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A Happier, Healthier You

Individual psychotherapy from an experienced clinician can provide effective treatment for a variety of problems at all ages.



In It Together

Recognizing that family relationships are an important factor in psychological health, we focus on families’ and couples’ relationships to nurture change and development in terms of the interaction between family members.



You Are Not Alone

Groups are a powerful, affordable way to acquire support, therapy, and skills for many issues. Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center offers numerous groups, led by experienced, licensed professionals.

Therapy: Our Services


Providers at Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center are experienced and trained in a wide range of psychotherapy techniques to address general life problems as well as specific concerns, including, but not limited to:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar Disorders

  • ADHD and Attention Difficulties

  • Interpersonal Relationship Difficulties 

  • Women’s Issues

  • Grief and Loss

  • Chronic Illness

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Eating Disorders

Individual Therapy Providers
Therapy: About Us


Providers at Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center all have a family-based approach with some offering specialized family therapy using evidence-based mehtods. NCFWC looks at family health from a systems perspective.  Each member of the family contributes to the health or discomfort of the group, whether they live in or outside the home.  Our family therapy focuses on enhancing communication between members, recognizing mixed messages that often occur within the family, and strengthening family resilience during difficult times.  By allowing family members to feel safe in expressing their wants and needs, the family grows closer and more secure.

Provider: Ryan Duprey, PhD, LMFT
Therapy: About Us


We offer support, psychoeducation, and therapeutic groups for children, adolescents, and adults.  Groups are a powerful, affordable way to acquire support, therapy, and skills for many issues. Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center offers numerous groups, led by experienced, licensed professionals,

Therapy: About Us




Director of Therapy and Assessment Services

Emily Hardcastle, LCSW provides individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults, specializing in depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, emotion dysregulation, behvioral difficulties and parenting.   Emily attended University of Illinois, ChampaignUrbana, and Belmont University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She completed her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University and a year of post-graduate training in Family Therapy at Ackerman Institute in New York City.  She is a certified therapist and Level 1 Trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Habit Reversal Training (HRT). She enjoys working from a family systems perspective, working closely with parents to help support children and adolescents.

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Clinical and School Psychologist

A licensed clinical and school psychologist, Dr. Bender’s treatment focuses on developmental, behavioral, and emotional challenges including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, social deficits/differences, disruptive behavior, and relationship difficulties. She uses a variety of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavior therapy, parent coaching models, mindfulness-based strategies, and exposure therapies. Her philosophy is that both assessments and therapy are most effective when they are a collaborative process, allowing clients to build upon their resources to achieve their goals.

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Clinical Psychologist

Hilary Hughes, Psy.D.,HSP is a licensed clinical psychologist committed to providing evidence-based therapy and testing/assessment services for children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Hughes obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Tulsa Center for Child Psychology, where she received supervision and specialized training in empirically supported treatments for children and adolescents, family therapy, developmental evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, and psychoeducational evaluations. Dr. Hughes provides a range of assessment services, including autism and ADHD testing, in addition to providing individual and family therapeutic services that address anxiety, trauma, depression, deficits in social functioning, behaviors related to developmental delays, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, tics, and disruptive behaviors. Dr. Hughes also provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).



Adolescent, Couples and Family Therapist

Ryan Duprey, PhD, LMFT is passionate about helping adolescents, couples, and families work together to achieve higher levels of happiness and satisfaction. Dr. Duprey has been practicing family therapy in Nashville for over 10 years, implementing humor and creativity to highlight family strengths. He holds a PhD in Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision, and a Masters in Marriage Counseling and Family Therapy: from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is a licensed Marriage Counseling and Family Therapist. Trained in evidence-based treatment practices, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Ryan uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Object Relations, and Family Systems Theory to help clients have more satisfaction with their relationships through communication and understanding.



Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Liza Du Plessis, Psy.D., HSP, is a licensed clinical psychologist dedicated to delivering evidence-based therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment concerns, including: trauma, disordered eating, eating disorders, parent/child relationships, and mood and anxiety disorders. She is trained in and uses evidence-based approaches, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioral (CBT), DBT Prolonged exposure (DBT-PE), solution-focused, and strength- and mindfulness-based strategies. Dr. Du Plessis is a member of the NCFWC Comprehensive DBT Team.



Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Caroline Hartman, LPC-MHSP, CEDS is a licensed professional counselor who brings a wealth of passion and experience to her work with children, teens, adults and families/caregivers who have been directly impacted by disordered eating, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Caroline brings five plus years of experience working in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings. She obtained her Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) credential through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation in July 2018.  Caroline also provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

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Child, Adolescent, and Adult therapist

Stephanie Pennacchia, LPC-MHSP is a licensed professional counselor who has passion for providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Stephanie specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression. Since graduating, Stephanie has worked in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, crisis work, and outpatient therapy. She uses evidenced-based approaches including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. 



Child, Adolescent, and Adult Therapist

Heidi Hensley is a masters-level clinician who works with families and individuals from infancy to late adulthood treating a variety of presenting mental health challenges, but largely focused on trauma, eating disorders, behavioral struggles, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and parenting. She brings over 10 years of therapy experience including over six years of experience treating clients with eating disorders at both the inpatient and outpatient levels. She is trained in Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorders, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) among other evidence-based approaches.



Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapist

Lauren Beem, LMSW specializes in providing PCIT for younger and older children, CBT for mood and anxiety disorders in ages 10 to adult, parent-training, and co-leading DBT groups. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Princeton University and her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University. Lauren is a Nashville native but has extensive international research and clinical experience and is dedicated to providing evidence-based therapy to her clients.   She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has received training in the Gottman Method Couples Training (Level 1). She is also certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

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Jessica Chapman, LCSW specializes in trauma and attachment issues but also provides therapy for children and teens who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, anger issues, family conflict, or are struggling with behavioral problems. Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Level 1 and Level 2 certified EMDR therapist with specialized training in EMDR for children. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

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Psychological Examiner

Jennifer Seay is a licensed psychological examiner (LPE) who brings many years of experience in conducting psychoeducational evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults to assist in understanding their learning profiles, as well as their behavioral, emotional, social, and adaptive needs. As a mother of a child with learning differences, Jennifer has a passion for assisting parents in understanding their child’s unique learning profile with the goal of identifying supports, accommodations, and interventions that would be most supportive in helping them achieve to their potential.



Adolescent, Adult, and Family Therapist

Rosie is a master’s level clinician experienced in treating clients presenting with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, attachment wounding, parentification, and dysfunctional parent/child relationships. Rosie draws from a variety of evidence-based models, including ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR, and FBT, to treat adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in disordered eating.  Rosie believes that treating dysfunction in the client’s family system and repairing ruptured attachment relationships are essential parts of healing, even for individual clients.

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Children, Adolescent and Family Therapist

Daryl Cooley, PhD, provides evidence-based individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Cooley specializes in the treatment of trauma- and stressor-related disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and anxiety and mood disorders. She has training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), parent-management training, and other cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. Dr. Cooley strives to help all of her clients feel safe, heard, and respected, and she welcomes clients of all backgrounds and identities. She is LGBTQ+ affirming.

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Daniel Neely, Ph.D., is currently completing his post-doctoral fellowship with Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center. He obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and completed his predoctoral internship at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  Dr. Neely values the need to deliver evidence-based therapy services with warmth, a sense of collaboration, and an appreciation for the life circumstances of his clients. He is experienced in several evidence-based treatment approaches including parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), parent behavior management training, and mindfulness-based approaches.



Licensed Psychologist

Zandre Labuschagne, Ph.D., HSP is a licensed counseling psychologist who specializes in providing psychoeducational evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Labuschagne utilizes empirically-supported measurements to help individuals better understand their cognitive, academic, and social-emotional profiles. She also seeks to identify resources that can help individuals be successful.

Therapy: Meet the Team
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