Our Staff

Dr. Cathy Kirkland, Ph.D.

Pastoral Counselor, Owner and Founder

Dr. Cathy Kirkland, Ph.D. is a Pastoral Counselor with a clinical emphasis through the National Christian Counseling Association in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Cathy is also a Certified Temperament Counselor. Cathy holds an ordination as a chaplain and as a pastoral counselor. She also earned her Master of Arts degree and completed her practicum experience at Trevecca Nazarene University. Cathy completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling with Honors in 2017. Dr. Kirkland is a Professional Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association as well as a Certified Pastoral Member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors.

Dr. Cathy Kirkland is the founder of Beautifully Broken Counseling, "Bringing Beauty to the Broken Hearted." She and her husband, Dr. Todd Kirkland manage the practice as a family friendly and welcoming place for hurting people to find a place of acceptance and healing. Cathy's greatest joy is helping her clients know that boundaries are a good thing. Many people are in or were in family situations where boundaries were ignored or nonexistent. She helps clients name the offences, face them and then forgive them for ultimate healing. She uses a personally developed method of healing that you can only find at Beautifully Broken Counseling. It is called the Dilemma Book Method. She teaches this method on day one as it is effective for a more complete healing tool. She developed this method amid her own healing process to claim the name of victor instead of a victim. Cathy has the natural ability to draw out truth in others as she approaches others with genuine and compassionate caring. She wants those that come to her to know that there really can be Beauty after Brokenness. Dr. Cathy's heart is to help individuals and families be honest with each other and stop hiding behind secrets. She has several tools to help individuals deal with past trauma and walk away from the chains of connection to dysfunction.

Many of Dr. Cathy's patients experience complete and lasting healing but they will come in whenever new challenges arise. Cathy is happy to reconnect with her former clients as well as new friends. She has created a space that is truly welcoming and inviting. This helps clients relax quickly and start healing. Tissues are free and her clients feel comfortable to release pinned up emotions that many times come with tears. Cathy reports that her greatest joy is to have a new empty tissue box that needs a replacement. This is a sign that real healing is happening.

Cathy's clients offer the following recommendations for you to consider:

"Cathy is by far the most caring counselor I have met with. She always has great insight and has been very helpful in my journey of recovery. I'm blessed to have found her."

"So thankful for finding Beautifully Broken and Dr Cathy. Professional yet genuinely from the heart caring. Spiritually an eye-opening heart-warming environment and experience."

"Very professional and fantastic listener! Will give Godly guidance and help you sort through life's challenges! Highly recommend!"


If you are ready to start your journey of healing, call or txt 615-332-4389. You will receive a welcome message and an information notice. We look forward to meeting you.

(Disclaimer: Because of the heavy client demand for Dr. Cathy, she only has so many spots available. Monday is the best day to attempt to be added to her roster for the week. She has however, hired like-minded Pastoral Counselors to help her if she is full at the time of your call. So, rest assured, you will receive great care with any of our Pastoral Counselors.)

Dr. Cathy Kirkland, Ph.D.

Dr. Todd Kirkland, Ph.D.

Pastoral Counselor

Dr. Michael Todd Kirkland, Ph.D. has enjoyed being a lifelong student. He has attended and completed programs from North Greenville College in South Carolina, Mars Hill College in North Carolina, and Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana. Dr. Todd earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburg, Indiana. He holds both a pastoral license and an ordination and was a lead Pastor for 25 years. Before his tenure as pastor, Todd worked as a Senior Program Manager and a Supervised Program Administrator with the department of special needs. This gives Todd specific insight to families with special needs, challenges and care giver rolls.

Todd decided to retire from the preaching ministry in 2019 and joined his wife in pastoral counseling with Beautifully Broken Counseling. He and his wife, Dr. Cathy Kirkland, Ph.D., own the counseling practice and have worked to create a safe family-oriented environment. Dr. Todd understands that many have been hurt by families of origin as well as church family. He and Cathy want the people that come to them, to know and feel that they will never be just a number on a client list.

