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John Thompson, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma and abuse Grief Depression
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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.


Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania

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

License information

TN LPC 717


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.

John is a wonderful therapist who has helped me immensely by actively listening to me and guiding me throughout our sessions.. He is extremely approachable and knowledgeable. Truly appreciate his support all along!

Written on May 23, 2023 after therapy with John for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

John is a wonderful man and provides such Godly counsel. He is kind, but firm. Speaking truth in love. This is exactly what I needed.

Written on May 15, 2023 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

He takes his time! Let's people sort out their ideas before just "fixing it".

Written on May 03, 2023 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Mr. Thompson is the BEST!! I never had any bad experience with him. He is a great listener, easy to talk to and he offers great advice(s). You definitely want him as your therapist...hands down!

Written on Apr 28, 2023 after therapy with John for 7 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

John is a great therapist, he's always patient, attentive and kind.

Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with John for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

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