Justin Friel, LMFT
Young adults and adolescents
Sex therapy; healthy sexuality,
sex addiction, pornography
concerns, sexual identity, and
Spiritual concerns including
growth and spiritual formation
Grief and Loss
Anxiety and Depression
Justin received his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2013 where he specialized in Christian Sex Therapy. He moved to Knoxville in 2006 to study at Johnson University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Church Leadership. Justin sees his role as a counselor is to be present, listen well, and pay attention while coming alongside someone in need and helping them to navigate a difficult portion of life’s journey. He is interested in helping people to dig deeper into their story so that they can better understand where they came from, and where they may be going, that counseling can help someone become more “themselves.”
Justin works broadly with issues of identity, sexuality, family history and dynamics, spirituality, and life direction. Specifically, he works with men who are dealing with issues involving sexuality, pornography usage, addiction, and masculine identity. He broadly works with individuals who are coping with depression and anxiety, relationship concerns, spiritual growth and development, and life transitions. He is also excited to work with couples for premarital, marital enrichment, and general marital counseling including sex therapy.
Justin believes that a restored relationship with God, others, and the self is the ultimate source of healing and that counseling is a part of that journey to restoration. Justin has been formed by his Christian faith and participation in Christian faith communities; however, he is able to work with clients from a variety of faith backgrounds.
Justin is passionate about cooking, community, coffee, and being outdoors. He spends as much time as possible with friends and loved ones, including his dog. He enjoys reading, writing, and gardening. His favorite authors are Wendell Berry, John Steinbeck, and Chaim Potok.