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Alex Gottfried
MA, Licensure Track
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Through his years as a counselor in Private Practice in Knoxville, Alex has come to understand that life can be challenging, and everyone can use the help of a trained professional in life’s darkest moments and uncertainties. His approach to counseling is relational in style and focused on the whole person, working from both a biblical framework and a clinical approach.

Alex specializes in working with adolescents, adults, couples, and parents. His areas of focus include couples work, vocational calling, same sex attraction issues, professional and amateur athletics, emotional regulation, process and substance addiction, and personality disorders. He also enjoys meeting with pastors, missionaries, and others in vocational ministry to provide a place of rest and encouragement.

Alex was born and raised in Winter Park, FL where he grew up competing in tennis at the highest levels. In college he majored in business and tourism management. During that time, Alex felt the call to care for people in unique ways. After graduating from Appalachian State University, Alex went on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Tennessee to care for college students and share the Gospel with them. After seeing that he wanted additional training in caring for people, he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando where he graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counseling.

Alex's clinical approach is based in Psychodynamic theory, which allows his clients to better understand their life story and to find hope in the fact that their story is not yet finished. Additionally, Alex utilizes his specific training in Emotionally-Focused and Attachment to help clients in past and present relationship distress.

Alex is known for his passion for people and wishes for his clients to be truly seen, heard, known, and valued. Alex believes true healing and change happens through relationships, believing that we were never intended to trek through life’s journey alone. Personally, Alex has dealt with anxiety and loss. These experiences have helped shape his interest in walking alongside those struggling too.

Alex is married to his wife and together they have two young boys. He is passionate about plants and people and hopes that one day to start a garden center that brings both together under one roof.

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”      J.R.R. Tolkien

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