Gentle process, deep healing

My heart for therapy is to make it as kind and gentle as possible. And it turns out, the more I have leaned into therapy styles that trust your body and inner wisdom (yes, I promise you still have it; I’ll help you find it) to lead the way at their own pace, the faster and more effective the work has been.

You’ll find a combo of the evidence-based and the cutting-edge alternative in your work with me. My background is in non-pathologizing trauma work while following my ever-growing bent toward non-invasive energy psychology, and I have recently added relaxing neurofeedback. (More about neurofeedback; it’s really neat.)

Sally Corlew Marciel, LMFT | photo by Jonathan Howard

Sally Corlew Marciel, LMFT
| photo by Jonathan Howard


If you visit my office, you'll notice it's more like a cozy living room than a wall lined with diplomas and certificates, but credentials-wise, I am licensed as a Marital & Family Therapist in the state of TN (license #1145), with my Master of Marriage & Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University.

I love constantly learning. Some of my additional trainings are in:

  • Trauma, Emotion, and Reconnecting with Yourself:

    • Internal Family Systems (Level I) - reconnecting with yourself and others; experiencing the core of who you really are; discovering compassion for self and other; understanding your complexity, emotions, and behaviors; and getting unstuck

    • EMDR & Brainspotting (Level I) - processing and diminishing the power of traumas, shame, or negative beliefs about ourselves; using your natural gaze to release emotional and physical pain and unhook negative associations; also used to enhance performance for artists, athletes, etc.

    • Emotionally Focused Therapy - understanding what's happening inside when you get hurt and hurt others; caring for what the needs are beneath those hurts; learning how to speak for those needs in a way that draws you close rather than pushing people away

  • Energy Psychology

    • Comprehensive Energy Psychology (CEP Level 1) - using muscle testing to help you connect with your intuition to discover exactly what your body knows you need to work on in therapy, as well as when, in what order, and which techniques will be most effective for you individually.

    • Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT Level 1) - learn how to gently and lovingly release negative beliefs and traumas from your chakras, discovering and releasing the connections between the traumas your body is holding and how they are affecting your life now.

    • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT tapping Level I) - gently tapping acupuncture/acupressure points to balance the body and emotions in order to resolve limiting or shameful beliefs and their effects on your life, decisions, and relationships.

    • Allergy Detective, Allergy Antidotes, and Ask & Receive - sometimes chronic health concerns and food sensitivities or allergies (or substance/chemical/smell/belief/concept/etc) can be linked to negative experiences. We use muscle testing to see if there’s a traumatic or emotional link to what you’re experiencing and then use energy psychology techniques to clear the connection so your body can feel safe again in the presence of things that it had once associated with danger or pain (so it doesn’t have to sound the alarm bells when you’re around those things anymore).

  • Neurofeedback - a completely passive and restful way to train your brain for calm and resilience. It involves having 5 sensors placed on your head/ears, which allows you to receive feedback about what your brain is doing in the moment; that feedback is like a mirror allowing it see when it’s responding sub-optimally or out of stress, and it teaches itself how to move out of those automatic stress-based reactions toward comfort and ease.

My background is in music, with degrees in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University (undergrad) and Belmont University (grad), and many years teaching voice and piano. 

Life-wise, I'm a native Nashvillian and am passionate about the arts, the outdoors, human connection, natural health, neuroscience, and mind-body integration.