Earn your Sanctuary

East Tennessee Mentorship Association

is a veteran owned small business in East TN that provides solution focused, accessible (affordable) mental health support and mentorship to our community.

Our program is NOT clinical in nature – that is, we do not diagnose or treat mental illnesses, but instead, we encourage self-growth regardless of an individual’s framework while encouraging them to seek therapy as necessary outside of ETMA.

Dustin Stitt ~ Founder

We offer a safe place for ALL people to navigate their inner voices using a variety of practical and experiential tools gained through years of study and time spent in cultures around the world.

Our motto is “Earn your sanctuary” – we believe each individual holds the key to solving their own cognitive dissonance, but we ALSO believe that it really helps to have an objective sounding board now and again and we’re happy to help with that.

Answer: No – in the State of Tennessee, licensure as a therapist requires a graduate degree and 3000 hours of supervised client interaction, along with passing a state exam. Dustin Stitt (Founder of ETMA) who holds a bachelors in psychology and intends to earn his graduate degree, has a wealth of experience obtained through his background as a military intelligence collector and analyst, along with other managerial experiences. Even after getting his graduate degree,  Dustin does not wish to become a licensed therapist because he believes that the holistic development of individuals is the future of mental health. You can’t complete a puzzle by only working on one corner of it.

Answer: No, since we don’t employ licensed therapists, we can only accept cash pay clients. Our cash pay rate is 75/hour, but we also offer subscriptions at a 15% discount and accept sponsorship from individuals and companies.

Answer: To become a sponsor, simply follow this link. You will sponsor one session per month for a person in need. You’ll also be listed on our home page as a sponsor, have a picture frame (filled with a brochure or logo of your choice) on our physical sponsorship wall in the building, and be mentioned in monthly social media posts thanking everyone for their support. You can choose to allocate the session to a particular group, such as veterans, single mothers, or first responders.

Answer: In addition to individual sessions, ETMA offers eight week Self-Mastery group experiences that run throughout the year, mental health and wellness related workshops and events hosted by mentors and guest presenters, and experiential trips such as hikes and camping designed for mental health maintenance. Follow us on social media to keep up with current events!

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111 Robertsville Road Oak Ridge, TN 37830





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Fathers Fighting for Their Children’s Hearts
Kaiser Restorations (Construction and remodeling)
Kaiser Paws ‘n Claws (Pet Sitting)
Mike Massaglia State Farm (Servicing TN and KY)
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