Meet Our Counseling Staff: Kennesaw Counselors


Bobbie Jones
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Bobbie Jones, Supervisee in Social Work, LMSW

Philosophy of Care

Bobbie Jones is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Georgia who has 2 years of experience partnering with adults seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma Anger and other related issues. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University and she received her Master of Science in Clinical Social Work from Simmons University, formerly Simmons College.

Bobbie utilizes cognitive behavioral, trauma-focused, mindfulness and dialectical behavior approaches to therapy to best meet the needs of every individual she sees for services.

Bobbie wants to establish a sincere and supportive relationship with you in order to better collaborate and assist and encourage your pursuit of goals.

Education

Master of Science in Social Work
Simmons University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Anger
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
Melanie Henson
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Melanie Henson, LPC

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy of care is based upon open and honest communication, partnership, and consistency.  The path to change and personal growth is not easy.  Arguably, most things worth having require a great deal of dedication and perseverance.  However, the rewards are unlimited and based on your willingness to invest as you are worth receiving care and support.  

After some of your counseling sessions, you may feel invigorated; other sessions may leave you feeling pensive or perplexed.  Deep reflection and even confusion are often active signs of progress.  Many individuals enter counseling with maladaptive (unhealthy) coping skills.  These are skills that work short-term yet may leave us feeling empty over time with damaged relationships.  I’d like to partner with you to develop healthy tools to manage life stressors, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, etc. 

For counselors-in-training seeking supervision towards associate or full-licensure, my approach is collaborative, skill-building, and ethically sound. Additionally, I also aim to prepare you for the “business side” of counseling, which is often neglected in the supervision process.  I also specialize in clinical documentation and regulatory preparedness, which are vital to a clinician’s overall success.  

Education

Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology
Argosy University

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
Augusta State University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
Shantel Miller
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Shantel Miller, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Shantel Miller is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (APC007931). Mrs. Miller obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Valdosta State University in 2012 and then went on to graduate with her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2018.  

Shantel is a highly motivated, conscientious individual with expertise in counseling clients with substance abuse, anger, and domestic violence presenting issues. She is passionate about client care and developing a therapeutic rapport. With guidance, my clients develop their treatment goals in accordance to their own life goals, interests, and life aspirations.

Education

Master of Arts In Psychology
Liberty University

Specialties

  • Substance Abuse 
  •  Anger Management 
  • Theft/Shoplifting 
  • Values
Elizabeth Mooney
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Elizabeth Mooney, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Elizabeth Mooney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia with a passion for working with motivated children, adolescents, couples, families, and individuals. She has experience working with a range of mental health needs including depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, trauma, couples/relationship, and behavioral issues.  Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with a Minor in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. Elizabeth has also earned a Master of Science (MS) degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Valdosta State University.

Elizabeth works primarily from a systemic lens using interventions from solution-focused, collaborative, emotionally focused, and narrative therapies. Elizabeth collaborates with each of her clients to help them feel empowered, supported, and encouraged throughout the therapeutic process by seeking to understand their unique perspective, experiences, and needs. 

Elizabeth has an energetic and creative approach to therapy which provides an environment where clients feel welcomed, supported, and understood. By utilizing her creativity, Elizabeth collaborates with her clients to customize a plan for treatment to explore and pursue lasting change.

Education

Valdosta State University
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialities

  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Children/Adolescents
  • Families
  • Couples/Human Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief/Bereavement
Lauren Alexander
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lauren Alexander, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Lauren Alexander is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia who has 10 years of experience working with adolescents and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma and relationship issues. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University and received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.  

Lauren utilizes collaborative, cognitive behavioral, reality, person-centered and mindfulness approaches to therapy while also always maintaining honesty, flexibility, transparency and awareness that is necessary to best meet the needs of each unique individual.

Lauren strives to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and collaborating with you towards meeting your goals. She seeks to assist you with living the meaningful life you desire.

