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Mariam joined the Christ Community Counseling staff in 2016 and is delighted to be a part of a team that is keen on integrating ministry with counseling practices. She is passionate about helping couples who feel emotionally disconnected from each other in their marriages -- finding themselves living in hurt and tension, not knowing how to deal with addictions, trauma, history of affairs, and struggling to communicate. In addition, Mariam enjoys working with women (married and single) who feel stuck with where they are at in life, and are experiencing anxiety, life transitions, depression, trauma, relationship strains, spiritual crisis and other life issues. She also does pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling.

She has led a marriage enrichment group, and more recently weekend marriage workshops based on curriculum from Hold Me Tight, by Dr. Sue Johnson. These marriage workshops offer couples the opportunity to take intentional time over the course of a weekend to reconnect and have meaningful conversations.

Mariam also runs a private practice in the Cool Springs area. In her free time, Mariam enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking up a new-found recipe, reading, walking, and getting coffee/tea with friends. She is actively involved in a Nashville church plant where she serves in a variety of ministries, including working with the local refugee community.

Specialties: Couples, Women, Pre-Engagement & Pre-Marital

Certification, Training and Credentials:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Tennessee (#1228)
PhD in Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Trevecca Nazarene University
Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals
EMDR Trauma Therapy, Levels 1 & 2
Certified Facilitator for Prepare-Enrich Pre-Marital Assessment
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member
Trainer for Seven Conversations Weekend Marriage Workshop

Phone: 615.482.0473

Rachel Darter, Intern Therapist


Rachel began serving as the counseling intern for the Christ Community Church Counseling Center in January 2019. A Tennessee native, Rachel is entering the counseling field after working in both corporate accounting and full-time ministry. In reflecting on her life story, it is apparent that God has consistently provided experiences, opportunities, and a passion for helping others which resulted in Rachel re-entering college to pursue a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017. Rachel is passionate about helping individuals and couples find healing through a deeper connection with God, self, and others.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, being active, serving in her church and community, connecting with friends, and cooking new recipes.

Certification, Training and Credentials
MFT Graduate Student, Trevecca Nazarene University

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) 

Phone: (615) 813-5066

Kyle Cruze, LMFT


Kyle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee.  

His passion and expertise is with adolescent / teenage boys and their families who are struggling to navigate through the difficult and confusing aspects of this culture and life. Kyle also frequently works with adult men and married couples.

His early lessons in life and relationships came through the paradigm of athletics. Kyle was blessed with the opportunity to play basketball all four years he was in college. It was through those experiences on and off the court that much of his curiosity and interest in people and their stories began. 

Prior to moving into full time private practice, Kyle worked at a residential treatment center with adolescent boys and their families who were struggling with substance abuse. During these years, Kyle also frequently spoke at national conferences, local schools, and parent groups. One of Kyle’s focuses continues to be the ever changing landscape of teenage substance abuse and the unique treatment it requires.

Kyle was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. It was there that he met his wife Kristen who is a Franklin native. Together they have two boys and a girl. When he’s not working Kyle enjoys woodworking, reading, and spending time with his family (black lab Sampson included).

Specialties: Adolescent / Young Adult Males, Addiction, Couples, Pre-Marital

Certification, Training, and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Tennessee (#1215)

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Trevecca Nazarene University

Drug and Alcohol Dependency Assessments

Attachment Focused EMDR

Phone: 865-228-1897