Chattanooga Therapists

Our therapists approach trauma from empirically validated approaches that incorporate the whole person. They are trained in trauma-specific treatments and will participate in ongoing training and consultation.

Call to make an appointment:  423-308-1888

William McGee

William McGee, Ed.D., Director

Licensed Psychologist – Health Service Provider, Certified Professional Counselor

Specializations

Child, adolescent and adult therapy: Pediatric and Developmental Psychology, domestic abuse, trauma-related events, assessment

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Through the Richmont Trauma Center I work with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced a traumatic event or episode in their life.  Traumatic events can range from the trauma that is directly experienced like an automobile accident, domestic abuse, natural disasters and combat.  Trauma can also be “vicarious;” that is, it can be the result of working with someone who has experienced a traumatic event.  Trauma responses interfere with the way in which we go about our daily life, and they get in the way of our ability to concentrate, to experience joy, to relax, and to engage in relationships with others.  Trauma responses can trap us in the event itself so that we continue to be bound up in the event rather being able to live and enjoy the rest of our life.

I am a Licensed Psychologist, a Certified Professional Counselor, a Health Service Provider, a Registrant with the Council for the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and I hold a Certificate in Trauma Counseling from RGU.  I have worked with individuals in the context of trauma since 1984.

My faith informs my work as a psychologist/counselor because I am a Christian.  This means that I am comfortable incorporating faith issues in the work that I do and I find that it can be a source of strength for many individuals.  However, I am respectful of other faith traditions and do not use issues of faith and belief in any kind of coercive manner.  Please ask if you have specific concerns or questions about this.

In addition to the work that I do at the Richmont Trauma Center and at Henegar Counseling Center, I take time to do other things.  I enjoy teaching and am on the clinical faculty here at Richmont Graduate University.  I have taught previously as an adjunct professor in the graduate schools at UT-Knoxville and at UT-Chattanooga.  I am married and have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren, all of whom I enjoy spending time with.  I also enjoy hiking, backpacking and photography.

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Pauline McLemore, M.S., Ed.S., Director

Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Service Provider

Specializations

Adult counseling for depression and anxiety, grief and trauma, spiritual issues.  Internal Family Systems Therapist, Level II.

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Thank you for visiting our website and taking time to pause at my profile!  For 25 years, it’s been a privilege to walk alongside men and women on their journeys to wellness.  My clients and I collaborate on new directions for their lives.  With respect and compassion, I help set compasses toward personal goals.  My job is to provide consistent therapeutic and spiritual support while clients confront foundational fears, toxic traumas, deep emotions, tremendous loss, and other issues that keep them stuck in patterns that are ineffective.  My clients are the most courageous people I know.

My professional training is secular and sacred. I hold a diploma in Christian Counseling from Richmont Graduate University.  I earned two masters counseling degrees from Georgia State University.  I learned the art of soul care at The Potter’s Inn (www.pottersinn.com).  The three therapeutic models I enjoy weaving together are Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) (www.selfleadership.org) and Soul Care.  These form the basis of an integrative approach that promotes healing in the body, mind, soul and emotions. My specialty is the experiential approach of IFS that enables people to connect deeply with themselves and develop self-leadership.  Is it time to reset your compass?

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Stuart Coleman, M.A.

Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Service Provider, NCC

Specializations

Adult counseling for depression, anxiety, marital conflict, sexual adjustment issues, and disorders.  Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Forgiveness Therapy.

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I would love to meet you, to hear your story, and help you accomplish your personal goals.  You are worth knowing.  And what matters to you, truly matters.

As a trained therapist, my perspective is hope-filled and redemptive.  Though you may have been deeply impacted by choices you or others have made or failed to make in the past, you are not defined by those choices.  You were created with inherent value, a voice, a unique heart to live out of and the ability to positively impact your own life as well as the lives of those around you.

As one who works with many who suffer with the symptoms of depression, anxiety, marital conflict, sexual adjustment issues and disorders, regrets over past choices, as well as unresolved issues related to childhood disappointments and painful realities, I have witnessed firsthand the ability of some very precious, courageous individuals and couples to thrive in the face of their difficulties.

The good news is that your life can be transformed as you learn to: ask for help, practice greater honesty, grieve the losses, cry more, laugh more, practice better self-care, develop greater empathy, give yourself permission to leave unhealthy situations, cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with safer people, practice self-compassion, use kinder words, take the pen in hand and begin to write a new chapter.

Committed to empirically supported approaches to therapy, I rely heavily on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Forgiveness Therapy, as well as the work of John Briere and Lisa Najavits related to trauma work and the work of Doug Rosenau and Cliff and Joyce Penner when addressing sexual issues.  Integral to all I do is my confidence in God’s ability to change and transform lives, while respecting where you may be personally regarding matters of faith.

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Amy Coxwell, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializations

Couples and families; trauma therapy and EMDR

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I work with the following issues: trauma, childhood sexual abuse, PTSD, relationship/interpersonal issues, couples/marriage therapy, codependency, infidelity, depression, spirituality issues, self-esteem/identity, family of origin issues, grief and loss, adjustment and phase of life issues.

