Branches Recovery Centers (Branches Counseling Center)
1102 Dow Street
Murfreesboro TN 37130
Mission Statement
Mission Statement:  Our mission is to be a Christ-led community of spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery and restoration for those broken by depression, conflict and shame in Middle Tennessee. We seek to provide quality counseling and emotional support to anyone regardless of their ability to pay.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Charles Michael Courtney
Board Chair Dr. Mike Courtney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Branches Counseling Center
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
Branches Recovery Center
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $892,639.00
Projected Annual Revenue $893,262.00 (2018)
Mission Statement:  Our mission is to be a Christ-led community of spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery and restoration for those broken by depression, conflict and shame in Middle Tennessee. We seek to provide quality counseling and emotional support to anyone regardless of their ability to pay.
Background Branches was born out of a vision to help and the experience of having been helped. In the fall of 2006 the co-founders were reflecting on their own journey of healing and the difficulties they faced in affording and accessing appropriate care. For several years we had been providing counseling and comfort to those with emotional and spiritual distress and little resources. About that time a businessman in time approached us with the offer of a building in Murfreesboro. The stipulation was that the building would be called The Integrity House and that it would be available for 12 Step groups.

   Both of these things are in keeping with our core values so Branches opened it doors in April of 2007. Initially our focus was group therapy, especially 12 Step groups, and counseling for those with sexual addictions. We began immediately to see acceptance by the community and a great need.

   In the fall of 2007 we were planning a community wide event called Simply Free. Out of that a gifted, state licensed therapist discovered Branches and felt led to join our staff as Clinical Director. Branches began to expand to assist clients with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and marital conflict. Our staff has grown to 10 full time therapists and we see over 1200 clients each week.

   In October of 2008, having outgrown our original location, we signed a 3 year lease/purchase contract for our current location. We have been recognized all over the nation and see clients regularly from across the country. We host a number of support groups each week, do intensives regularly, and provide mental health care to hundreds of people each month.

In the fall of 2017 we are adding a program that will complement and enhance our services.  Statistics show that TN is ranked 9th in the country for incidents of obesity in adults. Mental health, weight loss, and physical health are interwoven. We will now begin to address the weight loss needs and nutritional needs of our current and future clients.  
Our accomplishments in the recent past have been gratifying:
  • Branches Counseling Center was designated by the American Red Cross to provide Crisis Debriefing Counseling for the tornado victims of Rutherford County. To date we have seen 31 tornado victims free of charge.
  • We gave away $460,000 in scholarships for counseling this past year. We see over 1200 clients per month, most at a reduced rate.
  • In June, 2017, we received an additional grant from the Christy Houston Foundation for the purpose of renovating our existing space for a nutritional counseling and weight-loss management program to start fall, 2017. 
  • In October, 2017, we opened our Branches Weight Loss and Wellness Program.  This program includes nutritional counseling, support groups, exercise programs and medical weight loss counseling.  
  • Branches has been featured in local and national media. We appeared on Life Today with James Robison. We were featured in Who's Who in Rutherford County. We continue to work to tell the Branches story in as many places as possible.
In the coming year our goals are:   
  • To continue to grow our newest program, Branches Weight Loss and Wellness.  
  • We plan to offer healthy, prepared meals to our weight loss clients.  
  • To increase the number of participants in our 5-day Intensive Outpatient Program to an average of 2 clients per month.  
  • We are in the planning stages of opening an additional office in the Shelbyville area.
  • We will add 3 new support group offerings in 2018.  
Our current needs are:
  • Our on-going and most pressing need is financial assistance to provide scholarships for clients who are unable to pay their counseling fees.  According to our mission, we will see anyone regardless of their ability to pay.  Currently, our cost of counseling per hour is $65. 10% of our clients pay $.00. We currently see around 1200 clients per month. Our cost per hour, minus revenue per hour leaves a deficit of $12.88 per hour. We donated approximately $450,000 in scholarships in 2016.  Our growth rate in clients from 1/26-1/17 was over 10%. 
  • We need 10 new laptops for our counselors so that they can have electronic records at their fingertips.  Cost for this would be approximately $12,000.
  • Finally, we are seeking to develop 5 more housing alternatives for intensive clients. We have 3 apartments available to us now. These allow clients with limited resources to come and stay for a week to 2 weeks at a time for focused, intense therapy. We are trying to purchase, have donated, or acquire the use of 5 houses or apartments.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be made online, through electronic fund transfer, or through written checks.  For online and electronic transfer, visit Click the "Donate" button and follow the prompts.   For written checks, mail to 1102 Dow Street, Murfreesboro, TN  37130.  Year-end giving statements will be mailed to you.  
In-kind donations are always welcome. Office supplies, cleaning equipment, furnishings, and needed equipment would be appreciated. Email for additional information.
Volunteers currently serve Branches in several ways such as office help, yardwork and landscaping, accounting and bookkeeping, and building maintenance.  For information on volunteering email 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Counseling
Tertiary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Nutrition
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Rutherford
TN - Davidson
TN - Wilson
TN - Cannon
TN - Williamson
TN - Robertson
 On a daily basis we largely serve the middle Tennessee area, Rutherford, Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, and Bedford counties.  For our 5-day Intensive Outpatient Program, we serve individuals from all over the United States and Canada.  Our primary client base however is the mid-south, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, etc.
CEO Statement Branches is a reflection of my own healing and the blessings and trials of reaching a level of sobriety in my life. I was a pastor for 25 years and during that time suffered from a secret addiction. Ultimately, that addiction cost me my career, my family and nearly my life. By the grace of God and with amazing counselors I found healing and recovery. My marriage was restored. My family has embraced my 15 years of sobriety.

