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:

  • 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)

    • Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT Level 1)

    • 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

  • Neurofeedback

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.