Shad’s personal experience with Sage Hill in 2012 stirred a passion for a Sage Hill presence in Memphis. Along with co-founder Tim Holler, they shared a vision to meet the overwhelming need in their community for life-changing counseling. In October of 2014, Shad and Tim officially launched Sage Hill Counseling in Memphis, TN, to help people “become who they were made to be so they can do what they were made to do.”
Shad currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Downline Ministries. He spent the first 11 years of his professional career in his family’s 40-year old communications firm, Memphis Communications Corporation. He served as a Vice President after spending several years as a Sales Professional and Sales Manager with the company before being led to Downline.
Shad and his wife Veronica are also alumni of the Downline Institute and are members of First Evangelical Church where Shad serves as an elder and co-leads a Sunday School class. The Berry’s have four children: Ainslee, Abbie, Jack, and Ann Claire.
He is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Business Management as a member of the university’s Emerging Leader program.
Downline Ministries exists to encourage a restoration of Biblical discipleship in and through the local church by strategically partnering with church leadership to equip men and women to make disciples in their home, church, and community for the glory of God and exaltation of Christ among the nations.
Tim is passionate about helping people find the true self that is often hidden under years of rejection, shame, addiction, abuse and neglect. He believes that this true self, though limited and weak, is also valuable, gifted and is the only one able to do what he was made to do. Finding that person is a challenge and Tim engages clients in the process of uncovering the true self. He is also passionate about helping mend broken relationships. Marriages are suffering and in entering into that suffering, Tim helps couples find connection, empathy, and peace.
His training and experience came from varied sources; private practice, teaching 20 years at the college and graduate level, and working in an inpatient setting.
Tim was born and raised in rural Northern California, the youngest if 5 children. He moved to Memphis in 1986 with his wife Pam and son and stayed to raise his family. He now has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He loves the NFL and riding his Honda Interstate 1100. He also loves classic English Literature and has read every Charles Dickens novel.
Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Psychology and Bible and Theology from Crichton College
Master’s Degree in Counseling from University of Memphis
Doctorate in Counselor from University of Memphis
After the Spiritual Root System™ brought new life to Sarah Lawrence personally, she was led to work at Sage Hill Counseling. It is important to Sarah Lawrence to believe in what she does, and her training in the Spiritual Root System™ has been essential in her own recovery of heart and has greatly influenced her counseling practice. She knows the value of telling the truth in the context of relationship and considers it as a privilege to walk with her clients in their own recovery as they move out of surviving and hiding and into full living. She believes that struggling is part of living fully, and it is better to struggle together than to struggle alone.
Sarah Lawrence has experience working in inpatient and outpatient levels of care with adolescents and their families, struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. Since working at Sage Hill Counseling, Sarah Lawrence has discovered her passion to work with adults as they have the courage to tell their stories and begin the process of recovery.
Sarah Lawrence is a native Memphian who loves the people and city of Memphis. Even though she attended Ole Miss, she never converted to a Rebels fan, as her favorite fall activity is cheering for the Vols on Saturdays! She likes to spend as much time as she can outside and enjoys being active.
Sarah Lawrence earned a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Memphis in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from The University of Mississippi in 2006.
Licensed Professional Counseling, Mental Health Service Provider, TN License # 3112
Carissa was born the youngest of two children in a loving Christian home. Her parents founded a non-profit organization when she was young, and as a result, she was exposed to people from various racial, religious, and economic backgrounds in which they served. Although she had a strong family structure and amazing upbringing, nothing seemed to prepare her for the personal trials that she would face in her own life.
After moving to Illinois to attend college, Carissa was soon faced the realities of her own life’s perils, including issues related to relationships, death, anxiety, and the sudden loss of her collegiate athletic career. She credits God’s steadfast faithfulness in helping her to turn those experiences into a passion to serve others.
Acknowledging that life is hard and does not make sense, Carissa has learned to value in properly listening to one’s feelings and using them as a guide for a more fulfilling life. She believes that often times, it is not what is wrong with you, but what has happened to you and your choices thereafter. She would be honored to walk with you as you tell your story and create a new narrative for your life.
