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dsc00194A mother, an athlete, and a dedicated professional who feels that helping people with mental health issues is truly her calling.

Dr. Aimee Lyst is a Licensed Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience helping clients of various ages. Her positive approach to mental health care is rooted in her theory that there are no shortcuts to successful treatment. The time and work are worth the effort. If you are going to be mindful anywhere in life, therapy is a perfect place to start!

Her individualized approach toward treating patients includes comprehensive evaluation and assessment as well as dedicated and specific treatment plans. Dr. Lyst strongly believes that there is no “one size fits all” answer for patients and she thinks that medication is not always the correct answer or first option. Her skills in differential diagnostic assessment typically drive the overall treatment plan and course of action. Dr. Lyst also feels that while a “diagnosis” can be an important part of treatment, the main focus is not the diagnosis, but instead the interventions needed to make progress.

Aimee feels that good therapy is an art. It takes total collaboration and a connected relationship, with each patient to truly understand them, their issues, their concerns, and their needs. Successful therapy is a very personal journey for both Aimee and her patients – a journey that requires trust, attention to detail, a purposeful direction, and an experienced guide.

She takes great pride in her clinical skills in neuropsych and psychological assessment, and her work is completely individualized based on the needs of the patient, the questions that arise, and the final goal of treatment. Her goal in comprehensive assessment is to identify the personal strengths of a client, their challenges, and develop a plan to help them grow, adapt, and ultimately reach their full potential.

Aimee also uses her extensive background as a competitive athlete to help her work. Her success as an elite cyclist (she qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials), and now as an Ironman triathlon competitor are often a metaphor for her many life lessons. Sports keep her grounded and help her “practice what she preaches” when it comes to sleep, diet, and exercise, which she views as three key components to physical and mental well being.

Dr. Lyst and her family live in Franklin and love the safe, family-friendly, community based environment of middle Tennessee.

To learn more about Dr. Lyst, please click here for her complete resume and list of credentials – then contact our office to schedule a personal and comprehensive appointment with Dr. Lyst to discuss your individual needs.


crop-1Anika recognizes taking that first step to reach out for counseling can be one of the most daunting – and she admires her clients for finding courage to do so.  She is ready to provide a safe, caring, and collaborative therapy environment for each client. She takes time to get to know her clients, learn about their concerns, and work with them to define the outcomes they want to achieve through counseling.

Anika draws on her specialized training and experience to equip individuals and families with support, information, interventions, and new skills to help them reach their treatment goals. She uses evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-focused CBT, mindfulness-based approaches, as well as parent training. Anika tailors each treatment plan to the individual client’s stage of development, unique needs, and goals.

Anika treats a range of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment problems, attachment difficulties, emotional regulation difficulties, behavioral issues, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She is familiar with ADHD coaching techniques and is especially equipped to help clients who struggle with ADHD in addition to other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, or other concerns. While directly addressing these clients’ co-occurring emotional concerns, she uses ADHD coaching techniques to help the clients develop life skills in order to more effectively reach their goals in various areas of life, despite the challenges inherent in having ADHD. These new life skills can also help reduce, and sustain reduction in, depression and anxiety that have often developed as a result of facing on-going ADHD-related challenges.

Anika is a member of the American Counseling Association and committed to providing high quality, evidence-based care to all her clients. She welcomes clients with diverse racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, as well as individuals and families who are experiencing questions regarding sexual orientation and those unsure where to find quality care because of their identity.

Anika supports clients and families through times of crisis, conflict, and in the treatment of mental health disorders, while equipping them with knowledge and skills to improve their mental well-being and relationships long-term.  She finds inspiration in the moments when family members meaningfully connect after a significant impasse and when clients recognize that it is not just them – that what they struggle with is common for persons who share their mental health condition or have experienced similar life stressors. Sometimes that moment is the beginning of clients realizing that they are not alone and there is hope.

Anika has the privilege of working under the supervision of Dr. Aimee Lyst. Outside of work, Anika enjoys time with her family and friends, training rescue dogs, biking, hiking, gardening, and finding ways to be creative. She feels most alive when playing the fiddle or when working in the dirt to help things grow.

To learn more about Anika, please click here for her complete resume. Then contact our office to schedule a personal and comprehensive appointment with Anika to discuss your individual needs.

Call Today To Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Aimee Or Anika – 615-550-3560