Atlanta Counselors

Meredith Kloth, LPC

Meredith is a Licensed Professional Counselor certified by the state of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Meredith has 7 years of experience in mental illness and crisis intervention in a hospital setting including almost every population and 2 years in private practice. Her treatment interests include working with new or soon-to-be moms, grief, anxiety, depression, and with mental illness. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Post partum Support International (PSI), and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Dr. Sheila Campbell, LPC, MS

Sheila Campbell graduated from North Carolina A & T State University with a Masters in Counseling and she is a LPC in Georgia. She completed her Masters in Biblical Counseling from Luther Rice University as well as my Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. She has worked with a variety of people from different backgrounds, economical status, and education. She has over 20 years experience working with many diverse populations that include refugees, adolescents, the LGBTQ community, substance abuse and recovery, and clients who are living with HIV. She also work with clients who seek spiritual counseling.

She believes that we all are recovering from something and given a safe space to share one’s feelings without judgement, individuals can grow and heal from past and current pains. Choosing to come in for counseling is often a difficult decision; She wants her clients’ to understand that she is here to provide that safe, non-judgmental space.

Annu Vijayvargiya, LPC

Annu Vijayvargiya a licensed professional counselor in the state Georgia with over eight years of experience. She has worked with people ages 5+ with wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and career challenges.

As a therapist, she takes an integral approach, which simply means that she looks at all aspects of the individual from a developmental perspective without discrimination or prejudice. She is trained and frequently uses CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approach. She believes together we can develop purposeful goals that produce positive results.

No one wants to be in emotional pain, to feel anxious, or to be sad. Still, at some point in our lives, most of us do experience pain, from a constant ache that we may not understand to a fear or sorrow that seems to overshadow our days. At times like this, it’s important to have someone calm, supportive, and skillful to help us sort things out.
The counseling process is an invitation to grow, to remember who we are, to gain ways to fully express our true self and our potential.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change.
If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

(weekend appointments are available)

Lisa Shankman, M.S., LMFT

Lisa Shankman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. She works with individuals, couples and families who seek change and have a desire to build upon one’s own strengths and resources in tackling life’s challenges. Lisa draws upon her experience of providing therapeutic services in clinic, community, partial hospital and private practice settings to provide highly individualized therapy to meet her clients’ needs. Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and received her Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University’s Family Institute. She maintains a special interest in working with adolescents, young adults and couples, and she utilizes a practical, supportive and integrative approach to therapy.

Lisa tends to draw upon aspects of family systems, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic theories. She has considerable experience working with those struggling with communication, life transition, self- esteem and family of origin issues.

Lisa recognizes that life throws a lot of curve balls our way. As a therapist, her goal is to help you navigate through life’s challenges with more confidence and embrace the you that you want to be!

Tenethrea Buffington, LPC

Tenethrea Buffington is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Gerogia and Arkansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She also has a post-graduate certificate in marriage and family therapy from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Tenethrea has worked in various environments including: school based mental health programs, outpatient mental health centers and residential treatment. She brings 10 years of clinical experience to her clinical repertoire. Her passion is working with couples, adults, families, adolescents and adults who may be going through tough times or may just feel stuck and ready to move past the pain and experience wholeness and peace.

Tenethrea’s theoretical approach to counseling is predominately cognitive behavioral therapy. Tenethrea creates a warm, caring, non- judgmental, motivating and often humorous environment that fosters trust and hope. It is her desire to help clients reach their full potential. Tenethrea is skilled at working with individuals with anxiety, poor self-esteem, anger, relationship problems, communication problems and adjustment problems.

She is also skilled at helping clients with goal setting. Tenethrea has developed creative ways to inspire and motive clients. She believes we all have greatness on the inside. She is there to help you discover that greatness, and to use it accomplish your goals.

Adrienne Markopolos

Adrienne Markopolos

Meaningful change in life can happen when a commitment to change is acted upon. I provide a safe, comfortable, supportive and nonjudgmental place for us to do the work we need to do so you are better able to fulfill your dreams. I have eighteen years of experience as a psychotherapist working with adults, children, teens and groups. I have worked with clients experiencing some of the most common life transition concerns to those facing severe and persistent mental health challenges. I have provided counseling services have in homes, outpatient substance abuse organizations and in medical clinics. This well rounded experience allows me to provide counseling services for a variety of populations. I specialize in ASL, eating disorders, substance abuse, women's issues, couples counseling and mood disorders.

Nkechi Azike

Nkechi (Kay) Azike, APRN

Nkechi is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from the University of Georgia, and a master’s of science in nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, specializing in psychiatric/mental health. She has experience working at the Center for Psychiatric Medicine in Birmingham, AL.

She is passionate about providing comprehensive mental healthcare, combining psychotherapy and medication management. She works in conjunction with counselors to ensure continuity of care. She primarily works with clients with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, substance-use related disorders, and psychotic disorders. She is able to see ages 18+.

Twilynn M. Jourdain, LPC, NCC

Twilynn M. Jourdain has a bachelor of science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and received her master's degree in counselor education, specializing in human service counseling, from the University of New Orleans. She is a licensed professional counselor in the states of Louisiana (#2236) and Georgia (#003556) and is also a nationally certified counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC #54749). In 2004, Twilynn was certified by Harvard University in the area of non-profit strategic management. Twilynn has over 20 years experience working in the human services industry. She provides individual, couple, and family therapy in a private practice setting.

She specializes in working with those who suffer from depression, have experienced trauma and abuse, experience anxiety and stress, have communication challenges within their family system, and/or have difficulty in making life transitions. She has extensive experience working with adolescents addressing, self-esteem issues, teaching decision-making and problem solving skills, and working through school related issues. Twilynn also has extensive experience working with the LBGT community. In addition, she conducts training in various areas including adolescent development, solution-oriented and family-focused approaches in therapy, cultural diversity, caring of the care giver, parenting issues, and is also a certified instructor providing training in crisis intervention. She trains in business, school, and clinical settings.

