Clinical/Coaching Team

It is with pride that Attento offers clients access to a diverse and skilled team of professionals who are ready to meet your individual needs.    Using our Practice-specific team of Guest Experience Specialists it is our goal to match each client with a counselor/coach that creates a “Best Fit” for unique and individualized needs.  As a client you are encouraged to think about counselor/coach professional background and personal characteristics that are important to you:

  • Gender match/difference
  • Age similarity/difference 
  • Credentials
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Counselor/Coach appointment time availability 
  • Experience with diagnosis (if applicable) 
  • Relate-ability to issue or challenge 
  • Office location convenience
  • Culture Background
  • Unique experience/expertise
  • Approach/therapeutic style
  • Spiritual alignment

With over 40 professional staff, we are proud to offer you access to a team of highly diverse professionals all sharing a common goal of providing you excellence in professional counseling/coaching care.  Through careful selection, we have assembled a team that believes in: 

  • Strength-based;
  • Person-centered, and;
  • Positive Inspirational & Aspirational Counseling & Coaching Support.

Confronting the challenges that are often faced in professional counseling, your counselor will show you the individualized care that will ensure you feel both supported and connected (we believe counseling/coaching should be a positive and transformative experience).     

Please review our practice location-specific roster of counselors and coaches below.

Research has found that having a strong counselor/coach alliance is paramount to the success of the counseling experience.  We have a talented and caring administrative team that is dedicated to finding you the right clinician or coach.  

We look forward to working with you to create your best version of you!

Therapists at Attento Counseling (Marietta-East Cobb)

Suzanne Hartigan, LPC

Suzanne Hartiganis a licensed professional counselor with Attento Counseling Marietta. She holds a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Mercer University and a B.A. in psychology From George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Prior to joining Attento Counseling, Suzanne worked as a counselor for Catholic Charities. She implemented Therapeutic interventions for a diverse group of clients navigating stress, depression, anxiety, grief, divorce, ADHD and OCD. Since joining Attento Counseling, she has worked with individuals to help them stabilize relationships, enhance communication skills, manage stress, anxiety or depression, ultimately empowering them to lead more fulfilling lives. She has administered assessments and diagnostic impressions upon intake and devised treatment plans. She believes in client knowledge and empowerment through evidence based treatment protocols.

Suzanne has acquired the skills of DBT & CBT to treat clients dealing with life stressors such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, parenting issues or work related challenges. Suzanne believes that one of the core components to living a happy and fulfilled life are the quality of the relationships we hold dear. As a counselor she is experienced in working with a diverse group of clients empowering them with the tools needed to live a more fulfilling and joyful life. She specializes in women’s issues that include but are not limited to divorce, job re-entry, empty nest, addiction, parenting, grief, aging parents, post partum depression, and menopause. Suzanne is open to working with Individuals of all sexual preferences, religions and ethnicities and nationalities.

Suzanne specializes in:

  • Women’s Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Family Systems
  • ADHD
  • Chronic Stress

Matthew Buyert,
LPC

Treatment Philosophy
Every plant, animal, and person has an innate drive to grow, heal, and flourish. The goal of therapy is simply to restore and facilitate this natural healing function. Our work is essentially supporting you to find your own inner resources, your own truths, and your own joys.

To facilitate your innate power of healing, I will endeavor to create a safe, open, and comforting relationship between us. Through empathy – allowing me to share your experience on a deeply emotional level, congruence – allowing you to have full trust in my presence,
and unconditional positive regard – allowing a fully caring connection regardless of any struggles, just such an authentic and nurturing relationship will be created.

You will be understood, you will find trust, and you will be supported.

Specialty Areas

  • Addiction, including opioids, other drugs, alcohol, sex, food, power, ego, etc.
  • Trauma, including PTSD, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Personality Disorders
  • Existential Crises, Creation of Meaning
  • Spirituality, Mindfulness, Yoga
  • Personal Growth

Services Offered

  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Work

Salim Nadir,
CLC

Salim Nadir is a Certified Life Coach (CLC) who specializes in empowering individuals to tackle life’s challenges by establishing and implementing action steps to positively impact their futures. Salim uses his humor, compassion and direct nature to help his clients make choices from a place of optimism instead of fear. He ultimately believes we have each been created with a unique purpose, to share our God-given gifts with the world.

Salim has spent the last 20 years serving in the areas of business development, ministry, health and wellness and psychology. He has successfully held diverse roles such as Strategic Marketing Director, Director of Ministry Operations, Clinical Program Manager, and General Manager of Personal Training to name a few.

Salim graduated from Lehigh University with a BA in Social Psychology and Sociology and successfully completed a year at Emory University’s Executive MBA program. He is a recognized member of the International Coaching Science Research Federation (ICF), an active member of his church in Atlanta, GA and a fervently committed Philadelphia Eagles fan.

“People hire a life coach because

  • They want more.
  • They want to grow.
  • They want it easier.

It’s as simple as that. Life coaches help a client get all three. Quickly.” – (ICF)

Areas of Service:

  • Setting and achieving goals and objectives
  • Planning — business, career and life
  • Blasting through stress, blocks and fears
  • Balancing business and personal life
  • Making key decisions and designing strategies for success
  • Communicating powerfully and succinctly
  • Getting out of a rut
  • Identifying core values and passions

Angie Sumrall,
LPC

Angie Sumrall is a licensed professional counselor. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Trinity International University. As a therapist and life coach, Angie is passionate about seeing individuals, couples, and families move toward freedom, wholeness, and reconciliation. She is a compassionate professional with 15 years of experience working with individuals, groups, couples, and adolescents in a variety of contexts, both here and abroad.