As a therapist, I believe that it is in brokenness that one finds strength and that it is in the darkest places that hope and healing emerge.  My passion is helping individuals grow strong in the midst of their pain and brokenness.  I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families who have experienced trauma and/or life transition issues, helping them to walk through the process of healing and recovery.

I approach therapy from an interpersonal, trauma-informed, family systems perspective.  I am also trained in and used trauma-focused treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

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Ardelle Dickinson, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Service Provider, Master Addiction Counselor

Specializations

Individual counseling for anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, addictions, and grief and loss.

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I believe in the importance of a supportive therapeutic relationship.  Life can be intensely painful at times.  However, I believe that storms can be weathered, and individuals can come out stronger and wiser on the other side of hardships if they feel supported through the difficult times and are open to grow.  I aim to provide support, encouragement, and guidance in assisting my clients in weathering, and growing from some of life’s storms.

I have training in both Christian and secular counseling approaches.  I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based approach, to help individuals gain insight and the skills they need.  I am currently seeing adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, disordered eating, drug and alcohol abuse, grief and loss, and related concerns.

Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green, M.A., M.S, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist – Health Service Provider

Specializations

Child, adolescent and adult therapy: sexual assault, domestic violence, inner-city violence, poverty, inner-city emergency providers, Prolonged Exposure Therapy

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My practice is focused on two areas: adult psychological assessment and trauma therapy. I administer cognitive, personality, and other diagnostic testing to adults.  In addition, I provide psychotherapy to adults who have experienced trauma (e.g., childhood abuse, sexual and physical assault, domestic violence, responding to emergencies, emotional abuse, and war).  I primarily use Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat the ramifications of trauma.

Having a master’s degree from Richmont Graduate University and a doctorate in psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, I have extensive training in both secular psychotherapy and the integration of Christian spirituality and psychotherapy.  This diverse background helps me meet my clients where they are, addressing spiritual issues, if the client so desires.

I work with clients from the perspective that the mind, body, and soul are interconnected.  As such, I am concerned about my client’s total wellbeing.  Traumatic events and daily life stressors not only inflict emotional wounds, but soul wounds that may manifest as health problems.  I aim to form a collaborative partnership with my clients in which we process the events that have caused emotional and spiritual injuries, with the goal of achieving complete healing.  By healing the mind and soul, the expectation is the client’s physical health will also improve.

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Laura Kemp, M.A.

Licensed Marital and Family Therapist

Specializations

PCIT for behavior problems in young children; individual therapy for adolescents and adults; family therapy; boundaries and codependence; abuse and trauma; EMDR.

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I graduated from Richmont Graduate University in May of 2016. My general approach to therapy is structural and behavioral in nature. Depending on the unique needs to the client, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness may be used. Family systems approach informs my conceptualization and treatment of presenting issues. In addition, I offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for disruptive behaviors in young children. I am also trained in and use trauma-focused treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I am also trained in the Gottman approach to marriage counseling. I work with problems such as trauma and abuse, attention deficit, inability to manage impulses, defiant and oppositional behaviors, family conflict, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, stress management, parenting, and relationship issues including divorce.

I love being outdoors on warm days, hiking to a place far away, and hanging out in my hammock. Being near water, whether it’s a lake, river, or ocean, is my favorite way to relax and refresh my soul. I love dogs and children. Essential oils are my newest hobby and form of self-care. I enjoy spending time with my friends and church family in my time away from work.

I work with clients from the perspective that the mind, body, and soul are interconnected.  As such, I am concerned about my client’s total wellbeing.  Traumatic events and daily life stressors not only inflict emotional wounds, but soul wounds that may manifest as health problems.  I aim to form a collaborative partnership with my clients in which we process the events that have caused emotional and spiritual injuries, with the goal of achieving complete healing.  By healing the mind and soul, the expectation is the client’s physical health will also improve.

Jay Spaulding

Jay Spalding, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Specializations

Adolescent, adult, and senior therapy: sexual abuse, cult abuse, Dissociative Identity Disorder, marital infidelity, military and emergency responder trauma

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My goal is to provide you with a warm, safe, professional environment in which you can explore and find help for personal and relational issues.  I pledge myself to the care and well-being of those who come to see me.  I seek to be nonjudgmental and fair, not taking sides in relational matters.  I always share with my clients during the initial session that I attempt to approach life through a Christian world and life view.  Most of my clients have wanted a spiritual or Christian foundation to their counseling process.  I think of it as “soul care.”  For those who desire this I seek to help them ground their lifestyle and relational patterns on Biblical principles.  For those who do not desire this, I seek to provide the same professional services without pressure to process issues directly from a religious perspective.  More information on me is at drjayspalding.com

Michael Williams

Michael Williams, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

Specializations

Adolescent, individual and marital therapy: abuse issues, grief and loss, addictions, spiritual issues

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I grew up in Perry, Georgia and attended Auburn University for my bachelor’s degree, and I earned my master’s degree in professional counseling from Richmont Graduate University.  I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor that offers services to adolescents, married couples and individual adults, and some of the problems that I see include trauma, spiritual issues, addictions, marital distress, depression, and anxiety.  Therapy approaches that I utilize include EMDR, Gottman Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  

On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching movies.  We enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing.  A few books that I recommend and that have offered me hope and encouragement include The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, and The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer.