Megan McCarter Cates, LPC-MHSP

Adult, Child & Adolescent Therapist

(865) 850-7051

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About Megan

Megan McCarter CatesMegan is a native of Sevierville. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Maryville College and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

She started her counseling experience providing therapy to college students with learning disabilities and career development needs at Maryville College. She was also an instructor of a required course for students on academic probation as well as an assistant instructor for career development courses. During this time, she also developed and lead groups for women who were adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse at the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (formerly Safe Haven) in Knoxville.

Megan then worked as Outreach Program Manager for Haven House, a domestic violence shelter, developing and presenting a dating violence program for use in Blount County middle and high schools as well as supervising and facilitating self-esteem building groups for elementary school girls.

Following this experience, Megan provided therapy at the Jonesborough office of the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee for survivors of sexual violence. She then worked as a part-time clinician for the Blount County Child Advocacy Center (New Hope) before accepting a full-time position as the therapist for Childhelp Children’s Center of East Tennessee. In these positions, Megan provided individual and family therapy services to child and adolescent survivors of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and psychological harm. When appropriate, she also conducted reunification family sessions and collaborated with other professionals (schools, doctors, the Department of Children’s Services, Guardians ad Litem, and other social service case managers) to ensure the safety and welfare of her clients. She served as the Mental Health Representative of the Knox County Child Protective Investigative Team and developed and presented multiple community and professional trainings as well as publication materials on child abuse awareness, issues and evidence-based trauma therapy interventions that alleviate the long-term effects of abuse. During this time, she also saw a number of private practice adult and adolescent clients for whom she treated a broad range of mental health needs.

After working for years in surrounding counties, Megan missed the beauty and activity of Sevierville and is happy to again be living and working in the only place she ever truly felt at home. When she’s not spending time with her family, in her free time Megan loves to cook (but not clean up after), travel, read, watch classic movies and TV shows, and play tourist locally (mainly anywhere that has putt-putt).