Angie specializes in relational issues and emotion management. She is skilled at helping people understand, identify, regulate, and appreciate their emotions and the role they play in relating to others.

Relationships
Using methods from emotionally focused therapy, attachment theory, and family systems therapy, Angie works with couples and families toward healing, reconciliation, and hope.

Emotion Management
Be it anxiety, anger, depression, shame, stress, or any of the emotions that can make us feel out of control or stuck, Angie helps you move out of hiding and addiction that we use to manage emotions and into freedom.

Pre-marriage Counseling
Angie is certified as a Prepare and Enrich pre-marriage facilitator, and combines the tools and assessments of that program with clinical knowledge and counseling skills to prepare couples for a healthy and thriving marriage.

Loss and Transition
Whether adjusting to a new life phase, recovering from the pain of divorce or trauma, or other forms of loss or grief, Angie walks with you through this difficult experience with the belief that we cannot fully live until we fully grieve our losses and painful experiences, so that we can find healing to move forward.

Christian Counseling
Angie will respect your beliefs and give you the freedom to incorporate your faith into sessions, and determine to what extent. Her theological training and her own faith journey have equipped Angie to provide counseling designed to minister to the soul and lead clients to grow in spiritual maturity.

Life Coaching
Angie will help you assess where you are versus where you want to be and create achievable, action-oriented goals to help you move toward balance and wholeness by creating a life plan that will address improvements in your career, relationships, health, finances, and spiritual life.

Calandra Togba-Doya, LCSW

I work with all populations that desire positive change in their lives. I believe perfection is a myth but we all can set and obtain goals. My mantra is “Happy, Healthy and Whole”. That’s obtainable. That’s the goal.

I view the therapeutic process as a partnership with you leading the effort. You have all the answers you need. Walking along as you journey to uncover them. Focus: Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups to help them discover their strengths, gifting and abilities in order to live their best life.

A traveler and consider West Africa my second home. Novice runner. Foodie: (especially Mexican food). Mother of 3 sweet and active children that I call “The Wrecking Crew”. Daughter, Sister and Niece to a wonderful extended family. Passion: to live and help others live a balanced, whole and healthy life

Areas of Specialty:

  • Chronic Illness
  • Anxiety
  • Coping skills
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital concerns
  • Obesity
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Weight Loss
  • LGBTQIA
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS

A.B. Kaplan, MS, NCC, LPC

As an intensively trained DBT therapist specializing in addiction/recovery, I use a collaborative approach with clients to help them in building the life they want to live. As a performance coach and certified personal trainer, I assist an array of clients to achieve fitness, health and lifestyle goals by identifying how emotions directly impact their health, fitness and overall wellness. In teaching skills to both groups, I help clients to develop their own concrete plan to overcome the emotional and physical obstacles they grapple with and to move forward to achieve their goals.

I help clients focus on skills which promote change through effective choices. I assist in managing recovery from addiction, impulsivity, codependency, depression/anxiety and grief/PTSD. I use techniques which support a healthier lifestyle, improve fitness and promote overall emotional – physical wellness. My focus is on my clients; my priority is collaborating with each so they reach their goals.

I have over 20 years of professional experience in mental health and addiction/recovery. I work individually with young adults, adults, families and couples.

Tim Giannoni, Ed.D., M.S., MBA, LAPC

Enjoying more than 25 years in the human services profession, Dr. Timothy Giannoni has acquired a diverse professional and educational background. Possessing advanced degrees in education, psychology, counseling and management, he has provided support to individuals in both direct service practice and in the management of counseling service organizations. Starting his career in a federally funded employment and training program in Florida serving both youth and adults, he transitioned into management and became the president of nationally recognized adolescent youth develop program serving 10,000 students per year. During his authorship of the Excel Program and years in organizational leadership, he completed extensive research in anxiety and depression management and correlates of effective developmental intervention. Living in North Atlanta during the past 13 years, his career path has taken him back to his first passion — individual counseling.

As a co-owner of the Attento Counseling practice, he brings the followings areas of service expertise:

  • Adolescent intervention (extensive clinical/program development experience: conflict/adjustment support to include crisis remediation, anxiety mgmt., depression, at-risk behavior, parental support)
  • Adult life change/adjustment (decision making and pervasive anxiety research, eight years of group and individual career and employment counseling)
  • Senior support (depression, loss recovery, family relations)
  • Male personal growth support (mid-life transition, relationship stabilization, anxiety, anger and impulse management)

Dr. Giannoni believes counseling relationships begin with genuine interest and concern, and are supported by an ever present focus on positive personal growth.

His years of experience have led him to the following conclusions:

  • Individuals own their counseling therapy
  • Quality individual therapy provides the opportunity to explore issues central to the person in a safe, professional and supportive environment
  • Progress or improvement in therapy results from an individual’s personal decision to change or explore new thoughts, emotions or behaviors with the support of another

Dr. G is a down-to-earth, light-hearted guy with an extensive resume and passion for serving others in their time of need. Watch the following clip for his personal/professional introduction.

