The Ranch, I am fortunate to combine my professional goals with the powerful and honest horse who creates space to be our true, unique selves.”
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport. Her interest in promoting positive life-changing messages through the arts led her to obtain her bachelor’s degree in communication and human relations. Subsequently Jennifer earned her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. She specializes in counseling individuals, couples and families at The Ranch, as well as in her private practice. .Jennifer also completed additional training with Dr. Patrick Carnes Ph.D. and the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals and she is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). “I have a desire to help persons recover from shaming, controlling and abusive behaviors and practices. I utilize therapeutic modalities that best fit the individual including experiential, cognitive behavioral and family systems.”
Born and raised in Tennessee, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English Education. After beginning a career as a high school English teacher, Rebecca wanted to be able to provide more for her students and went back to school to receive a Master’s of Science degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. After several years of being a public school teacher, Rebecca began her own journey of recovery and realized that she wanted to expand her knowledge to be able to help all people. She then pursued a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology also from The University of West Alabama. Rebecca uses an eclectic variety of styles focusing on all aspects of 12 step recovery. Rebecca loves working with people in recovery offering them a little bit of hope to know that recovery is possible for all people. Prior to The Ranch, Rebecca worked as the lead counselor in a nonprofit organization proving treatment from alcohol and drugs. Rebecca is excited to be at The Ranch so that she is able to expand her knowledge and experience into all areas of recovery.
Selena Marie Phillips is a graduate of Jones County Junior College with AD in Nursing; Mississippi University of Women with BS in Nursing; Middle Tennessee State University with MS in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse/Family Nurse Practitioner. She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Selena began nursing career working on a Telemetry Unit, and became a Patient Care Coordinator. She later became the Patient Care Coordinator/Nursing Supervisor for The Women’s Center and the Child and Adolescent Pavilion at Pine Grove in Hattiesburg, MS. Selena’s career continued to develop and expand as she became the Director of Nursing at Las Vegas Recovery Center, Las Vegas, NV. She also has experience in home health and urgent care. After moving to Tennessee, Selena found her way back to the behavioral health field. “I believe everyone should be afforded the opportunity to heal. Watching the healing transformation in a wounded spirit is truly magical. It makes me want to come to work every day…o be a part of that is fulfilling my calling.”
Rhonda is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She attended Middle Tennessee State University for her Bachelor’s degree. After working in the intensive care arena for 18 years, she found that her interest changing from caring for the physically wounded person to caring for the emotional wounds of her patients and their family. She obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She has been an instructor of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Fundamentals of Critical Care Medicine. She is passionately interested in the study of addiction in all forms, both substance and process addictions and the underlying processes that drive these addictions. She has a beautiful three and a half year old daughter.
Marilyn obtained her nursing degree from Tennessee State University in 1992. She worked in various areas of nursing including pediatrics as well as working with patients suffering from addiction and mood disorders. She earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and is board certified in mental health. Her passion is being part of a collaborative team working toward optimum results for her patients.
Lori has worked in psychiatry and addiction medicine for almost 35 years. Originally from Virginia, she earned a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. After several years as a member of the Psychiatric Consult Service at Vanderbilt Medical Center, she was compelled to further her education by completing post-graduate studies as a family nurse practitioner at Belmont University. Lori is an enthusiastic hiker and enjoys traveling with her family.
Katherine was raised in East Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing from East Tennessee State University. She moved to Nashville to complete a Master’s of Science in nursing at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Go Vols!) and work with the city’s underserved psychiatric population in an outpatient setting. She joined The Ranch to work with clients more intensively in a residential setting and is proud to be a part of a team that cares so passionately about treating each patient as a whole.
Brandi is a certified family nurse practitioner who provides acute and primary care for clients at The Ranch. Brandi is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is also a member of the organization. She is originally from West Texas and moved to Tennessee in 2000.Brandi graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University. She became a member of Sigma Theta Tau and participated in the nurse residency program at Vanderbilt where she worked in the emergency department and level one trauma center. During this time, she obtained a master’s degree for Advanced Practice Nurse at Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s family nurse practitioner program. Soon after graduation, Brandi was offered a position with Northcrest Physician Services and worked as a family nurse practitioner in primary care for over four years. She later worked for Urgent Team in Springfield, TN in both acute and primary care.“I am very blessed and humbled to be a part of such a compassionate and caring team where the client comes first,” Brandi says. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help clients achieve optimal health during their time of healing and recovery.”
Cassie is a registered dietitian, originally from Austin, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences – dietetics from Texas Tech University and completed a dietetic internship at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Through a family member’s struggle with addiction, Cassie found her passion for working with addictions and mental health.
