Meet our Counselors


Darlington Ocansey, LCSW

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Proverb

A majority of people are aware that taking care of their physical health consists of having a healthy diet, exercising, and visiting the doctor for an annual physical.  But how often do people stop and think about taking care of their mental health?  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of experience working with individuals, families, groups, and couples. I graduated from Rutgers University with a Masters of Social Work. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, problems in your marriage, grief, job stress or any other common life problems, know that you can expect to receive help from a highly qualified therapist. My mission is to provide a safe, comfortable environment and to empower each person to find solutions to life’s difficult moments.

My specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Chronic Illness

Victoria Miller, MS, LAPC

Victoria is an Associate Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral student, Army veteran, and owner of Thriveworks McDonough. She holds an MS in Psychology, and a BA in Experimental Psychology. Victoria is experienced in working with children, adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families. She is passionate about working with individuals and families of unique and diverse backgrounds and experiences such as military families and gender diverse communities, assisting those with questions or exploring their gender and sexual identity. Victoria believes in improving the quality of life and well being in the people she serves. You will feel genuine care and devotion in Victoria’s highly effective person centered therapy approach.  She knows that putting the individual’s needs first, and giving unconditional positive regard is a proven method that you can count on.

Specialties include:

  • Life coaching
  • Grief & loss
  • Life transitions
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Military/ Veterans
  • Marriage Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Trauma

She utilizes treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Whether you’re struggling with the stressors of daily life or experiencing difficulty in your relationships, her knowledge and expertise will guide you in exploring healthier ways to cope, gaining valuable insight and understanding about your situation, and living your best authentic life.

Amy Ripley

Amy Ripley, LCSW

Amy Ripley, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker providing therapeutic services to individuals. The decision to start therapy can be a difficult one, but Amy’s relaxed style and non-judgmental approach makes this a decision you will be proud of. Amy has a strong commitment to helping people of all ages. Amy and you will work as a team to help you reach your goals and fulfill your highest potential. Amy earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Amy is licensed in the state of Georgia. In her free time, Amy enjoys baking and traveling with her husband and two children.

Focus/Interest Areas:

  • Anxiety/Stress Disorders
  • Caregiving Issues
  • Child Play Therapy
  • Chronic Illness/Disability
  • Coping Skills
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Female Adolescents
  • Grief/Loss
  • LGBT
  • Life Transitions - Divorce, Relationship Changes, Young Adulthood, Career Changes
  • Older Adults
  • Self-esteem and/or Weight Issues
  • Survivors of Abuse
  • Trauma History

Farah Southwell, LPC

Do you experience relationship struggles within your family?  Do you sometimes get really frustrated, worried, lonely, or exhausted about your life or your family? My goal is to help you and/or your family get through this tough journey and gain a functional & happier life. I am here to help improve family relationships and to communicate effectively with your child/adolescent.

Farah Southwell is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing 20+ years of therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and families in clinics, communities, schools & home-based settings. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Farah’s therapy style consists of kindness, respect, and empathy. She incorporates cultural sensitivity into her work to accommodate and respect differences in opinions, values, beliefs and attitudes of various cultures. She is fluent in French and Haitian Creole.

Specialties include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Grief/loss
  • Cultural Differences
  • Relationship Issues
  • Cultural Differences
  • School/Student Issues

Devesea Tatum, LCSW

Devesea Tatum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker certified by the state of Georgia. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Jackson State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Devesea has experience in providing therapeutic treatment to those suffering from various mental health illnesses. She has facilitated crisis intervention sessions within the hospital setting. She has worked with individuals with concerns including crisis counseling, grief, depression, stress, anxiety, hospice and palliative care, complex disease management, end of life planning and pain management. She enjoys working with a variety of populations which range from elementary students, teens, adults and family units. She also has experience providing diagnostic assessments to individuals needing mental health interventions. Devesea has facilitated grief groups with individuals coping with grief and loss issues. Devesea not only serves as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Thriveworks, she also serves as a Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker specializing in Bereavement Facilitation and Grief Counseling.

  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Chronic Illness
  • Terminal Illness
  • Life Changes/Transitions
  • Stress Management

Gina Rollins, LPC

Welcome! Seeking help is a brave step, it can also be the beginning of meaningful change. As a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience, I utilize an eclectic approach to assist clients in reaching their goals and coping through life's challenges. Through individual, family and group therapy - my main objectives are to connect with clients, allow authenticity and promote a balanced well-being. I work with all types of concerns and issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Marital conflicts
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Addiction

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