About Us

Our Mission

The Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center was founded in 2018 to provide the middle Tennessee area with high-quality, evidence-based care for OCD and anxiety. We treat individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, religious background, gender identity, sexual orientation, or nation of origin. The staircase was chosen as the logo for the NOATC for a few reasons. 

First, the treatment for anxiety and OCD requires that clients face their fears in a gradual and progressive manner, one step at a time. Doing so involves using a hierarchy, which starts with less challenging items and works up to harder ones. Second, good treatment requires adherence to a structured approach that has clear steps. We use treatments that have been vetted by research. Finally, when clients successfully navigate treatment, they are able to gain new perspective from this vantage point. We would be honored to work with you as you embark on your climb toward health.

Our Team

Amy Mariaskin, PhD
Director and Clinical Psychologist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

The NOATC is directed by Amy Mariaskin (``Mary-askin``), a licensed clinical psychologist who has 13 years of experience treating OCD, anxiety and related disorders. She has worked across the southeast with adults, adolescents, children, and families affected by these disorders. She is passionate about direct care and enjoys helping people overcome their symptoms with compassion, creativity, and humor. Dr. Mariaskin strives to create a sensitive and affirming therapeutic experience for all of her clients and has a particular interest in working with LGBTQ+ youth.

Dr. Mariaskin received her masters and doctoral degrees from Duke University and completed her internship and post-doctoral work at the University of Florida. She has been in private practice in Nashville since 2011. Additionally, for three years she served as a Clinical Co-Director at an intensive treatment facility that treats individuals with OCD, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. With respect to therapeutic orientation, Dr. Mariaskin uses various techniques that fall under the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) umbrella, including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Mariaskin is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University where she provides supervision to graduate doctoral students.

In addition to clinical and supervisory experience, Dr. Mariaskin has published in the field and is an active speaker at local and national conferences on the topics of OCD, anxiety, and child mental health. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation and has been featured as an anxiety expert in various media. For more information about recent presentations, click here. To listen to a podcast that she did with Stuart Ralph of The OCD Stories about gender identity themes in OCD, click here.

In her free time, Dr. Mariaskin enjoys drawing (check out our Instagram @ocdnashville!), hiking, plant-based cooking, traveling, and writing about herself in the third person. Please note that Dr. Mariaskin is not accepting any new clients at this time.

Clinicians

Courtney Bottoms Gustafson, M.Ed, LPC-MHSP (temporary)
Pre-Licensed Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Courtney is a temporarily licensed professional counselor who has worked in the mental health field for 10 years. She started her career while in service through AmeriCorps providing homeless outreach and case management services to people experiencing both homelessness and a severe and persistent mental health illness. Courtney later began work providing intensive psychiatric case management services for Nashville's homeless community, provided similar services as a Mental Health Specialist under the Ryan White Grant, and later worked in crisis diversion services.

Courtney completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development at Lindsey Wilson College, where she maintained graduate student membership with the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Following the completion of graduate school, Courtney briefly provided outpatient individual counseling to adults and adolescents before beginning work at Rogers Behavioral Health. At Rogers, she worked as a therapist in the OCD Partial Hospitalization program for two years. She considers herself very fortunate to have studied, trained, and received supervision in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, anxiety, and anger and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for both anxiety and depression. In addition to ERP and CBT, Courtney utilizes mindfulness techniques, behavioral activation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her work with children, adolescents, and adults.

Courtney believes that strong self-care is essential to providing good psychotherapy. Among the ways that Courtney engages in self-care include gardening, cooking, going on adventures with her husband, and playing with her beloved 13 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Gladys.

Jessica Cameron, LMSW
Pre-Licensed Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jessica Cameron is a Licensed Master Social Worker with experience providing clinical mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults.  She is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals and resolve symptoms that may be interfering with daily life. Her approach to therapy is grounded in evidence-based practices and a belief that clients are collaborators in the therapeutic process. She brings compassion and adaptability to her work with clients, creating a non-judgmental and affirming space where clients can work through the issues they have been experiencing. 

Jessica received her MS in Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was awarded MSW Student of the Year by the middle branch of the National Association of Social Workers, TN Chapter. Jessica completed her clinical internships at the Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center and the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. In addition to specializing in Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, she is Level 2 trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has specialized training in the treatment of trauma. In addition, Jessica is currently pursuing certification in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

Prior to becoming a therapist, Jessica worked for six years as a qualitative researcher for an international consumer goods company, living in London, UK for three of those years. Informed and humbled by her travels, she brings respect for people of all groups, backgrounds, and life experiences to her clinical work.

When not in the therapy room, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, reading, playing violin, and traveling.
Please note that Jessica is not accepting new clients at this time and will resume accepting new clients in January 2020.

Emily DeSalvatore, MS, LPC-MHSP (temp)
Pre-licensed Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Emily is a Masters-level therapist who has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with OCD and anxiety-related disorders. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University where she obtained her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Play Therapy and Expressive Arts. Although she does not provide play therapy as a part of services at the NOATC, Emily uses these skills to infuse her work with a sense of playfulness to engage her younger clients. Moreover, Emily has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). She completed her internships and provided a year of post-masters counseling at PSYCHē, PLLC where she fell in love with treating OCD and anxiety disorders across the lifespan.

Prior to attending graduate school, Emily started her career with Centerstone as a Behavior Coach where she assisted in implementing behavioral interventions and served as a liaison between teachers, school counselors, and families to help students with mental health diagnoses. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Psychology from The Ohio State University.  

As an athlete, Emily is familiar with the stress of performing when the stakes are high. Sports and performance anxiety are some of her favorite things to treat, as well as social anxiety and panic disorder. She’s realistic, empathetic, and has a passion for helping others succeed. In her free time she enjoys running, being in nature (especially on the beach), playing with her dog, and partaking in expressive arts such as painting, drawing, and dancing.

Kelly Flanagan, MA, LPC-MHSP
Licensed Professional Counselor
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kelly is a licensed professional counselor with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. A native of Wisconsin, she graduated with Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over her clinical career, she has worked with children and adults coping with minor adjustment issues to severe and persistent mental health concerns. She has worked with clients across the spectrum of levels of care, including outpatient, school-based therapy, and in-home therapy. Most recently, she treated clients at the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization level, with a specialized focus on patients with depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kelly’s practice is informed heavily by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which focuses on finding balanced and effective behaviors while validating how very difficult that can be! Kelly loves to encourage people to get a little more curious about finding the function of their behavior, and to come up with ways to get those goals met in a healthy way. Kelly is highly skilled in using exposure based therapy (ERP) and behavioral activation techniques to address anxiety and problematic avoidance behaviors, and has extensive experience supporting clients with trauma as part of their life story. She has a knack for encouraging patients to try things they never imagined they could do, using humor and honesty along the way. In addition, Kelly is an approved LPC supervisor, and enjoys helping other therapists grow in their skills and confidence.

Kelly is always working to balance her work with the needs of her three energetic young boys and equally energetic husband. When not at work, you can find her on a sports field, at a park, catching some live music, or making ANOTHER grocery store run. 

Lametria Johnson, Ed.D, LPC-MHSP
Licensed Professional Counselor
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Lametria Johnson is a licensed professional counselor with 13 years of experience in the mental health profession. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Masters in Professional Counseling from Argosy University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. In addition to working part-time at the NOATC, she is a Mental Health Coordinator in a prison setting and a part-time therapist for an online therapy company.

Dr. Johnson has experience working with diverse individuals aged 4 through adulthood. She started her career as a case manager, ensuring that children and their families were able to receive mental health resources. Shortly after, she transitioned to a role as a school-based/in-home therapist where she worked with children with ADHD, conduct disorder, and other externalizing concerns. Additionally, she was afforded the opportunity to work in an outpatient treatment hospital specializing in OCD and anxiety. It was at this transition where she was trained in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention). Currently, in addition to her work at the NOATC, she works with adult inmates who have persistent and chronic mental illnesses including PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Major Depression Disorder. Regardless of the setting, Dr. Johnson prides herself on building rapport with any client no matter who they are and what their circumstances.

Dr. Johnson often says that therapy is not just her profession, it is her way of life. To this end, she uses her skills to help others through community service organizations and church. You can also often find her singing/humming a tune, planning an event, or going on traveling adventures (ask about the time she rode an elephant!). Overall, Dr. Johnson recognizes that she has been surrounded by people who have gone above and beyond for her, so she likes to go above and beyond for others.

Marnie Matthews, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Marnie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in anxiety, depression, OCD, hoarding disorder and hoarding behavior. In addition to working with adults struggling with these issues, she also works with their family members in learning how to better personally cope with and navigate the complexities of their family member's mental health. Marnie focuses treatment on strengths-based collaborative solutions grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

Marnie received her Masters in Social Work from Salem State University in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Tennessee in June 2017, she was the Clinical and Program director for the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering, a 2016 n4a award winning program that she developed in 2012. Marnie is the founder of The Clutter Movement, an online resource for all aspects of hoarding. Additionally, she is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Hoarding Project, established and facilitates the Middle TN Hoarding Task Force, and was previously a member of the North Shore & Boston Hoarding Task Forces and the MA Statewide Steering Committee on Hoarding. For five years, Marnie was a Graduate Level SW Field Instructor for Salem State University and Simmons College in Massachusetts and continues to provide clinical supervision for Social Workers.

As a nationally recognized specialist in hoarding disorder, Marnie regularly speaks at conferences and provides training for agencies across the U.S. on all aspects of hoarding. Marnie also developed the Uniform Inspection Checklist, a standardized and objective tool for assessing and managing hoarding cases currently used nationwide, in Canada, and Australia.

Kelly Watson, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kelly Watson is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys working with children, families, and adults affected by OCD and anxiety. Dr. Watson received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and completed her clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Her clinical training and practice are grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches with primary focuses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  

Dr. Watson strives to create a warm and welcoming environment where clients feel respected and supported throughout treatment.  She focuses on helping each person and family develop practical skills to deal with difficult emotions, thoughts, and experiences.  She works with each person to create an individualized plan based on their unique backgrounds, values, and strengths. This collaborative and flexible approach to therapy helps her partner with clients to identify and achieve their personal goals.

Outside of the therapy office, Dr. Watson works part-time as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, reading, playing games, and being outdoors.
Please note that Dr. Watson is not accepting new clients at this time.

Vivian Yeh, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Vivian is a licensed clinical psychologist who brings a practical approach to evidence-based therapy. Her goal is to help clients identify and live their values while navigating complex situations. She offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to address OCD and anxiety disorders. This means using science-based ways of thinking to discover what makes clients tick and identify potential actions to create acceptance and positive change.

Working primarily with adults, Vivian aims to help clients build a skills-based toolkit to live well alongside anxiety and uncertainty. These tools may include mindfulness (bringing focused, non-judgmental awareness to the present), exercises to gain self-perspective and motivation, as well as other personalized approaches identified in session.

Vivian has a broad set of experiences in and outside of psychotherapy. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, clinical internship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and post-doctoral training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. In a prior life, she also worked briefly in management consulting. In addition to psychotherapy, Vivian works in health services research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Outside of work hours, Vivian enjoys bookmarking more recipes than she can cook, fattening her backyard birds, and plotting her next weekend getaway.
Please note that Dr. Yeh is not accepting new clients at this time.

Student Trainees

Katie Boyer, BA
MSW Student
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Katie is a graduate student at the University of Denver getting her master’s in Social Work, with the goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Katie has been a Board-Certified Music Therapist since 2012. She began her journey as a music therapist at an acute psychiatric hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. There she used music to facilitate healing, open communication, promote group cohesion, and increase self-esteem across ages and populations. She also developed a private music therapy practice, serving several families in the Jackson area.

