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Dr.Judith Ngulefac
Accepting:
  • Aetna (Out of Network)
  • Anthem and BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana (Out of Network)
  • Optum (Out of Network)
  • Tri-Care East (Out of Network)
  • United Behavioral Health (Out of Network)
Self Pay Rate: $149: Intake
$99: Follow-up Session

Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME

**Available Online Only**

Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness. She offers therapeutic interventions through education, medication management, and counseling. She provides care for individuals of different ages, ages 10 years to older 65+. 

She provides a positive and healing environment for her clients and their families, treating them with respect, dignity, and compassion, enabling a solid and trusting relationship with her client’s/family. Her services are built on the patient-centered care philosophy to empower her clients to become happier and healthier.

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD

Issues

  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality (BPD)
  • Child
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance (ODD)
  • Self-Harming
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychosis

Amari Newsome, Intern

**Available for Online Counseling**

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

Companionship and connectedness have been proven to help clients maneuver through difficult challenges and controversies. As a counselor, it is important to be able to actively listen and provide empathy to the client as they express difficult experiences in their lives ranging from relationships, family, career, and social stresses. Before diving into who I am, I want to thank you for taking your first step toward finding your match. As you undergo the process, I hope your journey is fruitful and bountiful. 

To provide some information on myself, my name is Amari Newsome. I find counseling to be a collaborative process as we uncover the complexities of life. As an intern under direct supervision,  I will treat everyone as a person in their wholeness, and I will work to accompany them through their self-exploration. I received my master’s at The University of West Georgia which grounded me in humanistic approaches such as Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Existential theory. In addition, I am currently attending a Clinical psychology/counseling program where my primary focus is Person-centered and Cognitive Behavioral- Therapy. My passion is diverse as it ranges from different communities and cultures. As a result, I am not an expert in your experience, but together I believe we may uncover and actualize healthy resolutions. 

My passions are in the following areas: 

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Relationship/family conflict 
  • Marginalized communities
  • Trauma 
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress management 
  • Bullying

The populations include:

  • Adolescents 
  • Adults 
  • Seniors

Brittany Edwards, Intern

**Available for Online Counseling**

I’m so proud of you, you took the first step of the therapeutic process! This takes a lot for one to do, but I hope you’ll be around for the long hall!

Hi, my name is Brittany Edwards and I’m an intern under direct supervision obtaining my Masters of Clinical/Counseling Psychology from the accredited Institute of Clayton State University. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of West Georgia. I am hardworking, dedicated, and dependable. Helping others is something I’m really passionate about and I wish to reach as many lives as I can.

My approach to treating clients is person-centered, showing empathy, unconditional positive regard, and warmth. My goal as an intern is to ultimately support teens and young adults with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Sed-Esteem
  • Relationship Issues
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Life Transitions
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy

Brittany Johnson, Counselor

**Available for Online Counseling**

Brittany Johnson obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Johnson recently graduated from Clark Atlanta University with her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has interned at the City of Atlanta EAP/Psychological Services Department and provided core services to clients residing in urban communities. Brittany comes with an array of experience in person-centered therapeutic modalities. Brittany has worked with adults and children. Ms. Johnson also has a background in case management.  

She is passionate about working with individuals who live with:

  • Personality disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Relationship Issues

Allow me to partner with you on your healing journey.

Cayla Strong, Intern

**Available for Online Counseling**

"Positive Vibes Only' isn't a thing. Humans have a wide range of emotions and that's OK." ~ Molly Bahr, LMHC

Hi, I am Cayla Strong, an intern under direct supervision obtaining my Master of Science in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from the accredited institute of Clayton State University. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the illustrious Tennessee State University. I am empathic, a good and active listener, non-judgmental, and passionate about mental health; all skills needed to help you on your mental health journey. I am dedicated to combating the stigma around therapy and eager to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you.

My approach is that of cognitive-behavioral therapy with an added emphasis on acceptance and validation. My goal as an intern is to support teens and young adults who live with:

  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy

As well as individuals belonging to marginalized communities such as:

  • LGBTQIA+
  • BIPOC

Faith Uzebu, Intern

**Available for Online Counseling**

My name is Faith Uzebu, and I am a counselor at Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching in McDonough, Georgia. When people ask me why I chose to work in the mental health field, I often say, "I knew early on I wanted to assist people who felt overwhelmed, scared, unsure at becoming their “best self”.  I am currently an MS Clinical Psychology/Clinical Counseling professional working towards my LPC. Right from my teenage years, I had a passion for helping people. I am dedicated. I am solution-focused. I am an active listener. These skills are an asset when it comes to being able to assist Clients who present with anxiety, stress, trauma, and low self-esteem. Sometimes the path to healing comes by accepting where you are and allowing yourself to take small, yet significant steps toward your ‘best self.” I know that the "one size fits all approach", does not work for everyone and my role will be to work with you to tailor which approach will deliver you to a place of self-acceptance and spark within you, growth through a cooperative and integrative approach that will get you through your situation now and in the future. My specialties are client-centered therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I believe no matter who you are and what you are going through, you deserve to be heard. I am here and eagerly awaiting to listen and have the opportunity to assist you with your journey.

My passion is in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Low self-concept/self-esteem
  • Body Image Struggles
  • Difficulties with Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Setting boundaries
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Disabled communities
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

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

DeEveria ‘Dee’ Lacy, Counselor

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.”

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

Likedra Smith, Counselor

**Available for online counseling**

"Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path"
-Anonymous

I am Likedra Smith and I am a Counselor in the McDonough Thriveworks Office. I began my life journey in the U.S. Army upon leaving my hometown of Louisiana. I obtained my A.S. in Psychology from Georgia Military College. I then relocated to Atlanta, GA as a National Guardsman, while working in a mental health hospital and obtaining my B.S. in Psychology from Georgia State University. I further obtained my Master's in Clinical Counseling from Capella University.

I possess more than10 years of experience in clinical mental health. I have worked in several settings such as partial hospitalization programs, acute inpatient, and individual counseling. My strengths lie within working specifically with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. I am currently offering support and counseling with:

  • Anxiety
  • ODD and Behavioral disorders
  • grief and loss of loved one's
  • PTSD
  • Couples therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Parental relationships and issues
  • Child Conflict
  • Military/Veterans
  • Anger management and coping
  • Acute Psychotic Disorders
  • Expressive and play therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Substance, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse

I am available and thriving to provide you with excellent clinical services within my modality of Cognitive Behavior Therapy or (CBT) interventions. Please feel free to book me online or call the McDonough Thrive work office to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment soon.

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.

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
  •  

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!”

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.

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

Lakeitha Moore

Lakeitha Moore, Scheduler

"To whom much is given, much is expected"

My name is Lakeitha Moore and I am the Lead Administrative Scheduler for the Thriveworks McDonough office. I am not sure who first said the above words to me but what I do know is that as the Lead Administrative Scheduler, my responsibility is to ensure that every call and or request for information on our services is met with enthusiasm, knowledge and provides you as a prospective client with enough information for you to schedule an appointment with one of our Counselors.

I am here to assist you with the initial intake procedures and answer any questions that you may have concerning our Counselors availability. Whether you decide you would like an in-person office appointment or a virtual session, it is my responsibility and privilege to assist you with your selection and provide critical information as to how your first and hopefully subsequent appointments can be scheduled.

I understand clearly how important it is to provide each client with specific information based on your individual needs each time you call and the only option that I have.

Please call and schedule your next appointment for counseling services at the McDonough Thriveworks office and keep in mind, my specific strength is to thrive to provide you excellent customer service.

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