WHO WE ARE:
ELIZABETH PORTER, LPC/MHSP
Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kent State University and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern. Her early work centered around addiction, mental health and behavioral issues in teens, first as a practitioner in detention settings and later as clinical coordinator and program manager of Boston-area residential and group homes. Over the years, Elizabeth’s experience expanded to both adults and children, working as an emergency services clinician, program manager for school-based therapist, and coordinator of community-based services. All along, Elizabeth was deeply involved in the entertainment world, initially as an independent artist releasing two albums in Boston. She later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a venue booking manager and an independent solo artist, releasing another EP and performing regularly. It was during these years that she began to focus on the unique issues facing entertainers and other entertainment industry professionals. With her combined research, experience, and industry feedback, Elizabeth founded Entertainment Health Services Nashville (EHS), focusing on the unique needs of “the industry”.
Jennifer M. Haugland, LPC/MHSP
Jennifer has a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked in the behavioral and mental health fields for over 20 years. She has experience with dual diagnosis in residential treatment; student counseling services in a University setting; private practice working with a wide range of ages in individual, group, couples and family therapy; mental health consulting for the socio-emotional development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers; grief and loss therapy; and taught group process as an adjunct professor. Jennifer is a generalist in her practice of mental health and has experience in areas of abuse, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships and crisis work. Her therapeutic expertise is based upon cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy, but she enjoys using an eclectic approach to helping those in need by drawing from all the different theories and techniques in mental health. One size does not fit all, and mental health services are tailored to the individual needs based on techniques that work best in each situation.
Jennifer is also a seasoned singer/songwriter, keyboardist and speaker (aka Jen Haugland). She enjoys weaving together her love of music and her professional career as a mental health counselor. Her music ministry is an expression of hope and healing to those who are hurting. Jennifer also enjoys sharing her heart and expertise in the mental health field from a Christian centered perspective with those who seeking faith based guidance.
Because of Jennifer’s unique understanding of the entertainment industry, she is in the perfect position here at EHS to be empathic to the unique needs of those working within the industry.
Jennifer holds dual licenses in the state of WA (LMHC) and the state of TN (LPC/MHSP).
Shanna Kraai, Lmsw
Shanna received her Masters of Social Work from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver with a clinical specialization in families, high-risk youth, and trauma. She has over 10 years of experience as a social worker, with experience in the areas of research, child welfare, juvenile justice, and domestic and international school systems. Shanna has counseled individually and in groups regarding life challenges such as grief and loss, transitions, anxiety (social and selective), depression, divorce, parenting, mental illness, emotional regulation, addiction, family crisis, social and interpersonal relationships, community crisis, abuse/neglect, domestic violence, and cultural transitions.
Shanna recently moved back to the United States after living in the Middle East for the past three years. During her time overseas, she studied Mindfulness and Yoga as alternative therapeutic modalities that she infuses into her practice today. Shanna uses alternative methods in therapy such as the use of play and art, as well as the more traditional cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and solution-focused approaches.
Shanna is a creative individual and musician at heart. She plays piano and guitar, and took voice lessons for four years during her undergraduate studies. Shane has performed in choirs since she was young, but now considers herself a closet musician who only performs for her family at home.