Our Counselors

Kimberly Sims
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kimberly Sims, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Kimberly Sims is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Arizona, Georgia and Washington and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle.  With over 10 years of experience helping individual and couples navigate life transitions, relationship and parenting difficulties, she helps them develop tools to deal with the stress of every day life as well as symptoms of depression, and anxiety.  Kimberly works with individuals with diverse sexual preferences and lifestyles and provides affirming, non-judgmental, sex-positive support.

 Every person is unique; no single therapeutic approach will be effective for everyone.  Kimberly uses a strengths-based solution focused approach to get a better understanding of her client’s needs and will incorporate effective and research-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Gottman Method when working with couples.  

Asking for help to overcome mental health and relationship difficulties can be intimidating.  Knowing this, Kimberly’s goal is to ensure a supportive and empathetic environment so her clients can feel heard and accepted.  

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Antioch University Seattle

Specialties

  • Life transitions
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship and parenting issues
Brandi Krassler
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Brandi Krassler, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Brandi Krassler is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 8 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse. She completed her Bachelors in Science in Psychology from Florida State University and her Bachelors in Nursing degree from the University of Massachusetts. She went on to complete her Masters degree in nursing with a specialty in psychiatry from Walden University. In nursing school, she graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a member of both Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and The National Society of Leadership and Success. 

Brandi specializes in treating children, adolescents, young adults, and adults suffering from ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, conduct disorders, and other mood disorders including bipolar disorder and PTSD. She believes a strong patient and clinician relationship is vital in establishing a therapeutic environment. She seeks to provide an inviting and caring environment for her clients to feel safe in expressing their concerns and treatment goals.

Brandi believes a strong patient and clinician relationship is vital in establishing a therapeutic environment. She seeks to provide an inviting and caring atmosphere for her clients to feel safe in expressing their concerns and treatment goals.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Medication Managment
Kendra Fox-Stinson
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kendra Fox-Stinson, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Kendra Fox-Stinson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. Kendra has worked in both the mental health and educational fields to gain a comprehensive perspective that guides her therapy processes. She has been able to gain respect and understanding of the full spectrum of treatment from beginning to maintenance. She has offered services in Inpatient stabilization, Forensic holds, In-School therapy, In-Home therapy, Partial hospitalization program, Traditional outpatient, Domestic violence shelters, Military family deployment groups, and Immediate on-site or telephonic crisis evaluations. Kendra appreciates the opportunity to assist in meeting an individual, family, couple, or group within their dynamics and working towards a collaborated healthy set of goals. 

Kendra has experience utilizing multiple evidence based approaches and modalities to work with various populations. Kendra understands that it may take a specialized grouping of techniques to guide, process, transition, and progress treatment and healing. Kendra can use skills from: CBT, tf-CBT, Solution-Focus, Narraitve therapy, Gerontology frameworks, Crisis Intervention, Family therapy, Pre-marital preparations, Suicide prevention, Substance Abuse Recovery, Play therapy, and Anxiety management. Some areas of focus for Kendra are: crisis, trauma, depression, grief, parental roles, couples, anxiety, teens, organizational and career issues, and spirituality. 

Kendra strives to share what she has gained working in the mental health field for over 10 years in the hopes of guiding others to their mental health growth and healing potential. 

Education 

Master of Science in Community Counseling
Columbus State University

Master of Arts in Teaching, focus Exceptional Education/Science
LaGrange College

Specialities 

  • Couples 
  • Individuals 
  • Families 
  • Grief 
  • Dual career households 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Financial management 
  • Life transitions 
  • Criminal activities-probation-court ordered 
  • Communication skills 
  • Blended families 
  • Addictions 
  • Spiritual issues
Lance Henson
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lance Henson, LPC, CFMHE, CCE

Philosophy of Care

Paramount to treatment is often selecting the right provider.  My approach to treatment involves building trust while encouraging open and honest dialogue in a safe environment.  Over my 30 year career, I have provided individual, group, and family counseling to children, adolescents, and adults in private, public, and academic settings.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am trained to treat a myriad of life challenges including, but not limited to, relationship challenges, mood disorders, anxiety disorders including PTSD, and behavioral difficulties.  As a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, I am able to perform “fitness for duty”, risk assessments, psychosexual and competency evaluations, among others.  Additionally, my certification as a Child Custody Evaluator enables me to perform comprehensive child custody evaluations and make recommendations to the court.

My life experience as a Navy Veteran, husband, and father offers an authentic approach to the counseling relationship.  In addition to individual and family counseling, I am pleased to offer (based on participant interest) a weekly faith based Men’s Group aimed at addressing challenges specific to men in today’s world.

I look forward to partnering with you soon to assess your needs and develop a plan to reach your personal goals.

Specialties

  • Couples/Relationship Counseling
  • Marriage, Family
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Counseling
  • Panic
  • Phobia
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Schizophrenia
  • Trauma
Mason Pacek
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
Self Pay Rate: $99

Mason Pacek, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Mason Pacek is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia who has 5 years of experience partnering with children, adults, couples, and armed services veterans seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and relationship issues. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clemson University and received his Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University.  

Mason utilizes relational, systemic, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, Solution-Focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy. Mason feels that clients bring all the resources needed to resolve an issue with them into therapy. It is his duty to assist them with bring those resources to light by maintaining a creative, positive, and accepting space in therapy necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple. Mason holds the belief that issues do not exist within a person, but are external from them and dwell in the space between the person and their relationships.

Mason seeks to establish a mutual understanding of the issue through metaphor and collaboration. Providing an unbiased view of the problem formation and explore its solution via the client’s own understanding. Mason seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better cooperate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

Valdosta State University
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • PTSD 
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss
Nicole Lyddan
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Nicole Lyddan, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia specializing in working with children and adults needing support in coping with traumatic events, major life changes, mood and anxiety disorders, academic and career issues, as well as other stressors. She also has an extensive background working with children in foster care and families in the process of adopting. She has a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Fairfield University and received her MSW from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 

Nicole utilizes a client-centered, multi-modal approach tailored to the individual needs of the client. Most commonly, Nicole integrates cognitive processing, trauma-focused CBT, emotionally-focused therapy, expressive arts therapy, and interpersonal neurobiology. As a former teacher, she offers unique understanding to children and teens overwhelmed with school as well as support to parents navigating the educational system. 

Nicole creates a safe space for you to focus on untangling complex emotional and behavioral issues so you can feel empowered to move forward successfully. She  brings insight into your strengths while helping you develop positive coping skills to get life in balance. 

Education

Master of Social Work
University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Attachment 
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Academic/Work Stress
Dentavius Barber
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Dentavius Barber, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Dentavius is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in the state of North Carolina, in addition to a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Dentavius hold certifications as a National Board Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor with the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board, International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with International Association of Trauma Professionals. 

Dentavius received his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 2001. Dentavius has 13 years of counseling experience serving children, adolescents, adults, and family populations with co-occurring disorders in all levels of care (outpatient, community-based programs, partial hospitalization, inpatient psychiatric units, medical detox, and substance abuse residential programs). Dentavius utilize different theory modalities including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Family Therapy, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Each of these theory approaches to treatment has been tested in psychological research studies with strong support for efficacy and validity with treating psychological disorders. 

Dentavius believes healing relationships are based upon clear boundaries and trust. It is important for you to have the necessary information to understand and establish a professional, warm therapeutic relationship.

Education

Master of Arts Degree in Counseling
Webster University

Specialties

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Family Therapy
  • Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)
  • The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Addiction Treatment
Jessalyn Palmer
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jessalyn Palmer, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Jessalyn Palmer has a keen interest in helping you through the challenges and opportunities of life through a compassionate, and non-threatening process. She believes mental wellness is just as important as physical health. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) who has 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from LaGrange College in 2003 and received her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University in 2005. 

Jessalyn uses an integrative approach drawing from cognitive behavioral, developmental, interpersonal, and attachment theories. She will help you create balance, have increased confidence and help you to thrive! She believes in creating a warm, collaborative, positive, therapeutic relationship with each client. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She plays the cello in the local symphony and loves to walk and play with her two dogs!

Education

Georgia State University
Master's in Professional Counseling

Specialties 

  • Academic/Career Goals
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Stress Management
  • Panic Disorder
  • Relationship Issues
  • Teen/Young Adult Issues
Justin White
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Justin White, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Justin White is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia who has three years experience partnering with children, adolescents, and adults seeking help with anxiety, trauma, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Adventist University and with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Justin utilizes cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, relational, collaborative, and mindfulness based approaches to therapy while maintaining warmth, flexibility, and awareness necessary to best help each unique individual meet their goals.

Justin seeks to establish a caring, collaborative, and empowering relationship with you in order to assist you in building on your strengths and helping you achieve your goals.

