Valerie Temple, M.A., BCCC, MCLC

Board Certified Christian Counselor

Location: 141 N. Martinwood Road Suite # 103 Office #17, Knoxville 37923
Fast Contact: Email or Call Valerie.
Life Purpose & BalancePersonal & Spiritual Growth
Anger, Fear , AddictionsAnxiey, Depression
Marriage, DivorceFinances, Career

I believe we are created to live our lives with purpose and balance. I work with those individuals seeking to overcome the obstacles that keep them from experiencing GODS will for thier lives. The Life Plan I have developed will ensure your journey is successful

Kelsey Bearden, MS, CPC

Masters in Mental Health Counseling, Certified Professional Coach

Location: 9111 Cross Park Dr. Suite D200, Knoxville 37923
Fast Contact: Email or Call Kelsey.
Young AdultsRelationships
Self-EsteemHigh-Functioning Autism
Social SkillsCo-Parenting

I work with children, teens, and young adults on social and relational issues that are causing stress, emotional pain, family or peer conflict, or other problems in their lives. I have a fun, inviting approach that helps my clients and their parents feel comfortable.

Lara Edington, MA, CPC

MA in Prof. Counseling & Certified Prof. Coach

Location: 9111 Cross Park Dr. Suite D200, Knoxville 37923
Fast Contact: Email or Call Lara.
Relationship CoachingIntimacy Coaching
Sexual Addiction And TherapyCommunication
Anger ManagementCo-Parenting Coaching
Parent-Teen RelationshipsPre-Marital Coaching

I provide clients with a safe, discreet office environment as well as a casual, therapeutic experience. I'm able to relate to my clients on a personal level, which allows people to feel more comfortable. I also bring a ton of energy and an open mind to each session.

Related Sites:
City of Knoxville
Tennessee Department of Health: Board of Professional Counselors and Marital and Family Therapist

Therapy Knoxville, TN

Counseling Seymour, Mascot, Clinton, Eagleton Village, Alcoa, Oaks Ridge, Sevierville

The largest city in eastern Tennessee, Knoxville is alive with vast adventures and experiences. With its paramount beauty and southern hospitality, Knoxville is an ideal location for family fun. Venture back in time by visiting Knoxville's historic Civil War homes. Should you wish to mix art and history, Knoxville offers you the opportunity to awe at Davy Crockett's notorious Old Betsy in one of its many museums.1 Nature centers and zoological parks are also open, if outdoor fun is more your style. The city also sponsors many events that capture the interest of people of all ages. In June, Knoxville hosts the Kuumba Festival, where visual arts, music, games, and theater intermingle in a joyous festivity.

Mental Health in Knoxville

For individuals in a mental health crisis, 24-hour assistance is available from the Helen Ross McNabb Center. Their Mobile Crisis Unit provides assessment services to individuals in order to determine an appropriate course and level of care. Knoxville residents can access the crisis hotline at 865-539-2409. If callers are determined to need face-to-face intervention, clinicians from the McNabb Center will facilitate a meeting to de-escalate the situation.2

Unemployment can cause individuals to have reduced self-esteem, diminished feelings of self-worth, and has detrimental effects on family dynamics and relationships.3 To help Knoxville residents find adequate employment, the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee offers a Workforce Connections program. Job seekers can find information on current job listings, seek assistance with resume writing, and acquire job skills that make them more employable. Skills assessments are also available to help individuals identify their areas of strength. Services for disabled workers, veterans, and youth are offered as well. Additional information is available by calling 865-546-3500.4

Current Education

The University of Tennessee offers students a master's degree program in social work that prepares them to address pressing social issues for individuals, families, and communities. Research-based coursework and clinical internships provide the basis for the knowledge and skills required to make a positive difference in people's lives. Graduates of the program work in a variety of settings, from hospitals and clinics to non-profit organizations and government agencies. To inquire about this program, call the College of Social Work at 865-974-3351.5

The Student and Family Support Services provided by Project Grad Knoxville seek to meet the social needs of children and their families within the Knoxville County Schools. Programs address a variety of issues, including improved academic achievement, increased parental involvement in the educational process, and reduction of negative behaviors that result in disciplinary actions at school. By improving access to social and support services and addressing the underlying factors that cause poor school performance, Project Grad is able to achieve its goal of helping each student graduate from high school. To learn more about their efforts to improve the lives of young people through education, call Project Grad at 865-525-4030.6


1. City of Knoxville. (2014). History of Knoxville. Retrieved from
2. Helen Ross McNabb Center. (2014). Mobile Crisis Unit. Retrieved from
3. The Society of the Psychological Study of Social Issues. (2014). The Psychological Consequences of Unemployment. Retrieved from
4. Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee. (2014). Workforce Connections. Retrieved from
5. University of Tennessee. (2014). MSSW Overview. Retrieved from
5. Project Grad. (2014). Student and Family Support. Retrieved from