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The Counseling & Learning Center is the premier counseling and educational service provider for children, adolescents, couples, families, and individuals in the Middle Tennessee area. 

Our services include counseling and therapy, testing and evaluation, educational interventions, group counseling, parent training, and workshops.

CLC offers a broad range of services through three highly trained, licensed practitioners. 

Dr. Aimee Lyst has been practicing for over 15 years and is the founder and director of the Counseling & Learning Center and specializes in work with children and adolescents, learning problems, developmental disorders, and all child mental health issues. Dr. Lyst employs many different modalities of therapeutic treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy with children. She excels at evaluation aimed at differential diagnosis of various disorders. 

Dr. Mary Payne utilizes a primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy approach in her work with children, adolescents and families. Dr. Payne provides services for a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders and interventions to maximize adjustment to chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Joy Beck specializes in treating children, adolescents, young adults, and their families who face a wide range of challenges including adjustment disorders, school refusal, anxiety and depressive disorders, chronic pain syndromes, eating disorders, and medical illnesses. Dr. Beck compassionately teaches her patients to cope with and manage stress, anger, and anxiety while increasing their self-esteem and self-awareness. Dr. Beck’s treatment modalities include: psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, pain and stress management skills, relaxation training, coping and problem solving skills training, motivational interviewing, psychoeducation, social skills training, and parent training.

Our shared mission revolves around providing comprehensive services to our community by working collaboratively with local professionals, educators, physicians, and others who are involved in the care and treatment of those families and individuals who seek our assistance. Our practice is focused on the emotional, social, behavioral, and educational needs of all persons from early childhood through the significant transitions that life takes all of us.