Mental Health Psychotherapy Services VA William C. Tallent Outpatient Clinic

(865) 545-4592 ext 4259 or 4223

Individual Counseling: One-on-one counseling is available for the variety of personal concerns that often result following military service (e.g., depression, anxiety, irritability). We recommend weekly solution-focused treatments for 12-16 weeks, with an emphasis on evidence based approaches.  We also offer substance use counseling.

Family and Couples Counseling:  Couples counseling is available for married or unmarried veterans and their partners.

Warrior to Soulmate: Couples retreat for caregiver / veteran relationships

Residential / Intensive PTSD Programs: If you have PTSD, have pursued outpatient treatment, and need a more intensive program, discuss with your mental health provider. We can assess fit, coordinate screening, and help with applications.

RANGE: An intensive outreach program for veterans with multiple psychiatric hospitalizations and difficulty living safely in the community due to a severe and chronic mental illness. Requires internal referral.


Posttraumatic Stress Groups – Ray Richardson, Ph.D.

This group seeks to help veterans of all era with ongoing symptoms of PTSD to learn ways to manage symptoms. Vietnam: Mondays @ 1000 & Wednesdays @ 0900,        Gulf War / OOO: Tuesdays @ 1100 & Thursdays @ 1300

Women’s PTSD Group – Ian Haag, Ph.D.

Utilizing principles from STAIR (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation), build off of trauma-related work done in individual therapy, coping skills, managing affect, building capacities for trust and emotional expression.

Main Clinic Conf Room onTuesdays @ 1300-1530

Mindfulness – Katie Wischkaemper, Ph.D.

Research shows us that stress, depression, and anxiety respond well to the practice of mindfulness. Combining education and skills, this class teaches awareness and acceptance. Fridays @ 1000-1130 – Main Conf Room

Recovery from Depression – Catherine Hearne, Ph.D.

Utilizing cognitive and behavioral strategies, we work together to develop healthier activities, support networks, and perspectives to treat depressive disorders. 16 sessions, Thursdays 1000-1130 – Main Conf Room

Mental Toughness – Nicole Stephens, Ph.D.

Use a strengths-based cognitive behavioral approach to actively address stress, conflict, and emotion. Learn problem solving, managing mood, and improving relationships. Fridays @1230-1400 – Main Clinic Conference Room

Recovery Skills Group – Aaron Sayers, Ph.D.

We will target building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and developing a balanced life. Tuesdays @ 1500-1630 – Main Clinic Conference Room

Anger Management – Scott Swan, Ph.D.

Learn about anger, improve your awareness of your own anger, and practice expressing anger safely and assertively. Mondays @ 1430-1600 – Main Clinic Conference Room

Peer Support Services – Bleu Copas, PSS

Help identify personal goals in your own recovery and learn how to get the most out of your VA mental healthcare and/or your own community! (1:1 and groups available).

865-545-4592, ext. 4036

LGBT Peer Support Group

Group-driven dialogue to network, learn ways to cope with stigma surrounding identities as LGBTQ Veterans, discover area resources, and problem solve healthcare.

Thursdays 1300-1400; at the Annex

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

Develop your own wellness plan, identifying list of activities for well-being, track triggering events and early warning signs, create a plan for your supporters, and for the times when things get difficult. 12 Sessions.

Fridays 1300-1500; at the Annex

Veterans of the Sand

Peer support for OEF/OIF/OND veterans to get connected and identify resources that will ease the transition back to the Knoxville area. Focus is on issues like fighting isolation, building bridges, career planning, and other topics.

Wednesdays, drop-in weekly, 0900-1000 at the Annex

Coping Skills

Reduce internalized stigma about serious mental illness, cultivate the self ‘outside of the mental illness’, address stereotypes, strengthen the self, deal with discriminatory behavior, and increasing connection with others.

Tuesdays, drop-in weekly, 1300-1400 at the Annex.

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