As a psychotherapist, Janina brings a keen awareness of physical and emotional nuances to her work with clients.  During her years as an intensive care nurse, she honed her skills of observation and attentiveness, skills that Janina now uses to help her clients find emotional and spiritual healing.  Janina advocates for you.

In each counseling interaction, Janina provides a compassionate presence to facilitate healing.  Of the many tools she brings to the counseling process, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is central to her approach.  Janina is a Certified Level 3 IFS Therapist.  IFS helps those struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety or depression, or those caught up in unwanted interactions with others by teaching them to identify negative thought patterns, critical inner voices, and ineffective defense or coping mechanisms.  Through a guided process, the compassionate calm within may be accessed thereby resolving internal and external conflicts.  The client then is freed to live life from a place of courage, calmness, clarity, confidence, connectedness, curiosity and creativity.

Janina interweaves the IFS approach with her Level 2 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitivity and Reprocessing) training to resolve trauma and anxiety.  As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Janina maintains the belief that unresolved grief plays a part in almost every case.  Grief can come in all shapes and sizes: earth shattering losses, a series of painful disappointments, or years of unacknowledged hurts. Grief can even be present when there is no apparent event or trauma. Left unacknowledged, grief has the power to negatively define people, stunting their emotional and spiritual growth.  To that end Janina helps clients learn how to grieve well and incorporate loss into their lives in a meaningful and restorative way.

As a supportive foundation for the other modalities, Janina employs her knowledge of and experience in Emotional Stewardship, principles that embody responsible planning and management of our God given resources of emotions.  This new awareness of God given emotions, versus those feelings that we as humans often impair, provides an infrastructure that helps people correctly identify and authentically express feelings in ways that improve relationships and live fuller lives.

Janina is licensed by the state of Tennessee to practice Marriage and Family Therapy. She also maintains her licensure as an R.N. and continues to use her nursing skills through volunteer work with the Red Cross and with her church medical team.


Areas of Specialization

Marriage and Family

Depression and Anxiety

Grief and Loss


Affair Recovery

Individual Psychotherapy

Personal Growth and Development


Seminar/Workshop Topics

Compassionate Connection: Staying Connected to Your Spouse Throughout Your Marriage

Good Grief

Grief Recovery: An Action Plan

Eating Disorders: Cunning, Baffling & Powerful

Covenant Marriage

The Gift of Real Relationship (A six-hour relationship intensive/experiential course)

Go the Distance (A six-week marriage and relationship enhancement series)


Things that Go Bump in the Dark: Integrating IFS into EMDR

Emotional Stewardship



Bachelor of Science (Nursing), University of Tennessee Memphis

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT), Trevecca Nazarene University


Professional Licensures/Certifications:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee

Internal Family Systems (IFS) – Certified Level 3 IFS Therapist

Eye Movement Desensitivity and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Level 2 EMDR Therapist

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist

Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee



American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Tennessee Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (TAMFT)

Nashville Association of Christian Counselors (NAACC)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)

Nashville Psychotherapy Institute (NPI)




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