Jane felt called at an early age to assist others on their healing path. She is a certified hypnotherapist by the American Board of Hypnotherapy and attended the Colorado Center for Healing Touch to become a healing touch practitioner. She is also a licensed practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming and an ordained minister. Jane earned a master’s degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She began working with The Ranch in 2001, after serving as a clinical therapist for the Rutherford County Guidance Center for 10 years and maintaining a private practice and consultancy. Jane says, “I love working as part of The Ranch team supporting clients via multiple therapies that address core issues, remove blocks and promote healing.”
Judy graduated cum laude from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Wisconsin, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and Oriental medicine. She is nationally board certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine and is a Tennessee licensed acupuncturist.Judy is a general practitioner treating all conditions including behavioral health issues, emotional disharmonies, trauma and addiction. She is an educator, offering professional training in Acudetox (auricular acupuncture) and is a registered trainer for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. She is also a certified Tai Chi fundamentals instructor.
Hugh is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor candidate and an ACCT certified facilitator for ropes course challenges. He has a strong clinical and 12-step background with a heart to help others discover and face the core issues that keep them in their dis-ease. Prior to joining The Ranch, Hugh worked as a guide at Discovery Place, a clinical tech supervisor at New Life Lodge, and an intensive outpatient counselor at Freeman Recovery Center. He found his passion for experiential and adventure therapy in 2014 when he joined The Ranch.
Chris earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University and is working toward licensure to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. He loves seeing clients experience the calming effect that horses can have on them and develop a relationship with the four-legged friend that for many initially caused a fear response within them.
Prior to joining The Ranch, Justin spent nearly a decade working in the field of holistic recovery across environments ranging from community-based nonprofits in both Chicago and Philadelphia to the co-occurring disorders unit of a Middle TN psychiatric hospital. Justin is trained in EMDR and has a particular passion for utilizing the uniquely empowering process of group-based transformation. Though not a native of the South, Justin has enjoyed reconnecting with his extended family’s Tennessee roots through camping and dirt-biking in the rural settings that surround The Ranch.
Rebecca graduated from Vanderbilt University with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She also holds a master’s degree in literacy and education. Rebecca has worked in agencies and private practice treating addiction, trauma and grief. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys playing with her pug, Lily, and trying new restaurants in Nashville.
Julia spent 15 years working with children who were experiencing alcohol and drug addiction and behavioral problems at a group home for adolescents and the Juvenile Justice Department of Children Services. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Through various trainings, Julia is able to utilize an array of methods including EMDR, experiential therapy and SomEx healing to help clients deal with past and present issues.
Lauren lives in Nashville and is passionate about walking alongside clients in their journey to recovery. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies and a Master of Social Work in evidence-based interpersonal practice from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Lauren has completed internships at NeedLink Nashville and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Prior to joining The Ranch, she worked as a family intervention specialist at Youth Villages and a SOS coordinator at Project Transition. She uses an eclectic array of modalities including experiential therapy, DBT, CBT, some family systems ideals, as well as EMDR when appropriate. Outside of work she enjoys practicing yoga and hanging out with her dog, Decker, and is currently working toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker.
Emily obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Miami. She then moved to Nashville to complete her master’s degree in human development and counseling from Vanderbilt University. Emily joined The Ranch in 2016 as a counseling intern, and upon graduating began her role as a full-time therapist. She was drawn to The Ranch for its holistic and individualized approach to recovery, as well as its trauma-focused care.
Sammi earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She moved to Nashville to obtain her master’s degree in professional counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. She has worked in two residential treatment programs and an intensive outpatient program in middle Tennessee and joined The Ranch in 2017.Sammi takes an eclectic approach to therapy, individualizing the work to each client’s specific needs. She facilitates specialty groups around body image and likes to incorporate art, as well as experiential and guided imagery work, to help clients connect to their inner child and challenge their internal critic. Sammi has a passion for helping those who are hurting identify and understand their initial wounds in order to find inner strength and hope, and to move forward and heal.
Robyn has over 20 years of experience in the therapy field. She graduated from Mississippi College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology/biology. She holds a Master’s of Community Counseling from Mississippi College and has completed 30 hours post-master’s education in counselor education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Robyn is experienced in working in addiction, trauma, adolescents and family therapy. She is currently pursuing her LAADAC licensure in TN.
Jessica received an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social work from Austin Peay State University. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, Jessica worked as a mental health case manager and mentored new employees at Mental Health Cooperative. Jessica came to The Ranch as a counseling intern in 2016 and transitioned to a full-time therapist after graduation. Jessica has always had a heart for helping others and was naturally drawn to the social work field.
