Esther Chelladurai, MS, LADACII

Licensed Professional Counselor (temp)
$125 per 50 minute session

Pre-Licensed Therapist in Gallatin TN

“You are not alone; We can remold together!”

Life happens. We can feel overwhelmed and powerless. There can be situations that crush us down. However, we need not be dazed and confused. Sometimes, it’s
hard to remember that we have the potential to come out stronger and better. We might need a helping hand along the way, and that is okay!

You can find hope and healing!

About Me

I am a dual licensed professional. Currently, I hold LPC MHSP (Temp) and LADAC- II licensures. License #5956; #1562. These licensures enable me to contribute as a mental health counselor and as a licensed addiction specialist. I also have a supervisor and mentor who I frequently consult.

I have experience working with people of all ages: years 3 to 85. This wide array of personal and professional experiences has contributed immensely to my ability to relate with my clients, irrespective of age, gender, and culture.

First and foremost, I strive to establish a safe place for my clients. It is a huge success when clients feel at ease, relaxed, and relieved during the session. It gives them an opportunity to be present in the moment and process their thoughts without any judgment. (I have heard my little clients say that they would like to come to “Ms. Esther’s house” more :).

Areas of Speciality

I offer individual, group, and family counseling for a wide range of issues. I constantly strive to enhance my skills by learning about different modalities that have been proven to offer relief for different mental health symptoms. This allows me to integrate the best approaches in a methodical way for my clients.

My areas of speciality are:

  • Parenting
  • Addiction
  • Trauma Focused Therapy
  • Self-regulation

I specialize in helping clients with the following challenges:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Behavioral and emotional Regulation
  • Career Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Peer and Parental Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD

How I Help Clients Heal and Grow

As a huge believer in epigenetics, I love the fact that our genes are not “set in stone” but are restorable through both nature and nurture. Neuroplasticity is the fascinating ability of the brain to reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience. Science has proven yet again that we need not remain stuck in the past, but we can build a better future. And here’s the great part, you don’t have to do it alone!

I foster hope and confidence in every client I meet. I take time to understand the person’s story and the systems that interact with them in order to collaborate evidence-based integrated solutions that will serve them best.

Together, we break it down into simple steps by being SMART; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/ relevant, and Time bound.

I aim to offer wholistic wellness, and I engage a problem from different perspectives and strive to meet physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.

I recognize the roles played by different parts of the brain. By doing so, I grasp the underlying reasons for different emotional and behavioral issues seen in ADHD, Anxiety, depression, and so on.

Also, I have found immense success in bringing together healthy relationships and engaging members of the families to build each other up. I actively explore different support systems with my clients and elicit motivation to create a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. I help them visualize a future where they not only live but thrive!

It gives me immense joy to see my clients bloom and reap the benefits of their hard work.

Treatment Modalities

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness based cognitive therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Somatic processing
  • Trauma focused CBT
  • Trust Based Relational Interventions

My Story and Background

About half a decade ago, life circumstances had led me to stop, think, and reflect on how I really wanted to live the rest of my life. Though I was a successful entrepreneur at that point, I wanted to serve humanity in a more fulfilling way and write my own story differently. I wanted to be that pillar of change for my family. As I explored and meditated on the paths to take, I was divinely led to counseling. Though I had no prior knowledge about this field having a computer science engineering background, I wasted no time in my quest for meaning!

I had only heard about miracles. It’s bizarre to realize that I am living in one now. My miracle experience has paved the way to impart the same hope and exploration to my clients as well. Sometimes it takes a miracle to realize our passion!

I chose to study at Lipscomb University since it was the only southern university that offered clinical mental health counseling with addiction specialization. The education gave me a dual perspective into life’s problems. I love the brain and how it works! Learning more about the brain and the connection to our temperament helped me to conceptualize the problem and collaborate effective solutions with my clients.

I am so glad to be part of TN mental wellness because I love Emily’s vision, mission, and neurological focus. I was encouraged to build on my passions and give back to the community. I am delighted to be part of an authentic and compassionate team!

A Little Fun

When I am not counseling, I love being outdoors with my family. I love gardening, working out, cooking, trekking, and dancing! I have never thought of myself as an adventurous person but after moving to Tennessee, I have enjoyed white water rafting and ziplining in the Smokies!

“If reasons had kept you from change and you need results, there is still hope, healing, and strong authentic support!”

Next Steps

Call/text 615-510-4551 to schedule an appointment, or Contact us to make an appointment!

We offer free 15-minute phone consultation if needed! Have your questions ready!

In person therapy is highly recommended; We do provide telehealth option as well.

What are you waiting for? “We can either have reasons or results, we cannot have both.”

Contact Us

1185 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 510-4551

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