New Beginnings Counseling Center

Providing mental health services for adults, adolescents, and children in the Chattanooga area since 1999


Meet Our Staff

Don Hanson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Doctor of Sacred Theology


St. Thomas College, B.A. Philosophy

Gregorian University, S.T.B. Theology

University of St. John Lateran, S.T.L.  Moral Theology

Our Lady of the Lake University, M.S.W.

University of St. John Lateran, S.T.D. Doctorate in Moral Theology

Therapeutic Approach

My approach is to form a safe compassionate bond with my client, examine their pain and teach the client to listen to the wisdom found within one's self for hope and for change. 


Treatment Issues

I deal with marital/relational strife, trauma, anxiety disorders, PTSD, sex abuse victims, sex addiction, grief, end of life issues, and loved ones surviving suicide or murder.

Treatment Population

Early in my career I worked extensively with teenagers.  I now work with adults of all ages.

My Journey

With my faith, I have traveled through many years and avenues of helping human beings in a variety of settings and with myriad of problems.  I have witnessed the greatness of the human spirit, its resiliency and its ability to move toward healing and health when the obstacles that prevent growth are properly understood and gently removed.  

Favorite Quote

What we live with, we learn.  What we learn, we practice.  What we practice, we become.  And what we become has consequences.  (Learning theory)

Recommended Reading

The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu