Meet Our Staff
William E. McGee, DirectorPediatric and Developmental Psychology; trauma counseling; psychological evaluation and counseling with children and adolescents.
Welcome to the Henegar Counseling Center’s informational website, and thank you for looking at my information. I am a Licensed Psychologist, a Certified Professional Counselor, a Health Service Provider, and a Registrant with the Council for the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
My faith informs my work as a psychologist/counselor because I am a Christian. This means that I am comfortable incorporating faith issues in the work that I do and I find that it can be a source of strength for many individuals. However, I am respectful of other faith traditions and do not use issues of faith and belief in any kind of coercive manner. Please ask if you have specific concerns or questions about this.
Typically I work with children and adolescents, usually in the context of a family system. Most referrals come from pediatricians and psychiatrists and involve concerns and questions about Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Learning Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and symptoms that are the result of Trauma. I also work with adults who have or think they have Developmental Disorders, Attention and/or Learning Disorders, mild Mood Disorders, and symptoms that are the result of Trauma.
Teaching is an activity that I also enjoy and I am on the clinical faculty here at Richmont Graduate University. I have taught previously as an adjunct professor in the graduate schools at UT-Knoxville and at UT-Chattanooga. I am married and have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren, and I enjoy hiking, backpacking and photography.
Pauline McLemore, DirectorAdult counseling: depression and anxiety; grief and trauma; spiritual issues. Internal Family Systems Therapist, Level II.
Thank you for visiting our website and taking time to pause at my profile! For 25 years, it’s been a privilege to walk alongside men and women on their journeys to wellness. My clients and I collaborate on new directions for their lives. With respect and compassion, I help set compasses toward personal goals. My job is to provide consistent therapeutic and spiritual support while clients confront foundational fears, toxic traumas, deep emotions, tremendous loss, and other issues that keep them stuck in patterns that are ineffective. My clients are the most courageous people I know.
My professional training is secular and sacred. I hold a diploma in Christian Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. I earned two masters counseling degrees from Georgia State University. I learned the art of soul care at The Potter’s Inn (www.pottersinn.com). The three therapeutic models I enjoy weaving together are Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) (www.selfleadership.org) and Soul Care. These form the basis of an integrative approach that promotes healing in the body, mind, soul and emotions. My specialty is the experiential approach of IFS that enables people to connect deeply with themselves and develop self-leadership. Is it time to reset your compass?
Reese ArmstrongIndividual adults, adolescents, grief and loss, spiritual issues, relationship issues, trauma recovery.
I have been in your shoes. I remember being in the place of reaching out beyond my friends and family to navigate through a challenging season of life. It was a hard decision to contact a counselor, but that choice led to my own personal healing and growth. As you take this first, courageous step to begin your own journey towards wholeness, I want you to know that I would be honored to walk with you along this path.
Whether it is a habit you are trying to quit, a past experience that continues to bother you, a conflict in a relationship that never seems to resolve, or crippling anxiety and depression, I believe we all have complex and unique stories that require thoughtful and individualized care. My goal as a counselor is to help individuals rewrite their own stories.
Stuart ColemanI would love to meet you, to hear your story, and help you accomplish your personal goals. You are worth knowing. And what matters to you, truly matters.
As a trained therapist, my perspective is hope-filled and redemptive. Though you may have been deeply impacted by choices you or others have made or failed to make in the past, you are not defined by those choices. You were created with inherent value, a voice, a unique heart to live out of and the ability to positively impact your own life as well as the lives of those around you.
As one who works with many who suffer with the symptoms of depression, anxiety, marital conflict, sexual adjustment issues and disorders, regrets over past choices, as well as unresolved issues related to childhood disappointments and painful realities, I have witnessed firsthand the ability of some very precious, courageous individuals and couples to thrive in the face of their difficulties.
The good news is that your life can be transformed as you learn to: ask for help, practice greater honesty, grieve the losses, cry more, laugh more, practice better self-care, develop greater empathy, give yourself permission to leave unhealthy situations, cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with safer people, practice self-compassion, use kinder words, take the pen in hand and begin to write a new chapter.