Todd is also an avid reader. But THE Book he loves the most is the Bible. He has completed his 30'th reading. He believes the Bible is the map that we need to explore for the navigation of life. Dr. Todd's main mission is to help men win the hearts of their wives and children. He and Cathy are still best friends after 27 years of marriage. His wife and his daughter Hannah, bear a deep witness to his giftedness in this area of being their hero.
Dr. Todd is not only a lover of books, but he also loves cars. This gives him a very broad appeal to all sorts of men and their way of relating to the world and life.

Dr. Todd believes in straight forward honesty. This helps him to get to the heart of a matter quickly and begin the work of lasting change with his clients. Dr. Todd's clients also are happy to express openly regarding the help he has given them. Here are just a few:

"My wife and I have enjoyed the rich personable style of counseling of Dr. Kirkland. And I really appreciate the biblical insight that is offered."

"My husband and I love Beautifully Broken counseling. It helped save our marriage. I'm glad God brought us to them."

"Amazing counselor who cares about you as an individual and family. I look forward to having sessions because it helps me be a better person. I'm truly blessed to have this man of God for a counselor and a friend."


If you are ready to book an appointment with Dr. Todd, please call or txt 615-332-4389. You will receive a welcome and information message and then a personal call with Dr. Todd to discuss an appointment time. We look forward to adding you to the family of Beautifully Broken Counseling.

Dr. Todd Kirkland, Ph.D.

Shelia McKay, M.A.

Pastoral Counselor

Shelia McKay is a Pastoral Counselor who earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Tennessee Technological University. She then completed a Business Management and a Master of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Colorado Theological Seminary. Shelia practiced privately as a pastoral counselor in Texas before moving to Murfreesboro, TN in 2015.

Shelia holds an ordination as a Minister of Pastoral Counseling through Paragon Christian Alliance and a certification in Temperament Counseling through the National Christian Counselors Association.
Mrs. McKay has experience in both corporate America as a Human Resource manager and as a mother who homeschooled her children. Shelia and her husband have been married for almost 30 years and have two adult children. This gives Shelia a broad appeal with individuals from many walks of life.
Shelia has enjoyed providing counseling services for more than 20 years in church ministry, private practice, as well as with pregnancy support center ministries. She is also the founder of
"Free to Be", a ministry that offers help in breaking free from the past and live in the present with joy and freedom.

Shelia seeks to offer hope, healing and restoration through life's challenges to individuals, families and communities. As a temperament specialist, Shelia teaches people their inborn nature, a tool that teaches individuals about their natural strengths and weaknesses. Once a client understands their temperament profile and makeup, they are better equipped to identify and choose positive life choices. This produces a minimizing of destructive outcomes and unwanted consequences.

Shelia has been called "A faithful voice" and "A true blessing" by those who have come to see her as a trusted Pastoral Counselor. Shelia has a transparent guidance and love for God that shows in every session. Shelia has patience and grace for those that come to her for Pastoral Counseling. Her positive, uplifting attitude and spirit is a welcome blessing in this world that holds so much hurt and brokenness.
Call 615-332-4389 to set up an appointment with Shelia and get started toward an amazing journey filled with hope and healing.

Shelia McKay, M.A.

Jon Kever, M.Th.

