About Me

Christy’s Credentials

                

Dr. Christy Bonner is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), and a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC).  Christy offers a holistic counseling style to people ages 10 & up.  To set up an appointment please call Christy at 1-423-305-2369.  As a therapist, Christy has a compassionate and hope-filled approach and uses Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,  Existential Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Person-Centered Therapy, The Gottman Method, Pastoral Counseling, bereavement counseling and other therapy methods to help individuals, couples and families:

  • reconnect with others and self
  • manage our reactivity towards others
  • change patterns of over-functioning or under-functioning in life
  • express feelings
  • accept and love one’s self
  • reframe their story
  • identify growing edges
  • navigate difficult transitions and grief experiences
  • offer gentleness and grace to one’s self and others
  • develop goals and meaning in life
  • create a support system
  • learn coping mechanisms to address anxiety and/or depression
  • find balance in life
  • process new ways to relate to a partner
  • negotiate stressors in life
  • reach our full potential individually and relationally
  • grow in self-awareness
  • understand boundaries and differentiation
  • prevent triangles in relationships
  • engage in self-care
  • cultivate spiritual practices
  • practice mindfulness
  • explore and articulate spiritual beliefs
  • forgive one’s self and others

Christy’s educational background:

Degrees:

  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Emory University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion (B.A.), Emory and Henry College

Certifications:

  • Certified Yoga Instructor, Chattanooga Yoga School
  • Board Certified Chaplain (BCC), Association for Professional Chaplains

License:

Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT), State of Tennessee (LMT0000001263)