Our Team

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 and Owner

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.

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

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

Sativa Albers

Pastoral Counselor, Health Coach and Digital Director

Sativa Albers, a dedicated Commissioned Pastoral Counselor, Health & Wellness Coach, and seasoned professional, weaves a tapestry of experiences to guide individuals and couples towards profound healing and growth. Her life's journey, from her roots in Covina, California, to her fulfilling 25 years in rural Philomath, Oregon, and her recent relocation to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in July 2022, equips her with an empathetic understanding of life's challenges.

With over two decades of marriage experience, Sativa's intimate insight into the intricate dynamics of relationships is a cornerstone of her expertise. Having traversed both the joys and trials of a high-conflict marriage, she brings a wealth of empathy and insight to her counseling practice. Having personally experienced separation, she stands as a testament to the potential for healing and restoration, even in the face of adversity.

Sativa's journey has not been without its own tribulations. She courageously confronted and emerged triumphant from betrayal trauma caused by infidelity within her own marriage. This journey of healing bestowed upon her deep insights into the realms of pain, trauma, and the remarkable potential of healing. Her personal experience has reinforced her unwavering commitment to assisting others in navigating their paths to recovery and renewal.

Guided by her faith, Sativa's expertise is fortified by 33.5 hours as a certified life coach, 42 hours of Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and a Certified Being Mindful Practitioner with a total of 60.5 hours. Her holistic approach to counseling harmoniously intertwines these diverse modalities, reflecting her unique and comprehensive perspective on healing and growth.

Sativa draws strength from Scripture, grounding her expertise in divine wisdom. As Psalm 34:18 reassures, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." Her Being Mindful Certification echoes the teachings of Philippians 4:8, encouraging the pursuit of "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable."

In the realm of health and wellness, Sativa's background is equally inspiring. A former co-owner of Corvallis Fit Body Boot Camp, she earned certifications in Group Fitness Coaching, Anchor Point Training, and Nutrition Coaching. These endeavors granted her a profound understanding of holistic well-being, acknowledging the intricate interplay between physical health and emotional wellness.

Furthermore, Sativa's talents extend beyond counseling. She serves as the digital content creator and Social Media Manager for Beautifully Broken Counseling. Her creative prowess adds depth to the therapeutic process, providing additional avenues for clients to engage with healing concepts and insights.

Sativa's hands-on experience in parenting shines through her journey of guiding her own children. She made the decision to homeschool both of her kids, one during their junior high years and the other from high school through graduation. This personal experience has granted her an intimate understanding of the intricacies of parenthood. Armed with this profound insight, she is exceptionally well-prepared to assist parents in navigating both the challenges and joys that come with raising and nurturing their children.

Currently pursuing her bachelor's degree to become a Pastoral Counselor through the esteemed National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA), Sativa is an eager student at Above and Beyond Counseling Academy. Her commitment to her faith is exemplified by her commissioning from Grace Baptist Church in 2023, marking a significant milestone in her spiritual journey.

Sativa Albers' diverse background, personal experiences, and unwavering faith render her a compassionate and empathetic guide for those seeking healing, transformation, and renewed purpose. With a heart dedicated to assisting others in discovering wholeness, she synergizes her unique certifications, personal triumphs, and ongoing education to furnish a secure and nurturing haven for individuals and couples to embark on their voyage towards emotional and spiritual well-being.

Sativa Albers

Dr. Marla Hamm, Ph.D.

Pastoral Counselor

Let me introduce you to Dr. Marla Hamm, Ph.D., a compassionate licensed pastoral counselor accredited by the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA). Marla not only brings her impressive academic background, including a Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling from Heritage International Bible College and Seminary, but also a heart dedicated to helping others.

Graduating with honors, Marla specializes in Temperament Based Therapy and Addiction Recovery. But she's not just about qualifications - she's also a certified Biblical Life Coach through the Life Breakthrough Academy, showing her commitment to a well-rounded approach to counseling.

Marla's unique strength lies in merging traditional therapeutic methods with the warmth of spiritual and pastoral guidance. Her journey through academia has given her a deep appreciation for the delicate dance between psychology and spirituality, allowing her to offer clients a holistic counseling experience.

In her practice, Marla strives to create a safe haven - a space free from judgment where individuals can explore personal challenges, navigate relationship issues, or embark on a journey of spiritual growth. Her goal is to help clients uncover the roots of their concerns, weaving in spiritual principles and solution-based techniques for lasting emotional well-being.

While Marla specializes in Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention, she extends her empathetic support to individuals and couples grappling with grief, anxiety, marriage difficulties, co-dependency issues, career changes, and the complexities of family life. Marla is not just a counselor; she's a guide, companion, and source of support on your journey towards healing and personal growth.

Dr. Marla Hamm, Ph.D.

Dr. David L. Thompson, Ph.D.