Pastoral Counselor, Current Ph.D. student

Jon Kever earned his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Union University. He also holds a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Mr. Kever is an ordained minister and a Pastoral Counselor with Beautifully Broken Counseling. He has practiced for more than ten years as a certified facilitator of the PREPARE/ENRICH couples' assessment training. Prepare and Enrich is touted as the "most trusted assessment for couples building" and "the global standard for couples counseling."
Jon and his lovely wife Charlene have been married for twenty-one years and have three beautiful children. They range from toddler to teen-ager. Jon states that he married his best friend. They are always seeking to practice more vulnerability and grace with each other. Jon knows how to help others deal with family of origin issues and about setting proper boundaries. He has been quoted as saying; "Stop placating your families blind spots." He believes we need to be honest with each other even if the other person will not continue to allow fellowship. The journey that he and Charlene have walked together, gives Jon the authority to speak truth to those he counsels.
His passion is to guide those who've been wounded in dysfunctional families toward a place of health and thriving. Jon's approach to counseling is rooted in empathy, compassion, patience, and acceptance. He seeks to draw his clients to an encounter with the grace and truth of their stories in the context of a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. This allows clients to feel seen, understood, and accepted as God's beloved children. Jon leads from the belief that we are all created in God's image with dignity and worth. As a premarital and marital counselor, Jon employs biblical principles to equip couples to create lasting and healthy connection in a Christ-centered relationship. Jon is also well equipped to tackle the issues that men may face via individual counseling. Please call 615-332-4389 to set up an appointment with Jon Kever.
The following video links will give you a very good understanding of Prepare/Enrich process and method of counseling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQB_AMO6roU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm4E9aEfz2A
Jon is passionate about group classes that educate an inspire. You can contact the church for free class topics and times.

Jon Kever, M.Th.

Melissa Jackson

M.A. Pastoral Counselor

Melissa Jackson is a Pastoral Counselor who earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. She completed her coursework and practicum for her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling in December of 2019 through New Life University. She is a native of middle Tennessee and has called the Murfreesboro area home for 15 years. She resides near her art studio, Faithful Strokes, in downtown Murfreesboro.

Melissa holds an ordination as a Minister of Pastoral Counseling through New Life Ministerial Association and Life Church of Cookeville. She also is a Professional Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) as well as holds a certification in Temperament Counseling through the NCCA. She has served in leadership in many local churches as well as her home church, World Outreach. Christian Counseling and Celebrate Recovery have been integral in her healing and she just celebrated 10 years free from alcohol through that program. She has served as a leader and co-leader for women in Celebrate Recovery step studies and open share groups for almost 10 years as well as The Landing, CR for youth and teens for 5 years. Serving in The Next Generation Children's Ministry for approximately 7 years as well as The Gathering for 18-25 year olds for an additional two years at World Outreach has been growth-inducing and healing for her and her students.

Melissa is a mother to two boys; Colton is 7 and Preston is 13. She has been homeschooling for 6 years and while running her Christian Art Studio, she has also taught hundreds of children art through Murfreesboro Homeschoolers, Lessons Worth Learning, and Primer Academia for a combined 9 years. Melissa loves teaching, nurturing, and helping children find joy through Jesus, art, and the combination of the two, art therapy. Until following her calling in counseling and art, she worked in the insurance sector and still holds Professional Licenses from the State of Tennessee in Property, Casualty, Life, and Health Insurance.

Melissa is driven by a passion for giving back to her community through counseling. She says she has received so much love, healing, and hope from the counseling, church, and recovery communities, she felt led by The Spirit to use her pain to help others heal. After overcoming an 18 year covertly abusive relationship and marriage, she feels equipped with her life experience, certifications in Pastoral Counseling, and service in Celebrate Recovery and other ministries, to utilize the lessons she's gleaned to help others find hope, freedom, peace, joy, and, most importantly, themselves again.

Melissa has been told by many women and young ladies that she has a gift of being open and available especially to teens. One of Melissa's student mothers says, "My daughter feels like she can open up to Ms. Melissa while they paint together; it has helped her to have someone to talk to in a creative, relaxed environment." Melissa's sponsors and accountability partners have urged her to become a counselor for the past 8+ years. "She has a vulnerability and ability to be

empathetic while offering hope and not pity." She's been told she's a good listener by many. Melissa's mentor, also a Christian counselor, has encouraged her toward Pastoral Counseling for years after seeing her heart for helping others heal and says, "[Melissa] pays thoughtful attention when listening to others and is not quick to go to a judgement on an issue. Also, [she] has a compassionate heart balanced with a sound mind." Melissa's sponsor says "because of all Melissa's past experiences, life experiences of hurt and pain from losing her brother, divorce, abused in many ways, single parent, alcohol...[these] experiences not only help you to have more empathy but help you understand what others are going through. No one will have any better skills to do this like Melissa will."

