Meet our Counselors


Deborah Gober

Deborah Gober, Clinic Manager

Hi, my name is Deborah Gober, and I am the Clinic Manager for the McDonough Georgia Thriveworks office. I envision my role daily as that of ensuring that each Client and or potential Client feels that their concerns are the only concerns that matter. I do this through active listening, monitoring scheduling concerns, reviewing Client comments and by reaching out to inquire as to how we are doing in meeting expectations. I possess more than 18 years of Customer service experience in areas that include mental health agencies both in private and public practices, held management roles within county, state and local municipalities with my most recent experience working in mental health as a Case Manager Lead, connecting Clients to resource linkages and referrals that appropriately addressed their immediate needs. My strengths are grounded within organizational management, program development and quality assurance guiding organizations through best practice implementations for their brand.

I believe that excellent customer service delivery is always deliberate and never accidental, as such, I am an email or phone call away should you need to reach me. So don't be shy, feel free to contact me if the need arises!

Sincerely,

Deborah V. Gober

DeEveria ‘Dee’ Lacy, Counselor

**Available for Online Counseling**

Hello, my name is DeEveria “Dee” Lacy, and I am a counselor at Thriveworks McDonough. I am a native of Atlanta Georgia. I enjoy various areas of the arts (i.e., piano, singing, dancing, and poetry).

I specialize in trauma, autism, anxiety, depression, stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anger management, and Early childhood mental health. I am here to help and not fix. I believe together, we can

embark on peeling apart one’s struggles while understanding whatand why. I am excited about having the opportunity to bring my knowledge to the McDonough Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching office, but more importantly, I am waiting on my first appointment with you as you seek assistance in identifying what tools work best for you to acknowledge, decrease and manage trauma, autism, anxiety, depression, stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anger management, and early childhood mental health.

“If you do not stand for something; you will fall for anything.”

Glenda Carter, LAPC

** Available for Online Counseling **

Are you seeking to gain control of your life? Have you been allowing your past and circumstances beyond your control to lead you? Are you ready to live an authentic life by walking in your truth daily? Many of us are living our lives putting the needs of others first. In order to gain peace, clarity and fulfillment we must develop the importance of self.

Change your Mindset. Change your life.

I work with individuals and families to help identify where they are, where they want to be and devise tangible objectives to get there. I believe personal growth occurs through patience and acceptance. Perspective is everything.

I have experience working with individuals and families dealing with change due to life transitions, grief, communication skills and self-esteem. My experience is expansive across all ages and life stages.

My specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress/Anger Management
  • Child and AdolescentTherapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Grief Therapy
  • Crisis Management
  • Life Transitions

 

I’m well versed in mental health, family, individual and group therapy, community based mental health and school-based mental health. I have a bachelor’s degree from Point University as well as a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University.

 

Holly Fitch, Intern

**Available for online counseling**

Hi, I am Holly, a second-year graduate student at Clayton State University in the Master of Clinical/Counseling Psychology program. I am an intern with experience with adults with mood and psychotic disorders. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University.

My strengths are helping each client through a collaborative, therapeutic process in a safe environment. I believe therapy can aid individuals by recognizing problems, learning about symptoms, and developing strengths and new skills. My goal is to help clients have better behavioral-cognitive tools to live with their symptoms. I am passionate about treating individuals who are members of marginalized communities and ensuring their treatment includes their culture and cultural experiences. My areas of interest are in anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Loriel Reynolds, Intern

Available for online counseling

You did it! You have completed the first step of the therapeutic process, with seeking counseling. Let’s take advantage of your courage and inform you about our intern here at ThriveWorks McDonough.

Loriel Reynolds, is an intern obtaining her Master of Clinical Counseling/ Psychology from the accredited Institute of Clayton State University. Loriel acquired her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. Loriel is an ambitious intern with a strong work ethic and in-depth knowledge of self- directed growth and development. A supporter, driven by an eagerness to help others and capability to assess complex situations to formulate meaningful solutions. Motivated and effective communicator who learns quickly and produces an immediate positive impact with clients.

