About Me

Christianne Downey – Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP)


Christianne Downey

About Me
Welcome! Hope and healing start here!

We all have the capacity for growth and change, but life can be difficult and sometimes we don’t know where to begin. Whether you’re feeling sad, overwhelmed, unfulfilled or disconnected,
there is hope.

I provide a safe, empowering, and transformative space where my clients can heal from distressing experiences, build on their strengths, and create a rich, full, and meaningful life.

My approach to therapy is empathic, collaborative and highly individualized to meet your specific needs. Your life story and reasons for seeking therapy are unique and very personal and will be honored throughout our work together.

Everyone deserves inner-peace and emotional well-being. You’re never too old and it’s never too late to start on a new path.

I know how difficult it can be to reach out for support. Even if you feel stuck or your situation seems hopeless, counseling can help. I am happy to provide a free 15 minute phone consultation to talk about how we might work together. Let’s build the life you want to live!

About My Practice

I enjoy counseling adults of all ages and have experience with issues including but not limited to anxiety and depression, guilt, shame, and harsh self-criticism, grief/loss, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and adult children of alcoholics/dysfunctional families. I also help clients struggling with infertility, pregnancy loss, endometriosis and other reproductive health concerns.

I am an inclusive and affirming therapist and I welcome all forms of diversity, including but not limited to diverse racial/ethnic identities, sexual and gender identities, and religious/spiritual identities. You will be seen, valued and respected without exception.

I draw on psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and strength-based approaches. I also incorporate ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and CFT (compassion-focused therapy), however, I am trained and experienced in additional evidence-based interventions and will work in collaboration with you to find the “right fit.”

I consider it an honor when someone trusts me with their personal story, and it would be my privilege to help you work through issues related to work, school, health, relationships, and personal growth.

When I’m not at the office, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and discovering new things to do in Tennessee. I’m also a big Nashville Predators fan!

Professional Background

I am a Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

I earned my masters degree in counseling from New York University and provided counseling to adults and their families with a wide range of mental health concerns during internships with Calvary Hospital and Queens College in New York. Before starting my private practice in 2013, I was employed by Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), Division of Substance Abuse, also in New York. Initially, I worked as a therapist and provided counseling to clients for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues including anxiety and depression, personality disorders, grief and loss, guilt and shame, multigenerational family conflict and trauma. A large percentage of my clients were also simultaneously struggling with the physical and emotional impact of HIV/AIDS. Their courage, faith and resilience continue to inspire me and inform my work.

I later served as Assistant Director of Vocational Educational (Voc/Ed) Counseling and managed Voc/Ed Counseling Services for nine outpatient clinics, while maintaining a smaller caseload. In this role I trained and supervised clinical staff and designed and implemented program-wide assessments and therapeutic initiatives. I also partnered with community organizations and businesses to develop mental health resources and education and employment opportunities for clients graduating from our program.

I am the co-author of Learning Disabilities and ADHD as Risk Factors for Male Substance Abuse, in L. Straussner & L. Zelvin (Eds.),Gender and addictions: Men and women in treatment (1997), and have designed and presented varied trainings for other mental health professionals.

Licensure, Certifications, & Memberships

  • Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)
  • Certification in Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment (CDMDTP)
  • Certified Telemental Health Provider (CTMH)
  • Professional Member of American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Professional Member of Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA)
  • Professional Member of Nashville Psychotherapy Institute (NPI)
  • Professional Member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Mental Health Provider Group (MHPG)
  • Professional Member of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Licensed Professional Counselor & Mental Health Service Provider
Located in Brentwood TN

Christianne Downey

Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider