Meet Our Counseling Staff
Patricia E. Starbird, M.S., LPC/MHSP
Patricia Starbird is a licensed professional counselor and therapist specializing in marriage and family counseling, premarital counseling, abuse and trauma therapy, depression, grief and more. She received her master's degree from the University of North Carolina.
For more than 18 years, Patricia has been helping individuals cope with a wide variety of issues, including depression, panic attacks, relationship problems and addictions. Her specialized training in becoming an EMDRIA certified therapist with the Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing International Association allows her to proactively assist her clients in resolving problems at their root, resulting in lasting change.
Gregory L. White, M.S.W., LCSW
Gregory White has spent the past 25 years empowering and encouraging individuals, families and couples to lead more productive and meaningful lives. He was a recipient of the Tri-Cities Business Journal Emerging Star Award for his exemplary leadership qualities and has served as a Field Liaison Instructor for several local Universities and Colleges in providing students with clinical supervision and training.
Gregory displays a strong compassion in working with both adults and children in the areas of autism, attention deficit disorders and developmental disabilities. His clinical expertise in the areas of geriatrics, grief, bereavement, depression, anxiety and marriage counseling comes with a safe, person-centered approach that encourages comfort, healing and growth. Gregory also provides life coaching to assist individuals to become more proficient in developing life skills.
His empathetic style fosters a supportive environment for each individual to achieve personal growth and maximize their full potential. Gregory strongly believes that each person is of value and has the ability to overcome barriers, improve happiness and find contentment in their life. He strives to work in partnership with each individual to explore and clarify issues in order to gain a greater self-awareness — dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to promote your confidence and well-being.
Finally, Gregory is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in the state of Tennessee. He received his Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in clinical studies from Radford University.
Kelly S. Haught, M.A., LPC/MHSP
Kelly S. Haught has been a licensed professional counselor for 13 years after receiving a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University in 1999. Her focus has always been to show compassion for others, while working together with clients to determine obstacles that are interfering with the development of a satisfying life.
Kelly is an active member of the American Counseling Association and has a passion for working with adolescents, young adults and most anyone dealing with barriers to growth and development. Kelly partners with clients to gain the courage to believe in success and peace. She helps individuals replace negative thoughts with more positive affirmations while creating effective, healthy coping skills. Kelly specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, identity issues, co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders, obsessive-compulsive behaviors as well as other mental health issues interfering with life. She is able to assist individuals at risk of self-harm and/or suicide. Kelly’s work with a great number of diverse individuals has resulted in successful outcomes for many. She believes the counseling relationship is key to the success experienced through the process. She is passionate about providing a safe place for individuals to improve insight, develop other perspectives and create healthier ways of thinking and pursuing goals.
In 2013, Kelly was a recipient of the Tri-cities Business Journal Health Care Heroes Cup of Kindness Award for her dedication and compassion in oversight of the provision of mental health services for more than 8000 individuals annually in east Tennessee. The programs she managed included emergency mental health services and stabilization, addiction and co-occurring treatment and criminal justice/court treatment programs. She served on the Tennessee Governor’s Council for suicide prevention after an appointment in 2014.
In addition to counseling services, Kelly provides educational consultation services and career counseling to assist students of all ages with navigation of the education system, as well as special education and 504 plan processes. She works with clients in determining interests and strengths to set appropriate goals for a successful future. Prior to entering the counseling profession, Kelly was a teacher for 14 years providing educational services for students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, adjustment difficulties and serious emotional issues. She has a passion for working with clients to unleash their gifts and create successful outcomes for themselves. Kelly looks forward to assisting you on your journey!
In addition, Kelly is a Certified Weight Loss Specialist from The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. She has a passion to help those who struggle with weight loss achieve their goals in a healthy holistic way.
Tracy Harrison Goen, M.D.
Dr. Tracy Goen became a Tennessean in 2010, after first having become interested in addiction medicine while performing a rural medicine fellowship with East Tennessee State University. He then became board certified in addiction medicine through the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is currently practicing family medicine and addiction medicine in the tri-cites area focusing on the treatment of the disease of addiction, co-occurring psychiatric disorders and their medical complications. He treats a variety of chemical dependencies and process addictions with an individualized approach.
He received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Texas A&M University. After completing his Family Medicine board exam, he moved to Nigeria and served at a mission hospital for several years where he practiced medicine and surgery in a remote village. While in West Africa, Dr. Goen helped establish a school for the nomadic children, an orphanage for the indigenous people of his village and helped coordinate the drilling of dozens of water wells throughout the area. He continues to make return trips to West Africa conducting free medical clinics and tropical disease research.