Kat Bazile,
LPC, NCC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Kathleen (Kat) believes that total health comes from healing the mind, body, and spirit. Kathleen’s mission is to help her clients live a more authentic, healthy, and fulfilling life. She achieves this by assisting clients in improving their mental health and developing valuable coping skills that are unique to them. Kathleen helps adults and teens (over 16+) who are going through psychological distress and major life adjustments. Her passion is to help young women discover their authentic and empowered selves and create a life that allows them to thrive instead of just surviving. Kathleen practices integrative, holistic, and evidence-based methods in which she pulls from insight oriented techniques as well as from her formal trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Hypnotherapy.

After ten years, Kathleen has provided effective psychotherapy to clients from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of mental health severities and difficulties. Kathleen strives to create a safe, non-judgmental, trusting environment and positive therapeutic relationship. She does this so that you are willing to let her walk beside you on your journey towards self-actualization and practice the changes you develop together.

“You only have one life, so why not live in it with ease.”

Specialty areas include:

  • Anxiety
    depression
  • bipolar disorder
    PTSD
  • sexual trauma
  • self-esteem & confidence
  • grief and loss
  • women’s issues
  • major life changes & adjustments
  • and other severe emotional problems

Kathleen is nationally board certified & licensed in the state of Georgia. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors. Kathleen studied psychology at Florida International University and received her Master’s in Counseling at Rollins College. She holds her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Mercer University.

When Kathleen is not helping others, she can be found meditating, searching for reasonably priced (aka free) yoga classes, walking the Beltline, or enjoying the delicious eateries of Atlanta.

Shira Concool, MA, LPC, NCC

Shira Concool, MA, LPC, NCC (she/her/hers) helps clients navigate identity issues in today’s complex world with hope and confidence. Shira uses a relational-cultural, strengths-based approach and pulls in elements of cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and emotionally-focused therapies to help individuals and couples reach their goals. She has 5+ years of career and mental health counseling experience and has worked at both college counseling centers and in community practice. In her work at the college setting, she co-facilitated a Trans Therapy Group, as well as a group on Anger Management.

Shira offers a unique perspective on how to approach life, work, and relationships with a healthy dose of humor and self-compassion. Past clients have noted that her “real” and “collaborative” style of therapy gave them the validation, support and space they needed to grow.

Specialties:

  • Career counseling and work/life balance
  • Cross-cultural issues and discrimination
  • Sexual and gender diversity
  • Adjustments and life transitions
  • Self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Relationship and family stress
  • Couples counseling

Licensure and Educational Background:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Clinical Internship at John Jay College Counseling Center; Teaching Assistant for “Multicultural Issues in Human Services”
  • Master of Arts, Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness, New York University
  • Bachelor of Arts, African American Studies, Yale University

Ansley Campbell,
LMFT

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Ansley Campbell (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Georgia and North Carolina. She works with individuals, couples and families and specializes in LGBTQIA persons and systems, trauma and PTSD, substance use disorders and eating disorders. Ansley also sees clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, women’s issues, relationship issues and parenting. 

She’s an engaging and direct therapist, utilizing a systemic narrative approach to all needs. Her goal is to provide a collaborative, compassionate, nonjudgmental space to find healing and create meaning. You will have the opportunity to increase insight, emotional wellness and improve relationships with self and others. 

She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective trauma therapy for persons dealing with singular or long-term complex traumas. She’s Prepare/Enrich certified. Additionally, she’s an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. 

Ansley has spent most of her career working in substance abuse treatment centers. She holds a master’s degree from Appalachian State University and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia College & State University.

Beth Ebinger, LPC, NCC

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Beth Ebinger is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor with Attento Counseling Marietta. She hold a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, Indiana. During her professional counseling career, she has refined her therapeutic skills working with adolescents and adults in community settings as well as in private practice, and is experienced dealing with clients from diverse cultures and religious backgrounds. Beth’s therapeutic approach is strength based, integrative and solution focused. Beth has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, emotion focused therapy and relationship empowerment therapy. She is skilled at identifying readiness for change as well as mechanisms blocking growth. She assists clients in developing skills and strategies to effectively manage life’s challenges. She utilizes evidenced based treatment modalities to help couples discover or restore true connection and meaning in their relationships. Specialty areas include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Life adjustment issues
  • Grief
  • Couples conflict
  • ADHD
  • Parenting issues
  • Spiritual issues

Beth is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia (License #006243).

Shemika S Hubbard, (Ed.D-candidate, MS, Licensed School Counselor)

Children and Families have been my passion for the duration of my professional career. Specializing in services to Kindergarten to 8th grade, I utilize strength-based supportive counseling approach to overcome challenges within and outside the family system. As a current Certified School Counselor working at a progressive and diverse elementary school and a past Developmental Leadership Program Director serving all major School Districts in Atlanta, I understand the unique nature of individual school culture that supports and sometimes challenges children. I provide non-school-based supportive counseling services recognizing that many times school counselors do not have the time to provide one-on-one support that is needed.

