You are reading this because you’re ready for change (or ready for change with a loved one.) Needing things to be better. Ready to do something about the problems you’ve been experiencing. Willing to consider doing something different. That takes courage! And that’s the first and most important aspect in radical personal transformation. You’re ready for big change, and you’re not alone. You could use support, guidance and facilitation in making it happen. Maybe I’m the right one to help you or your loved one. Read on and see...
Where I’m Coming From:
I’ve been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1999. My Master’s degree is from the University of Tennessee. I’m not originally “from around here”, but I really like being here! I’ve lived in this area for about 20 years now, and I still try to maintain a global perspective. You may have heard of me in the past as Justine Leehans. I’m a wife, mother and stepmother, and these roles have taught me a lot, both personally and in serving others. I know how difficult life and parenting can be. I like to help people move from despair to hope, and toward transformation.
I really love the great outdoors, and use lots of natural metaphors in my work. Sometimes, if kids and teens (and the occasional adult) want to, we go walking on the greenbelt during sessions. To move the body while talking facilitates sharing and mental freedom. I embody the value of exercise and “green time” for healthy living and combating the distortions and strains of modern life. I see the relatedness of all things and believe that we need our connection to nature in order to feel balanced and whole. I love growing things and am more than a bit obsessed with breeding fancy daylilies. (Everyone should have a few daylilies. They are beautiful, carefree happy-makers!)
We are all doing the best we can with what we have in a crazy world. I believe that all people have inner greatness - that the true self is whole, however things may appear. But life can be hard, and we struggle and suffer. And sometimes, our creative ways of surviving and coping create new problems and dysfunctional habits that take on a life of their own. Also, we humans are really good at avoiding and suppressing emotions, which is usually a big mistake- feelings just fester, locked in our psychological basement. Own them! They need to be acknowledged, felt, and released so that they get out of the way and allow us to experience the goodies we have been suppressing along with them: peace, joy, love, trust, courage, purpose...
Living the life we were born for requires working together in partnership. Sometimes we need extra assistance to get unstuck and back in flow, where we can naturally grow and evolve. Through personal transformation coaching, I aim to help people live their best life, as their truest and greatest selves.
Along with using traditional talk therapy, it is my pleasure to serve people using an alternative, non-dualistic approach. It has been my experience that Spiritual Technology and PEAT methods can be tremendously helpful in getting individuals unstuck, processing feelings efficiently, facilitating healing and freedom, transforming relationships, breaking dysfunctional habits, and moving people into an experience of their true nature. Therapy is good, but energy therapy is usually better! Over the last few years, training with Melanie McGhee, LCSW, and learning Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT) has been a real privilege.
I'm pleased to offer hypnosis to my clients as well to broaden the possibilities for their healing, reduce self-sabotage, and experience and integrate their expansive selves.
I provide personal coaching and psychotherapy to children, teens and adults in an individual and/or family format. In children and teens, I am especially interested in helping with difficult behavior, relationship conflict, ADHD, anxiety, mood and self-esteem. Parents of spirited kids need great resources, advanced skills, and a sense of humor!
I help adults with a variety of issues, including life transitions, stress/anxiety, ADHD, relationship conflict, and mood/depression. Dear to my heart are those who have experienced emotional trauma in relationships (with difficult, narcissistic and abusive individuals) and who, especially, need healing and to reclaim their lives. I strive to help all my clients overcome limitations and expand inner resources.
My office hours include several evenings per week to accommodate teens and working individuals. These appointments are in demand, so check for availability.
Services I Don’t Provide :
If you need marriage or couple’s counseling, there are other providers to work with who specialize in treating couples. If you require alcohol and/or drug assessment and counseling as a primary aspect of your therapy, you will be better served elsewhere. Also, if you are needing a custody evaluation or anticipate legal or court involvement, I leave that to providers who are better equipped to assist. If you MUST use your health insurance to cover treatment, I suggest an in-network provider; you can check with your insurance to get a list of possible practitioners.
I do not take health insurance, so your (or your family’s) privacy is more assured. My sessions are 90 minutes long, double the usual session length. We can accomplish much more with this extra time! Call for current fees. Payment is expected at the time of service. Cash, checks, credit/debit cards, HSA/FSA cards are accepted.
Contact Me :
If you would like to set up an appointment, or wish to explore further, please contact me. The best way to reach me is by calling 865-805-4459 and leaving a message. This is a text-enabled number and messages are checked often.
Or, if you wish, you can leave a message for me via the Cove Mountain Counseling voicemail, at 865-681-2869, extension 3. This voicemail is usually checked daily.
I don’t always check my email (often because I’m outside when not in the office), so phone is best. I’ll call you back when I get an opportunity. I look forward to talking with you!
Justine Haley, LCSW