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.
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.
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.
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.