My areas of expertise (certification & presentation) focused on the family and social functioning include:

  • Family Systems Support (overcoming/resolving challenges in the home) – Certified
  • Adjustment Disorders resulting from Divorce or Loss
  • Self Esteem/Efficacy (overcoming school-based Bullying, Social Connectedness, Anger Mgmt.)
  • Academic Improvement–certified
  • Parenting Skills Development (Coping and Effective Child Engagement) — Certified

My therapeutic belief is that all parents want the best for their children and all children desire the opportunity to be happy/healthy in the environments in which they function. My therapy sessions are interactive and often involve play therapy and/or unique age-appropriate interactive engagement. It is my goal to create a “supportive & enjoyable” therapeutic environment for both children and families to explore change.

Private Pay Service: Sorry not taking private insurance at this time.

Savannah Johnson, CLC

Savannah has availability in Marietta (East Cobb)/(Downtown), Kennesaw and Cumming (Alpharetta) locations. 

“Your life is your greatest work of art: Make it a masterpiece.” 

Savannah Rose Johnson is an International Coaching Science Research Foundation (ICS) Certified Life Coach (CLC) with a diverse educational background in sociology, gender studies, biopsychology & neurodevelopment (with a concentration in epigenetics & neuroplasticity). She values genuine connections with others and strives to build caring & supportive coaching relationships. Savannah’s coaching philosophy is grounded in compassionate care backed by science. 

By earning her degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Work from Oglethorpe University and having an associate degree in Biopsychology, Savannah is passionate about education and is dedicated to lifelong learning. 

Savannah has a true talent for working with children, adolescents & adults from all walks of life and with varying abilities. Having spent her own adolescence in the modeling industry, Savannah’s personal experience fuels her coaching philosophy in the importance of building a genuine identity, healthy self-esteem & body image. 

With this being a homecoming to Attento Counseling (having previously worked here as the lead administrator), Savannah has over 4 years’ experience in psychology & human services. She is also currently the Community Outreach Specialist at Attento Counseling and has previous experience with The Marcus Autism Center and Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopment School & Counseling Center. 

With over 5 years in business management combined with the completion of executive business training from the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center, Savannah has successfully created her own brand & is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship. 

Savannah is a renowned Atlanta author & lover of the arts, publishing her first poetry book “Ghosts & Letters”, centered around self-help & empowerment. You can find her spreading mental health awareness at author expositions & book signings around metro Atlanta. 

As a mental health advocate, Savannah is a believer that wellness resources & information should be universally accessible. She enjoys publishing articles, nutrition guides & self-care e-books on her website www.theblondewholovesbrains.com 

When she’s not working at Attento, you will find Savannah at home tending to her garden, writing more books, and running her doggy daycare & animal portrait business. 

Savannah’s Coaching Specialties Include: 

  • Adjustments 
  • Life Transitions 
  • Identity Building 
  • Self-esteem & Confidence 
  • Success & Money 
  • Time Management 
  • Life Organization 
  • Personal Growth 
  • Faith & Spirituality 
  • Mindfulness 
  • Nutrition & Fitness 
  • Holistic Wellness 

Social Media 

  • Habits & Addictions 
  • Healthy Self/Body Image 
  • Cyberbullying Prevention & Remediation 

Student Coaching 

  • College Decisions (rising high school seniors or those deciding to go back to school) 
  • Adjustments (incoming freshmen; transfer students; graduating college seniors) 
  • Career Coaching & Resume Building 
  • Finding Your Passion & Picking a Major 
  • Study Habits 
  • Social Skills 
  • Bullying Prevention & Remediation 
  • Staying Safe on a Big Campus 

LGBTQIA Coaching 

  • Gender Identity 
  • Sexuality Education and Safety 
  • Gender Transition Support 

Special Needs Coaching 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (with training in Applied Behavioral Analytics) 
  • Downs Syndrome 
  • Social Skills 
  • Hygiene Training 
  • Transitioning into New Schools/ Workplaces 
  • Sibling & Family Support 

Dr. Tiy-E Muhammad, Ed.D, LPC, CPCS

Dr. Tiy-E Muhammad, a Licensed Psychotherapist (LPC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS), Psychology Professor, Radio & TV Personality, Life-Consultant, Author, Writer for Marriage.com, Motivational Speaker, Educator, Vegan Mentor, Fitness Pundit, and Spiritual Advisor, my life is dedicated to fulfilling my Godly purpose; which is to help people achieve inner peace, love, and great health. I’ve had the good fortune to spend decades healing relationships and promoting GODLY happiness through my books, workshops, and on Radio and Television. I hold an Ed.D. in Community Counseling from Argosy University, an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, and recently completed a second Master’s in Sport-Exercise Psychology from Argosy University.

As a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), I view my client’s challenges from a Solution-Focused and Holistic perspective. All obstacles are considered from a mental, spiritual, and physical standpoint because all aspects of life are interconnected. As we explore the root of the problem (how did we get here?), we will also look at how it impacts every facet of your life, with our goal being for you to achieve a breakthrough on every level. I look forward to journeying with you as we work together to help you move forward and become a healthier, happier, more peaceful, and productive you. Remember,

“What You Don’t’ Reveal, You Can Not Heal.”

