Brandy Walker, LMFT (temp)
I am a Michigan Native who now calls Tennessee home. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fisk University, and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. I am also temporarily licensed in Marriage in Family Therapy in the state of Tennessee.
My therapeutic approach can be described as solution-focused, emotion focused, and strengths based. I believe that most of the pain we carry around stems from different aspects of grief and loss. Unacknowledged and unresolved pain can have adverse impacts on one's overall health. It can start to show up in our lives somatically, emotionally, spiritually, or relationally. It can even begin to affect our identity. I believe in creating a judgment-free and shame-free space where clients can safely acknowledge, explore, and heal emotional pain. I believe the relationship we have with ourselves shapes the way we show up in relationship with others. Healing emotional wounds ultimately creates a space to nurture and cultivate a loving and healthy relationship with our authentic selves, as well as with others.
In a society that equates busyness with success I think it is imperative to have a safe space to be still and check-in with ourselves. My role as a therapist is to create a space where you can show up at your best and your worst. Where I will combine my knowledge and training with my warmth and compassion to help you reconnect with your divine power.
"When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm."
Specializing in Individual Psychotherapy
It has been my experience that most people have trouble identifying trauma because of a common misconception that trauma is only the result of either a life threatening event, extreme violence, war, or a natural disaster. However, trauma can be defined as:
"an emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing".
This means traumatic experiences can show up at different degrees and on many parts of a spectrum. It is my goal to help individuals recognize and address unresolved pain from current and past trauma covering the spectrum.
Grief and Loss
A common misconception about grief is that it is only the result of death. However grief can occur in response to a loss of friendship, romantic relationship, marriage, familial relationship, or job/career, etc. Additionally, grief can also show up as a result of the loss of "toxic" relationships, and with the devastating realization that some one close to us may be incapable of showing up in ways we need them to. Grief can even show up for aspects of a former lifestyle that no longer serve us after significant growth. I am passionate about creating a space to sit with loss at any capacity
Holistic health is about caring for the whole person. Holism suggest that whole person is made up of interdependent parts. This can include physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. Often if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected and will affect your overall health. My approach is to help Client's recognize and address ways one part may be affecting the other, and how this affects your overall mental health. In treatment this includes paying attention to diet, physical activity, spiritual connection, and health of relationships with self and others.
Are you suffering from rumination, regrets, and living in the past? Are you constantly worrying or even obsessing about the future? Living in the past or the future causes you to miss out on the power or NOW and prevents you from living fully. I enjoy incorportating meditation and other mindfulness practices into treatment as a way to help Clients anchor themselves in the present moment. Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help tolerate painful emotions, connect with our bodies, and pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgement.
Cultural and Systemic Oppression
While my practice is inclusive, I am especially passionate about creating a safe place for people of color, and other marginalized communities. I understand the importance of having a therapeutic relationship where cultural and systemic oppression is recognized and addressed in treatment. I believe the impact of intergenerational trauma specific to communities of color can impact the therapeutic relationship and deserves its own treatment approach and specialized care.