Casey Flow, MMFT, is a therapist at The Refuge Center. She holds a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian
University and is currently pursuing full licensure.
Casey views therapy as a collaborative process and is grateful for the privilege and opportunity to walk alongside clients as they navigate
therapy together. She is known for combining her skills of empathic listening and playfulness to encourage clients in sharing their stories.
She believes change happens when people feel safe and loved, which she is dedicated to creating opportunities for, so clients can feel
supported, empowered, and experience growth. She utilizes many modalities of treatment to meet each client’s unique needs. Casey has a
passion for working with adolescents, young adults, the LGBTQ+ population, and individuals experiencing various life transitions.
Samara Silvester is a Master’s Level Intern at The Refuge Center studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Vanderbilt University. Samara is passionate about embracing each client’s unique story. She favors a client-centered and integrative approach, providing empathy and unconditional positive regard to facilitate healing and growth.
Samara holds a Master’s degree in Teaching and a B.A. in International Relations and Politics. While Samara is passionate about teaching, she found that her strength was in the ability to provide a safe holding environment for her students. Samara has experience working with clients in crisis who have experienced traumas which contribute to addiction and suicide ideation. She is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society and the American Counseling Association.
Alyssa Pesavento (she/her/hers) is a therapist at The Refuge Center. Alyssa is passionate about working with people of all ages, particularly children and adolescents. Her areas of clinical focus include complex trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, attachment, mood disorders, grief and loss, LGBTQIA+ youth, and life transitions. Alyssa approaches her work with clients using the “lenses” of trauma, attachment, and brain development. She believes that every person has the potential for growth and healing across the lifespan, and that safe, supportive relationships are the cornerstone of resilience.
Alyssa holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing LPC licensure. She has received post-graduate training in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework, Trauma-Focused Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and other evidence-based trauma treatment models.
Alyssa provides counseling in a safe, inclusive space. All are welcomed and affirmed. This includes, but is not limited to: race/ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability status, religious/spiritual affiliation, socio-economic status, and immigration status.
Richard is a Master’s Level Intern at The Refuge Center, and is enrolled in Vanderbilt’s Human Development Counseling program. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio State University. He takes a person-centered existentialist approach to therapy, meaning that he believes the key to good therapy is developing the client’s sense of meaning in life through connections with others. Richard has prior experience working with children, adolescents, and adults at a community clinic.
India Lacerda is a Master’s Level Intern at The Refuge Center and is currently studying Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.
She first came to Nashville to pursue her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. Upon graduation, India took the role of the Elementary Director at a local church centered around relational safety in addressing spiritual trauma. In her work with children, she has developed a passion for integrating attachment, emotion, empathy, and sensory play into the formation of key developmental experiences. Through her personal and professional experiences with adults, she believes quality care should be accessible to
all, and has developed a specific heart for those on the fringes of society and culture.
India has a passion for working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing identity struggles, relationship challenges, life transitions, trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. Some common themes in her work with clients include exploring values, disengaging from inauthentic roles, cultivating self-compassion, and understanding relational dynamics. She has a desire to help her clients walk in courage towards new encounters with the wounded parts of their stories and relationships.