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About Acorn Villa

      A villa represents a place where we feel comfortable and secure; the acorn represents change and growth.  Just as the oak tree is waiting in the tiny acorn to grow into greatness, we too have the ability to grow into our greatest possible self.  In order to cultivate the growth needed to thrive, we need to feel secure and supported.  Acorn Villa is a place for learning new behaviors, cultivating positive change, and planning for successful futures...a place for change and growth.

      Emily Bruce, PhD, founder and owner of Acorn Villa, applies her educational and experiential expertise when working with children, teens, and adults. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Licensed as a Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the State of Tennessee, and a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC) with a Master’s of Science in Psychology, and a PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis. 

     As a BCBA, she has worked in various settings to effectively promote meaningful behavior change in the individuals she has worked with.  She exhibits a particular expertise in creating therapeutic behavior change, creates function-based interventions, matching appropriate behavior principles to individual situations through one on one therapy sessions, as well as identifying antecedent interventions while teaching replacement behavior and skill development or acquisition.


     Emily draws from her education and training from the fields of psychology, coaching, and behavior analysis, to work with individuals in various settings.  She is able to analyze and approach various behavioral scenarios with a unique insight.  She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and has a B.S. in Education, an M.S. in Psychology, a PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis, and, a Holistic Professional Coaching Certification.  She is certified through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as a BCBA, is licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Behavior Analyst, and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

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