Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

Paris Goodyear-Brown, the founder and director of Nurture House, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 20 years of experience in treating families in need. While she specializes in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment and neglect) and attachment disturbances, she often provides help for anxious, angry or depressed children and teens. A child development expert, she frequently provides parent consultation, dyadic assessment and parent coaching to help parents manage and resolve their children’s behavior problems. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee, and has an international reputation as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician. She provides play therapy and licensure supervision and consults with various school districts, agencies and mental health organizations to help develop play therapy programs and create more developmentally sensitive programming. With trainings in Morocco, Australia, and Sweden, as well as frequent domestic presentations, she is best known for developing clinically sound, played-based interventions that are used to treat a variety of childhood problems. She has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education. She is the author of multiple books, chapters and articles related to child therapy. Her newest books include Tackling Touchy Subjects, the Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment, Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach and The Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and their Helpful Adults. For the whole of her career, she has carried a vision of a place – a home – in which the space itself would help children and parents feel safe, nurtured and ready to do the deep work of healing. Although it looks like a playhouse – and her child clients call it  “the kid’s palace” -the fun, highly playful environment helps the hard stuff go down easier.  

Eleah Hyatt, M.A, LMFT, RPT

Eleah Hyatt has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. She considers it a privilege to walk alongside children, adolescents and families as they move through the highs and lows of life, traumatic experiences, emotional distress, behavioral issues and wounded relationships. Helping children and families grow through these experiences while building stronger connections with one another brings her the greatest joy. Eleah is trained in EMDR level 2 (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Theraplay™ level 2, Group Theraplay™, TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), Prepare/ Enrich and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). She is a board member of SeaStar Kids; a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children in Ukraine. She is married and has two children.

Julia Marx, MFA, MA, R-DMT, LPC-MHSP

In her practice, Julia provides individualized support tailored to her clients’ unique stories.  Play therapy is integral to her work with children. In play, we are in the moment, and able to move through difficult emotions in therapeutic ways. Compassion and mindful presence are central to her approach. Julia uses expressive arts therapy and dance/movement therapy techniques to engage with clients as they process in both the verbal and non-verbal realms. The body and mind are interconnected and the body can be used as a map guiding explorations of the self, as well as a metaphor to express emotions which can be difficult to convey in words alone. Through a therapeutic relationship, Julia provides empathic support and playful intervention. Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, and a Masters of Expressive Arts Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Boston.

Katherine Faliski, LCSW, RPT 

Katherine Faliski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).  She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Texas. Katherine loves working alongside children, teens, families, parents, and couples to help them grow through their difficulties and strengthen their relationships. Katherine has worked with children and families to address a variety of life experiences, such as school challenges, emotional distress, behavioral issues, divorce, and grief and loss to name a few.  Due to Katherine’s personal journey through adoption and her work in the Nation’s Children’s Hospital, she also feels a strong connection to families struggling through some of the highs and lows of these life experiences.  Katherine is trained in Theraplay™ Level 2, Group Theraplay™, Sand Therapy, Filial and Client Centered Play Therapy, and a communication model suited for families with teenagers and couples called Relationship Enhancement Therapy. She is married and has two children. Katherine is thrilled to be a part of the Nurture House team, and considers it a true privilege to work with clients and their families.

Kelly Stephens, LPC/MHSP, RPT-S, Certified TF-CBT Provider

Kelly Stephens has been nurturing children and their families via mental health treatment for over 16 years. Previously she has provided therapy for children who have experienced divorce and family transitions, worked as an in-home therapist for children at risk of being placed outside of the home due to a serious emotional disturbance, and has treated victims of child abuse at two Child Advocacy Centers. Kelly is married and has two children.
Kelly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Truman State University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the Mental Health Service Provider and Approved Supervisor designations in Tennessee. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, as well as being a member of the Association for Play Therapy. She is also a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) provider. Kelly is additionally trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Child Parent Relationship Therapy, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Level 1)

Kate Worley, M.A., NCC, Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Kate received her master’s degree in clinical mental health from Trevecca in August of 2018. She is passionate about providing safe spaces through play to families who have been affected by trauma. Kate’s vocational background includes working with Nashville’s refugee population, and with children who have special needs and their families. Kate is a current student in Trevecca’s Clinical Counseling, Teaching, and Supervision doctoral program, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her memberships include the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor’s Society, and the American Counseling Association. Kate is EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)  1 and 2 trained, and is pursing training to become a registered play therapist. Kate is honored to walk alongside children and their families throughout the therapeutic process.

