About Us


The foundation of our practice is layered. In order to effectively work together, we believe that it is important to understand your past, as it informs your present. We believe that much of our resilience stems from our interactions with attachment figures—It is necessary to consider the context of your life in order to guide you toward finding peace and ease in the moment. Basically, your past matters, but it does not have to define you.

Our attachment to others goes hand-in-hand with how we view and interact with the whole of ourselves. At Simply Being we can help you to recognize and accept your psychological and neurophysiological responses to disappointments and all forms of trauma. All of this will allow you to build capacity to hold and resolve your pain. In this practice, all practitioners incorporate knowledge of the brain and body, using both “talk” therapy and somatic approaches.

Simply Being was established to be a safe and therapeutic space and community for survivors of trauma and those experiencing attachment wounding and chronic stress. At Simply Being, we offer individual and group services as well as a variety of events to enhance community. 

“Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes.” C. Jung

Although we are trauma specialists, we can effectively work with you on any of the issues listed below:

  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Attachment Wounds
  • Family / Relationship Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Gender Issues and  LGBTQ+
  • Adolescence
  • Toxic Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Work or School-Related Issues
  • Group Therapy
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Inner Child Wounding

Dr. Barbie Hessel, LCSW, SEP, RSP

As a Tennessee Licensed Clinical Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®, I specialize in trauma, and have worked extensively with survivors of sexual assault as well as folks struggling with depression and anxiety. I am passionate about helping teens and adults reclaim their hearts, minds, and bodies. I practice from an attachment and holistic perspective, honoring your thoughts, feelings, and visceral responses to trauma, while acknowledging an individual’s environment and context.

A native of Miami, Florida, I moved to Nashville close to 10 years ago with my family. Prior to moving, I earned a Doctorate in Child and Youth Services, with an emphasis in voice and self-authorization in young women. I worked in education and development coaching, along with professional training. Through this work, I honed my passion for working one-on-one with adults and teens. Once in Nashville, I earned an MSSW from the University of Tennessee with a focus on trauma treatment and have dedicated myself to working with trauma survivors and their loved ones. I have advanced training and certifications in Somatic Experiencing © and Sandplay Therapy. I also have extensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including EMDR (Level II), Yoga, Mindfulness Practice, T-FCBT, and ACT. I find that with varied experience and training, I am better able to develop personalized therapeutic plans to meet your needs.

Christi Sidwell, LMSW

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and my therapeutic approach is rooted in experiential and integrative practices.  As an intuitive therapist, I blend energetic modalities and therapeutic modalities into a holistic approach to support the clients’ desire for realignment and repair. Through my training and experience, I deeply believe that as humans we are wired for healing; we just have to learn how to access it.  Learning how to reconnect to our body is at the heart of personal transformation. I am passionate about partnering with teens and adults as they bravely seek the life they desire.  

I specialize in trauma and have extensive experience working with those who have experinced sexual violence as I worked at the Sexual Assault Center (SAC) for 5 years. Additionally, in my practice, I focus on helping professionals and athletes break down barriers to access optimal performance. I have learned that trauma and challenges to optimal performance may appear very unrelated on the surface, but are actually deeply connected from a nervous system perspective. As a practitioner, I see the importance of a body-based approach to therapy and enjoy being able to bring this vital perspective to a variety of individuals. I work closely with folks who experience trauma, high stress environments, attachment wounds, performance anxiety, depression, anxiety, and inner child wounding. 

Since obtaining my MSSW from the University of Tennessee, I have continued to advance my knowledge and skill through specialized training including: EMDR (level 2), Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Trauma Sensitive and Therapeutic yoga, Somatic Experiencing (Completed my first year and am in the second year), Mindfulness Practice, and Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC).  Varied training allows me to navigate a therapeutic approach to healing that is holistic and tailored to each client’s needs and desires. 

In my down time, I try to spend as much time as I can outside whether that is walking, hiking, camping or a favorite, laying in grass. I enjoy learning how to garden and keep houseplants alive, which can be a hit or miss for me.


What is therapy?

Therapy is both a process and a relationship. In session, you talk with a therapist in order to heal or relieve symptoms. Therapists also incorporate researched-based practices in order to best serve your needs. During your time, your therapist will hold space for you and validate your experience through empathy and compassion. Therapists at Simply Being are trained to help clients struggling with many different concerns.

What modalities do you use in session?

Our therapists are all specialized in trauma and chronic stress, and work from an attachment lens. We are trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Jungian Sandplay, Mindfulness, and other practices.

How do I choose a therapist?

Choosing a therapist can feel difficult at first. We suggest that you select a therapist based on your needs and, most importantly, on whether they are a good fit for you. The therapeutic relationship is at the core of healing. At Simply Being, we invite you to chat with the therapists to see what works for you.

How do I make an appointment?

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

We currently see clients on weekdays and online. Once scheduled, you will receive access to our Client Portal.

What are your rates?

Each practitioner at Simply Being has their own rate. Currently, rates range between $175-$135. We ask that you include a credit card on our secure portal to hold appointments. We accept major credit cards, Venmo, or cash at the start of each appointment.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is such a need for therapy in our world today. For this reason, appointment times are held for you; if you are unable to attend session others could benefit from the time. We ask that cancellations be made, directly with your therapist, at least 24 hours in advance. Without such notice, clients are responsible for the full session fee.

Because sessions are in such high demand, clients will receive a reminder via text or email in advance. In order to hold an appointment, a credit card is needed and can be entered in our secure client portal.

How long are sessions?

Sessions are 50 minutes in duration. Your therapist uses the additional ten minutes to write notes and plan for your care.

What if I am late?

If you arrive late to session (in person or online), you will be granted a 15-minute grace period. Your session time will be impacted by late arrival.

Is therapy confidential?

You have a legal right to expect confidentiality from your therapist. You can explore the limitations of confidentiality in our intake paperwork.

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