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Team

Who We Are

Our team ranges from Licensed Clinicians, Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coaches, Integrative Health Coaches, and Former Collegiate and Professional Athletes. We serve athletes of all ages, from youth sports to the professional level and after. We’re ready to serve you.

Wes Cain, LPCA, NCC, IHC

President, Founder, & Athlete Counselor

After years as a current and former athlete and having worked with student and professional
athletes in business, coaching, counseling, etc., Wes has extensive experience with and is passionate about serving this population. Wes co-founded The Becoming Athletics with the mission of helping athletes live their best lives, increase awareness around athlete mental health and wellness, and make a positive impact in the culture of sports.

Wes’ background, skill-sets, and experiences are diverse, both personally and professionally. He
has two undergraduate degrees in business and music business from Rhodes College and
Belmont University and a Masters in accounting from Rhodes, including his CPA license. He’s worked as a CPA, wealth management for artists and entertainers, sports marketing, athlete
relations where he worked in business development, customer service and management roles with NFL players, as well as within various entrepreneurial roles. He taught business and
finance courses at the collegiate level, played Div. I and III college basketball, and coached and
trained kids at the high school basketball level.

He has a deep understanding of the NFL and NBA player landscape, as well as the necessary steps that many of them must take in regards to health and wellness, financially, business skills,
counseling, etc. during and after leaving the game. Over a span of seven years, he worked with over 2,800 current and former NFL players, NFL and NBA leagues and unions, and their
representatives, which inspired his passion for helping athletes navigate the challenges many of them face during and after their playing careers.

As a counselor, he has a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, is a Licensed Professional
Counselor Associate, Nationally Certified Counselor, Integrative Health and Wellness Coach,
Registered Yoga Teacher, and has professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,
Addiction, and other theories and modalities applicable to Athlete Wellness.

Since 2015, he has worked both as a clinical associate and as a counselor in residential
treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and college counseling settings serving
adolescents, young emerging adults, and adult populations experiencing a range of presenting
concerns. Wes specializes in assessing and treating addiction and codependency, athlete
performance, identity development, or transition, stress management, depression, life adjustments, managing difficult relationships and communication, and health and wellness
strategies. He is currently President and Founder of The Becoming: Counseling and Wellness,
PLLC, which is a community of mental health practitioners located in Nashville, TN.

In his spare time, Wes enjoys spending time with the people he loves, including his dog, Snow, staying active, creating and playing music, traveling, reading, and trying his best to enjoy his life,
while helping others enjoy theirs.

Associations
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- National Counselor Certification (NCC)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) by the North Carolina Board of Licensed
Professional Counselors (NCBLPC)
- Trained as an Integrative Health Coach by Duke Integrative Medicine

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Lauren Renschler

Co-Founder

With over a decade of experience, Lauren’s work as a publicist for elite celebrity athletes and personalities, handling their media placement and strategy, marketing, promotion, social
media, and event management has earned her a reputation as one of the strongest players in
sports and entertainment.

Through her work within the sports industry and alongside athletes, Lauren has grown
passionate about wellness and the well-being of her athlete clients. She co-founded The
Becoming Athletics in order to continue to serve athletes and make an impact in the culture of sports and entertainment.

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Matt Dean

Director of Operations/Counselor

My journey to becoming a therapist started in my own counseling work. With the help of my therapist, I was able to uncover the deep woundings in my life that were driving the struggles I came to therapy for. I found healing was possible and I want to share that gift with other hurting men.

It is my belief that every individual holds the capacity for healing, growth, and change. In order to start healing, an individual must feel seen, heard and known, beginning with a compassionate, genuine relationship. Within the safety of a genuine relationship, we will begin the hard work of getting to the root of what may be holding each individual back. To do so, I use a trauma informed, integrative approach including EMDR, Narrative therapy, Spiritual Roots System, attachment models, systems models, existential therapy, and experiential therapy.

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist that specializes in working with men from all walks of life. I am working towards full licensure in Tennessee. I hold a master’s degree from Belmont University in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Management from East Tennessee State University.

My career has had many iterations, beginning with High School camping ministry through Young Life and professional ministry as a youth pastor. Coming out of ministry, I began working as an IT Project Manager/Consultant for both HCA and Vanderbilt.

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Patience Ruffin, EdD, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Counselor

I am licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider Specialty. I have been practicing counseling since 2007. Prior to obtaining a license, I earned a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University Washington, DC and an undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from Tennessee State University. In 2018, I obtained my doctorate degree in Counseling Education and Supervision from Argosy University Nashville.

