Get to Know Refuge Center – Staff Therapist Pike Williams, LMFT

The caring people that work and volunteer at The Refuge Center make our center a true "Refuge" from the storms of daily life for thousands in our community. Pike Williams, LMFT, is one of our staff therapists, Director of our Post-Masters Volunteer Fellowship Program, and leads small group counseling opportunities for men several times a year, along with having a private practice as well. Becoming a therapist is a second career for Pike after 34 years at Procter & Gamble.

Meet our therapists

Pike williams, lmft

Leslie and Pike Williams

What is your role at The Refuge Center?  

Staff Therapist and Director, Post Masters Volunteers Fellowship Program

Can you tell us a bit more about the Post Masters Volunteers (PMV) Fellowship Program?

The PMV program at The Refuge Center was created to enhance the professional development of new therapists who are working toward licensure allowing our PMV’s opportunities, both personally and professionally, to accelerate clinical experience and continue their education with free group supervision in a nurturing, supportive culture. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Married to Leslie for 38 years this May 23rd, with three terrific children (Justin, Lauren, and Lindsay). Lindsay is married to Laurence Wilkinson (3+ years now) and they live in London presently. I am thankful for grace and the longer I live, the more I appreciate the amazing thing Jesus did for each of us to demonstrate His love for us and to provide a way for us to live in relationship with Him forever.

Coming to realize all of that was, and continues to be, the defining moment of my life. My wife and my children have taught me so much, about myself and about them, of course, and in the process they have enabled me to realize everyone doesn’t have to be like me – thank goodness!   I love my work as a therapist and count it a privilege to walk with people in the ups and downs of life and it makes me grateful daily for those the Lord has brought to walk along with me. Working with the PMVF group is fantastic as well – their energy, courage, sacrifice and dedication are inspirational.

What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville/ Franklin?  

Leslie and I love hiking, watching and cheering for the Predators and our favorite restaurant, Chef’s Market, in Goodlettsville!

One interesting fact people might not know about you? 

I’m a civil engineer by education, worked 34 years with Procter and Gamble doing Supply Chain work and along the way, our family a chance to live and work in Prague in the Czech Republic which had lifelong impacts on each of us. So, I have been “clueless” about emotions and the importance of identifying and sharing them as a way to build intimacy with those I love…I feel very late to a very important party…but, at least I’m here now!   P.S. I like to play with my trains whenever I get the chance!

Learn more about our Post Masters Volunteer Fellowship Program here or pike.williams@therefugecenter.org. Pike also leads several small group counseling opportunities for men throughout the year.