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Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville Counseling

I’m a licensed counselor, therapist, coach, author, and teacher providing hope and healing for those in the Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin area. My clients struggle with life just like you. They want more in life and have struggled mightily to find this fullness and meaning. They are hurting from wounds from the past, difficulties in present-day relationships, and wrestle with self-identity. Just like you, they have tried everything they can think of to help themselves, perhaps even trying therapy or counseling before. And like you, they want a place to explore life in a nonjudgmental and safe environment. My goal is to walk with and alongside you as you explore the joys, pains, and rough patches of life. 

I specialize in helping individuals and couples who struggle with addictions, relationship issues, anger issues, depression, sexual integrity, and spirituality issues. I help marriages and relationships engage with the recovery of love, respect, and intimacy.  

There are many intersections and stories of your life that come into play for you today, even now as you consider therapy. Therapy involves the exploration of these stories, and the hope of something new. I am committed to change-oriented therapy for individuals and couples of all ages and walks of life. Through therapy you can deepen relational intimacy, break free from difficult life patterns, and discover what it means to live more truthfully

Connect with me, and let’s get started on helping you heal and find hope.

Counseling with Samuel

:: Experience ::
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (TN License #2618) practicing in the Brentwood, TN area.

I specialize in working with men who are wrestling with what it means to be a man, sexual integrity, addictions, relationship or work issues, and anger management. I challenge men to explore their masculinity by challenging pervasive, and sometimes harmful, cultural stereotypes.

I help women who are looking to find and reclaim their voice in their relationships, working through issues of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, difficulty in family relationships, self esteem, and codependency.

Couples have four areas of content they fight about: Sex, kids, money, and in-laws. Each couple has a unique process they follow as they attempt to resolve these issues. I guide couples through these difficult and sometimes perpetual issues to find hope and healing. Together we will sort through these and other challenges to foster mutual love and respect. I help couples to identify and move beyond their negative patterns of relating and construct new relational styles built upon honesty, respect, responsibility, and vulnerability. 

:: Areas of Experience ::
Marriage and Couples Therapy
Men’s and Women’s Issues
Codependency
“Nice Guys”
Recovery (substance abuse, relationships, narcissism)
Sex (Pornography, Illicit relationships, sex addictions)
Anxiety
Life Transitions
Spiritual Formation

:: Fees ::
$175 per session (I typically work with clients on a weekly basis)
Sessions are ~50 minutes in length
24-hour cancellation policy

Call or Text me today at 615-656-4430, and let’s get started on helping you find hope and healing.

15-Day Relationship Challenge

Relationships are a lot like owning a house. Unlike calling our landlord in a rental, when something goes wrong with the plumbing, HVAC, or roof, owning a home means that it’s my responsibility to address the problem. I would say that the majority of us naturally respond to our relationships like it’s a rental property — It’s their problem, not mine.  Over time this mindset erodes the foundation of the relationship, and it doesn’t take much of a storm to do quite a bit of damage.  

This relationship challenge will address your personal foundation and how that impacts your relationship foundation. By the end of the next 15 days, you’ll better know your personal story, your relationship story, and the things that get in the way of what you hope and desire. As with all things in life, we harvest what we plant. As you begin, ask yourself what you hope to get out of this (be honest!) and how much you will invest of your time, energy, attention, and patience.  You will get out of this what you put in.

Overview of the Process

The focus for the first week is on the story of me, and the second week is on the story of us. This will promote lighthearted, but meaningful engagements. Growth takes place with one positive experience after another.  

Each day for the next 15 days, there will be a short read and then there will be some questions for you to consider throughout the day. These questions will be more like a lantern to guide your way, than they are a finish line to complete. Try to engage the questions reflectively instead of checking the boxes. You may not realize it, but doing so will build the necessary muscles of your “soul” that will help you in your relationship. Finally there will be an assignment to do for the day as you go into work or life. 

There will be an assignment of connection for you and your spouse for the evening. Revisit what come up during the morning, what happened in your day, name your hopes and needs, and then close with reading the prayer or meditation together.  

It would be helpful for you to get a journal so you can jot down notes about your process. Throughout the challenge, I’m going to use the words “marriage” and “relationship” interchangeably. While this process can be helpful to any relationship, the majority of interpersonal issues we experience show up the most acutely in our intimate relationships. 

Some of the material might lead to conflict in your relationship. That’s ok. I’d encourage you to “press pause” if a conflict arises that feels like it is getting out of hand. Take a break, and continue with the challenge tomorrow.   

Schedule:
Day 1 – Hello! The gift of welcome. 
Day 2 – Roles. Where we come from.
Day 3 – Personalities. Who we are.
Day 4 – Top 5, Part 1. Keystone Stories of Loss.
Day 5 – Top 5, Part 2. Keystone Stories of Joy.
Day 6 – Growth. Who am I becoming?
Day 7 – Rest. Let all things be.
Day 8 – Remember Us. Our story. 
Day 9 – Grace. Sweat the small stuff. 
Day 10 – Celebrate. Our wins.
Day 11 – Bless. Our losses.
Day 12 – Responsibility. Making amends.
Day 13 – Forgiveness. Letting go, holding on.
Day 14 – Rest, part 2. We’re going to be ok.
Day 15 – A New Vision. Hope.

The Listening Room

Located in Brentwood Tennessee, The Listening Room is a space to listen, talk, process, and transition.

Often times clients leave my office and sit in their car, have a conversation in the parking lot, or go for a walk to process what was just discovered in their counseling appointment. While there is nothing wrong with these actions, sometimes it’s helpful to have a little more room and privacy to process thoughts, feelings, and desires. This is why The Listening Room exists:

Space to Listen
Space to Talk
Space to Process
Space to Transition

The Listening Room (TLR) is a room located in my office suite and is a free space to use prior to or after your scheduled counseling appointment. If you are not a current client or seeing another therapist in my office suite or would like to book a longer (1+ hours) period of time in TLR, you can reserve time below.

The golden rule of woodworking is “measure twice, cut once.” In relationships, we often get that advice backwards. We cut before we measure. More specifically, we speak before we listen. TLR is a space to listen first, and then to listen again. Listen for God; for understanding; for responsibility; for needs; and for the good. This is a space for quiet internal and external processing. Coffee and Tea are in the adjacent room next to the counseling offices.  

Book Extended Time

If you’d like to book extended time in TLR, please check the calendar below to ensure your day/time is available, and then email me with your request. Proceeds from TLR bookings go towards the EHRI and to make counseling available for those who cannot afford it.

Rates:
Half Day (4 hours) – $45
Full Day (8a-5p) – $75
(Directed Retreats Available)