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.

SPECIALTIES:
* 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

ALSO EXPERIENCED IN:
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.

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

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 35





Specialties

  • 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 , HIV / AIDS , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), 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

Licensing

TN LPC 717


Reviews

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 on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with John for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

John was very great. Knowledgeable and helpful in ways I could use on my own and techniques to help me manage my life more effectively. Only reason I’m switching is his retirement coming up. Thanks for everything John!

Written on Dec 20, 2022 after therapy with John for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

John is absolutely fantastic.
He has gone above and beyond and has helped me so much and made me feel heard and supported.

I will be forever grateful for his support and guidance in this season of my life.
You have helped bring peace to a restless mind and helped me find joy and laughter in the hard times.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Written on Dec 17, 2022 after therapy with John for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, adhd, grief, compassion fatigue, and bipolar disorder

I have not had a chance to actually conduct therapy given my schedule. However, he has been extremely helpful in navigating my understanding of the service. He is retiring and I wish him well!

Written on Nov 30, 2022 after therapy with John for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and anger management

Mr. Thompson is a great person and therapist. He listens to what is going on in your life and gives you meaningful, applicable insights as to not only addressing your issues, but also how to heal and forgive yourself. He helped me considerably and I highly recommend Mr. Thompson!

Written on Nov 09, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

John is the best counselor I’ve ever had. He listens, offers practical insights, paints a picture of the path we are on together, and reassures his confidence in me to be successful in my journey to better health. I could not recommend more!

Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

Incredible caring man. Great listener.

Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, and coping with life changes

Amazing listener

Written on Oct 02, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

John is a very knowledgeable therapist who has had experience with many types of people and puts you at ease immediately. However, his most appealing quality is how he cuts through the bull and gets to the heart of the matter without being offensive. Truthful but kind.

Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and adhd

The first thing I noticed about Dr. Thompson is how well qualified he is in various areas I needed assistance with. He is kind, professional, and speaks very directly. I am so happy I found him.

Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Very knowledgeable. Great therapist!

Written on Sep 25, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

John is very supportive.

Written on Sep 16, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

John is a great listener and his advice gave me encouragement and peace.

Written on Sep 13, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Excellent, very experienced therapist.

Written on Sep 06, 2022 after therapy with John for 4 months on issues concerning addictions, self esteem, and adhd

John is very helpful and with many years of experience he is very knowledgable. I thought he was patient and senstive to my needs and situation, however, I also found him to be quite direct and to the point when he felt he needed to be, and I found this to be very refreshing.

Written on Aug 19, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

John is great.

Written on Aug 19, 2022 after therapy with John for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

He is always great and ready to help anytime I message or need him.

Written on Jul 21, 2022 after therapy with John for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Takes great notes, empathetic, keeps us on track, overcomes connection issues with my wifi, shares his own life experiences

Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and trauma and abuse

John is very responsive. He understands what I’m going through and provides appropriate advice.

Written on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

From clinical experience to compassion he stands out from baseline expectations. His experience gives him perspective and has armed him with all that he requires to assist you in working through things. I personally have a rare issue. I wasn't hopeful for therapy to be of any aid. I needed to try something along the stress management line. After a few sessions I am experiencing ease of spirit and more consistent mood regulation. I would recommend him.

Written on Jun 09, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I am very grateful to have been matched with John Thompson! He is knowledgeable, kind and compassionate. He listens and provides a safe space to be honest without judgement. I am amazed at the simple, yet very effective tools he has given me and that have already made a difference in just a few short weeks.
He is prompt with my appointment times and is quick to respond to any additional correspondence via the BetterHelp app.
This is the first time I’ve had the courage to reach out to a therapist and he is making the leap of faith and journey meaningful and worthwhile! Thank you!!

Written on May 17, 2022 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I requested a therapist with experience in addictions and trauma, and I was matched with John Thompson. I recommend him for these areas of therapy.

Written 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 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 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 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 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.

Work with me!