Therapists at Attento Counseling (Marietta-Downtown)

Vanessa Desir, LPC

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Vanessa Desir is a licensed professional counselor practicing at Attento Counseling- Marietta (Downtown). She has extensive experience working with individuals, families and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Vanessa has worked in the field of counseling and psychology for more than 10 years. She obtained her master’s in mental health counseling from Yeshiva University’s School of Psychology in New York City. Her professional career began with researching how parents and their children are affected by substance abuse at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She provided psycho-educational therapy to adults struggling with depression due to developmental challenges at the Rose F. Kennedy Evaluation & Rehab Center. She has also worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities within a crisis unit at the Young Adult Institute, in New York City. Throughout her journey around the different facets of counseling, Vanessa has developed a passion for and is well versed in providing individual therapy surrounding life issues including but not limited to:

  • Depression/mood disorders
  • Adjustment issues
  • Behavior management
  • Life stressors
  • Anxiety
  • Family therapy
  • Women’s issues

Her recent experience includes providing counseling to children, adolescents and adults from different cultures, ethnicities and economic backgrounds. Vanessa’s approach to counseling focuses on human development in relational, social and cultural contexts. Vanessa is educated, personable and eager to meet goals set by clients. She is passionate about helping clients become better equipped in dealing with life’s stressors, so that they can live happier and more fulfilling lives.

 

Sarah Ansari, LPC, CCH

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC 008061).

  • I received a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in 2006.
  • I have a Masters in Community Counseling from Argosy University in 2010.
  • I am trained intensively in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
  • I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCH).

I am an American-Muslim, of South-Asian descent and I’m culturally aware. I understand the challenges families and individuals experience when major life transitions (e.g., marriage, divorce, death, relocating, etc.) happen. I’m also able to relate to people of different faiths, ethnicity, race and background.

I enjoy working with adult and adolescent females (ages 13+) who struggle with suicidal ideations/thoughts, self-harm or bodily harm, depression, anxiety, anger, relationship issues and other life or mental health concerns. The interventions I use are based in DBT but I’m eclectic in my approach.

“I absolutely love and enjoy what I do. My ultimate goal is to help the community in ending mental health stigma. Taking care of your mind is as important as taking care of your body. I understand that talking to a random stranger can be scary; however there are times when we need to talk to someone who is going to be nonjudgmental, empathetic and provide the support we need. I work together with my clients in helping them solve their problems, listen to them and live a life they desire.”

 

Dana Robinson, EdS, LPC, MAC, NCC, CPCS

Dana empowers clients to live more fulfilling lives in a safe and supportive environment. She values holistic and wellness-based approaches. She uses trauma-informed, person-centered, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based interventions with her clients. Dana understands the uniqueness of the therapeutic process and is grateful to assist clients with changing their lives for the better. 

 

For over a decade, Dana has worked in the wellness and counseling field in a variety of settings providing services to multicultural clients with equally diverse needs. She has assisted young adults, adults, adolescents, couples, and active duty military as well as Veterans. She addresses life challenges such as adjustment issues/life management, transitioning into adulthood concerns, addiction recovery/alcohol and drug abuse, managing mental health symptoms, trauma recovery, spirituality, PTSD, anxiety, stress management, and depression. 

 

Dana is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in Georgia. She is also a Master Addiction Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She earned a Master of Science in Professional Counseling and a Specialist in Education in Counseling with a focus on Traumatology. She obtained both graduate degrees from Georgia State University. She is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association, and NAADAC-the Association of Addiction Professionals. Outside of the office, Dana enjoys practicing yoga, meditation, energy healing, exercising, and cooking vegan meals.

Lane Womack, LPC

Healing, perspective, self-discovery, finding a voice, healthy coping skills, processing, strength identification, insight, establishing healthy connections, active collaboration, recovery, relationship building…therapy is all these things, and so much more. I believe we all have a purpose and a meaning, and that uncovering that meaning can lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life. The unconditional encouragement, support, and motivation from another can foster a healthy connection, and help facilitate growth, change, stability, renewed thinking, and other aspired outcomes; I take pride in being that person and joining others on their journey.

I have over a decade of experience working with diverse populations in varied settings (inpatient residential, outpatient, PHP). I enjoy working with individuals, couples, groups, and families. I specialize in addiction and am also well versed in working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar and other mood disorders, identity issues, anger management, co-occurring disorders, ADHD, trauma, OCD, women’s issues, relationship issues, body image, ineffective coping, and many more. I embrace an integrative, holistic approach, drawing from cognitive- behavioral, existential, dialectical behavioral, humanistic, motivational interviewing, and solution- focused therapies. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. I work with clients who are between the ages of 14-65.

Issues

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol/Substance Use
  • Addiction (substances, food)
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Marital and
  • Premarital
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Relapse Prevention
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Use
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders
  • Sexuality
  • LGTBQIA

    Treatment Approach
  • ASAM Level I Substance Abuse Care
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal
  • Intervention
  • Jungian
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness- Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused (SFT)
  • Trauma-Focused
  • Yoga
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group

Therapists at Attento Counseling (Kennesaw)

Joe Schelling, BSW, CLC, Clinical Coordinator

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Joe Schelling serves as clinical coordinator for the Kennesaw, Marietta and Cumming locations. He has oversight of scheduling, intake, reception and other operational aspects of the three practices. He leans on his years of upper management and leadership expertise as he helps grow the practices.

Joe also serves as a Certified Life Coach. He has a passion to help people get from where they are to where they want to be – with primary population men going through career and/or life transitions, those feeling “stuck” and not knowing what to do next and young men who have limited positive male impact. All interactions revolve around client centered goal setting and is focused on helping the client develop the personal goals and objective to help them get to where they want to be. He brings nearly 20 experience in helping people transition to his coaching practice. He has worked in residential settings, hospital settings and community agencies helping parents, teens and young adults at-risk transition into desired settings. He has extensive experience with teens and young adults with developmental and environmental disabilities. Joe has worked in both the clinical and leadership roles. He brings a Christian perspective to all approaches and interactions. As a former youth pastor he has a interest in assisting others through traditionally difficult transition periods of life from a christian perspective

 

James Mann,
LMFT

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James Mann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia with 10 years of clinical experience. He earned his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA.  He specializes in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families struggling with various mental health conditions. James serves client population ages ranging from 5 yrs. old to 65+ yrs. of age.

As an LMFT, James has received extensive clinical training working with various types of relationship distress. This could range from communication breakdown within the couple/family or infidelity and co-parenting. He treats the individual and family with a holistic approach to treatment looking at the broad picture considering the physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual domains of a person’s well-being. He also treats depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, addictions, and personality disorders.

As a nine-year Navy Veteran of the U. S. military, James also works extensively with military families struggling with PTSD and soldiers serving multiple deployments.  He has experience in helping survivors of ritual and cult abuse stemming from mind control and programming. Additionally, he is trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced-based approach to treating children who have suffered extreme child abuse. He is also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Rebecca Huls, MS, LPC

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Rebecca obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University, and her Master of Science in Mental Health & Psychological Therapies from Queen Mary University of London. She has over 7 years in the field of mental health and held previous roles as an Assistant Psychologist in the UK, a Behavior Data Analyst with the Marcus Autism Center, and Lead Assessor with Willowbrooke Behavioral Health in Villa Rica, GA. While at Willowbrooke, Rebecca was twice nominated for Employee of the Quarter and established Inpatient programming on Emotional Freedom Technique, Guided Imagery, Meditation, and Yoga.

She believes in a holistic approach to mental health in which traditional therapeutic intervention works best when coupled with appropriate self-care. Her interests lie in women’s issues & female empowerment, trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and helping individuals become the best version of themselves.

 

Nerissa Pratt, LPC

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor that has been practicing for 16 years. During that time period, I have been a therapist in a variety of settings including; community based services, military installations, and private practice. Within those settings, I provided counseling services to military service members and their families, teens, adults, families, and couples in the following areas:

  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Marriage/Couples issues
  • Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues
  • Teen Issues; Peer Pressure,
  • Parent/Child Relational Problems
  • Personality Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Dual Diagnoses
  • Social skills
  • LGBTQIA
  • Family issues
  • Military adjustments and struggles

I strive to support and empower my clients in a non-judgmental and welcoming environment. I believe that by using the strengths you already have and building on them, we can help you navigate through the challenges that are preventing you from the living the life you want to. My theory is that if you can learn to challenge and replace any irrational thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs, it will enable you to experience the change you are striving for. In addition, I believe in a holistic approach that incorporates the health of the mind, body, and spirit.

Although I am Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I utilize a blend of therapy modalities which incorporate the best practice from Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior, Solution Focused, and Motivational Interviewing. I believe in an approach that is holistic, eclectic, and guided by the individual needs of my client.

I would be more than happy to speak with you and give any more information you may need to determine if I would be a good fit to help you get to where you want to be.

 

Lisa Mustillo,
LCSW

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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes that a warm, supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of successful psychotherapy. I received my Masters in Social Work from New York University and completed post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Most of my experience has been working in community mental health clinics which led me to specialize in providing compassionate psychotherapy to individuals suffering from traumatic histories, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

My goal as a psychotherapist is to provide you with a safe space to discuss, explore and examine painful thoughts and feelings that keep you from living a peaceful life. I practice in a client-centered therapeutic style which means that I adapt my style to best serve the needs of the clients I serve. With compassion and warmth, I help my clients gain an understanding of the underlying causes of their depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. I help clients cultivate insight into the emotional pain that negatively affects their functioning, and assist in the development and implementation of healthy coping strategies that naturally lead to improved functioning and peaceful living.

Some of the areas that I specialize in are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low-Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Adjustment and Transition
 

Dr. Juanita E. Brigman, Ed.D., LCSW

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Dr. Juanita Brigman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia who has over 10 years of clinical experience both hospital and community based. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Maryland. She provides individual and family counseling using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, modified Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Mindfulness practice. She conducts and utilizes the results from child, adolescent, and family assessments to improve overall outcomes to better serve her clients. She has extensive training and research in early childhood mental health issues (Autism Spectrum, ADD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder), teen depression, and multicultural counseling. She also provides trauma focused therapy with adults, teens, and youth. Her passion is seeing individuals and families grow and thrive despite life’s challenges.

