Meet our therapist, Amilia!

Sep 9, 2021

Positively Living & Choice Health Network is proud to offer mental health care and counseling, and is excited to introduce you to Amilia James, LCSW! Amilia earned her BA in Psychology from Boston College and Master’s in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Knoxville to work at Choice Health Network as a therapist three years ago. According to Amilia: “Therapy is a collaborative process [that helps us to] make changes in our lives and find healing in the context of a safe, affirming relationship.


Amilia also helps create program policies, facilitates our interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, and provides trainings for staff so that behavioral health can be integrated in all we do.

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She says she “loves” her job and that, “this work is meaningful to me because I believe that every human being has inherent worth, dignity, and deserves to live a life worth living where they can heal and thrive.

This summer, Amilia is working on growing a flower garden with the help of her dog, Charlie, a cavalier king charles spaniel. She says, “I like to grow flowers and he likes to dig in dirt, so we’re a great team!”

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The State of Tennessee’s decision to not accept federal funding for HIV prevention services came as a surprise to us and similar organizations. While we remain hopeful for a resolution, as things stand now, our contract to provide these services will end May 31, 2023. Our team is exploring ways to ensure that these important services will remain available in our community and will keep you apprised of those efforts.

Ryan White and HOPWA services, along with our medical clinic, are not affected by this decision.

In late 2022, Positively Living/Choice Health Network was named an HIV/AIDS Center of Excellence – validating the quality of care we provide the community. All of our services continue uninterrupted, and our locations across the state are open.

Thank you for trusting us with your care. Together, we will keep working toward a future of health, equity and hope.