New Beginnings Counseling Center

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

 

Meet Our Staff

E. Grace Ford, MA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

Austin Peay State University, B.S. Psychology

University of Tennessee, M.S. Social Work


Certifications and Training

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Therapeutic Approach

Using a strength-based approach, I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is an empowering journey that teaches reframing, recognizing distorted thoughts, embracing the term “survivor,” regulating emotions, and changing your overall thought process.  I also have years of experience practicing Multi-Systemic Therapy, which helps me understand how all of the systems impact your success.


Treatment Issues

Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, adult children of alcoholics, co-dependency, grief/loss, relationship/marital issues, caregiver fatigue, parenting struggles, adjustment difficulties, work stress, and more.


Treatment Population

I work with ages 17-90. I draw from my experience working with children to assist with parenting issues, adjustment issues, etc.


My Journey

I started my career working with children in a residential setting. After a couple of years, I transitioned into the foster care system to ensure children were well cared for while working towards reunification with parents or finding their forever adoptive home. After years of working with children that had been removed from the home, I began practicing in-home family therapy. This is where my passion for family dynamics and the role that the family of origin plays into present day challenges was realized. After many years with families, I worked for five years as a therapist and in leadership in an acute hospital setting. I enjoyed this role for about 5 years, to include roles in leadership. I left upper management in 2018 and returned to clinical practice, where I happily serve today.


Favorite Quotes

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new beginnings.” Carl Bard


“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5


Recommended Reading

Co-Dependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
 
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
 
Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Dr. Susan Forward

Brain Lock: Free yourself from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz