Morenike Murphy, LPC-MHSP has 19 years of experience in the field of social services, serving most recently as the State Crisis Director at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Morenike provided direct services for 15 years to individuals in need of mental health services and persons in a behavioral health crisis. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, as well as a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Morenike is a Mandatory Pre-Screening Agent designated by the State of Tennessee to complete a Certificate of Need for emergency involuntary hospitalization. She has expertise in crisis intervention and suicide prevention, with specialized assessment and treatment expertise to help people who have serious mental illnesses live productive and satisfying lives in the community. The culmination of professional and personal experience with Tennessee’s mental health system provides the background for her current life’s work. Morenike is available for speaking engagements, therapy, Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM), and coaching and consultation for personal development and professional goals.
A note from Morenike: “I opened the Center of Hope for Behavioral Health because you deserve options for high-quality behavioral healthcare services. Taking a step to get help feels lonely because we face battles unknown to others. It takes wonderful courage to begin to navigate pain & shame towards healing & hope. Therefore, my office is a safe place where you can just sit and be heard, while talking through issues that need a safe space to explore. Congratulations on beginning your journey to recovery and healing! My training can help you better understand your life experiences through Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I look forward to meeting you.”
Aisha Lee is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Lipscomb University specializing in Play Therapy and Expressive Arts. She is passionate about helping clients foster self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by using expressive arts. Aisha also has experience working in Community Mental Health, which provided her with a wide range of experience. Aisha’s approach to counseling is based on the belief of a holistic approach which provides support to the whole person, not just their mental health needs.
A note from Aisha: “Your illness does not have to define you but your strength and courage does. It takes a lot to go through this process, but there is so much growth that can come out of it. I look forward to meeting you and going through this journey with you. ”
Jaime Harper, CPRS has 10 years of experience in the field of addictions and recovery, and currently serves as the Faith-Based Community Coordinator for the Middle Tennessee Grand Division where he is a point of contact in the faith community for establishing recovery programs, providing educational presentations, and facilitating coordination of substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring treatment and recovery services to those in need. He is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, a certified Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer, a Trauma Informed Approach trainer, a Mental Health First Aid-Adult/Public Safety trainer, a CPRS trainer, and is currently in his practicum in the master’s program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in addictions at Lipscomb University. Jaime has a passion for helping individuals find hope in their lives and uses his experience to walk with others on their path to recovery and healing.
A note from Jaime: “Many individuals travel through life believing no one understands them and they are destined to journey in misery with their struggles all alone. I believe that everyone has the answers to find a better life buried deep within themselves, but may not know the questions to ask to achieve their goals. If this sounds like you, please know, you do not have to walk alone. You have the right to be heard and to find the path to healing. Now is the time to welcome change and experience the hope that is waiting for you. I look forward to working with you and walking with you as we explore a new path together.”
Yohana Temesghen, LMSW is a Licensed Masters Social Worker with experience working in substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring treatment and recovery services. She has also worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. In addition, she has provided group counseling for adolescents in the school system, facilitated Nurturing Parenting training in the community, and led a trauma-based group in a local prison. Yohana is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has worked with victims of abuse to reclaim their power. She has volunteer experience with the Crisis Hotline providing a caring voice and a compassionate ear to help callers in their darkest hour. She has led a group on co-dependency and helped clients to develop healthy boundaries in their relationships.
A note from Yohana: “Hi there! Are you confronted by constant feelings of anxiety or depression? Are you overwhelmed by the demands of life or want to address past trauma that is holding you back from your true potential? I would like you to know that you are more than enough and you are worthy of hope, healing and wholeness. You deserve to feel good and you have the power to change your current circumstances if you are willing to make a change. Let’s start the journey to a better tomorrow by working together to find solutions to whatever issues you are facing today. Hope to see you soon!”
Hayley Barnes, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 11 years of experience in the field of social work. She is experienced in mental health and behavioral health evaluation and assessment, and specializes in crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, and stress management. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient settings as well as residential treatment facilities. Hayley is committed to providing compassionate care to her clients and helping them to cope with various emotional and behavioral concerns.
A note from Hayley: “We have all gone through difficult times and, with guidance, can come through stronger than before. I would like to walk alongside and guide you, while celebrating your triumphs as you become whole again. My specialties include trauma, women’s issues, depression, anxiety and life transitions such as a recent job loss, grief and loss, and relationship issues. I look forward to helping you forge a new path to hope, healing, and positivity in all aspects of your life.”