About me

Hello, it is nice to meet you. My name is Kathy, and I live in Knoxville, TN. I have 33 years of experience working in the mental health profession and over 25 years of practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have extensive knowledge in the treatment of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, anger management, low self-esteem, relationship issues, ADHD and substance use. I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with individuals and couples dealing with difficult life circumstances, unexpected changes and past/present trauma. Over the course of my career, I have assisted individual in learning to manage some of the most difficult and often life-altering situations.

My approach combines cognitive behavioral, person-centered and psychodynamic therapy. I am particularly interested in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy as I firmly believe in the connection between our thoughts and how they affect our functioning. I will approach each visit with an open mind and non-judgmental attitude. I have had many former clients report that I am warm, empathetic, compassionate and affable. It is my belief that a strong therapeutic rapport is the foundation for a successful treatment outcome.

I look forward to meeting you soon and am so glad that you have decided to take this step forward in your journey towards better mental health.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Communication Problems , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 26

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

TN LCSW 3543


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kathy Duncan. 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 23, 2023 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Kathy is the best, first time in therapy awesome experience.

Written on Jan 15, 2023 after therapy with Kathy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kathy had been a huge help in my mental health journey. She is great about showing small details about your situation and making sense of things you couldn’t more than likely without her. I appreciate her help. She’s been great.

Written on Dec 19, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

She's great!

Written on Dec 09, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Kathy is a pragmatic and straight forward therapist, who assisted me very practically in resolving some habitual negative thought patterns that had disrupted the quality of my life experiences. Many thanks to Kathy for guiding me with some CBT techniques to assist me. I know where to come in the future for any assistance if i need it.

Written on Nov 17, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Very relaxed environment and very understanding and helpful

Written on Sep 15, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coaching

The sessions with Kathy are always helpful. I feel understood and she provides useful tools to break certain patterns I have developed over time. Additionally I feel comfortable sharing difficult topics with her because she is very empathetic and sensible. I greatly appreciate her advice!

Written on Sep 05, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Kathy Duncan is by far the best therapist I have ever had. She is so kind and understanding, and does her best to work with me in ways that I can comprehend and work on. She is truly such a big help to me, I wouldn’t be where I am without her

Written on Aug 25, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I have always been the type of person that thought therapist any kind wasn't for me until I decided I should give it a try. Kathy has definitely made this experience worth while and I honestly look forward to the week conversation and in three weeks I am already seeing improvement in myself. Thank you Kathy.

Written on Aug 22, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Kathy is thoughtful, approachable and has solid suggestions for coping with anxiety.

Written on Jul 22, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and adhd

Kathy is a great match for me, she is very professional and is great at helping me with my anxiety, depression and ADHD. She is a great listener, and talks in a way that is easy for me to understand. I higly reccomend Kathy to anyone with simular problems as me.

Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Kathy is wonderful, she listens and provides valuable feedback and strategies to help overcome your obstacles. Highly recommend!

Written on Jul 10, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

Kathy is so helpful. I have done therapy for years and had many therapists. Kathy is one of the best. She has pointed out things I didn’t see and offers solutions to those issues.

Written on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management

She knows what she's doing.

Written on Jun 22, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kathy has been very patient and helpful to me. She responds to me with good advice and that's made a huge difference in working through a very difficult time for me. Like guiding me through a dark room. My experience has been very positive.

Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Kathy has a calm and effective way of getting me to talk and see how to unravel problems in my own mind. When I get stuck and can’t see how to make sense of it, she is there to propose possibilities and help me figure out what’s going on and how to improve the situation. She is kind and compassionate.

Written on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, anger management, and bipolar disorder

i love Mrs. Kathy so much!

Written on Jun 12, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, coaching, and compassion fatigue

It's still early but I feel Kathy is attentive and professional but approachable and down to earth. I am surprised how practical therapy can be and I appreciate the resources and tips she has given me. I'm looking forward to future sessions.

Written on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Kathy is a true expert, incisive and an incredibly intuitive and gifted therapist. I have had hundreds of hours of therapy with many different psychotherapists and even psychiatrists practicing psychotherapy; across many different modalities, including extensive EMDR to very little avail, diagnosed with everything including depression, anxiety, BPD traits, c-ptsd and ADD; with minimal success. This was because the root causes of my pain was not adequately targeted or identified, as having been in relationship codependency and possibly relationship addiction as well. Things that no other therapist in my last 10 years have been able to help me pinpoint. I was so close to collapse and Kathy has an amazing gift for helping those close to collapse, people like me that have aimlessly tried nearly a dozen different professionals. She is a true diamond, and I am so glad to have found her through BetterHelp. Thank you for everythjng

Written on May 16, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I followed Kathy here from the office. The last two years, she has helped me cope with tough situations, encouraged me, has been working on my confidence in and out of the work setting, and is truly someone I am comfortable confiding in. Kathy has helped me improve my mental health in day to day situations as well as in my relationships, etc. I can’t thank Kathy enough for always being a great listener and advisor!

Written on May 13, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Years of self help, meditation, and reflection got me to a point where I could accept outside help. Sessions with Kathy have been informative, constructive, and exactly what I was going for.

Written on May 04, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Kathy is wondering. I felt like she really listened to me and understood what I was needing at the moment. Kathy made it so easy to open up and I never felt like she judged me. Truly she was a big help!

Written on Apr 21, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Kathy does a wonderful job. She is extremely knowledgeable, empathetic, accessible, and patient.

Written on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue,

Kathy is amazing. She validated my feelings, suggested great feedback and has a great humor. She is a great therapist and I would recommend her to anyone!

Written on Apr 12, 2022 after therapy with Kathy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

I’ve had 2 completely different sessions with Kathy and I already greatly value her insight and appreciate that she absolutely listens to my concerns and had offered great tools with dealing with the different things I’ve brought up to her. I’ve had a lot of very life changing things occur in the past 2 months and was afraid I couldn’t handle them all at once but Kathy has given me the tools to think about things in a different way and helping me to heal. I would recommend her to anyone going through past trauma, addiction or grief. I’m happy I decided to do this.

Work with me!