Education

Walden University
Master's in Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss
Melissa Sharp
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Melissa Sharp, Resident in Counseling, LAPC

Philosophy of Care

Melissa is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor who is passionate about mental health and helping individuals throughout the journey of life. Melissa completed a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She is experienced in working with wide variety of mental and emotional health needs, including depression, anxiety, relationships, career related topics, stress management, trauma and PTSD, grief, LBGTQ+ topics, women’s issues, and infertility. Melissa enjoys working with individuals who are seeking to gain new insight into themselves and the world around them and are active in their counseling journey. 

Melissa’s counseling style is warm, encouraging, and collaborative.  She believes the counseling process is most effective when it is viewed as a partnership in which the client is the expert in their own lives. Melissa seeks to provide a space in which individuals can safely explore and process their emotional situations free of judgement, with a clinician that is focused on helping each individual grow.

Seeking counseling services is courageous and is a great step toward self-improvement and moving beyond the challenges you may be facing. Melissa is excited to begin this journey with you and will be a skilled guide through the counseling and healing process, helping you to build upon your strengths and work toward your specific goals.

Education

Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Capella University

Specialties

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Chronic Pain
  • Christian Counseling
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infertility
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Cecelia Mack
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Cecelia Mack, LPC

Philosophy of Care

My work with people is strength-based and client-centered. This  includes providing a nurturing, supportive environment, meeting  the client where they are, and identifying and using their  personal strengths to improve other areas that we’re working on.  Strength-based therapy is an evidence-based practice. I use a  variety of modalities and tools depending on your needs and  goals. Some of them include: CBT, DBT, and Solution-Focused Brief therapy. 

Sometimes people fear that seeing a therapist means something  is wrong with them. I like to look at it like an athlete would. The  best athletes have coaches; not because something is wrong  with them, but because they want to excel. A coach can teach  skills, provide training, and see problems we can’t see in  ourselves. Getting a coach, or a therapist, can save time, struggle  and suffering in the process of helping ourselves to overcome  challenges, grow stronger, and more skillful. 

The overall aim of therapy is to help you improve the quality of  your life and relationships with others. Therapy is a process that  moves through stages and takes time. To be successful, you have  to be willing to commit yourself to the process. This requires a  commitment over time. It’s important to continue the momentum  gained in therapy through regular appointments. In return, I  commit to helping you move toward your goals as positively,  powerfully, and effectively as we can, and as you (they) are able  and willing.

Education

Master of Arts
Georgia School of Psychology

Specialties

  • Addiction
  • PTSD
  • Chronic Mental Disorders
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Couples/Marriage Therapy
  • Women's Issues
Evan Kauper
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Evan Kauper, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Evan Kauper is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a National Certified Counselor who has 2 years of experience partnering with adolescents and adults seeking help with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, Trauma, and other related issues. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Harding University, and he received his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis.  

Evan utilizes cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, trauma-focused, family systems, and person-centered approaches to therapy, in order to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple he sees for services. He has extensive experience working with adolescents, and he welcomes clients of all ages.

Evan seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living a meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Memphis

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma and Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Academic and Career
  • Couples and Families
  • Christian Counseling
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
Betsy Leamy
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Betsy Leamy, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Hi, my name is Betsy!

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 20 years of experience helping others to not only face their challenges but learn and grow from them as well.  Every person has an Inner Wisdom and a Higher Self they can tap into and I love guiding them along that path.

I utilize an eclectic group of therapies including Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical (DBT), Existential, Humanistic, Emotion-Focused and Mindfulness among others. 

My undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Psychology from Georgia State University where I also earned a master’s degree in Community Counseling.  I have worked in a mental health facility, a hospital-based counseling center and had a private practice as well. I know from experience, both personally and professionally, that people can make miraculous changes in their lives.  I really look forward to working with you!

Education

Georgia State University

Specialties 

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Men’s Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues
Kayeeshia Morris
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kayeeshia Morris, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy if Care

Kay is a licensed associate professional counselor in the state of Georgia. Her passion is creating a safe environment for those in need to talk and process through their life stressors. Kay has experience working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, relational issues, trauma, situational stress, and issues with social skills and self-esteem.

