Summer Darnell is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, speaker and founder of The Nurture Place, where she helps families and communities grow. Summer loves supporting caregivers and their children from birth and onward; she specializes in Infant/Early Childhood mental health and is trained in Play Therapy. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from American University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
Summer’s passion for supporting families is rooted in her own experiences as a wife, mom and follower of Christ. Summer has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jay, for 22 years and together they have three children. Originally from Alabama, she and her family have lived in 6 states, including Hawaii and Washington, D.C. Prior to being a counselor, Summer was a Marine Corps spouse and supported Fortune 500 organizations as a software consultant. She and her family love spending time together playing games, watching Alabama football and going to Broadway musicals. When Summer has time to herself, she loves solitude with God, reading, and watching her favorite PBS Masterpiece dramas. Summer is excited to be a part of the Five Oaks team and how God is working in our city and beyond!