Emily has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. She holds a master’s degree in professional counseling, is a certified sex addiction therapist candidate and is working to become a licensed professional counselor. She also completed Gestalt training through the Esalen Institute. Prior to joining The Ranch, Emily worked in addiction, HIV and teen pregnancy prevention with Centerstone. In her free time, she enjoys sharing life with her son, daughter and cat. Emily says, “I love working in the mission field of helping women come to know their worth and have a deep passion for the spiritual side of recovery.”
Lindsey has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Psychology (Go Dawgs!) and a Master of Arts degree in addiction counseling from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Lindsey is a Nashville native and has been a primary therapist at The Ranch since March 2015. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered with an emphasis on utilizing 12-step facilitation, psychodrama and somatic experiential techniques. Lindsey is known for her enthusiasm for dialectical behavior therapy, in which she is intensively trained. She believes there is a solution to the disease of addiction through healing of original wounds — no one is ever “too far gone.”
Jeff Rooney holds a Masters Degree in Science and Social Work from the University of Tennessee. He has worked in the field of co-occurring disorders since 2003. Jeff has served clients in outpatient and residential settings working with adults, adolescents, and families. He also worked in HIV service settings, providing therapy and treatment to persons living with or affected by HIV. Jeff achieved specialized training and experience in Psychodynamic Object Relations Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Clinical Mindfulness, Contemplative Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, and Twelve Step Facilitation. Jeff’s approach to therapy is technically eclectic, pulling from many modalities, for the purpose of resolving the internal and systemic barriers to ongoing recovery and living from a place of authenticity and spiritual connection.
Rodney Robertson has been involved in working with families for over 38 years. Rodney’s doctoral dissertation was on the subject of determining the principles that form the foundation for effective family communication. The dissertation also included an analysis of eight of the most common family communication patterns found in most family units today. In addition to his doctoral work he also has a Master of Arts degree in Human Services and a Master of Divinity degree. Rodney has operated his own private counseling practice for seven years in North Carolina focusing on the needs of families and individuals. Rodney has also provided counseling services for other community and civic organizations including churches, local school systems, and three years as the pro-bono counselor for the Miami City Ballet in Miami Florida. Rodney has been a member of the National Association of Forensic Counselors. As a member of the NAFC he was certified in the areas of Addictions, Domestic Violence, and Criminal Justice. Rodney has taught continuing education units for the NAFC on the subjects of: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; PTSD Resulting from a Criminal Act; Borderline Personality Disorder and the Impact the Disorder has Upon Criminal Activity; Emotional Regulation; Conflict Management; and Family Communication Patterns. Rodney is the proud father of three wonderful adult children and is busy chasing down 11 grandchildren.
Tommy Williams is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor including a strong clinical and 12-step background with a heart to help others embrace effective change and learn new skills. Since 2004 he has delivered care to those suffering from addiction and behavioral health disorders. Tommy has worked as an Intensive Outpatient Counselor and Family Counselor at Cumberland Heights and for Tennessee Prison for Women Therapeutic Community. He is an apt presenter and appreciates the opportunity to teach concepts useful for lasting recovery, such as: Boundaries; Relapse Prevention; Shame and Addiction; Spirituality. Tommy also is trained in role-playing, ropes/challenge course, labyrinth walk and many others. His diverse set of clinical skills fit right into The Ranch team approach.
James Nihan is a licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselor and an associate sex addiction therapist. He has been associated with The Ranch since 2000 and he has been involved with the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery since its inception. His personal recovery began in 1975 and in 1980 his story was featured in a book published by the Rutger’s Center of Alcohol Studies. Special interests include healing through music and art, The Four Agreements and meaning of metaphor. With extensive studies in spirituality he supports those who seek connection through medicine wheel, labyrinth and the native ancestral landscapes that have become The Ranch. Working with clients who have adoption and abandonment histories is close to his heart. Of the creative process, James asserts, “Each one of us is an artist and each day we are given an opportunity to create. I think of life as a canvas and each day a brushstroke.” An award-winning songwriter and artist, his personal experience gives him an understanding of the unique recovery challenges faced by clients within the entertainment industries.
Alisha has an undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University in psychology and a master’s degree from Tennessee State University in counseling psychology. She is EMDR Level I and II trained, trained in Somatic Experiencing, and DBT Skills trained. Her background in the field includes work as a forensic interviewer for Children’s Advocacy Centers, consumer advocate for Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and crisis counselor for Mobile Crisis and Emergency Psychiatric Services in both Tennessee and Virginia. Alisha has an eclectic approach to therapy with an emphasis on solution-focused and experiential therapies. She believes that the therapeutic approach should be based on each person’s individual needs.