Gerald Fried, LCSW, BCD

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.

Rosemary Kitts, LCSW

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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.

Amy Massaglia, LCSW, DBTC

ARM HeadshotAmy, 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

no_photo_femaleElizabeth 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 H. Shultz, LCSW, CCTP, AMTP

EdieEdith 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.