What sets The Counseling Center apart is our commitment to integrate the science of psychology with the profound love of the God in Christ. Whether you are struggling with severe trauma, marital issues, abuse or depression, you will find a safe place to authentically process your doubts, fears and questions. Our approach to integrated, holistic care means you will not only hear about grace and peace, but experience them.
Our staff is led by Dr. Bruce McCurdy, Ed.D., who holds high standards for the care offered here. Our professional counselors value ongoing training and learning in their field. They are connected to the community and the host of resources available in order to provide you with the highest level of care. Most importantly, the men and women at The Counseling Center are compassionate and understanding. Individually, and as a team, they are committed to meet you where you are without judgement.
Dr Bruce McCurdy
Dr. McCurdy has practiced as a licensed Psychological Examiner and Psychologist for over 23 years. He specializes in individual and marital therapy. He mainly enjoys working with difficult marriages that have at least one spouse who experiences childhood trauma issues, mood disorder difficulties, personality disorders, and/or addictive issues.
He serves as Director of The Counseling Center at Christ Community Church since 2000, where he oversees the staff of therapists, practicum and intern therapists who provide a wide range of professional counseling services congruent with the spirituality of historic Christian faith tradition. For the past 11 years Dr. McCurdy has taught Professional Standards and Ethics to both Masters and Doctoral level therapists as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program of Trevecca Nazarene University.
Most recently, Dr. McCurdy leads several SoulMap Workshops throughout the year. These are multimedia workshops that use his newly developed psycho-spiritual “map” of our souls that guides transformation into our truest loved and loving selves. Bruce is lucky to have been married for 31 years to Debbie (aka Debbie Alan, founding host of News Channel 5’s “Talk of the Town”) and they continue to be the happy parents of 3 adult sons: Bruce, Kevin and Chris.
Teresa Hardy, LMFT
Teresa graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1984 with a degree in elementary education, and her first teaching job was in Charlotte, North Carolina. She met her husband of 28 years while in college. They have two grown children, a son-in-law, and will soon be blessed with a daughter-in-law. Having grown up in middle Tennessee, she was thrilled when her husband was transferred to Nashville in 1992. In 1996 she returned to the classroom as a teacher at New Hope Academy and later took a job in the Franklin Special School District. It was during her years as a classroom teacher that she saw how relational problems within a family have an effect on the whole family. She soon found that her passion was working with the heart issues within the family, so returned to school in 2003 working towards a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked as a private contractor in Christ Community Church’s Counseling Center since the spring of 2006. During these years, she have been honored to walk through trying times with couples and individuals. In addition to her work at Christ Community, she also serve as a staff therapist at a large church in the Brentwood area. Certification: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #739.Training and Credentials: Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (2006), Trained Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (2009), EMDR Levels 1 and 2.
Arlin holds both M.Div. and MMFT degrees, He have completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, level two EMDR (certification pending), and the Advanced Counseling Certificate in Trauma-focused Narrative Therapy (Dr. Dan Allender). He & his wife Cathy have been married for 24 years and have four children: ages17, 15, 13, and 9. As an adoptive father, he is also vitally interested in helping families with post-placement attachment challenges and to that end have completed the Trust Based Relational Intervention intensive with Dr. Karyn Purvis, and level one Theraplay training.
“Too often we live life in the fog of good health and favorable circumstances. But then, inevitably, something happens. Something difficult and hard to understand. Something that pushes to the forefront the need for wisdom. Is there hope? On whom can I depend? What am I living for? What matters? Will I live? How will I live? Seeking counsel is often the first step we take on our journey from confusion to song. It is one of my greatest joys to walk this journey with families, couples, and individuals (adults, teens and children) as they begin to unpack their inner world—gaining clarity, meaning, wholeness and freedom in the process.”
Jennifer Van Zee
Jenn Van Zee enjoys working with individuals and families. Jenn primarily meets with females and teens facing anxiety, depression, grief, and/or life transitions. People are her passion. Jenn believes it is a distinct honor to be invited to hear another's story and to walk along side of them.
Jenn graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with a Master in Counseling degree in May of 1999. She has been married to Eric, Pastor of Community Life, for 18 years. When not working at church Jenn finds herself chasing 3 spunky kids and folding endless amounts of laundry.
Phone: 468-2200, ext. 506
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Masters from Trevecca University and her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Grand Canyon University. Although she has received some of the best training in psychotherapy, Sharon considers life experience to be the true foundation of her work. Sharon has co-authored The Freedom Book Series as the expert author motivating women who are recovering from divorce, abuse, abandonment or fear. She authored the Live Again: Divorce Recovery DVD series Leaders Manual and was an expert guest on the series. She is a guest speaker for the God Crazy Freedom tour educating women on recovery and hope from trauma as well as training overseas orphanage workers in understanding attachment and bonding. She specializes in working with adoptive families and has completed the TBRI training by Dr. Karyn Purvis. She sees children and families going divorce adjustment, bereavement, and trauma-related experiences. She sees clients as young as 5 years old incorporating play therapy and conducting "nurture groups" for kids from hard places. Sharon feels her work has been more of a privilege than a job. To actually walk with another human being during their most vulnerable seasons of life, seasons that reveal the darkest of winter days, has been one of the most rewarding experiences in her life.
Emily grew up in the sunny state of Florida and traveled to the much much colder city of Chicago to earn her Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts and Philosophy at Trinity Christian College. Emily moved to Nashville shortly after graduating from college where she found herself working on the road in the Christian music world. She took a short break from this line of work in 2010 when she moved to Seattle to begin her Master's work at Mars Hill Graduate School (now called Seattle School of Theology and Psychology). After moving back to Nashville in 2011, Emily continued her grad school journey at Trevecca Nazarene University where she is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Counseling. Emily practices psychodynamic psychotherapy and is an EMDR-trained practitioner.
Dr James Schut
To make an appointment with Emily, please call Melinda Youngs at 615-468-2256
James is a native Minnesotan but has called the Nashville and Franklin areas home since 1993 when he began graduate studies at Vanderbilt University. After his PhD in 2000 and a 10-year career in research on programs and services for children and families, James turned his attention to teaching and getting a degree as a marriage and family therapist. He joined the graduate counseling faculty at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2009, where he continues to teach in the master’s and doctoral programs. James has an enduring interest in effective strategies for therapy, working with men, and helping couples rediscover intimacy. He and Jennie have been married 19 years and have four amazing daughters ages 17, 14, 13, and 8.
To make an appointment with James, please call Melinda at 615-468-2256.
We know you have questions. So, please contact us directly so we can talk through your individual needs. All calls are confidential. If you are interested in knowing more about our Counseling Center call Melinda Youngs, Administrative Assistant to Dr. McCurdy for more information.
If you have a counseling emergency call the Crisis Hotline (244-7444).