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Coronavirus Update


At this time Attento Counseling and Coaching is providing new client intake appointments for both intake and ongoing service using video conferencing, telehealth solutions.  As a frontline healthcare provider, in-office appointments are currently available with many of our counselors. We are first and foremost concerned about the welfare of our staff and clients and therefore have instituted “sanitized office” procedures with social distancing protocols in place.  We remain committed to having active reception services to assist you in accessing services. In this time of need, Attento remains committed to the highest level of customer care and support. Please click “Schedule an Appointment” below or call us at our office for support and assistance.

On behalf of our team, we wish everyone health and wellness during this most challenging time.

Marietta (Downtown)


Reach us at: 470.893.1052 or dt@attentocounseling.com

Practice Co-Directors: Vanessa Desir/Joseph Schelling

Conveniently located only minutes from Downtown Marietta near the famous landmark—The Big Chicken, Attento-Coggins is co-located with Psych. Atlanta (leading provider of psychiatric support services in North Atlanta). The partnership offers to all Attento clients a “fast track” option to access psychiatric appointments when needed. The state of the art treatment & research practice office is as modern as it is comfortable.

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
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