Dale Berry is a licensed psychologist and is the
clinical director of Ebenezer Counseling Services. He
and his family moved to Knoxville in 1996 and with the
help of Pastor Jim Barnes established a counseling
practice in West Knoxville. In 1998, the practice
developed into a group named Ebenezer Counseling
Services and has grown into a multi-service practice
with the goal of serving the greater Knoxville
Dr. Berry earned his B.S. from the University of the
South (Sewanee), his M.A. in Marriage and Family
Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, his
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia
Commonwealth University, and completed his doctoral
internship at Duke University's Student Health Center.
He taught for five years at Reformed Theological
Seminary before coming to Knoxville.
Dr. Berry works with both individuals and couples. His specialty is in helping couples who
have lost hope and faith in their marriages. He believes that God works through
circumstances, especially through marriage relationships, to help us to grow into greater
maturity, grace, and wisdom. The problems of marriage serve to stretch and test us, and
if dealt with well, can result in a deeper, more satisfying marriage and life.
Dr. Berry's Statement of Calling:
From my college days, my desire was to be in some helping role as I found nothing more
meaningful than assisting others to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. Over
the years since, I have experienced deeply my own need of grace both from people and
from God. I have always been impressed by Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6-9-15 how
important it is that we be willing to forgive others (even those who are not asking for it).
Jesus taught us to pray “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass
against us.” I want to be a man who is “full of grace,” i.e., a forgiving person. I want also
to help my clients become people of grace who forgive and ultimately find their joy in
trusting God no matter what circumstances bring. This does not mean we do not have to
work through hurt, anger, and loss. But to do so apart from becoming a person of grace
is a dangerous thing leading to bitterness and a joyless life. As I get older and become
more convicted of my own sins, I have become more humble and am quicker to drop the
stone I was about to hurl (John 8:1-11). It is my desire to help my clients drop their
stones, release their bitterness, and let God’s grace heal. This leads to true joy in Christ.
I have also learned that having a pure heart before God is the ultimate treasure.
Unfortunately, we are born with impure hearts and experience a lifetime of heart
transformation. If we believe our hearts are already fully pure, we are deluded. If we
believe that there is no hope because of our dark hearts, then we will be depressed. If we
believe that we can live with an impure heart without getting hurt or hurting others, we are
fooling ourselves. The time comes when a person must deal with the impurity of one’s
heart if one is to experience joy in life. I also want to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in
helping my clients grow in purity of heart. This process involves facing the darkness, but
also clinging to and trusting in God’s grace.
James T. "Dale" Berry, Ph.D.