Dustin Conway - Sage Hill Counseling

Dustin Conway, Nashvillle, TN, Brentwood, TN, Murfreesboro, TN

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Dustin Conway, Graduate Student


Dustin is passionate about helping individuals find meaning in their experiences and understanding how it affects their story. He has seen a profound change in his own time in counseling and is eager to help others in the same process. He utilizes a strength-based approach and believes everyone possesses within them the resources needed for change by providing a safe, exploratory space. His approach to counseling is existential and psychodynamic, and he considers the counseling relationship is the most prominent tool in facilitating positive change.

Dustin attended Belmont University and received a BFA in Design Communication with a minor in Photography. After graduating, he worked in sales for several technology companies before deciding to return to school to pursue a career in counseling. He attends the Townsend Institute of Concordia University Irvine, where he is pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Dustin was born in Nashville, TN but spent most of his childhood in Memphis, TN. He met his wife in college, and the two were married after graduation. His favorite activities are going on long walks, watching his favorite comedians, and taking weekend getaways.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Worth Issues
  • Spiritual Issues

BFA Design Communication, Minor in Photography, Belmont University

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The Basics
Where are you from?
I was born in Nashville, TN but moved to Memphis, TN, when I was three years old. I moved back to Nashville when I graduated high school.

Do you have pets?
I do not have any pets. I am, unfortunately, allergic to furry friends.

Describe yourself in five words.
Advocate, compassionate, curious, honest, humorous.

About Your Practice
How did you get into this profession?
The first time I thought about pursuing a career in counseling was while I was in college and a client of Sage Hill. I began to notice the impact counseling had on my life and thought that giving this to others would be incredibly meaningful. Through several years of trying other pursuits, it became clear that my desire to become a counselor was not going away. I finally decided to pursue this career and have not looked back since.

Who has influenced your work?
The works of Dr. John Townsend, Dr. Henry Cloud, and Viktor Frankl.

How does your faith play itself out in your work?
I am guided and directed by my personal relationship with God in how I live and make sense of the world. My faith allows me to have hope for others and believe that every person deserves respect, dignity, and grace. When working with others, I meet individuals on their spiritual journey and honor their experiences with faith.

What is your favorite type of music and your favorite singer/band?
My all-time favorite artist is Augustana, and I will always be Dan Layus's biggest fan. My other life-long favorites include Lord Huron, Bear's Den, Third Eye Blind, Dispatch, and Jack Johnson.

Which TV show would you never miss?
Lost, Ted Lasso, The Chosen, Seinfeld, Sherlock, The Office, New Girl, Modern Family, Stranger Things, and 100+ more.

What's your favorite book or author?
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and anything by Dr. John Townsend or Dr. Henry Cloud.

What is your favorite sport/physical activity?
My favorite thing in this world is going for a walk outside. I also enjoy a good HIIT workout.

What's your favorite place to visit?
My wife and I go on weekend getaways to Chattanooga, where we unplug and spend time together.

Just for Fun
What was your first job?
I worked at an indoor trampoline obstacle course gym called Cross Fire Commandos, where we hosted birthday parties for kids.

What is your most treasured possession?
The watch my father gave me when I graduated college—also the bible our pastor used to marry my wife and me.

If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?
My wife and I like to make "choose your own adventure" style meals for friends.

What pastimes or hobbies do you enjoy?
My favorite hobby is going for a walk with my wife on a sunny day. I try to go on a walk almost every day and find that my day is significantly better when I do. I am also addicted to stories and will watch any movie/show and read/listen to any book that has a good one. I am also a comedy fan and love finding humor in everyday life.

Other than your current home, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Cape Town, South Africa.

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