David W. Amonette, MSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who began work as a counselor August 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from David Lipscomb College in 1963. He earned his Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1967. Dave came to AGAPE with forty years of experience in dealing with, families, children and couples. He worked in a variety of settings such as mental health centers, a mental hospital, children’s homes, emergency shelters, and private practice settings in Tennessee and Alabama. He has extensive training in working with families and children who have attachment disorder problems. Dave sees clients only at the Lawrenceburg, TN office.
Patricia Carmody, Ed.D., has been with AGAPE since 1989. Her doctorate degree is from Tennessee State University and she is a Licensed Counseling Psychologist. In addition to her doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Carmody has a master’s degree in Nursing and worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse before training to become a psychologist. She focuses on the treatment of adults with acute or chronic relationship problems. Office: Nashville – main.
Terry Casey, Ph.D., came to AGAPE in 1995. Dr. Casey received his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Abilene Christian University and spent several years working in the field of School Psychology. His Ph.D. is from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology with an internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Casey is a Licensed Psychologist/HSP. He works with a wide range of clinical problems and ages, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Dr. Casey serves as AGAPE’s Clinical Director. Office: Nashville – main.
Rosa Chavez, M.A., LPC/MHSP joined AGAPE in February of 2013. She earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2005 and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan before moving to Nashville. She holds a License as a Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Services Provider designation from the State of Tennessee. Rosa enjoys working with adults, teens, and children. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety disorders, stress management, marital/relationship issues, grief and loss issues, and adjustment issues. Additionally, she is a bilingual, Spanish speaking counselor and has experience working with multicultural issues. Office: Nashville – main.
Allison Clanton, M.S.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined AGAPE at the beginning of 2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harding University as well as a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Fresno. Allison came to AGAPE with nine years experience in community mental health settings where she provided counseling services and served as a Clinical Supervisor for other counselors. Allison works with a broad spectrum of clients including individual adults and couples. She has also worked with children and adolescents for a number of years and specializes in aiding families of children ages birth to five years old in dealing with attachment and regulation problems. Allison sees clients at the main office in Nashville and the office in Columbia, TN.
Stan Clark, Psy.D., began work with AGAPE in 1998 after leaving his private practice in Athens, Tennessee. Dr. Clark is a Licensed Psychologist/HSP with his doctorate from Pepperdine University and master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. He performed his predoctoral internship at the Counseling Center at the University of Memphis. His treatment interests are broad but include working with the parents of children with chronic health conditions as well as marital and family therapy. Dr. Clark sees clients solely at the main office in Nashville, TN.
Diana L. Crawford, M.S.S.W., has the longest tenure of any of AGAPE’s counseling staff, joining the agency in 1980. Ms. Crawford received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She brings years of experiences working with foster and adopted children to her counseling of children and families involved in difficult transitions such as divorce and remarriage. Office: Lebanon, TN office.
Carrie J. Dodd M.A. LPC/MHSP began working at AGAPE in 2006. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. While she loves working with a broad range of clients, her primary focus is on young adults and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, boundary and relational issues, and family of origin issues. Carrie sees clients at the main office.
Ashley Dumas, M.MFT, LMFT began working for AGAPE in early 2015. She earned a B.A. from Harding University in Psychology and Vocational Ministry, a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Abilene Christian University, and is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in Tennessee. In addition, Ashley is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to working with AGAPE, Ashley worked eight years as a therapist at Lipscomb University’s Counseling Center and four years in the Nashville community with children and adolescents. Ashley has experience with a variety of treatment issues and works with individuals, couples and families. She currently sees clients only at AGAPE’s Clarksville location.
Andy Dunn, MMFT, LMFT sees clients both as a staff counselor at AGAPE in Nashville, TN, a non-profit, Christian counseling center, and through his private practice, Andy Dunn Counseling. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. He works with clients in a broad spectrum of areas including Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and families, Adolescent Issues, Pre-Marital, Men’s Issues, Parenting and Co-Parenting after divorce, Divorce Adjustment, Grief and Loss, Life transition / Adjustment issues, Trauma/ PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety. He is trained in Level II EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) through the EMDR Institute. Andy also has been a licensed, practicing attorney in Nashville for the past 20 years and with his diverse experience brings a unique perspective to the counseling work he does with clients. Office: Nashville – main.
Jim Frost, M.A. came to AGAPE in 1999 after being a long-time Clinical Supervisor for Cumberland Mental Health Services in Lebanon, Tennessee. He earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and holds a Tennessee license as a Senior Psychological Examiner. He works with children, adolescents, and adults across a broad span of clinical problems. Jim also serves as AGAPE’s Assistant Clinical Director. Offices: Nashville – Woodmont Hills and Main Office.
Gary L. Johnson, M. MFT., began working with AGAPE in August 2011 after earning his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is currently pursuing his license in Tennessee as a marital and family therapist. Gary sees clients solely at the AGAPE office in Tullahoma where his 14-years of experience as a Youth and Family Minister has led to his interest in a wide range of clients including adolescents, families, blended families, pre-marriage, re-marriage and couples emphasis. To further aid him in his work with couples, Gary has also been certified in the Prepare/Enrich program.
