About

OUR THERAPISTS

Our Philosophy

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, mood issues, and chronic stress. We offer a boutique level of care for each client, through individual and group services as well as a variety of events to enhance community. 

Simply Being Therap Clinic

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

  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame Resilience
  • Attachment Wounds
  • Inner Child Wounding
  • Trans-generational Trauma
  • Family / Relationship Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Gender Issues and  LGBTQ+
  • Teen Issues
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Ritual Abuse
  • Spiritual Abuse
  • Toxic Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Work or School-Related Issues
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Sports Related Stressors

Our Therapists

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Somatic Psychotherapist and Founder
Clinical Director

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner ®

Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider

Registered Jungian Sandplay Therapist

EMDR Level II Practitioner

Certified Hypnotherapist

My astrological signs are Libra sun, Scorpio rising, and Pisces moon

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Dr. Barbie Hessel, LCSW, SEP, PATP, RSP

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Somatic Psychotherapist
Director of Operations
Intern Supervisor

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

EMDR Level II Practitioner

Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider

Certified Hypnotherapist

Reiki Practitioner

My astrological signs are Cancer sun, Libra rising, and Aquarius moon.

Meet Me

Christi Sidwell, LCSW, SEP, PATP

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Somatic Psychotherapist

EMDR Clinician

Certified EFT/TFT Tapping Practitioner

My astrological signs are Leo sun, Aquarius rising, and Sagittarius moon.

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Nicole Nelson,  LPC-MHSP (temp)

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Clinical Intern/MSSW Candidate

Naturopathic Doctor (Licensed in CA)

Licensed Acupuncturist

Lead Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist

My astrological signs are Virgo sun, Scorpio rising, and Sagittarius moon.

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Dr. Katelyn Kalstein, ND, LAc, MSc, MSSW (cand) 

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Psychotherapist

Couples Therapist

Licensed Master Social Worker

My astrological sign is Aries Sun, Virgo rising, and Aries moon.

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Amy Holt, LMSW

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Psychotherapist

Licensed Master Social Worker

EMDR Level 2 Practitioner

My astrological signs are Leo sun, Cancer rising, and a Taurus moon.

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Sarah Swaney, LMSW

Dr. Barbie Hessel

Dr. Barbie Hessel, LCSW, MA, SEP, PATP, RSP

Somatic Psychotherapist and Founder
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Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Psychedelic Assisted Therapist
Registered Jungian Sandplay Therapist
Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider
Certified Hypnotherapist
Sound Practitioner

My astrological signs are Libra sun, Scorpio rising, and Pisces moon.

drbarbie@simplybeingtherapy.com 

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 adults and teens 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 14 years ago with my family. Prior to moving, I earned a Doctorate in Youth Services and Development, 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 specialized 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®, Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, and Jungian Sandplay Therapy. I also have extensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including EMDR (Level II), IFS, Jungian Psychology, Psychotherapeutic Yoga, Sound Healing, Mindfulness Practice, T-FCBT, and ACT.

As a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, I also offer personal sessions for credit towards certification for students enrolled in SE trainings, as well as Clinical Supervision for Licensed Social Workers. 

 I find that with my varied experience and training, I am better able to develop personalized therapeutic plans to meet your needs.

When I am away from my practice, I enjoy spending time with my husband and teen-age son, as well as my adorable kitty named Scooby Doo. I also enjoy literature, art, film, theater, fashion, and yummy food. 

As the founder of Simply Being, I believe that every client deserves a highly individualized, boutique level of care, and that this care should be facilitated by highly skilled and thoroughly trained practitioners. For this reason, our therapists carry a manageable and intentional case load and offer dedicated attention to clients beyond what is possible in more hectic practice settings. Simply Being was always intended to feel like a “home” away from home, where clients can feel truly seen and known and we invite you to learn more about us by scheduling a discovery call or an initial appointment. 

Welcome Home!

Christi Sidwell

Christi Sidwell, LCSW, SEP, PATP

Somatic Psychotherapist
she/her

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner 

EMDR Level II Practitioner
Certified Hypnotherapist
Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider

Reiki Practitioner
Intern Supervisor

My astrological signs are  Cancer sun, Libra rising, and Aquarius moon.

christi@simplybeingtherapy.com

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

I specialize in trauma therapy and have extensive experience working with those who have experienced sexual violence as I worked at the Sexual Assault Center (SAC) for 5 years. 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. Varied training allows me to navigate a therapeutic approach that is specifically curated for each individual client and their healing. 

My training includes: Somatic Experiencing®, Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, EMDR (Level II), IFS, Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Trauma Sensitive Therapeutic Yoga, Sound Therapy, Reiki, TF-CBT and ARC. 

I also have a therapy dog who joins in most of my sessions. Her name is Dotti and she is a small senior dog who is hard of hearing and is enjoying her golden years. She enjoys greeting people at the office,  soft pets, her own space and lots of naps. 

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! 

Dr. Barbie Hessel

Nicole Nelson, LPC-MHSP (temp)

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Psychotherapist

EMDR Clinician
Certified EFT/TFT Tapping Practitioner

My astrological signs are Aquarius rising, Leo sun, and Sagittarius moon.

nicole@simplybeingtherapy.com

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-MHSP temp), I believe the things we consider our biggest flaws are actually creative survival tactics that once saved us. When we find safety within our own bodies, we can replace these coping skills that are no longer serve us. To me, the resilience required to survive trauma defines the extremes of human strength and I’m passionate about creating a safe space where clients can explore this strength and channel it into building a life they love.

Trauma happens in the body, but so does healing. As a somatic psychotherapist, I work with clients to find safety in their own bodies. Using gentle, body-based interventions, we can complete the trauma cycle within your nervous system, opening your path to healing.

