Meet Our Counselors


Sara Anderson
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
  • VACCN

Sara Anderson, LPC/MHSP

Sara Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider. Sara is passionate about restoration and healing brokenness. She is deeply committed to helping clients answer life’s big questions, gain insight into their emotions, and live authentically. Sara assists people throughout their lifespan, supporting them as they navigate anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, faith questions, emerging adulthood, and relationship issues. She spent several years in community mental health and also has experience working with children in the foster care system and families post-adoption.

Sara grew up in Southeast Asia and spent another 10 years living and working abroad after university. She draws on this cross-cultural experience in her therapeutic practice, meeting people where they are and walking alongside them, no matter their background or worldview. Before her career in counseling, Sara was an educator and taught middle and high school, spent time as a legal secretary, and worked in business development for an international law firm. She’s traveled on four continents and still has an extensive travel bucket list. Sara is finding new peace as roots grow in Tennessee. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading, photography, watching British television, spending time with family and friends, and she is active in her church.

Sara believes therapy is about more than diagnoses and symptoms. “There is something deeply humbling about being entrusted with someone’s story. Bearing witness to pain and sorrow, celebrating joy and growth…these are sacred spaces. It is a privilege to be invited in, to be given a seat at the table.”

David Sapp
Accepting:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care

David Sapp, LPC, LSPE

David Sapp is Licensed in the State of Tennessee as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Senior Psychological Examiner (LSPE). David relocated to Tennessee after growing up in New York. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Milligan University and his Masters of Education in Counseling from East Tennessee State University. He has worked for 35 years as a Professional Counselor in East Tennessee in a variety of settings including outpatient counseling as well as schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and jails. In addition, David has been an adjunct instructor at Milligan University. He enjoys working with teens, adults, couples, and families. In his spare time, David enjoys playing tennis, ping pong, and participating in other sports and outdoor activities.

David specializes in helping individuals and families experiencing mental health crises. He helps his clients find ways to stabilize, cope, set achievable goals, and learn new ways to support one another. David is a caring and compassionate counselor, offering the knowledge and expertise his clients seek. David walks alongside his clients in times of depression, anxiety, overwhelming grief, and life-altering circumstances. He uses a person-centered, solution-focused approach in working with his clients to find new ways to achieve their goals, and become the best version of themselves they can be. David creates a safe counseling space to help his clients explore the aspects that are negatively impacting their lives such as past attachments, traumas, faith issues, current relationship issues, and life circumstances. David looks forward to meeting you, and can not wait to assist you in achieving your goals!

Elizabeth  McFarland
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Bright Health
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • United Health Care
  • United Behavioral Health
  • VACCN

Elizabeth McFarland, MS, LPC/MHSP

***Elizabeth is available Online, and Fridays in our Johnson City Office By Request

Elizabeth McFarland, MS, LPC/MHSP

Elizabeth, “Liza”, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider, in Tennessee with a clinical focus on adults, emerging adults, and adolescents. Liza comes to Thriveworks with significant experience treating substance use and trauma related issues.  As a therapist, she empowers individuals to build self-confidence and a satisfying life.  Liza assists clients to leverage their strengths and harness their abilities to create their own solutions throughout treatment.  While understanding where someone comes from can help them move forward, she believes that the most effective focus of treatment is on the present.

Liza ensures that clients feel heard and she welcomes her clients into therapy with compassion, non-judgement, and authenticity.  She aims to foster a collaborative relationship that leads to personal growth and empowerment.  In her words, "I'm not in charge, I'm not your boss, we are a team."

Liza is a new mother to a little girl and the wife of a disabled veteran. She moved to East Tennessee recently to be closer to family and has fallen in love with the community and natural beauty. Liza received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia. After graduation, she worked for a private agency in North Georgia providing a combination of in-home and in-office therapy.

Mary K. O'Keefe
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana Military/Tricare
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Mary O’Keeffe, MA, LMFT

Mary O'Keeffe is a licensed marital and family therapist in the state of Tennessee with over 20 years of experience. Besides working with couples and families, marriage and family therapists take a unique, systems approach when working with individuals. This means that a marriage and family therapist will explore, with the client, patterns of interaction with significant others that impact the client. Mary has worked in a variety of settings: church counseling center, college campus, and community mental health agency. She believes these varied experiences give breadth and depth to her therapeutic perspective.

Mary is a graduate of Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She received her masters degree from East Tennessee State University. She has taught at ETSU and at Northeast State Community College. Mary served as a board member for the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has served on panels administering oral examinations to candidates for state licensure as professional counselors and marriage and family therapists.

All of the above addresses the ‘science’ of therapy. However, Mary also believes there is an ‘art’ to therapy that is deeply soulful. “I find it humbling that clients open their lives and hearts to me. It is an honor to assist clients in discovering a happier and more peaceful path in their lives. I consider my office a sacred space – a place that is a safe haven for clients to put down their masks and look at their vulnerabilities.” Mary believes that healing comes from addressing the wholeness of our personhood – body, mind and spirit. She is comfortable working with clients within their religious framework. She has worked with Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, along with agnostics and atheists, too. She sees therapy as a partnership, client and therapist working jointly to assist the client in fulfilling his or her goals.

Hunter Cook
Accepting:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/Tricare
  • Magellan
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Hunter D. Cook, MS, LPC/MHSP

Hunter Cook is a Licensed Professional Counselor who grew up locally in the southwest Virginia, east Tennessee region. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health, adolescent residential, community mental health, as well as providing services to youth in the juvenile justice system. He always strives to provide compassionate care to individuals of all ages in all walks of life. Hunter makes it a priority to work with his client’s to bring out their innate strengths in order to improve their lives. He does so by encouraging acceptance of their current life situation and working towards living in a manner more consistent with the client’s deeply held values of what is important to them.

Hunter thoroughly enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families and he has a great deal of experience working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties including trauma. He understands that many times seeking help for life difficulties can often be hard, embarrassing, or even scary for both the client and even their family. Hunter feels that there is no wrong reason to seek assistance for the difficulties faced throughout life.

Having been trained at Morehead State University and obtaining a master’s degree in clinical psychology, it is Hunter’s goal to assist his client’s in achieving their goals and promoting a rich, full, and valuable life for each person who he works with. When working with Hunter, the client is the expert on their life and as such, he will partner with the client each step of the way to ensure their needs are being met. Hunter always brings his unique personality into the counseling relationship in the hopes of encouraging conversation that is relaxed, genuine, open, and even fun!

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