Contract Therapist

Piper Elrod is a  Contract Therapist for the Child and Teen Program at Refuge. She received her Master’s in  Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Middle Tennessee State University. Before starting the professional counseling program at MTSU, Piper graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Child and Family Studies. She is a member of the American School Counseling Association and the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.

Piper is eager to work with individuals across the lifespan with a focus on young children, adolescents, teens, and families. She has experience supporting those who are going through life changes or relational difficulties. She works with children and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, trauma, and behavioral issues. Piper has received specialized training in child-centered play therapy, expressive arts, crisis intervention, Gottman training, internal family systems, and other person-centered techniques.

Piper believes that each person is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and strength they need to heal, and she desires to provide a safe space to foster these qualities within them. Using expressive arts modalities, sand tray therapy, play therapy, and person-centered techniques, she hopes to empower her clients towards their most authentic and happiest self as they each bring their own perspective, past, and potential. Piper desires to create meaningful relationships with her clients that allow them to feel valued, understood, and accepted.