Catholic Charities counselors walk with clients navigating tough issues – Tennessee Register

Catholic Charities’ counseling effort were featured in a recent Tennessee Register article. The article focused on the value of counseling given the number of crises that have struck Middle Tennessee in the last 12 months.

Here is just part of the article:

Responding to the unprecedented events of the past year — a global pandemic, a deadly tornado, and the Dec. 25 downtown explosion — has kept Catholic Charities counselors busier than ever.

“We’ve had a lot of people reach out who have not had counseling before,” said Kim Morris, LCSW, Clinical Services Director at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Nashville. “We’re a safe place for people to talk about what they’re going through. We meet clients where they are.”

Prompted by the stressors of the past year, especially the collective challenges of COVID-19, more people have begun to be open about their mental health. “To ask for help is becoming seen more as a sign of strength instead of weakness,” Morris said, who has worked with Catholic Charities for 16 years.

“The current events have helped to normalize the fact that we all go through events in our lives that can feel very challenging or overwhelming,” said Morris. Having “a neutral party to partner with can help get us back on a path of stability, healing and success.”

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New Telehealth Series – Finding a New Normal: Skills to Manage Stress and Isolation during COVID-19

Catholic Charities is offering a new telehealth group to help people address negative feelings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You will learn and practice useful strategies to address challenges such as stress and isolation.

Best of all, you can participate in the group from home on your mobile phone or any device with an Internet connection.

Registration is now open. The group is limited to 16 people. The registration deadline is June 5. See details below

Group Details


The group and all sessions will be led by licensed counselors Corisa Ricciardi, MSSW, and Allison Milam Diehl, LMSW.

Session Dates

Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.

June 17 – July 22 (six total sessions)


$25 per session (six total sessions)

See below about payment options


Registration deadline is June 5, 2020.

Call Catholic Charities at 615-917-9210 or email

Registration is required. Group is limited to 16 people.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to participate in all six sessions?

Catholic Charities recommends that you participate in all six. However, we understand that illness and other unforeseen issues may prevent someone from attending a session.

What if I can’t pay $25 for each session?

Catholic Charities believes in making services available to everyone. We use a sliding scale based on a family’s ability to pay to ensure that counseling is available for people of all economic circumstances. Call to discuss options for reducing or waiving fees.