About Me

Christianne Downey – Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider


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’m a huge animal lover and greatly appreciate the unconditional love, comfort, and support they provide. Your pets are always welcome to attend our telehealth sessions!

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!

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
  • Trauma, Complex Trauma, and C-PTSD
  • Shame and Harsh Self-Criticism
  • Attachment and Relational Wounds
  • Relationship Distress
  • Grief/Loss
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Life Transitions
  • LGBTQIA+ Issues
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACoA/ACA)

I am an inclusive and affirming therapist and welcome all forms of diversity including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and abilities. You will be seen, valued and respected without exception.

My approach to therapy is holistic and integrative, drawing on psychodynamic, interpersonal, and strength-based orientations. I also incorporate EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems)/Parts Work, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and CFT (Compassion-Focused Therapy). I am trained and experienced in additional evidence-based interventions and will work in collaboration with you to find the “right fit.”

I genuinely love what I do and consider working with you an honor and privilege. The work we do together can positively impact the rest of your life. Contact me today and begin your healing journey!

Professional Background
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 Level II (CCTP-II)
  • EMDR Trained Clinician (EMDRIA Approved Training)
  • Professional Member of American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Professional Member of Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA)
  • Professional Member of Nashville Psychotherapy Institute (NPI)
  • Professional Member GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
  • Masters Degree in Counseling from New York University (NYU)

Before starting my private practice, I was employed by Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), Division of Substance Abuse (DoSA) in New York. I provided counseling to clients with a range of mental health issues including trauma and C-PTSD, substance misuse, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, relationship distress, and grief and loss. The vast majority of my clients were adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families (ACoA/ACA), which profoundly affected their mental and physical health, relationships, education and career paths, and other life experiences.

I later served as Assistant Director of Vocational and Educational (Voc/Ed) Counseling and managed Voc/Ed Counseling Services for DoSA’s nine outpatient clinics. In this role I trained and supervised clinical staff and designed and implemented program-wide assessments and therapeutic initiatives.

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

Licensed Professional Counselor & Mental Health Service Provider
Located in Brentwood TN

Christianne Downey

Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider