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M. Ed. Human Developmental Counseling

Specialties Include: 



Body Image Issues

Grief & Loss

Chronic Illness

Life Transitions


Identity Formation

Teen Challenges (ages 12+)


Elle Hartness is a professional therapist pursuing licensure in the Nashville area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University, and a Master’s of Education in Human Developmental Counseling from Vanderbilt University. While in graduate school, Elle earned her internship hours at The Refuge Center for Counseling in Franklin, TN, where she worked with a variety of presenting issues and facilitated a support group for survivors of intimate partner violence. 

While she has experience working with a variety of presenting concerns, Elle specializes in working with girls and women presenting with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and body image concerns. Elle engages in a trauma-informed, person-centered approach, and integrates tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems. Elle has received training in EMDR, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brainspotting, Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk, grief and loss, somatic work, and play therapy. 

“I believe in the power of having one’s story witnessed in order to move towards health and healing. I am passionate about walking alongside clients as they navigate growth and change as I am fully assured of the beauty found in vulnerability, creativity, and the therapeutic relationship.” 

In her free time, Elle enjoys hiking, running, eating yummy food and making Spotify playlists. 

Elle is currently fulfilling the Tennessee licensure requirement of post-masters supervision and is receiving supervision from Dr. Kristi Marshall, an approved supervisor by the state of Tennessee.

Elle Hartness: About Me
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