Loriel has considerable experience working with various demographics including veterans, young adults in residential College halls, and senior citizens within assist living facilities.

Loriel’s approach to treating clients is typically a person-centered approach with unconditional positive regard of emotional support. Providing genuine communication to gather information to achieve effective results and establish further growth. Loriel’s goal as an intern is to ultimately support adults with:

  • Grief & loss of loved ones
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) / Trauma
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Military/ Veterans
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Bullying

Roxie Ross, LAPC

* Available for Online Counseling **

Roxie Ross is an Associate Professional Counselor and A National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Ms. Ross graduated from South University with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Ross has 10 plus years of experience working in group homes whose population consists of  at-risk youth, developmentally disabled adults, and DFCS. Ms. Ross also has experience in psychiatric hospitals with a wide array of mental health issues (adults, and youth).

Ms. Ross found that meeting people where they are provides a safe space for Therapeutic Alliance. Ms. Ross will work with you to obtain the goals you set out to meet.

Ms. Ross has experience in/with the following:

  • Substance Abuse (children and adults)
  • Depression (children and adults)
  • Behavioral Issues (children and adults)
  • Family counseling
  • Relationship concerns
  • Anger concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Communication/Listening concerns
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” -Carl Rogers

Sandra Porter, LAPC, NCC

**Available for Online Counseling**

Sandra is an Associate Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).  She received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies.  She has gained a plethora of knowledge and experience while working in an in-patient/out-patient hospital setting as an Intern at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, Georgia. In this environment, she has worked with various ethnicities and diverse populations.

As a helper, Sandra is passionate about connecting with her clients as she assists in facilitating their needs and aspirations.  In doing so, she exercises what is important in maintaining a cohesive therapist-client relationship by illuminating sheer authenticity, empathy, and acceptance.  As a nonjudgmental therapist, her stance is enhanced by providing a safe space while ensuring a growth-promoting climate.  Although her treatment modalities are unlimited, Sandra’s eclectic style is fluid.  Her approach allows her to provide services for various issues.  Her theoretical approaches serve to process, empower, and transition toward greater possibilities and happiness.  Most importantly, she believes in discovering and enriching the uniqueness of oneself.  Sandra has provided services to individuals, groups, and families.

Specialties include:

  •        Anxiety Disorders
  • ·       ADHD
  • ·       Depression
  • ·       Grief and Loss
  • ·       Self-Esteem
  • ·       Substance Abuse
  • ·       Anger Management
  • ·       Life Adjustment
  • ·       Stress Management
  • ·       Communication/Conflict Resolution
  • ·       Trauma/PTSD
  • ·       Bipolar Disorder
  • ·       Women’s Issues
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Populations include:

  • Adolescents
  • Young adults
  • Adults
  • Seniors

“You have chosen the most important step ― ‘acknowledgment’ ― and you have chosen ‘courage.’  Now, you are ready to navigate your steps toward a happier and more sustainable you!”

Tess Puzio, Intern

**Available for Online Counseling**

Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.” Glenn Turner

  1. Tess Puzio is an intern who holds a B.A. in Health and Wellness from Ashford University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Grand Canyon University. Tess’s expertise lies in working with adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families. She provides an environment filled with warmth, empathy, and patience in a caring environment.

Her specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Communication
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family challenges
  • Developmentally Disabled
  • Family Dynamics
  • Life Transitions
  • Physical disabilities

 

Tiana Britton, LAPC

** Available for Online Counseling **

Tiana Britton has a B.S. in Psychology that she received from Kennesaw State University and a M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling that she received from University of Georgia. She is working toward her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and she will be supervised by another licensed clinician while working toward her LPC.

From a young age, Tiana has been passionate about helping others and once she learned more about the field of psychology in high school and undergrad, that passion for helping led her to the field of mental health, particularly therapy. Tiana works primarily from a person or client centered therapy while also working from an integrative approach which has included using CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), EFT (emotion-focused therapy), creative arts/expressive therapy, multicultural therapy, and relational cultural therapy. Tiana has worked with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, body image issues, low self-concept, discovery or difficulty  regarding gender identity or sexual identity, healing your inner child, relationship issues, oppression (due to having a marginalized identity or identities). The importance of using an integrative approach is that therapy is not a “one size fits all” and every client deserves to receive therapy that is tailored to their needs as well as techniques that will meet and reflect those specific needs. Tiana also views clients from a holistic approach which means that she sees, validates, and acknowledges clients as the whole beings they are instead of a sum of their parts.

