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Hidden Gems: Meet Barb Hill of Holding Space Counseling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Barb Hill.

Hi Barb, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Well, like any good story, there were a lot of twists and turns that led me to where I am now. I was passionate about so many things over the years that it felt like I lived nine lives before becoming a therapist. I lived overseas in Africa doing missions work, worked in the corporate sector at a teaching hospital, as a digital media manager for an NGO, and a medical esthetician with plastic surgeons. What undergirded all of these pursuits was my passion to help people. One of my favorite quotes is from Frederick Buechner who says, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” For me, being a therapist is the place where my deep gladness and the world’s deepest hunger meet. It’s been amazing to see how all the experiences I had before working as a therapist allow me to connect with such a wide array of clients. Looking back, I’m really grateful for all the twists and turns that led me here.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s definitely been a mixture of smooth spots and rough ones. I’ve experienced many transitions over the years. I moved to Africa in 2010, Calfornia in 2014, Chicago in 2016, and Nashville, TN in 2018. Any time we experience change, it propels us outside our comfort zone. In the hard moments, I learned to be resilient and to rely on those around me. I’ve lived away from my family now for almost eight years, so my friends have become my family. I’ve needed to learn to practice what I preach–to be brave and choose vulnerability. The last couple of years of being a therapist have been incredibly challenging and rewarding. The world has been on fire, so to speak, and people have not only been navigating polarizing world events, but they are still experiencing loss, changing jobs, getting married, working through past trauma, etc. If I am to be a quality therapist for my clients, I need to make sure I am taking care of myself as well, and that requires humility and vulnerability on my part. One really special moment this past year was the incredible opportunity I was given to write a book. And a lot of what I’ve mentioned here (and much more) will be included in this upcoming book which will release Fall of 2022!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I own a private practice called Holding Space Counseling in Franklin, TN. The practice was birthed out of the desire to create a safe place where clients could feel free to be fully themselves while also encouraged to reach for wholeness in all areas of their lives. I specialize in trauma and work primarily with individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, relational issues, etc. I take a relational, integrative, and trauma-informed approach to my work with clients. The practice has also grown over the last year, and I’ve added an associate therapist, and I am in the process of bringing on another therapist this month. My hope is to keep the practice somewhat small to ensure the highest quality care for clients. I am also committed to having therapists join the practice who are trauma-informed and highly relational. More than anything, I want clients to walk in feeling safe and seen so they can stop running from the hard parts of their stories, and become the author of them, as Brené Brown says. For more detailed information about interventions we use, please visit our website (

What matters most to you?
I would say my faith and my community. I cannot imagine life without either. They are anchors to keep me grounded when life is chaotic and uncertain. They also bring me so much joy and add so much dimension and purpose to my life.


  • Barb Individual Session Rate $165
  • Barb Couple Session Rate $175
  • Brooke (Associate Therapist) Rate $135

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