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Dr. Laura Kreiselmaier
Vice President

Rev. Dr. Brian Hooper
Rev. Gary Wedgewood

East Tennessee Rep

Rev. Dr. Joseph Kemper
Middle Tennessee Rep
Rev. Dr. Evon Flesberg
West Tennessee Rep
Rev. Evelyn Seals

Dr. Elizabeth Zagatta-Allison

TAPT began as an organization of Pastoral Counselors in Tennessee who were interested in being legal advocates for licensure in Tennessee for the profession of Pastoral Counseling. In 2003 that goal was achieved with the new license in Tennessee for Clinical Pastoral Therapists. TAPT now exists to promote the profession of Pastoral Counseling through a three-point mission.

TNAPT seeks to Provide the following benefits to its members and affiliates:


  • Visibility/networking with mental health professionals and growth in our profession.
  • Effective legislative representation and monitoring
  • Participation in continuing education events
  • Opportunities for networking with colleagues who are interested in the interface between the theological and psychological dimensions of clinical practice.
  • Information about, and a mentoring process for, certification in the state as an advanced practitioner in the field of clinical pastoral therapy (CPT)



Membership and affiliate membership is open to:

  • ordained ministers or persons endorsed to a ministry of pastoral psychotherapy
  • persons certified by a national clinical certifying organization
  • therapists, ministers or spiritual directors with an interest in spirituality and faith issues
  • educators or students in the disciplines of psychology, religion, pastoral care, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and psychotherapy



In 2016, the TN General Assembly passed a law updating the requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist (LCPT).  The new law can be viewed by going to this link and clicking on Title 63, Chapter 22, Part 2.  

The TN Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists is currently updating the LCPT rules and regulations to reflect the new law.  For more information, please visit their website, or contact Laura Kreiselmaier (the current TNAPT president) at


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