Clinical Specializations:

  • Depression/mood disorders
  • Adjustment issues
  • Behavior management
  • Parenting
  • Couples
  • Life stressors
  • Anxiety
  • Family therapy
  • Trauma
  • Social/Emotional Dysregulation

Kimberly Wilson, LCSW, Psychotherapist

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Kimberly M. Wilson is a solution-focused therapist with ten years experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment. She earned her Master’s Degree at Kennesaw State University. Kimberly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Kimberly uses CBT and REBT along with Mindfulness Exercises, Expressive Therapies, and Art-Based Interventions when applicable. She also incorporates the healing power of humor, when appropriate. Kimberly specializes in Prenatal & Postpartum Counseling, Addressing Unhealthy Habits, Improving Self-Assessment & Self-Care, and helping individuals who feel they are “stuck”. In the therapeutic process, Kimberly provides special attention to the specific issues and needs of the following populations: Adolescents, Young Adults, Middle Adults, Older Adults, Parents with Children Ages 0-5, and Artists/Musicians. Kimberly’s primary goal is to partner with you as a change agent; to help you feel comfortable in your own skin and confident in each step you take towards your desired change.

My area of specialties include:

  • Postpartum Depression
  • Prenatal Counseling
  • Fertility Issues
  • Substance Use
  • Adolescent Anxiety
  • Coping with Change
  • Stagnancy and Depression
  • Older Adult Issues
 

Denitra Gaines, LPC

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Denitra L. Gaines is a fully licensed psychotherapist who has been providing therapeutic care to individuals, couples and families who experience a myriad of mental health concerns, relationship issues, and life challenges. Denitra offers an empathetic ear and substantial therapeutic skill set to help you create and discover the best version of yourself. Denitra uses Trauma-focused CBT, and DBT among other techniques that have been proven to help reduce distress, improve interpersonal relationships, and allow individuals to manage their moods and thoughts more effectively. Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions she has provided clinical care for many individuals who need an empathetic, supportive clinician with valuable insight and skills to help them navigate life’s hurdles. Denitra’s professional approach supports individuals return to healthy living.

Denitra is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia. For the past 3 years she has also been a Lead volunteer licensed professional counselor with “Take This” Outreach Program during Atlanta’s MomoCon. Take This®, Inc. seeks to inform the gaming community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Denitra is a regular guest on local and regional talk shows, podcast and conferences where she shares her clinical expertise into mental health issues facing the African American Community, women, and other marginalized communities. Denitra also works in the entertainment business alongside well-known people where she uses her influence to provide a platform to open the conversation about mental health and further educate the masses to erase the stigma. Denitra obtained her accredited Masters’ degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Liberty University. She is a fully licensed and a nationally certified counselor in Metro Atlanta.

  • Specialties Include:
  • Depression/ Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress management
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem concerns
  • Sexual abuse
  • LGBTQIA

Therapists at Attento Counseling (Cumming-Alpharetta)

Keisha Carter-Brown,
Co-Director, LCSW

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Keisha Brown holds a master’s degree in social work from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Prior to attending Barry University, Keisha completed her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development (with a minor in psychology) at Eckerd College.

Keisha has used the techniques of DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy. Her therapeutic approach focuses on the person-centered and empowerment-focused therapies. According to Keisha’s view of counseling, the ultimate goal is to empower each client with the tools they need to improve their quality of life and overall performance, whether it be in the work place, in athletics or in the home.

During her career as an LCSW, she has provided individual, family and group counseling for children, adolescents and adults. Keisha is also a certified Substance abuse professional (SAP) and is qualified to complete DOT SAP evaluations.

When completing a SAP evaluation the following services are provided:

  • Face-to-face assessment
  • Recommendations and referrals for a course of education and/or
    treatment.
  • Face-to-face follow-up evaluation.
  • Development of testing plan with recommendations for continuing
    care.

Demographics served include:

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Athletic teams
  • Professionals
  • Athletes (pro or otherwise)

Areas of experience include:

  • Athletic performance improvement
  • Professional performance improvement
  • Schizoaffective disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Mood regulation disorders
  • Stress management
  • Work life balance
  • Trauma
 

Leah Epelbaum,
LPC

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Leah is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia and has worked as a therapist since 2013. Leah is light-hearted and able to put a smile on anyone’s face but delivers a straight-forward approach in session. Leah strives to create an open environment in each session, providing solutions and empowering clients to make positive changes in their lives and relationships. Leah provides a warm atmosphere, welcoming her clients to be their true self without any judgement or bias. Leah is an advocate of individuals taking ownership of their future and goals, making them whatever they dream them to be.

Leah’s training includes working with at-risk populations of youth and adults in a community mental health setting. Leah has extensive experience in conducting multiple assessments for anger, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, and domestic violence. She is familiar with the foster care system and has supported many individuals through divorce, adoption, and single parenting issues. Leah also has 7 years of career counseling, aiding individuals in honing in on their skills to create focus in their career.

Outside of her career, Leah is the mother of two children. She enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, traveling, and crafting.

Populations Served:

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Individual Therapy
  • Single Parents

Areas of Specialization:

  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Modification
  • Career Counseling
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Coping Skills
  • Empowerment
  • Grief
  • Single parenting issues
  • Trauma
  • Woman’s issues
  • Work/life balance
 

Jennifer Butzen, Co-Director, LPC

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Jennifer Butzen is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Jennifer trained at an inpatient hospital, an outpatient counseling facility, a school based counseling environment and in the legal system with at-risk youth. She has extensive experience with assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. Recently, Jennifer has been providing individual and family therapy to children, teens and adults in Cobb and Fulton County. Jennifer is an open-minded and compassionate therapist who uses a strengths-based, solution-focused approach to address the challenges her clients are facing. Her approach is to use evidenced-based techniques to help empower her clients to have the confidence to make better life decisions. She incorporates mindfulness and meditation to help individuals establish coping skills they can use in many different circumstances. She also helps clients assess their own readiness for change, and identify the obstacles that are preventing them from making changes and achieving their goals. Jennifer specializes in working with adolescents and adults in both individual and family counseling to help people suffering from:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Women’s issues
  • Sexual problems
  • Identity issues

Jennifer has experience working with people of diverse sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds and religious affiliations. She strives to create a trusting and collaborative environment where clients can express themselves honestly without fear of judgment or rejection.

