About Us


Healthy Mind Counseling Services, Inc. (HMCS)
opened its doors on February 14, 2005. The practice is located in the Homberg Building, Suite 14, Suite 29A, and Suite 4.

HMCS is a group practice and is owned by Debbie Price, MSSW.  The practice includes therapists, psychologists and  psych nurse practitioners who, as independent contractors, provide clinical services and medication management to clients.  Our philosophy is to provide the best care by matching our clients to  a therapist that is most qualified to help with the particular issue.  Therapists may refer to our nurse practitioners as appropriate.  

HMCS works to reduce the stigma associated with counseling by providing a comfortable and save environment for talk therapy.  In the counseling process, clients gain insight regarding emotional issues and learn coping skills to improve daily functioning.

 Kim Deaton, LCSW
Mrs. Deaton has 15 years of mental health experience.  She treats both adolescents and adults coping with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, job and school related stress, and drug and alcohol problems.  She also specializes in couple’s therapy.

Lisa Frost, LCSW

Ms. Frost has worked in the mental health field for 12 years.  She works with adults, adolescents and children. 

She specializes in family issues, post-partum depression, adolescent behavior problems and parenting.  She also enjoys working with couples.

 John Heflin, LCSW
Mr. Heflin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of experience in the social work and behavioral health field. He utilizes a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which attempts to increase psychological flexibility through the practice of mindfulness, acceptance, values construction, and committed action. His approach can be effective in changing the relationship with unpleasant internal experiences (thoughts, feelings, memories, etc.) and promoting action in the service of valued living. His interests include working with adolescents, young adults and adults struggling with life transitions and obstacles to living a meaningful, purposeful, and engaged life.  During his career, he has provided services in both outpatient and inpatient settings treating a broad range of presenting problems including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Before relocating to Knoxville, he worked as an Addiction Specialist at the Penn State Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.

 Kirk Steele, LCSW

Mr. Steele has 26 years experience as a licensed clinical social worker specializing in areas of addiction, mental health, and dual diagnosis.  He works with individuals and families ranging in age from young adult through seniors.  In addition to chemical abuse, he treats depression, anxiety, grief, communication problems, anger management and emotional regulation issues, pain management, life transitions and adjustment issues. His therapeutic approach is cognitive behavioral/psycho educational orientation that is both goal directed and client centered.  The therapy process emphasizes acceptance and change within the context of “here and now” issues that are contributing to personal and interpersonal discomfort.

Irish Lyles, PLC/MHSP

Ms Lyles works with adults and children.

Terry Housteau, LCSW

Ms. Housteau provides in-home counseling for seniors experiencing life changes and challenges.

 Michael Gardner, LCSW

Mr. Gardner provides in-home counseling for seniors experiencing life changes and challenges.

 David Friend, LCSW

Mr. Friend provides in-home counseling for seniors experiencing life changes and challenges.

 Jayne Kraft, LCSW

Ms. Kraft provides in-home counseling for seniors experiencing life changes and challenges

Debbie Price, MSSW
Practice Manager
Ms. Price has worked 20+ years in management and sales including starting her own business. 

In 2000 Ms. Price decided to follow her life long ambition to pursue an advanced degree in social work.  She enrolled at the University of Tennessee and in 2002 received a Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW).  For two years she worked for a large non-profit agency managing the outpatient mental health center.

In 2005 Ms. Price opened Healthy Mind Counseling Services. Clinical services are offered by master level therapists, psychologists, and psych nurse practitioners.  We work with individuals, couples, and families that have life issues such as depression, marital concerns, work stress, school problems, behavior problems, post partum depression, etc.  These are some of the issues we work with but are not limited to these issues. 

Ms. Price has also taught at the University of Tennessee College of of Social Work as adjunct faculty.


We always welcome communication from our clients but due to both HIPAA regulations and our professional ethics, we will decline any requests for connection on social media (such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.).  Thank you for understanding our commitment to provide the highest quality and ethical care.
Gail Clift, PMHNP-BC

She is qualified to provide medication management for children ages three to 18 and parent training to deal with discipline problems, school issues and children with severe behavior problems.

Gail Clift is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has specialized training in providing mental health care to children and families. She has 30 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and has worked in a variety of settings. Her expertise is parenting education, working with children who have school problems, and children with developmental delays. Gail Clift is a certified Forensic Nurse and has experience working with children and their families who are victims of sexual abuse.


Angie Allen

Vickie Hitt

Cathy Paul

Stacey Gresham

Sherri Monday

Stephanie Fidler

Kayla Mumm

Denise Hucks

Dean Price

 Diana Brown Taylor, L
Ms. Brown Taylor has 18 years of experience in the field of mental health care working in home health, hospice, hospital, office and crisis settings.  She works with persons experiencing adjustment to life transitions, physical decline, care giving, depression, terminal illness, grief and loss, and issues of death and dying.  Ms. Brown Taylor has worked closely with persons with dementia and their families' and has facilitated caregiver support groups in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association.   She sees adults ages 18 and older for depression, anxiety, relationship issues and coping with life's stressors. 

Sarah Weddington, LCSW

Ms. Weddington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the mental health field for 9 years. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and seniors with mental health and substance abuse issues. She sees adolescents 16+ and adults with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. She specializes in treating college students and young adults.

Katherine Sullivan, PMHNP-BC, RN
Ms. Sullivan is an ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and provides psychiatric evaluation & medication management services for individuals18 years and older.  Some of the issues she works with include, but are not limited to, depression, postpartum depression/anxiety, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders such as panic disporder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. She also works with alcohol, benzodiazepine, and opiate dependence, schizophrenia, and adult ADHD.  She has experience and enjoys working with trauma survivors, clients in acute crisis, clients within the GLBT community and clients struggling with grief and loss.  She is currently supervised by Dr. Lane Cook, M.D. of Sutherland Associates in Knoxville, Tennessee
Megan Rapien, LCSW 
Ms. Rapien is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with seventeen years experience in the mental health field. Her clinical experience includes work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has worked in a variety of settings, including serving as clinical supervisor to therapists working in an inpatient behavioral health unit. Her practice focus includes family and relationship issues, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, senior/later life issues, dementia, communication issues, and boundary setting.
Hilary Haverkamp, LCSW

Tara Thomas, LPC/MHSP

Margaret Anthony, LCSW

John McClure, PhD

Corinne Bell, PhD

Caitlin Greenwood, APN

Charlotte Tunnell, ARN

Chad Phillips, APN

Paula MacMorran, APN

Dr. John Rodgers, MD