Kay is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Positive Psychology and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kay provides individual, couples, and family therapy. With children, Kay uses play and therapeutic art techniques to help facilitate expression of difficult and uncomfortable emotions. Kay’s goal is to help foster motivation and gain perspective. 

Kay is committed to creating a safe, trusting, and supportive environment that honor’s her client’s dignity, worth, and self-determination. This allows her to work alongside her clients and their families in the therapeutic process of healing, growth, and overall well-being. Meeting you where you are, she looks forward to helping you create a space where you feel comfortable to explore with curiosity and compassion.

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health
Argosy University Atlanta 

Specialties 

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder 
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Work and school related issues
Bianca Channer
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Bianca Channer, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Bianca Channer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia with over 10 years’ experience partnering with adolescents and adults seeking help with life transitions and relationship issues. Dr. Channer completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Hampshire College and received both her Master of Social Work and Doctorate of Social Work from Rutgers University. 

Dr. Channer utilizes collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and client centered approaches. To best meet the needs of every unique person, Dr. Channer always maintains creativity and flexibility to empower clients and promote growth and holistic healing. 

Dr. Channer wants to establish a sincere and supportive relationship with you to assist and encourage your pursuit of goals, solidification of your strengths, and deepening of your self-concept and self-awareness. Dr. Channer would be honored to work with you on your journey towards living the meaningful life you value and want!

Education

Rutgers University
Doctorate of Social Work

Specialties

  • Life Transitions
  • Identity Formation/Development
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Impulse and Disruptive Issues/Anger Management 
  • Relationship Issues
  • Gender Identity/Sexuality/LGBTQIA 
  • Adjustment and Attachment Issues
Brent Harris
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Brent Harris, LPC

Brent Harris (also known as Woody) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Woody got his Master of Arts in Psychology at the University of West Georgia and has done post masters work at Saybrook University in San Francisco. Woody is a certified clinical supervisor, trained in trauma focused therapy and DBT, a GIM Level 2 Therapist, and a Geek Therapist. 

Woody believes that therapy can be an essential tool for personal growth and confronting barriers.  Woody has worked to develop understanding of experiential tools such as music, games, play, and media to support change and enhance self-awareness. Woody also employs a background of humanistic, existential, phenomenological, and transpersonal therapies as his primary therapeutic style.

Woody wants to help you with identifying goals, and confronting barriers. Woody would like to walk alongside you on your path of growth, and assist you with the shadows and uncertainty that come with self-exploration. Woody also wants you to know that there is nothing wrong with having fun along the way.

Woody’s Specialties:

  • Self Esteem
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth
  • Grief
  • Family Dynamics
  • Anger Management
  • Calming and Coping
  • Spiritual Emergence
Cartier Gantt-Owens
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Cartier Gantt-Owens, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Cartier Gantt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Georgia and California,  her passion is creating a safe space for those in need to talk and work through their life stressors;  whether it be Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or familial issues. She has helped empower her Clients which have included Veterans, sexual/domestic assault survivors, children, adults and  families, to build healthy and happy relationships, and regain the control they feel they may have  lost, doing so in a judge free space. 

Cartier is not married to one theoretical orientation, because in her experience she has noticed  that Clients have different needs and that requires using different orientations and tools. In her  five plus years in the therapy field many of her client benefited from Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy. Cartier has also seen great improvement using Solution Focused, and Attachment  Theory.  

When life gets hard we tend to turn inward, we recoil and suffer in silence, and if you do reach  out for help you are made to feel inadequate, bothersome, or weak. In closing, you are not alone,  Cartier is here for you, to help facilitate whatever change you desire.

Education

Pacific Oaks College
MA Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialties

  • PTSD 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Life Transitions 
  • Mood Disorder
Cecilia Perez
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Cecilia Perez, Resident in Counseling, LAPC

Philosophy of Care

Cecilia Perez is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia working with adolescents and adults experiencing major life transitions, grief, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relationship issues, adolescent issues, and trauma. She received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson University and is passionate about mental health and treating mental health disorders. 

Cecilia utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating strengths-based, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches to treatment. She will help you find which methods work best for you. 

