Dr. Barr, a licensed psychologist, graduated from North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. He interned at Iowa State University Counseling Center. In 1992 he moved to Knoxville and began his career at the University of Tennessee Counseling Center. He served in almost every clinical and administrative position including 10 years as the Director. These roles included being a trainer and supervisor of psychologist-in-training from their first clinical experience through their post-doctoral supervision just prior to full licensure. He also serves as adjunct faculty in both Psychology and Education. He presented at national and international conferences on issues related to college counseling centers. He retired from UT in 2015 and began his practice with BMI in 2016. He has trained extensively in cognitive behavioral models, many of the evidence based treatments, as well as being Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) trained. He provides individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. His practice at the counseling center while generalist in nature was heavily dominated by clients with OCD, Bipolar, trauma, abuse, depression, and anxiety. He has significant experience in particular with either a complex presentation of psychological symptoms or a mix of psychological and physical symptomology.
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.
Mr. Fried, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned his Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 1979. He has been a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work since 1987. He worked for ten years as director of outpatient services at Holston Mental Health Center in Kingsport, TN. He also served as family therapist for the Oaks of St. Mary’s in Knoxville, TN in the early 1990’s. He has been in full time private practice of psychotherapy since 1992. His specialized areas of treatment include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is a clinical member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute Graduate), and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Dr. Hulse, a psychologist, obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University, interned at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He has also completed a postdoctoral masters degree in clinical psychopharmacology, has served as a member of APA’s Expert Working Group In Psychopharmacology developing a national psychopharmacology licensing exam for psychologists, and has Co-Chaired APA Division 55’s national conference. He has served as director of behavioral medicine at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, as clinical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, and as an adjunct faculty member in the UTK clinical psychology program. Since 1990, Dr. Hulse has been in practice at the Behavioral Medicine Institute in Knoxville, which he founded. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is the recipient of a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association and of Outstanding Contribution to Psychology awards from both APA Division 55 and the Tennessee Psychological Association. He also has served as president and legislative affairs director of the Tennessee Psychological Association.
Dr. Hummel is a licensed psychologist at BMI. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1999. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Charleston Area Medical Center. Since completing her training, Dr. Hummel has worked in medical and outpatient settings with children and adolescents. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and chronic health conditions. She also specializes in parent training and assisting with parent-child relationship difficulties. She is also skilled in the behavioral treatment of toileting and sleep difficulties in children. Dr. Hummel is also on staff at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Rosemary Kitts is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her master of science in social work from the University of Alabama in 1975. She has held her Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensure in the State of Tennessee since 1981. She received the “Diamond Award” for professional excellence in 1991 from Knox Area Mental Health Association and the CISM Appreciation Award in 1999 from the Region 2 Ambulance Directors’ Association. She is the Clinical Director for the East Tennessee Emergency Services Chaplains Association Crisis Response Team. Rosemary has been a therapist in private practice in the Knoxville area since 1985. She specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral counseling with adults who are experiencing depression and anxiety.
Dr. Watkins is a provisionally licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2016. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Jefferson County Internship Consortium in Louisville, KY. He has received extensive training in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, oppositional behavior, impulse regulation difficulties, trauma, and parenting strategies. He has also received training in the administration of psychological assessments, psycho-educational evaluations, and Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic evaluations. Dr. Watkins specializes in individual therapy for children and adolescents, family therapy, and psychological assessment.
Amy, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Tennessee in 2003, followed by her Masters of Science in Social Work in 2006. Amy has a broad range of experience in mental health and addiction working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of treatment settings including, psychiatric hospitals, residential programs, schools and traditional outpatient care. Amy’s style balances the importance of authenticity and radical genuineness in the therapeutic relationship with the importance of measurable outcomes and the use of evidenced based treatment practices. While gaining generalist practice experience her career also led her to specialized training in the use of CBT, TF-CBT, DBT and MI. Amy received intensive training from Marsha Linehan’s Behavior Tech team and offers a fidelity based outpatient DBT treatment program at BMI. Amy finds her practice often centers around teaching mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Amy treats children, adolescents and adults struggling with, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral/Impulse Control Problems, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorders, Grief/Loss, Panic, Self-Harm, Suicidality, Substance Use Disorders and Trauma.
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.
Teresa Pratt is a licensed clinical social worker with specialized experience in geriatrics and human-animal bond issues (pet loss, compassion fatigue, treatment for animal abuse). She earned her master of science in social work from the University of Tennessee in 2007 and also completed a graduate certificate in gerontology during that time.
She has worked in a variety of settings including a partial hospitalization program for older adults experiencing mental health issues and/or mild cognitive decline, veterinary social work through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and community mental health outpatient clinics. While having experience with all age ranges, she currently sees individuals 16 years and older, couples and older adults.
Lesley Roberts is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Lesley received a Bachelor of Arts from King College in 1999 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2003. Lesley has experience in treating mental illness in teens and adults and is currently serving ages 13 and up. Her practice focus includes: depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, addiction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. She has experience working in a variety of settings including residential facilities, community mental health centers and outpatient private practice. Lesley’s goal is to help others achieve their full potential through a comprehensive approach to psychiatric care.
Edith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Berea College in Berea Kentucky in 1983. She earned her Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree from the University of TN Knoxville in 1985 and became an LCSW in 1989. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), a certified Anger Management Treatment Provider (AMTP), and member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).
With 30+ years of experience in the field she has worked with clients of all ages, having particular interest in the field of Gerontology. Much of her time has been spent working with area patients suffering from anxiety or depression, grief and loss, cognitive or behavioral challenges and life transition issues as well as providing consultation and staff training related to Dementia Care. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including Community Mental Health Centers, Partial Hospitalization Programs, Intensive Outpatient settings, Inpatient Psychiatric Units and providing Social Work and Therapy services in Internal Medicine doctor’s offices.
Currently, she provides individual therapy to clients ages 21 to 101 who are suffering with anxiety or depression, anger management, mood related issues which are complicated by life situations or physical health diagnoses, and helping seniors to age in place successfully.
Dr. Stillman, a Psychologist, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1990 with a specialization in health psychology, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Following a year as staff psychologist at University of Nebraska Medical Center, she returned to Dartmouth Medical School as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and as a clinician in the Behavioral Medicine Section and the Anxiety Disorders Service. She has been with BMI since 1994. Dr. Stillman specializes in time-limited, cognitive-behavioral treatment of medically-oriented problems, chronic pain and headache, and women’s health issues. She also has particular expertise in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.