If you are struggling with mental health issues, or have a family member who struggles, you are not alone. We want to walk beside you on this journey. Here are some groups and resources available to help.
Therapists & Specialists
Rainey Brown, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, Level II EMDR (trauma) therapist 615-969-8803
Rob Curwen, LMFT, certified in Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples 615-519-9945
Steve Riser, MDiv., LPC-MHSP, works well with couples and individuals with mental health issues 615-856-6931
Amy Frew, Ph.D., LMFT, specializes in children, adolescents, and women 615-417-6009
Jan Harvey, LMFT, specializes in premarital work and also couple therapy 615-376-4818
Michael Christian, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, a certified sex therapist and sex addiction therapist 615-604-6853
Ken Graham, LPC, certified sex addiction therapist 615-538-6133
John Nichols, LPC-MHSP, works with men, teens, and couples 615-448-5800
Patricia Dean, LMFT, EMDR and Brainspotting therapist for trauma therapy, somatic and experiential therapist 615-438-3132
Keith Tenpenny, MDiv., LFFT, works with men and couples 615-509-1898
Bonny Kate Simpkins, MMFC/T, currently has a temporary license, works with couples and premarital 615-373-9955
Jordan Simmons, MMFT 615-631-9560
National Alliance on Mental Illness
There is a NAMI Davidson which includes the greater Nashville area. They have a website ( https://namidavidson.org) Telephone 615-891-4724. Location: 1101 Kermit Drive, Suite 605, Nashville 37217. They have a 24-hour Mental Health Line: 855-274-7471. Ms. Robin Nobling is Executive Director.
NAMI Vanderbilt is affiliated with NAMI Davidson and they have a support group and educational meetings at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital Conference Center. They meet monthly at 6:30 to 8:30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month. The educational meetings are on other announced dates throughout the year. No registration is required. Location: 1601 23rd Ave S. Nashville, 37212
NAMI’s new Family to Family education class. Announcing a new class:
Starts: September 14, Saturday, thru October 19 Saturday
Time: 11 AM to 3 PM approx.
Duration: 6 Saturdays
Place: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Annex, Franklin TN
NAMI Tennessee will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program for family members and loved ones of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The class will start in Williamson County on September 14, 2019, and will take place over the course of 6 Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.
This free course will cover mental illnesses including mood disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression), Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Co-occurring Substance Abuse Disorders. Classes provide coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; self-care strategies; resource development; and hope in recovery and rehabilitation.
“This course is a wonderful experience!” says one instructor, “It balances basic education and skill-training with emotional support, coping strategies, and empowerment. We hope families with relatives who have a serious mental illness will take advantage of this opportunity.”
The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, sons and daughters, partners, and significant others who are caregivers of adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. “It was exactly what I needed when I needed it” stated a recent class participant.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Richard Baxter 615-594-4641 or Brenda Stacey-Scott 615-306-709
Circle of Care Magazine: www.caregiving.org/circleofcare
Congregational Care Minister, Ken Corr’s Blog: http://kenacorr.com/
What Others are Saying…
“Beautiful moments each week, uplifting and heartfelt testimonies, loving, caring, supportive group members and leaders who walk beside you through these life moments. Tears of fear, frustration and finally joy for break-through are normal. My family is healing and I’m thankful every day! Everyone is welcomed and loved!”
“I am a mother of three adopted teens (all three with intellectual disabilities). My 14-year-old is very impulsive and makes poor decisions; but most assuredly, beautiful, loved, sweet children. This group on Thursday nights has been a lifeline to me. They listen, are-empathetic and openly share their hearts, and when they can help give me some direction. It’s good to know that we don’t walk through the dark days alone; there is always a kind person that will pray with you and for you. I am free to open up and know it will not be a gossip group, but a loving caring group that walks in the same dark valley but gives hope and helps to know we can do all things through Christ who has called us to this mission and will never leave us. Thank you Brentwood Baptist and the leadership team.”