Maddie Atia, LMSW
Lori Boudreaux, LPC-MHSP
Nancy Davis LCSW
Dawn Fortich, LCSW (Clinical Director)
Jamie Harvey, LMSW
Jazmyn Heathcock, MA
Candace Henry, LMFT
Kelley Neufeld, LCSW
Bryce Nolen, LMFT
Timothy Raper, LMSW
Jessica Reed LMSW
Yvonne Robertson, LCSW
Caroline Russe LMSW
Brad Watts, LPC-MHSP
Alesha Williams, MA
Maddie Atia, LMSW
I am a therapist who has been primarily working with mothers who have a history of addiction. I am very passionate about working with individuals who are curious about their behavioral patterns, are driven to better themselves by asking those difficult questions, and ready to break generational cycles of trauma or addiction. I believe that addiction and mental health go hand in hand. Although individuals have sought services for substance use, there was work to be done with trauma, depression, anxiety, etc. I primarily work with teens and adults, and I especially enjoy serving the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and international communities.
I am certified & specialize in working with survivors of acute & complex trauma. I have used different modalities to help clients with their goals including, but not limited to, art therapy, bibliotherapy, mindfulness, EMDR, & ACT. I believe therapy should be tailored to your needs. What works for one person may not work for another.
It’s my goal to make you feel seen & heard. I believe that we are all humans, & humans make mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes. I also believe that therapy is hard, but we can do hard things. I hope to create a safe space, and for individuals who enter to feel comfortable and empowered enough to be curious, open, & vulnerable – without judgement.
Lori Boudreaux, LPC-MHSP
Mental health is not a destination, but a process. Driven by the inspiration to help others with meaningful participation in their own lives, I apply the uncompromising view that all individuals can change, given a positive atmosphere that welcomes exploration, enhances confidence, and encourages their participation in the change process.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider with over 20 years of counseling experience, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing therapy in school settings, community facilities, and private practice. I have provided therapy for a multitude of presenting concerns. At present, I specialize in providing adult individual therapy for anxiety, depression, bereavement/grief, and ADHD. Additionally, I lead group psychoeducation classes for adult ADHD and provide clinical supervision to LPC-MHSP candidates.
Life-long continuous education and involvement with numerous counseling organizations keeps me informed with local and national trends in counseling and the mental health field. My credentials include an earned Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Florida International University, a second Master of Education in Leadership from the University of North Florida, and PhD candidate status at the University of the Cumberlands. Additionally, I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International and Pi Lambda Theta-International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education. I am a Tennessee Board approved LPC-MHSP Supervisor, ADHD-Certified Clinical Service Provider, and Rule 31 Mediator (t).
I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your desired change.
Beckey Buck, MSN, PMHNP-BC
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015 with my Master’s degree in Nursing. I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management services for ages 16 and older. I have experience in working with clients who are coping with depression, bipolar disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD, as well as many more.
I like to provide a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere for clients so that they can feel at ease while we work together. I believe in taking a more Holistic approach to managing mental health by making sure an individual’s emotional, physical, social, and spiritual needs are being met. I will also work alongside a client’s therapist, PCP, and other healthcare providers to ensure the best possible treatment plan is implemented. I have a passion for providing quality psychiatric care to people from all backgrounds and those managing a wide array of issues, including those struggling with faith, recovery, and LGBTQ issues.
Lastly, my supervising physician is Dr. Jeffrey Greenwood.
Nancy Davis LCSW
Hello, and welcome to the first step in your journey. I believe everyone is on a journey to healing whether we realize it or not. I hope to be a part of yours. I believe in developing a strong collaborative working relationship. You are the expert on your life and the author of your story. I am a compassionate caring professional that would be honored to work alongside you. Affirming the worth and strength of the individual and the power of change are guiding principles.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. I have over 25 years in the behavioral health field in a variety of programs and positions. I initially started my career as a family therapist on an inpatient unit that specialized in the treatment of substance abuse and eating disorders. I held positions of Outpatient Services Coordinator, Social Services Manager and Assistant Director of Outpatient Services working and providing supervision for Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs in my career. I became instrumental in the development of a local drug court program with non-violent offenders. an elder assessment service program that provided comprehensive assessments of individuals with issues of memory loss and family/caregiver education and support services. I use an eclectic multi theoretical approach which is person centered, starting where the client is. I have received considerable training in (DBT) – dialectical behavior therapy, (CBT) cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction and solution focused therapy.
