Danny has a passion for working with couples (pre- and post-marital) as well as individuals who are struggling with spiritual issues or encountering season-of-life issues. Danny joined AGAPE in December 2015. Prior to this, he served as a youth minister and marriage and family minister for over 25 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. Additionally, Danny holds a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) degree with emphasis on marriage relationships from Abilene Christian University. He is also a Prepare-Enrich facilitator and trainer. Danny is currently working toward licensure as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He sees clients at the main office in Nashville and at the Lebanon office.
AGAPE is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Melanie Campbell, M.S., LPC/MHSP, as an Independent Contract Counselor to work in our Lawrenceburg office, which is a partnership with the Pulaski Street Church of Christ. Ms. Campbell is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Services Provider who earned her Masters of Science degree in counseling from Freed Hardeman University. She has experience working in both outpatient and inpatient settings and is capable of helping clients address a wide range of problems. Appointments with Ms. Campbell can be made by contacting 931-762-8502.
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, stress management, marital/relationship counseling, grief and loss, adjustment issues, and trauma. She is trained in EMDR. Additionally, she is a bilingual, Spanish speaking counselor and has experience working with multicultural issues.
Allison Clanton, MSSW, LCSW, , 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.
Diana L. Crawford, MSSW, LCSW, , 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: Nashville – Main Office
Jason E. Cooper, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist/HSP, joined AGAPE as the Director of Counseling and Related Services in June, 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in Bible from Lipscomb University in 1993, his master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1995, and his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in 2002. Dr. Cooper’s clinical experience and interests include psychological testing for all ages, counseling for children, adolescents, and their families, and individual adult counseling for such concerns as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Office: Nashville – Main Office.
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.
Patti is passionate about helping young people and students of all ages to reach their full potential. She believes in focusing on a student’s strengths in finding adaptations or coping strategies to deal with challenging areas. Patti joined AGAPE in July 2014. Prior to that time, she worked 22 years as a School Psychologist in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas, with six years off to stay at home when her children were small. Patti earned her Master’s degree in School Psychology in 1986 from Middle Tennessee State University. As a Certified Psychological Assistant, she performs psycho-educational evaluations for learning disorders and other issues that may affect a child or adolescent’s educational performance. Patti is based at the main office in Nashville.
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. Office: Nashville – Main Office.
Gary L. Johnson, MMFT, 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 office in 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, M.A., LPC/MHSP: Aaron sees individuals and couples. He also specializes in male issues. Aaron provides counseling services at the Maple Street Counseling Center in Smyrna, TN on Wednesdays and 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.
Rhonda Livers, M.S., LPC/MHSP, NCC is a Nationally Certified Counselor and holds a license as a professional counselor with a mental health service provider designation in Tennessee. Rhonda 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. By creating an atmosphere of compassion and respect, Rhonda provides a safe place for clients to explore and grow from their experiences. Her treatment interests are: Couples counseling; Parenting; Divorce; Grief; Spirituality; Self-care and lifestyle balance by integrating body, mind, and spirit; Women’s issues (peri-menopause/menopause); Phase of life transitions; Addiction; Anxiety; Depression; and Trauma.
Rhonda is trained in EMDR level I and II. Office: Nashville – main.
Allison (Alli) McDonald, MMFT, 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.
Steve Parham, MS., M.Div., M.Ed., is an experienced minister, teacher, coach, and counselor with a passion for helping others find hope and healing through the reconciling power of Jesus Christ. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider. He provides a safe nurturing setting for clients to come to terms with who they are and who they can become. Steve works with a wide range of clients from children to adults. He has significant experience in treating clients with addiction, anger management, and relationship issues. His treatment approaches include Solution Focused Pastoral Counseling, ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).
Alan C. Pennington, MMFT, began working with AGAPE in January 2016 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. Alan works with individuals, couples and families. Alan completed training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) levels 1 and 2. Alan uses EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Experiential Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to assist clients dealing with conflict, trauma, anxiety, self-esteem and a number of other issues. Alan also has 26 years of experience as a pension actuary (FSA, EA, MAAA) giving him a unique perspective to understand and resolve complex issues.
Brian A. Rogers, MMFT, BTH, BSBA began working with AGAPE in October 2016 after earning his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Lipscomb University. He is currently pursuing his license in Tennessee as a Marital and Family Therapist. Along with seeing clients at AGAPE, Brian sees clients as a Co-Occurring coordinator at Park Center Nashville. Brian has experience with a wide range of clients that include, but are not limited to, long-term drug and alcohol recovery and Intensive Outpatient Recovery. Brian’s client range spans from focused individual therapy to specialized work with families, blended families, pre-marital and married couples. Brian has also been certified as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator along with Rule 31 family and civil mediation training.
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 a Licensed 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.
Hope’s approach to practicing therapy is holistic in nature because she understands the importance of treating a person’s body, mind, and spirit throughout her sessions. She carefully balances compassion with empowering her clients to make the changes they seek. Hope received a Master’s degree from Carson-Newman University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Mental Health Service Provider.
Hope’s scope of practice includes counseling for women, couples, adolescents, and children. She has experience providing counseling services for short or long-term relationship problems, pregnancy, post-partum depression, and parental adjustments. She also treats situational depression, chemical depression, panic, and anxiety and teaches the expectations of grief to those who are struggling with loss. Life-coping skills such as stress and time management, productive living, and planning strategies are often integrated into Hope’s sessions, as well.
In addition to providing clinical services Hope also teaches at retreats, conferences, workshops, and seminars. Her passion is addressing issues that may keep people from living a fulfilled and intentional life.
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, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Joyce also serves on the board of the Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors. Office: Smyrna, TN
Carissa Tripp, MSW, LMSW, is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Harding University. Carissa has experience working with adoptive and foster children. She enjoys working with children and adults, alike.
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. Her style of practice is goal-oriented and collaborative. Paula 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.