Our Therapists

The professionals at Brentwood Counseling Associates each have their own area of expertise ranging from: individual, family, marital, substance abuse and adolescence counseling.

The therapists at Brentwood Counseling Associates are in private practice, so their participation on insurance panels will be on an individual basis. Some therapists are on many panels, some are on none. Call us to schedule your confidential counseling appointment.

David Elkins, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Areas of Emphasis

  • ADHD
  • Learning/School Problems
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Adolescent/Young Adult
  • Parenting
  • Adult Anxiety, Depression
  • Religious Faith and Mental Health
  • Drug/Alcohol
  • Marriage and Other Relationships


Jim Kelly, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been in private practice since 1988. I have contracted with helping agencies to provide consultation and training and with Belmont University to provide counseling to students. I have been happily married for many years and am the proud father of two grown sons.


Richard Taran, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Over the years, I have had experiences in several areas of psychology including direct service, supervision, management, consulting and coaching. I have also added many additional clinical skills over the years through training and experience...


Jay H. Tift, LPC-MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor

After spending eight years in the field of team building, group dynamics, and leadership training, I realized that the parts of my work that I was truly passionate about were the times that I was able to connect in a real way with individuals or small groups about the things going on in their lives.

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Stephanie Insko, Ph.D.

Counseling Psychologist

I believe that as humans we possess both self-insight and the potential for growth. I also believe that we use these traits to change patterns in our lives that are no longer working. But the challenges of our busy lives can make it difficult to implement those changes. I view my role as one in which I accompany people on their journey of change, as they strive to reach their full potential.

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