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Meet Our Counseling Staff: Cumming Counselors


Brandi Krassler
Accepting:
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • 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
Cheryl Tatangelo
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare East Non-Network
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Cheryl Tatangelo, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Cheryl Tatangelo is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 20 years of experience providing trauma-informed, therapeutic counseling services to people seeking help with depression/anxiety, self/peer/family relationship concerns, and general life transitions and obstacles. Cheryl completed her Master of Science (MS) in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University.

Cheryl seeks to increase your ability to live your life with more joy and purpose. She will create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs, utilizing collaborative, strengths-based, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness-focused therapeutic approaches. Together, you and Cheryl will rediscover your values and focus your intentions on what you want in your day-to-day life while learning and utilizing effective coping strategies, to gain greater success facing life's challenges to increase your overall life satisfaction.

Education

Georgia State University
Master's in Professional Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Conflict
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Substance Use
  • Women’s Issues
  • Spiritual Exploration & Growth
Lasonna Rivers
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare East Non-Network
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Magellan
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lasonna Rivers, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Lasonna Rivers is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, who has 11 years’ experience connecting with adolescents and adults seeking help with ADHD, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addiction and grief. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Savannah State University and received her Master of Arts in Family Counseling from South University.
Lasonna utilizes cognitive behavioral, strength based, family systems, mindfulness based, reality based, person centered and solution focused approaches to therapy while maintaining openness, building trust and showing compassion which, she feels are significant parts of the therapeutic relationship and helping individuals reach their goals and maintain progress desired.

Education

South University
Master of Arts in Family Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self Esteem
  • Anger management
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Christian Counseling per request
Leslie Nuckolls
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Magellan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Leslie Nuckolls, LPC, LMHC

Philosophy of Care

Leslie believes everyone faces conflict and difficult situations in their lives at one time or another.  She believes some experiences hit us a little harder than others and we need support in overcoming those challenges.  Dealing with and overcoming those conflicts will allow a person to grow into a stronger more capable person.  

Leslie sees therapy as an empowering opportunity for self-development that provides a person with a safe place to openly express and explore their thoughts and feelings.  She is committed to working with people to help them find mearing and fulfillment in their lives.  Every journey begins with a single step, and finding the right support is the first step.  Leslie is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and a licensed mental health counselor in Florida. With over a decade of experience working with individuals presenting with a wide range of concerns.

Leslie uses various approaches to help her clients live their best lives.  Approaches included Client Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. 

Education

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
Troy State University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment
  • Stress management
  • ADHD
MeLisa Ford
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

MeLisa Ford, LPC

Philosophy of Care

MeLisa Ford is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience working as a mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral counselor. She specializes in helping clients of all ages to better cope with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, emotional disturbances, OCD, and ADHD. She also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.

MeLisa received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Troy University. Her counseling style is eclectic—she does not believe in a one-size-fits-all method. She believes in treating all clients with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Her approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solutions-focused, and person-centered counseling. She takes great care to tailor your dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

Melisa commends you for even considering counseling services. She knows from experience that counseling represents a major step towards making the changes you want to see in your life. While she can't promise you it will be easy, it will definitely be worth it. She'll help you create a treatment plan that fits your needs and sets your daily life up for success.

Education

Troy University
Master of Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Women’s Issues
Iesha Lewis
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Iesha Lewis, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Georgia with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced sexual trauma and emotional abuse.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and solution-focused counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

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.

I look forward to working with you!

Education

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialties

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Depression
Hannah Funderburk
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare East Non-Network
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Hannah Funderburk, LPC

Hannah has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has been a licensed therapist since 2014. She has worked in a variety of settings with several populations. Her first experience in this field was working in long-term residential treatment for individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental illness. Since that time, she has worked in an inpatient psychiatric facility, residential programs, intensive outpatient agencies, and an outpatient clinic.

Hannah found a passion for supporting individuals and families struggling with substance abuse disorders. In doing this work, she has discovered that many people struggling with addiction also struggle with trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety. The stigma of mental health in our society is often amplified by the addition of substance use, and Hannah continues to find fulfillment in supporting individuals addressing a variety of challenges. 

Hannah believes her role as a therapist is to facilitate people finding their voice and honoring their own inherent ability to heal. She enjoys and appreciates working with diverse populations and people of all backgrounds.

