Alex Derry

About Alex

Alex provides a safe place for individuals, couples, and families to engage their heart and begin to live fully. He helps them more deeply explore their story and the effect of key relationships (both historically and currently), allowing them to heal in areas of relational woundedness/brokenness and become who they are made to be.

His practice is grounded in the Spiritual Root System™ and influenced by narrative therapy, psychodynamic theories, existential philosophy, as well as other psychosocial theories. Alex brings a diverse approach to his counseling practice by integrating the psychological, spiritual, social, and biological aspects of a person’s life.

  • Adult Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transition
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Men’s Issues
  • Codependency

Alex earned his Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Marketing from Belmont University.

Training and Certifications

Member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT)


Christy Hughes

About Christy

Christy has over 15 years of experience working with individuals in both pastoral and professional settings. She understands that life can be messy and, at times, overwhelming. It is her desire to walk alongside clients as they bravely uncover their past and present wounds in order to help them begin to heal and learn to live more fully.
Christy’s practice is informed by cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based practices, as well as aspects of the Spiritual Roots System. Her approach to therapy is holistic in nature, in that she believes in the importance of treating the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. She believes that creating a trusting relationship with each client is key to the success of therapy. Therefore, she seeks to provide a safe, therapeutic environment in which her clients are empowered to work toward their goals.
Christy lives in Murfreesboro with her husband, two daughters, and their rescue pup, Roxy.

Learn more about Christy.
  • Adult Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Parenting

Child Therapy (Elementary)
Life Transition/Adjustment
Pastoral/Ministry Professionals


MA in Professional Counseling – Liberty University
BS in Communication Disorders – Illinois State University

Training and Certifications
  • EMDR (Level 1 & 2)
  • Currently pursuing licensure for LPC-MHSP


Jenay Kennedy

About Jenay

Jenay knows firsthand the pain and shame caused by an unmanageable life of anxiety and codependency. She found the help she needed through 12-step recovery groups and her own individual and couples therapy. Her deep program of recovery has given her hope, helped her recover her heart and grow into a person with passion, courage and a voice.

She holds a BSN in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse. Twenty-one years of marriage and raising two teenage sons (one of whom has autism) has forced her to confront and grieve her own wounds, to live one day at a time and to learn the incredible value of authentic relationships and self-care. For 12 years, she has participated in and led educational and support groups centered around the Spiritual Root System.

  • Parenting With Heart Groups
  • Recovery Coaching
  • Bachelors of Nursing from Union University
Training and Certifications
  • Registered Nurse


Jill Summers

About Jill

Jill has been working in the mental health field since 2001. Her approach to therapy is integrative, meaning she implements several different theories into her practice; Affective, Cognitive, and Behavioral. She believes in a holistic experiential approach to change, addressing the idea that we are made up of our feelings, thoughts, behaviors and spiritual selves. All areas need to be addressed, experienced, and understood to help find growth and healing, to live life as intended, and to rest in ultimate freedom.

Outside of counseling, Jill enjoys laughing (well, she’s known to do that in counseling session too!), spending time with her husband and two children, all things involving water, reading, reflecting in the quiet with God, hanging out with her friends, spending time pouring into others and being poured into.

Learn more about Jill.
  • Individual
  • Couples and Families
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Life Transition
  • Eating Disorders
  • Co-Dependency
  • Body Image
  • Identity Exploration
  • Addictions
  • Attachment
  • Intimacy Struggles
  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Masters of Arts in Counseling, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, Texas Women’s University, 2001
Training and Certifications


Sage Hill Counseling Interns

Interns & Practicum students

Committing to counseling can sometimes be a financial challenge. To help you live fully, Sage Hill Counseling offers cost-adjusted therapy through access to our graduate interns and practicum students who are in the process of completing the requirements for a masters degrees in a mental health field. Our interns are directly supervised by licensed Sage Hill counselors and are trained to use the Spiritual Root System™.

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