I am certified in grief informed therapy and am currently working on certification in DBT and trauma treatment. I have a long history of working with people struggling with addictions: (alcohol, drug, gambling, sex, codependency, cross- addictions) and eating disorders. I have extensive experience with co-occurring disorders, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD), trauma, grief and loss, women’s issues and family issues related to memory loss, caregiving and life transitions. I have case management, crisis management, crisis stabilization and clinical assessment skills. I look forward to hearing from you.
Paul D’Cruz, MD
For me, the medical profession is a family tradition. My father was an esteemed cardiologist and three of my four grandparents were physicians. From an early age the goal of being a clinician who listened to and effectively treated patients seemed a noble calling.
I was born in Bombay, India and moved with my family to the United States as a young child. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1991. I completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in 1995 and my psychiatric residency at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1999.
I moved to Knoxville in 1999 and it has become home. For the first five years I worked in an acute unit at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. I believe it provided me with valuable training in treating severely ill and complex patients with severe depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, developmental disorders, and substance abuse. It was also very rewarding to see almost daily the good psychiatry can sometimes do in improving the lives of patients and their families.
For the past fifteen years I have worked full time outpatient at Cherokee Health Systems in Powell, TN. It’s a busy office, and I have enjoyed working with dedicated mental health professionals treating patients of almost all ages and backgrounds. For several years I also did consultation-liaison psychiatry at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge treating medically ill patients. Over the past twenty years I have provided weekend inpatient coverage at first Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and for past several years at Peninsula Behavioral Hospital.
Over the years I’ve treated many patients with severe depression and anxiety. The best part of my job is the satisfaction of seeing patients improve and enjoy life. I am excited to be involved with TMS. To be able to help provide patients with a non-pharmacological, safe, efficacious, non-invasive and FDA approved treatment for depression is both exciting and rewarding.
I live in Knoxville with my lovely wife, my sweet son and daughter and my four horses, two pigs, sixteen chickens, three cats, and one Chihuahua.
Dawn Fortich, LCSW (Clinical Director)
Dawn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has been in the field of social work for over eighteen years and has been the clinical director for Bearden Behavioral Health for the last five years. During this time she has held licensure in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Georgia. She has worked in diverse clinical settings such as inpatient psychiatric facilities, private counseling centers, and community mental health centers. She has provided emergency onsite psychiatric assessments for emergency facilities, nursing homes, physician offices, and criminal detention centers. Those settings afforded her the opportunity to work with clients across the life span from children to senior citizens. The majority of her clinical experience has been with adults in private counseling centers. Her adult treatment experience includes helping those with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, divorce, sexual and physical abuse, marriage counseling, LGBT issues and more.
For several years, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with children from the age of 5 to 17 on an outpatient basis. During this time her experience was both site based inside school systems and inside mental health centers. At school sites, she provided treatment at the school for identified “at risk” students for behavioral and emotional disturbances with parental permission. She also acted as a child advocate for identified child clients during IEP meetings to make accommodations in consideration of the behavioral or emotional diagnosis. Dawn was able to work collaboratively with school administrators and educators to provide in-service trainings on childhood disorders such as ADHD and classroom modifications. She has been trained extensively in certified play therapy, sensory integration, ADHD, defiant children, and cognitive behavioral approaches for children.
In addition, Dawn has attended numerous trainings and provided a number of public forums on various topics related to autism. She has studied the effects of autism in children and families for numerous years. In 2008, she founded the east Tennessee chapter of Autism Speaks and was named the community leader in Knoxville. In addition, she organized the first Knoxville team to “Walk for Autism” in Nashville in the Autism Speaks Walk. She is offering supportive counseling to those families, parents, and caregivers living with the effects autism. Her personal family experience with autism provides a genuine approach and empathy for those lives touched with autism.
Dawn is also able to provide clinical supervision to LCSW/ACSW candidates. If you are seeking contractual clinical supervision for national testing requirements, she can provided excellent supervision for you that’s affordable and beneficial. Please contact us for more information.
Dawn is Proud to Be a:
Alpha Delta Mu- The Social Work Honor Society
Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW East Tennessee)
Pi Gamma Mu- The Social Sciences Honor Society
Board member of Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
Jamie Harvey, LMSW
Jamie has worked with individuals across the lifespan, in a variety of treatment settings, including residential treatment, in-home, acute hospitalization, school, and outpatient settings for more than ten years. While working with people in a variety of settings, Jamie has developed a passion for helping people navigate the difficult things in life, and to create meaningful change. Jamie understands that each person and situation is unique, and is willing to work with you to walk through life’s challenges.
Jamie has developed a multi-modal approach to therapy. She is able to meet each person where they are in their journey, and use the treatment modality that is best suited for each individual. Her primary treatment model is Cognitive Behavioral therapy, but she is trained and skilled in other treatment modalities to best meet the needs of her clients.
Reaching out for help can be scary and difficult. Taking the first step in this journey can lead you to a place of peace and hope. If you would like to find out how she can help you, please give Jamie a call. We can work together to find guidance for you through all of the difficulties in life.
Jazmyn Heathcock, MA
I am a born and raised Nashville native. I received my bachelor’s of sociology as well as my masters in clinical mental health counseling at Tennessee Tech University. My experience with community mental health, residential programs for teens, and even international disaster relief has only strengthened my heart and desire to help others.
In our sessions, you are the expert whether you’re 5 years old or 87. I will walk alongside you as we discover who you are as a person and develop the skills to allow you to thrive and be the healthiest version of yourself. I utilize evidence-based practices such as DBT, CBT, and play therapy. All treatment will be developmentally and cognitively appropriate for the stage of life that the individual or kiddo is in as well as including family members and social supports.
In my free time, I enjoy playing with my three doggos, Charlie, Maisie, and Douglas! I am also passionate about social justice issues that relate to BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals as well as advocating for more trauma informed care in our schools, legal, and healthcare systems.
Candace Henry, LMFT
Candace is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from Carson-Newman University with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology in 2014, and then pursued her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an Education Specialist degree in Professional School Counseling, completing those 2017. Candace began her clinical experience working in intensive in-home services with at-risk youth and families. She then worked in school-based services providing outpatient therapy in a school setting with elementary school children.
Candace has experience treating depression, anxiety, abuse and trauma, low self-esteem, ADHD, poor social skills, poor communication skills, behavioral problems, and family discord. She utilizes multiple theoretical perspectives and approaches in the therapeutic process. She has considerable training in CBT, TF-CBT, solution-focused therapy, attachment theories, and childhood mental health disorders.
Candace is passionate about her work in the mental
health field. She feels people are best understood in the context of their family and overall environment. It is her job to support all clients in a way that best sets them up to achieve goals and sustain them long-term.
Hannah Hutchins, PMHNP-BC, APRN
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2018 with my master’s degree in nursing and in 2016 with my bachelor’s degree in nursing. I also graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in education, specializing in speech and language pathology.
I have been practicing since 2018 in a variety of settings, including community mental health, dual diagnosis centers for substance abuse/mental health and private practice. I provide psychiatric evaluations, with diagnoses and medication management, for ages 4-85. I enjoy all ages and will continue to treat the lifespan.
My clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. I have experience working with an array of diagnoses including: Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, Intellectual Disability Disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Related Disorders, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation, and Trauma/Abuse/Neglect related issues.
I believe your input, as my client, is the most important part of our treatment journey together. I value your input and I try my best to make your voice a focal point in our treatment journey. If we disagree on treatment options, I will do my best to work with you and explain why I recommend certain medications/therapies. I work alongside therapists, PCPs, pediatricians, and other healthcare workers to provide the most holistic care plan for you. I believe “less is best” and that you can combine diet, exercise, behavioral modification with therapy and psychotropic medications, to achieve the outcomes you aspire to achieve. I firmly believe you enter my office because you are searching for help; so, I strive to provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where you are free to discuss whatever life has thrown at you. Being genuine and sincere gets you a long way in any situation. We are on this journey together!
I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 2 children, Myra and Busters-otherwise known as a cat. I enjoy all things related to gardening, singing, crafting, and cooking!
Supervising physician is Dovile Paulauskas, MD.
Kelley Neufeld, LCSW
Kelley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of San Diego State University in California. Kelley has worked in the field of social services since 2011 when she began her career with Marine Corps Community Services as a family caseworker for the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). As an EFMP caseworker, Kelley advocated for military family members to have access to the medical, educational, and mental health services necessary to allow them to thrive. This experience paved the way for her return to school for her master’s degree and entry into the field of social work. While attending San Diego State University’s MSW program, Kelley was fortunate to intern with the University of California San Diego Health, where she completed rotations in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Senior Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit, and the Memory, Aging and Resilience Outpatient Clinic. During rotation, Kelley facilitated support groups and provided individual counseling and case management services. Upon graduating from SDSU, Kelley began work as a medical social worker for Hospice of the North Coast (HNC). During her four years with HNC, Kelley assisted patients and families in coping with a terminal illness, processing anticipatory grief, managing high-risk and acute aspects of care, and navigating the many complex relational dynamics that emerge during life transitions.
Kelley utilizes a person-centered therapeutic approach that honors clients as the experts in their lives and cultivates an empathic, safe environment to collaboratively address life’s challenges. Through joint exploration of presenting concerns, identification of each person’s unique strengths, and application of evidence-based techniques drawn from EMDR, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, attachment theories, and CBT among others, Kelley guides clients in the development and implementation of their individualized treatment plans. Kelley has extensive experience in working with individuals coping with caregiver fatigue, personal/professional burnout, anticipatory grief/loss, bereavement/complicated grief, life transitions, navigation of complex family and relational dynamics, coping with anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, and developing effective communication and self-care skills. Kelley has experience in working with specialty subpopulations including geriatrics, couples, families, military and first responders, and those dealing with a chronic and terminal illness. As Kelley learned from her hospice patients, everyone’s life is worth a novel, and she is honored to walk alongside clients to support them through their unique journeys.
Kelley and her husband enjoy spending free time with family, friends and their three beloved dogs, are passionate explorers of the National Parks, and are enthusiastic, albeit novice, gardeners.
Bryce Nolen, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for identifying and processing generational trauma. I am originally from central Indiana, but I transplanted to Tennessee for college in 2011 and have never left. I completed my undergraduate and graduate program at Johnson University in Seymour Tennessee, and during my time there, fell in love with the mountains. I have worked in a wide variety of roles from an inpatient therapist at a residential facility, to the coordinator of a family educational program. I also spent 4.5 years working in Alcohol and Drug treatment and have taken quite a bit of inspiration from the recovery community.
As a therapist I primarily work with adults, and I am partial to working with couples and families, but I also enjoy my work with individuals very much! For my therapy work I use an eclectic approach which combines overlapping skills from approaches such as CBT, REBT, Solution-focused therapy, and more. I am also trained in premarital and marriage enrichment programing. My approach to therapy is person-centered, as I believe in the collaborative therapy process where the client is an active part of their treatment. As a therapist, I aim to create a relaxed environment, where my clients feel comfortable sharing their life stories and processing through uncomfortable experiences. A particular passion of mine is using inner-child work to explore and heal wounds from childhood that we may have unknowingly carried into our adult lives. My hope is that each person I work with will succeed in identifying their inner strength, disrupting unhealthy patterns, and re-centering themselves, to achieve their goals. One day at a time.
