Meet Our Counselors
To ensure students of all backgrounds feel comfortable speaking with their counselors, Cumberland partners with TheraTribe to connect students with a diverse selection of virtual counselors.
To schedule a virtual appointment with one of our counselors, please contact Sandra Fields at email@example.com. For all on-campus counseling sessions, please contact Eddie Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the first step. Finding a best fit counselor to walk alongside you while you set and achieve your goals is the most important part. I would love to meet you. My approach is genuine, compassionate, and client centered. We will work together to learn more about you, set your goals, and reach your potential. I believe everyone needs an unbiased, nonjudgmental partner to either simply confide in or to overcome hurdles and give assistance in moving towards a goal.
Within us lies the resiliency needed to ignite the desire to overcome the obstacles before us.
As a first-generation therapist, I am rooted in my Hispanic heritage, culture, and faith. Native to Puerto Rico and raised in South Florida. Fueled by the desire to help people and walk alongside them, I chose to pursue a career in mental health counseling. We all have battles we’re fighting, why do it alone? Together we will empower you to reach your goals.
My experience includes working with children who have been sheltered, families with dependency cases, substance abuse, and partnering with community-based agencies that offer an array of services. I am also bilingual and able to service individuals and families whose primary language is Spanish.
I have been in the field for 11 years and have a passion for change at all levels. I have a passion for emerging adults, expecting or postpartum mothers, and those suffering from anxiety and stress. As a wife and mother of two, I understand how important prioritizing mental health can be.
I am hands on and strive to assist, inspire, and guide individuals in pursuing and fulfilling their wants and needs. I believe a healthy mind means a healthy life. It’s important to me that you feel hopeful. I believe that anyone can change and accomplish reaching their best possible levels of personal and social wellbeing.
Is there anything worse than feeling stuck? Whatever you’re facing, my priority is to make sure you know you are not alone, and to know you are supported in your efforts to make a change in your life. In our sessions, we make space for you to do the processing you need to do in order to reach your own conclusions about how you want to move forward. This is the kind of clarity we aim for, because when you can arrive at your own conclusion, it’s real enough for you to hold as your own.
Much of my therapeutic approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, but I also find that an emotion-focused approach is needful in order to help you attach your most deeply-held values to your goals. Therapy is not an intellectual exercise, and a rational understanding will not be enough to pull you from old habits and attachments that are disrupting your life and making you feel stuck. The life you want could be the life you start living today! Ready to get started?
Eddie was born and raised in Lebanon, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Lebanon High school, as well as Cumberland College, the University of Texas Permian Basin, Middle Tennessee State University, and Walden University. He is licensed by the state as a Senior Psychological Examiner. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational psychology. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the effects of authentic leadership and emotional intelligence on employee ethical integrity. Eddie’s past employment history includes community mental health, seven years at a state psychiatric hospital conducting court-ordered evaluations, and eight years as Associate Dean of Clinical Services at Bethel University. During his clinical career Eddie was invited to join a team of practice-management consultants in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he conducted in-office consultations all over the United States, including seminars on a variety of business topics. His current interests include combining his clinical career with new roles in executive coaching. Eddie is married to Jo Christian who is also a counseling psychologist at MTSU. Together they have one daughter, Hannah and one cockapoo, named Bogey. In his free time Eddie enjoys golf, other sporting events, and trips to the beach. After being away for many years, Eddie returned to Lebanon in 2017 to become part of the Cumberland staff.