Meet Our Counseling Staff: Cumming Counselors


Darrel “Tony” Reynolds, BS, CADCII

Darrel (Tony) Reynolds (BS, CADCII): devoted Substance Abuse Counselor certified in the state of Georgia. He has extensive knowledge in Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the areas of addiction, depression, anxiety, self-medicating behaviors, self-destructive or manipulating behaviors. He has extensive experience with performing assessments, implementing treatment plans, working with adolescents and adults with chronic and dual diagnosis as well as alcohol and substance abuse. Involves examining the problems of substance abuse patients, suggesting health practitioners, including psychiatrists and doctors in the treatment of the patients. Comfortable working in an environment with multi-cultural and socio-economic issues.

Clinical Areas of Specialization:

  • Life Coaching
  • SYMBIS- Premarital
  • Marital Coaching
  • Anger management
  • Self-medicating
  • Manipulative behaviors
  • Alcohol and Drug Addictions
  • Working with Youth and Adult Males
  • Longer Management of self-worth and depression

Eileen O’Regan-O’Toole, LCSW

Eileen holds a master’s degree in social work from The University of Georgia and has over 30 years of clinical experience in the metro Atlanta area.

Eileen has a gentle and supportive, yet straightforward approach to therapy. She utilizes techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy, object relations, motivational interviewing with an emphasis on client-centered approach. Her empathetic approach to assist people in difficult situations is evident with her client satisfaction. Eileen believes that the ultimate goal of therapeutic intervention is to allow each client to improve the quality of their lives and achieve a healthy, balanced approach to problem-solving.

During her career, she has provided individual, couples and group counseling to adults. Eileen is especially skilled at working with individuals impacted by addiction issues. Eileen has worked with impaired professional programs, eating disorder and substance abuse family programs for over 20 years.

Demographics served to include:

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Impaired Professionals

Areas of experience include:

  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency & Family issues with addictions including Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia
  • Grief Counseling
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Mood dis-regulation
  • Stress management
  • Impact of Learning Disability with emphasis on Dyslexia
  • Work life balance

Jo Raphael, LCSW, ACSW, BCD

Jo Raphael, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, works with children, adolescents, adults, and families providing assessment, consultation, and treatment with a calm and warm demeanor. Her professional experience spans over 30 years and she has a passion for building healthy relationships. Jo believes that a therapeutic relationship can be invaluable in understanding ourselves and others. She also believes that “it takes a village” and encourages families to join in the journey and works collaboratively with area professionals.

Jo has focused on treating children with developmental and learning challenges working directly with Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder and has served on the national faculty of the DIR® (Developmental, Individual difference, Relationship-based) Institute. For the past eight years Jo has worked as School Counselor in two different Atlanta area schools with children, Pre-K – eighth grade, using a developmental approach. She continues to learn and grow and has taken intensive courses in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Crisis management and, most recently, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Jo is a licensed clinical social worker, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and holds a Diplomate in social work. She received her Masters degree from New York University (NYU) with a concentration in clinical social work. She completed a three year post graduate course at JBFCS Institute.

Services:

  • Individual, family and group psychotherapy (young children – adult)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss/illness
  • DIR/Floortime Therapy & Social Thinking
  • Assessment and consultation
  • School visits/liaison
  • Parent education
  • Available for presentations
  • Supervision
  • Clinicians seeking state licensing
  • Clinicians seeking certification in the DIR® method and the Play Project

Leah Epelbaum, LPC

Leah is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia and has worked as a therapist since 2013. Leah is light-hearted and able to put a smile on anyone’s face but delivers a straight-forward approach in session. Leah strives to create an open environment in each session, providing solutions and empowering clients to make positive changes in their lives and relationships. Leah provides a warm atmosphere, welcoming her clients to be their true self without any judgement or bias. Leah is an advocate of individuals taking ownership of their future and goals, making them whatever they dream them to be.

Leah’s training includes working with at-risk populations of youth and adults in a community mental health setting. Leah has extensive experience in conducting multiple assessments for anger, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, and domestic violence. She is familiar with the foster care system and has supported many individuals through divorce, adoption, and single parenting issues. Leah also has 7 years of career counseling, aiding individuals in honing in on their skills to create focus in their career.

Outside of her career, Leah is the mother of two children. She enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, traveling, and crafting.

Populations Served:

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Individual Therapy
  • Single Parents

Areas of Specialization:

  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior Modification
  • Career Counseling
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Coping Skills
  • Empowerment
  • Grief
  • Single parenting issues
  • Trauma
  • Woman’s issues
  • Work/life balance

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.


