Justin Friel, M.A.
Justin received his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
from Richmont Graduate University in 2013 where he
specialized in Christian Sex Therapy. He moved to Knoxville
in 2006 to study at Johnson University where he received a
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Preaching.
Justin sees his role as a counselor is to be present, listen
well, and pay attention while coming alongside someone in
need and helping them to navigate a difficult portion of life’s
journey. He is interested in helping people to dig deeper into
their story so that they can better understand where they
came from, and where they may be going, that counseling
can help someone become more “themselves.”  Justin works
broadly with issues of identity, sexuality, family history and
dynamics, spirituality, and life direction. Specifically he works
with men who are dealing with issues involving sexuality,
pornography usage, addiction, and masculine identity. He
broadly works with individuals who are coping with depression
and anxiety, relationship concerns, spiritual growth and
development, and life transitions. He is also excited to work
with couples for premarital, marital enrichment, and general
marital counseling including sex therapy.

Justin believes that a restored relationship with God, others,
and the self is the ultimate source of healing, and that
counseling is a part of that journey to restoration. Justin has
been formed by his Christian faith and participation in
Christian faith communities; however, he is able to work with
clients from a variety of faith backgrounds.
Justin is passionate about cooking, community, coffee, and
being outdoors. He spends as much time as possible with
friends and loved ones, including his dog. He enjoys reading,
writing, and gardening. His favorite authors are Wendell
Berry, John Steinbeck, and Chaim Potok.
  • Young adults and adolescents
  • Men’s Issues
  • Sex therapy; healthy sexuality,
    sex addiction, pornography
    concerns, sexual identity, and
    gender identity.  
  • Spiritual concerns including
    growth and spiritual formation
  • Couples Therapy
  • Identity
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety and Depression