My experience as a counselor has been honed and developed over the past 12 years through different professional opportunities. I experience working in the clinical and academic setting. I currently specialize in substance use disorders, trauma, gender specific, phase of life, and family of origin issues. I have experience with individual, couple, family, and group therapy.

I am passionate about the journey of healing and discovery through the counseling process. I believe that one finds purpose and meaning through exploring experiences and perceptions that have hindered growth and development. Working together, I believe one can find a sense of self and begin the path of self-discovery.

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James Revels, LPC

Counselor

James Revels is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a focus in sports psychology, athletes, and the U.S. military.

For the past ten years he has provided onsite counseling in military bases around the world including Japan, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and in various bases within the U.S.

James is a former collegiate football player from the University of Florida. He played free safety and earned All-SEC honors twice 1972 and 1973, All-SEC Academic team in 1973 and Honorable Mention All-American 1973. He graduated with departmental honors in philosophy in June 1974 and was drafted that same year by the Miami Dolphins.

In 1975 James chose to begin graduate work in counseling psychology, attending San Francisco State and Sonoma State University, completing his M.A. degree in 1976. Over the years he has developed his skills in the area of crisis and trauma, stress management, emotional regulation, trigger identification, communication and relationship issues.

For decades he has developed a deep understanding of mindfulness and attentional skills and utilizes this in his counseling and teaching. He has experience counseling with many populations including corrections, traumatic brain injury, addictions, and depression along with the high level stress of military and athlete life.

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Jamie Free, CFNC, CF-L2

Fitness & Nutrition Coach and Player Mentor

In partnership with Two-Seven Health and Wellness, Jamie joins The Becoming Athletics in serving athletes based on a three prong approach of Fitness, Nutrition, and Motivation.

Jamie began his health and fitness journey at a very young age. Playing 3 – 4 sports up until he went to college to play football. After 4 years of NCAA football, Jamie moved to California and
began his journey working in sports. During that journey with the Sacramento River Cats and the Sacramento Kings, he found his true passion for helping people with their health and
wellness. Jamie became certified through NESTA for Nutrition Coaching in 2008 and has not
looked back since.

Along the journey, he has worked with athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL along with UFC
and CrossFit Games athletes. His true passion lies with working with everyone from youth athletes to grandparents on proper education of how to eat for health and to prevent sickness.
For the last 10 years working under Two-Seven Health and Wellness, he has helped countless
individuals change their life through food. He prides himself on not telling people what to eat but educating them on the why.

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Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC

Counselor

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Ordained Pastor with the PC(USA). I received my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

I have over twenty years working in the mental health and addiction field from working with adolescents to adults in residential treatment and outpatient settings. My experience and training integrates therapeutic and spiritual care to serve the whole person. I specialize in substance use disorders, spiritual/religious issues, family of origin issues, pre-marital/marital counseling, and grief work. I have experience with individual, couple, family, and group therapy. I have worked with student athletes within NCAA Division I and II schools providing therapeutic support in maintaining health with training, eating, academics, personal life, and overall wellness.

I am passionate about journeying with people who are seeking healing and transformation. Spiritual development is foundational for many to sustain long term recovery and wellness. It is a sacred honor to journey with people in their healing and transformation.

I am currently in a training program for Spiritual Direction to continue to deepen my therapeutic practice.

When I’m not working or studying you will find me outside in the trees and in the water, planning my next travel adventure, spending time with family and friends including my lovable and mischievous dog, Marley Macabee.

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Shahob Mehr

Social Media & Marketing Manager

Shahob has an eagle eye on the latest trends to fully maximize brand awareness around athlete
mental health and wellness. His wide array of content management, engagement strategies,
and data analytics support the total wellness of athletes and the mission of The Becoming
Athletics.

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Will Radford, LCSW

Counselor

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years and have worked in the addictions/behavioral health field for over 25 years. I was recently the Director of Men's Treatment at Cumberland Heights Treatment Center in Nashville where I worked for 10 years. I have worked with men suffering from addictions and trauma in private practice as well as the facility setting. I am EMDR trained and work with men on issues other than addiction.

I have four children and live with my wife in Nashville.

I use a variety of experiential methods to work with clients. Art, photography, video and music are some of the mediums often utilized. Psychodrama is woven in and out of the clinical work. Taking men to the most vulnerable place and letting love penetrate and heal them is the goal.

Being a person in long term recovery, I appreciate the depth of the work our clients are asked to do. I have a great reverence for the courage that people show in allowing another to really see them in their wounded places and let another love them and heal.

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Rebecca Wilson, LPC-MHSP

Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, licensed in the State of Tennessee. I received my undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English Education and two Master degrees from The University of West Alabama in School Counseling and Counseling/Psychology.

