Meet the Counselors

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Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Susie McClarty

Susie graduated from Southern Adventist University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Loma Linda University in California. She worked for several years in Riverside, CA and Atlanta, GA providing therapy in homes and clinics. Susie has experience seeing children, teens, adults, families, and couples. Her experience includes anxiety, depression, grief, and family and marital issues. She prioritizes helping clients process and meet challenges by developing healthier coping mechanisms.


Susie enjoys celebrating the gifts God has given to her, the foremost being her husband, Jack McClarty, and their three children.

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Chris Hernandez

Practicum Student

Chris Hernandez is a proud son of immigrants hailing from Mexico and Peru. He likes to introduce himself as “Mexiruvian.” Through opportunities to travel and serve internationally, Chris has grown in his appreciation and curiosity of other cultures. He has studied abroad in Argentina and is fluent in Spanglish. Originally from California, Chris came to Tennessee to finish his undergraduate degree at Southern Adventist University, receiving a bachelor's degree in International Studies–Spanish with a minor in Global Policy and Service Studies in 2016. This year, Chris will complete his Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in trauma and emergency management.


Although the West Coast is home, Chris has grown to appreciate the culture, people, and landscape of Tennessee. He recognizes the value of stories and how meals can be a great equalizer for people to share and learn about each other. You’ll likely see him around town trying local cuisine or on the trails running or hiking.

Chris is available to meet for individual or group counseling sessions with families, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, his focus areas include anxiety, depression, cross-cultural transition, grief and loss.