Our Approach to Assessment & Treatment

BMI’s clinicians specialize in the application of the Bio-Psycho-Social Model of health and disease.  We provide evaluation and treatment of the psychological aspects of physical disorders and of stress-related disorders.  BMI clinicians also treat the full range of general mental health disorders.  The group includes psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and licensed professional counselors.  It was founded in 1990.  We offer empirically-validated assessments and treatment programs for a variety of problems.  We routinely follow a collaborative care model, coordinating our work with the patient’s other medical providers.  We are also experienced in the integrated care model, and several of our satellite offices are located within other area medical practices.

Our Assessment Center

• Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation
• Comprehensive ADD/ADHD Evaluation
• Comprehensive Psycho-Educational Evaluation
• Opioid/Benzodiazepines Medication Risk Assessment
• Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation
• Evaluation and Testing for Diagnostic Clarification and Treatment Recommendations

Treatment Programs & Services

Pediatric, Adolescent, Family & Marital Services
We have multiple pediatric and family clinicians affiliated with our practice, several of whom specialized in the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum disorders, and other disorders of childhood and adolescence.  We also have clinicians who specialize in marital/couples therapy.

Pediatric & Adult Insomnia Programs
Chronic Insomnia is one of the most common problems for which patients seek help from their doctors.  Recent research has shown that cognitive-behavioral treatment programs for insomnia are actually significantly more effective than sleeping pills.  Our program is based on that research.

C-PAP Desensitization/Adaptation
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome is a potentially life-threatening medical condition, but one which can be very effectively treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (C-PAP) machines.  However, C-PAP machines present a real challenge for many patients to tolerate–long-term adherence is only about 60% nationally.  Our program can markedly improve adherence via addressing anxiety and other issues interfering with a patient’s ability to utilize the device.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Program
A traumatic event such as an automobile accident or industrial accident can lead to a severe psychological condition known as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our PTSD Program is highly specialized and intensive program. Clinicians evaluate the precise nature and degree of the trauma-based disorder, then utilize all treatments that are known to reduce symptoms so the person can return to work at the earliest possible date.

Coping with Chronic Pain: Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques 
Chronic Pain is a complex, multidimensional phenomenon comprised of several interacting components: psychological, sensory, affective, cognitive, behavioral, and social. The BMI “Coping with Chronic Pain” program focuses on NON-DRUG approaches to learning to live with chronic pain and reaching maximum improvement in spite of limitations.

Psychotherapy for Persons with Chronic Health Problems
Patients with disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and stress-related illnesses often achieve symptom relief from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT includes cognitive restructuring, biofeedback, and psycho-education. Patients with any chronic illness frequently benefit from this treatment approach.

Panic and Phobia Center of Knoxville
Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are disabling problems that affect twenty-three million Americans. Research and clinical evidence demonstrate that, with specialized expertise, the patient can have great symptomatic relief in a limited period of time. The clinician guides, teaches, and supports the person throughout treatment.

Psychiatry & Psychopharmacology Services
Although many emotional difficulties can be fully treated with psychotherapy alone, at times additional treatment with medication may be necessary. In fact, research indicates that the combination of psychotherapy and medication can often be the most effective treatment for many conditions. During an initial consultation meeting, patients and our clinicians work together to identify the client’s individual needs and concerns and to determine whether psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of treatment options may be most beneficial for the patient.

At BMI, we offer psychopharmacology treatment and medication management programs for a range of emotional and cognitive problems, including mood problems, anxiety symptoms, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). When needed, our experienced psychopharmacologists work closely with a patient and his or her therapist to identify the most effective psychopharmacology treatment options for each individual. Through regular follow-up meetings, they also carefully monitor the progress of clients to ensure that each person is receiving optimal benefit from psychopharmacological medications.

BMI’s psychopharmacology and medication management services are also available to patients seeing therapists outside of BMI and for patients not currently in therapy. If you think that you might benefit from a medication consultation, please speak with your therapist about initiating a referral for you to see one of our psychopharmacologists.

Health Improvement and Stress Management Program
The Health Improvement and Stress Management Program is designed for patients with non-organically based problems, such as fatigue, dizziness, or headaches. It is a time-limited, skills-learning program based upon the latest theories of the mind-body relationship and teaches patients how to recognize and deal with recurring physical, stress-related symptoms.

Bariatric Psychology Services
The bariatric psychology services provided at BMI are designed to assist patients throughout the process of undergoing weight loss surgery. Pre-surgical psychological evaluations assess patients’ psychological readiness and suitability for bariatric surgery and include a detailed clinical interview and objective psychological testing. Behavioral medicine intervention prior to weight loss surgery can also help prepare patients for the biopsychosocial adjustments that are often experienced following surgery. Cognitive-behavioral therapy after weight loss surgery can assist patients with adjustment/emotional issues, stress management, and learning alternative coping strategies to address common weight-related issues such as emotional eating/”head hunger”.

Other Issues We Routinely Work With

• Academic Problems
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Adjustment Disorder
• Anxiety
• Behavior Problems
• Bipolar Disorder
• Depression
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
• Sleep Disorders
• Stress-Related Disorders