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Providing mental health services in the Chattanooga area since 1999

Sharon Ratchford, MA

Licensed Master Social Worker

Education

The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga: BS, Psychology

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville: MS, Social Work

Pursuing EdD in Learning and Leadership with a focus in Psychology, The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga


Certifications and Additional Training

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy Certification, The Medical University of South Carolina

Advanced Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals


Therapeutic Approach

My approach is to listen and understand all struggles and concerns. I provide a client centered, trauma-informed, comfortable environment to establish goals, explore new ways of building relationships, and work together to find productive solutions to daily struggles. I’ve worked extensively with those who have experienced trauma, childhood sexual abuse, emotional and physical abuse, depression and anxiety. I utilize evidence-based resources from cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness techniques along with other integrative approaches to meet clients’ individual needs and help them achieve their goals. I consider it a privilege and honor to work with each individual, couple, and family, and I will always strive to build a trust-based relationship filled with compassion, patience, and sensitivity.


Treatment Issues

As a therapist and Licensed Master Social Worker, I have served culturally diverse populations working with groups, families, and individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, neglect, physical, verbal, or sexual trauma, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, mental health challenges, substance abuse, and many other life issues.


Treatment Population

I work with adults of all ages, teens and children.


My Journey

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a therapist. Early in my life, I recognized my desire and ability to listen and empathize with others who are suffering and experiencing life obstacles. Both personal and professional experiences lead me to focus on complex trauma. I have worked with adolescents and adults in the criminal justice system. For the past several years, I have worked with people who have experienced violent crimes. As a therapist, I have the opportunity to do what I love every day: take part in the life-changing work of helping others achieve greater mental and emotional well-being.


Favorite Quotes

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver


Recommended Reading

The Body Keeps the Score – Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D


Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.


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