Meet Jill Summers

The Basics

Where are you from?

Originally an Okie from Tulsa. Transplanted to Dallas, then moved to the Nashville area in 2006.

How do you spend your spare time?

I spend most of my time with my husband and two children. I love swimming and boating, reading, gardening, exercising and healthy living. I love spending time fellowshipping with God and close friends.

Describe yourself in five words

Funny, Empathetic, Observant, Insightful, Intentional

About Your Practice

Why did you become a therapist?

I love people’s stories. I love to come along side others and help them achieve their goals. Being a therapist allows me to use my gifts and talents to care well for others and not only witness their stories but actually become a part of their stories of redemption, restoration, healing and freedom.

What do you think is important for a client to look for in a therapist?

It’s important for clients to look for a therapist they trust. A therapist that is not afraid of messes and dark pain, and is willing to engage in your pain with you. Someone who cares, who listens, who gently confronts and can also be playful.

How does your faith play itself out in your work as a therapist?

As a Christian, I see change and healing through a biblical lens. Jesus brings eternal change and is the only one who can bring total healing and freedom. I also know that God brings knowledge and wisdom outside of the bible to help teach us and instruct one another. It is not my job as a therapist to convert my clients to Christianity. It is my job to help them explore their spiritual beliefs and value systems and look for congruency in their lifestyle — to help treat the whole person which includes their spiritual self.

Favorites

Which TV show would you never miss?

I am always a little behind on this one! I just watched Alias last year! It was good. I am enjoying watching Justified with my husband right now. I was a big LOST fan, but man that was a long time ago!

What's your favorite book or author?

I will always love the Harry Potter series.

What's your favorite place to visit?

Anywhere there is water. The Almafi coast in Italy was the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

Just for Fun

What was your first job?

I was paid $50 when I was 14 years old to be an elevator escort for a party the Mayor of Tulsa was hosting.

If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?

Grill hamburgers and have them all bring a dish to share. I don’t want to cook everything!

What is a pastime or ritual you enjoy?

Most mornings it is getting my cup of coffee or tea and sitting in my quiet spot communing with God. Also, laying in a hammock reading.

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