I’m So Glad
Barb is an Enneagram 2 who is always looking for opportunities to lend a helping hand. This empathetic heart serves her well as she walks alongside clients in their healing journeys. In January 2019, Barb founded Holding Space Counseling, a private practice located in Franklin, Tennessee. Holding Space was birthed out of the desire to create a safe place where clients could feel free to be fully themselves, while also encouraged to reach for wholeness in all areas of their lives.
When we experience pain it tends to make us feel powerless and alone. However, as we do this work together I hope you realize that you don’t have to walk through the painful parts of your story alone, and even more than that, you can feel empowered in the process. I offer therapy to individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, relational issues, grief and loss. My approach is holistic, integrative, and relational. I see the clients I work with as having a mind, body, and spirit, with each part having intrinsic value and possessing their own unique needs.
I hold a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Luther Rice University, and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Moody Theological Seminary. I can provide faith-based interventions for clients who desire to integrate faith and spirituality into our sessions. With each client I have the privilege to work with I see compassion and curiosity as one of the most powerful and disarming tools to get to the deeper levels of the heart and mind. As a trauma therapist, I hope to build a solid foundation of trust, safety, and rapport so clients feel safe and empowered to intercept the frustrating cycles and patterns they have found themselves in up to this point.
My focus and approach is based on and tailored to the unique stories, needs, and personalities of each client. Research amply points out the connection between a strong therapeutic relationship and the overall progress a client will make. I see this relational approach as an integral way to build a strong rapport with clients to partner with them to achieve their goals. I integrate Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Experiential, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to effectively address the needs of clients. I also offer Teletherapy (Video counseling services) to those who are Tennessee Residents.
In addition to being a therapist, I enjoy writing, traveling, coffee dates with friends, and spending time with my sweet pup, Nash. I often laugh that I’ve lived nine lives before becoming a therapist. In one of those past stories, you might find me working in the Corporate sector, employed by a global NGO, living overseas in Africa as a missionary, or in the beauty sector as a medical esthetician. However, I see all of these experiences as a meaningful way to relate to the clients I’ve had the privilege of working with in my practice.