Stephen James

MA, LPC-MHSP, NCC
About Stephen

As the founder and executive director of Sage Hill Counseling, Stephen splits his professional time between his therapy practice and his leadership responsibilities with Sage Hill Counseling and Sage Hill Institute.

In his therapy practice Stephen, works with individuals and couples to recover their hearts, redeem their stories, and transform their lives.

His therapeutic approach is grounded in the Spiritual Root System™ and is informed by the narrative Allender Method, psychodynamic theories, existential philosophy, Judeo-Christian traditions, and other psychosocial theories and perspectives.

Professional and Elite College Athletes

Stephen works with professional and elite college athletes so they can play with heart. He helps them develop and sustain the passion, mental endurance, and emotional resilience to achieve their dreams by realizing changes that not only impact their performance on the field, but more importantly improve their entire lives. He has worked with athletes who have competed in D1, Olympics, MLB, NFL, and NHL.

He also works with retired professional athletes and their families to make the sometimes difficult transition to life away from the game.

Executive Consulting

Stephen works with professionals, C-suite executives, and their leadership teams to help them lead with greater confidence, clarity, integrity, and sustainability. He helps them realize the personal and organizational changes that not only maximize their effectiveness at work, but more importantly improve their lives at home.

Therapist Training

Through Sage Hill Training, Stephen trains other mental health professionals in the art of therapy.

Stephen is a best-selling author of five books, including Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys.

Before starting Sage Hill Counseling, Stephen worked in private practice in Nashville, TN, for more than a decade. He and his wife have four children together.

Education

Stephen earned his master’s in Counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (formerly Mars Hill Graduate School). He holds a bachelor’s from Belmont University.

Training and Certifications
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, TN LC#2939
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board of Certified Counselors

Stephen's Books


 

Dane Anthony

M.Div
About Dane

Dane is the Director of Spiritual Formation for Sage Hill Counseling. He also facilitates multiple groups each week, leads pre-marital counseling, and teaches various classes.

Dane has practiced as a spiritual guide and mentor for nearly 30 years.  His work with individuals and groups includes spiritual direction, group therapy process, and higher education.  Dane’s practice is rooted in the traditional understanding of Spiritual Direction as “holy listening,” a context in which God’s presence directs our conversation and leads us to live an “undivided life” with ourselves, others and God.

Dane also has more than 15 years’ experience teaching and consulting with the StrengthsFinder Inventory for students, businesses, and individuals.

Learn more about Dane.
Other Interests

As Belmont University faculty, Dane teaches survey-level biblical studies courses, including Jesus in the Gospel & Film.

Dane also created and presents “College Parent 101” focusing on guiding parents of new college students in the relational transition.  Dane has published print and on-line articles, as well as his blog: www.collegeparent101.com.

Education

Dane earned his Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Theological Seminary and holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.  He is also received his certification for Spiritual Direction from Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Formation.


 

Alex Derry

MMFT
About Alex

Alex provides a safe place for individuals, couples, and families to engage their heart and begin to live fully. He helps them more deeply explore their story and the effect of key relationships (both historically and currently), allowing them to heal in areas of relational woundedness/brokenness and become who they are made to be.

His practice is grounded in the Spiritual Root System™ and influenced by narrative therapy, psychodynamic theories, existential philosophy, as well as other psychosocial theories. Alex brings a diverse approach to his counseling practice by integrating the psychological, spiritual, social, and biological aspects of a person’s life.

Concentrations
  • Adult Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transition
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Men’s Issues
  • Codependency
Education

Alex earned his Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Marketing from Belmont University.

Training and Certifications

Member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT)


 

Beth Gillem

MA, MMFT
About Beth

Beth provides a place for individuals and couples to begin to live integrated lives by helping them explore their story, engage their heart, and develop a deeper passion. Her practice is grounded in the Spiritual Root System™ as well as other psychosocial theories.

With a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Global Leadership, Beth brings a well-rounded perspective to her counseling practice that incorporates the psychological, spiritual, and physical aspects of a persons life.

SEC football fills her Saturdays in the Fall as she cheers on her Tigers, War Eagle! A Nashville native, she enjoys spending time in Radnor and Percy Warner Park with her yellow lab, Leland.

Learn more about Beth.
Concentrations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transition
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Addiction
  • Body image
  • Trauma
  • Codependency
Education

Beth has earned a Masters in both Marriage and Family Therapy (from Trevecca Nazarene University) and Global Leadership (from Dallas Baptist University). She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University.

