Check below for our listing of AAIT Certified practitioners. You are welcome to contact them directly to inquire about their services.


Melanie is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT), a promising approach to freeing people from the psychological pain and limitations that inhibit their ease of being while cultivating spiritual well-being.

AAIT is the confluence of years of my dedicated study with master therapists coupled with a decades long interest in non-dual philosophy and practices. Launching my psychotherapy career in 1984 was paired with a yearning for knowledge and skills that could HELP people.

I’ve taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, the University of Utah and Maryville College. Serving as part of a teachings team for an international meditation and spiritual teachings organization, I developed and delivered courses and retreats related to meditation, contemplation and taking care of the body as a spiritual practice. I’ve presented at local, national and international conferences.

In addition to my award-winning book, An Illumined Life, I have written for local papers and Darshan Magazine. I’m the blogger behind and the guide for our online AAIT Community. There are now AAIT practitioners in multiple states.

Studying with a seasoned practitioner can take years off the time it takes to hone your skills. It fills my heart to share what I’ve learned.

These days, I balance a thriving psychotherapy practice with facilitating learning in AAIT, going for walks with Huxley, the wonderdog, and learning to prepare fresh healthy food for my husband and me.

Contact Melanie

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Elizabeth Cole MA CCC SLP, is a lover of all things movement.  She is an AAIT practitioner, Licensed Nia Technique First Degree Black Belt Teacher and Nia Moving to Heal Choreography team member.

Her rich background in sensory integration as a Licensed Clinical Speech Language Pathologist first ignited her belief in the power the human body has to feel better through a connection to physical sensation. 

Elizabeth came to Acceptance and Integration Training, after working with working with Melanie McGhee, creator of AAIT, for her own self-healing.  Her experience of freedom following this work inspired her to become an AAIT practitioner. 

Elizabeth’s focus is creating wholeness weaving the wonder of Nia with AAIT. She lives and practices in Asheville, NC where she lives with her husband and best friend.

Contact Elizabeth


Phone: (865) 300-4441


There are various certified AAIT practitioners offering their services at the Cornerstone of Recovery. You can click here to read what this well known and respected treatment center thinks of the cutting edge AAIT model.

Contact Cornerstone of Recovery


Phone: 866-532-5946


Kara Logan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in Maryville, Tennessee. She is devoted to helping those who struggle with addictions and with those who desire to heal from their trauma. Kara provides individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults and offers telehealth sessions to those who are unable to attend in person. 

Her goal is to provide an environment that is comfortable yet challenging and allows collaboration with the client to bring about personal growth and better understanding of their needs as they are unique to each individual. Kara believes fully in working together to achieve each clients goals. She truly enjoys helping people gain hope for their future and make positive changes in their lives.

Along with utilizing Acceptance and Integration Training in therapy, Kara also utilizes EMDR, Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Relapse Prevention therapeutic techniques if beneficial. 

When not at work, Kara can be found hanging out with her husband and two boys. She is also a big fan of hiking, books, great coffee, and football.

Contact Kara



Phone: 865-325-3109


Logan is a Licensed Master of Social Work, practicing under supervision toward his LCSW. He is a certified Acceptance and Integration Training™ practitioner and uses AAIT to help clients quickly resolve the layers of conditioning, self-judgment, loss, regret, and trauma that have grown around and obscured the true self.
Logan especially enjoys working with sexual minority men navigating stuck points related to their sexuality. This often includes religious and spiritual trauma, grieving fractured relationships, navigating sex & romantic relationships, and dealing with anxiety and existential confusion surrounding issues of faith & sexuality. As a gay man, Logan has utilized AAIT to navigate these waters himself, and he is excited to bring AAIT to others on a similar path.
Logan’s clients tend to experience him as gentle but direct, with both a warmth that models the kindness he wants clients to have toward themselves and a solid precision he knows they need to face their fears and become who they really are.
When Logan isn’t working, he loves to hike in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, wrestle on the floor with his German Shepherd Eden, and support the work of a local non-profit he co-founded, River & Rail Theatre Company.
Logan is currently accepting new clients at Trailhead Treatment Center in Knoxville, TN.

Contact Logan


Phone: 865-221-8748


Tammy Marshall is a dynamic and passionate Speaker and Emotions Coach who specializes in emotional eating. 

At age 14 Tammy knew she was to help others “get out” but didn’t know exactly what that meant. But after overcoming her own addictions at age 25 and walking out the journey of emotional eating, co-dependency, etc. she began to work with others to “get out”. Today not only does she understand what it is to get out of a damaging lifestyle, belief system, and mindset but has created a method to teach others. She is the creator of The UnEmotional Eater Academy where she teaches others the tools and techniques to live a balanced, happy, healthy life.  She is a certified EFT, AAIT, and Relapse Prevention Practitioner utilizing leading edge technology to resolve emotional suffering.  She is committed to shining the truth of God’s love into every lie planted in a person’s life to steal their identity and their joy.  

Contact Tammy



Phone: 888-575-2965


Bobby McNamara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Knoxville area. He provides individual and group therapy services and is also available for video conferencing sessions. Bobby is certified in Acceptance and Integration Training™; a promising therapeutic model that helps people feel better quickly. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received his Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Bobby’s practice is devoted to helping those who are dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger, stress management, compassion fatigue, trauma/PTSD, addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief/loss, self-esteem, weight management and he helps athletes on their mental aspect of the game.

When Bobby meets with clients, there is a plan of action. The two of you collaborate to discover the problems that have kept you from achieving your goals and resolve those problems with the use of AAIT methods. A new sense of freedom emerges when we are no longer limited by the bad things that have happened in our lives. AAIT enables you to take full control of your life and wellbeing.