Seeking therapy can be an uncomfortable experience. Cecilia hopes to make therapy safe and enjoyable by working collaboratively with you to tailor your treatment to your needs. She strives to create a warm and nonjudgmental environment where clients feel accepted and can be themselves. She will help you identify your strengths, advocate for yourself, and discover new coping strategies so that you are able to be present and live according to your values.

Education

Towson University
Master's in Clinical Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychodynamic
  • Academic/Work Issues
  • Adolescents
Dr.Janie Oliver
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Dr. Janie Oliver, PhD, LPC, CPCS

I am a psychotherapist with extensive experience working with military veterans, children, adolescents and their families, as well as those individuals experiencing physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse or other types of trauma. I have worked in the behavioral health field over twenty-five years. Through my experiences, I am aware that there is no single therapeutic approach that is right for all so I have received training in treatment modalities including expressive art therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies. In addition to being a trauma informed clinician, I incorporate a holistic perspective which I utilize to assist clients discovering their personal strengths, identifying support systems, and successfully achieving their therapeutic goals.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) and I hold a doctorate in professional Counseling. I am clinically experienced working with individuals experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, behavior disorders, social skills development, parenting training, trauma.

Dr. Oliver's specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavior disorders
  • Social skills development
  • Parenting training
  • Trauma
KelliBeechler Kelli Beechler
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kelli Beechler, LPC

Kelli Beechler is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She works with adults, children and couples who want to build on their strengths to manage life’s challenges. Kelli has over 15 years of experience assisting children and adults in educational settings.  Kelli believes in the value of the therapeutic relationship to assist clients in reaching their goals. She has a special interest in helping parents with challenging children.

Kelli received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stetson University and her Master of Education (MEd) and Education Specialist (EdS) in Counselor Education from the University of Florida.

Kelli’s approach is to meet clients where they are and develop an individual plan to help them meet their goals. She draws on client centered therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, play therapy, impact therapy, mindfulness and other alternative approaches. Her ultimate goal is for clients to gain the skills to navigate life’s challenges and thrive regardless of their circumstances.

Kelshia Keys
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kelshia Keys, Resident in Counseling, LAPC

Philosophy of Care

Kelshia Keys is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Certified School Counselor in the state of Georgia who has more than 10 years experience partnering with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, and vocational issues. She completed her Bachelor of Science at Grambling State University, her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University, and earned an add on certification in School Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Georgia.

Kelshia seeks to establish a partnership with you in order to assist with building on your strengths and helping you move towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

Georgia State University
Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Specialties

● Depression
● Anxiety
● Stress management
● Self esteem
● Vocational counseling
● Anger management

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

Krystal Lumpkin, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Krystal Lumpkin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia who has 10 years experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, family transitions/changes such as divorce, and life transitions.

Krystal utilizes play therapy, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, and solution focused approaches to therapy.

Krystal provides a curious, positive, and non-judgmental approach with her clients. She strives to connection with her clients to assist in being able to identify their natural strengths and gain insight to how changes can be made.

Education and Licensure

Krystal completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of West Georgia and received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University.

Specialities

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Grief/Loss
LaMonica Green
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • ComPsych
Self Pay Rate: $99

LaMonica Green, LPC

LaMonica Green is a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, practicing out of the Atlanta Metro area. I have over a decade of experience providing effective cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification and psychoeducation to individuals with social, behavioral and special developmental needs.  In addition, my experience working as an addiction’s counselor with adults with various diagnoses, along with my education and professional background gives me a unique and effective approach to counseling. I have a passion for helping and sharing my skillset to provide clients with treatment plans specific to their needs that can be integrated into their daily lives. I have a proven track record of compassionate, effective care evidenced by awards and local community recognition, Cobb County Educator of the Year.

I have a master’s level education in professional counseling, as well as a master’s degree in education, multiple and severe disabilities. I am also a certified special education teacher with the state of Georgia, who specializes in emotional and behavior disorders. My bachelor’s degree is in psychology.  I have experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns. I have training in cognitive-behavioral therapies, mindfulness therapy, applied behavior analysis, as well as anxiety and panic disorder training. I continue to educate myself by attending national and local conferences, keeping up with current therapy research, and seeking supervision.

