She earned her Nursing Degrees at Erlanger Nursing School in 1985 and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1989. She is a seasoned behavioral health professional who brings a broad range of management, program development and clinical expertise to her current position of Executive Director.
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Focus Treatment Centers offer compassionate, comprehensive and affordable treatment and advocacy for adults struggling with substance use and eating disorders. Our therapeutic and philosophical framework utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support our patients in achieving long-lasting behavior changes based on acceptance and mindfulness practices. We also engage our patients in intensive shame reduction and self-compassion work as well as trauma therapy grounded in attachment theory and movement therapy.
Focus Treatment Centers Reviews and Ratings Details
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- Individualized Treatment
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
- Aftercare Support
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
- Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
Focus helped me to see myself in a positive light. Today I can actually reject the long-held belief that I am unlovable. I will always feel gratitude and love for the staff and the program at Focus. They gave me hope when nothing else could.Anonymous
Today I have 90 days of real life. Today I am winning. My wife, my family, are winning thanks to you and your amazing crew of people. You guys not only save lives, you create new ones. It truly is the gift of life that keeps on giving.Anonymous
I like to say thanks to all the staff! Each person in my recovery process was so important to me. For now, I can accept who I am as a person, that I deserve to be happy, and that it is okay to be comfortable being uncomfortable- that everything doesn't have to be perfect and that I'm okay with that. I'm just so amazed at how everything just seems to fall into place since I've been doing the right things and how my Higher Power will guide me if I'll just let him. For the first time in so long I have a purpose. I have the peace I never had. I couldn't say that before entering treatment, so thank y'all from the bottom of my heart.Anonymous
I absolutely feel helped! Focus gave me the safety and support that I needed when I couldn't proved it for myself without judgement. I feel that I was heard and my struggle was taken seriously. Even though the urge to bold came up at times, I felt very supported by staff and really encouraged throughout my process. I want to express my gratitude fo the interest, love, and support staff have shown me (even when I wasn't alway on by best behavior!!) Because of Focus, I have been able to delve into my past and address my core belief system that is faulty. Thank you Focus!!! I will recommend this facility to whoever I come in contact with who struggles with substance abuse or an eating disorder.Anonymous
Today I am free. I was told that the goal was freedom. I thought that was nuts. I did not understand how much I was in bondage.Anonymous
Susan Kerr, RN - Executive Director
Gail Gnade, Ph.D - Clinical Director
Dr. Gail Gnade has been a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Tennessee since 1993. She is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Theology. Dr. Gnade specialities include Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating disorders of all types, Addictions including Sexual/Pornography and Personality Disorders.
Mark Peterson, MD - Medical Director
Dr. Peterson is a 1974 graduate of Northwestern University Medical School. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has over 30 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry/Addiction and Eating Disorders.
Blake DeFoor - CEO
Blake is a native of Chattanooga and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has always had a heart for helping people in need. Blake has been working in various roles at Focus since 2006.