Meet our Clinicians
Arianne Brigner, LPC-MHSP
Owner & Clinical Director
I opened Chattanooga DBT so that adults and teens would have a safe space that is made just for them... A place for them to come home to, to take off the mask, to know that they are not alone. A place where they could find proven treatment for some of the most challenging problems and know that they were in capable hands.
Ultimately, my passion and purpose is for you or your teen to know they they aren't weird, bad, wrong or different for feeling the way that they do and there's a place where they are fully accepted for exactly who they are.
And, that you can totally love and accept yourself while also gaining the support and skills to make lasting positive changes in your life.
I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and on the path toward certification in DBT. I do my best work with adults and teens who are experiencing depression, social anxiety, suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors who move through life with a belief that they are just not good enough.
My passion is in empowering adults and teens to make effective choices and to believe that they are so so worthy of love. We work together to develop a personalized coping plan to help them manage overwhelming emotions and create a life filled with connection and meaning.
I have seen amazing positive outcomes happen quickly with clients who act impulsively or avoid situations due to strong emotions. I provide structured and evidence-based treatment for clients who are actively suicidal or self-harming, skipping school due to anxiety or experiencing major life disruptions due to their emotion-driven behaviors. My goal is to help you or your teen create a life that’s worth living and loving. My work is not about just stopping behaviors or coping with emotions, but actually developing new skills and generalizing them to everyday life.
At Chattanooga DBT I provide individual DBT therapy, facilitate the Adult DBT Skills Groups, Multifamily Skills Groups, and all of the Advanced DBT groups. I am also the supervisor to interns and residents in our program. I'm a busy woman and loving every minute of it!
When I'm not working...
I'm hanging out with my family and friends, hiking, watching Netflix, and being a chauffeur to my kiddos.
Natalie Holbrook, MSW
Prelicensed Therapist and Group Leader
I thoroughly believe in the positive effects that DBT-based therapy can have on an individual’s life. Learning the skills associated with DBT and adding them to your toolbox can be life changing. It takes a great amount of courage to seek mental healthcare and it is my goal to foster that courage and take it to new heights by learning about and practicing the use of skills designed to help improve quality of life. It is an honor to walk alongside my clients as they start their journey to better mental health.
Over the past year, I have been trained in DBT group and individual therapy and I am currently working towards licensure in the field of social work. I am passionate about providing a safe and comfortable space where clients are encouraged to be themselves and let their uniqueness be a key element in their path to a better life.
My goal is to help individuals struggling with emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships gain the necessary skills to make serious changes in the way they perceive, process and communicate information. By identifying and exploiting personal strengths, I am putting a large part of this process in your hands.
My goal is to teach you the skills to make positive changes and help you apply your strengths in the practice of these skills in everyday life. The best part is, you are not alone in this! I will be walking right beside you throughout the process. Here at Chattanooga DBT, I am conducting Adult DBT Skills Groups alongside providing individual DBT therapy.
When I’m not working…
I’m out in the woods hiking and foraging with my Pomeranian and enjoying all of the fun activities Chattanooga has to offer.
I was drawn to counseling as a career because of the incredible personal experience I have had with healing and community. We are not meant to go through life alone. My passion and heart is to help others succeed and thrive in life. I want to partner alongside and support clients in their journey towards holistic health (mind, body, spirit) and healing. We are often wounded in relationships and the therapy relationship can be an incredible restorative and corrective tool.
My areas of clinical interest include: depression, anxiety, divorce, blended families, self-esteem/self-worth issues, emotional dysregulation, foster care adjustment, sexual trauma, difficult life transitions, spiritual issues and development, compassion fatigue, trauma, counseling for adults and adolescents.
As a therapist I want to be a source of support and care in order to build resiliency in individuals. In my experience working with sexual violence survivors as well as adolescents in intensive residential behavioral treatment I have learned how to hold these stories of grief, pain, sorrow, etc. with gentleness and care and have felt the heaviness of them. I believe being able to approach therapy from a trauma informed lens is absolutely critical. People make sense in their context, finding out what that context is helps to provide the framework of understanding needed for effective therapy.
When I'm not working..
I love spending time with my dog Rosie my two year old Australian Shepherd, getting lost in the mystery of reading and literature, hiking, traveling and exploring new cities, and having game nights or movie nights with friends and family!
Do you have emotional distress that interferes with daily life? Do you find yourself feeling impulsive, overwhelmed with intense emotion or wanting to self-destruct? Maybe there are parts of yourself that you have not explored or met yet that leave you feeling misunderstood within yourself and your relationships. The repetitive invalidating environments and unresolved traumas keep us in this cycle. My hope is to meet you where you are, whether that is in the trenches or the mountain tops. Through the therapeutic relationship, our goal is to collaboratively find the authentic you and begin to heal and acknowledge who that person is.
I specialize in emotion dysregulation, anxiety, relational issues, dissociative and mood disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, complex trauma, and single incident trauma, ASD, ADHD. I offer behavioral interventions surrounding autism spectrum disorders and communicative disorders. I am a trained DBT and CBT therapist.
When I'm not working...
I love to run, hike and surf. I enjoy cooking with my friends, family and boyfriend!
The field of counseling is special to me because I truly believe we are created to walk alongside one another through the ins and outs of life. Struggles are inevitable, and I am committed to leaning into those and supporting you toward holistic healing through integrating the mind, body, and soul.
My areas of clinical interest include counseling for children and adolescents, anxiety, trauma recovery, grief and loss, emotional dysregulation, and difficult life transitions. I am beyond passionate about supporting and advocating for clients, and I believe in building trusting relationships by letting you know that you are not alone. My goal is to assist you in identifying strengths and areas of future growth because life is a continual process of learning and growing. I know how easy it is to feel stuck with a loss of hope, but in my experience of working with children and adolescents in an
intensive behavioral treatment facility, I have learned that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, things can be scary and unimaginably difficult, but I am here to bare your anxiety, grief, pain, and anger with you. The therapeutic process and relationship are collaborative, and I want to work with you, not for you.
When I am not working…
I love to spend time with my Fiancé and my friends/family! Game nights are a must at least twice a month, and you can always catch me enjoying the outdoors. Oh, and don’t forget about wedding planning!
The human experience was not meant to be experienced alone, which means relationships are crucial—and that can also make things complicated. Reaching out for support can feel daunting, and I believe is also incredibly brave. I have found that life can be full of all sorts of surprises that can, at times, be challenging to navigate alone. I remember all the fears I had swirling around my head when I first went to counseling—you are not alone. My personal counseling journey has been incredibly transformative and freeing, and that is what I hope for you to experience.
I believe that DBT is an effective way to process and navigate our worlds to give us greater perspective, more compassion towards ourselves and others, and see change take place in our lives. My goal as a counselor is to provide individualized care. Each individual’s story is valid and deserves to be heard. I want to work collaboratively with you as you begin the DBT journey to grow and thrive in your life. I work with Child and Adolescent Counseling as well as Adult counseling and specialize in ADHD, anger and behavioral challenges, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, and transitional periods. This change takes hard work, and I am excited to be on this journey alongside you.
When I'm Not Working...
I enjoy projects around the house and yard (especially when I can keep my plants alive), hiking, pottery, cooking, and traveling.
Client Care Coordinator
It is always my pleasure to care for others, whether virtually or in person. Here at Chattanooga DBT, I have the opportunity to speak with those seeking help through DBT. It is my job to inform you about the ins and outs of DBT and to make sure that this program is a great fit for you.
When I'm not working..
I am spending time with my two wonderful children. I am also a personal trainer and barre instructor.