Hardin Valley Campus Counselors

Elizabeth Firestone

Hardin Valley Campus
Goins 130 

Ph.D. Higher Education Policy Studies
Ed.S. Community Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor

About Elizabeth:

I enjoy making trips to explore other cities, states, and countries. I love to visit college campuses when I am in a new city. I also like playing golf and boating.

I welcome the opportunity to meet with students and assist them in being successful in their college studies.

I am very passionate about finding what I call the "right fit" for students in higher education. Once a student has discovered their strengths, values, and interests the path to success will be clearer. When this happens, it is a wonderful experience to see students reach their higher education goals.

Kathy Douthat

Hardin Valley Campus
McWherter 248

M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
UT Graduate certificate in Qualitative Research Methods
Special training in Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Counseling
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention and Critical Incident Stress Management 

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
National Certified Counselor
National Certified Addiction Counselor I
Qualified Clinical Supervisor
Approved Clinical Supervisor

About Kathy:
I enjoy traveling since my family lives all over the U.S; UT football games with friends; I’m a Detroit Tigers baseball fanatic; I LOVE Elton John; I’m CRAZY about Nicholas Cage; I like to golf, but only do it for “quality time” with my husband; and generally, I like to keep up with my adult kids and whatever they might be up to–it’s always a surprise for me!

I want you to be successful in whatever you choose to do with your education. I enjoy helping students make decisions about academic programs and am happy to help out if you run into difficulties. Although it may seem like a long road ahead, it goes by quickly and YOU WILL make it. Never give up because it does get better.

I am passionate about helping students to be successful in college. Sometimes, life just gets in the way of an education, and it may be difficult to figure out what to do next. That’s when you need the support of someone who can help you to work through your situation, one step at a time. While I have special training in alcohol and drug abuse counseling, there may be many other reasons that cause you to be less successful than you want to be. My mantra is: don’t give up, find support, get better!

Lisa Matthews

Hardin Valley Campus
Goins 129 

B.A.  Psychology, minor in Religion
M.S. Mental Health Counseling


About Lisa:
I’m originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but have had the privilege of being a Tennessean for several years! I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, rock climbing, and photography. I love to travel, do mission work, and experience new cultures. My wonderful husband and I enjoy serving the Knoxville community in a variety of settings and ways.

I am passionate about helping college students succeed in all areas of life. From academics to career, to personal counseling, I believe it is necessary to treat the whole person. Counseling provides a safe place for people to share their “stuff” and find healing. I also have a great deal of experience working with young adults formerly involved in the foster system and love to advocate for their education and well-being. I am excited to serve you here at Pellissippi State!