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.
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.
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.
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 CMHC, 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. 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.