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. 

Masters Level Intern

Blake Roberts

"I'm honored to walk alongside clients as they discover who they're made to be, get unstuck, and heal their relationship wounds."

Blake spent about half of his life in Kentucky and the other half in Illinois before moving to Nashville 5 years ago. He completed his undergrad at Lindsey Wilson College, where he also played football. Blake is passionate about creating a safe place for others to work through the challenges and joys that life brings. He believes engaging our stories in an honest way helps us heal and improve our relationship with ourselves, others, and God.

 

As a counselor, he hopes to be that of a guide or a wounded healer - walking alongside his clients as they discover who they're made to be, get unstuck, and heal the wounds in their relationship to self and others. He enjoys working with couples and individuals who are ready to take the courageous step seek counseling. Blake is married to his wife Shelly and enjoys watching/playing sports, is an avid podcast listener, lover of good music and vacationing in a cabin in the mountains and enjoying nature in the cooler months of the year.

Areas of Focus

Anxiety/Depression

 Men’s Issues

Couples Counseling

Engagement/Marriage Counseling

  Family/Relational Issues

Trauma/Childhood Wounds

Addiction/Recovery

Codependency

"Imposter Syndrome"/Identity Issues

 

 Blake uses a blended approach incorporating Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative, Somatic, and Attachment Based-Therapy. 

Education

Current Student of Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program

Trevecca University

Bachelor's Degree

 Lindsey Wilson College

Megan French

Masters Level Intern

"Sharing with my client's in this space that seems so defeating, and helping them dig in to find hope. That's what energizes me, that moment of courage!"

 

Before pursuing her career in counseling, Megan spent the majority of her time abroad, exploring new cultures and meeting people from all over the world while gaining love, understanding, and respect for those with various backgrounds. Her time overseas and in different cultures has significantly contributed to her desire to work with all who seek counseling and support, regardless of their backgrounds or belief systems. As a military family, living in Germany and Hawaii at different times, she understands the challenges that can come from being in a military family. She and her husband and daughter returned to the Nashville area to settle in closer to family.

Megan is passionate about learning how growth happens within the mind, body, and spirit. Her focus is on understanding how thoughts influence behaviors while encouraging those she works with to seek compassion and grace for themselves and those around them. 

Areas of Focus

Individual Counseling

Couples Counseling

Divorce Recovery

Family Counseling

Stress Management & Solution Finding

Trauma/Crisis 

Anxiety/Depression

Women's Issues

Parenting Support

Addiction & Family Members of those in Recovery

Military/First Responders & their Family

Education

Current Student of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program

University of West Alabama

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Lauren Lowery

Masters Level Intern

"Helping individuals begin their journey to personal growth and greater mental health is an exciting adventure I get to be a part of!"

Lauren is a Chattanooga, TN native. She moved to Nashville in 2016 after college and found her passion for mental health while teaching at an alternative school where most students had a history of severe trauma. She found a tremendous amount of personal growth and healing in her own journey with therapy, and hopes to be a guiding light for others who are ready to face their struggles. She believes the key to change is building self-awareness about your own behaviors, patterns, and relationship with others.

 

As each individual is unique, Lauren believes that no two therapy processes are the same. She primarily utilizes an attachment-based lens, understanding that the way we attach as children plays a direct role in how we attach to others around us as adults. She hopes to help clients understand themselves in the context of a larger system.

She has also found the enneagram to be an incredible tool to building self-awareness and incorporates that into the therapeutic process with her clients. 

Outside of school both as teacher and student, she enjoys live music, podcasts, and scary movies with her dog, Cal.  Lauren enjoys warm weather, time on the lake with friends in the summer, and is excited to have the opportunity to aid in the process of supporting those who are ready to grow in their own mental health!

Areas of Focus

Individual Counseling

Couples Counseling

Engagement/Marriage Counseling

Family Counseling

Parenting Support

Adolescents & Emerging Adults

Family of Origin Issues

Depression/Anxiety

Women's Issues

Trauma/Crisis 

Education

Current Student of Marriage & Family Therapy

Trevecca University 

Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Intern Rates

60 min  therapy session   $50

90 min couples intake    $75