Committed to empirically supported approaches to therapy, I rely heavily on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Forgiveness Therapy, as well as the work of John Briere and Lisa Najavits related to trauma work and the work of Doug Rosenau and Cliff and Joyce Penner when addressing sexual issues. Integral to all I do is my confidence in God’s ability to change and transform lives, while respecting where you may be personally regarding matters of faith.
Amy CoxwellCouples and families; trauma therapy and EMDR. As a therapist, I believe that it is in brokenness that one finds strength and that it is in the darkest places that hope and healing emerge. My passion is helping individuals grow strong in the midst of their pain and brokenness. I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families who have experienced trauma and/or life transition issues, helping them to walk through the process of healing and recovery. I approach therapy from an interpersonal, trauma-informed, family systems perspective. I am also trained in and used trauma-focused treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I work with the following issues: trauma, childhood sexual abuse, PTSD, relationship/interpersonal issues, couples/marriage therapy, codependency, infidelity, depression, spirituality issues, self-esteem/identity, family of origin issues, grief and loss, adjustment and phase of life issues.
Ed DoreauMen’s issues, Teenagers, and Addictions. My favorite clients are fellow sinners looking for hope and redemption in the grace of God.
Christ said: “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there I am with them.” I love my job as a counselor because I get to pursue conversations about redemption and because I get to see the grace of God in action. During my 10 years in practice, I have successfully helped people from a variety of faith (and non-religious) backgrounds but my favorite conversations are about spirituality and relationships. I enjoy integrating theology into my work because I believe the love of God is the most powerful agent of change anyone can encounter. I combine that integration with an eclectic psychotherapeutic approach which is mostly a mix of relational and motivational interviewing. I particularly enjoy leading therapy groups that address Men’s issues throughout the lifespan. My groups are for teenagers and older men who are struggling with depression and anxiety.
Personally, I am a recovering sinner and I strive to be a compassionate Christian. I am a husband to a wonderful wife and a father of two beautiful little daughters as well as a son who has gone home to be with the Lord. I enjoy running, rock climbing, and playing board games. I look forward to meeting with you and exploring what kind redemptive path of grace God has in store for you.
Katherine JonasIndividual, children, adolescents, and adult therapy; family therapy; clinical, relational, and developmental issues. As a Christian; my faith is an influence in my personal life and worldview. At the heart of counseling is a connection between the counselor and the client, so it is important for you to find someone you feel comfortable sitting with and telling your story. I grew up in Bluefield, WV, went to college in Bristol, TN and have lived a few places since. My first job was teaching 6th grade at Hilton Head Christian Academy, living in Hilton Head, SC for 2 years. Since then I have also lived in Columbia, SC, Signal Mountain, TN, and Murfreesboro, TN. Chattanooga has been home now for almost 10 years, and what a great place to live! I am interested in many outside activities like gardening/working in the yard, hiking, and exploring new places. When weather keeps me inside I like to read, and have been challenging myself to develop my skills in the kitchen. Being creative is an important expression to me, so I enjoy all kinds of crafting, everything from making jewelry to scrapbooking. A recent professional development and has been the privilege to be accepted as a MFLC (Military Family Life Consultant) the past two years. I have had two different opportunities to work on a military base in Germany as a support and encouragement to military and their families. These experiences have allowed me insight and understanding to military life and the stress of living overseas. In the context of the therapeutic relationship, God can use the counselor to be a support, an encourager, a guide, at times someone who can teach skills, and educate. When clients share that commitment, explicit reference to their Christian faith will be a part of treatment and use of spiritual interventions incorporated, especially as these also have empirical support. My hope is to help my client develop insight, skills, and empower them to make changes!
Beth LambersonLicensed Clinical Social Worker
Jane NeallAdults and couples 18 years and older. Marital therapy, relationship issues, anxiety and depression, adjustment disorders, and trauma. Brainspotting. I work with adults of all ages: men, women, and couples. I enjoy working with people who want to improve their marriage or other relationships, and with other issues including depression and anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment to life transitions, or trauma. My previous career as a Nurse Practitioner helps me understand problems associated with chronic illness. I also enjoy working with people who have spiritual concerns and who would like to integrate their faith practice into the counseling process. I use an interpersonal process approach to therapy, which means I understand current problems through the lens of personal history, patterns of thinking, and relational style, but the focus is on current well-being and healthy relationships. I also use some cognitive & dialectical behavior therapy approaches, and I am trained in Brainspotting therapy. I’ve loved living in Chattanooga for the past 30 years. On a day off, you might find me biking along the Riverwalk with my husband, or having a cup of coffee in one of our new Southside restaurants or coffee shops, if I’m not traveling to one of the places on my “bucket list!”.
