Mae Adams Shirley, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist in independent practice serving adolescents, adults and families, specializing in the treatment of identity development, substance use disorders, women’s health, spirituality and chronic mental health conditions.

Dr. Adams Shirley earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Additionally, Dr. Adams Shirley holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center in Statesboro, Georgia and her APPIC-member postdoctoral fellowship in Integrated Primary Care at Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dr. Adams Shirley has worked with individuals and couples across the lifespan in university counseling centers, primary care, emergency departments and private practice. She believes that a collaborative relationship between therapist and client provides an atmosphere of safety and respect, allowing for insight and meaning making to occur.

Dr. Adams Shirley has held teaching appointments in both undergraduate and graduate programs in the field, and her professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, APA Division 39 Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and Knoxville Area Psychological Association. Her hobbies include hiking, reading and exploring local parks with her son.