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About Us - Counseling Services

About Us

Welcome! We provide short-term supportive type personal counseling to enrolled students at no cost. We can meet with you in person, by phone, or by video using Zoom. Appointments are typically 45 minutes and can be one-time or recurring.

If you have academic or registration questions, contact your Success Coach or Academic Advisor.

How to Reach Us

Roane State has a counselor at Roane County (D-110-B) and at Oak Ridge (B-112). Services are provided by appointment at these and other campus locations.

Individual counselor contact information is listed below.

Our Team

Jeff Snell

Jeff Snell
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(865) 354-3000 ext. 2274
Counselor
Oak Ridge, Room B-112
Oak Ridge/Anderson, Morgan, Scott, Campbell, and Knox Counties

Jeff has 30 years of experience in the mental health field and has been with Roane State for 25 years. When he is not counseling, he enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with his family, which consists of three cats and his wife. 

Laura Branson

Laura Branson

Laura received her Master's degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Mental Health Counseling. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a Psychology major and Religious Studies minor. Laura has seven years of experience working with the college population in varying roles. Laura enjoys going to the lake with her Deaf Boston Terrier, Bella, to relax on the weekends.

Laura E Branson
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(865) 354-3000 ext. 4291
Counselor
Harriman (D-100B),
Roane, Loudon, Cumberland, and Fentress Counties

You can schedule an appointment with Laura here.

Elizabeth Tarver
Counselor
Oak Ridge Campus

Elizabeth recently completed her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Tennessee. During her graduate program, she worked as an intern at the RSCC Counseling Department where she gained valuable experience working with college students. She is now working as counselor at the Oak Ridge campus Monday through Thursday and has the ability to travel to other campuses as needed. 
 
Elizabeth utilizes a person-centered approach and strives to provide each client with a warm, empathetic environment where they can share their story. She views the counseling relationship as a collaborative partnership where the counselor and client work together to address presenting concerns.
 
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband Cameron, playing with her dogs Ellie and Kaiser, hiking in the mountains, and reading mystery novels. 

Bobby Bennett
Counseling Intern

Hello, my name is Bobby! I am a counseling intern from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program at the University of Tennessee. Like you, I started at a community college for my associate degree. After, I transferred to UT to complete my Bachelor’s of Arts in Linguistics and Psychology. Now, I provide counseling services at Roane State because of my passion for college students, gender and sexually diverse populations, racial minorities, and how these identities intersect.

Probably more importantly, I have two cats: George and Ashes. I love coffee, anime, and volleyball. If I had more time, I would probably add reading and watercolor painting, but those hobbies are on pause at the moment.

I practice from a humanistic-existential approach ingrained with cognitive-behavioral techniques and interventions. Together, we will collaborate to create counseling objectives that are in line with your life goals. My goal as your counselor is to provide a safe space where you can explore your experiences and struggles, both past and present, to become your most authentic self.

Click here to schedule an appointment with me!

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