Our Counselors

Branches Counseling Center, Murfreesboro, TN

MIKE COURTNEY, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Ph.D., Clinical Christian Counseling; MA, New Testament Theology; Clinical Pastoral Counselor
EMAIL: mike@branchescounselingcenter.com

Mike Courtney is an author, speaker and Life Coach. He has 25 years experience in Pastoral Counseling to families, individuals and couples. He is also a husband and father who lives out his own recovery one day at a time. As director of the recovery center, Mike takes a personal interest in each client, each group and each recovery meeting. Mike is the author of Failure And How I Achieved It: a journey from addiction to hope. He and his wife Doris speak across the country on the intimacy that comes from brokenness.

TRACEY ROBISON, LPC, MHSP

Clinical Director
Licensed Professional Counselor; Mental Health Specialty; EMDR Trained Clinician, Level 1
EMAIL: trobison@branchescounselingcenter.com

“Branches is a safe place God has put together to help people find true healing through Christ. God laid on my heart at 14 to be a counselor. Branches is the place that has clearly given me a place for my voice through Him.”

Tracey specializes in treating those with depression, anxiety & bipolar disorder. She trains, counsels and supervises the counselors and interns at Branches. Tracey also teaches suicide prevention classes, leads a depression small group and joins her husband in crisis debriefing for those facing a critical incident. Tracey attended MTSU in the Psychology Department and went on to earn a Masters from Vanderbilt University in Human Development Counseling. Tracey’s work history includes helping start the Mobile Crisis Response Team in Rutherford, Williamson and Cannon counties, serving patients in the Community Assistance Program at Parthenon Pavilion, working with consumers through Magellan, and several years of private practice. God clearly directed her to become a part of Branches Counseling Center in the fall of 2007.

ALEX BARNES, MS

Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lipscomb University
EMAIL: abarnes@branchescounselingcenter.com

Alex Barnes earned a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University. She is working towards licensure to be a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. She enjoys helping and walking alongside those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relational issues, grief and adjustment. Alex has several years of experience in working in the mental health field. In her spare time she enjoys working out, being active outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

CHRISTINA BENEFIELD, LPC-MHSP, M.Ed., NCC

Counselor
Masters of Education in Professional Counseling, MTSU; National Certified Counselor
EMAIL: cbenefield@branchescounselingcenter.com

“The love and grace of God can be felt as soon as you walk into Branches. I’m grateful to be a part of all that is happening at Branches Counseling Center.”

Christina Benefield earned a Masters of Education in Professional Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a National Certified Counselor and is licensed in TN as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. Christina enjoys helping women with self-identity issues and individuals of all ages struggling with depression, anxiety, abuse, and transitions of life. When not counseling, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their excessively spoiled dog; a lab named Charlie.

JOSHUA COURTNEY, PA-C

B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Medicine
EMAIL: jcourtney@branchescounselingcenter.com

Joshua began as a minister, passionate about loving and serving others. That passion led him back to graduate school to become a Physician Assistant so he could serve in a more physical way. He now seeks to bring healing to hurting people via medicine. Joshua focuses on adults who deal with anxiety or mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. He brings to Branches the ability to prescribe the appropriate medications and works closely with the Branches counselors. Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, watching football, coaching basketball, and playing golf.

DANIEL CROSBY, LPC-MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor
M.A. in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University, B.A. in Bible & Ministry from Lipscomb University

EMAIL: dcrosby@branchescounselingcenter.com

“Branches is a place where God’s mercy, grace and compassion are made evident. What a blessing and privilege it is to be a part of His work here.”
Daniel enjoys working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. He enjoys the privilege of being able to listen to people’s stories and to walk alongside them in their journey of exploration and healing. Daniel specializes in helping people work through depression, anxiety, struggles in adolescence, marital conflicts, codependency, divorce adjustment, and issues of faith. Daniel brings considerable experience to the Branches family from his years of work in the community mental health field.

In his spare time, Daniel is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys competing in half marathons, hiking, cooking, working in the yard, and spoiling his dog Maddie.

FRED JOHNSON, M.ED, NCC

Counselor
Masters of Education in Professional Counseling, MTSU
EMAIL: fjohnson@branchescounselingcenter.com

Fred Johnson is a counselor currently seeking licensure with the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. Fred earned a Masters of Education in Professional Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. Fred works with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Helping people work through depression, anxiety, anger, marital issues, and life transitions is a passion of Fred. When Fred isn’t counseling, he enjoys the outdoors, reading, and involvement within ministry at his church. He and his wife are happy parents to their toddler daughter.