Training and Certifications
Pursuing licensure in the state of Tennessee under the supervision of John Marshall

Level One Certification at the Allender Center of The Seattle School
– This certification is for learning to work more effectively with survivors of abuse through the utilization of trauma-focused narrative therapy

 

Nick McCollum

M.Div., MMFT
About Nick

Nick uses a dynamic approach to help his clients recover their hearts and redeem their stories. His therapeutic approach is grounded in the Spiritual Root System™, and is informed by the Barnabas Model and the Allender Theory. He also integrates perspectives from Judeo-Christian traditions, existential philosophy, and family system theories, along with other psychodynamic theories.

Nick works with individuals and couples to help them come to bless the space between where they are and where they want to be. He seeks to become a place of hope where clients can tell the truth about the pain of where they are, grieve the tragedy of where they’ve been, and dare to hope and dream again about where they want to go.

Prior to moving to Nashville in 2014, Nick and his family lived in Charlotte, NC for 14 years. While there, he completed a Master of Divinity degree in 2004, spent several years in project management working with the healthcare industry, and was also part of the ministry staff at Hope Community Church (PCA). In 2013-2014, Nick completed a counseling residency at The Barnabas Center, a counseling, training, and teaching ministry in Charlotte, NC.

Nick has been married to his wife, Juliana, for 17 years and together they have two children.

Learn more about Nick.
Concentrations
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Relationship & Marriage Counseling
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Infertility
  • Parenting
  • Grief & Loss
  • Men’s Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Vocation, Career, & Calling
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Self Image & Identity
  • Spiritual Issues & Concerns
  • Pastoral & Ministry Professionals
Education
  • Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Lipscomb University, 2016
  • Master of Divinity, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Berry College, 1999
Training and Certifications
  • Certified Facilitator for SYMBIS Premarital Assessment
  • Member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
  • Currently under supervision for licensure in Tennessee

 

Cresson Haugland

MS, MMFT
About Cresson

Cresson has worked in both community mental health and private practice settings. She has extensive experience working with families in transition, couples, adolescents, and individuals. Much of her practice is influenced by systems theory, an attachment perspective and a psychodynamic approach. She also strives to consistently stay up to date with the latest research in neuroscience and relational theories of psychotherapy.

Our earliest relationships have an incredibly strong impact on how we develop, and exploring them provides great insight into the unique things that have shaped you, the implications of particular relational patterns, and the effect unresolved conflict may be having on your day to day interactions.

Cresson returned to her college home town of Nashville after several years on Young Life staff and further continuing her education at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. When she isn’t enjoying a good cup of coffee in the therapy room, you will likely find her lost in the mountains, opening up a bottle of red wine around a table of friends, or planning which country to cross off of her bucket list next.

Learn more about Cresson
Concentrations
  • Couples
  • Adolescents
  • Individuals
  • Family Conflict
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Stage of Life Transitions
  • Anger Management
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Divorce
  • Self Injurious Behaviors
  • Sexual Identity
  • Trauma
  • Relational Discord
  • Self Awareness and Identity Formation
  • Emotion and Affect Regulation
Education

Cresson earned a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development with a minor in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

Training and Certifications
  • Cresson currently holds a temporary license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee and is pursuing licensure under the supervision of Jennifer Black, LMFT.
  • Completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Level Two Certification in the Restoration Therapy Model
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Certified Domestic Violence Counselor

 

Kate Hughes

About Kate

Kate’s therapeutic approach is brought to life through the Spiritual Root System™. She works through a Narrative Therapy lense while bringing Here and Now Therapy into the room to expose and heal relational brokenness and trauma. She carries a holistic approach that considers and cares for the brain, the body, the mind, and the heart.

Since graduating with a Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Kentucky, Kate has been mentoring and coaching college students at Wake Forest University and Trevecca Nazarene. She also spent a year in eleven different third world countries working with victims of trauma. She was led to Sage Hill through her own personal story of recovery and interned for a year and a half while she was getting her Masters in Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Concentrations
  • Adult Therapy
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse Recovery
  • Addiction
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Trauma/Grief
  • Sexuality
Training and Certifications

Kate is currently working under supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor-MHSP.


 

Melanie Rogers

MMFT, LPC-MHSP
About Melanie

Before joining Sage Hill Counseling in 2015, Melanie worked with children, adolescents, and young adults for over 20 years in a variety of roles and settings including outdoor adventure programs, youth and college ministry, school counseling, and private practice.

Melanie’s therapeutic work involves developing an honest and caring relationship where her clients feel seen, heard, and have permission to be themselves. Melanie loves inviting people to explore their own interior landscapes, challenging them to be intrigued with the bigger story being told in and through their lives. She loves nothing more than to see her clients discovering, recovering, and living from their truest self.

