Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Knoxville, Tennessee

Find a therapist in Knoxville, Tennessee that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Knoxville to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Dan LaVelle

M.S., LPC/MHSP
6 years experience
I am a licensed mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee with over 6 years of experience working as a meditation coach, hypnotherapist, addictions therapist, and counselor. I have experience with clients of all ages with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, relationship issues, grief, physical pain, and many other manifestations of stress. My passion is helping clients find ways to tackle their problems holistically, enabling the mind, body, and... Read More
I am a licensed mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee with over 6 years of experience working as a meditation coach, hypnotherapist, addictions therapist, and counselor. I have experience with clients of all ages with a variety... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Karissa Melchior

LPC-MHSP, ATR-BC
6 years experience
Hello!! I am a Licensed Professional Counseling and Board Certified Art Therapist working in Tennessee. After completing my undergraduate work at Columbia College Chicago, I received my Masters degree from the Universoty of Louisville. I have years of experience working with young adults and adults navigating a variety of life obstacles. People seek counseling for various reasons. Sometimes it gets challenging keeping up with the hustle and bustle of daily life and dealing with unexpected... Read More
Hello!! I am a Licensed Professional Counseling and Board Certified Art Therapist working in Tennessee. After completing my undergraduate work at Columbia College Chicago, I received my Masters degree from the Universoty of Louisville. I have years of experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Sarah O'Keefe

LCSW
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience helping adults, families, and children overcome parent-child conflict, addiction, life transitions/stress, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, and mood disorders. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and have worked in various clinical settings including private practice, outpatient clinics, and residential rehab. Do you wish you were happier? Do you ever feel unfulfilled or dissatisfied... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience helping adults, families, and children overcome parent-child conflict, addiction, life transitions/stress, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, and mood disorders. I earned my Master of Social Work... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Cynthia Cox

LCSW
4 years experience
Life can be difficult at times and it is good to have someone you can talk to in confident about life struggles you are going through. We all go through tough times and experience pain and that is part of the human experience. Everyone has their reason for seeking out therapy and everyone needs some extra support in life, especially during difficult times. I am dedicated to helping individuals. ... Read More
Life can be difficult at times and it is good to have someone you can talk to in confident about life struggles you are going through. We all go through tough times and experience pain and that... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Jamie Brandmair

LCSW, TFCBT
9 years experience
Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a licensed therapist with almost nine years of experience in individual, family, and group therapy. I am passionate about supporting others in their journey to find inner peace and balance. Mental health often creates barriers to the ability to have healthy relationships, motivation to utilize healthy coping skills, and to find joy in daily life. I am currently licensed in Tennessee as a LCSW (#6086)... Read More
Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a licensed therapist with almost nine years of experience in individual, family, and group therapy. I am passionate about supporting others in their journey to find inner peace and balance. Mental... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Rebecca Henry

LCSW
5 years experience
I am an open-minded practitioner with a here-and-now focus who values warmth, unconditional positive regard, kindness, and understanding. I am a licensed independent clinician with more than 10 years in the social work field and mental health field. I have a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in social work from East TN State University. I have dedicated my life to the field of clinical social work. I am currently a licensed clinical social... Read More
I am an open-minded practitioner with a here-and-now focus who values warmth, unconditional positive regard, kindness, and understanding. I am a licensed independent clinician with more than 10 years in the social work field and mental health field. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Kalii Roller

LPC-MHSP
8 years experience
Hello! My name is Kalii Roller and I am licensed as an LPC-MHSP (Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider) in the state of Tennessee. I have 8 years experience working with children, teenagers, adults, and families in a variety of settings including in-home therapy, Crisis Services, and out-patient therapy. I have experience working with a wide variety of concerns including depression, bi-polar, anxiety, stress, self-harm, suicidal and homicidal ideations, issues... Read More
Hello! My name is Kalii Roller and I am licensed as an LPC-MHSP (Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider) in the state of Tennessee. I have 8 years experience working with children, teenagers, adults, and families... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Anne McCutchen

MA, LPC
23 years experience
College and university students - it's almost time for a new semester! Ugh, I know. I understand the fear and anxiety of leaving home and figuring things out on campus, trying to make new friends, keep up with classes, and feeling homesick, lost, and overwhelmed. It's very exciting but can cause a lot of worry, stress, and sleepless nights. I also know the frustration of managing time trying to work a job... Read More
College and university students - it's almost time for a new semester! Ugh, I know. I understand the fear and anxiety of leaving home and figuring things out on campus, trying to make new friends, keep up with classes,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 23 years

Harry R Gilley

LCSW, MS, Rehab, Admin, Certified, Anger, Management, Specialist
25 years experience
Hello! My name is Harry Gilley and I am a BeterHelp therapist! Thanks for taking the time to review my Bio. I have over 25 years experience in mental health, substance abuse, and medical social work experience while living in South Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, and Tennessee. I currently live in TN and teach at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I teach Social Work (SW) and specialize in SW and Health... Read More
Hello! My name is Harry Gilley and I am a BeterHelp therapist! Thanks for taking the time to review my Bio. I have over 25 years experience in mental health, substance abuse, and medical social work experience while... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Connie Drew

LPC
15 years experience
I consider it my life's work to help heal broken hearts. I am a counselor licensed in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky with over 15 years of experience working as a Cognitive Behavioral Counselor and Life Coach helping those that are hurting to heal. I have worked with clients from all walks of life (including veterans) with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, anger management... Read More
I consider it my life's work to help heal broken hearts. I am a counselor licensed in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky with over 15 years of experience working as a Cognitive Behavioral Counselor and Life Coach helping those... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources Knoxville, Tennessee

The famous city of Knoxville is in Knox County, Tennessee. It boasts an impressive population of 187,347 residents as of 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the third largest city in the state of Tennessee. Knoxville is known for its exquisite location in the Great Appalachian Valley. The town is amenity-laden with plenty of theaters, museums, restaurants, shopping centers, and more. Knoxville is not light on entertainment, even sporting its very own massive 53-acre zoo.

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cable networks. Job opportunity is the number one motivation behind why people want to move to and around the city. However, the job market is not as strong as some might think in Knoxville. And, for those who get a job, maintaining it is another challenge, with layoffs happening every day. The income per capita in the city of Knoxville is 23 percent lower than the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But, the large number of high-income people is likely a cause of a greater problem the city is going through. Experts say the city of Knoxville is experiencing a mental health crisis. In fact, so is the entire state of Tennessee. Let’s go over mental health care looks like in Knoxville, what’s to blame for the poor status-quo, and what you can do if you’re in need of counseling.

An Overview of Mental Health in Knoxville, Tennessee

As previously mentioned, the concern of mental health is not one relegated to Knoxville alone. Instead, the entire state is experiencing the mental health crisis. As per a 2017 study commissioned by Mental Health America, the prevalence of mental illnesses amongst Tennessee adults is higher than 47 other states (Including the District of Columbia). When grading Tennessee’s level of access to mental health care, the state was ranked 48th again, making it one of the worst states for seeking out treatment for mental illness. In this context, and for the future, mental illness refers to any disorder of the mind, ranging from anxiety and clinical depression to PTSD. But, what is causing the rate of mental illness to be so high?

Firstly, Knoxville has a major crime problem. County officials have described crime as being rampant in the streets. According to statistics from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city of Knoxville is a whopping 127 percent higher than the national average. It is no secret that crime one of Knoxville’s most prolific problems and something needs to be done. However, crime has a strong correlation with mental illness. Areas that have a lot of crime tend to have higher rates of mental illness amongst their citizens. Unfortunately, Knoxville does not appear to be an exception.

While the cost of living in Knoxville is relatively low, especially compared to other cities of similar sizes, employment is still a problem. The number of people living below the federal poverty level is 76 percent higher than the rest of the nation, as per the U.S. Census Bureau. Poverty is a statistic of extreme concern, as it correlates heavily with other negative statistics, such as crime. There is also a link between poverty and mental illness. Growing up in an impoverished manner contributes to mental illness, statistically speaking.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Knoxville, Tennessee

Regrettably, the majority of people living in Knoxville who are in need of treatment will not receive any. According to Mental Health America, 56 percent of American adults with a mental illness will not receive any care whatsoever. The penalties of lack of treatment are significant. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mood-affecting disorders, such as bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization for Americans between the ages of 18 and 44.

What is to blame for the abysmal lack of access to care for mental illnesses in Knoxville? Experts believe the nationwide shortage of mental health professionals, poorly crafted and executed policies, stigma, and poverty are what the causes of the access to care problem are. A 2016 report from the Health Resources and Services Administration detailed an extreme shortage of 250,000 workers in the mental health care provider industry.

Additionally, inhabitants of Knoxville are more likely to be uninsured than the average American. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.2 percent of those in Knoxville lack any form of health insurance. The national average is estimated to be 8.8 percent. Absence of insurance combined with a low-income makes therapy and other forms of treatment largely unaffordable.

 Mental Health Resources in Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville does have a strong amount of organizations with a focus on mental health actively servicing the people of Knoxville. Renowned mental health institutes like the Helen Ross McNabb Center offer a bevy of community-enriching, helpful services to those in need of treatment. Scarab Behavioral Health Services is an organization dedicated to providing behavioral health services to those living in the Middle and East Tennessee areas. The services offered pertain to both children and adults.

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