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Meet Barb

Founder & LPC-MHSP

Barb is an Enneagram 2 who is always looking for opportunities to lend a helping hand. In 2019, Barb founded Holding Space Counseling, a group practice located in Franklin, Tennessee. The practice 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.

Barb’s approach to therapy is collaborative, integrative, and trauma-informed. She works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, relational issues, grief, life transitions, spirituality, and trauma. She strives to tailor each session to the unique stories, needs, and personalities of each client. She is Gottman Level I trained and Level 1 Certified as a Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist. She also incorporates Mindfulness, Narrative, Attachment-based interventions, TF-CBT, Experiential, EFT/EFIT, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR to effectively address the needs of clients.

Barb is the clinical director for Holding Space, and oversees the therapists who work on her team, providing mentorship as they develop in their clinical work. Barb also offers 1-3 day customized intensives for individuals and couples. These intensives provide an extended space and time not always available in weekly sessions to discover and heal patterns and root issues in your life and relationships.

When she’s not seeing clients, she’s likely out grabbing coffee with a friend, writing, or walking her dog, Nash. 

*Barb is not accepting new clients at this time. 

Meet Erin

Post Graduate, Ms

Erin is an enneagram 9 who finds fulfillment in helping others build confidence through encouragement, exploration, and deeper understanding of themselves and their stories.

Erin believes that all people can benefit from the transformative work of counseling, and is passionate about working with those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, interpersonal issues, and identity development.

Using a narrative and attachment lens, Erin’s approach is interactive to best help individuals discover new perspectives, challenge old beliefs, and gain a better understanding of the source of their affliction. 

In her work with clients, Erin utilizes Cognitive behavioral therapy, Solution-focused, existential, narrative, and attachment-based techniques to make each session unique and productive.

Outside of work, Erin enjoys baking sweet treats, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family. 

*Erin is currently accepting new clients

Erin is under the clinical supervision of Shari McClaren (License #3085 )

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Meet Kayla

Post-Graduate, MA

Kayla is an Enneagram 1 who deeply believes in restoration, and that safe, secure, loving relationships have the power to change the world. Kayla graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In undergrad, she received a bachelor’s in both Religion and Cross-Cultural Sociology, which informs much about her heart and framework as a therapist.  
Kayla is passionate about issues of race, justice, and equity, as well as the intersections of spirituality/religion and trauma/abuse, particularly for women. Those who have been wounded within a spiritual setting are especially safe and welcome on her couch. She is also passionate about women who have experienced wounding from trauma, abuse, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues. Using a parts work, narrative, and attachment-based framework, you can expect a highly relational approach to therapy. 
Kayla seeks to know each client individually to understand who they are, their story, and their needs. Kayla is trained in Brainspotting and is an Internal Family Systems informed therapist. She is also obtaining certification as Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist.

In her free time, you’ll find her rock climbing a mountain, getting coffee with friends, or watching a movie (she loves recommendations!) She is also the queen of analogies and metaphors, so don’t be surprised if you hear a few in your sessions!
*Kayla is currently accepting new clients
Kayla is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Aimee Isenberg (License #3638)

Meet Dawn

Master's Level Intern

Dawn is an Enneagram 9 who enjoys helping others gather the pieces of their lives in meaningful ways to find harmony within. She believes a safe space is vital to practicing self-compassion and reclaiming our voice in our story. 

Dawn recognizes that our individual lives are impacted by our unique place in the world. As such, she incorporates the physical, spiritual, relational, and emotional aspects of each individual and takes a holistic approach in working towards growth and change. Dawn is drawn to helping those who have experienced trauma as well as focusing on the mind-body connection. Dawn moved to the Nashville area over twenty years ago and is pursuing her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Lipscomb University. She has a BA in Psychology and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dawn is also a level one Gottman trained and certified in Prepare/Enrich for pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling.

When she is not studying or meeting with clients, Dawn can be found enjoying time with her husband and children, hiking down a trail, or snuggling with one of her dogs.

*Dawn is currently accepting new clients

Dawn is under the clinical supervision of Barb Hill (License # 4523)

Olivia Masters Level Intern

Meet Olivia

Master's Level Intern

Olivia is an Enneagram 2 who thrives when seeking collaborative and holistic healing in order to restore meaning and wellness to individuals and their relationships.

She believes that our lives are significantly impacted by our understanding and beliefs about our own stories. Imploring a narrative and attachment-based framework, she desires to help clients explore their thoughts, beliefs, and relationships to find the healing uniquely suited for their lives.

Olivia has a heart for those navigating the intersections of grief, trauma, spirituality, life transitions, chronic illness + beyond. With her involvement in family law and foster care advocacy, she is passionate about helping couples, individuals, and families struggling with relationship problems and communication issues. If desired, is able to incorporate spirituality and artistic elements into the therapeutic space.

She has a BA in Pre-Law and Psychology and is currently pursuing her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University. When she’s not seeing clients, you can find Olivia searching for the best coffee in Nashville, practicing hot yoga, or reading a new book – likely a romance or thriller!

*Olivia is currently accepting new clients

Olivia is under the clinical supervision of Barb Hill (License # 4523)

Meet Ari

Practice Manager

As an Enneagram 2, Ari is driven by a strong desire to be of service to others. Her genuine desire to help others is reflected in everything she does, from her work as a practice manager to her relationships with family and friends.

In 2021, Ari began working as the practice manager where she puts her organizational skills and love for helping others to good use. Her work includes overseeing the day-to-day operations of the practice, and ensuring that our clients and therapists receive the best possible care and support.

Aside from her professional life, Ari is deeply committed to her family. She values her relationship with loved ones and makes it a priority to create meaningful experiences with them. Whether it’s cooking meals together, taking trips, or simply being together.

Our Approach

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.

At Holding Space Counseling, we offer therapy to individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, relational issues, grief and loss. Our approach is holistic, integrative, and relational. That simply means that we see the clients we work with as having a mind, body, and spirit, with each part having intrinsic value and possessing their own unique needs.

With each client we have the privilege to work with, we see compassion and curiosity as one of the most powerful and disarming tools to get to the deeper levels of the heart and mind. And as trauma therapists, we 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.

Our Specialties

We Offer a Free 15-Minute Initial Phone consultation.