Melissa is excited to finally step fully and faithfully into her calling to help others find lasting healing. She is excited to help you and your family! She looks forward to hearing from you soon.

Melissa Jackson

Paul Boyd

M.Div. Pastoral Counselor

Paul Andrew Boyd, M.Div. grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia and moved to Murfreesboro in 2007. Paul is a Pastoral Counselor with Beautifully Broken Counseling. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mass Communications and a Minor in Psychology from West Georgia University in Carrollton, Georgia. He also earned a Master of Divinity (MDIV) from Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri. Paul has been ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America for seventeen years and is a minister in good standing of the Nashville Presbytery. Paul served as a Campus Minister at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) from 2007-2013 with Reformed University Fellowship.
Paul also serves as the Senior Pastor of Redeemer Church Murfreesboro, which he planted in 2013 as a mission of the Nashville Presbytery. He has been in formal counseling service inside and outside of the church since 2003, especially in counseling to families, youth, college students, premarital counseling, marital counseling, and counseling for men. Paul recently said, "I have a heart to help people who want help, no matter who they are or where they are coming from. We all need real help from a real person sometimes!"
Paul has been married to his wonderful wife Rachel for eighteen years. They have three teenaged boys who like to eat burritos and play sports, especially football and golf. The Boyd family are all avid Auburn Football fans, so be warned! War Eagle!
It has been said of Paul, by those that know him best, that Paul possesses a powerful ability to listen with grace and truth and draw others to Jesus' healing through a Gospel-centered approach to counseling. His experience in both college and pastoral ministries uniquely equips him to help his clients navigate life's struggles and transitions. His wisdom, empathy, and care, drawn from both his understanding of Scripture and the healing in his own story, guide clients toward creating new, healthier patterns of relating to themselves, God, and others.
Here are some reviews from Paul's counseling:
Diann P.
Family Counseling
"We have been super pleased thus far."

Brian S.
Marriage and Relationship Counseling
"Very good listener, great faith-based advice."

Oliver P.
"I couldn't think of any one better to counsel me and my wife as we prepared to get married. Paul was encouraging and funny but at the same time helped us to see potential pit falls and particular problems that could come up for us in our relationship. 5 years later and I'm still thinking about some of our discussions with Paul. Our marriage is definitely stronger having gone through counseling with him. Highly Recommended!"

Matthew A.
"Paul is great with assessing the deeper problems that are in a person's heart. There is sin beneath the initial sin, and Paul is great at getting at the core of it and offering solutions that are attainable. Highly recommended!"



Kim P.
"Paul counseled my husband and I before we got married and we are so thankful! He listened well and helped us talk through our various issues. He also helped us develop tools for dealing with conflict that we have used thorough out our marriage of 5 years now! I would highly recommend Paul to anyone!"

Taylor B.
Premarital Counseling
"Talked to Paul on the phone and he's very personable and willing to work with you! Have our first session soon && will post another review then :)"

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Paul, see "CONTACT US" and ask for Paul by name on your intake form.

Paul Boyd

Alicia Roberts

Pastoral Counselor

Alicia Roberts is a Pastoral Counselor who is currently obtaining her Master of Science degree in marriage and family counseling at Regent University. Her projected completion is 2022. She
earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Regent University in 2018. Alicia is commissioned by Nashville Life Church. She comes highly regarded and recommended by all five members of her long-term team of pastors. Ms. Roberts feels called to give back to others and help people along life's journey. Her greatest asset is her excellent listening skills.

Alicia does not listen to just give advice, but she listens to learn and see from the eyes of each client. It has been said of Alicia that: "She is a great listener and provides a safe environment. She asks good questions, pays attention to details, and always follows up on them. She gives me suggestions and guides me on how to implement them and we discuss the "assignment" the following week. She is a very caring person, and her calmness makes her so easy to talk to. It's very obvious that she is really passionate about the path she has chosen."

Alicia has served as a women's Life Group leader for the past three years. She also has a heart for the homeless and enjoys cooking and passing out lunches in her spare
time. Her other passions are helping couples build strong marriages and mentoring young women. Over the years, she has been given the opportunity to help various families grow in understanding of one another.

