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.