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GME Advocate/Counselor - Chattanooga Campus

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Jessie Kelly, LMFT, is a new addition to the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and serves as our GME Advocate/Counselor.  She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Jessie joins us from her private practice in Chattanooga. She has worked in many different job settings in her 10+ year career in mental healthcare including residential addiction, psychiatric hospitals, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services for adults as well as adolescents. Her practice includes treatment of trauma, anxiety, anger, depression, and stress management. Jessie is available for individual meetings, group meetings, and didactics. Please arrange activities with her based on your departmental needs.

How to contact Jessie:

Jessie’s availability is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and approximately 4 hours on Friday mornings. Typical hours will be 8am-5pm on Tuesday's and Thursday's, and 8 AM - Noon on Friday's, with flexibility to meet with residents and fellows before and after based as needed. Sessions, calls, and emails will be confidential for anyone seeking services (with the exception of immediate safety issues). Individual sessions will be held in a separate, identified space to ensure privacy.

If you call Jessie's office and get voice mail -- especially if your situation is a crisis or emergency, please consider the following immediate resources:

  • TN Statewide Crisis Phone Line -- If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, talk to a trained crisis specialist in your area. Call 855.CRISIS1, 855.274.7471
  • Erlanger Security:  423.778.6911
  • Chattanooga Police Department:  911
  • Chat with a crisis counselor through https://www.imalive.org/
  • 24/7 Resident Assistance Program through CIGNA, 877.622.4367 or myCigna.com, Employer ID: UTGME
  • CIGNA Resident Assistance Program:  https://www.uthsc.edu/comc/well-being/documents/utgme-eap-guide-for-residents-fellows.pdf
  • 24/7 Student Assistance Program 800.327-2255 (ENI NexGen Total Well-Being Program)
  • Text Messaging behavioral support line.  Text START, HOME, or TALK to 741741, https://www.crisistextline.org
  • National HopeLine Network 800.442.HOPE
  • 24/7 Tennessee Medical Foundation Physician Health Program 615.467.6411
  • 24/7 LifeBridge Chattanooga Physician Well-Being Initiative 423.591.9830, https://www.lifebridgechattanooga.org/ 

In her role as GME Counselor, Jessie is available to provide presentations on varying topics based on your department needs. Based on her experience and feedback from the departments, we have created a list of subjects. The list below is not exhaustive so please let us know if there is interest in additional topics. To schedule a presentation for your department, please reach out to Jessie directly. Her availability is on Tuesday (all day), Thursday (all day), and Friday (mornings).

  1. Self-Awareness and Self-Care
  2. Time management and organization skills
  3. Nurturing Social Support Networks
  4. Self-Care 101
  5. Trauma 101
  6. Work Life Harmony
  7. Managing Family Issues
  8. Impulse Control and Anger Management
  9. Communication and Conflict Management
  10. Coping Skills - 101
  11. Navigating Stress
  12. Women in Professionally Demanding Careers
  13. Boundaries
  14. Nervous System Regulation Techniques
  15. Anger Management
  16. Grief
May 26, 2022