Andrea Gwyn, MA, LPC

Andrea Gwyn has gained over 10 years of experience using her education in community counseling to provide therapeutic services to individuals and families. She is a dedicated professional counselor with extensive knowledge helping clients overcome major depression, anxiety and the burnout that occurs with balancing work and family life. Andrea’s goal in the therapeutic relationship is to provide an empathetic, nurturing and supportive environment for her clients to grow and see positive change in their lives. Andrea’s areas of specialization include women’s issues, chronic illness, and personal empowerment. Clinically she has found much success using the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy.


Annie Phillips, Psy.D.

Annie Phillips is a licensed psychologist at Thriveworks Marietta. She earned her doctorate in psychology from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA) and her bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH).

Dr. Phillips conducts and directs our Psychological Services Department and is able to assist with all testing and/or assessment needs.  For scheduling for either of these services please call our dedicated Psychological Service scheduling line at (404) 951-7851.

With nearly ten years of opportunities helping children, adolescents, adults, and couples, Annie endeavors to partner with her clients and help them grow and thrive. Annie’s therapeutic approach is client-centered. This means she is flexible and adapts to the style that is best for the client, bending from psychoanalytic therapy to cognitive-behavioral therapy and everything in between. Annie’s primary goals in treatment are to help clients gain comfort in the therapy room and to empower clients to achieve their goals. She is also committed to empathetic understanding of all people, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard for all walks of life.

Annie has experience helping with the following issues: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, conduct disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, parent-child relationship issues, phase of life issues, and relationship struggles. She has experience helping families with young children and adults alike. The experience with the lifespan allows Annie to connect with a variety of clients with knowledge and on a genuine level. Annie is also able to conduct psychological assessments, including cognitive/intellectual, emotional, and behavioral functioning, as well as to advise treatment planning and make therapeutic recommendations.


Cara Helsel, LCSW

Cara Helsel, LCSW, received her undergraduate degree in Human Relations from High Point University, North Carolina and then pursued her Masters of Social Work Degree from Barry University, Miami, FL in 1999. Cara has over 15 years of professional experience in private practices across Metro Atlanta providing individual, marital, and family therapy. Her professional background also includes working with clients in public and private mental health centers, in-home therapy, and school/daycare settings.
Cara has helped children, teens and adults work through stressful life transitions to achieve a happier emotional state. She believes the personal connection between therapist and client is the most important aspect of a clinical relationship. Thus, Cara begins the therapy process using components of Person Centered Therapy to develop a personal connection where compatibility, unconditional positive regard, and empathy are valued. It is of upmost importance to me that clients feel nurtured, respected, and relaxed to disclose their narrative life story. Throughout the therapy process, she uses elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Theory, and Solution Focused Therapy/Problem Solving to tailor her treatment to each client she sees. She integrates play in her work with children and behavior modification with their parents as a component to counseling.
Cara is a mother to two active children, ages 13 and 10, whom are involved in competitive athletics. She enjoys traveling, shopping, dining out, exercising, and attending her children’s sporting events. Cara has two rescue dogs, George and Hershey that keep her busy as well.

Demographics Served to Include:

  • Children- 8 & over
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Single Parents
  • Divorced Persons
  • Professionals

Areas of Experience Include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress Management
  • Peer Issues/Bullying
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Behavior/Anger Issues
  • Blended Families
  • Empowerment Strategies for Women

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
    treatment.
  • Face-to-face follow-up evaluation.
  • Development of testing plan with recommendations for continuing
    care.

Demographics served include:

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Athletic teams
  • Professionals
  • 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
  • Trauma

Jennifer Butzen, Co-Director, 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:

  • Depression
  • 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.


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uations. Depending on the circumstances, thinking you can handle it on your own may prove to be too much and not the right approach. Our family experienced one of these seasons and the team at Thrivewoks offered on point guidance and perspective that our family was not able to see from the middle of the storm. Teenage years present many emotional and developmental changes that can often require outside the family support. Dr. Tim Giannoni and Counselor Tony Reynolds provide prompt, compassionate and effective care for our teenager and whole family. The storm is clearing largely due to techniques and consistent meetings that allow our teenager to have his place to go to talk and work through the many emotional peaks and valleys that come with these years of life. We cannot thank our team at Thriveworks enough for caring for our son and family!!!

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