Shelby Buffin is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Tennessee.

10434 Jackson Oaks Way
Knoxville, Tennessee 37922


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Shelby Buffin, MSW, LCSW

Shelby Buffin is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Tennessee. She received her undergraduate education from East Tennessee State University and her graduate education and training from the University of Denver College of Social Work. For the past five years, she has been practicing psychotherapy within various settings including in-home, residential, and community mental health, and has experience working with all ages. The majority of her experience has been working with teens and adults that are seeking help with a wide variety of mental health and substance use-related issues. Shelby takes a holistic and mindful approach within the therapy process and strives to look at all areas of life that may be impacting someone and their environment.

During her sessions with clients, Shelby uses an assortment of evidence-based techniques that help her clients address their presenting problems. Shelby understands that starting therapy and the journey towards healing can produce anxiety and fear. She utilizes collaboration with her clients to establish a positive therapeutic alliance, and fosters an environment where her clients feel safe, so they may experience personal growth within the therapeutic relationship. Shelby is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Therapeutic Yoga. She enjoys working with pre-teens, adolescents, and adults as they navigate life transitions and daily stressors.

Shelby feels proud to be part of a military family and to claim Knoxville, Tennessee as her home. She returned to the area three years ago. In her free time, Shelby enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, spending time with her family, bowling, playing Mahjongg, working on home improvement projects, and has recently started hiking.

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce


Academic / Occupational / Work Issues/ Career
Adolescents 13-17
Adults 18-64
Anxiety/Stress/ Panic/Phobias
Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD/ADD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger's Counseling
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Mindfulness / Meditation
Mood Disorders/ Bipolar Disorder
Personality Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Psychotic Disorders
Substance Related / Addictive Disorders
Trauma and Stress Related Disorders (PTSD/Acute Stress)


Optum; UBH
United Health Care
Behavioral Health Systems