Southeast Psych Comes to Nashville Area: National Leader in Psychological Services Opens Its Doors in Middle Tennessee.

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Southeast Psych, a national leader in psychological services, opened its doors in Brentwood, TN this month. The practice will provide therapy and assessment services to all ages.

A great city deserves a great psychology practice.

Southeast Psych, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative psychology practices, has arrived in the Nashville area. The company, based in Charlotte, NC, provides individual, group, and family therapy, as well as assessment for all ages. Founded in 2001, Southeast Psych has steadily grown with two large offices in Charlotte, a New Zealand office, and this new location in Brentwood, directly across from Brentwood Academy.

Psychologist Dr. Lauren King, a native of Nashville, had the vision to bring the company to the area. “Our motto for the Nashville office is, ‘A great city deserves a great psychology practice,’ and that’s truly how I feel,” Dr. King said.

Accompanying Dr. King for the startup is Southeast Psych founder Dr. Dave Verhaagen, the author or co-author of 8 books and a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. “Nashville is one of the few cities in the world that could have gotten me to leave Charlotte. I love Nashville and I can’t wait to serve this community!” Dr. Verhaagen said. Also transitioning from Charlotte to Nashville is Nick Valadez, a licensed professional counselor who is a highly-regarded relationship expert.

New clinical staff include nurse practitioner Caitlyn Rissler who is a specialist in developmental pediatrics, as well as Dr. Danielle Mizell coming from the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Brittany Rader joining from Atlanta.

In addition to being a traditional psychology practice, Southeast Psych also has a media division that produces videos, podcasts, webinars, and websites. They publish about five books per year under their Hero House imprint, as well.

The biggest distinction of the practice is its emphasis on fun and innovation. “We provide traditional services like therapy and assessment, but we do it in a way that is incredibly fun and creative,” said Dr. King. “You can tell that from the moment you walk in the door with the superhero posters, the recording studio, and the video games. In the kids’ area, we even have a giant guitar on the ceiling with lights on the strings.”

Southeast Psych has been successful in the Charlotte market and they expect the same level of success in Nashville. “It’s a growing market. The need is there,” said Dr. King. The practice opened in Brentwood on Aug. 10th and their clinicians were seeing new clients on the first day. “I feel like we are coming to town at exactly the right moment,” she added.

For more information about Southeast Psych Nashville, please contact Dr. Lauren King at lking(at) or visit

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