CHANDY POWELL, MA

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor
M.A. in Clinical Christian Counseling; Cornerstone University; Ordained Minister of Pastoral Counseling; Board Certified in Family & Marriage Therapy; NCCA Clinical member; EMDR Trained Clinician, Level 2
EMAIL: cpowell@branchescounselingcenter.com

“Branches is a wonderful place of healing, grace, mercy and love”

Chandy has her Masters of Arts in Clinical Christian Counseling and is an Ordained Minister of Pastoral Counseling. She views Branches as a place of emotional healing & restoration for the body, soul & spirit. Chandy is also the Dean of Students and professor for New Life University, a school held at Branches that trains those desiring to be certified counselors. Chandy works with individuals of all ages, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is a Certified Temperament therapist and is Board Certified in Marriage and Family Therapy.

When not counseling or teaching, Chandy will be found spending time with friends and family or reading a novel. She and her family attend and are involved in church at The Experience Cannon County. Chandy also has a small, private practice in Bradyville, TN: Counseling in the Country.

BILL ROBISON, MA

Pastoral Counselor, Life Coach
Masters of Arts in Psychology, MTSU; EMDR Trained Clinician, Level 1; Parent Project Certified Facilitator
EMAIL: brobison@branchescounselingcenter.com

Bill is a Counselor, Certified Life Coach, gifted artist & avid cyclist who views Branches as a safe place where God is at work in the hearts of His kids. When he is not at Branches he is sweating on a bicycle, cheering at a middle school girls soccer game for his daughter, supporting his son who loves racing his bike like his dad, or spending time with his wife Tracey and being forced by their dog Bruce to scratch his side.

Bill has his Masters of Arts in Psychology and spent 10 years working with behaviorally disordered children, adolescents & their families. Bill specializes in individual & marital/relational counseling including topics such as depression, anxiety, sexual addiction, anger management & parenting. He is a Parent Project Certified Facilitator and is leading an ongoing anger management small group at Branches.

DEBI RUSSELL, BA

Pastoral Counselor
B.A. in Christian Counseling, Cornerstone University; EMDR Trained Clinician, Level 1; Certified Temperament Counselor; NCCA Clinical Member; Ordained Minister of Pastoral Counseling
EMAIL: drussell@branchescounselingcenter.com

“Branches is a blessing to me because I get to use the gifts God has given me to help others in their healing and growth. It is a blessing to my clients because it is a safe place to begin a process of healing and claiming the life God has planned for them.”

Debi is a Pastoral Counselor and Development Director. She works with clients in both individual and marriage counseling to facilitate their healing. She is passionate about women’s issues, trauma work and spiritual growth. Debi is married to Scott and they have three children. When she is not counseling she enjoys writing and speaking; travel; hanging out with her church community and family.

ASHLEY SHARPE, MA

Counselor
Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Care, Oral Roberts University
EMAIL: asharpe@branchescounselingcenter.com

“I am very thankful to have found a home at Branches and believe it is a place I can be used by God to help individuals find wholeness and healing so that they may live more fully.”

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma. She and her husband moved to Tennessee in 2013. She is currently pursuing an equivalent license in Tennessee. Ashley works with a variety of individuals, children and couples. She has an articular focus on anxiety in children, depression and anxiety in adults, as well as grief and loss issues. Ashley has had success in helping couples with communication, pre-marriage counseling, sexual issues and affair recovery. In addition to working for Branches, Ashley assists her husband with their church plant in Nashville which launched on Easter of 2014. They are the happy parents of a toddler daughter.

Branches at Greenbrier, Greenbrier, TN

CYNTHIA KERR, MA

Pastoral Counselor
M.A. in Clinical Christian Counseling, Cornerstone University; NCCA Certified Temperament Counselor; NCCA Professional Clinical Member; Ordained Minister of Pastoral Counseling
EMAIL: ckerr@branchescounselingcenter.com

Cynthia knew that God was calling her to use her life experiences and ministry experiences to help hurting people get “unstuck” from their problems. She has extensive experience with women’s emotional issues, including co-dependency, crises counseling and addictions. Her desire is to see individuals understand “Who they are in Christ,” and to see their hearts healed and their lives restored. She and her husband live in White House, Tennessee. Together, they have six children and twelve grandchildren. When not counseling, Cynthia enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

DON SPAINHOWARD, MSW

Counselor
EMAIL: dspainhoward@branchescounselingcenter.com

CHERILYN WRIGHT, PH.D., M.A., B.S.N.

Pastoral Counselor
Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Christian Counseling, Cornerstone University; B.S. in Nursing, University of Tennessee; Ordained Minister of Pastoral Care, National Conservative Christian Church
EMAIL: cwright@branchescounselingcenter.com

“When I finally said yes to get my counseling degree, it was like coming home. This is the call that has been on my life since I was a young child. Partnering with Branches is like icing on the cake!”

