Kimberly Shultz Counseling

O​​u​r Team

WE ARE GROWING AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!

Kimberly Shultz Counseling is happy to announce the addition of new staff members! Due to the increase of people desiring therapy we are expanding staff to help meet the needs of clients. So, please join me in welcoming our new staff members.


Cecilia Oaks

MA, LPC-MHSP

About me:

At the age of 13, I knew that I wanted to become a therapist. In 2007 I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UT Martin. I obtained my Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in December of 2012. I began working as a therapist for a community mental health facility in January 2013. 


My specialty rests in working with children and adolescents.  I have 14 years of experience in the mental health field.  I assist clients struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, suicidal ideations, self-harm, social and communication skills, abuse and trauma.  I am trained in EMDR, CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and REBT.  


I started out in the mental health field as a case manager, and I worked as a case manager from 2007 until I became a therapist in 2013. My experience with clients ranges from age 5 to the elderly, however the bulk of my career has focused on children ages 5-18. I strive to be the person that I needed when I was younger for the kids that I work with. Of all the experiences I have had in my life, being a therapist has by far been the most rewarding.


*Works Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday*



Tabetha Dirla 

                                                                                              MA, LPC-MHSP (Temp)

About me:

I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology not long after obtaining a degree in human services in 2016. I went on to complete a Master’s in Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University and am currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program for counselor education and supervision.

 

My passion lies in my 8 years of volunteer work with an anti-human trafficking organization. I have extensive experience working with complex trauma, addiction, grief, anxiety, phobias, depression, personality disorders, and everyday life stressors. 


I began my journey working in the juvenile justice system, special needs schools, and later in MAT clinics and addiction centers. I am comfortable seeing adults, adolescents, or couples. I believe that everyone makes sense in the context of their own stories, and I hope to provide a safe and secure environment for which to explore those. 


I use a variety of modalities based on my client’s unique needs and goals for therapy. When working with couples emotional focused therapy (EFT) is my preferred method of practice; however, I enjoy working in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma-focused CBT when working individually. I incorporate a strengths-based approach with mindfulness techniques to bring about healing and growth.



Ron​da Brown

MA, LPC-MHSP (Temp)

About me: 

 I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2002. For the next five years, I worked as a case manager and spent my free time with my children and husband. In 2007, I went back to school to pursue my master's degree in counseling. I graduated in 2010 with my degree and have worked within mental health agencies, child advocacy centers, and substance abuse treatment centers.  I am now able to accept Cigna insurance under the supervision of Kimberly Shultz, LPC-MHSP.

 

My primary focus over the past 11 years has been helping clients that have experienced all types of traumas, clients that struggle with substance abuse issues, and those that are working through depression and anxiety related to grief and loss and other life challenges. I love working with children and adults!  I have been trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. I have also been trained in EMDR, Theraplay and Moving Beyond Depression. 


I believe that one of the strengths I have developed over the years is the ability to build rapport with clients because feeling safe and comfortable within the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of healing. The approach I use in sessions is eclectic and believe it is important to meet clients where they are in the healing process. Some of the modalities of therapy include CBT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Experiential and Strength-based. 

*Works Monday and Tuesdays*


Masters Level Interns

Lori Inkrot

Masters Level Intern


About me:

Hello! I am a master’s level intern and currently studying to become a Licensed Professional

Counselor at the University of the Cumberlands. I am a member of the American and Tennessee

Counseling Association and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

(CHADD). 


After losing my parents about six years ago, I went and sought out individual and group

counseling. It was the best decision I had ever made so much, so I decided to switch careers and

focus on helping others with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and ADHD. Also, I have family

members who have been diagnosed with ADHD. I know the questions parents or loved ones ask

when trying to find help for their family members. I hope to help navigate symptoms, diagnosis,

and treatment, specifically helping with time management, organization, independent adult

living, and navigating college with ADHD.


I think there is beauty in all of us. However, life can bring on hard times or traumatic

experiences. It can change who we have become or how we are experiencing life. We can

become stuck or feel there is no hope. However, through evidence-based therapies, there is help

that can provide relief. As a master’s level intern, I am working towards full certification in

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Collaborative Approach to

Managing Suicidality (CAMS), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD. I hope to provide

support to clients in these areas.

Kate Gray

Masters Level Intern

About me:

I am a master's level intern and currently studying Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University. I am a member of the American Counseling Association as well as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, I came to Nashville to be close to extended family. I get my energy from working with people, so a counseling career just made sense!


I believe that people already have everything they need to lead a joyful and purposeful life. However, a lack of time, rest, and quality relationships can make these resources seem scarce. This is when a therapist’s objective perspective can be very helpful. I strive to offer genuine, kind, and mindful support to help you restore your life’s balance. I have a passion for working with individuals in all stages of life transition and I am looking forward to meeting all clients where they are.


Kate is also now trained in EMDR!