Trauma happens in relationships, but so does healing.  Within the therapy room, we can find ways of building intimacy and trust that expand outward, cultivating safe relationships and a rich support system.

I specialize in treating clients recovering from high-control religion and purity culture, those battling anxiety and depression, and clients who are looking to find long-term recovery from PTSD/CPTSD and dissociative disorders. I love using humor to help clients find relief during challenging moments and my greatest joy is walking with clients as they follow their body’s natural capabilities for healing.

When I’m not in session, I’m often exploring outdoors, reading, or spending quality time with my partner and dog.

Dr. Katelyn Kalstein

Dr. Katelyn Kalstein, ND, LAc, MSc, MSSW (cand)

she/her

Clinical Intern/MSSW Candidate
Naturopathic Doctor (Licensed in CA)
Licensed Acupuncturist

Lead Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist

My astrological signs are Virgo Sun, Sagittarius Moon, Scorpio Rising .

drkalstein@simplybeingtherapy.com

I am a licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) in California, where I practiced primary care with an emphasis on integrative mental health since 2016. In addition to maintaining a medical license in California, I am also a licensed acupuncturist in Tennessee.


Before moving back to Nashville, where I was born and raised, I was the clinical director of a ketamine assisted psychotherapy clinic in Los Angeles. I am also certified in Psychedelic Therapy and Research from the California Institute of Integral Studies. To be able to work even more comprehensively with my patients here in Nashville, I decided to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Tennessee.

 

Informed by my naturopathic and Chinese Medicine training, I believe we each have an inner capacity to heal, and that capacity is highly dependent on the environment around us: if we can remove obstacles, our bodies, nervous systems, and hearts will naturally move toward wholeness. The healing journey is not linear, and requires that we identify what needs to be healed in the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual domains. I believe healing is a process that requires us to shine a light on the past, but not stay stuck there. I seek to create a safe and supportive environment that nurtures a client’s capacity to attend to the present moment, and increases their ability to listen to the inner wisdom that inhabits each one of us.
Amy Holt

Amy Holt, LMSW

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Psychotherapist
Couples Therapist
Licensed Master Social Worker

My astrological sign is Aries Sun, Virgo rising, and Aries moon.

I obtained my MSW from the University of North Alabama and am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Tennessee with a background in Somatic approaches to treatment. I have experience working in residential treatment for substance abuse disorders as well as providing social services to members of the unhoused community. I am passionate about working with women who struggle with symptoms of trauma and substance abuse, as well as individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, and mood issues. My experience and training have deepened my belief that every person has a unique story and deserves to be truly witnessed. 

I work with clients of all backgrounds who are seeking healing from trauma, and am especially passionate about working with clients seeking to heal from Religious Trauma and Spiritual Abuse. Individuals who come from high-control religious backgrounds often struggle with shame, hypervigilance, poor self-image, and decision making, among other issues. Fortunately, it is possible to learn to trust yourself, love yourself, and to feel safe in your body.

My therapeutic approach is integrative, individualized, and somatic. I understand the importance of the mind-body connection when working with mental health concerns and use somatic practices in session with clients to further healing. 

The alliance between a therapist and client is the single most important factor for healing, and I seek to foster a therapeutic environment that embodies curiosity, empathy, and respect.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, music, comedy, and hot yoga.

Dr. Katelyn Kalstein
Sarah Swaney, LMSW

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Psychotherapist
Licensed Master Social Worker

EMDR Level 2 Practitioner

My astrological signs are Leo sun, Cancer rising, and a Taurus moon.

Sarah@simplybeingtherapy.com

 

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and obtained my Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. My experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma has led to the clinical passions I have as the therapist I am today. I work with individuals who are looking to heal from the impacts of trauma and attachment wounds, as well as concerns related to anxiety, depression, identity exploration, self-compassion, relationships concerns and life transitions. I am especially passionate about working with survivors of sexual trauma and religious and/spiritual trauma, and women-identifying clients who may consider themselves “perfectionists,” “high-achievers” and/or “people-pleasers.” 

My approach as a therapist is trauma-informed, somatic and relational. Since trauma can oftentimes impact the relationship you have with yourself and with others, I strongly believe that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most effective tools we can use to journey towards your healing together. This means that I value showing up as authentic, curious, and collaborative in the therapy room. More than anything, I prioritize thoroughly understanding your story and who you are. Through our work together, my hope is that you will be given the space to develop a greater sense of connection towards yourself, become more attuned to your needs, and gain skills to regulate your nervous system.  

In my work with clients, I utilize modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic and feminist theory. I also integrate a somatic approach, which looks like tuning into the “wisdom” of your body and becoming (re)connected to yourself. 

Outside of the therapy room, I’m usually reading, engaging in movement through hiking, yoga, or weight-lifting, or tending to my houseplants. My favorite way to spend my downtime is curled up in a comfy spot with a warm beverage and good book, accompanied by my two cats, Margo & Mila.

Dr. Katelyn Kalstein
Kate De Santis

 

 

I am a student intern in the Clinical Mental Health program at Trevecca Nazarene University. Additionally, I am a 500-hour yoga teacher with trauma informed training and a certified energy worker. I bring a creative blend an energetic, somatic, and therapeutic approach to my work with clients. 

I work with individuals on a mind-body-spirit connection. I believe we are all whole, even in our pain and suffering. My intention is to help my clients rediscover their wholeness, vibrance and fullness in life. I work with those who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, or are in life transitions. 

I find joy and depth in my life by continuing my personal self-study and remaining curious about life. I love to travel and experience new cultures whenever I am able. Creativity lights up my life and I love trying different creative endeavors, whether that’s drawing, pottery, painting, you name it! My safe space is cuddled up cozy with my dog with some tea and a show. 

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