In March of 2015, Katie moved to Nashville where she began a position as an Experiential Therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health. Here she treats children and adults diagnosed with OCD, eating disorders, mood disorders, and other anxiety related disorders. Katie is trained in exposure response prevention (ERP) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as mindfulness interventions and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills. Katie believes that rapport, creativity, and humor are vital aspects to the client-therapist relationship and brings these into her practice. She likes to spend time with her fur children whenever possible, playing fetch in the back yard or in the lake, going for walks, or their favorite- laying on the couch under blankets. She also practices yoga to bring in balance through her mind, body, and spirit- or just have a dance party on her mat.

Kelly Knowles, MA
PhD Student
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kelly is a current PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kelly is trained in evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP). In addition, she likes to incorporate mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches into her clinical work. Kelly’s clinical experience focuses primarily on adults with OCD and anxiety-related disorders but also includes experience with ADHD and depression. Her research focuses on ways to improve exposure-based therapies through the application of the inhibitory learning model and the role of uncertainty in anxiety. In her free time, Kelly enjoys playing with her two pet rabbits, trying new restaurants in Nashville, listening to podcasts, and watching stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy.

Office Staff

Annie Funderburg
Office Administrator
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Annie was born and raised in Tennessee and received her Bachelor's in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Prior to working at the NOATC, she has has worked in a number of administrative and customer service positions, including at Jackson Life Insurance Company and St Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation. Annie is an animal lover and has four guinea pigs and two dogs, one of whom is trained as a canine good citizen and does agility. Her hobbies include painting and reading. She brings to this position a passion for learning about mental health and supporting those with mental health concerns.

Ron Heady
Office Assistant
Pronouns: he/him/his

Ron has lived in the Nashville area since 2000. He received a BA degree from DePauw University and an MA from Indiana University; he has completed additional graduate work at the University of Washington, the University of Evansville, and Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. After a long career in public education as a high school and middle school teacher, Ron now teaches online courses in English and Latin for high school students. He divides his remaining time among a variety of volunteer activities--tutoring striving readers at a Nashville elementary school; serving with NOAH, a social action organization in Nashville; moderating workshops and other community-based events. An avid life-long reader, Ron continues to enjoy both contemporary and classic works of fiction and nonfiction in a variety of genres.

Hillary Henize, MA
Intake Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hillary is a temporarily licensed professional counselor and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship through the VA system and conducting phone screenings part-time for the NOATC. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University and a BS in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Centre College. Hillary has experience treating individuals with OCD, anxiety, eating disorders, and depression and was a therapist at the NOATC prior to starting her internship. She has specialized training in exposure and response prevention, interoceptive exposures, trauma-focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy. Aside from her clinical work, Hillary is an aspiring artist and certified Bikram-style yoga instructor. She loves spending time with her 9-year-old Beagle mix named Lucie!

Seeking Licensed Psychologist

The NOATC is currently seeking a Licensed (or license-eligible) Psychologist to join our vibrant team in January 2020. The candidate must have experience with implementing CBT-based interventions for OCD and anxiety such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Moreover, he or she must have experience working with child and adolescent clients. The ideal candidate will also embody our core values of compassion, creativity, and commitment to evidence-based care. This could be a full-time or part-time position.

Primary responsibilities will include conducting assessments for incoming clients, providing individual therapy, maintaining documentation, and participation in didactics meetings. Other opportunities include the potential to supervise pre-licensed professionals or student trainees, participate in community outreach events, and present at local and national conferences. Our new Psychologist will have access to a fully furnished office, administrative support, competitive compensation, and a weekly didactics/case consultation seminar.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but we hope to hire for this position by the end of November 2019. Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and CV to Annie Funderburg (ATTN: Dr. Amy Mariaskin) at info@ocdnashville.com.

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