About Dr. Alissa

Hello! I am Dr. Alissa. I’m a licensed professional counselor, LPC-MHSP. I received my Ph.D. in clinical counseling in 2014, my Master’s in counseling in 2009, and Bachelor’s in psychology in 2007. 

I completed my internship at The Refuge Center for Counseling in Cool Springs, have worked at community mental health centers in both Murfreesboro and Franklin, Kairos Counseling Center, Bethany Christian Services, Children’s Advocacy Center, and The Exchange Club. In these centers I practiced trauma counseling, individual therapy, group therapy, parenting counseling and coaching, and created and implemented curriculum for an intensive outpatient program for adolescents with substance abuse and mental health issues.

I received specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), children with sexual behavior problems, children and adolescents with dissociative disorders, trauma-focused CBT, and  motivational interviewing.

I am a clinical member of TLPCA and presented in Nashville at the 2012 annual Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association (TLPCA) conference on sex trafficking and counseling. I also presented at the TLPCA conference in 2016 on psychogenic non epileptic seizures (PNES). 

I have been on the board of, and helped establish, a nonprofit for sex trafficking survivors in India. Specifically, creating a trauma counseling curriculum for use in the rehabilitation home for survivors of sex trafficking. I conducted my dissertation study with survivors of sex trafficking in the U.S., which was completed in 2014. 

A piece I wrote on sexual assault was published in a textbook: Crisis Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention (2nd Edition) page 209. 

I share some of these things so that you are aware of my highly varied experiences in the field with plenty of different people in both very normal and extremely unusual situations. I welcome all people into my office.

I am also excited to introduce to you:

Katy Hurst

Katy Hurst is a nationally certified counselor and TN licensed professional counselor under supervision by Dr. Alissa. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Roanoke College in Salem, VA and received a Master of Education in 2018 from Vanderbilt University’s Human Development Counseling program. She was awarded the Roger F. Aubrey award for excellence in counseling in 2018. 

While in graduate school, Katy completed an 18-month internship providing counseling to university and medical staff through the Vanderbilt University Employee Assistance Program. She has worked with many medical professionals and understands the unique challenges these individuals face. She has received special training in critical incident stress management and workplace trauma. 

Katy also has extensive experience supporting college students, as she worked within Vanderbilt’s Student Care Network for 3 years. First in the Center for Student Wellbeing, and then in the Office of Student Care Coordination, Katy helped college students managing mental health concerns adjust to campus life. She specializes in supporting students with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, etc.). 

No matter the age or stage of the individual, Katy’s overarching passion is working with clients who have experienced trauma including childhood trauma and sexual assault. She is currently training to implement EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) into her practice. Her therapeutic approach brings together cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and attachment theory. She believes therapy can help individuals who feel stuck or “broken” find a path to true healing. 

In her free time, Katy loves practicing yoga, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her dog, Cosmo. She is available to speak with you via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the East Nashville office in the near future!

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