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Insight Counseling Centers exists to restore lives to wholeness - mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

To accomplish this important work we seek to…

  • Provide excellent professionally licensed psychotherapy to any individual, couple or family in our community.
  • Offer help and healing from a heart of compassion and personal faith that accepts and respects the beliefs of every individual with whom we work.
  • Raise and provide financial support to help those who cannot otherwise afford care.

Serving Middle Tennessee since 1985

Insight Counseling Centers, formerly known as the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee, Inc., was formed in 1985 when a handful of visionary people from Vine Street Christian Church brought to fruition their dream of providing spiritually informed and psychologically sound counseling for the Nashville area. Now over 35 years later, we have grown to six additional centers throughout Middle Tennessee and provide around 5,000 hours of counseling to individuals, couples, and families in our community every year.

In addition to counseling services, we provide professional training opportunities  and mental health awareness education.

A spiritually-integrated approach

Pastoral Counseling is a unique form of counseling that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Traditionally, Pastoral Counselors are mental health professionals who also have in-depth religious and theological training. Most Pastoral Counselors are ordained clergy or persons otherwise endorsed by a religious faith group. Click here to view A Brief Introduction to Pastoral Counseling.

Core Values

Compassion, Respect, Honesty, Acceptance,
Inclusion, Diversity, Wholeness, Professionalism

The work of Insight Counseling Centers is grounded in the compassionate and healing nature of God. We are called to embody God’s healing presence to people of all faith traditions and those who claim no faith tradition. This means we seek to:

  • Meet each client, colleague, and student with compassion, respect, and honesty.
  • Accept and include each person as a reflection of the rich diversity of God’s creation.
  • Join with each client in their journey to wholeness, focusing on their needs, and going wherever their process of self-discovery and renewal leads.
  • Provide for each client the highest professional standards through rigorous training, certification, licensure, and peer consultation.

Board of Directors

Ms. Karen Montgomery, Chair
Ms. Mercedes Lytle, Vice Chair
Mr. Wells Johnson, Secretary
Ms. Lucy Carter, Treasurer
Mr. Russell Riebeling, Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Blake Bowman, Board Intern
Mr. Gary Briggs
Ms. Rise’ Hayes
Mr. Keith King
Rev. Dr. Thomas Kleinert
Mr. Joe McKnight
Mr. Jared Porter

Administrative Staff

Pam Brown - Insight Counseling Centers

Pam Brown

Executive Director
Carol Smith, Director of Clinical Services & Training - Insight Counseling Centers

Carol Smith

LMFT, Director of Clinical Services & Training
Monét Shell - Insight Counseling Centers

Monét Shell

LMFT, Clinical Peer Educator
Abbie Culbertson, Director of Marketing & Communications - Insight Counseling Centers

Abbie Culbertson

Director of Marketing & Communications
Megan Kucenski - Insight Counseling Centers

Megan Kucenski

Administrative Assistant


Carol Smith, Director of Clinical Services & Training - Insight Counseling Centers

Carol Smith

LMFT, Director of Clinical Services & Training
Monét Shell - Insight Counseling Centers

Monét Shell

LMFT, Clinical Peer Educator
Karen Potratz - Insight Counseling Centers

Karen Potratz

LCSW, Murfreesboro Center Director
Barbara Tamkin - Insight Counseling Centers
Dr. Dwight Hughes - Insight Counseling Centers
Hannah Feliciano - Insight Counseling Centers
James Owens - Insight Counseling Centers
Amanda W. Myers - Insight Counseling Centers
Amanda Gibson - Insight Counseling Centers

Amanda Gibson

Kimberly "Meadow" Alsobrook - Insight Counseling Centers
Emily Kerlin - Insight Counseling Centers

Emily Kerlin

Counseling Intern
Marlena Trees - Insight Counseling Centers

Marlena Trees

Counseling Intern
Ed Barron - Insight Counseling Centers

Ed Barron

Yohana Temesghen, LMSW - Insight Counseling Centers

Hailley White

Counseling Intern
Melane Stanwick - Insight Counseling Centers

Melane Stanwick

Counseling Intern
Jordan Scales - Insight Counseling Centers

Jordan Malone

Counseling Intern
Alli Crochet - Insight Counseling Centers

Alli Crochet

Counseling Intern
Rebeca Molina - Insight Counseling Centers

Rebeca Molina

Stewart Everett - Insight Counseling Centers

Stewart Everett

Counseling Intern
Cameron Presson - Insight Counseling Centers

Cameron Presson

Counseling Intern
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