Olivia Davis, MA, NCC, LPC
Olivia holds the belief that there is possibility for growth, change, and healing in every person. Olivia helps clients reach that possibility through creating care and curiosity for themselves and their places of hurt. Olivia's therapeutic approach is trauma-informed and attachment-based, and she is trained EMDR and Brainspotting. Olivia is particularly passionate about working with adolescents and their families, and the lifelong change that happens when those foundational relationships turn towards health.
Olivia started her career working for Young Life, on both camp staff and mission staff in Asheville, NC. A job rejection led her to explore other options, and she happened upon a job in a residential treatment center for adolescent females. That's where she fell in love with the mental health field. Olivia returned to school to get her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and continued working in residential and community mental health settings until finding her way back to Nashville and joining the team at Sage Hill.
Olivia loves time with her family, hosting old friends and new, coffee, mountains, and plants.
- Self Harm
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lenoir-Rhyne University
BPS Nonprofit Development and Administration, University of Memphis
Training and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (still waiting on license number), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), EMDR certified, Brainspotting trained
Born in Jackson, MS, raised in Nashville, TN, lived most of my adult life in Asheville, NC.
Do you have pets?
A sweet and gentle rescue pup named Atticus
Describe yourself in five words.
Listener, Deep Feeling, Justice Seeker
About Your Practice
I found a passion for mental health in starting my own journey in therapy after struggling through some very dark years in adolescence and young adulthood. I think making space for others has always been a part of who I am, though, in friendships, working relationships, even in school. I have always wanted to sit with, listen to, and deeply know the people around me.
Who has influenced your work?
I've had the privilege of some wonderful and wise mentors throughout my life. My faith mentors have been my friends, family, and Young Life leaders and co-staff. My mentors through the therapeutic world have been Jennifer Selent, Brinkley Stone, Dr. Kerrie Fuenfhausen, Dr. Myra Jordan, Mark Dunn, and every therapist I was able to worth with and learn from at Solstice East. Authors that continue to influence me are Glennon Doyle, Jen Hatmaker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sarah Bessey, Bessel van der Kolk, Austin Channing Brown, and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
How does your faith play itself out in your work?
Knowing and trusting that no one is too far gone for the redemption of Jesus helps push me to see the redemption possible in each family and each client. I think the gospel also requires a sense of radical acceptance of the things we don't know or understand, and that's true for the human experience as well.
I hate this question because I love music so much and my favorites change depending on my mood/season of life. I'm also an enneagram 4 and create pressure for myself to be "unique." That being said, my overarching favorite genre is indie rock, and my current favorite band is Dr. Dog.
Which TV show would you never miss?
Currently - Ted Lasso and anything from The Bachelor franchise (I can't help myself) Forever Favorites that I rewatch - The Office, Schitt's Creek, Parks and Rec, and New Girl
What's your favorite book or author?
Anything Jodi Picoult writes
What is your favorite sport/physical activity?
I'm not someone who is considered "coordinated" or "athletic," but I do love a good hike, a game of beach volleyball, or paddle boarding/kayaking.
What's your favorite place to visit?
The Pacific Northwest
Just for Fun
Ice cream artist at Marble Slab
What is your most treasured possession?
My friend gave me a pair of sunburst earrings after my godson, her son, passed away, because she sang "You are My Sunshine" to him daily. The fact that she thought of me and my grief amidst her own meant so much to me. They are a reminder of our shared love and sadness and connection.
If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?
Beer can chicken, brown butter honey garlic carrots, risotto, green bean bundles, and, if I have extra time and energy, apple pie with homemade pie crust.
What pastimes or hobbies do you enjoy?
Cooking, gardening, dreaming up how I would decorate a space if I had unlimited funds, calligraphy/hand-lettering, and singing.
Other than your current home, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Take the first step toward healing and personal growth.
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