Amy PerkinsAdolescents, family therapy, trauma therapy, and substance abuse treatment.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL. I attended the University of Georgia and earned my Masters degree in Professional Counseling and also my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. My research focused on the effects of trauma in adolescents who are involved in the juvenile justice system. I am licensed to practice psychology in Tennessee, and a member of the American Psychological Association.
I have been working as a therapist for over 10 years. My expertise is in working with adolescents, facilitating family therapy, trauma therapy, and substance abuse treatment. My approach to psychotherapy is an integration of science and practice: my work with clients is grounded and supported by current research and sustained by my enthusiasm for learning and knowledge.
My counseling style is collaborative and relational. I believe that a trusting and affirming relationship is the foundation of effective psychotherapy. It is my goal to engage in therapy with a warm, enthusiastic, non-judgmental, and honest approach.
Laura SalazarPCIT for behavior problems in young children; individual therapy for adolescents and adults; family therapy; boundaries and codependence; abuse and trauma; EMDR I graduated from Richmont Graduate University in May of 2016. My general approach to therapy is structural and behavioral in nature. Depending on the unique needs to the client, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness may be used. Family systems approach informs my conceptualization and treatment of presenting issues. In addition, I offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for disruptive behaviors in young children. I am also trained in and use trauma-focused treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I am also trained in the Gottman approach to marriage counseling. I work with problems such as trauma and abuse, attention deficit, inability to manage impulses, defiant and oppositional behaviors, family conflict, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, stress management, parenting, and relationship issues including divorce. I love being outdoors on warm days, hiking to a place far away, and hanging out in my hammock. Being near water, whether it’s a lake, river, or ocean, is my favorite way to relax and refresh my soul. I love dogs and children. Essential oils are my newest hobby and form of self-care. I enjoy spending time with my friends and church family in my time away from work.
Nate SharpSexual Issues, Depression/Anxiety, Marital and Premarital Counseling, Affair Recovery, Grief Counseling.
I am a husband to Emily and a father to Laurel, Reuben, and Josiah. Over the course of my own life I have been marked by grief, struggle, and brokenness; likewise healing, awareness, and joy. Hence, my favorite part of this work is coming alongside and helping people as they are; whether through practical skills, processing and healing, or learning to connect and heal in relationships.
Books that I recommend include The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason; Peace Like a River, Leif Enger; So Brave Young and Handsome, Leif Enger; Telling Secrets, Frederick Buechner; All is Grace, Brennan Manning.
Michelle ShelleyParent-Child Interaction Therapy; individual therapy for adults, children & adolescents; EMDR & Trauma.
I graduated from Richmont Graduate University in 2008 with my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis on working with children and adolescents. Prior to that, I attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana and obtained a B.A. in Psychology.
I believe that everyone has a story to tell and I feel honored to journey with my clients through the ups and downs of each of those stories. I believe that growth occurs within a safe and nurturing environment with an occasional gentle challenge. One of my passions is to walk alongside individuals who have experienced trauma, helping to rediscover hope and journey towards healing and recovery. I am also passionate about helping parents with young children learn practical tools to help reduce difficult behaviors and enhance the parent-child relationship through the use of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
I am interested in working with children of all ages focusing on behavior management through PCIT for children ages 2.5-7. I also provide trauma-informed services to all ages and am EMDR trained.
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. We love traveling and exploring new places.
Erica SkidmoreAdults, adolescents, and children; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; trauma; co-dependency; depression; bipolar disorders; anxiety; child and adult psychological assessments; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Brainspotting.
Lorrie SlaterMarriage and family counseling, divorce recovery and blending families, anxiety, depression, and difficult life transitions.