 

Eileen O’Regan-O’Toole, LCSW

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Eileen holds a master’s degree in social work from The University of Georgia and has over 30 years of clinical experience in the metro Atlanta area.

Eileen has a gentle and supportive, yet straightforward approach to therapy. She utilizes techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, object relations, motivational interviewing with an emphasis on client-centered approach. Her empathetic approach to assist people in difficult situations is evident with her client satisfaction. Eileen believes that the ultimate goal of therapeutic intervention is to allow each client to improve the quality of their lives and achieve a healthy, balanced approach to problem-solving.

During her career, she has provided individual, couples and group counseling to adults. Eileen is especially skilled at working with individuals impacted by addiction issues. Eileen has worked with impaired professional programs, eating disorder and substance abuse family programs for over 20 years.

Demographics served to include:

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Impaired Professionals

Areas of experience include:

  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency & Family issues with addictions including Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia
  • Grief Counseling
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Mood dis-regulation
  • Stress management
  • Impact of Learning Disability with emphasis on Dyslexia
  • Work life balance
 

Danielle Barto, M.S., LPC

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Danielle Barto is a licensed professional counselor and holds a master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She received her bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida. Danielle completed her clinical internship with one of the most prominent eating disorder treatment facilities in the U.S. Her training also includes crisis stabilization, acute care units, and outpatient treatment within the legal system. She has a passion for working with individuals struggling with body image or eating disorders. Danielle is a warm and personable therapist who uses a psychodynamic approach, while incorporating DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to work through some of life’s most difficult challenges. She believes that each and every one of us deserves the opportunity to live healthy, rewarding lives even while working through the rough spots.

Danielle’s specialty areas include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Body image
  • Self-esteem
  • Emotion dysregulation
  • Mood difficulty
  • Personality issues
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma/PTSD
 

Jo Raphael, LCSW, ACSW, BCD

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Jo Raphael, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, works with children, adolescents, adults, and families providing assessment, consultation, and treatment with a calm and warm demeanor. Her professional experience spans over 30 years and she has a passion for building healthy relationships. Jo believes that a therapeutic relationship can be invaluable in understanding ourselves and others. She also believes that “it takes a village” and encourages families to join in the journey and works collaboratively with area professionals.

Jo has focused on treating children with developmental and learning challenges working directly with Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder and has served on the national faculty of the DIR® (Developmental, Individual difference, Relationship-based) Institute. For the past eight years Jo has worked as School Counselor in two different Atlanta area schools with children, Pre-K – eighth grade, using a developmental approach. She continues to learn and grow and has taken intensive courses in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Crisis management and, most recently, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Jo is a licensed clinical social worker, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and holds a Diplomate in social work. She received her Masters degree from New York University (NYU) with a concentration in clinical social work. She completed a three year post graduate course at JBFCS Institute.

Services:

  • Individual, family and group psychotherapy (young children – adult)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss/illness
  • DIR/Floortime Therapy & Social Thinking
  • Assessment and consultation
  • School visits/liaison
  • Parent education
  • Available for presentations
  • Supervision
  • Clinicians seeking state licensing
  • Clinicians seeking certification in the DIR® method and the Play Project
 

Kimberli Patrick, LPC

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Kimberli is a licensed professional counselor with over 27 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  Kimberli’s therapeutic approach is client centered. Kimberli believes in adapting to the style that is best for the client.  Kimberli is known for being personable and having a calming affect on people.  Kimberli works with client and/or their family to assist with achieving their personal goals and feeling like they can manage life on life terms. Kimberli works to provide a comfortable and inviting atmosphere to accomplish these goals.

Kimberli’s career includes working inpatient substance treatment for adolescents, community mental health, school-based counseling, in home therapy and private practice working with children and their families providing individual and/or family therapy.  Kimberli also has experience working with groups with substance abuse and mental health issues.  Kimberli has worked with a variety of issues in many different settings.

Demographics served include:

  • Children (3 and older)
  • Adolescents
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Parents (single and divorced)

Areas of experience include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Peer Issues/Bullying
  • ADHD
  • ODD
  • College transitioning
  • Parenting issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Coping skills
  • Anger Management
  • Asperger’s
  • Schizophrenia
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Issues
 

Andrea Gwyn

Andrea Gwyn has gained over 10 years of experience using her education in community counseling to provide therapeutic services to individuals and families. She is a dedicated professional counselor with extensive knowledge helping clients overcome major depression, anxiety and the burnout that occurs with balancing work and family life. Andrea’s goal in the therapeutic relationship is to provide an empathetic, nurturing and supportive environment for her clients to grow and see positive change in their livesAndrea’s areas of specialization include women’s issues, chronic illness, and personal empowerment. Clinically she has found much success using the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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