Kelsey Bearden

My Story: 

I was born and raised in Knoxville, where I received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee. I always had a passion to help others, but it was not until I worked in a volunteer position at my church, where I realized my passion for kids and family structures. I was assigned a group of teenage girls that I followed throughout the next 4 years. I met with them both individually and as a group on a weekly basis discussing struggles in all aspects of their lives. I later took on a more challenging position in a psychiatric hospital working with both children and adults. Seeing these families, I always felt that a lot of their struggles could improve with family coaching. Since starting in this practice in the Summer of 2013, I have gotten married and had two little girls and another little one is on the way, which I feel have added a tremendous amount of experience to what I gained through my education in counseling and previous work experiences. 



The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • Bachelors in Psychology

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • Masters in Mental Health Counseling

Fowler International 

  • Certification in Professional Coaching


Mental Health Experience:

Peninsula Behavioral Health 2010- 2015

  • Maintaining a therapeutic environment in a hospital setting
  • Leading groups with children and adults in crisis


Intern at PACT June 2012- April 2013

  • Providing in-home therapy to clients with severe and persistent mental illness

An Open Mind, LLC 2013-current


Specialty areas:

  • Teens & Young Adults
  • High Functioning ASD Teens and Young Adults
  • Anger Management



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