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 and many of the evidence based treatments. 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.
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.
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.
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.