Therapists in Marietta, Georgia
Heather Triggs, LPC
Heather Triggs is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has Master’s and Specialist degrees in Counseling from University of West Georgia. Heather has over twenty years’ experience in aiding individuals as they realize their own worth and dignity, and work through a myriad of personal struggles. She has worked in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, churches, and schools. Heather has taught classes in church and school settings on adolescent development, use of social media, parenting, and preventing child sexual abuse. She is a compassionate counselor who believes that a trusting relationship is essential to real growth and change.
Areas of specialty:
- Adolescent/Young Adult Adjustment: including dealing with school concerns, building resiliency, self-esteem issues, stress, appropriate use of social media
- Women’s issues – including self-esteem, working through a history of abuse, self-care , and life transitions
- Grief, Depression, Anxiety
- Relational Issues (Family & Couples)
Christian Counseling: Heather also holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies, and that combined with her own Christian faith, informs her counseling with compassion, deep respect for the other, acceptance, and belief in the dignity of each person. She has a deep passion for spiritual, as well as psychological, growth. Heather will respect your faith beliefs and traditions. If you wish to bring your faith into counseling, it can be included as you wish, to minister to your heart and soul as you face your challenges.
James Parker Griffin, PhD, LPC
A seasoned professional counselor with a broad-base of life experience helping people WITHOUT JUDGMENT through strength-based approaches. I believe in a counseling relationship being fun and up-lifting to allow supportive healing in a safe and comfortable space. My desire is to have each client feel completely supported, confidence and sure in their ability to move forward with change or improved understanding of self. I have over 30 years experience working with behavioral interventions, health promotion, training, education, and research designed to empower individuals. Having attended West Virginia, Howard & Georgia State Universities I have earned advanced degrees in psychology and counseling.
My focused area of specialization is working with survivors of early & late life trauma resulting from a domineering presence of an abuser—MY GOAL IS TO PARTNER WITH SURVIVORS & GUIDE A HEALING PROCESS. As part of this expertise, I focus on services to males in transition (i.e., adolescent, early adulthood and mid-later life) struggling with core issues of identity and relationships. For those males who may be suffering or in crisis, or functional but feeling the need for better day-to-day living (finding the healthier/happier self), I use cognitive and behavioral strategies to explore sustainable personal change.
Katie Bandoly, Intern, MS
Katie Bandoly received her Master’s degree from Mercer University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to attending graduate school, Katie received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia. She has experience working in the legal field as a paralegal, and has worked with the Cherokee County DUI Court Program counseling the participants of that program. Katie also spent time working as a counselor at Peachford Hospital. She has experience in counseling young adults through geriatric clients in all areas including substance abuse, depression, family conflict, and interpersonal relationships.
Katie’s goal is to provide a safe environment where you can express your wants, needs, and emotions. She uses a humanistic, cognitive behavioral approach to help her clients find a path towards their greatest possible contentment.
Rhondell McGuire, MA, LPC
Rhondell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and Missouri. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master’s of Education in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. He has experience working with adults, adolescents, and families.
Throughout his career, Rhondell has worked in a variety of community based organizations and in private practice. He has worked in the areas of crisis management with adolescents in the foster care system as well as working with low to moderate income families and the many challenges they face. Rhondell is particularly skilled in the areas of depression, anxiety, anger management, and family conflict. He is also trained in providing couples counseling, both pre-marital and marital.
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.
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’ 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.
Using methods from emotionally focused therapy, attachment theory, and family systems therapy, Angie works with couples and families toward healing, reconciliation, and hope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timothy J. 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 Thriveworks Marietta 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.
Beth Ebinger, LPC, NCC
Beth Ebinger is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor with Thriveworks 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:
- Bipolar disorder
- Life adjustment issues
- Couples conflict
- 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).
Suzanne Hartigan, LPC
Suzanne Hartiganis a licensed professional counselor with Thriveworks 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 Thriveworks 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 Thriveworks 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
- Family Systems
- Chronic Stress
Vanesa Desir, LPC
Vanessa Desir is a licensed professional counselor practicing at Thriveworks Marietta. 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
- 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.
Keisha Brown, LCSW
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
- Face-to-face follow-up evaluation.
- Development of testing plan with recommendations for continuing
Demographics served include:
- Athletic teams
- 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
Jennifer Butzen, LPC
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:
- 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.
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
- 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.