Jake graduated from The University of Mississippi in 1985 with his B.A. in Southern Studies. He later obtained his M.Ed and Ph.D in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi. While completing his doctorate, Jake moved through the ranks of the University Counseling Center as a Licensed Professional Counselor and eventually became the Assistant Director. In 1999, Dr. Morris began his career in academics at Freed-Hardeman University teaching in both the Psychology and Graduate Counseling programs, eventually became a Tenured Associate Professor. In 2009, Jake moved to Nashville to become the graduate director of Lipscomb’s Graduate Counseling Program and the Chair of the Psychology Department and attained the rank of Full Professor. Dr. Morris frequently presents at the Local, State, and National level on issues related to professional ethics, wellness, anger management, depression, stress management and diversity issues. Jake's entire career has focused on working with young people, whether it be as a camp counselor, a youth minister, professional counselor, or college professor. In his spare time, Jake enjoys riding his Harley, jumping out of airplanes, and swimming with sharks.
- American Counseling Association
- Tennessee Counseling Association
- Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Kaci has been working with professional Athletes, Entertainers & their families, over the last 20 years and teaches Sport & Performance Psychology at Belmont University. Growing up surrounded by baseball bats, guitars, pianos, golf clubs and surf, some would say learning to walk on the ball field, her unique experience parallels no other.
As a natural athlete, Kaci competed in a wide variety of sports including tennis, golf, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and racquetball, but ultimately accepted a scholarship and played Division I softball at Belmont University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business and Marketing. As a North/South All-Star, MVP and Player of the Year, Kaci consistently maintained the highest batting average, ending her senior year at .562. After an injury took her out of the running for the 2000 Olympics, Kaci became attuned with the unique needs of high performing athletes and how mental health and optimal performance go hand in hand.
While still in the throws of sport competition, Kaci accepted internships with ASCAP and NSAI, and was contracted by several publishing companies and labels to create specific marketing plans for artists across multiple genres. She was so quick in the vocal booth, that it wasn’t uncommon for her to cut background vocals for a new artist’s album and a writer ask her to lay down a lead vocal on a song she’d never heard.
With a desire to merge her talents, experience and passion for music and sports, Kaci returned to graduate school and completed a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, graduating with a 4.0 and highest honors. She presents nationally on the unique mental health issues elite athletes, entertainers and their families face. With Catch23, Kaci works primarily with clients from the Collegiate to Professional levels, helping maximize performance and cope with a variety of clinical issues. She also works with parents from little league, to pro-levels on effective strategies to grow our next generation of athletes, and has designed unique programs for middle school and high school teams.
Because most Public Figures face pressure and challenges similar to those of Professional Athletes, Kaci has become a highly sought after coach for government officials, authors, speakers and high profile celebrities.
The same confidentiality parameters apply regardless of the level of coaching you engage with and your privacy and best interest always remains a top priority.
For a confidential consultation, please email Kaci directly.
In addition to her work with athletes and artists, Kaci sees individuals, couples and families in Nashville, TN and has taught Sport & Performance Psychology Adolescent Psychology, Counseling and Play Therapy at the University level.
- Nashville Psychotherapy Institute (NPI)
- Psychology Today
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
- American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
- Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
- Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
- Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association (TLPCA)
For more information on Kaci's work with Individuals, Couples and Families, visit www.kaciallen.com
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