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.
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.
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, 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.
Justin Mynatt is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lincoln Memorial University. While earning his Master’s degree from LMU, he specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry. Justin has been providing medication services in an outpatient community based mental health company since 2013. He has a broad range of experience and has practiced in areas such as youth detention centers and adult crisis stabilization units. At BMI, he is providing medication management to all patients across the lifespan and manages ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, ODD and behavioral disturbances as well as Schizophrenia and thought disorders.
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.