Bachelors of Art in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College
Master of Social Work from the University of Mississippi
EMDR Level 1
Lawrence’s practice is based on giving her clients the space to discover themselves, the freedom to express it, and the courage to give it to others. She is passionate about journeying with clients through their hurts and addictions so they can find inner peace and healing.
Lawrence’s personal journey through addiction, recovery, and discovering her heart has ignited her passion for living in the struggle with others. Lawrence guides her clients as they learn how to tell their story, wake up to their hearts, and stop hiding. She has experience working in an acute care setting with children and adolescents, as well as an outpatient setting offering integrated care to adults with dual diagnosis.
Lawrence was born and raised in Memphis, where she’s married and has a spunky daughter. You can find her rockin’ her purple hair and throwing the football down by the Mighty Mississippi.
Lawrence earned a B.S. in Psychology from University of Memphis and a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Memphis.
Hailey has acquired a deep understanding of the various aspects of treatment offered in Memphis through her experience with hospitalization facilities, non-profit organizations, and residential treatment facilities. Her training in the Spiritual Root System™, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has deeply influenced her counseling practice. She is especially passionate about working with people to discover the truth of their stories and how to live in the tension of “God is good and life is tragic.”
Hailey was born and raised in Memphis but she has also had the unique opportunity to live all over the country—from Georgia to Wyoming. In the fall, you’ll find her cheering on her alma mater, the Georgia Bulldogs, and of course, the Memphis Grizzlies throughout the year. Her faith has always played a critical role in her life. She enjoys running, coffee, reading a good book, and spending time with her husband, son, friends, and family.
Hailey earned a Masters of Science in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Concentration) from The University of Memphis. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (Child and Family Development) from The University of Georgia.
Adam has moved 28 times, attended twelve schools, and has lived in six states, from Florida to Washington. His childhood years were marked by frequent changes of address, family dynamics, and cultural atmospheres. After graduating from The University of Alabama, Adam led music programs and mentored students at his alma mater, Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, respectively. While in Nashville, he wrote and performed in a band and as a solo artist. He has experience working in intensive outpatient and private practice settings, and he is grateful for the opportunity to grieve and celebrate, to challenge and encourage others as they continue to learn, to feel, to look and to go.
M.S., Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, The University of Memphis, 2017
B.A., Communication Studies, Creative Writing, The University of Alabama, 2011
Katherine provides a safe environment for individuals to begin to engage their heart, deeply explore their story, and live more fully. She walks with her clients as they wrestle with the sorrows and joys of life, fostering healing and restoration of the heart. Through her own struggle with grief and loss, she has come to understand the renewing power of truth, and healing power of relationship. Katherine’s practice is an integrative approach informed by aspects of The Spiritual Roots System, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness based practices. She has experience working in a community mental health setting, as well as elementary, middle, high school, and university counseling settings.
Katherine was born and raised in Memphis, TN. The youngest of three, she was brought up in a multinational household where she developed a deep acceptance and empathic understanding for the cultural, social, and individual differences in people. She enjoys walking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and baking anything that has chocolate in it. She finds joy in exploring the beauty of God’s creation, and spending time with those she loves.
Elizabeth has been a part of the Sage Hill Memphis team since the beginning and considers Sage Hill to be a gift in her own recovery and in the lives of many that she has worked with. She is passionate about the full life that she has seen the Spiritual Root System provide her personally and in the lives of her clients. Elizabeth has a heart for caring for people by meeting them where they are in the midst of life’s pain and tragedy. She knows the healing that relationship can bring and hopes to offer that to others through therapy.
Elizabeth has a varied practice working with married couples, adult men and women, and adolescents. During her time in graduate school she worked at a substance abuse clinic and later with domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Memphis, but spent eight years in South Carolina. She loves the beach, walking, cooking, candy, and going to see movies. She spends most of her free time with her husband, family, friends, and church community. She also enjoys decorating when she has time and had the privilege of getting to help make Sage Hill Memphis’ offices beautiful, peaceful, and comfortable for everyone who visits.
