Meet the Team

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Morenike Murphy

Chief Executive Officer/Licensed Clinical Therapist

Julia Neilan-Keaton

Director of Clinical Services/Licensed Clinical Therapist

Hayley Barnes

Licensed Clinical Therapist

Coming Soon

Crystal Anderson

Licensed Clinical Therapist (Temp)

Donna Ross

Masters Level Clinical Therapist/Community Outreach Coordinator

Jaime Harper

Masters Level Clinical Therapist (Intern)

Aisha Lee

Masters Level Clinical Therapist (Intern)

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.”

Julia Neilan-Keaton, LPC-MHSP has been working in the mental health field since 2005. Most recently Julia was a Lead Behavioral Health Clinical Specialist in the HCA Tristar Behavioral Health Call Center where she assessed psychiatric patients via telehealth. Prior to Tristar, Julia worked for 10 years on the Davidson County Mobile Crisis Team assessing people who were suicidal, homicidal, or psychotic and determined the level of care needed. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Julia is currently working on her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through Walden University. She is a also a Mandatory Pre-Screening Agent designated by the State of Tennessee to complete a Certificate of Need for emergency involuntary hospitalization.  Additionally, Julia is an approved LPC-MHSP supervisor by the state of Tennessee. She is available for therapy, licensure supervision, and consultation.  

A note from Julia: “I am honored to come along side you in your journey of health and healing. I believe that all people deserve respect regardless of their socioeconomic status, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or culture. As such, you can expect to receive respect and acceptance when you enter into a counseling relationship with me. I strive to meet my clients where they are and will advocate for your needs in and out of the counseling room. I have experience working with clients with a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder, relationship issues, and sexual orientation issues including reconciling one’s sexual orientation and religious beliefs. I use a number of modalities including Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I look forward to working with you.”

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.”

Dr. Michelle McGruder is a Licensed Clinical Counselor with 25 years of professional experience in mental health and social work settings. Michelle enjoys helping marital couples restore their love; individuals rebuild their self confidence and process their trauma; and teens ages 15 and older with depression, anxiety, relational problems and trauma. She has a direct approach, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Reality Therapy. 

A note from Michelle: “Lets discover the right approach and solution together . I look forward to meeting you!”


Crystal Anderson, TLPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Temp) experienced in mental health and behavioral health evaluation and assessment. She specializes in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, life transitions, anger, and trauma. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient settings as well as inpatient treatment facilities. Crystal is committed to providing a safe space where clients can work through the obstacles holding them back from connecting to their life authentically.  

A note from Crystal: “You, Yeah You! You CAN DO HARD THINGS! At some point in our lives we succumb to the lie that we can’t do something because it will be hard. I am here to help you realize, you can absolutely do some of the most difficult things on your “life list. Change the way you show up in the world by being your most authentic self. My specialties include self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, self-doubt/decision making, anxiety, people pleasing and life transitions. I look forward to helping you on your journey to connect to life in a new way.”

Donna Ross, Ed.Sr is a Master Level Mental Health Clinician with years of professional experience within community based mental health services. She holds an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also has an Associate Degree in Childhood Education, BS in Special Education with a minor in Psychology, and MAED in School Counseling.  Donna enjoys working with children and adolescents ages 12 to 18 and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, marital and relationship issues, and trauma-related issues. 

A note from Donna: “Now, is the time for you to Live Your Best Life, YET. It Starts with you!!  It can be hard to walk this journey alone, and I would like to assist you with your transformation into a Better You. I look forward to meeting 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.”

Jamie Harper

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. ”

Aisha Lee