Team

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Our Team

We are a community of practitioners dedicated to helping our clients live fully as their true selves.

Counselors

James Revels, LPC

James Revels, LPC

Counselor

James Revels is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina. For the past nine years he has provided onsite counseling in military bases around the world including Japan, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and in various bases within the U.S.

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Letha Atwater, LAC, LPCC, MFTC

Counselor

I was drawn to counseling through a desire to prevent and treat psychological distress because this can help individuals lead healthier and happier lives. As a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Mental Health Counselor, I help individuals, couples, and families who struggle with substance use, family and relationship issues, adjustment issues, stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and other mental health-related concerns. Based on my background, I have an understanding of the unique culture of professional sports, the unique experiences of professional athletes, and the mental and/or emotional concerns that impact athletes and their families.

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Misty Buck

Coach

Based in Miami, Misty Buck is the author of the “Athlete Mental Health Playbook,” an athlete mental health coach, and an entrepreneur for over 10 years. Growing up around sports, Misty learned the value of “mental toughness.” Don’t cry. Don’t be a baby. Don’t be weak. Walk it off. However, as a shy and emotional kid, Misty had extreme difficulty in dealing with various painful and traumatic events that occurred during her childhood and into her twenties.

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Elizabeth Schane - Nashville Therapist

Elizabeth Schane, LPC, LMHC

Counselor

Elizabeth Schane is a licensed counselor in the states of Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina. She strongly believes in the importance of creating a calm space where a client can feel supported to share the thoughts and feelings they tend to keep inside. 

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Lauren Stout, LCSW

Counselor

I am a licensed clinical social worker licensed in California and Alabama with over 8 years of experience working as a therapist and case manager. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and OCD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. No matter your concern, I’m glad you’re looking into therapy. Therapy can help us navigate this thing we call life. 

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Shelley Till, Mental Fitness Coach

Shelley Till, A.C.C.

Mental Fitness Coach

International Coach Federation Certified Professional Coach

Shelley’s approach integrates her specialized coach training in positive intelligence, positive psychology, and resilience training with her diverse athletic experiences as a Division I basketball player & coach, parent of two Division I athletes, and college basketball analyst.

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Rebecca Hogg

Rebecca Hogg, LPC, RPT

Counselor

I help clients work through distressing and traumatic situations, including but not limited to betrayal and abuse, through using EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Experiencing (SE), and other appropriate approaches. And as a Registered Play Therapist, I also specialize in guiding parents of younger children in therapeutic play interventions.

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Angela Shankle, MA, LADAC II

Angela Shankle, MA, LADAC II

Counselor

I am a level two licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the state of Tennessee. I also carry a master’s degree in business. I began working in substance abuse treatment over 6 years ago and have worked in various treatment settings including detox, residential, and outpatient. I have primarily worked in co-occurring capable programs and have experience treating Substance Use Disorders that co-occur with mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which aligns closely with the 12 steps in the treatment of SUD. I use DBT to encourage mindfulness, aid in emotional regulation, and increase interpersonal effectiveness. I am also trained in brainspotting, a highly effective trauma therapy that offers rapid transformation.

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Melanie Lockett - Nashville Counselor

Melanie Lockett

Counselor

We are perfectly imperfect human beings and often need someone to help sort through life's challenges. For more than a decade, I have greatly enjoyed working in both residential and outpatient settings with individuals, couples and families that are affected by mood disorders, addiction, trauma and interpersonal conflict. Maybe you are feeling stuck, hopeless, overwhelmed, or discouraged?

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Garrette DeBord, LPC, LADAC II

Garrette DeBord, LPC, LADAC II

Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Tennessee. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology and my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I specialize in working with those in the LGBTQ+ community as well as with substance use issues, trauma, anxiety/depression, and healthy identity work. I work from a psychodynamic perspective and utilize DBT and somatic techniques when working with both individuals and groups. As a gay man who has struggled through challenges of trauma, anxiety, and depression, I view sitting with those I work with as a privilege and honor.

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Lisa Tozar, MA, NCC

Lisa Tozer, MA, NCC

Counselor

My passion for counseling started with my own journey in counseling over 10 years ago. Like many who reach out to a counselor, I was in crisis, and I was questioning, “how did I get here?” Luckily, I found a counselor who created a safe, compassionate, and trusting space for me to begin my journey. I am committed to holding the same safe space for you to navigate any crisis and journey into self-exploration.

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Cindy Slover, LADAC II, LPC-MHSP

Cindy Slover, LADAC II, LPC-MHSP

Counselor

Making the choice to see a therapist is the first and often the scariest step on your journey to emotional wellness. It was for me. Through my personal journey, I learned that our thoughts and emotions can dictate our behaviors and not always for the better. Fortunately, my first step led me to my goal of a more balanced and fulfilling life. I would like to help you achieve your goals by offering a safe, accepting and confidential environment where you can develop the tools to navigate your life’s difficult times.

