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Emily Pardy, LMFT, PMH-C, CGCS

Founder & CEO

Emily Pardy is the Founder of Empty Nest Counseling and Ready Nest Counseling in Nashville, TN. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has a passion for therapy across the life stages. Her expertise in familial milestones helps bridge the gap in emotional, relational, and mental wellness. Emily has completed training in grief counseling and is a member of The North American Menopause Society.


A published author, Emily is also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Postpartum Support International, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is a speaker and educator, dedicated to bridging the gap in prenatal and mental healthcare.

"As a wife and mother of four, I’ve personally experienced the joys and challenges that life transitions can bring to various relationships. At Empty Nest Counseling, it's an honor to help families feel supported, learn healthy coping skills, and remind them they are not alone."

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Mahaley Patel, LMFT

Clinical Director & Counselor

Mahaley earned her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Mahaley has training in grief counseling throughout the life stages, and has extensive experience working with families as they transition through various phases of life. As a Licensed Marriage & Family therapist, she has additional training in maternal mental health from Postpartum Support International, and is a member of AAMFT. Mahaley is passionate about helping men and women maintain mental health and emotional wellness with empathy and compassion as they strive to live their best lives. 

I am no stranger to the complex emotions that one may experience as they navigate their journey to and throughout life. It is my goal to create a safe space where all emotions and experiences are welcome and valid, and to make my clients feel heard and cared for. At Empty Nest Counseling, we are privileged to help you find the goals that will shape the next chapter of your life to be the best it can be.

Amara Townes

Collaborative Care Coordinator

Amara is the Intake Coordinator for Ready Nest and earned her Masters degree in Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. She has worked in the addiction and mental health field for the last 10 years and has a passion for assisting individuals on the front line of seeking help. She is committed to helping individuals, couples, and families find their voice during their counseling journey, especially someone searching for their first counselor. It takes courage to ask for help and she wants to provide guidance and reassurance during that first call. 


Recently becoming a new mom myself, I know firsthand all the ebbs and flows that parenthood can bring- including the unexpected. It is my goal to be the supportive person on the phone or email as your first contact at Ready Nest Counseling. I am honored to hear your story and pair you with one of our wonderful clinicians!

Nashville and Beyond

All therapists are available for therapy in Tennessee. We have offices in Nashville and Franklin, and can see teletherapy clients statewide. 

Vitality Coaching is available via online to anyone, anywhere; or available in-person at either our Nashville or Franklin offices.

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