I specialize in substance use disorders, attachment disorders, trauma, family of origin issues, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I have experience providing individual, couples, family and group therapy with diverse populations. I am EMDR Level I and II trained, trained in Somatic Experiencing, and trained in other experiential/trauma focused therapies.

I love to watch the art of healing take place and to be a part of guiding others into being an active participate in their lives, again. There is nothing more powerful than to watch the light come back into someone’s eyes, to see them stand a bit taller, and to re-experience the world with a new set of eyes.

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Andy Dozier, LPC-MHSP, NCC, RYT

Counselor

My journey into the field of mental health has involved many twists and turns. In my own quest for healing, I have experienced the powerful effect that counseling can have on facilitating growth within the human heart. Discovering one’s own hidden healing abilities can be a rewarding journey that lasts a lifetime. Helping others achieve the best version of themselves is something I am very passionate about. My goal as a counselor and wellness coach, is to provide individuals with the tools necessary to thrive and overcome whatever obstacle that may be preventing them from living a balanced and happy life.

School & Interests
I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University with a minor in nutrition. Upon graduation, I did some soul searching and decided to pursue graduate studies at Lipscomb University eventually earning my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, licensed in the State of Tennessee, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. With over 5 years’ experience working with both children, adolescents and doing family therapy, I am fervent about providing a superb counseling experience for anyone striving toward achieving optimal mental health.

When I am not providing counseling services, I also work as an Independent songwriter musician and DJ. With over 10 years of experience, working in the music industry I have been fortunate enough to land several publishing deals with both a major Hollywood film company that includes an international chart-topping song. Some of my other interests include: yoga, outdoor adventure, concerts, exercise, alternative medicine, reading and spending time with friends and family.

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Haley Stocker, MS

Counselor

Many clients struggle with understanding who they are and who they would ultimately like to become. I believe therapy should be a safe space for clients to explore identity and how our past experiences contribute to our sense of self today. Every person has a unique story. I am here to listen to that story, without judgment, and to help a person navigate their life moving forward.

I am a therapist currently working towards licensure in the state of Tennessee. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of the South. Upon graduation, I took a position with a rural re-entry program, I worked with incarcerated and recently released individuals on domains of employment, education, and other social services. This work provided me with an opportunity to see the lack of mental health services among many different underserved communities. I decided to pursue graduate studies at Lipscomb University, where I received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

My treatment style is eclectic. I use methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-based practices. I believe that everyone has their own path to recovery and that treatment methods should be tailored to the client. Therapy should be a collaborative effort that focuses on helping to resolve client issues.

I work with adolescents and adults. My treatment interests include working with the LGBTQ+ community, substance-related issues, anxiety, family/systems issues, developing positive communication, increasing self-esteem/self-advocacy, and life transitions.

When I am not providing counseling services, I also work as a researcher. I pride myself on being up to date with the latest clinical research. Some of my other interests include needlepoint, baking, gardening, horror films, and exploring new restaurants.

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Kimberlee Massey-Owen, MS, LCSW

Counselor

Life can be complicated, overwhelming, challenging, and messy. People don’t tend to fit in neat little boxes, but I find that beautiful. The people I comes in contact with never cease to amaze and inspire me with their stories, struggles, and victories. I am committed to creating a

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Emily Glenn, NCC, LPC, CSAT

Counselor

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist with over 15 years experience in the fields of mental health & addiction. My professional journey has granted me the opportunity to become skilled in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Although co-occurring disorders are my specialty, I also have a specific passion for helping adults struggling with past religious wounds/spiritual issues and intimacy/relationship issues. Being able to utilize my gifts to help one come to know their true worth is an honor that is both exciting and humbling.
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and masters from Argosy University with additional trainings to treat trauma.
In my spare time I’m enjoying life with my son, daughter, and two cats.

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Jamie Carroll

Wellness Coach

Jamie has focused her entire career on offering inspiration, education, and empowerment to her clients-she offers this opportunity via teaching holistic and integrative health and life practices, movement, and intentional living.

As someone who has struggled through the challenges of depression, anxiety, addiction, fatigue, and high levels of stress, Jamie understands when you are living a less-than-desirable life and knows how to partner with you to develop a love for YOUR life and a PASSION for the future.

Through nutrition, movement, and energy-based modalities, she collaborates with clients who suffer from the effects of dis-ease in the body and mind. Jamie specializes in working with those who are READY for a functional approach in discovering the root cause of their challenges.

By working with Jamie, you will understand the foods and supplements that work for your unique body, how to harness your energy for positive outcomes, and methods for helping you take back control of your life.