Education

Southern Adventist University
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief/Loss
  • Substance abuse
  • Christian/Faith based counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
  • Solution-Focused therapy
  • Life Management counseling
  • Men’s issues
  • Forensic/Mandated counseling
  • ADHD/ADD counseling
AmberC. Gilbert
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Amber C. Gilbert, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Beginning this journey is an initial step to a positive lifestyle. Whether you are looking for guidance with relationships, careers, parenting, academic concerns, emotional well-being, or processing trauma, I am here to help! Through utilizing a person-centered and strengths-based approach, my goal is to ensure you are confident and ready to engage in the therapeutic process. Empowering you through goal setting helps develop your skills, strengths and overall growth.  This is achieved by creating an atmosphere where you feel comfortable approaching your needs based on an individualized plan of treatment we will create together.

My passion is to see individuals thrive while discovering a sense of fulfillment and healing. I have worked with individuals of all ages in various settings, with a focus on working with youth, adolescents, emerging and young adults. As a licensed clinical social worker, I have been practicing therapy for the last four years and have served within the social services field for the last seven years. I am passionate about helping others in a safe space while working at a pace that fits for you.

Changing the dynamics of counseling, it is essential for me to learn about my clients to reduce fears of therapy that may prevent your growth. In addition to providing guidance through various modalities and therapeutic interventions, I enjoy case management, advocacy and teachable moments to help navigate and develop your journey to a more independent skillset. I believe in helping you develop confidence and inner strength. I look forward to our first session together!

Education and Licensure

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Masters of Social Work, University of Georgia, Athens GA, 2016
Bachelors of Sociology, Concentration Race and Urban Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA, 2011

Specialties

  • Family Therapy and Parenting Support
  • Adolescent Therapy and Treatment
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
  • Conflict Resolution/Stress Management
  • Life Management Counseling/Crisis Intervention
  • Suicide Prevention/Self Injurious Behaviors
  • Teen and Young Adults Issues
  • Self Esteem

Populations Served

  • Adolescents
  • Teens
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families
Jere Cooper
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Jere Cooper, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Jeré Cooper is a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a great passion for holistic and patient centered care. Jeré began her journey into the health care field working for Atlanta’s number one center for Trauma; Grady health system, where she spent a total of six years working as a registered nurse. Over the years, Jeré has had the opportunity to treat patients in a wide variety of settings such as Adult ICU, Neonatal and Pediatric ICU, ICU step down, outpatient surgery, and case management. 

With Jeré coming from a family of health care professionals, healthcare and education has always a been a great passion of hers. In 2016 she obtained her Bachelor Degree from Grand Canyon University, and about one year later she went on to peruse training as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Through her years of experience at the bedside, she became more aware of the great need for mental health professionals in the health care system, and she began to develop an interest in the field. This is what lead her to pursue a master’s degree as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2019. 

Jeré believes that patients are an essential part of the treatment team and she takes pride in ensuring that each of her patients are given adequate education and resources needed to make sound decisions in their care. 

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing 

Specialties

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • PTSD
Jennifer Bloom
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jennifer Bloom, LPC

Being here gets you one step closer to a new you, empowered, and on the path to personal growth and well-being!  If you're looking for someone to talk to, extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you're just ready to move in a new direction in life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals and help you feel better and more confident about yourself. Working together, we can find better ways to deal with life challenges and to help you find your direction in life. My goal is to help you uncover your strengths and true potentials to live a happier, fuller life!

By using a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques, we can address long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling & meaningful life. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have over 13 years’ experience in the field, incorporating a variety of therapeutic modalities that I have been trained in, to offer multiple types of interventions to help you achieve your goals. I am a kind, compassionate, and caring person, that will talk to you with a non-judgmental approach, keeping the professionalism and privacy that you seek. You deserve to talk to someone who truly hears you. I look forward to scheduling a session with you!

Jennifer is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida.

Terry Walton
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Terry Walton, LCSW

Terry Walton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in assisting individuals, children and families with addressing psycho-social concerns. Mr. Walton graduated with a Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work from Savannah State University.

Terry has a diverse background in pediatric medical social work, case management and forensic interviewing. These experiences have provided Terry with a unique skill set of actively listening, problem solving and building rapport with individuals. Terry has a non-pathology approach to psychotherapy and tries to honor each individual's unique characteristics and strengths. Terry believes that this therapeutic approach allows people to truly overcome their life stressors.

Terry is passionate about assisting individuals improve their overall lives, develop coping skills and reducing symptoms of mental health barriers. Terry has a specialty in assisting individuals with the below issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQIA concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Couples/ Relationships issues
  • Sexual/Physical Abuse concerns
  • Child and Adolescent concerns

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