Alicia is very excited to have an opportunity to be a Pastoral Counselor with Beautifully Broken Counseling. Due to her education being in process, Alicia will begin her counseling duties by offering a sliding scale option for our clients. Please see our intake form and ask for Melissa if you would like to schedule a session.

Other clients have offered the following feedback:

"Alicia has been absolutely wonderful. She has allowed me to comfortably open up to her and knows exactly what to say and ask and to not "Tell Me" what to do or think, but to allow me to find answers within MYSELF! Because of my sessions with her I have been able to rid myself of baggage I didn't even know I was still carrying. I am eternally grateful for Alicia."

"I instantly felt comfortable with Alicia. She is so easy to talk to and I can tell she is very loving."

Alicia Roberts

Cynthia Gray

Pastoral Counselor

Cynthia Gray is a Pastoral Counselor who is certified by Prepare/Enrich as a facilitator for couples. She and her husband Jacob went through the training before getting married and again after a couple years of marriage. Seeing the positive results of this training, Cynthia became certified in Prepare/Enrich in order to provide this helpful service to other couples. She has been married to Jacob for eight years. After having a previous marriage that was extremely difficult, Cynthia understands how important it is to have a relationship built on love of God and love for each other.

Cynthia has received a full-tuition scholarship to Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta to pursue a Master's of Divinity in the fall. She has a Bachelor's in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University, and performs in The Lionheart Orchestra in Murfreesboro and locally, with her husband. Cynthia taught music in the schools and in private lessons for over thirty years, ranging from babies to senior citizens.

She is currently a licensed local pastor and is minister at Cowan Fellowship Church. She enjoys working with teenage girls through a spiritual camp called Chrysalis. She is passionate about people with trauma in their lives, especially abuse. She is a good listener, compassionate, caring, and thoughtful toward others.

Cynthia knows first-hand what it is like to experience different types of abuse without a support system. She knows how important it is to talk about life experiences, knowing sometimes those closest to us are not able to provide the support needed. She believes we can see ourselves not only as survivors, but people who are able to thrive. She lives a life that shows we do not have to be prisoners to the bad experiences in our lives.

Cynthia will begin her counseling duties by offering a sliding scale option for our clients.

Cynthia Gray

Live an Abundant Life Full of Peace and Purpose

Breathe freely again with individual counseling services in Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Tullahoma & Manchester, TN

We've all been broken at some point in our lives, and what we try to keep in the past can continue to damage our future. But now, it's time to let go of all of the heartache, pain and suffering. Beautifully Broken Counseling will help you acknowledge all of your broken pieces and lift them up to God.

Our Biblical-minded and certified temperament counselor offers a number of counseling services to aid in your road to clarity and understanding. Choose Beautifully Broken Counseling of Murfreesboro & Manchester, TN for:


The world can weigh you down. The first step to emotional recovery involves looking up and seeking help. If you are finally ready to face the pain that continues to weigh you down, come to Beautifully Broken Counseling to find the freedom you seek. Please call (615) 332-4389

Don't let the pain bring you down

When the "season of pain" arrives, it's easy to shut yourself down, isolate yourself from the world and remain alone. But doing so only adds to your suffering. If you know the river of pain is coming, you can either let it take you over, or allow it to wash over you.

Beautifully Broken Counseling wants you to know that your suffering is not in vain. You can fight this because you have a purpose, we all do. Whether you need marriage counseling or family counseling, our Murfreesboro or Manchester, TN centers are here to help you find peace. You can call us using (615) 332-4389

You are never alone - find a way to breathe again

That's the beauty of His grace. He can help you put the pieces back in place. If you search for answers, you will find them. Beautifully Broken Counseling offers a range of Christian counseling services, from temperament training to couples counseling, for clients from Shelbyville, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Manchester & all of these surrounding areas in TN. Turn to a caring counselor and make your broken pieces into something beautiful.

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  • Beautifully Broken Counseling - Murfreesboro

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