When Bobby is not devoting his time to his clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and pets: Joey Jet (dog) and Jake from State Farm (cat). Being a former Division 1 athlete, he loves to stay active and have fun. A good pizza and University of Tennessee and Professional Chicago sports teams feed his soul. He often incorporates AAIT processes in his self-care.

Contact Bobby



Phone: 847-691-8806


Hi, I’m Sarah McNamara, LCSW and I provide individual counseling services in Knoxville, TN.

I’m passionate about helping women to live authentic, empowered, connected lives. I welcome women of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, spiritual beliefs and sexual orientations. It is my privilege & passion to walk with women on their journey to wholeness and healing.  

Here are the brave & courageous women I often see in my office:

WOMEN on the often bumpy, often painful journey to motherhood

You are near and dear to my heart and it is my absolute privilege to share this space with you.

MAMAS in the thick of motherhood

There is not much that can bring you to your knees like MOTHERHOOD, am I right? Do you ever feel like in giving so much to others you’ve lost sight of who you are? Together, we wrestle with the hard & the messy to find JOY in the chaos.

The ADOPTION and FOSTER CARE community

As an adoptive mother myself, I believe with every ounce of my being that it does not matter in what ways your babies come – only that you love them. And while this journey is such a beautiful one, on the path to healing there is often pain & heartache. Together we lean in to help you cultivate peace in your heart & home.

WOMEN craving deep & meaningful connection with themselves and others

Maybe you feel as if you’re constantly battling stress and overwhelm. Maybe painful events of the past are holding you hostage. Maybe you’re constantly feeling as if you should do, be or achieve more. Maybe you’re just feeling stuck and unsure how to move forward. Whatever the reason may be, these things have a sneaky way of leaving us feeling disconnected from ourselves and our people and completely stealing our JOY. We will work together to bring you WHOLENESS & HEALING.

I’m here to help.

I offer a safe place for you to be real and vulnerable. No need for guilt or apologies here, sister. Just a compassionate space where we wrestle with life and all its messiness. We’ll work together to bring you peace and wholeness – it is possible, even in the most unlikely of places. I love AAIT because it works quickly to relieve emotional suffering and bring peace. It also allows me to customize my approach to the unique needs, strengths, and abilities of the women I work with. If you are seeking true, authentic and life-changing transformation – let’s get started!

Contact Sarah



Phone: 540-290-0287


Florence Paquet is an MSW, Acceptance and Integration Training counselor, doula and reiki practitioner specializing in healing trauma. As a soulful healer, counselor, and doula living and working in East Tennessee, Flo is devoted to empowerment. She connects her clients to their own wisdom and strength with practical, deeply reflective tools for holistic healing.

Contact Florence



Phone: 615-480-3490


Sara Ridner, L.C.S.W. is the founder of Align Therapeutics – Facilitating Alignment of Body, Mind, Emotion, and Spirit through provision of coaching and psychotherapy. 

With more than 28 years of Social Work practice, Sara has seen the gamut of life from the traumas of medical crisis, to the struggles experienced with mental illness and addiction. 

Sara’s gift is helping her clients discover and ALIGN with their innate strengths and resilience. In the process, she collaborates with her clients as they learn to cope more effectively with stress, engage in more satisfying relationships and create they live they truly desire.

Sara has specialized in the treatment of trauma, addictions, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships.  

In addition to being a certified Acceptance and Integration Training practioner, Sara is skilled in the use of traditional therapies including EMDR for treatment of trauma, 12 Step Recovery, Schema Therapy, Family Systems, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has a collaborative approach to design a plan that will best serve you.

Sara enjoys working with adults to heal from traumas, deepen existing recovery from addictions, develop effective coping skills, improve relationships, and bring life into Alignment with True Self.  

Contact Sara

Phone: 865-254-8222


Lauren Startup specializes in spiritual direction. In her care, clients discover the solace and mysterious wonder of conscious living as their relationships improve, and they come home to who they really are. Lauren’s work as a certified Acceptance and Integration Training ™ practitioner is imbued with creativity and wisdom. As a painter, she values living an artistic life through creative perspective rather than creation alone. Her personal spiritual practice mirrors this perspective which informs her work with clients. She facilitates groups and retreats regionally to provide accessible spaces of support for learning and sharing wholesome self-care. In her private practice, she offers unique and transformative sessions for her clients, helping them release the ties that bind them to pain and limitation. Lauren works and lives in the palms of coastal South Carolina with her two cats.

Contact Lauren



Phone: 865-312-2222


Brittany A. Tipton is a Knoxville based Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience.  Over 10 of those years have been spent in the Medical field as a counselor and advocate for people dealing with serious medical diagnoses.  Now, Brittany is providing counseling with an expertise in health related trauma, grief and caregiving issues. Brittany is passionate about supporting professionals in the medical field as well, due to the common experiences of trauma resulting from their great work.

Specific Practice Areas of Focus Include:

  • Traumatic births experienced by both mother and father

    • Grief due to loss of someone loved

    • Grief due to loss of prior functioning

  • Difficult diagnoses and procedures

  • Experiences resulting in a fear of death

  • Vicarious medical trauma experienced by medical professionals including doulas and other birth professionals

  • Vehicle Accidents

Brittany is also focused on serving those with Generalized Anxiety, Professional Growth goals and Spiritual Development.

Brittany provides a space of care and holds true to a deep belief in human dignity and worth for all of us.  Brittany has a history of working with all ages, including children 5 years old and older. Work can be done both virtually and in an office setting.

Brittany has been trained in various types of therapy, but due to the effectiveness experienced personally and with clients, Acceptance and Integration Training®, is the main modality utilized in therapy.

Contact Brittany



Phone: 865-617-0131