   From that experience three core values were born. First, we have an unapologetic confidence in both prayer and process, counseling and Christ. We combine the best of standard accepted therapeutic practices with faith, prayer, and a dependence on God. Our counselors use cognitive behavior therapy, Rogerian talk therapy, and also theophostic prayer and deliverance. We believe we must give our very best trained talents, but no healing happens without God.

   The second value is the synergy between counseling and community. The very best healing happens in groups. We connect all of our clients to support groups. We offer groups for things like eating disorders, depression, and marriage and family issues. We counsel but we believe in the power of confession, accountability, and acceptance that happens in the group.

   Finally, we believe that such care should not be restricted only to those who can pay. Often the very emotional and mental disorders that have our clients seeking help have also produce financial devastation in their lives. No one is turned away at Branches.

   We are in process at Branches. We are trying to get better and more effective every day. But we also surrender our work to our Higher Power and trust Him to do what we cannot.

Our state licensed and pastoral counselors offer counseling for those dealing with a variety of emotional, mental and spiritual issues. The base client fee is $90 per session. For those who don't have insurance or can't pay $90, we offer a sliding fee scale based on income.  If a client is still unable to afford services, we operate out of a scholarship program where we will sponsor the client's services at little to no cost to them.  80% of our clients are unable to pay the full amount.  We average 1300 clients hours each month. Our counselors take reduced payment and Branches supplements the client. This deficit translates into $460,000 annually given in scholarships.
We begin with a 10-session scholarship and re-evaluate the client's progress and continued financial need to consider another group of  10 sessions.  
Budget 460,000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Short Term Success We believe that our counseling provides immediate relief from the pain of depression, anxiety, and addiction, We see a very high percentage of clients who testify to immediate improvement and a confidence in long term healing.We generally expect clients to be in a counseling relationship for 4 to 9 months and after that time more than 90% of our clients have expressed significant improvement.
Long term Success We anticipate long-term improved mental health for our clients, marital difficulties resolved, and addictions broken. We have seen in the past and expect in the future many, many lives dramatically enhanced by being able to access affordable, quality emotional care.
Program Success Monitored By We have recently completed a community wide survey done for us by Leadership Rutherford County. This survey provided a clearer insight into the needs and concerns of our constituents. We meet on a bi-weekly basis to go over case files and track our cases against the perceived needs of the community.
Examples of Program Success Because of confidentiality issues it is difficult to relate actual testimonials. We have a cataloge of responses from past clients that describe recovery, restoration, and positive life change. We are developing statistics but are confident of a high number of cases that experience complete and positive change.
In October, 2017, Branches added a program that offers nutritional counseling and weight management counseling.  Nutrition and weight management play a key role in balanced mental health.  An experienced Physician's Assistant will meet with clients to provide the treatment.  
Patients can receive mental health counseling concurrent with their weight loss program.  Exercise programs, support groups, and balanced, nutritional prepared meals will be available to patients. 
The weight loss program will also offer limited financial scholarships to qualified patients who request assistance. 
Budget 200000
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions, Other Health/Disability, Adults
Short Term Success In the five months since opening, the weight loss program has seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients treated.  
Long term Success The program is in the development stage.  Long-term success is being calculated.  
Program Success Monitored By Regular visits and weigh-ins keep accurate records of patients' success.  
Examples of Program Success Client testimonial, "My doctor ordered an MRI for the lower back pain I've been having. My insurance copay was going to be $1400. I had a feeling that after the MRI, my doctor was going to say, 'The best thing for you to do it lose about 50 lbs'.  I didn't want to pay that amount of money to hear what I already knew. I decided my money would be better spent by investing in a weight loss program at Branches so that I could lose weight and reduce the back pains. In 2 months I have completely changed my eating habits, lost 7% of my body weight, lost 2 inches in my waist, and see a reduction in inflammation, swelling, and aches and pains.  I have committed 6 months to the program and can't wait to see the results after that time. Everyone at Branches is so helpful and supportive.  I have made the right choice!"
Description Healing comes in community. We seek to offer support groups for a variety of issues. The cost of the group for the client is typically $10. The cost to have a therapist led group is $100. With curriculum, advertising, and overhead, the cost per group is about $1000 per year. We do 4-5 groups per year serving as many as 50-60 clients per year.
Budget 5000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success We have had a number of support groups to date with tremendous success. GOOD, Growing Out Of Depression, has been valuable for the consituents and family members as well. Body Image, a group for teenage girls with eating disorders has made a profound difference in the lives of the young participants.
Long term Success Support groups provide an ongoing means of emotional care and comfort in a far more affordable format than traditional counseling. We estimate that 90% or more of our support group clients are prevented from relapse because of their involvement in small groups.
Program Success Monitored By We meet on a weeekly basis to evaluate the value and success of each group. Exit interviews are done at the end of each group to monitor effectiveness.
Examples of Program Success Tom, a clinically depressed man, has been in the depression group for nearly a year. This has been the longest he has gone in recent memory without a suicidal episode. Anna, came from an inpatient facility to participate in Body Image. She has gained 10 pounds and graduated from high school last week.
Description Clients come to Branches from all across the country. An intensive provides approximately 40 hours of focused, intense treatment combining counseling, groups, training, and spiritual development. The average cost per client is $2800 per week. The average fee paid is $1800. In addition we are seeking to help with the cost of housing by providing low cost alternatives.
Budget 32000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Adults, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens,
Short Term Success We have had great reports of marriages restored, addictions broken, and healing taking place.
Long term Success