Outside of the office, I am also a big believer in connecting with nature and learning about the world around me. I enjoy hiking and tending to my native plant garden. My job is exploring the inside of the mind, but in my opinion, there is nothing that can replace the spiritual experience of getting outside, in the great outdoors!
Katy Nottingham, APRN
Katy is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Carson Newman University, 2006), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Belmont University, 2010), and a Master of Science in Nursing (University of Tennessee, 2013). Katy began her career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the community mental health setting where she practiced for more than 8 years; she has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Katy has experience evaluating and treating patients across the lifespan, but has special expertise in the pediatric and peripartum populations. Her practice focus includes anxiety, depression, impulse control disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Katy is committed to the recovery model of mental healthcare and strives to provide holistic, person-centered care. She enjoys working alongside her patients and their families on their journey toward recovery and well-being. When not working with her patients Katy enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with friends, trying new foods, Jazzercise, and spoiling her two furry children.
Timothy Raper, LMSW
I graduated from East Tennessee State University with my Masters in Clinical Social Work. My experience includes stabilization in geriatric psychiatric facility, Veterans and their caregivers within the Veterans Administration healthcare network, youths in crisis, children placed in residential programs, adolescents transitioning from residential settings to home, IOP, and group therapy. I see individuals ages 8-26. I offer individual and family therapy sessions. My sessions are very unique in that I allow a place for kiddos to be kiddos. My favorite part of my job is when a client tells me, “I never thought therapy could be like this.” or “This makes so much sense.” Kiddos are in a state of development that can be either extremely scary or exciting. What makes the difference is when they and loved ones understand this process on a cognitive, emotional, and physiological level. Then behaviors and responses become more clear and how to handle them becomes more effective.
I use evidence-based practices that are rooted in a strengths-based, person-in-environment approach, fostering resiliency and empowerment within clients. I utilize the best tools, assessments, and modalities for each individual client, considering the client’s physical, mental, and spiritual factors when developing treatment plans.
When not working with clients, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring distant places, the fiber arts, and gardening. Timothy is also passionate about life-long learning, continuing to expand his education and experience in various modalities including Trauma Therapy, Family Therapy, Crisis Interventions, ACT, CBT, DBT and other modalities.
Jessie Reed, LMSW
Jessie is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Knoxville, Tennessee. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2004, and her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2008, with a focus in Advanced Clinical Social Work. She currently works with various populations of adults, and her approach is person centered therapeutic technique. In the past, she has worked with children and adolescents, from inpatient and residential facilities to outpatient settings. Jessie utilizes various treatment methods in her therapeutic approach, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and works hard to best meet her clients’ needs. Jessie understands that we are all unique individuals and will adapt her treatment models to help her clients become their best selves and achieve their therapeutic goals.
In her free time, Jessie enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and four dogs. She also enjoys scuba diving, reading, and volunteering for dog rescues.
Yvonne Robertson, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and I have been licensed for over 20 years. I have lived in the Knoxville area for 40 years and love the people and the landscape we have here. I have been trained in EMDR, a trauma resolution therapy, and I am working on certification in that specialty. I am certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and believe that is a useful and productive treatment for many of the life issues that my clients are faced with. I have worked in this field for over 30 years and I have significant experience with addiction and substance use/abuse, domestic violence and childhood abuse issues, women’s and men’s issues related to grief, depression, anxiety, crisis stabilization, self-harming behaviors and life-changes. I really enjoy helping people to identify their strengths and then building from there. Most recently I have been the Clinical Services Manager for IOP and Partial Hospitalization Programs. I use a client centered, solution focused and multimodality approach to counseling that will give you a loud voice in what we work on and towards.
I am passionate about asking the questions and making the suggestions that will aid my clients in achieving their goals or modifying them to meet the stage of life they are in currently. As a Social Worker I look at the big picture that includes family of origin, current family structure, support system and current and recent past functioning. I believe strongly that everyone deserves access to mental health services and seeking treatment is a strength and not a weakness.