Dr. Goen was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up in southwest Louisiana and central Texas. His hobbies include archaeology, anthropology, poetry, fishing and medical research. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine, holds an appointment as associate clinical professor at East Tennessee State University's School of Medicine, is medical director of Global Disease Research and works as a consultant and expert witness on high-profile forensic cases.
Amanda K. Chapman, M.Ed., LPC/MHSP
For over 20 years, Amanda Chapman has dedicated her life to helping families, couples, adults and children alike find hope and healing in the darkest of places. She has worked in several different environments over the course of her career, including inpatient and outpatient mental health centers, and assisted those in crisis and with in-home needs.
Amanda has vast experience counseling men and women who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, family and parenting stress, couples' issues, "life" adjustments and problems of all types. She has a special affinity for helping women successfully cope with issues such as self-esteem, infertility, assertiveness, codependency and relationship stress, and has facilitated several empowerment groups for women. Amanda has also received specialized training from the Employee Assistance Professionals Association and has achieved the classification of Employee Assistance Specialist-Certified. Her certification allows her to provide services to employee assistance organizations, employees and family members.
Her philosophy of treatment is grounded in the belief that everyone at some point in his or her life will suffer what may feel like overwhelming emotional sadness, pain and loneliness; however, those feelings do not mean that he or she is alone. Amanda truly wishes to provide a safe place for helping one make sense of their thoughts and feelings, and to rediscover peace from within. Her style of counseling consists of a multifaceted approach utilizing thoughts to help identify stories and core beliefs in order to construct new ones, acknowledging unresolved feelings to leave the past behind and embrace the future, and encouraging action to change unhealthy patterns with others. Amanda's style is empathic, relaxed and judgment-free.
As a graduate of East Tennessee State University, Amanda is a licensed professional counselor, with a designation as a mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee. She has a master of education in counseling, with a specialty in marriage and family issues. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and was an award recipient of the American Association of Presidents.
Sydney R. Peltier, M.S., LPC/MHSP
Sydney Peltier is a licensed professional counselor who has spent her career passionately serving the mental health needs of her community through counseling, training and teaching, and advocating for quality care. With a variety of skills and expertise Sydney enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to feel better, experience more joy in life, and have meaningful relationships that work. She believes wholeheartedly that health and healing are possible, especially when people recognize their own value, purpose, and strengths in partnership with professional and experienced clinical care.
Sydney is a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor (RPT-S) and has extensive training and experience working with children, families, and the agencies that serve them so they can properly attach, play, grow, and feel and be safe in their world. Sydney greatly enjoys working with adults as well. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which can be used to address a myriad of issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression and self-esteem. Sydney works with men and women to address different stage of life issues and to improve overall functioning and well-being with regard to mental, physical, and spiritual health. In addition, she works with individuals and couples to address premarital needs, communication problems, and sexuality in general and in specific relationships.
Sydney is a graduate of Appalachian State University, earned her master’s degree with honors in counselor education from Radford University, has a post-graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Longwood University, and has completed specialized training at The Colorado School for Family Therapy. She is also an adjunct faculty member at King University and provides training and consultation opportunities to different agencies and programs in the region based on community needs.
It is Sydney’s goal for clients to feel comfortable, open, and at ease while working with her. Her style is thoughtful, personalized, relaxed, empowering, and fun. She looks forward to working with you and your family!
G. Michael Pilcher, Ph.D.
Practice limited to forensic assessment and consulting
Dr. Michael Pilcher really enjoys working with a specific but diverse clientele. Meaning, that when a child's best interest is at stake, he comes alongside the various family life problems that exist and that parents need help with. These issues require someone with not only education, training and experience. They require one that truly believes that assisting attorneys and judges with well-researched and relevant information to the court and the parent(s) is an absolute necessity. Why? Because the court system is not designed to solve emotional problems — it is designed to solve legal conflict. Therefore, when emotions are running high and raw, Dr. Pilcher will provide rational and empirically-based interventions.
Dr. Pilcher is board-certified by the American College of Certified Forensic Counselors and has maintained an active practice of forensic and clinical counseling since 2001. Throughout his career, he has striven to provide quality services to individuals, couples, families and the community. This culminated in being the recipient of the prestigious International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) Outstanding Addictions/Offender Professional Award, presented at the American Counseling Association (ACA) convention in Charlotte, North Carolina (March of 2009).
He received his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in counseling and subsequently earned a master of science degree in psychology. Dr. Pilcher maintains designations as a licensed professional counselor-mental health service provider (LPC/MHSP) and licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor (LADAC) in the state of Tennessee, internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor (ICADC) with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium — a global leader in prevention, substance use treatment and recovery professionals and parenting coordinator (PC) from the Cooperative Parenting Institute.