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Meet our Staff

Elizabeth Bevil, LPC

If you desire a change in your life then I am glad that you have taken the first step in reaching out!  This step is always the hardest but is very important and necessary attaining your goals and resolving your struggles.

At a very young age I became passionate about helping and assisting others.  This passion has evolved into me working in the mental health field as an APC/LPC for the last 4 years assisting children, adolescents, and adults work through their issues and struggles.  While I cannot do it for you, I believe in meeting my clients where they are in their life’s journey, working with you to discover realistic solutions and meeting your goals.

I am a graduate of South University’s Clinical Mental Health Program and have been in the health field and helping others for over 10 years.  Others have described me as caring, compassionate, detail oriented, motivated, flexible/adaptable, dependable, and dedicated.

My specialties include, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Behavioral problems
  • Crisis
  • Trauma
  • Coping/adjustment issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Health-related/medical issues

When I am not helping others, I spend most of my time with my husband/son and friends, traveling, and practicing photography.

Monika Hayes, LPC

Monika is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and South Carolina and is also certified as a Master Addiction Counselor.  She earned her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from South University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University.  Her experience in the helping industry encompasses working with individuals, families and groups. She is well experienced in meeting the needs of children, adolescents and adults with mental health, substance abuse concerns and much more.

Monika does not believe that every individual fits into the same box or that one modality works in every situation.  She utilizes many therapeutic methods, but ultimately feels that the modality for treatment depends on the needs of the person she is working with. She enjoys getting to know her clients from the onset of communication, which allows her to determine the best approach to use in assisting them with achieving their goals for a happy and successful life. Monika believes that personal growth occurs through encouragement and unconditional positive regard, and that we can become stuck in negative experiences which inhibit us from living our full potential.  In all, Monika is passionate about helping those who feel they cannot help themselves.

Specialties include:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Grief Counseling
  • Self esteem
  • Family Therapy
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • Life Changes/Transitions
  • Coping Skills

Monika’s passion for helping others, espouses a person centered approach with emphasis on creating an environment and relationship that facilitates personal growth.

Consuela Wilds, MS, LPC, NCC

Consuela is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia! She has proudly served the U.S. Military as an active duty Officer in the Army and continues to serve in the Active Reserves. Consuela was dueled enrolled, obtaining her undergraduate degree Benedict College, Columbia, SC and Army Commissioning at the University of South Carolina. While on active duty she continued to put education first and obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, Minnesota, MN.

Focusing on an individual or family needs are imperative for Consuela. She strive to work at the pace of the individual and families in needs. She gives realistic approaches to struggles that many may face in today’s society. As a combat veteran, it is essential for her to never leave a “Battle-Buddy” behind! Therefore finding innovative approaches utilizing Evidence-Based Scientific Theories will assist us at getting the individual or family moving in THEIR right direction!

Here are some my Areas of Focus but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Blended families
  • Codependency
  • Couples work
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • LGBT
  • Life transitions
  • Military Family Life
  • Stress Management
  • Parenting
  • Peer relationships
  • Sexual abuse

Consuela has experience working with various populations and looks forward to guiding you in the direction of outcomes attributing to happiness and success.

Deborah Dyer

Deborah Dyer, LPC, NCC

Every stage of life from childhood to late adulthood comes with very unique challenges.  There are times when we find ourselves in need of emotional/mental support as we navigate the many challenging waters of life.  Though often painful, change creates opportunity for great personal growth and I love helping individuals get there.

Focusing on the entire person- Mental, Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual, I partner with clients to identify strengths and problem solving strategies.  From there, my goal is to assist clients in returning to a healthier overall state and empowered to move forward.

My specialties and services include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (including post-partum)
  • Grief/Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Couples Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Christian Counseling
  • Post-Abortion Trauma
  • Life Transitions i.e. college, parenting, divorce, retirement, military separation and life issues, empty-nest, and more.

My mission is to assist individuals to live their “best life”, enjoy life more and be more empowered and better equipped to manage and reduce life stress.  I look forward to meeting you!

