Our Therapists

Can a therapist really help my problems? If so, how do I choose one?

If you find yourself asking these questions, you are not alone. Everyone has unique challenges, so finding a therapist that suits your specific needs can be difficult. At Journey Psychotherapy Center, we seek to make this process simpler by having a whole team of therapists with a wide range of backgrounds and experience so that we can serve a variety of different clients. On this page, you will find a brief introduction explaining the specialty of each of our therapists. If you see one that interest you, click on her name to read more about her. If you need further assistance, feel free to give us a call and let us help connect you to the therapist who can best meet your needs. We are honored to help you in any way we can.

Dr. Skidmore is a therapist who also conducts psychological assessments. She uses a variety of treatment methodologies, but her unique specialties are brainspotting, Floortime™ Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Whether you are looking for an expert on Autsim or trauma or just someone to help you process a difficult life experience, Erica is a great option.

MyChelle works with adolescents and adults. She helps couples work through infidelity, pregnancy,and other relationship issues. Whether you feel like your marriage is on it's last legs or just needs work in a few areas, MyChelle can help you and your spouse find your next steps. She works with individuals on anxiety, depression, sexual issues, trauma, PTSD, and women's issues. She is trained in a variety of treatment methods including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (S.A.F.E EMDR) and the Gottman Method.

As a firefighter for almost 20 years, Kristin understands the effects of trauma. She is passionate about helping others (especially first responders) process depression, anxiety, and PTSD. She also enjoys helping couples strengthen their relationships by navigating conflict management and enhancing their friendship. She is trained in S.A.F.E. EMDR.

Do you have questions about your sexual orientation? Have you been out for years and just want a therapist who understands what it's like to be gay in Chattanooga? Emmy works with the LGBTQ+ community and their families. She can help you process coming out to yourself and others, navigating the world of relationships, and spiritual abuse and trauma you may have experienced. If you aren't gay, Emmy would be happy to see you too. She sees straight people for anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Shelby sees adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. While she is somewhat of a generalist and works with things such as anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, grief, trauma, spiritual issues and life transitions, she also has additional training in sex therapy. Sex therapy works with sexual dysfunction, medical issues, addiction, trauma, abuse, and gender identity.

Julia is our child expert. She offers parent child interaction therapy (PCIT) for families with children aged 2 through 7. That's right, you can get help for your toddler! Julia also works with older children and adolescents, helping them navigate all of the transitions that come with growing up. She can help with relationship issues, self esteem, behavior issues, coping skills, and anxiety.

Jessie works with addiction issues (alcohol, drug, sex) and addresses issues that can keep people from staying in recovery- codependency, boundaries, unresolved trauma etc. She offers Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and has experience with a variety of other treatment models. Jessie also works with individuals on anxiety, low self esteem, and has experience with couples, adolescents, and families.

Andrea is passionate about helping parents, children, and families that are trying to resolve, overcome, and/or heal from civil and/or criminal litigation matters to include divorce, child custody and visitation, parenting plans, domestic violence, anger, stress, parental alienation, and child abuse and neglect.

Interns!

Interns are finishing up their Master's Degree in counseling and offer sessions for a reduced rate. They are less experienced and may not have training in advanced methodologies, but they do have the most current training. Interns are supervised by both a university professor and at least one highly qualified professional therapist who will advise them about treatment plans. If you are interested in seeing an intern, contact Dr Skidmore to see if it might be a good fit for you!

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

from The Journey

by Mary Oliver

Take the next step in your journey.

Journey Psychotherapy Center
3505 Brainerd Rd. #1
Chattanooga, TN, 37411
423.521.5678
Journey Psychotherapy Center