Debbie, a License Professional Counselor, earned her B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University in 1994 and her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and her Education Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida State University in 1996. Debbie has a broad range of experience and has worked in college student counseling centers, counseled those with severe and persistent mental health disorders, and has counseled people dealing with depression and anxiety in all age groups. Debbie is a P.R.E.P certified marriage counselor. P.R.E.P. counseling offers couples tools to work through tough and persistent marital issues. Debbie also works with adoptive families, both domestic and international adoption, through Harmony Adoptions of Tennessee. She educates and counsels adoptive parents on attachment disorders and issues related to adoption.
Robert Gregory LPC-MHSP is an independent and board certified licensed professional counselor. He has worked in mental health since 1997 and received his Masters of Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Prior to joining BMI, he worked with a diverse population and a broad spectrum of clinical issues both in the community and in area mental health centers. Rob has done extensive work as a counselor with children and families. Rob enjoys assisting children, couples, and families find success within themselves while facing mental health issues. His primary therapeutic interests are behavioral issues, depression, coping, adjustment, anxiety, marital issues, grief, divorce, and general family functioning. Rob specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Reality Therapy, for individuals, families, couples, and groups.
Dr. Neece, a Psychologist, earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas A&M University in 1994. She interned at Georgia State University. She worked for several years at Utah State University’s Counseling Center, specializing in work with persons with anxiety disorders. After moving to Tennessee in 2002, she completed a post-doctoral internship at Cherokee Health Systems where she gained expertise in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral problems in children. She was employed as a psychologist there from 2004 until beginning private practice in 2008. At BMI, she also provides pediatric sleep and OCD services. She also consults at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Elizabeth Penegar is a licensed clinical social worker (LSCW) in the state of Tennessee. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville earning her Master of Science in Social Work in 2000. She has worked as a therapist in the Knoxville area for the last 14 years, providing individual and family therapy to all ages, and specializing in child and adolescent therapy. She is passionate about working with patients and their families struggling with an autism or Asperger’s diagnosis. Elizabeth is client-focused, which means she attends to the goals and needs of you, the client. She believes that therapy can create possibilities for change. By making the choice to seek counseling, you have already begun that first step toward change, in whatever form that may take. This can often be a challenging process, finding someone with whom you can entrust personal and private information. With that in mind, I offer my services in counseling with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of others, one person at a time.