New Beginnings Counseling Center

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


Meet Our Staff

Rhonda Atkins, MA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Michigan State University, B.S.W.

Michigan State University, L.M.S.W.

Certifications and Training

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Registered Play Therapist

Therapeutic Approach

Counseling focuses on strength-based and cognitive restructuring and building on self acceptance. 

Treatment Issues

Parenting, relationships, coping, behavior, anxiety, suicide, abuse, bullying, ADHD, PTSD, adjustment, and grief 

Treatment Population

I provide play therapy for children three years and older as well as counseling for couples, families, and adults. I have 14 years experience working with children in foster care, grief counseling, and counseling couples, families, and individuals. I also offer  a 6-week parenting class, including a certificate.

My Journey

Just as my sons were beginning their college careers when I was 47, I returned to college with the goal of being a hospice social worker. I graduated with my master's degree when I was 54 and I have worked full-time for hospice since that time. I also enjoy working as a therapist at NBCC in the evenings. My Christian faith and my own journey as a client in therapy have been greatly influential in my life.

Favorite Quote

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere." -Erma Bombeck