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 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:

  • 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

  • Brainspotting (Level I) - using your natural gaze to release emotional and physical pain and unhook negative associations; also used to enhance performance for artists, athletes, etc.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (Level I) - processing and diminishing the power of traumas, shame, or negative beliefs about ourselves

  • 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

  • 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 us close rather than pushing people away; changing how we interact by building safe and secure bonds over time

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.