Life Connections Counseling Services is now offering ABA Services in Knoxville, TN.

The development of this program came out of Catherine Hallam’s own personal family journey with Autism. Catherine’s husband was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 30 years old and her son was diagnosed with Level 1 ASD when he was three years old.

During this time Catherine was gaining her second Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and used her research abilities to learn everything she could about this diagnosis and treatment options for her family. Throughout her Autism journey she both personally and professional interacted with providers that did not take the family into consideration when working with the child.

When someone in your family is diagnosed with Autism the whole family needs assistance. Knowing how important early intervention was for her child, Catherine dedicated her career to helping families find access to services. Catherine knew the services available in Knoxville where limited and the waitlist for ABA services could take years to gain access to.

Finally deciding she needed to do more she created the Autism Services department. This passion project has developed into a holistic environment where families can truly be served. Parents can now have their child receive services while they themselves receive counseling or get a message. Being a parent of a child with disability leaves almost no room for self-care. Knowing the importance of self-care from a personal and professional level Catherine wanted to build an environment where parents were taken into consideration as well as their child. The Autism Services department does this and more. We have a multidisciplinary team who can meet the needs of your family.


Catherine Hallam, M.ED, M.A., LPC-MHSP, NCC, CCMHC, CAS, BC-TMH
AutPlay Therapist

Catherine is a Certified Autism Specialist and AutPlay Therapist. Catherine has a love for the Autism community through her own personal family being among the population. She has dedicated her career to serve families touched by Autism and is ready to meet the needs of your family. She has experience with walking families through this journey. Catherine will use AutPlay to help families to understand their children and develop family strategies to encourage family time.