Meet Our Counseling Staff: Knoxville Counselors


Sharon Britt, MA, LPC/MHSP

Sharon is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider, that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to helping others with 30 years of experience. She has served clients in a variety of community and mental health settings such as outpatient treatment and private practice. Sharon has enjoyed working with adolescents, adults, and families. She also has extensive experience within the foster care and adoption system.

Sharon takes a holistic approach to helping others and specializes in supporting those who want to overcome anxiety, grief, substance abuse, depression, anger management, and trauma. Sharon uses a variety of therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-education, Mindfulness, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. If desired, Sharon also provides Christian Counseling.

Sharon enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, as well as quality time with her family and friends. Sharon is originally a native of Massachusetts and has enjoyed living in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee since 2005. Sharon can not wait to connect with you, and looks forward to being a part of helping you meet your goals!

MarkS. Kryter
Accepting:
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  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Mark S. Kryter, MSSW, LCSW

For over three decades, Mark has partnered with individuals, couples, and families on their journey toward happiness, self-understanding, and personal mastery as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. While Mark draws from a deep and diverse well of experience and training, he approaches therapy primarily through an approach called Psychosocial Therapy which combines a clear vision of his clients’ own experience of themselves and the world around them. By exploring the client’s unique past, current struggles, and external stressors, the stage is set for positive change. Mark is also adept at applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy to help you achieve your goals. While Mark assists people of all ages, as a seasoned therapist, he is especially able to address the needs and concerns of mature clients.

In the past, Mark has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly and in residential treatment settings, inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, drug rehab, nursing homes and hospice settings. Outside of his career as a therapist, Mark enjoys hiking, swimming, classic cars and gardening. He is also committed to lifelong learning and, on occasion, pushing his comfort level by taking on new challenges to further expand his own life experience.

Mark prides himself on being an excellent listener and has noticed that what is not said is every bit as important as what is said. He is continually honored to provide a space where clients are seen, understood, and not judged. Mark is not afraid to be himself in session and brings the added value of a long and full life with him in therapy. One of his greatest joys is witnessing a client’s “aha” moments where things open up and healing begins. Your own “aha” moments are just around the corner and Mark looks forward to sharing them with you!

Nicola Bone
Accepting:
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  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Nicola J. Bone, MSW, LCSW

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."

- Nelson Mandela

Nicola is a licensed clinical social worker who has encouraged individuals in the pursuit of personal growth and healing for more than 20 years. Having worked in a variety of settings, including the District Attorney's Office in Atlanta, GA, Loudon County School systems, private practice, and most recently in hospice settings working alongside patients and families, Nicola has learned about the resilience of the human spirit - acknowledging that this resilience springs forth only after pain. Nicola has experience working with individuals, couples, and families who have wrestled with pain inflicted by trauma, chronic and/or life-threatening diseases, grief/loss, anxiety, depression and the slow perpetual build up of life stress.

Self-awareness and self-care are critical subjects not taught in school. The end result of this is that we often do not recognize the warning signs that the body conveys, going through life on auto pilot until we break down physically and emotionally. Because of this Nicola is passionate about helping people develop their own self-awareness skills and self-care strategies. She also recognizes that this dynamic is true within families and family systems and is equipped as a therapist to help both individual and family issues.

Don't give up hope if you have been dealt a life-changing diagnosis, find yourself in a life-altering situation, are exhausted with a chronic battle, or just feel a little out of sorts. Healing is within reach and Nicola welcomes you to take a step closer.

Gregory"Lamont" Douglas
Accepting:
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  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Gregory “Lamont” Douglas, MS, LPC/MHSP

Lamont is a calming presence with his clients and can adapt to help many different types of individuals discover, achieve, and celebrate their personal goals. His therapeutic style is person-centered with additional emphasis and training in trauma-focused therapies. His primary passion is working with children, teens, and their families to improve relationships and help them reach their shared goals. He also has significant experience working with young adults in college and career settings.
Lamont has more than 20 years of experience in outpatient and residential behavioral health treatment settings. He is a local Tennessean at heart, completing both his bachelor's and master's degrees right here in Knoxville at UT.