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Jillian Richardson, MS, LPC-MHSP

Jillian Richardson, MS, LPC-MHSP

Counselor

I am a Licensed Therapist, having earned my bachelor's from Lipscomb University and my master's from Tennessee State University. I enjoy walking beside people through life's most challenging moments.

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Haley Stocker, M.S

Haley Stocker, M.S

Counselor

Many clients struggle with understanding who they are and who they would ultimately like to become. I believe therapy should be a safe space for clients to explore identity and how our past experiences contribute to our sense of self today. Every person has a unique story. I am here to listen to that story, without judgment, and to help a person navigate their life moving forward.

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Patience Ruffin, EdD, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Patience Ruffin, EdD, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Counselor

I am licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider Specialty. I have been practicing counseling since 2007. Prior to obtaining a license, I earned a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University Washington, DC and an undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from Tennessee State University. In 2018, I obtained my doctorate degree in Counseling Education and Supervision from Argosy University Nashville.

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Kimberlee Massey-Owen, M.S., LCSW

Kimberlee Massey-Owen, M.S., LCSW

Counselor

Life can be complicated, overwhelming, challenging, and messy. People don’t tend to fit in neat little boxes, but I find that beautiful. The people I comes in contact with never cease to amaze and inspire me with their stories, struggles, and victories. I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to explore healing and reconnect with themselves, others, and with hope beyond ourselves. My focus is relational and I believe this is the most healing aspect of any treatment modal.

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Emily Glenn, NCC, LPC, CSAT

Emily Glenn, NCC, LPC, CSAT

Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist with over 15 years experience in the fields of mental health & addiction. My professional journey has granted me the opportunity to become skilled in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Although co-occurring disorders are my specialty, I also have a specific passion for helping adults struggling with past religious wounds/spiritual issues and intimacy/relationship issues. Being able to utilize my gifts to help one come to know their true worth is an honor that is both exciting and humbling.

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Bobbie Jo Yokley

Bobbie Jo Yokley, LSW, LADAC II

Counselor

My name is Bobbie Jo Yokley and I am a licensed Social Worker in the State of Kentucky and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in the State of Tennessee. I pursued my education at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY and graduated with a bachelor of social work degree and pursued my counseling education through the State of Tennessee through continuing education, practical hours attained on the job and the core functions.

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Ashleigh Rakestraw, LCSW

Ashleigh Rakestraw, LCSW

Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee with a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Prior to my master's degree I received my bachelor's degree in social work from Lipscomb University. I desired to work in the field of social work since a young age and after I learned the impact these roles can have on individuals and their communities. I continued to feed that passion through my own experiences in counseling, as well as witnessing the positive impact of counseling on others.

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Ashley Oldani, MA

Ashley Oldani, MA

Counselor

One of the most fulfilling aspects of therapy is helping individuals derive purpose from their pain. I am passionate about recovery and equally as passionate about helping others discover their own path. My goal is to help men and women connect with their values, cultivate hope, and identify the aspects of their lives that have prevented them from living out their full potential. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, built out of trust, non-judgement, compassion, and integrity. Clear and direct expectations within the relationship are upheld, and I place high priority on the therapist-client relationship.

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Pratik Patel, LPC-MHSP

Pratik Patel, LPC-MHSP

Counselor

I Pratik Patel am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Mental Health Service Provider. I received my Bachelor’s in psychology from Middle Tennessee State and Master’s in professional counseling at Tennessee State University. Currently I serve as Clinical Director for an adolescent residential facility with 5 years of clinical experience in a multitude of settings. My experience includes working with clients dealing with substance abuse, relationship issues, mood disorder, personality disorder, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, crisis and trauma.

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Ariel Leonard, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-MHSP

Ariel Leonard, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-MHSP (temp)

Counselor

Many individuals find difficulty, at some point in their life, coping with the everyday pressures and stress this world brings. Some may find themselves repeatedly in unhealthy relationships, feeling stuck, or unable to create the meaningful life they desire. Old wounds may resurface, making it difficult to move forward. As a therapist, my goal is to help individuals find freedom from these challenges and live a more fulfilling life.

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Dr. Dawn Kamilah Brown, Psych MD

Dawn Kamilah Brown, MD

Double-Boarded Child, Adolescent, Adult and Sports Psychiatrist

As one of the nation’s most acclaimed ADHD experts, double-board certified Child, Adolescent, Adult and Sports Psychiatrist, Dr. Dawn Kamilah Brown (aka Dr. Dawn Psych MD), is an internationally recognized two-time #1 best-selling author, Forbes Writer, Blogger, Podcaster, Producer, Keynote/Corporate Speaker and On-Air/Media-influencer. 

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Dr. Eric Kiner

Dr. Eric Kiner, Psy. D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Kiner is a Licensed Psychologist based in Palm Beach County, Florida. Dr. Kiner specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Dr. Kiner also has a decade of experience treating addiction and substance abuse.

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Jamie Carroll, Wellness Coach

Jamie Carroll

Wellness Coach

Jamie has focused her entire career on offering inspiration, education, and empowerment to her clients-she offers this opportunity via teaching holistic and integrative health and life practices, movement, and intentional living.