Pastoral Counselor

Dr. David Thompson, Ph.D.
Dr. David L. Thompson has been a faithful counselor for over three decades, finding deep fulfillment in guiding individuals and families towards liberation from strongholds and profound healing from trauma. His academic journey includes a Bachelor of Arts in religion and psychology from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on counseling and pastoral psychology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling from Christian Bible College and Seminary in Blue Springs, MO.

While serving within the (SBC) denomination, Dr. Thompson has taken on various roles, including serving as the Secretary Treasurer of the SBC's annual convention (Pastor's Conference) in 2006 and being a featured speaker at the Tennessee Baptist Annual Evangelism Conference. He also shares his insights as a contributing author in numerous books by Thomas Nelson on preaching and sermonic teaching.

In 1999, Dr. Thompson assumed the role of Chairman of the Evangelism and Church Planting Divisions of the North American Mission Board, maintaining this executive-level Trustee position for a decade. During this time, he provided direct oversight to a multitude of chaplains under NAMB's guidance. His commitment to chaplaincy and counseling dates back to the early 1990s, serving as the Chaplain for the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department and Mt. Carmel Police Department in the Tri-Cities.

Continuing his chaplain ministry, Dr. Thompson served as a corporate chaplain for the "Lee Company" in Franklin and the "Coca-Cola Company" in Nashville, Tennessee, partnering with Corporate Chaplains of America. A member of the American Association of Christian Counselors since 1992, he embraced the role of Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Carthage, Tennessee, later founding and leading North Pointe Community Church from 1999 to 2014. Currently, he serves a church in Warren County.

Beyond counseling, Dr. Thompson has been a devoted life coach for over two decades, actively engaging as an entrepreneur in the business community, using his marketing expertise to uplift both personal and collective endeavors. Presently, he serves as a board member of the Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce and Eden Shores Ministries in Panama City Beach, Florida - a Christ-centered recovery center.

Above all, Dr. Thompson's fervor lies in assisting "broken people" in discovering the absolute freedom that only Christ can provide. He firmly believes in standing up and prevailing, guided by the conviction that God uses brokenness for greater success, as illustrated in Psalm 51: "A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."

For Dr. Thompson, counseling serves as a means to facilitate a holistic transformation of body, mind, and spirit. This transformation transpires when individuals embrace authentic transparency and accountability within the context of pure counsel from a qualified professional.

Residing in middle Tennessee with his wife Marie and their three grown sons, three grown daughters, and six grandsons, Dr. Thompson is recognized to provide healing and hope at the highest level. Clients have testified to his role in breaking strongholds and overcoming oppression, acknowledging the profound impact of his counseling in dealing with life's most challenging traumas.

"Dr. Thompson is now accepting clients who need help in any area of their personal or professional life." You Can Book with Dr. David Thompson by calling, (615)-332-4389 and ask to book with Dr. David Thompson.
*If you fill out the intake form online, please write, "book with Dr. David Thompson.".

Dr. David  L. Thompson, Ph.D.

Phil Heiser

Pastoral Counselor

Meet Pastoral Counselor, Phil Heiser, a compassionate man with a heart rooted in Christian values. Growing up amidst the lush landscapes of Olympia, Washington, Phil's journey led him to Murfreesboro in 2021, where he initially joined Dave Ramsey's team at Ramsey Solutions. His role as a Relationship Manager allowed him to assist churches and families in breaking free from debt, aligning with his belief in financial stewardship guided by Christian principles.

However, Phil felt a divine nudge, a calling to walk alongside individuals and couples facing life's challenges, especially those feeling "beautifully broken." Following this calling, he transitioned from his role at Ramsey Solutions to become a Pastoral Counselor at Beautifully Broken Counseling. Here, he offers guidance steeped in a Christian worldview, aiming to bring healing and restoration to those in need.

Phil's educational journey includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems from Washington State University and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary. With eighteen years of ordination in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, Phil has served as a pastor in various communities, including Alexandria, Lynnwood, and Mesa. His experience extends beyond pulpit ministry, as he has also provided counseling, coaching, and support to ministers and their families as a Regional Pastor.

In addition to his counseling work, Phil serves as a Field Shepherd for Standing Stone Ministry, offering care and encouragement to pastors and ministry leaders. His expertise spans family counseling, premarital and marital counseling, financial counseling, and conflict resolution. Phil is certified as a Prepare-Enrich counselor for couples and holds a certification as a conflict coach with Ambassadors of Reconciliation.

Family is at the center of Phil's life, as he cherishes his nearly 29-year marriage to Wendy and delights in their two young adult children. Together, they find joy in exploring the country in their travel trailer, supporting their beloved Washington State Cougars, and sharing a love for baseball.

Known for his genuine curiosity in people, Phil welcomes individuals facing career challenges, relational struggles, financial hardships, or other life obstacles to journey alongside him. His guiding verse from Philippians 3:10-11 reflects his deep desire to know Christ intimately and share in His redemptive power.

In his pursuit of helping others live with renewed purpose and peace, Phil embodies the compassionate spirit of a Christian counselor, ready to walk with you through life's ups and downs.

Phil Heiser

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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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