I support strongly self-care and when I am not working I enjoy crocheting, trout fishing, cooking for family and friends and playing with my dogs, Harley and Du`mass. I look forward to meeting with you and offering you a safe and pleasant space to walk through your story and to help you be your most authentic self possible.
Caroline Russe LMSW
I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Master of Social Work in 2019 and recently moved to Knoxville, TN in 2022. For the past four years, I have worked with individuals that struggle with substance use and mental health disorders that have been marginalized and discriminated against. My main focus has been in adult client support with substance use, anxiety, mood/psychotic disorders, trauma, and personality disorders. I have worked with incarcerated women at a Correctional Release Center nearing prison release experiencing trauma, substance use, poor self-image, and minimal life skills. I ran groups, conducted individual therapy sessions, and taught life skills to these women. I have worked with male inmates in county jail with acute mental health disorders experiencing suicidal/homicidal ideations and auditory/visual hallucinations in crisis. I have experience working in a PHP/IOP setting with individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. I have worked in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at an OTP (Methadone) and most recently, in an OBOT (Suboxone) clinic assisting clients with opioid use disorder become stable and address barriers experienced with individual therapy.
I utilize evidence-based interventions with a strengths-based, person-centered approach that empowers clients to advocate for themselves. Using evidenced-based assessment tools and modalities, I collaboratively create an individualized treatment plan based on client-directed goals that meet them where they are in life. I am a strong believer in advocating for my clients and motivating them to use their voice to advocate for themselves. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused Therapy, Crisis Stabilization, Mindfulness, and other modalities. It is important to continue learning and my plans are to pursue certifications in EMDR, DBT, and other modalities.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching movies in theaters (Yay they are now open!), listening to music, and playing with my dog, Jasmin.
Brad Watts, LPC-MHSP
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC-MHSP) from Knoxville, TN. As a therapist I have experience working in residential care facilities, outpatient settings, and in child advocacy centers. I am experienced in individual, family, and group therapy. I received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Carson Newman University in 2014 and received my Bachelors from The University of Tennessee. I currently work with adolescents and adults with a wide range of clinical presentations.
I specialize in adolescent behavioral and emotional issues, treating complex trauma, particularly those that have experienced sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. I spent 5 years working in Virginia where I became specially certified in working with adolescents with sexual behavioral problems. I have authored a best-selling book on sibling sexual abuse and enjoy working with individuals and families where sibling sexual abuse has occurred. In my spare time I conduct trainings across the United States on how to identify, respond, and treat cases of sibling sexual abuse and the trauma that results from it. I am a passionate advocate for families where sibling sexual abuse has occurred. I have worked extensively in treating clients with severe trauma and am trained in TF-CBT and recently completed an intensive training on EMDR.
I foster a supportive therapeutic alliance for my clients and seek a collaborative environment utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches that meet the individual needs of my clients.
Alesha Williams, MA
Deciding to make a change in your life can feel intimidating and almost impossible. My goal is to provide you with a safe space to be who you are without judgement. I believe you deserve to be seen and heard through this process. Change takes time but with support and awareness anything is possible. I am happy that you are here taking this first step toward change!
I received my master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Tennessee Technological University. I have worked with individuals of all ages, offering support and guidance through their unique journeys. My experience in this field extends beyond the traditional office setting. I have worked with teens in a residential setting and provided intensive in-home counseling with families. In working with clients, I have gained experience helping those with relational issues, self-esteem issues, trauma related disorders, anger management, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADHD. I am currently focused on working with clients aged 18 and older.
In sessions, I adopt a person-centered and strengths-based approach, recognizing that you are the expert on your own life. I utilize evidence-based approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment, and motivational interviewing. I am passionate about empowering individuals and guiding them to find their voice.
Outside of sessions, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, listening to music and exploring new places. I look forward to meeting you and walking with you through your journey!