Life can become overwhelming, I consider it a privilege to walk through that part of your journey with you. Difficult life transitions, family distress and conflict, abuse, divorce, anxiety, depression, as well as child and adolescent behavioral concerns, can leave you feeling helpless. I am honored to help you find your strength to cope in times of pain and suffering.
My training as a marriage and family therapist with a specialization in child and adolescent informs my systemic approach to counseling. Although I utilize cognitive behavioral and solution focused techniques, I realize each person has an incredibly unique story, therefore an interpersonal therapeutic approach is foundational to each session.
I also serve as the Assistant Dean of Students and as an assistant professor at Richmont Graduate University. Teaching informs my clinical work as I am continually studying and learning about best practices for my clients. I am also a member of the Richmont Global Traumatology team and as such, I am acutely aware of the impact of global trauma has on local individuals.
Jay SpaldingAdolescent, adult, senior counseling and soul care; marriage and family therapy; trauma therapy; grief and loss; evaluations.
For more information see drjayspalding.com
Nicole WalterAdolescent and adult individual counseling: Anxiety and Depression, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, and Women’s Issues. I graduated from Richmont Graduate University in 2009 with my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to that, I graduated with my B.A. in Sociology at Covenant College. My clients are often seeking to understand themselves better, heal from past hurts, and work towards creating their most meaningful life. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults with many different issues including: anxiety, depression, family conflict, body image, anger, loneliness, self-harm, grief, women’s issues, and relationship problems. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy to help clients find healthier ways to cope with problems and move forward in their lives. I love using the therapeutic relationship in order to help people see themselves and problems from a new perspective. I want to create a supportive and honest environment to help you accomplish whatever your goals are for therapy. I consider one of my strengths to be that I am authentic in the relationship that I build with my clients.
Laura WardIndividual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults; ADHD for all ages; chronic illness; grief & loss; cross-cultural transition and adjustment; ministry and missionary care.
I am a life-long lover of stories. Growing up in East and southern Africa as the daughter of missionaries, I met people from many different cultures and saw the variety of paths our lives can take. I’m fascinated by the interplay between our past experiences, present patterns, and future choices, and how these influence our connection to ourselves and others. Whatever your struggle – emotional or relational challenges, the impact of life transitions, the experience of loss – there is a way forward. I would be honored to come alongside you and help you write a better story for your life.
I work with families and individuals of all ages on a variety of emotional and relational issues, with a particular focus on ADHD, chronic illness, grief, cross-cultural transition & adjustment, and ministry & missionary care. Through a collaborative counseling relationship, I seek to offer a safe space for healing and growth. I’m a Licensed Marital & Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider. I hold an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Child & Adolescent Therapy from Richmont Graduate University, and a B.A. in English from Covenant College.
Jama WhiteIndividual therapy for adults; depression, anxiety, grief and loss, spiritual issues, relationship issues, trauma recovery.
Dr. Jama White is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a native East Tennessean with an undergraduate degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University. After spending 10 years in full-time Christian ministry, she earned her masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in Southern California.
Because of her experiences in overseas missions and in her study of nursing, Dr. White is interested in helping people explore the interplay between the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of their lives. Her approach to therapy is relational and collaborative in which she seeks to provide a safe relationship for persons to look at the impact of past circumstances and relationships and present challenges while looking for new opportunities for growth.
Dr. White enjoys working with adults of all ages facing issues of depression, anxiety, grief, loss, life transition, trauma, and spiritual concerns. She has specialized training in trauma treatment for adults.
When it is time to rest, Dr. White enjoys hiking in the mountains and traveling to support missionary families. She also enjoys quiet days of reading. Some her favorite recommendations are Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson, Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard, and Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.
Michael WilliamsIndividual adults, adolescents and married couples. Trauma, spiritual issues, depression, anxiety, and addictions. EMDR and CBT.
I grew up in Perry, Georgia and attended Auburn University for my bachelor’s degree, and I earned my master’s degree in professional counseling from Richmont Graduate University. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor that offers services to adolescents, married couples and individual adults, and some of the problems that I see include trauma, spiritual issues, addictions, marital distress, depression, and anxiety. Therapy approaches that I utilize include EMDR, Gottman Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching movies. We enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. A few books that I recommend and that have offered me hope and encouragement include The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, and The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer.