AN OPEN TABLE
All are welcome, regardless of race or culture. All faiths or religious backgrounds are welcome. Agnostics, Atheists, or those with independence of belief. All are welcome regardless of Sexual Orientation, gender identity, expression or relationship status. All are welcome regardless of addiction, past imprisonment, or socio-economic circumstance. All are welcome because God welcomes all.
Adult Counseling Services
Don't like the idea of examining your personal life in a sterile office? Feel like traditional "Talk Therapy" hasn't helped? This is where the vision for Open Table Sanctuary began.
I have seen both personally and directly the life changing effects of Ecotherapy and the healing powers of reconnecting our relationship with nature. And so, I set out to create a counseling environment outside the confines of a building. A safe space for people to heal in all aspects of their life; personally, with family and friends, and the world around them.
At Open Table, I use a multi-theoretical approach to work on Mind, Body and Spirit. I am a firm believer of getting back to our roots, and reconnecting our relationship with nature. I use ecotherapy as the center of my approach (more on Ecotherapy below.) I believe our life systems are a working triad. You can not have a healthy mind, without also having a healthy body and healthy spirit. We will focus on all three areas, helping you to heal fully and live the life you deserve.
Life Coaching/ Self-Esteem
Relationship Issues/ Divorce
Weight Loss/ Body Image
Grief and Coping
Most sessions are off-site at a local trail, park, or greenway.
Please contact me today for a free consult and availability times at
I am a native of Nashville TN and a graduate of TN Tech University, and have over 15 years in the counseling field.
My experience in outdoor residential mental health programs, Girl Scouts of America Camp Programs, School Counseling, and Coaching at both High School and Collegiate levels, has given me a wealth of knowledge in working with varied populations in an outdoor setting.
I have enjoyed the outdoors, sports and fitness my entire life. I am an avid Trail Runner, having completed countless 5ks, Half and Full Marathons, and Ultra Trail Runs. I also love hiking, back-country camping, kayaking, and gardening.
I love getting first timers out into nature to experience the life changing effects that the outdoors can offer.
supervised by Dr. Alicia Ellis, LPC-MHSP
RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor
Professional School Counselor
Certified MBE Facilitator (Mindfulness Based Ecotherapy)
dtWFA certified (Disaster/Wilderness First Aid)
What is Ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy is an umbrella term for interventions within nature that are used to treat well being.
Ecotherapy is applied Ecopsychology. Ecotherapy is also sometimes referred to as Nature Therapy.
Ecopsychology studies the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles.
Within Ecotherapy, practitioners use nature and nature-based activities as a tool for behavioral intervention. There are many types of Ecotherapy and some or all of these techniques can be used. Adventure therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy Interventions (AAI), Green Care- care farming and gardening, exercise, forest bathing, and nature arts/crafts to name a few, are all ways to incorporate ecotherapy into the counseling framework and the healing process.
I may use any or all of these in sessions in order to help clients process and address their core concerns.
What does an
session look like?
There is no typical ecotherapy session. I have found that physical and environmental limitations can inhibit healing,and therefore sessions will be filled with movement and will manifest organically. We will meet at a local greenway/ trail/ park for our session using nature as our guide. We may hike the entire session, explore, work on activities, just sit and talk, or even exercise. Each session is tailored to the expressed goals of each client.