Merna ElSols is a counselor with the Child and Teen Team at The Refuge Center. She earned her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Lipscomb University. She is also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). Merna has a BA in Psychology from Lipscomb University. Her bachelor’s degree has prepared her to teach and facilitate active learning in the classroom and the community, as a preschool teacher, a youth servant, and a Nashville Community Education instructor.
Merna uses a person-centered, integrative and systemic approach to help individuals and families increase their emotional expression and enhance their communication styles. She believes that the answers to many of the struggles we go through in life come from within us and that, through effective communication and emotional disclosure, we can build stronger relationships to endure any life hardship we encounter. She is passionate about working with all individuals, and is especially interested in working with couples and families through difficult transitions. She is certified to administer the Prepare/Enrich Assessment to couples.