Tracy Hall, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He began work with AGAPE in January, 2012. He received his Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy (MMFT) from Harding University and completed his doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron. Tracy has experience working with adolescents and dealing with parenting issues. His passion is working with couples and dealing with relational, marital and pre-marital issues. He has also had training in Play Therapy and Post-Adoption work. Previously, Tracy did In-Home Family Therapy gaining valuable insight into how families work outside of the office setting. Dr. Hall sees clients at the main office in Nashville, as well as the offices in Hendersonville, TN and Columbia, TN.
Nathan Jernigan, M.A. joined AGAPE in 1990. His master’s degree is from Middle Tennessee State University in Clinical Psychology and he is licensed as both a Senior Psychological Examiner and as a Professional Counselor/MHSP. His treatment interests include anxiety and mood disorders, working with adult clients from dysfunctional families, and pre-marital and marital therapy. Nathan sees clients at the Murfreesboro office only.
Aaron Kelley, MA, LPC/MHSP: Aaron sees individuals and couples. He also specializes in male issues. Aaron provides counseling services at two AGAPE affiliate offices: the Maple Street Counseling Center in Smyrna, TN on Wednesdays and at the Faith Family Medical Clinic Counseling Office in downtown Nashville, TN on Fridays. Additionally, by special arrangement he sees AGAPE clients at a private office in Franklin, TN (contact the main AGAPE office for appointments in Franklin). Aaron has been affiliated with Agape since 2002.
Jennifer Couch Lackey, came to AGAPE in 2004 after being a behavioral therapist for children with autism. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and is licensed as a Senior Psychological Examiner. She works primarily with children, adolescents and their families. Jennifer sees clients solely at the main office in Nashville.
Rhonda Livers, M.S., LPC/MHSP originally came to AGAPE as an intern in 2009 and joined the AGAPE counseling staff in August, 2013. She received her master’s degree in Christian Counseling Psychology from Carolina University of Theology in 1996, and most recently her master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2009. Ms. Livers holds a temporary license as a professional counselor with the mental health service provider (MHSP) designation. By creating an atmosphere of compassion and respect, Rhonda provides a safe place for clients to explore their challenges and grow from their experience. Her treatment interests are phase of life transitions, peri-menopausal/menopausal season of life, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-care, lifestyle balance by integrating the spirit, mind, and body, spiritual development and exploration, trauma, couples counseling, and divorce. Rhonda is trained in EMDR level I. Office: Nashville – main.
Allison (Alli) McDonald, LMFT joined AGAPE in the summer of 2015. Allison enjoys working with a broad range of clients and struggles; her focus is primarily children, adolescents, and families. Additionally, she has a passion for those struggling with trauma, anger, spiritual issues, domestic violence, depression, self-harm, relationship issues, or behavioral issues. Allison has been a counselor since 2012, working in therapeutic foster care, domestic violence, and outpatient settings. She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and she holds a license as a Marital and Family Therapist in Tennessee. Office: Nashville-Main.
Lezlie Owsley, M.MFT, LMFT began working for AGAPE in 2001. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist with her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. Lezlie has been involved in professional counseling since 1996, working in outpatient, residential, and therapeutic foster care facilities. She focuses her work on couples, individuals, and families. Lezlie is also EMDR level II trained to treat trauma. Office: Nashville – Main
Melissa “Mel” Payne, M.A., LPC/MHSP began her work with AGAPE in January, 2012. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation. Mel enjoys working with an array of clients including adolescents and adults and specializes in working with eating disorders and women’s issues. Mel sees clients only at the main Nashville office.
Michael Runcie, M.A.R. came to AGAPE from Christian Family Services, Inc., St. Louis, MO in October 2007. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Grace College in 1979 and his master’s degree in Religion with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding Graduate School in 1983. He is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. In addition Mike is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Mike works solely in the north Brentwood Counseling Center at the Otter Creek church and focuses his work on couples and families.
Angela Scruggs, MAMFC, joined AGAPE in November 2013 and is currently pursuing licensure as a Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC/MHSP). She holds an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling and is working toward her Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling. Along with a Sign Language Interpreting degree, Angela is a Nationally Certified Interpreter and a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter. Ms. Scruggs has worked in both the Deaf and hearing communities in the United States and abroad for over 10 years. Prior to coming to AGAPE, Ms. Scruggs worked as a mental health counselor for the South Carolina State Department of Mental Health, Deaf Services Department and at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB). She enjoys working with both Deaf and hearing clients (individuals, families, and couples) with a wide range of clinical problems and ages. Office: Nashville – main.
Joyce D. Sloan, Ph.D. joined AGAPE in June of 2006. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider and National Certified Counselor. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and her master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. She also earned her Ph.D in Clinical Counseling, Teaching and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University. Her treatment interests include anxiety and depression, women’s issues, premarital counseling, career counseling, and grief and loss issues. She works primarily with adults and couples. She has been trained in EMDR Levels I and II, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Joyce also serves on the board of the Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors. Offices: Smyrna, TN; Nashville – Woodmont Hills
Paula Wiemers, M.S., joined the AGAPE counseling staff in 2004. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, with her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University. Paula works in the main office of AGAPE Counseling in Nashville, TN, as well as in AGAPE’s affiliate office in Hendersonville, TN. Paula’s style of practice is goal-oriented and collaborative. She works with a broad range of clients, and has significant experience in treating adults who have experienced trauma in relationships. Her clients are usually individual adults (occasionally couples, families, and adolescents) who have symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, marital or relational problems, abuse issues (past or present), PTSD, and adjustment or phase of life problems.