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Graduate Interns

We firmly believe in the power of collaboration and teaming up with a counselor you trust to work through life's challenges.

At Matters of the Heart, we are also a teaching site. We offer an opportunity for carefully selected graduate students to apply the rigorous course work and education to the test real time with client's who are ready for change! By working with our graduate interns, we offer you a discounted rate that is compatible with most "co-payments" so that you can begin your journey into greater mental, emotional, and relational health.


All graduate interns are directly supervised by Joanna Dixon, their school advisor, and have completed their masters level course work. This allows you to benefit from the experience of seasoned therapists as we guide our students through the work they do.

 Please, do not let finances be a barrier to beginning your journey. If you have any concerns, questions, or would like to be considered for a scholarship opportunity, please email us. 

Morgan Johnson


Masters Level Intern
Trevecca University

​“May you always be the one who notices the little things that make the light pour through,
and may they always remind you:
There is more to life and there is more to you.”
                                             ~Morgan Harper Nichols

Hendersonville & Virtual

Morgan is a Hendersonville native who grew up with a family that values time with people and finding comfort in nature. She’s carried those deep-rooted values into adulthood and prioritizes her community and finding peace and courage in nature. She has a passion for guiding people to discover their most authentic selves and resting in self-acceptance. 


From an early age, she knew she desired to be in a helping profession for her career. After changing her major three times during her freshman year, she fell in love with therapy through an introductory Psychology class. Upon changing her major to Psychology, the dream of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist was influenced by one of her beloved professors. 


Morgan’s goal is to create a welcoming environment for her clients to have a sense of peace whenever they step into her office and to feel comfortable to process whatever they are walking through. Morgan’s dad has been a firefighter since she was a child, and she has developed a passion for working with first responder families through this experience. 


Apart from spending time in nature, Morgan enjoys a great cup of coffee, spending time with family and friends, and working out.

Areas of Focus

Couples Counseling, EFT Trained

Depression and anxiety


First Responder Families

Life transitions and adjustments

Women’s Issues


Attachment Wounds

Stress Management


Current Student of Marriage and Family Therapy

Trevecca University 


Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Trevecca University 

Kristin Clark

Masters Level Intern
Grace University


Kristin is a Nashville native and loves her city and the people that make it home. Growing up in Gallatin, Kristin graduated from Volunteer State Community College and Belmont University, where she began a lifelong love of learning and growing. She is now a graduate student at Grace College and is opening the next chapter of her life to supporting others.


Parenting during the pandemic was a challenge, and from that space grew Kristin’s desire to focus on the mental health needs of our society. With growing daughters, it was time to represent courage and drive by returning to graduate school and putting her passion for working. Uniquely created, Kristin’s diverse family gives her a viewpoint on culture and race in a refreshing way, and she is passionate about connecting where you are from with where you are going. With a strong desire to serve, Kristin is focused on behavioral growth and goal setting to improve the quality of life of her clients, engaging in activities to become and remain present in the beauty of their existence.


When Kristin isn’t working with clients, you will find her cooking and filling the plates and hearts of those around her, hanging out with her family, and laughing as much as possible.

Areas of Focus


Grief/Life Adjustments

Women’s Issues

Infertility Support

Parenting Skills

Adoption Related Stress


Current Student of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Grace College


Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies

Belmont University

“I now see that owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” -Brene Brown


Lauren Blaha

Masters Level Intern
NorthCentral University

Lauren has a passion for helping lift others up and supporting clients through this thing called life. She recently moved to Tennessee and loves everything this beautiful place has to offer. Lauren is earning her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Northcentral University, and has her bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Marcos in Human Development with a focus on Children’s Services.

Lauren's curious and compassionate nature relate well to working alongside couples, parents, children and families. Through her own family and marriage work, she is able to lend personal and professional experience to couples and families in need of a few extra tools for success. Using Gottman Theory, through her extensive couples training as well as a Solution Focused approach, Lauren focuses on what is already working, while setting short- and long-term attainable goals. She will help you focus on personal and systemic strengths while providing you with tools and resources for growth and resolution. Lauren believes in building a rapport and trust with her clients to provide understanding in an approachable and positive environment.


When Lauren isn’t working with clients, you can find her with her family exploring Tennessee, at the barn horseback riding, or crafting at home.

Areas of Focus

Women's Issues

Couples/Marriage Counseling

Pre-Marital/Pre-Engagement Counseling

Depression & Anxiety

Parenting & Family Counseling

Adolescents & Young Adults (13+)


​Current Student of Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program 

Northcentral University

In order to get to a healthier and more productive place, we need to give up our fear of conflict, turmoil and resistance.                                                                                    ~John Gottman

Goodlettsville & Virtual

Jana Simonis

Masters Level Intern
Austin Peay State University

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.”
- Charles Glassman

Goodlettsville & Virtual

Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.” – Anonymous


Our life is like a book with many chapters being written but you are the one holding the pen. Sometimes those chapters are long, they seem never ending, and some chapters close only to be reopened and reread time and time again. What if your story mattered? What if your narrative could change? What if you could close a chapter that was not finished? What if you could pick up the pen and shift your narrative to write a new chapter or a whole new book?


Jana would love to walk along beside you as she listens to your story, giving you a space where your story matters, a space that is full of compassion, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard. A place where “your story matters.” Life experience, personal trauma, and Jana’s personal story has given her a foundation to help walk along beside you no matter what challenges you may be facing on your journey.


Jana was born and raised in TN and loves to spend time with her husband and two children as well as baking, reading, and shopping. Her greatest joy is being able to be involved with children and youth by building relationships and creating a safe community space for them to come and enjoy. Jana is truly passionate about working with children and adolescents through expressive arts therapy. Her greatest desire is to see those that are struggling find healing and to know that there is always someone who will listen and that truly care where they are in their own journey of life.

Areas of Focus

Relationship Stressors

Pastoral Staff/Faith based counselingDepression/Anxiety

Grief & Loss

End of life Care

Individual Counseling

Children & Adolescents

Family Counseling



Current Student of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Austin Peay State University


Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology

Regent University

Intern Rates

60 min  therapy session   $60
90 min couples intake    $90

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