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Counseling Department

Middle School is an exciting, yet difficult stage for early adolescents. Students who once sought the approval of their parents often begin looking toward their peers for approval, creating a stressful time as student seek to discover their personal identity. As a counselor, my goal is to help students discover their true identify, develop friendships, and learn to balance their home, school, and personal life. Assisting students in various ways allows them to better focus on academics, in return helping them to succeed throughout life. 
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Tips For Helping Kids with Covid-19

Tips for Parents

It is natural for children to worry when scary or stressful events happen in their lives. Talking to your children about these events can help put frightening information into a more balanced setting. Monitor what children see and hear about stressful events happening in their lives. Here are some suggestions to help children cope:

  • Maintain a normal routine. Helping children wake up, go to sleep, and eat meals at regular times provide them a sense of stability. Going to school and participating in typical after-school activities also provide stability and extra support.
  • Talk, listen, and encourage expression. Create opportunities for your children to talk, but do not force them. Listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings and share some of yours. After a traumatic event, it is important for children to feel they can share their feelings and that you understand their fears and worries. Keep having these conversations. Ask them regularly how they feel in a week, in a month, and so on.
  • Watch and listen. Be alert for any change in behavior. Are children sleeping more or less? Are they withdrawing from friends or family? Any changes in behavior may be signs that your child is having trouble and may need support.
  • Reassure. Stressful events can challenge a child’s sense of safety and security. Reassure your child about his or her safety and well-being. Discuss ways that you, the school, and the community are taking steps to keep them safe.
  • Connect with others. Talk to other parents and your child’s teachers about ways to help your child cope. It is often helpful for parents, schools, and health professionals to work together for the well-being of all children in stressful times.

Tips for Kids and Teens

After a traumatic event, it is normal to feel anxious about your safety and security. Even if you were not directly involved, you may worry about whether this type of event may someday affect you. Check out the tips below for some ideas to help deal with these fears.

  • Talk to and stay connected to others. This might be:
    • Parents, or other relatives
    • Friends
    • Teachers
    • Coach
    • Family doctor
    • Member of your place of worship

    Talking with someone can help you make sense out of your experience and figure out ways to feel better. If you are not sure where to turn, call your local crisis intervention center or a national hotline.

  • Get active. Go for a walk, play sports, play a musical instrument, or join an after-school program. Volunteer with a community group that promotes nonviolence or another school or community activity that you care about. These can be positive ways to handle your feelings and to see that things are going to get better.
  • Take care of yourself. Try to get plenty of sleep, eat right, exercise, and keep a normal routine. By keeping yourself healthy, you will be better able to handle a tough time.
  • Take information breaks. Pictures and stories about a disaster can increase worry and other stressful feelings. Taking breaks from the news, Internet, and conversations about the disaster can help calm you down.



Centerstone offers counseling at a reduced rate 

Individual, family, and couples counseling 

After Hours on Call: 1-888-777-7988 

1203 Memorial Blvd., Suite E 

Murfreesboro, TN 37129 



Life Care Family Services  offers counseling at a reduced rate 

Faith-based community mental health – Individual and family counseling, therapy, and psychiatric care; out-patient and in-home services 

1630 South Church Street, suite 104 

Murfreesboro, TN 37013 



The Guidance Center offers counseling at a reduced rate 

Child and adult counseling, addictions / recovery services, crisis response services 

Offers counseling at a reduced rate 

2126 N. Thompson Lane 

Murfreesboro, TN 37211 



Health Connect 

Outpatient mental health services for children, adults, and families, In-home services and counseling; specialization in serving clients who have experienced traumatic events; behavioral counseling  

132 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 2 

Murfreesboro, TN 37133 

Phone: 615-691-5291 


Mental Health Co-Op    Affordable for those with TennCare; financial assistance available   

Case management, counseling for all ages, medication management, CCFT 

*2711 Murfreesboro Rd  

Suite 230  

Antioch, TN 37013  

Fax: 615-366-4172 

*1203 Memorial Blvd.,  Suite E  

Murfreesboro, TN 37129  




Faith-based Counseling, divorce groups for children and adolescents 

North Boulevard Church of Christ  

Monday, Thursday, Friday 



The Exchange Club Sliding scale for those who qualify 

In-home family counseling (free for qualifying families), parent education classes (sliding scale for those who qualify, otherwise $40-$60), supervised visitation and safety exchange. 


Regional Intervention Program (RIP) 

Provides beginning/intermediate behavioral modification training to families with children up to 6 years old, social skills training for children with a school component.  Parents must enroll children and must pay one “payback” visit (up to 32 paybacks) 



Athena Psychological Services Private insurance and sliding scale 

Psychological testing, individual, family, and children’s counseling, immigration services, forensic evaluations, weight-related issue specific counseling, consulting services 

Information (both locations):  615-320-1555 

1725 Medical Center Pkwy, Suite 215 

Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

Phone:  615-320-1155 


Rutherford County Volunteer Behavioral Health 

434 Bell Street 

Murfreesboro, TN 37130 

(615) 904-9529 


Volunteer Behavioral Health 

Addiction recovery, individual and family counseling, crisis response, case management, psychological evaluation  

2126 N Thompson Lane 

Murfreesboro, TN 37219 

(615) 904-7051 

131 Mayfield Dr.  

Smyrna, TN 37167 


Genesis Psychiatric Do not accept Tenncare, Medicaid, or QMB 

Faith based child and adolescent counseling and psychiatric care; medication management and brief therapy services  

237 Castlewood Dr 

Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

(615) 494-4804 


Cedar Grove 

Residential treatment program for males ages 11-17 with behavioral health issues including sexually reactive or abusive behavior 

1640 New Lascassas Hwy 

Murfreesboro, TN 37130 

(615) 895-9590 


Branches Counseling Center sliding scale payment  

Faith-based counseling for children, adolescents, families, and adults. Counseling for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and addiction; sliding scale payment 

1102 Dow Street 

Murfreesboro, TN 37130 



MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services Sessions are $10 each 

Individual counseling with all ages, family counseling services, distance counseling. Center utilizes counselors in training being observed by a supervisor.  

503 East Bell Street 

Building B, Suite 800 

Murfreesboro, TN 37130 



Oasis Center (Nashville) counseling at a reduced rate 

Individual counseling, family counseling, youth engagement / student programs, LGBTQ resources, programming, and counseling; crisis services 

General Line / Crisis services (24/7):  615-327-4455 Transitional living:  615-983-6911 

24 hour teen crisis line:  1-866-975-FREE 

1704 Charlotte Ave. Suite 200 

Nashville, TN 37203 


Rogers Behavioral Health  Insurance coverage varies; financial assistance varies 

Mental health and addiction treatment. Both residential inpatient and outpatient programs for OCD and Anxiety, Autism and Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Depression and Mood Disorders, Addiction, and PTSD. 

4230 Harding Pike, Suite 707 

Nashville, TN 37205 



Lantern Lane Farms  Does not accept insurance; sliding scale available 

Individual counseling with individuals of all ages and families. Equine assisted psychotherapy.  

6201 Corinth Rd.  

Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 



Tennessee Voices for Children 

Free youth mental health screenings; outpatient counseling services on a sliding scale 

500 Professional Park Dr. 

Goodlettsville, TN 37072 



Catholic Charities 

behavioral Counseling  

(615) 352-3087 


Nashville Children's Alliance 

Behavioral counseling  

(615) 327-9958 



Behavioral counseling  

(615) 834-1885 


Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee  offers counseling at a reduced rate  

(615) 904-8623 


 Primary Care and Hope Clinic  offers counseling at a reduced rate 



180 Degrees Ministries 

(615) 904-7180 


Health Connect America 

For more information, call (615) 691-5201. 


 LifeCare Family Services 

For more information, call 1-877-881-0359. 


Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee 

(615) 269-5355 


 Mental Health Cooperative, Inc. 

(615) 904-6490 


Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee 

(615) 904-8623 


Primary Care and Hope Clinic 



Rutherford County Psychotherapy Association 

This site can identify a clinician who deals with a certain issue, insurance, or the EAP offered through the client's employer. 


Scarab Behavioral Health 

(615) 262-7822 


Crisis Resources:  


Mobile Crisis – Youth Villages 

For psychiatric emergencies; suicidal/homicidal thoughts or behaviors, severe depression, bizarre behavior, disorientation, confusion, hallucinations, destructive or out-of-control behavior. Call the crisis line (below). 

(866) 791-9222 


Suicide Prevention  

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network – (615) 297-1077 

Suicide National Hotline – (800) 273-7444 

After Hours Hotline – (615) 244-7444 


To Report Child Abuse  

Department of Children’s Services – (877) 542-2874 

Rutherford County DCS  (615) 494-4540 


Domestic Violence 

(615) 313-4784 or (615) 532-3492 


Private Clinicians  


Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW 

(615) 397-9480 


Abby Beagle, LCSW 

For more information, call (615) 796-6647. 


Alesha Martin, LCSW 

For more information, call 768-9295. 


Janice Barkley and Melanie Hamilton 

(615) 895-3977 


Elysse Beasley 

(615) 542-6608 


Melissa Crimm 

(615) 893-9949k Middle School

How to help your middle schooler stay safe from online bullying:
1) Explain that what may seen like common online behavior can be cyber-bullying.  If friends post or share embarrassing photos or videos of others, classmates spread rumors on cell phones, or peers send messages via social media, that's crossing a lie.  If done purposely and repeatedly, it's considered cyber-bullying.
2) Point out that what happens on line may have serious, real-life consequences.  A humiliating photo gone viral could cause the victim to stay away from friends or hurt herself. And the bully can get into trouble at home, at school, or even with the law.
3) If your teen receives a bullying email, text, or social media message, tell her not to respond.  That may make the situation worse.  Instead, have her save or print it to keep a record.  Then, she should block the sender and tell you about it so you can decide what to do, such as notifying your Internet service provider or the school.