Lisa Matthews, LPC

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specializations

  • Relationship & Family Issues

  • Adolescents, College Students/Young Professionals, & Adults

  • Life Transitions

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Women’s Issues

  • Postpartum Adjustment Issues

  • Adoption & Foster Care

  • Spiritual Wellness & Concerns

  • Career Counseling

Lisa is a licensed professional counselor and has been in the counseling profession since 2008. Lisa loves her work and has a passion for helping people find emotional wholeness in the midst of brokenness. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Tennessee and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in counselor education, with a special emphasis on child and family studies and postpartum adjustment. Lisa counsels from a relational model that emphasizes the importance of acceptance, courage, and connection with others as pathways to healing. 

 From her own personal experiences in counseling and in counseling others, Lisa has come to believe that hope, redemption, and restoration can become part of every person’s story. Lisa believes that emotions are a gift from God, given to reflect His glory and help us live rich and meaningful lives in a broken world. Instead, many people find themselves struggling with guilt, shame, sadness, fear, hurt, and loneliness. Lisa believes it is her job as your counselor to listen, encourage, and lovingly challenge you while walking alongside you on your journey toward freedom and wholeness.

 Lisa is experienced in working with clients in all stages of life, including individuals, couples, families, and adolescents dealing with a variety of issues. Her areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, unforgiveness, spiritual concerns, loneliness, relational and familial conflict, adjusting to change and life transitions, adoption and foster care, postpartum adjustment, and career counseling. 

 Lisa and her husband Ryan have made Knoxville their home for more than 10 years. They are foster parents and have cared for children from early adolescence through young adulthood, along with raising their daughter. Lisa is well acquainted with the joys and challenges of foster and adoptive care, from both a personal and professional perspective. Her own experiences and struggles have deepened her ability to empathize, understand, and have compassion for the deeply complex nature of parenting, especially in foster and adoptive relationships. 

 In addition to her work, family, and friends, Lisa enjoys fellowship with her downtown neighborhood community, cooking and eating new foods, traveling, reading, and spending time outside in God’s glorious creation. Lisa would be honored to work alongside you as you begin your journey in counseling. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the main line and she would be happy to schedule an appointment with you. 

An Excerpt from Lisa’s Counseling Philosophy: 

 My desire is to help my client’s live rich and meaningful lives despite the inevitable pain and struggles we all face. Our emotions are a gift from God, meant to reflect the vastness of His glory, given to help us live fully in a broken world. Instead, so many of us struggle with guilt, shame, sadness, fear, hurt, numbness, and loneliness. 

We binge on multiple distractions so we don’t feel lonely. 

We drink excessively because we don’t believe there is anything better. 

We amass power so we won’t feel afraid.

We suffer depression to escape from anger. 

We practice quid pro quo as an illusion of intimacy. 

We fight for the status quo to keep from facing our fear, or we fight for change to avoid the pain of waiting. 

We go to church worshipping the ritual that allows us to safely avoid knowing God. 

We do all these things to avoid relationship with our hearts, others’ hearts, and God’s heart.

Excerpt taken from: The Voice of the Heart: A Call to Full Living, by Chip Dodd (2014, p 25-26) 

 The pathway to healing is not an easy journey, and it requires tremendous courage and strength. If you find yourself identifying with any of the statements above, I would love to walk with you on your journey toward freedom and wholeness.