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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

Let’s get started on helping you discover hope and healing.

Counseling

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (TN License #2618) practicing in the Middle Tennessee area. I am comfortable working with any and all issues in life but mainly focus on couples and individuals. 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 work hard to challenge men to explore their masculinity by challenging pervasive stereotypes. I specialize in working with 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 main areas of conflict: Sex, kids, money, and in-laws. I guide couples through these difficult and sometimes perpetual issues. 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, responsibility, and vulnerability. 

:: Areas of Experience ::
Marriage and Couples Therapy
Men’s and Women’s Issues
Group Therapy for Men and Couples
Sex and Sexuality (Pornography, Illicit relationships, sex addiction)
Grief and Loss 
Anxiety
Relationships
Life Transitions
Spiritual Formation

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

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.

About

Samuel is passionate about helping people live truthfully in a complex and often messy world of relationships. It’s easy to lose who we are in a marriage, families, workplace, or other relational setting. Through professional counseling, interpersonal coaching, writing, and speaking, Samuel works to engage people in the challenges of life.

He is a licensed professional counselor in private practice working with men, women, and couples around the issues of relationships, codependency, addictions, shame, and faith. He holds a Masters of Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Prior to becoming a counselor, He worked in technology and spent 5 years volunteering at a local church as a lay counselor where he facilitated marriage enrichment groups, pre-marital counseling, and led men’s small groups. He resides in the Middle Tennessee area with his wife and their 4 kids.