Malinda has over 20 years experience counseling individuals and families. Along with her licensure as a professional counselor/mental health service provider in Tennessee, Malinda earned a PhD in Clinical Counseling and Supervision (graduating in 2014) from Trevecca University. Malinda has extensive work with individuals and families impacted by incarceration, addiction, compulsive behavior, and crime.
Malinda earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Trevecca University in 1995. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Human & Organizational Development in 1993.
Malinda completed her practicum specializing in addiction and recovery at Mending Hearts, Nashville, through Leaving The Cocoon where she assisted women and families. Her doctoral internship was with Associates for Sexual Assault Prevention where she conducted therapy groups and individual counseling. In November, 2012, she was approved as a Sexual Offender Treatment Provider in the State of Tennessee.
Malinda is also a Supreme Court Rule 31 trained Family & Civil Mediator in Tennessee. She specializes in tough issues involving complex problems. For those interested, her dissertation analyzes a set of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors (including family support, shame, taking responsibility, self efficacy, and stage of change) which impact ex-offenders during their critical phase of reentry back into society.
Malinda enjoys time with her two grown sons, reading, playing board games, listening to music, walking her canine pets and trying to train her two furry bunnies, Gary (an angora) and Nutmeg (a Rhinelander). She also dabbles in geneology, trivia, and scrapbooking.