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Our History

A place where people find hope and healing.

The Refuge Center for Counseling opened in December 2005 as the vision of its founders Amy Alexander and Jennifer Thames-Hamilton. Amy and Jennifer had a strong desire to serve their area of residence—Williamson County—which is recognized for its wealth, oftentimes overshadowing those who are in need. To live among great prosperity and to be in need is often to feel invisible.

The Refuge Center’s mission was clear from the beginning—to offer affordable, professional counseling services in order to empower, educate and support individuals, couples and families in need. Amy and Jennifer had discovered that there were few opportunities for affordable counseling in the area, as many local therapists charge $160 – $225 per session. They wanted to offer therapy to those who could not afford those fees, so they created a sliding-scale fee structure that ranges from $19 – $125 per session and is based on each individual’s income level.

Co-Founders Amy Alexander and Jennifer Thames
The Refuge Center Mission Statement 

The Refuge Center exists to offer excellent, accessible, and affordable mental and emotional healthcare services in support of a transformational impact on communities.

Our Values

Strengthening Systemic Health

Affordable to All

Services Provided with Excellence

Christ-Centered

Educating Community

Hope