April Ella, MS



  • Marriage & Family Issues

  • Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

  • Dealing with Illness

  • Guilt & Shame

  • Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm

  • Eating Disorders

  • Grief & Loss

  • Healthy Boundaries

April Ella is a counselor in supervision working toward licensure. 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 the Carson Newman University 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-harm.

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!