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L. Gordon Brewer, Jr., MEd, LMFT

Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC
605 Watauga Street
Kingsport, TN  37660
Phone: 423-408-2601 or 844-215-0811
FAX: 888-395-1262

times in our livesEveryone has times in their life when it is difficult to work through things on your own. The death of a loved one, relationship issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and life transitions are a few of the common experiences that affect many people at different times in their lives. Many times, we need someone to help us sort through these changes in our lives. Change is difficult. But by having someone to walk us through the process of change and challenge us to approach our problems differently, we can grow, succeed and be happy.

Providing counseling and therapy services for those coping with depression or anxiety, marital and relationship issues, sex addiction, PTSD, grief and loss, anger management, parenting and family issues, abuse recovery, and life coaching.

About

online scheduler buttonGordon has been a therapist/counselor for the past 12 years and has worked in the human services field for the majority of his career.  Gordon is the president and founder of Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC. He is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Clinical Member with an Approved Supervisor designation of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Gordon has extensive experience in working with individuals, couples and families during times of life transitions and stress related difficulties. Gordon uses an integrative approach to therapy.  He uses aspects of cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy and other systemic approaches that focus on helping people change interaction patterns that tend to cause problems and prevent meaningful and happy relationships. Gordon is also trained in providing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for survivors of trauma such military personnel or victims of abuse.

In addition to his work as a therapist, Gordon is ordained as clergy person (vocational deacon) in the Episcopal Church.  Gordon is affiliated with St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport. “As I tell people that come to me for therapy, one’s spiritual life is a personal thing.  I am certainly influenced by my own spirituality and religious beliefs. Sometimes when people come in to see me, I do have on my ‘funny collar’ (clerical collar). But I also make it a point for them to know that do NOT push any sort of religious agenda in my therapy practice.  I am comfortable talking about spiritual/faith issues, but each person’s religious path is unique. Our religious lives can be a path for healing.  I am happy to share that with people, but it will never be forced upon them.”

Gordon is married and has one daughter who is in college. He lives in Kingsport, TN and enjoys listening to music, photography, fly fishing, working in the yard and traveling.

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Phone: 423-408-2601

Email: gordonb@kingsportcounseling.com

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Office Location

Kingsport Counseling Assocaites

Gordon’s office at Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC is located at 605 Watauga Street , Kingsport, TN.

The new office location is at the corner of Watauga St. and Charlemont Ave.; catty-corner across the street from Carter-Trent Funeral Home.  It is a gray stucco building.

Directions:

From 11W/Stone Drive:  Turn onto Gibson Mill Road (next to HMG and Marsh Blood Bank).  Go to the second circle and bear to the right onto Watauga Street.  Office will be on the left about a block down just past P&S Pharmacy.

From I-26: Take the Wilcox Dr. Exit (Exit 4).  Stay straight on Wilcox Drive.  Go past Eastman Chemical Co. and turn left onto Sullivan St. (after you go under the railroad underpass).  Stay on Sullivan Street till you reach Charlemont Ave.  Take a right on Charlemont Ave.  Office will be on the right at the corner of Watauga St.

Parking

Please park either on the street (Charlemont Ave.) in front of the building or in the gravel parking lot at the back of the building.  Access to the gravel lot is from the alley next to P&S Pharmacy.

What To Expect

what to expectWhen people come to therapy for the first time, it is natural for them to feel nervous and anxious.  As I tell people, coming to talk to a perfect stranger about very personal things, would NOT be on my top-ten-list of things to do either! So it is only normal to feel a bit (or a lot!) apprehensive.

Talk therapy is only effective when people can begin to feel at ease with the therapist and be willing to be open and honest, not only with the therapist, but with themselves.  For that reason, therapy should feel safe and secure. That is part of my job as a therapist is to help people feel comfortable in talking about themselves by developing a relationship with them that helps them do that.

The therapy process takes different amounts of time for different people.  Each person and relationship is different. Therapy is really about having conversations with the therapist (and each other in couples therapy).  The conversations are guided by the therapist so that a person can begin to gain insights into themselves and their relationships, then at the same time, challenge them to make the changes they need to make in order to be more successful in life.

Therapy is also being able to learn how to change behaviors and interaction patterns that are non-productive and lead to conflict in relationships.  It is about over-coming fears and anxieties. It is about learning how to better regulate emotions and finding alternative ways to cope with life’s stressors.

Ultimately, therapy is about learning more about yourself and your relationships then making the changes you need to make to have healthier relationships and a better self-concept.

Confidentiality

The first thing that I talk with people about when they come to therapy is “confidentiality”.  Everything we talk about in the session stays in that room.  The only time I would ever break confidentiality is if I thought someone was going to hurt themselves or someone else.  As a licensed therapist I am bound by the State Laws of Tennessee for the practice of Marital and Family Therapist.  I am also bound by the ethical codes of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, of which I am a clinical member.

Credentials

I am licensed as a Marital and Family Therapist by the state and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) with an Approved Supervisor designation. The requirements for licensure are that a person completes a Masters Degree and then at least a two year internship under the supervision of another Licensed Marriage and Family who has been trained in licensure supervision.  In addition, the person has to take and pass board exams in marital and family therapy.

I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Mars Hill College and my Masters Degree from East Tennessee State University.

Cost of Services

The cost of therapy depends on your individual situation. The normal cost per session is $125.00 for a 50 minute session. HOWEVER I am able to accept insurance. Your out-of-pocket expense would depend on your insurance plan.  Most of the time, you would only be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles that would apply.

For those people who either do not have insurance or choose not to use their insurance benefits, we also have a sliding scale fee schedule that is based on family income. We offer this service through the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective. Please see the video below for more information:

For insurance plans that are out-of-network we can provide you with the forms needed to file for possible reimbursement from your insurance company.There are no guarantees that your insurance company will reimburse for services.

 

Current Participating Insurance Panels

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • United Health Care Community Plan (Tenncare)
  • Magellan
  • Compsych
  • TriCare
  • Tenncare
  • Humana
  • Anthem
  • Other plans out-of-network

Payment Options

We are able to accept all forms of payment. (Cash, Check and Credit Cards).  Payment of services is expected at the time of sessions.  If you wish to prepay for sessions, you may do so through our bill payment page.