Psychē Nashville
DBT and CBT in Nashville for Adults and Adolescents. Treating Depression, Anxiety, and Personality Disorders.

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PSYCHē Expert Therapists

“Nonpareil (def): Having no match or equal; unrivaled”


No one wants to take advice from someone who can’t manage their own life
— Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD

Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD
Owner

DBT-Linehan Board Of Certification, Certified Clinician™

Dr. Vaughn believes that healthcare can learn something from the hospitality industry. She is dedicated to providing clients with the most highly-trained, responsive, and solid group of therapists possible, and of going above and beyond. She often reminds clients, "I work for you" as she coordinates care from the beginning to the end. When she is in your corner, you can be confident that you will be taken care of. 

Dr. Vaughn is a seasoned Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBT), a national speaker, and has served as an expert consultant for some of the most difficult clinical cases in the U.S. She received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from Argosy University-Atlanta Campus and completed her Doctoral internship at Vanderbilt University where she founded and currently leads their DBT Peer Consultation team. She worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs in the PTSD Intensive Program where she conducted Prolonged Exposure (PE) for combat veterans and women with Military Sexual Trauma.  She served for 6 years as a provider for Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI) conducting fitness-for-duty evaluations for soldiers preparing to enter the military. She is a graduate of the first DBT intensive training for private practice clinicians and is Board Certified in DBT by the founder, Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.  Learn More...


Don’t just talk about doing it-do it now.
— Sarah Kmita, LPC-MHSP

Sarah Kmita, LPC-MHSP
Partner

PSYCHē Clinical Supervisor

Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator, and PSYCHē supervisor who utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with her clients. She helped pioneer PSYCHē's, Environmental Intervention™ (EV) Program, working with clients in their homes and places of business to meet very specific needs. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her graduate degree at Lipscomb University. Sarah previously worked at Skyline Madison Campus Psychiatric Hospital as a therapist on the adolescent unit and is adept at facilitating the hospitalization process.

She is notorious for dotting her i's and crossing her t's and has joined Dr. Vaughn in consulting and intervening on multiple difficult cases.  She is elegantly diplomatic, while managing to also challenge clients to reach new levels.  Learn More...


It’s never too late or too soon to be honest.
— Jen Biddle, LPC-MHSP

Jennifer Biddle, LPC-MHSP

PSYCHē Clinical Supervisor

Jen has a fantastic reputation as a therapist in Nashville. She is renowned for her successes in treating children, adolescents, and adults and enjoys working with couples’ concerns, mood disorders, trauma, and behavioral issues. Jen has worked as a private practitioner, in-home family counselor, and residential therapist. She loves a good challenge and has the magic touch when it comes to clients who have trouble opening up. She is always on your side and is notorious in our office for going the extra mile and making personal sacrifices to help a client in need. 

In addition to being a master-swag DBT therapist, Jen has also completed 3 levels of training in the well-researched Gottman Method for working with couples and is headed toward full certification. She firmly believes couples should not leave therapy feeling more hopeless than when they arrived so she helps them re-engage and leave feeling closer, not further apart. That being said, Jen doesn't mince words. You came for her opinion and she promises she will give it.  Learn More...


Therapy doesn’t have to suck.
— Lauren "lilly" Martin, LPC-MHSP

Lauren Ruth Martin, LPC-MHSP

RO-DBT Intensively Trained

Lauren Ruth Martin is a breath of fresh air. She is a favorite of multiple clients, both adolescent and adult, and believes therapy should be anything but boring. Lauren practices from the philosophy that feeling "stuck" is actually good news because it is a signal that something needs to change. Her therapy style is both educational and emotionally charged. Her approachable demeanor makes it easy to open up and her non-judgmental stance eliminates shame. Around the office, "Lilly" is always the one who makes us smile. She never gives up on her clients and she has a way of always being able to see both sides of a situation. She loves, loves to help clients with severe and pervasive depression. Let a little Lilly light in!

Lauren is intensively trained Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT), a specialized treatment for Chronic Depression, Anorexia-Nervosa, and disorders of Over-Control (OC) . Radically-Open DBT promotes openness, flexibility, and direct communication. Lauren has shown proficiency working with depression, anxiety, phase of life issues, codependency, self-harm, suicidality, and self-esteem issues. Lauren practices DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to fidelity, specializing in AdolescentsLearn More...


I already took care of it.
— David Carrillo, lpc-mhsp

David Carrillo, LPC-MHSP

Adolescent Specialist; National Speaker

David is a Licensed Professional Counselor who completed his undergraduate degree and graduate degree at Lipscomb University. Following his undergraduate education, David enrolled in the Peace Corps and served in the Philippines, where his passion for counseling and psychology began. He previously served as the adolescent unit's lead therapist at Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital and served as the Clinical Coordinator for the Young Men's Program at Cumberland Heights Residential Treatment Center. He is a national speaker on the topic of addiction. David's clients appreciate his professional yet humorous approach to counseling.

David specializes in tough cases--period. He is well known for being able to draw out the most withdrawn clients, to make the most angry clients relax, and to earn the respect of the biggest therapy skeptics. The fact that David is a man hasn't hindered any gender from sharing their most sensitive trauma experiences with him while he provides the healthy boundaries necessary for healing. He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and DBT for mood disorders, trauma, addiction, and behavioral issues. Learn More...


If you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of anyone (or anything) else.
— Jacque Huffaker, LPC-MHSP

Jacque Huffaker, LPC-MHSP

Behavior Specialist  

Jacque Huffaker is a natural—she was born to be a therapist (and a parent coach!). She is that rare blend of clinician who possesses both strength and warmth which seem to magically combine to create “just the right fit” for just about any personality type. She can put you at ease while challenging you in the same moment. Jacque knows that it takes guts to spill long-held secrets and raw emotions and believes that anyone willing to take on that challenge deserves the utmost respect. 

If there’s one thing that Jacque is known for, it is being a leader amongst her peers. She is a problem-solver who never backs down from a challenge, while her wry and quirky sense of humor keep her from taking herself too seriously. PSYCHē, PLLC had to wait for 2 long years to talk Jacque into coming on, but it was well worth the wait.  Learn More...