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About Me

Hello, my name is John. I am a licensed therapist and semi retired from private practice of 25 years in rural west Tennessee. I have worked in varied milieus: with disabilities, addiction facility, community mental health, psychiatric hospital, group home and private practice. I am a veteran, with a loving home and family (and pets). Both of my parents worked in the 'helping profession', so I came by it naturally. I believe in counseling and therapy. I have used most of the therapeutical interventions that are called for. I believe in matching the intervention with the issue and individual's needs. I look forward to meeting and working with you. I have read your profile and am comfortable working with these issues. Should you have any questions relative to our 'connecting' please don't hesitate to contact me, I want to help.

* Substance abuse/addiction
* Mental health issues: depression, anxiety, bi-polar, PTSD, (other DSM V criteria)
* Family conflicts-anger management, substance abuse, parenting, divorce, abandonment, couples re-unification
* Grief-end of life, hospice, bereavement
* PTSD-trauma, military issues, survivor issues
* ADHD- behavior modification, parent skill training

I am a former member of the International Critical Incident Foundation, The Crisis Care Network, NBCC, American Psychological Assoc., NADAC, AMHCA, and TMHCA.
I have had experience in setting up a Drug Court and being part of the therapy in that program.
I had many referrals from the court system dealing with abuse, domestic violence, addiction and parenting. As a veteran I ran a support group for military personnel, helped many through PTSD issues and help in getting their disability. I have done extensive work in the field of substance abuse and worked in a facility for over two years.
I have been certified: Moral Recognition Therapy, Domestic Violence Perpetrator; Disaster MH Services for American Red Cross and Anger Mgt. As a Christian counselor I lead a grief support group and am a bereavement minister. I work in a teenage boys group home doing behavior modification and parental skill training.

Cognitive behavior- CBT; Client -Centered; Existential Therapy; Solution-Focused Therapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Addictions counseling.



  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , First Responder Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #TN 717 (Expires: 2022-07-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for John Thompson. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by D.U. on May 12, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coaching

John is a great counselor. Very knowledgeable. I like him a lot

Written by S.J. on Apr 21, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, eating disorders, and coping with life changes

John Thompson is extremely helpful. He is very skilled at zeroing in on root issues and providing a clear perspective. John's no-nonsense approach is refreshing. He is a thoughtful listener and provides valuable feedback. Clearly, his understanding of mental health issues comes from extensive experience and knowledge. His insight and guidance have positively impacted my life and helped me to get to a healthier place much quicker than I would have thought possible. As I continue to work through changing some unhealthy thought processes and learn to view problems from a different angle, I greatly appreciate John's help.

Written by J.A. on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

John found ways to relate to me. And when he couldn’t, he tried to imagine how I was feeling. Asked great questions. [Reviews are a blame game, I’m more about taking responsibility for the work were trying to do here. Ultimately, you have to know half of the job is yours! Be open to therapy and make sure you are comfortable during the video sessions. None of this will work otherwise.] John is top notch!

Written by D.A. on Apr 01, 2022 after therapy with John for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and adhd

Every session has been a positive experience.

Written by A.M. on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with John for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Terrific therapist and very helpful!

Written by A.D. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

John’s have been nothing but great help. Right away he accommodation my questions and give me great advice.