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.

Jenny Matern, LMFT

Jenny Matern is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who got her masters from from Lipscomb University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program with a special emphasis in Play Therapy.  She believes wholeheartedly that play is the way we first learn to communicate.  Her goal is to create a safe environment for parents, children and teens to communicate their needs through various means of therapy.  By using play, children and teens can be allowed to explore and express feelings they may not have consciously known existed.  Jenny also believes in working alongside parents offering support and psychoeducation to ensure the therapeutic progress is being generalized into the home as well. Jenny is a Trust Based Relational Intervention practitioner and is trained in level 1 Brainspotting.

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.

Grace Mullins, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT

Gracie received her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University with a concentration in Play Therapy. Gracie believes the process of play is a child’s central mode of communicating. She has a passion to help families, children, and adolescents lead happier and healthier lives.  The opportunity to serve her clients is meaningful to her and it is her hope to create a safe and sacred environment for children to process and heal. Gracie’s passions include normal development problems, grief, life traditions, divorce adjustment, and parenting. Her professional memberships include the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors, Renewed: Eating Disorder Support, and National Counsel of Family Relations.

Kate Worley, Intern, Candidate for M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Kate will receive 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 a local recovery center for women. She is also a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School and enjoys studying the intersectionality of faith and psychology. Her memberships include the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor’s Society, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counseling Association, and the American Counseling Association. She is honored to be interning at Nurture House and is excited to work with children and their families.

Jessica Hargrove, Intern, Candidate for M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Jessica will graduate with 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.