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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lindsay is currently seeking her MS in counseling with concentrations in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she received her BS in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and came to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. We asked her to reflect on some of her past and current experiences. Read her responses below.

  • Outstanding Clinical Work – 2015
    Departmental award for determination and hard work throughout the clinical internship experience, commitment to professional identity, and willingness to accept challenges in the professional counselor development
  • Upsilon Theta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (international honor society) – Executive Board Member, Secretary, 2015-2016
  • UT Grief Outreach Initiative Mentor, Spring 2015
  • Upsilon Theta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (international honor society) – Executive Board Member, Member at Large, 2014-2015
Current Occupation

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern
Focus Treatment Centers for Eating Disorders, Knoxville

Co-facilitate multiple group-therapy sessions per week with Binge-Eating Disorder, Anorexia-Nervosa, and Bulimia-Nervosa cohorts; administer Biopsychosocial assessments with newly admitted clientele.


Personal Interests

When I am not working as an intern or attending class at UT, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend of almost 9 years and our dog, Winston. We love to go for walks on the Nature Trails and have fun socializing at the dog parks around Knoxville. I personally enjoy reading, connecting with family and friends near and far, and volunteering. I plan to begin to volunteer at the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee this summer. I love to travel, watch sports, and go to sporting events in my spare time.


Future/Vocational Goals

I am very open to different professional positions in my future in the world of counseling. I would very much enjoy working in the clinical realm as a community mental health counselor in some capacity, whether it be within an agency or treatment facility. On the other hand, I believe that I would thrive within a school setting as a school counselor, working with middle or high school students. What I know for sure is that I desire to use my developing skills as a pre-professional counselor to assist those in need to the best of my ability.

Lindsay Jo Bock at desk working on Mac computer.

What sold you on this program?

When I interviewed for the clinical mental health counseling program with Jeff Cochran and Shawn Spurgeon, I knew from the get-go that these professors cared about their students. I came to understand that the faculty as a whole would go to great lengths to assist students in the program and give them the individualized support and direction they needed. I also found that the many different opportunities students are granted within the practicum and internship phases of the program are unique and essential to the experience in a clinical environment.


What would you tell an incoming student who joins the program/department?

I would tell an incoming student who joins the program/department to be more open-minded about the experience and less strict about initial expectations of graduate school. Originally when I was accepted into the program, I believed that I knew exactly what I wanted to get out of the experience and where I wanted to be by the end of my time here. I came to realize that by letting my guard down and accepting more of a laid-back attitude, I opened myself up to greater opportunities and an even richer experience than I had originally anticipated. I jumped at the chance to enroll in the Dual Degree Program, accepted the role of intern at two separate internship sites in my second year, and offered my time to serve on the CSI Executive Council for two years running. Allowing myself to be open to new experiences during my time at UT, though challenging, has ultimately helped me believe in my own power to do things that I did not expect or know I could do.



Amanda DeDiego, PhD student, and Alessandra Rhinehart, PhD candidate, have each been chosen as one of ten Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Fellows.

Amanda DeDiego and Alessandra Rhinehart

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) is an international honor society that focuses on promoting academic and professional excellence in counseling. CSI was established in 1985 and was created for counselors-in-training, counselor educators, and professional counselors.

The CSI Leadership Fellows Program is a yearly award designed to cultivate and support graduate counseling students by developing their skills, network, and competencies as future counseling professionals in a changing, multicultural society.

DeDiego and Rhinehart will be attending the American Counseling Association (ACA) Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida next month. As CSI Leadership Fellows, they also will provide a minimum of fifty service hours on a CSI task force/committee, receive a $600 grant from CSI, receive a hundred dollar grant from their nominating CSI Chapter (Upsilon Theta), and be recognized at the CSI Awards Ceremony with a plaque at the ACA Annual Conference and Expo.

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In Upsilon Theta, DeDiego acts as Workshop Chair planning professional development activities, at times partnering with other university organizations. Rhinehart has served as Secretary, President Elect, President, and is currently acting as Past President, advising the current President. She is also on the CSI International Awards Committee Panel.

Didego and Rhinehart expressed special excitement over their training at the ACA conference next month, because they will be learning from Presidents and CEOs from organizations such as the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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