Lindsey  L. Chandler
Accepting:
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  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/Tricare
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Lindsey L. Chandler, MSW, LCSW

Lindsey Chandler is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Tennessee. She received her education and training from East Tennessee State University. For the past six years she has been practicing psychotherapy in Bristol, Tennessee at a community mental health agency. Recently, she has returned to her roots in Knoxville, Tennessee. The majority of her experience has been working with adults of all ages that are seeking recovery from a wide variety of mental health concerns. She takes a holistic view of therapy, exploring all areas of life that affect the person and their environment.

During therapy sessions, Lindsey uses an assortment of evidence-based techniques relevant to the presenting problem. Lindsey has extensive experience working with domestic violence survivors, new parents, individuals struggling with chemical dependency, and family members affected by addiction. Lindsey understands that change can be intimidating. She is a firm believer in the saying “when the pain of staying the same becomes worse than the fear of change, we change.” Thank you for considering Lindsey to be a part of your healing journey, and she looks forward to meeting you!

Anne Little
Accepting:
  • American Behavioral
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/Tricare
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Anne M. Little-Goss, MSSW, LCSW

For over 13 years Anne has had the privilege of providing therapy/coaching services to children, adolescents, and adults who have been negatively impacted by varying life circumstances. Anne is passionate about helping clients understand that a diagnosis does not define who they are, but only identifies the patterns they are struggling with. Anne believes “everyone has a story in which each chapter can create different needs and challenges”. She adds, “Therapy/coaching provides a safe and confidential space to process and learn new coping strategies or to change the way we look at those challenges and needs”.

Over the years Anne has worked with a multitude of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, personality, crisis prevention, anger management, and problems related to abuse and neglect. Anne has provided services to individuals, couples, groups, and families in both community and private practice, as well as inpatient and outpatient settings. Anne is dedicated to providing the best care possible, she uses various techniques such as; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused, client-centered, and schema therapy.

Anne’s approach to therapy is one of education and mindfulness. Providing education regarding diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is powerful, it decreases any mystery, therefore diminishing barriers and stigma.

Anne received her degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is licensed in both Tennessee and Florida. She has held positions as both a therapist and an administrator, but feels that her true passion is sharing her knowledge and expertise with the client, facilitating insight, and empowering the client to reach identified goals.

Amanda Gilliam
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • American Behavioral
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/Tricare
  • Magellan
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Amanda K. Gilliam, MS, LMFT, RPT

I am committed to working with children, adolescents and families who are in the midst of seeking understanding and guidance on the path towards healing. Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone deserves to be heard. I have worked intensely with childhood trauma, adolescent and adult addiction and recovery, and a variety of mood and anxiety disorders. As a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy, my training and experience in Play Therapy for ages 4-12, and Seeking Safety for adolescents and adults helps me connect to clients of all ages using a unique approach. I value the importance of the family system when working with individuals, especially children. You are capable of increasing your emotional safety, and I love helping people on the paths to doing so.

I am passionate about working with trauma survivors. People often identify themselves by past experiences. But who you are is greater than what you have done or had happen to you.

My faith as a Christian provides the energy for my work, but I have tremendous respect for each person's story and strive to honor the client's differing views and choice on whether or not to incorporate issues of faith or spirituality into therapy.

Yvonne Kissinger
Accepting:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Yvonne B. Kissinger, MA, LPC/MHSP

*Accepting appointments only*
Monday & Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am -12pm

Yvonne is devoted to helping her clients recover and be fulfilled. Her goal for each client is to reach their potential, cope well with their challenges, and achieve their dreams. She uses a variety of techniques with a foundation of evidenced-based practices to assist her clients in their current circumstance.

Yvonne has been fortunate to have worked in the profession that she is passionate about for over thirty years. She has worked as a psychotherapist in outpatient clinics, in natural disaster areas treating trauma and grief, in administration as a trainer, as a school counselor, a school social worker, a consultant for the Florida Dept. of Education, and in a residential center for abused children. She has worked with all ages and is an advanced clinician in her work with children, grief and loss, relationships, family relationships, depression, trauma, anxiety, and a host of other issues.

