Paris Goodyear-Brown, the founder and director of Nurture House, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 25+ 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 is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist (LMFT) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). 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 certified TraumaPlay™ therapist and provides supervision and consultation towards certification in the TraumaPlay™ model.
Angela Scruggs, LPC-MHSP, MAMFC, NIC, QMHI
Angela Scruggs has a Ph.D. in Psychology & Counseling and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling, both from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC-MHSP). She is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, and TraumaPlay Therapy. She has worked with clients of varying ages and life stages with a range of clinical challenges. In over a decade of providing therapy, her experiences have included work in residential and recovery programs, school systems, nonprofit agencies, traditional counseling settings, and in-home therapy. Angela is a creative thinker who enjoys expressive arts therapy. In New Orleans, she developed a creative-expressive arts therapy group using music, art, and other expressive mediums to foster healing. Angela is also fluent in American Sign Language and specializes in providing direct services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. She is passionate about cultivating hope and healing for children, adolescents, and families.
Kelly Stephens, LPC/MHSP, RPT-S, Certified TF-CBT Provider
Lisa Masri, LCSW
Lisa Masri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. Lisa’s professional experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in the home-based and school-based therapeutic settings, outpatient setting at a community mental health center and in private practice. She considers it a privilege to journey with children, adolescents and families and help them grow through difficult times and develop deeper connections in their relationships. She believes that change is encouraged in a non-judgmental, relational and hopeful environment where everyone in the family is known, understood and loved.
Lisa has worked with children and their families addressing emotional distress, grief/loss, transitions and divorce, anxiety, depression, ADHD as well as other challenges. She is especially passionate about helping those that have been affected by a traumatic experience heal.
Lisa is trained in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TBRI (Trust-based Relational Intervention), PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy), (CBT)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other trauma-focused treatment techniques and attachment-based interventions.
Lisa is a native Hoosier and has lived most of her life in Indiana until recently making her home in Nashville. She is married and has two children. She loves to be outdoors hiking, kayaking walking her Golden Retriever Drake, and spending time with her husband on little adventures.
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.
Kate Worley, M.A., NCC, LPC-MHSP, RPT
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 a Registered Play Therapist. Kate is honored to walk alongside children and their families throughout the therapeutic process.
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.
Jennifer Rubens, M.S., Candidate for LPC-MHSP
Jennifer completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in July of 2020 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.
Merna ElSols, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT
Merna completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University in August of 2021. Merna uses a person-centered, integrative, and systemic approach to help individuals and families increase their emotional expression and enhance their communication styles. She believes that the answers to many of the struggles we go through in life come from within us and that, through effective communication and emotional disclosure, we can build stronger relationships to endure any life hardship we encounter. Merna is a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Provider (TF-CBT), a APR Gatekeeper Trainer, a Pre-/Enrich Facilitator, and a Mental Health First Aider; she continues to receive training in Gottman Method, Restoration Therapy, TraumaPlay, and play therapy. She is passionate about working with individuals and families from all walks of life and witnessing their growth and development of self-confidence, grace, compassion, and emotional expression. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and is thrilled to be part of the Nurture House team.
Tandy Jackson, Ed. S, Candidate for LPC-MHSP
Tandy completed her master’s and educational specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Harding University in May of 2019. After graduation she worked as a school-based therapist in Denver, Colorado with children ages 5-15 and their families. She now lives in Nashville, where she works with Nurture House and as a counselor with Catholic Charities. In her previous roles, she worked with children and families to address a variety of life experiences, such as relational issues, emotional distress, behavioral issues, divorce, school challenges, adjustments, depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, and grief and loss. Tandy has training in play therapy, sand tray, TF-CBT, and trauma narrative therapy interventions, and is currently in training to be a certified TraumaPlay Therapist. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy. Tandy believes that laughter, connection, trust, and play are essential to the therapeutic relationship. She uses a variety of interventions based on each child’s needs and personal strengths to provide support for children and their families. Outside of Nurture House, Tandy enjoys spending time outside, baking, cooking, reading, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with family and friends.
Laurence Lopez, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT
Laurence completed his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in November 2019. Laurence believes that healing and change begin with the therapeutic relationship itself. He aims to connect with clients, to establish a safe environment for exploration and collaboration, and to model healthy relationships for children and families. Most of all, Laurence welcomes and invites people from all walks of life and the full spectrum of their emotions into his office. Also, he’ll be the first to tell you, “A bit of laughter never hurt anyone.” His professional memberships include the American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is excited to be a part of the Nurture House team.
Jasmine Hiland, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT
Jasmine is honored to join children, teens, and families on their journey and offer a safe, empathetic space to explore, heal, and grow. She understands the risk and the courage it takes to share your story. Jasmine has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. Jasmine was born and raised in Nashville and is excited to continue caring for this community. She has her Bachelors in intercultural studies and has worked in a variety of non-profit settings mentoring young adults and focusing on social change. Jasmine’s approach to therapy is trauma-informed and attachment-focused. She is trained in SAFE EMDR. She loves incorporating creative elements including play, art, movement, and the sand tray. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling with her partner, and drinking good coffee.
Natalie Hoyt, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT
Natalie completed her Master’s degree at Lipscomb University and is excited to be a part of the Nurture House team. She believes that one of the most important things about therapy is the therapeutic bond formed, and she enjoys being a warm and inviting presence in the lives of all her clients. Journeys of healing can be scary and overwhelming, and through using a holistic and integrative approach, she endeavors to create a safe space for all clients to do the necessary healing work while she helps guide and encourage them on. She is passionate about all of the expressive arts and loves “thinking outside the box” as sometimes the journey to healing requires some creativity. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and is delighted to continue working with families and children.
Keli McInnes, MMFT, Candidate for LMFT
Keli completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in December 2021, and completed a year of practicum and internship at Nurture House from August 2020 – December 2021. Keli is beyond excited to continue to be a part of the Nurture House team. She spent the past five years as an educator, where she was inspired by her students and their families to work one-on-one with them to facilitate healing, connection, and a more healthful and joyful living. Keli is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Academy of Marriage and Family Therapists and is trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention Strategies. Keli is looking forward to meeting the children and families at Nurture House and feels humbled to have the privilege to be a part of their journey to health.
Amanda Wells, Clinical Intern
Amanda is working toward her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Play Therapy from Lipscomb University and is excited to be joining the Nurture House team. Before pursuing a Master’s Degree, she worked closely with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Amanda enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities and loves using play as means of communication and discovery with clients. She believes that every client’s story is unique and worth exploring. Her professional memberships include the American Counseling Association, the Association for Play Therapy, and the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.
Mary Margaret Tardy, Clinical Intern
Mary Margaret is working towards her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Play Therapy from Lipscomb University. Mary Margaret is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, and is a student member of the Association for Play Therapy. Before entering her master’s program, Mary Margaret worked for a children’s learning program. She has always enjoyed working closely with children, and she is looking forward to helping children and families in a more direct and meaningful way. Mary Margaret is also passionate about expressive arts as a healing process and hopes to utilize this in creating a safe environment to promote healing with her clients. Outside of work, Mary Margaret enjoys providing childcare as a nursery worker, painting, and playing with her dog, Mildred. Mary Margaret is honored and elated to be a part of the Nurture House team and looks forward to meeting the children and families involved.