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Ashleigh Rakestraw, LCSW

Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee with a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Prior to my master's degree I received my bachelor's degree in social work from Lipscomb University. I desired to work in the field of social work since a young age and after I learned the impact these roles can have on individuals and their communities. I continued to feed that passion through my own experiences in counseling, as well as witnessing the positive impact of counseling on others. I believe counseling should be a collaborative approach that can sometimes be messy, challenging, and beautiful as you work to become your best self. As with most life experience, I believe you learn more in the journey then you will in simply arriving at the destination. During this journey I believe it's vital that you have a safe space, without judgement, to understand and explore who you are and who you want to become.

I previously worked in a residential treatment center for women serving those with co-occurring disorders. I worked in both the inpatient and the outpatient setting within this organization, with my last role being the Assistant Director of Treatment Services. From there I went to work in telehealth counseling where I worked with clients to overcome barriers in their environment that prohibited long term healing. Many of these barriers were related to unhealthy relationships, communication barriers, mental health symptoms or substance-related concerns. My main areas of expertise include crisis management and solution focused therapies, women's issues, substance use and mental health disorders.

Originally from Colorado, I moved to Tennessee to marry my college sweetheart. We have lived in Tennessee for 10 years now and have grown our family to include our beautiful son, and a dog named Smokey. In our free time we like to enjoy all Nashville has to offer including its beautiful scenery and amazing restaurants.

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Diana Kirby

Director of Business Development

As a behavioral health advocate, a believer in the process, and a mental health consumer, I know the power of braving vulnerability. Going through my own mental health journey, walking through both the heights and the depths, has brought healing, health, and more happiness than I thought possible. While there’s still plenty of hard days too though, and no day is perfect, I now strive for progress not perfection. I have a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and through the process of becoming a therapist I learned how great the need is for mental health resources and support for mental health professionals. Now I advocate for the healing therapy can bring, the courageous people who brave the journey, and all therapists, who walk alongside us. Having worked in administration and management within the mental health field for five years, I bring experience in establishing outreach and awareness initiatives, public speaking, facilitating trainings, program implementation, grant writing and management, and clinical experience in mental health settings. . I am passionate about empowering others, winning the argument that all dogs should be called puppies, reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues, and fostering creativity and authenticity in others and in myself. I live in Nashville with a wonderful community and support system, who have taught me that opening up to others can sometimes be the best gift we give to ourselves.

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Pratik Patel, LPC-MHSP

Counselor

I Pratik Patel am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Mental Health Service Provider. I received my Bachelor’s in psychology from Middle Tennessee State and Master’s in professional counseling at Tennessee State University. Currently I serve as Clinical Director for an adolescent residential facility with 5 years of clinical experience in a multitude of settings. My experience includes working with clients dealing with substance abuse, relationship issues, mood disorder, personality disorder, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, crisis and trauma.
My interest in psychology was sparked by pure curiosity and blossomed into a passion for helping others reach their full potential. I pride myself on providing a safe space for clients to process their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. Empathy is prioritized in building an effective client-therapist relationship. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a foundation of therapy, clients dictate their own treatment with an emphasis on meeting the client where they are. Use of evidenced based modalities are determined by what is most effective in reaching the client’s treatment goals. A solution focused integrative approach is also important to accomplish and maintain identified goals.
I was born in London, raised in India, Rhode Island and rural Tennessee. I believe my life experience allows me to connect with a broad range of clients, often offering a unique perspective. I am and avid sports fan, I love watching and playing all sports. I also stay active by going to yoga class, hikes and bike rides with my wife and our friends. When we are not outside we are tying to one up each other in the kitchen, eating at our favorite restaurants or spending quality time with family.

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Angela Shankle, MA, LADAC II

Counselor

I am a level two licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the state of Tennessee. I also carry a master’s degree in business. I began working in substance abuse treatment over 6 years ago and have worked in various treatment settings including detox, residential, and outpatient. I have primarily worked in co-occurring capable programs and have experience treating Substance Use Disorders that co-occur with mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which aligns closely with the 12 steps in the treatment of SUD. I use DBT to encourage mindfulness, aid in emotional regulation, and increase interpersonal effectiveness.
I received my bachelor’s degree in political science from Middle Tennessee State University with a minor in sociology and a concentration in pre-law. I planned to attend law school when my life took an unexpected turn. I was called to this field by my own personal journey through alcoholism and recovery and I offer a unique perspective to clients and families suffering from the disease of addiction. My goal is to partner with those seeking recovery to set realistic goals for treatment while also encouraging clients to embrace discomfort.
I live in Nashville with my 14 year old daughter, my 2 dogs, and my bossy cat. There’s never a dull moment! And the teenager is bossy, too…

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