Meet Our Counselors
Ralph Cook, M. Ed., LMFT ~ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Ralph has worked as a Music Educator, Minister of Music, and a Minister of Youth. After many years of teaching and church ministry he felt called to work with families and individuals (both children and adults), in the area of counseling. Ralph has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. He obtained his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. Ralph and his wife Joni founded Lantern Lane Farm in 2004. Ralph is the Clinical Director of LLF. In addition to counseling, he serves as a consultant to area churches, provides workshops and seminars to churches and other organizations. He also leads Marriage Intensives for couples. Ralph has worked with couples who come to LLF for Marriage Intensives from across the nation. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow. Ralph and Joni have two sons and five grandchildren. He loves movies, music, spending time with his wife and family and is an avid fan of John Grisham books.
Phillip Bates, MA ~ Professional Counselor Under Supervision
Phillip received his Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. He has a passion for empowering individuals to overcome personal obstacles. He has worked to help people with self esteem issues, grief, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), and depression. Phillip became a counselor to encourage people in their quests to live healthier, happier lives. Before receiving his Master's, Phillip earned two degrees from the University of Mississippi, a BA in Psychology and a BS in Forensic Chemistry.
Growing up, Phillip always played sports and that is where he gained an inherent love of the sports world. Being a team player for more than a decade has provided him with the ability to connect with people from all walks of life, but also a special affinity for athletes. His background in volunteer coaching has given him valuable insight to helping people of all ages.
Tiffany Dillard, LPC-MHSP (temp), NCC ~ Professional Counselor Under Supervision
Tiffany received a Master's of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. Her heart is happiest while working with children and adolescents. She has worked with youth and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, struggling with eating disorders and self-harm, as well as those who have experienced trauma. Her experience includes using a variety of therapeutic techniques including: cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, and experiential and creative techniques. She became a counselor to give clients a safe space, where they can explore hard issues and learn to let their true selves shine. She is happy and blessed to walk beside children, adolescents, and their families as they go through difficult times in their life.
Tiffany grew up in middle Tennessee and enjoys spending time with her family and pets during her free time. She is a child at heart and loves reading, superheroes, Harry Potter, Chuck Taylor shoes, American Girl, animals, and Netflix.
Jacob Dye, LPC, MHSP ~ Licensed Professional Counselor
Jacob received his Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Lipscomb University in 2012 and began working at Lantern Lane Farm in 2013. He is exceptionally passionate about helping teenagers, adults, and couples discover healing and their life’s purpose. Jacob frequently works with people who are experiencing addictions, anxiety, depression, eating disorders (including chronic over-eating), relationship difficulties, spiritual issues, and low self-esteem/ lack of personal direction. Jacob happily meets people where they are, regardless of their background or history. His passion is to empower his clients with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to find long-term success and healing. Jacob embraces an eclectic approach to counseling that includes Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Solution Focused, and Gestalt Therapeutic techniques. Jacob is a local who grew up just a mile or so away from the farm! He is extremely passionate about health, having worked as a personal trainer and health coach for over 6 years. He enjoys running, competitive weight lifting, music, reading, and travel in his free time.
Carol Fancher, LPC-MHSP(temp), NCC, Counselor & Adjunct Professor
Carol is honored to walk along-side you through difficult times. She sees women, senior adults, adolescents and children. After 16 years working in education as an art teacher, Carol felt a desire to do more to help those who were hurting. She earned a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling at TNU, with additional training in art therapy, grief therapy and suicide prevention.
Carol helps with issues such as anxiety, depression, divorce recovery, self-esteem, social skills, attachment, trauma and behavioral issues. She incorporates cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, attachment theory, dialectical behavior therapy and art therapy.
Carol enjoys being outdoors hiking local waterfalls & going to the beach with her husband and three adult children.
Doug Johnson, MMFT ~ Marriage and Family Therapist Under Supervision
Doug received his Master's from Trevecca Nazarene University. He has a passion for helping people process through and understand difficult life challenges. His desire is to meet people where they are and walk with them through difficult and challenging moments. Doug has a passion to help people decrease issues of anxiety, depression, stress and addiction, and increase self-esteem and happiness through a collaborative approach using Experiential, Solution-Focused, and Play Therapies incorporating an Attachment based approach. He works with children, individuals, and couples.
Doug has lived in middle Tennessee for 11 years. He enjoys playing guitar, drawing, building with LEGO and traveling in his free time.
Julia Johnson, LPC, MHSP, CRC, CBIS ~ Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Julia feels blessed to serve those struggling with life's various challenges. She utilizes a holistic approach, considering biological, spiritual, psychological, environmental, and social factors which influence behavior. Julia enjoys working with clients to gain helpful strategies and achieve a greater quality of life.
In addition to working with behavioral issues, Julia has intensive training in working with traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury in both rehabilitation hospital and neuropsychology clinic settings. She also performs cognitive rehabilitation as a certified rehabilitation counselor. Julia graduated from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock with an MA in Counseling.
Julia enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and granddaughter, in addition to friends and family. She also loves being on the feed team for the animals at Lantern Lane Farm.
Aaron endeavors to create an atmosphere of trust, discretion, and safety for those who consult with him. He is passionate about empowering people—wherever they may be in life’s journey—to take steps toward a life of greater freedom, richness, and creativity.
Aaron earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (MMFC/T) at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2017. He has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients from many walks of life: couples, families, and individuals. His work is informed by narrative, collaborative, and attachment-oriented therapeutic techniques.
Taryn Peterson, LMFT ~ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Taryn received her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. She counsels a diverse range of clients, including adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Taryn considers it an honor to walk alongside hurting people as they face trauma, grief, anxiety, addiction, self harm, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and other challenges.
Taryn is trained in Brainspotting and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), methods known for their effectiveness in treating trauma and PTSD. She also incorporates methods such as Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is passionate about the hope and healing clients receive through the therapeutic process.
Outside of the office, Taryn enjoys hiking, road trips, horses, and exploring landscape photography with her husband.
Kerri Tracey, LCSW ~ Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kerri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Master's of Social Work degree from Loma Linda University, California. She has been working with children and families for 15 years, with specialty experience in the areas of multidisciplinary early childhood intervention related to dysregulation/ tantrums, attachment, trauma, autism and specialized parenting. She has experience supporting varying diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Kerri's passion is providing caregivers with strategies to improve their interactions with young children (ages 0-6). She is committed to looking at the whole picture of the family and the child and include seeing every possible area of their life as a strength to build upon.
Alyce Zellmer, MMFT ~ Marriage and Family Therapist Under Supervision
Alyce received her Master's in Marriage and Family therapy at Liberty University. She is also pursuing a certification in Sex Therapy, and has received training in the therapy process of Brainspotting. Her approach to counseling is eclectic, as she is more interested in finding what works best for the client. While she sees a variety of clients, her heart lies with pre-marital therapy, married couples struggling with intimacy, singles, and women who have experienced sexual trauma. She is intimately familiar with the Homeschooling culture and the struggles of the Music Industry.
A Middle Tennessee native, Alyce likes being outside when weather and time permits. She also loves reading (any genre but fantasy/Sci-Fi is top of the favorites), and animals (especially her dog, Jax). She used to describe herself as ‘nerd adjacent’ but is slowly coming to realize that her deep love of Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Superheroes, and words probably lands her in the middle of Nerdom.