About Dr. Quarto

Chris.Picture1.20156-resizeThis is the place where a lot of people list their credentials and experiences in hopes of “wow-ing” visitors of the website. Although I’ve done a lot of things in my 25 years of practice as a psychologist and am proud of my accomplishments, I want you to know who I am as a person first because isn’t that the main thing you want to know about when you’re considering whether or not to entrust your mental health to a stranger?

  • I believe that healing takes place by
    1. learning about yourself – in particular, understanding how your current behavior is a culmination of your past experiences, personality traits, and beliefs
    2. discussing and “working through” things that trouble you, and
    3. learning how to use your strengths, newly formed coping skills, and support system to make positive changes in your life.
  • I’m not perfect and I don’t claim to know all of the answers to clients’ problems.
  • I’ve had my fair share of troubles in life that I have overcome and continue to overcome one day at a time.
  • What I offer to clients is my expertise and experience. I’ve been doing this stuff for a long time and have learned some valuable things along the way.
  • I like using humor in counseling sessions! (Yes, sometimes laughter is the best medicine. : )
  • If you talked to people who know me these are the words they would likely use to describe me: warm, caring, non-threatening, genuine, trustworthy, humble, sensitive and insightful. These are the qualities that place clients at ease and open to learning about themselves and ways to improve their mental health. After all, how can learning occur if you don’t feel comfortable with the person you’re talking to?

IMG_0316-1On a personal note, I grew up in Michigan and participated in sports and band throughout my childhood and adolescence. I am married and am a dad although my kiddos are all grown up; my son is 29 and my daughter is 23. What a great experience it’s been to be a dad! We moved to Tennessee from Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1997 – where I had been in full-time private practice for six years – in order to teach in the Professional Counseling program (yes, I’m still a Packers fan!).

OK. Now for the other stuff. I am a Tennessee licensed psychologist (#2158) who is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. I am also a Michigan licensed psychologist (#6301009838) and a Distance Credentialed Counselor* who provides distance counseling (i.e., “Skype-like”) services to clients.  I have a passion for college students (probably because I’m a professor as well as a psychologist) and enjoy working with them on things like identity (i.e., “Who am I?  What’s important to me and why?”), relationships, school/work balance, academic tips/strategies, personal/emotional issues (e.g., feeling overwhelmed/unhappy/dissatisfied/defeated/confused/anxious) and life beyond college (i.e., “What do I want to do with my life?  What will it take for me to get there?  What’s preventing me – or might prevent me – from getting there?”).  I have specialized training and experience in a number of areas including individual, family, group and distance counseling therapies and have completed a graduate addictions counseling certificate program.

In addition to counseling, I conduct psychological evaluations in which I help clients determine whether they have AD/HD, depression, anxiety, addictions/co-occurring disorders, and learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia) and practical ways of dealing with these things. I routinely provide psychological evaluations on behalf of physicians, schools/colleges and employers in Murfreesboro and the greater middle Tennessee area and work with them as a team to address the needs of clients. Although most of my experience has been obtained in private practice, I have also worked in community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals. With all of this experience, I am quite adept at helping most clients resolve issues that bring them in for help.

In addition to my private practice, I work as a professor in the Professional Counseling program at Middle Tennessee State University in which I teach courses such as adult counseling, diagnosis and treatment planning, and psychological testing. I am the recipient of the 2007 – 2008 College of Education & Behavioral Science Teacher of the Year Award and 2012 University College Distinguished Educator in Distance Learning Award. Education is my passion and I sincerely believe that everyone has the potential to learn and change their lives for the better.

* The Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) credential identifies those professional who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional counseling through technological means (e.g., videocounseling).  DCCs have met nationally established distance counseling criteria and adhere to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics and Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services.


Christopher J. Quarto, Ph.D., PLLC, Licensed psychologist

Murfreesboro, TN