Yvonne was raised on a farm and ranch in western South Dakota where she learned the values of family and work. Yvonne has lived in South Dakota, Wyoming, Florida, and in Tennessee for the last 20 years. She attained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming and continues to advance her knowledge in the counseling profession.

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Justin Hall was great

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I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
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Anxiety

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I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
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Cannot Recommend Enough

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Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
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Dr Neal is amazing!!

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Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
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Justin Hall

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Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
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Amanda Gilliam

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Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
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Mrs. Amanda

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My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
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Justin Hall

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I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
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Karen Trotter

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Karen has been so AWESOME in assisting with my daughter’s healing process. It’s been a blessing having so many diverse avenues for myself & my daughter to communicate with Karen & her immediate responses 😘. I tried to rate Karen as 5 + but it wouldn’t let me 😁
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Not the place for me

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I have attended one session alone and a second session with my then girlfriend at her urging me to seek couples therapy, in this session I was basically felt like all the relationship issues were my fault and as I was pressured more and more about my issues I walked out of the session to collect my thoughts as I was being bombarded by both my girlfriend and my therapist. Apparently after I stepped out the therapist told my girlfriend that I was worse than an addict and she was sorry but didn’t feel I was worth attending counseling with, this resulted in the end of that relationship before We even left the office. I have other issues and have realized that I am suffering from depression due to other issues and this has added to my depression. At this point I have no intention of returning to see this counselor or any other counselor there as they have added to my problems leaving me feeling like I am not good enough. Honestly if this is how they make their clients feel then as far as I’m concerned this office shouldn’t even exist. I need to find out how I can be refunded at Least a portion of the money I’ve “wasted” on this experience and hope I can find someone else who is willing to help me work through my issues and not feel persecuted.
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Makes Getting Better Easy

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I can't thank Amanda Brooks enough. She's an amazing person and is an amazing place. After calling about 15 therapists and getting immediately turned away, returned my call within the hour and Amanda was hand-picked for me and my situation. I got an appointmentheduled that day. There's ALWAYS time for me andheduling/canceling is never a hassle. There's a therapist on call 24/7 and Amanda always makes time for me when I need it. The office is a lovely, calming place and I always feel comfortable and welcome. It makes getting better easy.
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Amanda genuinely cares

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Amanda helped/helps me is so so many ways. No matter what I come into the office with she helps me problem solve and always genuinely cares about what I have to say or about how I feel. I feel like I can come to her with anything and there will be no judgement. She always welcomes me with a smile and helps me dig deep in every session and I couldn't ask for a better support.
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Perfect Therapist for My Child

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Amanda Brooks has been a wonderful and supportive therapist for my child who was suffering from depression and anxiety. My child is very picky about who she trusts and Amanda has been the perfect therapist; she immediately put my child at ease and has been there for emotional support whenever we needed her help.
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Definitely Recommend

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I have been very pleased with my experience at Thriveworks. Amanda has helped my children and I learn to deal with some major life issues. She has provided us with a listening ear and helpfulsolutions. She has helped us all develop skills to deal with life's ups and downs in a productive, positive way. I highly recommend her!
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Shocked

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Justin was very rude to us when he was the one who didn't listen and made aheduling error. He was inappropriate to me in front of my son. Wouldn't recommend.
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Peace Keeper

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Amanda Brooks has been such an excellent help to me throughout the past 2 1/2 years I've had her as my therapist. Ive been able to speak to her like I haven't even my closest friends. She's helped me to work through & over come many different obstacles, as well as past trauma in my lifetime & continues to help me find peace with my past, present & future. She's been my peace keeper through it all.
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Life Changing

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Justin Hall has changed my life and the way that I approach it. He has a way of helping one redirect behaviors and ideas in order to improve overall quality of life. I would recommend him to anyone who wants positive change in thinking.
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Helped me out in a bad situation.

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My work environment had become extremely difficult over the last 5 years. Justin helped me deal with a very dysfunctional system. Nothing has changes as far as circumstance, but my approach and thinking has changed. Things are much better. Very practical. Would recommend Justin to anyone looking for help.
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Excellent

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My experience with Dr. Williams has been more than helpful. I initially came to her for couples counseling, but ended up seeing her one on one and finding my sanity again. My experience has been more than helpful. I highly recommend her.
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