Born and raised in Knoxville, April attended the
University of Tennessee where she earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Ecology with a
concentration in Family Studies. During her
undergraduate program, April knew she would work
in a helping profession in some capacity, but didn’t
sense God calling her to this exact field until a few
years later. After being a stay-at-home mom for 10
years and experiencing a lot of life during that time,
it became very clear that this was her intended path.
She attended and graduated with honors from
Carson-Newman University with her Masters in
Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
During her training, she has gained a variety of
experiences working with adolescents and adults,
but thoroughly loved counseling students at Carson-
Newman University’s Counseling Center. April is a
down-to-earth, non-judgmental, deep-thinking
counselor who loves to help others. She is genuine,
a great listener, and asks thoughtful questions. She
knows how messy life is and can be, but is not
deterred by whatever brokenness a client may have
or be experiencing. She enjoys bringing hope and
encouragement into her sessions. She believes God
longs to give us peace, acceptance, redemption,
and freedom from the things that can hold our heart
and spirit hostage.
April loves working with teens, college students,
couples, and women of all ages. Her clinical interests
include helping clients through past/present
struggles, marriage & family relationships, infertility
issues or pregnancy loss, dealing with illness, guilt &
shame, identity issues, eating disorders, healthy
boundaries, grief and loss, life transitions/aging
concerns, as well as, anxiety, depression and self-
April and her husband Conway have been married
for 17 years and they have three children, 13, 10,
and 8 years old. She enjoys spending time with
family and friends, camping, snow-skiing, traveling to
the beach or mountains, and a good book.
Counseling is a healthy choice and healthy way to
have a safe space to explore, share, heal, and
discover new things about yourself, others, and
God. Coming to counseling can sometimes evoke
feelings of shame or weakness, but the truth is, it’s
exactly the opposite. It can take some courage, but
April hopes you will take a step of faith toward letting
her journey with you!
April Ella, M.S.