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

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.

Elizabeth Andersen, M.S., Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Elizabeth received her master’s from Lipscomb University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Play Therapy in August 2016. She is thrilled to be at Nurture House and is committed to helping children and their grown ups create solutions to a variety of challenges families face today. She is especially interested in working with children and family members to overcome trauma, anxiety, and depression as well as address behavioral and attachment issues. While Elizabeth tailors her therapeutic approach to the unique needs of each individual and family situation, she often incorporates play, sand tray work and mindfulness practices in helping Clients heal. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counseling Association and volunteers at Monroe Carrel’s Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, SaddleUp riding program and on Alive Hospice’s pediatric team. A transplant to Franklin from London and Chicago, Elizabeth loves to spend time with her partner, grandkids, and menagerie of rescue animals.

Shelby Henson, M.S., Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Shelby Henson received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University. She desires to help families and children work through trauma and overcome everyday obstacles that can hinder relationships and attachment. She believes in the power of play therapy and believes it’s the way children best communicate with the world. She has a passion for working with children of adoption and their families, while helping them learn to navigate the difficult but beautiful road to healing and attachment. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Kate Worley, M.A.,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. 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.

Jessica Hargrove, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT 

Jessica received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in December of 2018. Jessica has a passion for working with children and believes in the healing nature of a healthy family system. She values fostering a safe space for children to grow and holds that play is a universal language through which all children communicate. Jessica’s professional memberships include the American Counseling Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She considers it an honor to walk alongside families in the healing process and is excited to be working with the children and families of Nurture House.

Tonya Haynes, Intern, Candidate for M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Tonya is completing her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University, and will graduate in December of 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 looks forward to being a part of the Nurture House team, and considers it a true privilege to walk along side her clients and their families.

Patrick Smith, Intern, Candidate for M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Patrick will receive his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in December 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 join the Nurture House team.

Ainsley Hunt, Intern, Candidate for M.A., Candidate for LPC-MHSP

Ainsley is completing her final year at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), 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