Madison Nunneley, M.A.,Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Madison received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Play Therapy specialization from Lipscomb University.  She is dedicated to work with children and their families as they walk through life. She believes in empowering children through play to enhance their strengths, so that they feel equipped in the midst of their personal and relational challenges. Madison is excited to come alongside families in the process of healing and strives to support the emotional and developmental needs of the children. Madison is a current student in Trevecca’s Clinical Counseling, Teaching, and Supervision doctoral program. Her memberships include the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor’s Society, and the American Counseling Association.

Tonya Haynes, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT

Tonya completed her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University in November 2019. She is enthusiastic about working with children, adolescents, and their families. Tonya hopes to use her education and life experience to help families who have been impacted by trauma, adoption, and special needs diagnoses. She looks forward to walking her clients through the process of healing, by using play to create a safe environment that promotes growth. She is married and has two children. Tonya’s background includes an undergraduate degree in Art and Art Education. She was an art teacher for metro schools and owned her own business as a self-employed artist. Tonya is a creative thinker who is eager to implement this talent into her work as a therapist. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Tonya considers it a true privilege to walk along side her clients and their families.

Patrick Smith,MMFT, Candidate for LMFT

Patrick completed his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in November 2019. Patrick has a passion for working with children, and he truly believes that the natural language of play allows children to find a path towards healing. Patrick is excited to work with children and their families as they overcome life’s unique challenges and everyday obstacles. His professional memberships include the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is honored and thrilled to be a part of the Nurture House team.

Ainsley Hunt, Ed. S, Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Ainsley completed her final year at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2019, achieving her masters degree in counseling with a concentration in children and adolescents. Ainsley is excited to help children, adolescents, and their families achieve their goals through creating a safe, supportive counseling environment. She believes that play helps children grow and heal and can’t wait to be a part of that process.  Ainsley’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Family studies. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and of the Chi Sigma Iota honor society at MTSU. She has previously seen clients at Middle Tennessee Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. Ainsley is looking forward to working alongside the other Nurturers at Nurture House

Rachel Sellers, Intern, Candidate for M.A., Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Rachel is completing her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Play Therapy specialization from Lipscomb University. Prior to her vocation in counseling, Rachel worked as an elementary school teacher, where she fell in love with working with children and families. She believes in the healing power of play and has a passion for working with children and family members to overcome trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and attachment issues. Rachel especially loves helping children and teenagers develop emotional literacy, explore core needs, increase coping skills and develop a strong sense of Self. Her professional memberships include the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor’s Society, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Play Therapy. Outside of work, Rachel loves to cook, write, and go hiking. 

Jennifer Rubens, Intern, Candidate for M.A., Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Jennifer is completing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Play Therapy at Lipscomb University.  She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology-Individual Differences from the University of Houston where she conducted research in Autism.  Jennifer is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy and Chi Sigma Iota honor society.  She is trained in TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) and is focused on creating safe spaces for children and family members who have been affected by trauma.  She believes empowering children and building a strong foundation of connection is essential to the therapeutic process.  Jennifer is very excited to be a part of the Nurture House family and looks forward to the journey.  Outside of work she loves spending time with her husband, three daughters and her chocolate labs. 

Heather Lefebvre, Intern, Candidate for MMFT, Candidate for LMFT

Heather is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Arts in broadcast Communication. Heather worked at Channel 4 News in Nashville, Tennessee until she left the corporate word for full-time nonprofit work with Restore Small Groups, a Nashville-base nonprofit specializing in building small group infrastructure and curriculum. Heather is a full time graduate student at Lipscomb University pursuing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, with specialization in play therapy. Heather lives in Franklin with her husband, Steve, who is a youth minister, and her two young boys Thomlin and Lovell. Heather enjoys traveling, especially on a tour of tiny houses and bed and breakfasts. You can find her and her family exploring creeks, gardening, and at all the sporting events around.