Foundation of Therapy
Christian Therapy (biblical encouragement counseling) grants us the freedom to use prayer and scripture and to talk about God.
“It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4
The Arno Profile System (APS) measures inborn temperament (a person’s natural traits, strengths, weaknesses and needs) and provides insight into the mind, will and emotions.
Model based on temperament theory which helps us understand ourselves and find balance between body, soul and spirit to be the best God created us to be.
We adhere to your physical, emotional and spiritual health in your quest to establish and maintain a balanced life.
Consultation: An initial, no-obligation phone call to explore where you are and what you are seeking help with. If agreed, that our services are a good fit, we will proceed with scheduling your first session.
Onboarding: Once scheduled, you will be invited to the therapy Client Portal via email. The sign-up process takes less than one minute to complete. You will have documents (Counseling Ministry Waiver, Counseling Disclosure and Acknowledgement and Administrative Policies) to review and electronically sign before your first session. We will send your intake paperwork through the Client Portal upon receipt of the electronically signed documents. Client Portal access allows you to enter/save/edit payment information, make payments and directly communicate with your therapist through the secure, HIPAA compliant email feature.
First Session/Intake: We will begin the exploration of your God-given, inborn temperament. This exploration is valuable because it will help you discover the strengths you may develop as well as the weaknesses you may resist. It will also reveal unmet needs that can cause stress and conflict in your life and your relationships with others. It is difficult to consider possible weaknesses in our lives, but if we are open to change, understanding our weaknesses can help us resolve conflicts and improve our relationships. The nature of your temperament can hold the key to helping you find Godly solutions to your problems.
Session length: 90 minutes
Online sessions: All therapy we provide face-to-face can be provided online. Your geographical location is not a limitation. You will be asked to review and sign an Informed Consent (accessible in the Client Portal) prior to your first online session.
Your therapist: Dr. Marlena Butler is a graduate of Jacksonville Theological Seminary and has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Christian Counseling. Her graduate training (MA, Nova Southeastern University) in Conflict Resolution and Family Systems Healthcare focused on providing assistance to patients and families dealing with grief, illness, end of life issues, and disability. Dr. Butler specializes in grief recovery, offering a safe place, a safe person and specific tools to help grievers recover from loss and complete unresolved emotions. Her professional credentials are as follows:
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
Licensed Clinical Christian Therapist (FACCT)
Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certified (NCCA)
- Temperament Therapy
- Crisis & Abuse Therapy
- Death & Grief Therapy
Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor (NCCA)
Certified Temperament Counselor
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of issues can you help me with?
Though the following list is by no means exhaustive, we commonly walk alongside adults...
- of all races and religious backgrounds pursuing individual growth
- who long for more meaning in their lives
- who desire better relationships in marriage and family life
- who experience problems in parenting
- living through critical periods of grief
- who feel anxious, fearful, or depressed
- who want to reach their potential
- who feel inadequate in social situations
- who want long-term emotional and spiritual well-being
- who experience frustrations with employment or co-workers
- who struggle with unhealthy patterns and habits
What is temperament?
It is the inborn (not genetic, i.e. brown hair, blue eyes, etc.) part of us that determines how we react to people, places and things. In short, it is how people interact with their environments and the world around them. Temperament pinpoints our perception of ourselves and the people who love us. It is also the determining factor in how well we handle the stresses and pressures of life. Temperament can best be defined as Spiritual genetics or God's imprint upon each one of us. Three are involved in the conception of a child, the mother, the father and the Creator.
What sets TemperedFit: Therapy apart from any other counseling/therapy option?
We start by studying your temperament. Helping you to understand the deepest part of your being, we then go beyond the exploration of emotions to deal with issues from your core. You are a uniquely created individual. That means your relationships, your life (your stuff) are all unique and cannot be duplicated. We recognize that truth and honor your uniqueness by providing "boilerplate free" care. We will incorporate your faith and spirituality according to your desire and comfort level.
I do not live in Tennessee. Can you do online therapy with me?
Absolutely. Dr. Butler is nationally licensed by the Federal Association of Christian Counselors and Therapists and the National Christian Counselors Association. This means she is free to work with residents of any state.
Do I have to be a Christian or attend a certain church or denomination to receive help?
You are not required to be a Christian or to attend a certain church or denomination to receive the help you need.
Do you ever make referrals to other services?
Not every therapist is able to help every person. Referrals are made to other counselors/therapists when necessary. Depending on the unique situation or circumstance, counselees may also be encouraged to see their physician, attorney or other professionals .
Do I have to talk about “Christian” stuff during therapy?
No. You are in control of what you talk about in your sessions. Your therapist is dedicated to meeting you right where you are.
When are appointments available?
- Monday through Wednesday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Saturdays by appointment only
Face-to-face sessions in Murfreesboro
- Thursdays and Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.