We have clients come from all over the country with issues like depression, anxiety, infidelity, etc. In these cases, weekly treatment is not possible. In addition they are in deep crisis and need a "quick fix." Our Intensive clients go through in-depth trauma treatment, learn tools and methods of coping. and develop healthy alternatives to life.

Program Success Monitored By At the end of each intensive a staff evaluation is done, each client assessed and changes made.
Description Branches offers a training program for individuals who are interested in becoming a certified life coach, certified pastoral counselor, or certified mentor.  This is a self-paced program that is coordinated through Branches with the use of curriculum from National Christian Counselors Association.  
Budget 15000
Category Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments Because of confidentiality issues it is difficult to provide anecdotal information about the success of our programs. In addition, the nature of our work makes quantifiable statistics nearly impossible. We can provide upon request a number of letters of testimony from families served and a history of acceptance and appreciation by our geographical and our faith communities.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Mike Courtney
Company Affiliation Branches Counseling Center
Term Jan 2007 to Jan 2020
Board Members
Mr. Jonas Beiler Auntie Anne'sVoting
Dr. Walter Chitwood Voting
Mr. Robert Collier Certified ChemicalVoting
Mrs. Doris Courtney Voting
Dr. David Mcknight Middle Tennessee Medical CenterVoting
Mrs. Chonda Pierce Self-employed ComedianVoting
Mrs. Cindee Roby Senior Financial AdvisorsVoting
Mrs. Brenda Wunder Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 85%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Charles Michael Courtney
Term Start Jan 2007
Experience Served 20 years as CEO/Executive Director of fast growing, highly effective religous organizations in the midwest. He holds MA from Trevecca University, a Ph.D. from Cornerstone University and has 25 years experience as counselor and caregiver. Mike is the author of a widely accepted book on recovery, Failure And How I Achieved It. He has served on a number of national boards and committees including the Board of Trustees for Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.  He is widely sought as an event speaker for churches and civic organizations.  
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 10
Contractors 21
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 6
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Senior Staff
Title Clinical Director
Experience/Biography Holds MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Vanderbilt University. Licensed Professional Counselor by the State of Tennessee. 15 years experience in private practice and group counseling.
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Molli has over 25 years of experience with all functions related to business development, marketing, customer service and sales.  She is also an ordained minister with 6 years experience on staff as Pastor of Adult Ministries at a large church.  
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2017
Fiscal Year End July 31 2018
Projected Revenue $893,262.00
Projected Expenses $892,639.00
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$205,254$176,910$141,972
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$1,770$2,804$7,656
Revenue In-Kind$49,030$41,299$4,765
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$651,546$544,017$481,734
Administration Expense$117,389$130,646$126,536
Fundraising Expense$25,181$22,341$21,524
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.121.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%78%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%12%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$557,880$446,225$124,338
Current Assets$199,937$84,054$114,517
Long-Term Liabilities$175,583$184,742$0
Current Liabilities$9,692$25,689$11,873
Total Net Assets$372,605$235,794$112,465
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.633.279.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets31%41%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $672,837Program Revenue $555,588Program Services $497,875
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $205,254Contributions, Gifts and Grants $176,910Contributions, Gifts & Grants $141,972
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $49,030Noncash Contributions $41,299Fundraising Events $7,656
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires May 2018
Solicitations Permit
Extension Granted through 5/18
Organization Comments We are continuing to improve both accounting and reporting abilities. We have put a business manger in place to oversee all matters financial and a development director to improve fund raising. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990.
990 was prepared by Dena R. Jordan, CPA.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 3/28/17.
Nonprofit Branches Recovery Centers (Branches Counseling Center)
Address 1102 Dow Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Primary Phone (615) 904-7170
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Charles Michael Courtney
Board Chair Dr. Mike Courtney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Branches Counseling Center
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
Branches Recovery Center

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