She is passionate about working with individuals who live with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Racial Stress
  • Trauma
  • Low self-concept/self-esteem
  • Body Image Struggles
  • Difficulties with setting boundaries
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues

Or are part of marginalized communities such as:

  • BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color)
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Disabled communities

“If I am the longest relationship of my life, isn’t it time to nurture intimacy and love with the person I lie in bed with each night.”-Rupi Kaur

“Feeling deeply does not make you weak and showing that you feel deeply does not make you weak.” -Upile Chisala

Farah Southwell
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Caresource
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Farah Southwell, LPC

** Available for online counseling

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

Keira Young, LAPC, NCC

** Available for Online Counseling **

Congratulations! You have officially taken the first step toward becoming a better version of yourself. Through a person-centered approach, we will focus on your needs, your strengths, and your goals. We will work together to find balance and contentment in your life. I have 16 years of experience in mental health. I earned my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am an Associate Professional Counselor as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor.

I am passionate about working with individuals who live with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Severe and persistent mental illnesses
  • Autism spectrum disorder

I look forward to meeting you!

Koriand'R Comegys
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Koriand’R Comegys, LPC

** Available for online counseling only

Hi! I am a Masters Level therapist. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology in 2012 from Southern Polytechnic State University. I went on to receive a Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University in 2014.

During my Graduate program I completed my school internship at DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center in 2013. After graduating, I gained experience in various settings to include a very prominent mental health hospital.

I have experience working with youth and adults. I have worked with clients whose life choices led them to legal consequences and those who life events led towards a breaking down of family connections. I have worked with people on each end of the economic spectrum. I believe the past is just part of our story, not something to define us.

I am excited to work with you as an individual, couple, or family to evaluate and plan effective treatment that moves you toward a better life.

My experience includes:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Trust
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment issues
  • LGBT issues

Myngnon Walton, LAPC

** Available for Online Counseling **

Myngnon, a native of Georgia, is an Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC). While she is attaining her LPC, she will be supervised by another licensed clinician. Because of her love for connecting with people, she was inspired to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Human Services and Psychology and Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Clayton State University.  Myngnon has built therapeutic relationships with individuals from diverse cultures and ages that range from 5 to 75.

Myngnon believes that we all face challenges. Some of us need assistance in learning coping skills to overcome those challenges of life.

Myngnon uses client-centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her sessions with individuals and families in areas of:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Trauma/PTSD
Tiwanna Davis
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Caresource
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Tiwanna Davis, LPC

If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging time or you're ready to move in a new direction in your life, therapy is a great first step. With compassion, empathy and a safe environment, we will work together identifying issues, gaining insights into unhealthy patterns, setting goals for the future and making the changes you desire for a more fulfilling life. My years in the inpatient setting have prepared me to treat individuals suffering from a wide range of psychological difficulties and acuity. I work with adolescents, individuals, couples, and families.

I assist clients through life transitions as they contend with the challenges of adolescence, current and past trauma, assuming the responsibilities of adulthood, adjusting to marriage, parenting, divorce, aging, loss and grief and retirement.  Utilizing an eclectic therapy approach, I strive to provide a safe space for you to explore the painful circumstances you find yourself experiencing. Then, empower you to make the changes that will lead you to a more fulfilling and peaceful life. It will be my pleasure to guide and support you along your journey of creating a happy, healthy you.

Victoria Miller
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health

Victoria Miller, LPC

“If you are afraid to take a chance, take one anyway. What you don't do can create the same regrets as the mistakes you make.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

Victoria is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral candidate, Army veteran, and Practice Owner of McDonough, GA Thriveworks. 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 use of highly effective therapy approaches. 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

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.

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