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Ginger Poag, LCSW, CEMDR, SEP

Certified EMDR Therapist

A Licensed, Experienced Professional Here to Guide You

My name is Virginia "Ginger" A. Poag, LCSW, CEMDR, SEP. I am a licensed clinical Psychotherapist, Trauma Counselor, and Professional Consultant with nearly 30 years experience in the mental health and addiction fields. In addition to my private practice, I have also worked for several world-renowned private treatment facilities across the U.S. as a Trauma Therapist, and Counselor. While I am well-versed in many forms of therapy, my current career focus is on the treatment of trauma victims, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, individuals with PTSD, victims of narcissistic abuse, and individuals who suffer from mild, moderate and severe anxiety disorders.

I am also a published author, having written for both the professional field as well as the academic field; my work has been incorporated into the Social Work curriculum of several universities, both within the United States, and internationally. In addition to helping individuals and families in the immediate aftermath of numerous mass shootings, I have treated survivors of terrorist attacks, on both a domestic as well as on an international level. I am also one of only approximately 5,000 clinicians formally certified in EMDR therapy, and one of only 1,500 EMDRIA-approved consultants, worldwide. 

Additionally, I am an EMDR Trainer and consultant through Personal Transformation Institute.

I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. I am licensed to practice therapy in Arizona, New Mexico and Tennessee. I am also a lifetime member of Psi Chi, a nationally-recognized honor society for psychology.

I genuinely enjoy helping people, and have both the tools and the experience to help guide you through the healing process. If you have any questions, please contact me via the link below. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Katie Ledbetter, LCSW
Columbia Center for EMDR Therapy
(Columbia location)

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and an experienced professional EMDR Therapist. Katie completed EMDRIA approved training for EMDR in 2019, and uses EMDR to help clients with different diagnoses including PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. Katie is also trained in S.A.F.E. EMDR, which incorporates attachment focus and somatic therapy into the EMDR process. Katie comes to us with over a decade of experience in the behavioral health field as a psychotherapist. Katie holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Katie's passion is helping individuals heal from complex traumas, using a multidimensional approach to  psychotherapy, with a focus on EMDR. An experienced professional with nearly 15 years in the field, Katie has extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Katie has also worked as a psychotherapist, front line advocate, community trainer, and as a consultant to government agencies on the implementation of trauma informed care.

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Daphne McIntosh
Registered Nurse & Reiki Master,
Columbia Center for EMDR Therapy
(Columbia location)

Daphne McIntosh, RN, RM is one of only a handful of certified Reiki Masters currently practicing in the United States. With nearly 20 years of experience in the healing arts, Daphne is also a certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Daphne is also is a certified Dr. Sears Health Coach, specializing in working with families. Currently, Daphne is currently completing her BSN at Western Governors University, and working through Dr. Aviva Romm's premier Herbal Medicine for Women online program. Daphne also practiced for nine years as a certified professional midwife. She is also a published author. With a passion and commitment for working with women and children spanning nearly two decades, Daphne is unique in her ability to use her gifts and talents to support to support clients in their healing journey. Her clients come away from sessions feeling whole, cared for, and heard. 

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Jill Fields, LCSW
Columbia Center for EMDR Therapy
(Columbia location)

Jill Fields is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) having earned her Master’s degree in counseling from the University of Tennessee in 2005, after completing undergraduate work at East Tennessee State University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Tennessee Public Safety Network, a first response organization providing Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). Her experience is working with individuals during and after a traumatic event such as suicide or the unexpected death of a loved one, sexual assault, workplace violence, intimate terrorism, and domestic violence. She is passionate about meeting her clients where they are and offering empowerment through symptom management and recovery. She views herself as a collaborator, advocate, and nurturer in the counseling relationship and seeks opportunities to support clients towards a more hopeful, healthier life.

 

Her approach to counseling is integrative, combining various forms of psychotherapy within the EMDR framework to adapt to client needs. Some of the techniques she uses are rooted in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems, Attachment Based Theory, Trauma Informed Therapy, and Somatic Therapy. Her areas of clinical focus include complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorders, mood disorders, grief and loss, and life transitions. 

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Tori Rogers, MA
Columbia Center for EMDR Therapy
(Columbia location)

Tori is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (MA) with a specialization in trauma and addictions. She completed an EMDRIA-approved EMDR training in 2019. In her work with clients, Tori utilizes a combination of EMDR, Psychodrama, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Somatic Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and other Experiential modalities. 

 

Tori comes to us with nearly a decade of experience in the behavioral health field. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Creighton University. Tori is currently pursuing licensure as a Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Specialization (LPC-MHSP). Before joining our team, Tori served as a therapist at Milestones at Onsite, a residential treatment program that specializes in trauma and co-occurring disorders. Tori gained experience treating trauma experiences including childhood trauma, relationship trauma, combat trauma, injury, illness, natural disaster, sexual assault, domestic violence, and loss.  

 

Tori’s passion is helping clients process pain, find empowerment, and connect to themselves. 

Emily Anderson, LPC-MHSP
Columbia Center for EMDR Therapy
(Brentwood location)

Emily Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Mental Health Service Provider, LPC-MHSP, with 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She received her Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University after obtaining her undergraduate degree from The University if Texas at Austin, Hook ‘Em Horns! Emily has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults in the areas of attachment, anxiety, developmental trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, and behaviors issues. She is always  seeking to observe and understand her clients’ needs through a trifocal lens of Attachment, Internal
Family Systems (IFS), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Trained in EMDR in 2007, Emily views EMDR as one of the most powerful tools in the therapeutic toolchest. She uses EMDR alongside a myriad of CBT, play/art therapy, “parts” work, mindfulness and relaxation, EFT tapping, sensory, and somatic healing strategies. Emily is passionate about joining her clients on their journey to healing. Along with part-time private practice, Emily has served on Williamson County’s Foster Care Review Board and is serving as a member on the Critical Incident Debriefing Team for Williamson County DCS. Emily also uses EMDR to help athletes with performance enhancement to ‘Up’ their Mental Game! Stress and performance anxiety can mentally and emotionally undercut the skills and talent of an athlete. Emily works with athletes to identify, target, and clean out the barriers that might be getting in the way of the athlete being able to consistently let their skills and talent flow.

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Meet Biscuit

Distinguished gentlepupper, experienced pee-mail administrator, and all around good-boy doggo, Dr. U-Need-A Chicken-In-A Biscuit Poag began his tenure as resident therapy dog-in-training at the Columbia Center for EMDR Therapy in March 2021 after completing his early puppy internship on a farm in rural Tennessee in October, 2020.

Realizing early on in his career that he was a completely hypoallergenic breed of dog, and upon advice from his close collaborator, mentor, and noted socialpupper Dr. Strüdel, Biscuit decided his talents and natural abilities would be best utilized as a friendly companion animal to anyone in need of emotional support during therapy sessions.

When not putting his extensive experience as a puppy to use in the areas of both fluffiness and cuteness, Dr. Biscuit enjoys sitting calmly, eating turkey, napping, eating more turkey, and attending classes on how to be the best therapy dog possible.

As a 24/7 live-in member of the team, Biscuit can be frequently seen in his office at The Columbia Center for EMDR Therapy, in training, or taking walks in the company of more senior staff members. His wealth of experience and expertise both at work and at home make him a valuable (and adorable) addition to our team.

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