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Being Authentic in Relationships, In Work, In Play, In Solitude, is living as an Authentic Being

Dedicated to providing behavioral health solutions for all our clients

About Us

Authentic Being Counseling Services is a Private Practice that specializes in behavioral health. We serve a diverse population of clients all over Smithville and DeKalb County in Tennessee. Our clients represent Individuals, Couples, and Families. Mark C. Pafford is the Licensed Practitioner of this Practice. 

Mission Statement

Providing Individuals, couples, or families an opportunity to learn and apply healthier mental health practices in their relationships and over their life journey.

About Our Owner

Mark and his family have made Smithville and the Upper Cumberland region their home for more than 20 years. During that time, Mark has served the community as a denominationally ordained and multi-faith minister and chaplain.

Beginning in 2017, Mark has worked as a state-licensed professional counselor and mental health service provider in a neighboring community clinic. Going forward, Mark will serve in the local community as a private provider of mental health services through Authentic Being Counseling Services.



"At whatever stage we find ourselves in life, we are challenged by unexpected events, perceived emotional limitations, as well as trauma or fear. Even so, we have the potential to overcome these challenges and progress as authentic beings, embracing our self and our relationships.”

Reach Out to Us

Browse our website to learn more about what we have to offer. For more information, don’t hesitate to call or email us.

We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

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