Elizabeth earned her Master’s in Counseling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and her Bachelor’s in French and Religion from Furman University.
At Sage Hill Memphis, Corey serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation, working with individuals and groups to help them walk in the fullness and joy of their identities, passions, and purpose.
Corey’s passion for people awakening to who God made them to be guides his approach to spiritual direction. Drawing on scripture, literature, and spiritually-mindful conversation, Corey works to help others recover their sense of purpose so they can dream about how they might live it.
It’s this passion that’s also drawn Corey into university teaching as well as authoring books and articles on topics formative for human flourishing. He’s also written about working to build transformational relationships within the local church. Corey and wife Jennifer live in Memphis with their four children.
After working with my husband in ministry for the past six years, Micah saw God’s calling on her life to be a counselor. She has seen, firsthand, the brokenness and healing that must take place for people to be able to live the full life God has called them to.
Micah felt led to be at Sage Hill, and God has given her such a passion for the work being done here. She enjoys hearing clients’ stories and helping them connect the dots between past, present, and future based on their story.
Bachelor’s in Social Work from UT Knoxville
Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University
Training in the Spiritual Root System
Originally from Memphis, Laurence moved to Dallas to attend graduate school at Dallas Theological Seminary, where she received her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. As a student, she began her practicum and internship work with Windhaven House, a sober living facility for women struggling with substance abuse and addiction. She later joined the their counseling team, which included individual counseling as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program designed specifically for women and their families. She became very familiar with the 12 steps of recovery, as well as the freedom that can be found within the binds of addiction.
Laurence considers it a gift to be able to sit with those seeking change and healing. Her passion for counseling stems from her own recovery process and experiencing the freedom to live fully. She desires to share in the stories of others and walk alongside those seeking joy, truth, and hope within the struggle.
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, Union University
National Certified Counselor
Emily was born and raised in Memphis, TN and married her high school sweetheart after attending Mississippi State University for her bachelor’s degree. They now have two small dogs (a Great Dane named Samson and a Doberman Pinscher named Penny) and a (human) baby boy.
Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Science
The University of Memphis, Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The University of Memphis, Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis
Charles is from Memphis, TN and has been in the counseling field for 20 years. He first felt his calling to therapy work while working in a Juvenile Detention Center during college. After graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis, Charles moved into the prison system as a counselor. There he found many of the same juveniles, now adults, stuck in this same vicious cycle. Charles wanted to help more people break out of this cycle, leading him to obtain his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. This has helped him to get to the root of his clients’ brokenness, which often starts in the family.
B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Memphis
Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
TN License #3914
EMDR Level -II Trained (Trauma)
Member – West Tennesee Counselor Association
Denise has a desire to come alongside people to help break down the walls around their hearts. She has experience working in an acute inpatient hospital setting as well as working with women and children of domestic abuse. She strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment in which God’s truth may begin to heal and transform.
Denise believes God has called her to counseling and is passionate about helping others through the difficulties in their lives. She currently lives in Collierville with her husband of 31 years and has two grown children. Her faith has always been a very important part of her life, and she is passionate about helping others live a truly fulfilled life. She loves baking, reading, spending time with her family, and walking her dogs.
Bachelor’s in Psychology, University of Memphis
Master’s in Professional Counseling, Liberty University (In progress)
Rachael’s connection with Sage Hill began in 2016 when she was hired as administrator. She shares Sage Hill’s passion in the work they do and has loved being a part of a community committed to living fully. Rachael grew up in Memphis, but took a short detour to Starkville, MS where she earned her B.S. in Psychology at Mississippi State University. She is currently completing her Masters in Counseling at Concordia University Irvine. Rachael has a broad variety of experience working in community mental health agencies and non-profits in the Memphis area.
As a therapist, she seeks to come alongside clients as they pursue something different in their life and relationships. Rachael creates a safe space for clients to tell the truth, ask hard questions, and trust their process. Rachael considers it an honor to hear and hold the stories of others and to be with them in the struggle.