meet
the team

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Brené Brown


hi there, i’m

tegan rowley

MA, LPCC

I am an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force.

After suffering a back injury while serving on active duty, I was medically separated from the military in 2015. Unfortunately, my military service not only led to my back injury, but also led to a broken spirit. I’ve been in the emotional trenches of mental health struggles myself and know first hand what it takes to find your place in the world again (it takes a lot of dedication and a slightly warped sense of humor in case you’re wondering).

I started this private practice because I want to be an agent of change. We all deserve accessible mental health care that doesn’t just put a band aid over a gaping emotional wound, but delivers deeper soul healing.

When I’m not on my soapbox about any mental health issue, you can find me busting out a cringe-worthy dance move, ruining the lyrics to every song on the radio, or spoiling my pride and joy, Dexter (my dog).


hi there, i’m

brock ernst

MA, LPCC

I am an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army.

After serving 12 years in the United States Army, various combat injuries and poor mental health led to a medical retirement in 2016. I struggled greatly with the loss of identity while searching for purpose and meaning. With the help of others, I worked through my own mental health, finding purpose and meaning again. More importantly, I found a new identity in being of service to others and walking with them on their journey.

I joined this private practice because I want to help make substantial changes in our communities. We all deserve the opportunity to heal and be healthy. Past traumatic experiences can have a lasting impact if not appropriately addressed. These experiences can cause anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, and even negative beliefs about yourself and the world you live in. I am here to help you sort through those experiences.

During my career as a clinician, I have discovered my love for working with children, as well. Using elements of play therapy, I work with kids so they can develop emotional regulation skills and build vital resiliency as they grow.

When I am not talking about mental health, I am with my children telling some amazing dad jokes, using awesome 90’s words like dope and rad, or singing anything from Slipknot to the latest Miley Cyrus jam.


hi there, i’m

sherry anderson

MA, LPCC

I am the mother of four wonderful children that bring me great joy and life.

During the past 16 years of motherhood I struggled to find my place in this world trying to strike a balance between motherhood and a career. This was an enormous hurdle given the fact my husband was active duty military the entire time. It took me years to find who I was amidst it all, and at times it was messy. I am not standing here today saying it was easy, but it was worth it. I know I am going to keep continuing to grow and learn and be the best version of myself.
I decided that it was time I used my experiences to help those struggling as well, regardless of what that was for them. I saw the growth inside myself, and I knew I wanted to help people and facilitate growth in them while walking beside them.
I joined this practice because I believe in being a part of something beautiful and productive. This practice embodies authenticity and a safe space for any person, and, with the right paperwork, aliens from outer space. (They have problems too, right?)

When I am not trying to change the world you can find me talking to my tortoise Larry, telling him jokes that my kids will not laugh at. You might find me dancing the night away while I also crack jokes that only I find amusing, followed by thrifting while I formulate my next dad joke.

dedicated to the memory of
SrA Chloe Thompson.

Tegan met Chloe in Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas in 2012. Shortly after arriving at her first duty station where she served in Security Forces, Chloe was diagnosed with Stage 4 Inoperable Melanoma at age 19. Despite this, Chloe carried on with inspiring positivity and a fierce, warrior attitude. At age 22, Chloe passed peacefully in her home with her mom and sister by her side. Chloe inspired the name “Sovereign Soul” as she reminded the world that no matter your circumstances, no one can take your truest sense of self from you. /span>

dedicated to the memory of
A1C Alicia Beck.

Tegan met Alicia in Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas in 2012. Tegan and Alicia then went on to technical training school in Fort Lee, VA together and were attached at the hip. She was fearlessly authentic, hilariously awkward and relatable, and brought unfiltered joy wherever she went. Alicia unexpectedly passed away in March 2022 while still serving in the Air National Guard and is survived by her son, parents, seven sisters, and an unimaginable number of friends. We dedicate the work we do to Alicia’s memory in hopes that we can showcase with our clients the same kind of authenticity she embodied, and to encourage our clients to do the same for there is freedom in living our authentic truths.

dedicated to the memory of
SrA Chloe Thompson.

Tegan first met Chloe in Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas. Shortly after arriving at her first duty station where she served in Security Forces, Chloe was diagnosed with Stage 4 Inoperable Melanoma at age 19. Despite this, Chloe carried on with inspiring positivity and a fierce, warrior attitude. At age 22, Chloe passed peacefully in her home with her mom and sister by her side. Chloe inspired the name “Sovereign Soul” and the healing work we do is dedicated to her memory. A scholarship fund has been set up in her name at our practice to provide counseling services to any individual who may not be able to afford therapy costs. Chloe, thank you for the best example of how to live. Your legacy will live on forever.

dedicated to the memory of
A1C Alicia Beck.

Tegan also met Alicia in Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas in 2012. Tegan and Alicia then went on to technical training school in Fort Lee, VA together and were attached at the hip. She was fearlessly authentic, hilariously awkward and relatable, and brought unfiltered joy wherever she went. Alicia unexpectedly passed away in March 2022 while still serving in the Air National Guard and is survived by her son, parents, seven sisters, and an unimaginable number of friends. We dedicate the work we do to Alicia’s memory in hopes that we can showcase with our clients the same kind of authenticity she embodied, and to encourage our clients to do the same for there is freedom in living our authentic truths.

why choose
sovereign soul counseling?

Sovereign
sov·​er·​eign / adjective/ freedom from external control

Sovereign might be hard to spell, but it has so much depth and meaning. Whether you are a veteran who felt like so much of your personal freedoms were put on hold when you signed the dotted line, or you’ve felt bogged down by life in general, there is one part of you that can never be controlled – the essence of who you are which is your soul.

You possess the power to reclaim your life.
We believe that, and we are dedicated to your personal freedom and empowerment.

our AAA core values

autonomy

YOU are the expert of your life, we are the experts of how to make counseling work for you.

authenticity

We keep it real. We won’t take you (emotionally) where we aren’t willing to go ourselves.

acceptance

Sovereign Soul Counseling is a no-judgment zone. Show up as you are, there’s a place for you here.

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