Tonia Dixon, LPC
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. These two worlds of psychology and movement coming together gave way to my first introduction of the mind body connection and would set the stage for how I would impact the lives of others. After moving to Nashville, I continued my education and attended graduate school at Tennessee State University and received a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Nashville availed me the ability to test my physical talents with the Tennessee Titans where I spent six years as a NFL cheerleader, represented the Tennessee Titans as their Pro Bowl Cheerleader and I continue as a member of the NFL Cheerleaders Alumni Association. I continued through the process of licensing and have been operating as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2015. My passion for mental wellness is driven by my belief that having someone in your corner or knowing someone is there you can safely speak to is an unspoken need. I love helping people bridge the gap between knowing how to ask for help and connecting with the right help. I have served a variety of populations within several settings including long term care, the court and judicial systems, Military systems, inpatient settings, outpatient and IOP programs, mental health Veterans and Drug treatment courts, operating as a private provider, as well as operating as a facilitator and consultant for the discipline.
The phrase, life is what you make it is one that I model myself after. I’ve always wanted to make my life fruitful by making the lives of others better. When I shifted my thoughts from how to create a business for people to making people my business everything made sense for me. Something I’ve learned is that the importance of mental stability crosses all lines and learning about how to improve the human experience speaks to this and is what drives me. Our biology makes us human and alike in a lot of ways and the more we know about human nature the more we know about how to improve our human experience. My commitment to this theory has allowed me to understand that my life was becoming and has become, an effective change agent for people.
My passions outside of work include spending time with family, relaxing to various genres of music, continuing to enjoy the beauty of movement, always gracing my space with humor and laughter, living every moment to engage nature’s beauty and loving every minute of it.
Favorite Activity: Going to my favorite NFL team football games, running outside at the turn of fall season and watching the sunrise over the water. I guess that’s activities, but these are all first place.
Favorite Quote: To Thine Own Be True, Shakespeare
Specialties/Interests: Struggles with Family Dynamics, Introduction to Behavior and Mental Health, Military and Veterans, Legal concerns in Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, Mindfulness Strategies, Facilitating and Instruction and Adult Populations Struggles with Family Dynamics, Introduction to Behavior and Mental Health, Military and Veterans, Legal concerns in Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, Mindfulness Strategies, Facilitating and Instruction and Adult Populations