TRISTAN PETTY, MA, LPC/MHSP
My professional experience started in the early 1990s working in human services, mostly within non-profit programs. Areas of focus were domestic and sexual violence, drug and alcohol dependence, children and adult children of neglect and abuse, people with a myriad of life-altering experiences, and LGBTQ+ challenges. Simultaneously, I began my undergraduate studies in criminal and justice studies in Providence, Rhode Island. A few years later I attended graduate school at Rhode Island College, where I earned my master's degree in agency counseling and chemical dependency.
After receiving my M.A., I moved back to Tennessee, where I completed additional requirements to acquire my Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider credentials. At the time I was working with an agency in Nashville, where I stayed for a little over six years; eventually, the time came for me to change the course of my professional career.
This is where Hope In Healing, Inc. came into existence. It was never my intention to work in private practice. Fear was a huge factor for me, but it was also the motivator to launch a new endeavor that today has me more excited and passionate about this profession. It was not of my own doing, though. Through my own spiritual awakening—not to be confused with religion—the path was laid out and I just followed the path.
Just more proof that you can overcome and achieve even what you never planned to pursue.
My heart and compassion stem from personal experiences more than what I learned sitting in a class room, although it was very helpful and important. My life experiences with alcoholism, domestic violence, other abusive behaviors, and mental health issues (along with their long term effects) have helped prepare me for a calling that I had not planned for but am truly grateful for the journey it has taken me. Seeking counseling and doing the hard work helped free me from the awful way I thought of myself, self-destructive behaviors, many broken relationships, and internal stigma that prevented me from self-acceptance.
Today, my goal is to pay it forward and help those who seek to feel a sense of hope and freedom and achieve mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.