Professional Bio

Dr. Kim Gaines Eckert is a licensed clinical psychologist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Eckert and her husband co-founded Roots Counseling Center, where she maintains a private counseling practice. Dr. Eckert came to Tennessee in 2002 to join the faculty of Lee University. Dr. Eckert holds an undergraduate honors degree in English and anthropology from the University of Michigan, as well as a master’s and doctorate from Wheaton College (IL). She is the author of Things Your Mother Never Told You: A Woman’s Guide to Sexuality (InterVarsity Press Books, 2014), and Stronger Than You Think: Becoming Whole Without Having to be Perfect. A Woman’s Guide (InterVarsity Press Books, 2007). She has written for Christianity Today publications (her.meneutics & Today’s Christian Woman), Psychology for Living, and Youth & Christian Education Leadership. Dr. Eckert is a national speaker and has been featured on programs such as Moody Radio’s Prime Time America and Midday Connection.

Other stuff

I love being a therapist, but I love lots of other things too. Here’s just a few…kim-26

  • listening to my husband play the piano
  • roasting marshmallows over the firepit with my four kiddos
  • comfy shoes
  • asheville, NC
  • putting my kids to bed
  • the smell of coffee brewing in the early morning
  • going for a long, flat, slow run
  • theology and books (and good conversations about both)
  • mountains and beaches, preferably together
  • the (brief) moments before my kids wake up and all is quiet


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