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Stephanie Fitzpatrick

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, MSHS, CC

Coach

As an Internationally Certified Coach, I am available to clients across the country/globe. I believe that the education and experiences I have had have given me the advantage to help athletes, their families, and others to succeed in achieving life satisfaction.

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Stephanie Byrd

Stephanie Byrd, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director

I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Owner / Clinical Director of bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. With over 20 years of experience behind me I still find myself curious to learn more about my clients and the amazing resilience and strength they possess. I am passionate about removing the stigma behind seeking help and committed to reducing the barriers to mental health care.

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Brooke Mullineaux

Brooke Mullineaux, LCSW

Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. Whether you find yourself struggling with depression or anxiety, living as a survivor of trauma, experiencing a medical crisis, or grieving the loss of a loved one, I can provide a safe space dedicated to taking care of you.

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Bryan Schnebelt

Bryan Schnebelt, LMFT

Counselor

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. In my work, I help adults and adolescents who are struggling with challenges related to identity, orientation, relationship functioning and family issues, communication, as well as working to help heal and overcome traumatic experiences that might be holding them back.

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Christina Napolitano

Christina Napolitano, LCSW

Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. As a therapist, I work with adults and teens at every stage of life. Whether you are struggling with everyday stressors, conflict in your relationships, or are in need of healing from trauma I will provide a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental space for you to begin your healing journey. 

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Lesli Mathis

Lesli Mathis, LCSW

Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and serve as the Clinical Lead for bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. I work with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, life transitions and trauma. 

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Lindsay Elledge

Lindsay Elledge, LCSW

Counselor

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. I work with adults, adolescents, and families who have experienced various kinds of trauma, including combat trauma, domestic violence and childhood abuse, loss, depression, anxiety, and stressors related to parenting.

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Robyn Reddell

Robyn Reddell, LCSW

Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Clinical Operations at bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. I work with adults who experience a wide range of challenges, including healing from trauma, processing grief and loss, navigating everyday stressors, and interpersonal issues.

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Tiffany Lin Lasky

Tiffany Lin Lasky, LCSW

Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at bareWell, a group therapy practice located in San Diego, California. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, and children who have experienced a diverse range of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, difficulty managing stress, life adjustment, trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, and more.

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Robyn Merchant

Robyn Merchant, LAC

Counselor

Robyn is a licensed associate counselor in Arizona. She is trauma-informed and EMDR trained. She has 7 years of experience working with adolescents who are struggling with co-occurring disorders in family and group therapy, as well as supporting adolescents with trauma-related disorders and attachment issues.

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Tonia Dixon

Toni Dixon, LPC

Counselor

Originally from the Chicago area, I have been in Nashville for over 17 years and consider myself to be a Nashvillian.  My journey led me to Atlanta Georgia where I studied psychology and modern dance at Georgia State University and began working with my first love of fitness and exercise as a regional fitness instructor for the Atlanta Metropolitan area.

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Leadership & Staff

Ryan Cain, President of the Spero Group, LLC

Ryan Cain

President of The Spero Group, LLC

Ryan Cain is a vibrant member of the Nashville recovery and entrepreneurship communities, with a demonstrated 20-year history of working hands-on in the healthcare industry in the service of those around him.

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Wes Cain

Wes Cain, LPCA, NCC, IHC

Founder

I believe the core of effective therapy is the relationship. I tailor my therapeutic process to you, in order for you to reach your goals in a manner consistent with what works best for you and your true self. I believe in working off of a foundation of authenticity, compassion, non-judgment, and genuineness.

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Tate Hackney, MBA

Tate Hackney, MBA

Director of Operation

When you come in the door, I’ll be there to welcome you to The Becoming Counseling. Although the majority of my professional life was previously spent in corporate America, personal circumstances opened the door and provided the opportunity to work with and support this amazing team.

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Advisory Board

Matt Dean, MA, MFT

Matt Dean, MA, MFT

Counselor

My journey to becoming a therapist started in my own counseling work. With the help of my therapist, I was able to uncover the deep woundings in my life that were driving the struggles I came to therapy for. I found healing was possible and I want to share that gift with other hurting men.

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Brandon Johnson, MHS

Brandon Johnson, MHS

Advisory Board

Brandon J. Johnson, M.H.S. is a tireless advocate for positive mental health and suicide prevention services for youth and adults across the country and within the local community of Baltimore, MD. He is a subject matter expert in suicide prevention, with a particular focus on suicide prevention planning and suicide prevention strategies for Black youth. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morgan State University in 2008 and a Master of Health Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2012.

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Patience Ruffin, EdD, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Patience Ruffin, EdD, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Counselor

I am licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider Specialty. I have been practicing counseling since 2007. Prior to obtaining a license, I earned a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University Washington, DC and an undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from Tennessee State University. In 2018, I obtained my doctorate degree in Counseling Education and Supervision from Argosy University Nashville.

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