Twilynn’s goals and approach to her work stems from the belief that everyone wants to live at their full potential and they don't always know how.

We all at some point or another need help or support in doing so. Clients drive the treatment process because it is all about and for them. She sees herself as the facilitator of bringing out hidden individual and/or family strengths that are being under-utilized, therefore preventing a client’s ability to live their best life. Understanding self-worth and reprogramming maladaptive thoughts and behaviors are keys to a positive outcome. She looks forward to participating in a process with clients where everyone comes out a winner. Treatment modalities and techniques utilized are adapted to the needs of the client to best ensure success as a result to treatment. One size does not fit all because we all are unique and special.

Tom Russell, LCSW

Tom Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has provided clinical services to youth and families for over 40 years. He has championed individual and family empowerment and assisted in developing clinical approaches that are respectful, family and solution focused and inclusive from a multicultural perspective.
Tom has provided training and authored and published numerous articles and chapters in books in the US and abroad.

Tom’s experience and collaborative approach is particularly relevant to couples and families, the LGBTQ community and to those dealing with grief and loss resolution and with pre and post adoption issues. Tom welcomes you to join him in a conversation about your possibilities!

Alexander Prince, LPC, CAC II

Alex Prince is a licensed psychotherapist with years of experience working with multiple modalities and diversity of clients from the smallest need to the most complicated. Alex has a history of taking clients others shy away from and believes that all clients should be treated according to the goals of the client, not the therapist. It is his determination that no personal beliefs can ever be used to turn away from someone willing to work through their issues. He has worked with hypnosis, mindfulness along with Cognitive Behavioral and other modalities to best serve each client in overcoming barriers to the goals they have set for themselves. Alex does not believe it should ever be the therapist that gives up on a client and utilizing coaching as well as therapy lets the client make the decision as to whether they are going to go to end their treatment. Empathy and the ability to hear the needs of a client are tantamount to the holistic vision of treatment that Alex works toward with his clients. At times Alex uses humor when appropriate to assist clients in learning to find the joy in their life even when facing difficult times. Alex has worked with groups, individuals, couples and families, children, adolescents and adults. The goal is the same for all the treatment settings and clients: guiding the clients through barriers that block what they want to have more of in their life. Alex has a history working in the creative arts and finds that it can sometimes help in situations where the feelings are not ready to be experienced without an avenue that feels safe. Alex has worked with most cultural groups and has experience working with LGBT issues. Working with mental health as it relates to substance abuse is also one of his specialties.

Linda Buie, LPC

Linda Buie has a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, a National Certified Counselor, nationally certified as a Master Addiction Counselor, and a Registered Nurse. She has over 20 years of experience in the human services industry plus 20 years business experience working within a Fortune 500 company. Linda’s diverse background helps her to provide counseling with a holistic approach.

Linda provides individual and group therapy for adults in a private practice setting. She specializes in working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, work/life stress, career related issues, and addictions. She is client centered, empathetic, non-judgmental, and a cheerleader in the lives of her clients. She has extensive training in Motivational Enhancement Therapy which allows her to help clients evoke internal motivation towards making a change.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

- Vivian Greene

Dr. Michael Marti

Dr. Michael Marti strives to help clients gain awareness of what is keeping them stuck and to help them develop effective, healthier, coping strategies for gaining control in their lives. Reaching out for help and making that initial phone call can be difficult for some people, but feeling stuck in your life, a job or in a relationship that is not working can be even more challenging. Michael has expertise in treating clients who have experienced trauma/PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders. In addition, he provides services for people that struggle with chronic pain, marital difficulties, spirituality, unresolved grief/loss and problems managing anger. If you are struggling with any of these problems, he encourages you to call and make an appointment. His approach to therapy is a collaborative one. Working together, you will focus on identifying your issues, clarifying your goals, reducing symptoms and achieving personal growth. If you are tired of feeling depressed, anxious, or just feeling lost, then call for an initial consult and start focusing on getting better. (Saturday appointments are also available.)

Cecelia Mack, LPC

Cecelia received her Master's Degree in Counseling from George School of professional Psychology in 2001. Cecelia has over 15 years of experience working in the addictions field. She is a firm believer in empowering families to effectively intervene with children who may be struggling with addiction issues, as well as managing the myriad of other dynamics often associated with helping any family member overcome substance abuse problems. Cecelia works easily with both adults and adolescents, and is highly-skilled in working with individuals, couples, and families. Cecelia has lived in the Atlanta area for 25 years, enjoying many strong relationships in the community and within the juvenile and adult justice system, drug courts, the state health and human services system, and local school systems. Cecelia enjoys the outdoors and is also a volunteer at several women's domestic violence shelters.

Deborah McColl, LMFT

It’s hard being human. How do we get through life’s most challenging experiences – those of loss, whether it is the loss of a cherished dream or expectation, loss of our self-image, loss of connection with someone close to our heart, loss due to a prolonged illness, loss of our childhood from early abuse, loss of a loved one though death or through the end of an intimate relationship? How do we understand and manage the pain that arises in our lives?

Seeking happiness is not self-indulgent. In fact, I believe that growing towards true happiness is our personal responsibility as human beings. What do you most value? Are your aspirations and actions in sync with what brings you true happiness? What might be impeding your path?

My goal is to help you find the answers for your own unique self.

Thriveworks Counseling
8800 Roswell Rd Suite A135
Atlanta, GA 30350

Tel : (404) 719-4233

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