Cadey Phipps, LMFTFounder & Clinical Director
ME AS A PERSON
I’m Cadey and my pronouns are she/her. As a therapist, I find it important to first show up as a human. I aim to meet others where they are and allow for the parts of me that have personally experienced healing, heartbreak, love, grief, joy, trauma, and loss to sit beside me as I work with you. I love that my job allows me to connect to other, real humans with compassion and curiosity. When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my partner, our rainbow/IVF baby girl, our cats and a rotation of foster kittens and pups; reading; creating music; or eating at a new restaurant. I love finding new ways to move my body in a fun and enjoyable way, and am HAES aligned and IE informed. I am so excited to work with you, wherever you are in your life journey!
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH IS:
I am passionate about helping humans connect to their inner wisdom in order to connect fully with others. I’m here to listen without judgement and help you find healing, peace, and acceptance in order to live your most authentic life.
As a systemically-trained therapist I consider all factors at play in your life story. I then integrate a variety of research-supported psychological treatments, skills, training, and techniques, that are both insight-oriented and behavior-oriented, to best meet the needs of each client individually. For those interested in the technical terms, I primarily integrate Internal Family Systems (IFS) or “parts work” with Polyvagal Theory and somatic, body-based interventions that come from my trauma-informed yoga teacher training experience. I also pull from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principals, Bowenian ideology, Imago theory, and Brainspotting tools, and function with a mindset inspired by the work of Esther Perel, Glennon Doyle, and Brené Brown.
In our work together we will most likely move our bodies, meditate and visualize together, cry together, and laugh together. I extend my own “Self” energy to you in a way that gives permission for you to do the same to your own internal system. I will gently push and challenge you while also validating your human experience. I will teach you how to do the counter-intuitive thing: lean into the yuck instead of away from it; getting to know your internal system and allowing for parts of you that have been wounded and carrying burdens of things like shame, grief, and loneliness to finally release those. The work may not always be fun, but it is so, so worth it ; and I am honored to witness every step of the way.
I am a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (TN license number 1348) and AAMFT-Approved Supervisor. I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Gender Studies from Centre College and my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lipscomb University. I have completed levels one and two Internal Family Systems (IFS) training and many supplemental hours of additional IFS training, including trauma-focused and Somatic IFS experience. My level 2 training focused on taking a compassionate approach with addictive processes (i.e. navigating extreme relationships with food, drugs, alcohol, money, sex, etc). IFS, or “parts work” is an amazing tool for learning how to lead from Self energy, get to know our systems on a new level, heal wounds or traumas, and shift out of extreme patterns. I have also completed a 200 RYT trauma-informed yoga teacher training, which has expanded my knowledge of how to get out of our heads and into our bodies to fully release the effects of trauma. I am certified in PREPARE/ENRICH, a parenting, premarital, and marital counseling and assessment program. I have completed Level 1 training in both Gottman Couples Therapy and Imago Relationship Therapy, which have provided me with countless research-backed tools for working with couples. I have completed Phase One of Brainspotting training, which is an amazing tool that can help us process trauma and go beyond the neocortex into the part of the brain that emotion and the unconscious live. I have completed an Intensive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training, which teaches us the tools we need to identify our values, practice mindfulness and acceptance, identify who we are at our core, practice following through with commitments we make to ourselves, and separate from our thoughts so that they can no longer take power over us. I have also completed training through the Conflict Resolution Center at Lipscomb University and am a Rule 31 eligible Civil and Family Mediator. I am constantly training, learning and working to be the very best helper that I can be.
Whoever you are, whoever and however you love, I promise to provide quality professional services to persons without discrimination on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, health status, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status. Come just as you are.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)