WHO WE ARE:
ELIZABETH PORTER, LPC/MHSP
Elizabeth Porter is the Founder and President of Entertainment Health Services, specializing in mental health and coaching services for individuals working within the entertainment industry. As a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Certified Entertainment Industry Life Coach, 10+ years in leadership/management, and a background in the music industry; Elizabeth brings a unique blend of experience and skills to those served in the industry. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kent State University and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. Over the years, Elizabeth’s experience in the mental health field included working as a coordinator for residential programs and community based services, program manager for school-based therapists, emergency services clinician, and interventionist.
Elizabeth started Entertainment Health Services (EHS) in 2015 and launched her coaching program in the beginning of 2018 as an extended service of EHS. Throughout her career in Mental Health, Elizabeth always maintained deep involvement in the entertainment world; initially as an independent artist in Boston releasing two albums and doing some sound engineering. She later relocated to Nashville, where she worked as a venue booking manager and continuing as a solo artist, releasing another EP and performing regularly. It was during these years she began to focus on the unique issues facing entertainers and other entertainment industry professionals. She recognized a need for greater support around mental health and navigating the stressors of the industry. Elizabeth decided to combine her two careers, opening EHS and dedicating her career to helping entertainment professionals through mental wellness and life coaching. EHS works with creative professionals, executives, and individuals in entertainment business on an individual level as well as through workshops. Through EHS, Elizabeth aims to bring greater awareness of mental health to the industry, reduce stigma, and support individuals in entertainment with navigating life and mental health.
Peg Allen, LCSW
Peg has been a therapist and coach for well over 30 years, and has worked with a variety of populations including artistic, corporate, legal, general; individuals, couples, families; addictions, behavioral, personality. She has guided, coached and effectively prodded clients to discover what's not working, what's getting in their way, and then to explore their choices.
As she successfully built a private practice, Peg also pursued her artistic love, acting. She has appeared on many of Nashville's theater stages as well as being a featured player in numerous movies. She continues to work as time and opportunities present themselves. Peg has worn many 'hats'. Psychotherapist, actress, director, management and communications consultant, Peg's career experiences inform her insight and approach in helping clients find effective solutions to their challenges.
Peg received her undergraduate degree in Theater from Bowling Green State University, and received her MSSW (clinical specialty) from University Of Tennessee.
Dakota Davis moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the music business. After completing his degree at Middle Tennessee State University, Dakota recognized the importance of mental health and how it impacts every facet of life.
After being introduced to Entertainment Health Services, Dakota and founder Elizabeth Porter, wanted to lead a movement of change surrounding mental wellness within the entertainment industry. From this, the M.I.N.D. Movement was born.
With his own personal testaments in mental health, Dakota has found the value of interpersonal relationships and honest communication. His goal is to challenge stereotypes and to start a conversation about mental wellness perspectives
Marti Lynn Dodson, MSW, Life Coach
Marti is a graduate of both the Bachelor and Master of Social Work programs at The Ohio State University. She worked as a group therapist, helping clients with behavioral and mental health issues for several years; before pursuing a full time career in music.
As an artist and a songwriter, Marti has earned gold and platinum records and BMI awards, as well as NPR and Rolling Stone’s Country Song of The Year. She toured for many years before settling into a career as a staff songwriter for publishing companies in New York and Nashville.
In more recent years, Marti has also served in a mentorship and instructor role for up and coming songwriters and artists. Enjoying this role, Marti decided to continue her education and become a Certified Life Coach. With a long career in both music and mental health, she is uniquely qualified to coach individuals through the challenges and victories of pursuing a career in the entertainment business. She is excited to help her clients set measurable and attainable goals, find work/life balance, and gracefully navigate the ups and downs of pursuing their dreams.