Cherilyn believes our experiences, both good and bad, are not our identity; they are simply a part of our story. Many people struggle with allowing an experience to take its place in their story. Cherilyn enjoys assisting in this process. Isaiah 58 is a defining passage for her counseling ministry. She loves seeing people walk in the freedom Christ gives them.

Branches at Wilson County, Mt. Juliet, TN

JENNA HAZLEWOOD, M.MFT, B.A

Counselor
Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy, Lipscomb University; Bachelors of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology, Centre College
EMAIL: jhazlewood@branchescounselingcenter.com

Jenna Hazlewood earned a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy at Lipscomb University. She also holds a Bachelors degree in English with a minor in Psychology at Centre College. She is currently seeking licensure with the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is trained to work with individuals, couples, and families, and she uses an evidence-based approach to therapy that includes cognitive behavioral and attachment based interventions. She is passionate about working with adolescents and women, anxiety, marital health, family relational issues, spiritual issues, and life transitions. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and golf, reading, and spending time with friends, family, and her Beagle.

She feels absolutely blessed to be part of a place that incorporates faith in your healing process. Branches is truly a special place to find healing and personal growth.

TAMMY JOHNSTON, MS, BA

Counselor
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi.
EMAIL: tjohnston@branchescounselingcenter.com

“I feel blessed to be a part of the Branches family and excited about seeing Branches grow in new locations.”

Tammy is the counselor for Branches at The Bridge Fellowship located in Lebanon, TN. Tammy is licensed as a professional counselor in Alabama and is working toward obtaining licensure in Tennessee. Tammy has over fifteen years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of issues. She especially enjoys seeing marriages restored by God through the counseling process. Tammy has been married to her husband, Jim, for twenty-nine years, and they have two sons who continue to bring them joy as they grow into the men God created them to be.

STAN PARKER, D.Min.

Pastoral Counselor, Life Coach
D.Min., Theological Communications; M.Div., New Testament Theology; Certification Conflict Resolution, Certificate Community Mental Health
EMAIL: sparker@branchescounselingcenter.com

Stan Parker is an author, speaker and Life Coach. He has over 30 years experience in Pastoral Counseling to families, individuals, college students, and couples. He is married to Kathleen and father to two sons who are ministers. As a pastoral counselor and life coach, Stan takes a focused interest in each client. Stan is the author of Somebody Flip Me Please: Practical Ideas For Improving Yourself, Your Family, Your Career, Your Business, Your Church. He and Kathleen enjoy speaking at a variety of public and church venues.

Branches at The Beach, St. Augustine, FL

AMY CONNOR, BA

Licensed Pastoral Counselor
B.A. in Christian Counseling; Cornerstone University; Ordained Minister of Pastoral Counseling; NCCA Clinical member; EMDR Trained Clinician, Level 1
EMAIL: aconnor@branchesatthebeach.com

Amy is a Pastoral Counselor with an undergraduate degree from Cornerstone University. Amy is the Director of the Saint Augustine, Florida based Branches at the Beach. She works with individuals, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, and adjustment difficulties. Amy is also a Bible teacher and speaker and has a passion to see women’s lives transformed by discovering their true identity in Jesus. When she isn’t counseling or speaking, she is usually reading a good book or enjoying Kingsley Lake with her husband, son, and two dogs.

LUKE JONES

Pastoral Counselor
Certified Temperament Counselor; NCCA Member; Ordained Minister
EMAIL: ljones@branchesatthebeach.com

Luke Jones is a Pastoral Counselor at Branches in St. Augustine. Luke has a heart to see young men grow into strong, well equipped men of God. Focusing on family is a big passion for Luke’s ministry and he believes that your strengths and abilities in life begin in a godly home and family life. Luke enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and two children, fishing and being out and around the city of St. Augustine.

CHERRE KIDD, BA

Pastoral Counselor
Certified Grief Counselor; Certified Temperament Counselor; NCCA Clinical Member; Ordained Minister of Pastoral Counseling
EMAIL: ckidd@branchesatthebeach.com

Cherre is a Pastoral Counselor with an undergraduate degree from Cornerstone University. In addition to being a counselor, she has worked for Craig Funeral Home in St. Augustine for over thirty-five years. She is a bible teacher to women in her home church. Her love for hurting people and the desire to see them healed and whole is her passion and calling. She loves spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, extended family and the good friends she has made along life’s way.

MELISSA LICHTENBERGER, MS

Counselor
EMAIL: mlichtenberger@branchesatthebeach.com

Melissa is a Mental Health Counselor currently seeking licensure with the state of Florida. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Flagler College.

Melissa works with clients of all ages counseling those who deal with anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, eating disorders, body image issues and other difficulties. She is a wife and mother who enjoys photography, painting, creating and all things creative.

counselor-group-photoOur family of counselors at Branches Counseling Center