Education:

  • BA – Psychology from Hampton University
  • MS – Professional Counseling from Argosy University
  • MEd – Multiple and Severe Disabilities from Georgia State University
Mignon Parker
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Mignon Parker, LCSW

Greetings! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience working in the Behavioral Health field. I have worked in a variety of settings helping my clients deal with issues such as, but not limited to bipolar, depression, anxiety, family conflicts. Additionally, I have had extensive experience working with families and caregivers impacted by trauma. My approach to counseling is based on my belief that everyone is equipped with what they need to thrive amidst life challenges. Sometimes, we simply need an objective, supportive person to help us draw on our strengths. I would be honored to be that person for you!

Navigating through life challenges can be a daunting task. My goal is to foster a partnership with you to create a therapeutic experience unique to your specific strengths and circumstances that will help you work towards your desired goals.

I look forward to helping you be your best self!

SPECIALTIES

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Anger management
  • Career difficulties
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Coping with life changes
  • Coaching
  • ADHD
Rachel Alerte
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Rachel Alerte, LMFT

Philosophy of Care 

Rachel Alerte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia who has experience working with adolescents, adults, families and couples seeking help with anxiety, depression, family conflict, divorce recovery, and life transitions. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Kennesaw State University and received her Masters of Family Therapy from Mercer University. 

Rachel utilizes relational, attachment based, mindfulness-based, acceptance and commitment based and emotionally focused approaches to therapy to help individuals, families and couples rediscover their unique strengths and rewrite the stories of their lives. Rachel is a compassion-based therapist dedicated to helping adolescents develop positive self-care routines to build emotional resiliency and increase their ability to express their emotional needs to parents, peers, and others. 

Rachel strives to create a warm, collaborative relationship with you and your loved ones in order to increase feelings of being understood and to feel supported in achieving your goals and aligning your life with your values and goals. 

Education

Masters of Family Therapy
Mercer University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Divorce recovery
  • Self-injurious behaviors/self-harm
  • Co-parenting/parenting
  • Life transitions
  • Coping skills
Renee Atwood
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Renee Atwood, Resident in Counseling, LAPC

Philosophy of Care

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I commend you on taking your first step towards healing. Reaching out for counseling can be frightening, but I want every client to feel heard, safe and secure. As your therapist, I will graciously commit to a safe, confidential therapeutic relationship while encouraging healing from trauma, emotional disturbances, and intergenerational issues.  I have worked with clients who have experienced depression, both childhood and adult trauma, codependency issues, anxiety, and PTSD. I have also worked with individuals suffering from grief, divorce and issues pertaining to aging. I have counseled teens, adults, and families through a down to earth counseling approach. My core beliefs are grounded in unconditional positive regard for all.  My passion is to help others reach their full potential of emotional peace. If you are ready to begin your journey, feel free to call and make an appointment. I am here and ready to listen!

Education

Liberty University
MA, Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression Counseling
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Psychotic Disorders
  • PTSD
  • CBT
  • DBT
Laura Bucco Gerks
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Laura Bucco Gerks, CRC, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Laura Bucco is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in the state of Georgia who has 20 years of experience partnering with teens, adults, families, and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues. She completed her BA in Human Relations from St. Joseph’s College and received her Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hofstra University. 

Laura utilizes an integrative approach of cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, person centered and solution focused approaches to therapy, always maintaining the flexibility to tailor to the current needs and individual style of each client. Laura shows a genuine interest in getting to know you and your concerns, which naturally leads to a feeling of comfort and confidence, as together, you develop realistic therapy goals.

Laura strives to develop an honest, warm, and thought-provoking relationship, where you feel safe to discuss life challenges and mental health concerns with ease. Within this counseling relationship you will identify areas of growth and develop new skills and strategies to help ease the strain. 

Therapy allows us to move through times of struggle and rediscover a passion for living.

Education

Hofstra University
Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Chronic illness (patient/caregiver)
  • Life transitions
  • Body Image 
  • Parenting/Co-Parenting
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss

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