Melanie is also the Community Outreach Liaison for Sage Hill Counseling. She loves connecting people and sharing the vision and hope of Sage Hill Counseling. She enjoys working adolescents, families, and adults.

In her free time, Melanie is likely to be found practicing yoga, hiking at Radnor or Percy Warner parks, road biking, investigating a new topic of interest, writing, or planning her next travel adventure.

Concentrations
  • Addiction
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Body Image/Eating Disorders
  • Blending Families
  • Career/Vocation
  • Co-dependency
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Divorce
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pre-marital
  • Self harm
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Spiritual Issues
Education

Melanie earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development from Auburn University.

Training and Certifications
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, TN LC # 1945

 

Christen Johnson

MA
About Christen

Before joining Sage Hill as a therapist, Christen worked as a family counselor at Youth Villages in Nashville, where exposure to crisis situations was a regular part of her job. At Youth Villages, she also worked closely with children with sexual and physical trauma, Autism, Aspergers and ADHD.

She spent her post-graduate internship at the Hope Clinic for Women in Nashville where she gained experience working with women in crisis pregnancy situations and with young women and men who struggled with depression, anxiety, relationship issues and personality disorders. While there Christen also gained experience in marital counseling.

Concentrations
  • Adult Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Trauma
Education

Christen earned her Master’s in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Theater at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.

Training and Certifications
  • Certification in Trauma-Focused Behavioral-Cognitive Therapy (TF-BCT)

 

Chris O’Rear

MDiv, MMFT, LCPT
About Chris

Chris has been practicing pastoral counseling for over 20 years. Pastoral Counseling uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Chris is open to working with clients of all faiths, people who have been hurt by their faith group, and those who identify with no faith. All are welcome in his office. He’s trained in in-depth psychotherapy and enjoys exploring the deeper roots of presenting problems.

As an ordained minister, Chris is also a regular speaker and preacher who has written several published articles and Sunday School lessons. He’s been married to Lynda since 1987 and they have two daughters. Visit his blog at chrisorear.blogspot.com.

Learn more about Chris.
Concentrations
  • Addiction recovery
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief & loss
  • Dilemmas in parenting
  • Premarital counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Infidelity
  • Self-image issues
  • Sexual problems
  • Spiritual issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
Education

Chris earned a Master of Marriage & Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University (2004) and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1994).

Training and Certifications
  • Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee
  • Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • CertifiedFacilitator for SYMBIS Premarital Assessment
  • Endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (2007)
  • Four Units of Clinical Pastoral Education

 

Sarah Aughtman

MMFT
About Sarah

Mission Statement: Sarah believes therapy is a sacred place where people come to do the courageous work of discovering the truth of their lives so they can live in the freedom they long for. She has a passion to encourage women to see who they are made to be by inviting them to reflect upon their lives and connect to their hearts (and thus the heart of others), and to engage their desire for abundant life.

Her therapy practice is a place where her clients can pause, evaluate, and get in the dirt of their lives in a way that is otherwise difficult to do routinely. She helps challenge, encourage, and restore people to their truest identities.

Learn more about Sarah.
Concentrations
  • Grief and loss
  • Spirituality
  • Life transition
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Codependency
  • Relational dysfunction
  • Self-worth
  • Career issues
  • Women ages 18-30
Education

Sarah earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University and a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University.

Training and Certifications

Sarah is currently pursuing licensure in Tennessee.


 

Miriam Tate

MA, LPC-MHSP
About Miriam

Miriam has worked at the Center for Professional Excellence, a long-term alcohol and drug treatment center founded by Dr. Chip Dodd in Nashville, since 2001. She has therapeutic experience working with the spouses of the patients there, as well as couples counseling. She also has experience in outpatient counseling with individuals and marriage counseling.

Miriam helps people tell their story and reawakens them to who they are. As her clients becomes clear on their early story, she shows them how the defenses that they learned to help them survive childhood are now blocking them from healthy relationships in adulthood. She does this by introducing them to the Eight Feelings™ and their needs which are essential to having relationship.

As a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Miriam helps her clients learn to listen to others while still maintaining there own feelings and needs.

Learn more about Miriam.
Concentrations
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Anxiety
Education

Miriam earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Belmont University and a Masters in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Training and Certifications
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider
  • Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

 


 

Sage Hill Counseling Interns

Interns & Practicum students

Committing to counseling can sometimes be a financial challenge. To help you live fully, Sage Hill Counseling offers cost-adjusted therapy through access to our graduate interns and practicum students who are in the process of completing the requirements for a masters degrees in a mental health field. Our interns are directly supervised by licensed Sage Hill counselors and are trained to use the Spiritual Root System™.

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Nashville Office Information

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Nashville, TN 37204

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