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Hope Reneau, LCSW, C-DBT, Founder & CEO


The Middle Path, Inc.
245 S. Peters Road
Knoxville, Tennessee



  Telephone: (865) 693-7453

Fax: (865) 693-7454


Hope Reneau, a licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW, C-DBT), has a broad background in social work with more than thirty (30) years of experience.  She possesses a National Certification as a Dialectical Behavior Therapist and is recognized by providers and insurance companies nationwide for high quality clinical skills.

​Currently, Hope Reneau is the Founder and CEO of The Middle Path, Inc. and Clinical Director of The Middle Path at Barrier Islands, SC, and former Board Member of the East Tennessee Mental Health Association.  In 2018 she was a Field Liaison and Field Supervisor for the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in Knoxville and is currently a Board Member of the Advisory Council at the UT College of Social Work.  Her career in social work and therapy has been formed at McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA; Tennova Healthcare, Knoxville, TN; Chota Community Health Services, Madisonville, TN; U.S. Navy Fleet and Family Services, San Diego, CA; Tennessee Early Intervention Services, Knoxville, TN; Director of Continuing Education and adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work, San Diego University, San Diego, CA; and the Administrator and Divisional Social Worker Consultant for the Salvation Army, San Diego, CA.

She received her Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from Boston College, MA, and her B.S. Degree, majoring in Psychology and a minor in Social Rehabilitation, from Assumption College, MA.

Hope Reneau is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (TN LSW 4531), in the State of Tennessee, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LISW-CP SW 12573) in the State of South Carolina, and a former Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California, and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT).

She has participated in a wide range of community volunteer organizations and services and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Evergreen Certification Institute for DBT National Certification and Accreditation organizations.


Our Story

The Middle Path

The Middle Path was created by Hope Reneau who had been leading IOP programs at a local Knoxville hospital.  Hope thought that without the limitations of hospitals she could create a program that would be offered in a warm and comfortable house with small client groups that received personal attention.The clinical focus would be DBT with holistic experiences that a hospital setting could not offer.  Hope's dream, as a social worker, was to offer the most effective IOP treatment in the surrounding Knoxville and Chattanooga communities.  Thus,The Middle Path was born.

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