Connie Tomlin, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Connie Tomlin is a contract therapist with the Refuge Center. She is a Nashville native who obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-MHSP) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Connie is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association.

Connie is a client-centered therapist who values the therapeutic relationship above all else. She works from a constructivist perspective, acknowledging that all former life experiences create the person we are today. Connie will help you to feel fully seen, heard, and accepted exactly as you are, and she will create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to share your story: your insecurities, fears, anxiety, grief, concerns about the future, and your experiences from your past. Connie sees all of her clients as unique individuals with their own special strengths, talents, and gifts, and she will help you to develop these gifts so you can be the best version of yourself.

Self-esteem issues, stress and anxiety, lack of motivation, depression, grief and loss, body image issues, trauma, lack of purpose and meaning, and adjustment issues are some of the many client concerns that Connie has seen in her clinical work. In addition to working with adults of all ages, she has extensive experience working with people with dementia, caregivers, veterans, and healthcare workers. Connie uses a variety of treatment modalities including strengths-based therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, and trauma-informed therapy.

Jamie Haigh is a counselor at The Refuge center working toward his licensure as a LPC-MHSP. Jamie obtained his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.

Jamie is passionate about creating a safe space where clients can engage with their stories. Jamie believes that engaging with the particularities of our stories illuminates the path toward healing. He is passionate about coming alongside clients as a wounded healer, guiding them on the path towards connection with themselves and those they love.

Jamie combines a strengths-based approach from solution-focused therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy and narrative therapy based on the needs of the client. Jamie is passionate about working with individuals battling addiction, depression, anxiety, broken relationships, and engaging with their emotions for the first time.

Julie Luker is a board-certified Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation (temporary license) that works with all ages in individual and group formats. She enjoys helping individuals with various backgrounds and experiences find a source of hope and strength. Julie utilizes a collection of techniques to help clients explore the source of their behaviors and emotions.  She strives to be a source of safety and compassion for her clients.

Julie holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, as well as a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Alabama.  She specializes in substance use disorders, trauma, and perinatal mental health. Julie continues to pursue education and training in evidence-based interventions to provide the optimal treatment to each individual under her care. She also holds memberships in the American Counseling Association and Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association. Julie is also an approved provider with Postpartum Support International.

Dawn Macchiavello has a graduate degree in education and a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is a certified Chaplain and is studying Spiritual Direction at Lipscomb University.  Prior to coming to The Refuge Center, Dawn relocated to Tennessee from Southern California and has a lot of compassion for people who are new to the area and are trying to adjust to their new surroundings while seeking community and belonging.

Dawn is passionate about coming alongside clients as they grow, heal and learn what is getting in the way of living life as their true self.  She has a holistic and client-centered approach.  Dawn integrates Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Somatic Therapies.  She has additional training in Narrative Story Work. 

Dawn enjoys working with teens and adults with a clinical focus of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, and attachment trauma.  She also integrates spirituality for anyone desiring a faith-based approach. 

Alexandra “Alex” Dettore is a master’s level therapist in the Clinical Mental Health Program at Liberty University with a focus on trauma therapy. She is a member of the National Association of Christian Counselors. She holds a masters in Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology from Liberty University.

Alex has experience working in both the non-profit and criminal justice fields. She has training in collaborative problem solving and trauma-informed care.

Alex primarily works with children, autistic youth, women, and first responders. She aims to walk with clients an empathetic witness in a safe space for those facing trauma, acute stress, grief, anxiety, PTSD, and relational issues with families. It is Alexandra’s honor to sit and walk with those in their deepest traumas, sorrows and highlights of their lives.