Jere Cooper
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
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
Nichole Matthews
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare East Non-Network
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Nichole Matthews, LCSW

Nichole has a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Georgia and has been a licensed therapist since 2012. She has experience working with multiple populations in a variety of settings. Initially, she worked in community mental health with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She has also worked in an outpatient setting doing individual and family work, as well as working with veterans. Most recently, she has worked at an inpatient facility treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Nichole has a passion for working with clients who are struggling with substance use disorders and other addictions. Society has such a stigma toward addiction and most don't understand the disease or how it is successfully treated. Since it's not intuitive knowledge, she gets a lot of personal fulfillment helping people with addiction, and also their families, truly begin to understand what is happening in the brain and then equip them very specific tools to start the healing process. 

Nichole wholeheartedly believes that everyone has an inherent ability to heal themselves with the right support and guidance. She is inspired daily by those who are courageous enough to take those first difficult steps to reach out and ask for help. She enjoys and welcomes working with diverse populations of people.

Demographics served include:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Couples
  • Professionals

Specialization Areas:

  • Substance Use Disorders
    • Individuals
    • Families of those with SUD
  • Codependency
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Bipolar
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self-Esteem
Michael Charnley
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare East Non-Network
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Michael Charnley, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Sometimes issues grow unmanageable over a long time or sometimes it happens quickly.   No matter how these issues happen it helps to have someone to listen to and support you through those times.  My goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for my clients where they can slow down and start to take apart those issues piece by piece so they can be better understood and dealt with.  I use many different counseling styles but, ultimately, I want my clients to feel like they are just having a conversation about the struggles in their lives.

I started working with teens and their families 24 years ago.  Helping them work through their issues, separately or together, to bring understanding and acceptance back into the relationship. I also work with people of all ages, in both the public and private sector when it comes to issues listed on this profile.

People often ask about being a counselor.  I always answer the same way it is always interesting and it is a privilege that people allow you into their lives.  Just know when those issues arise there are people ready and wanting to help.  I hope you will give me that privilege.

Education

Winthrop University
Masters in Education

Specialties

  • Adolescents
  • Family Therapy
  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Stress Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
Shontel Cargill
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare East Non-Network
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Shontel Cargill, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has been facilitating change for those who are greatly impacted by mental health issues, addictive diseases, and developmental disabilities for 6 years. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University. I have experience working with diverse populations in private practice, community health care, outpatient, and hospital settings. I specialize in marriage and family therapy, couples therapy, and maternal mental health. I also enjoy working with individuals on achieving their personal and professional goals in therapy.

The therapeutic interventions I use are inspired by Family Systems Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. With a person-centered approach, I facilitate change with my clients in a non-pathologizing and curious way, so that they feel safe to tell their stories. I meet my clients where they are in their journeys, while empowering and encouraging them along the way. “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” -David Richo 

I like to consider myself a navigator in my clients' therapeutic process. With a combination of life experiences and therapeutic skills, I provide services that are tailored the meet the needs of each individual client. I truly have a passion and commitment to successfully assisting my clients in having a better quality of life, mentally, physically, and spiritually. 

Areas of expertise include:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Maternal Mental Health
  • Christian Counseling
  • Relationships 
  • Life Transitions
  • Teen and Young Adult Related Issues
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Grief/Loss
  • Sexual Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Professional Development 

Populations include:

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Teens
  • Young Adults
  • Professionals
Dorothy Smith
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare East Non-Network
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Dorothy Smith, LPC

Dorothy Smith earned a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University in 2010 and has 10 years counseling experience. Prior to joining Thriveworks, she worked at the University of North Georgia with Student Counseling. She has experience working in university settings, private practice, substance abuse treatment centers, both inpatient and outpatient, and community mental health. Her counseling approach includes, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and mindfulness. Dorothy offers evidenced based treatment services to help with depression, anxiety struggles, substance disorders, addiction, relationship concerns, career concerns, and general life stresses.

Dorothy believes learning and change take place in relationships that are forward looking, genuine, safe, and trusting. She is committed to helping people improve their emotional well-being. In addition to listening to clients' concerns, she educates them on techniques they can utilize to solve problems, manage stress, adjust to life changes, and improve relationships.

Dorothy is also a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) and a member of the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Self-Esteem
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief/Loss
  • Codependency

Populations served:

  • Individuals
  • Professionals
  • Adults

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