Abby McGilvray, LPC, NCC

Are you dealing with challenging relationships, depression, loneliness, codependence, lack of purpose, fear, self-doubt and negativity? What if you could learn what motivates and discourages you and “unstuck” yourself? Challenge rigid, negative beliefs? What if you could achieve and develop openness, purpose, passion, and growth within yourself and with others?

My role is not to "fix" you, but to meet you where you are. Through empathy, therapeutic connection and support, you can develop the solutions to your own unique issues. I invite you to reach out, even though you are apprehensive, even though you have a hectic schedule.

Your life matters. There is a reason you are reading this today---You desire change. Let me walk the path with you.

My specialties include:

  • Individuals, Couples and Families Counseling
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Codependency
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress management
  • Borderline Personality
  • Adolescents
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Coaching
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Military/Veterans

I earned a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, am a Licensed Professional Counselor and am also a Nationally Certified Counselor. I am currently pursuing additional certifications in Gottman Method Couples Therapy that assists in helping to strengthen marriages and families.

I am a wife, mother and grandmother with a strong military family/culture background. In my spare time I enjoy travel, reading, history, dance and road trips with my dog—- windows down and music up!

Melody Vogt, LPC

Melody focuses on improving the quality of life and general well-being of individuals in society from all walks of life.  She is committed to helping you with “Solving Problems, One Solution at a Time.” Her mission is to help each individual she serves, learn the secrets for creating happiness, building confidence, owning their greatness, living with purpose, creating success in life and being all they can be.  Melody has spent the best time of her life helping children and families to achieve what they desire most; this is what she is passionate about.  She has over 16 years of combined experience in counseling, coaching, case management, mentoring, training, motivating and mediation.  She is a graduate of Troy University with a Masters of Science in Counseling & Psychology and the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  In her spare time, Melody enjoys shopping, traveling, watching Netflix and spending time with family and friends.

Specialties include:

  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • Coping & Social Skills
  • Individual, Group and Family Therapy
  • Life Changes/Transitions
  • Life Coaching for Kids (ages 6-12)
  • Military Culture
  • Problem Solving & Conflict Resolution
  • Stress Management

When it comes to deciding whether or not you need someone to talk to, know that you are not alone in making that decision. In fact, at some point or another, we all struggle with issues that can affect our emotional well-being, resulting in difficulties managing the distress and pitfalls in our daily lives. Melody’s 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.

Vanessa Mixon, LPC

Vanessa graduated with a bachelor’s of science in psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from South University. She is licensed and able to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia.

Throughout her career as a student and provider in the field, she has had the opportunity to work with various mental health providers not only in the state of Georgia, but across the United States.

She has worked for at least 7 years in the mental health field and has been able to hone her skills working with a diverse patient base to include: children (age 4-17), adults, geriatrics, couples, individuals and groups requiring crisis care, addiction, and military personnel and their families.

Vanessa does not tie herself to one particular approach, however she has found that certain theoretic approaches (such as CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy) have a more favorable outcome given the majority of cases/sessions. In her sessions, she usually starts out with the client-centered approach in letting the client bring her up to speed as to why they are seeking therapy and what they hope to gain from such. She has worked in various settings to include: mental health crisis stabilization hospital for both adults and children, Intensive outpatient program (IOP), outpatient addiction clinic, and on a military installation. She has worked administratively with documentation/records/insurance, and also with face to face counseling, this includes community mental health along with the private sector.

She finds enjoyment in her work by breaking down the client’s situation, reframing it and working towards a healthy solution. She tries to be as direct as possible in sessions and will ask the individual/couple/family if they are looking for someone: to talk to, motivate, brainstorm ideas with, or just listen.

Issues familiar with include:

  • Stress / Anxiety
  • Relationship issues / Intimacy
  • Parenting
  • Family conflict
  • Self-esteem / motivation
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Coping skills
  • Career and/or school difficulties
  • Bipolar disorder / Psychosis
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Anger Management

When Vanessa is not at work, she enjoys spending her time with her 2 babies, 2 dogs, and husband, attempting to cook and/or bake, watching television, listening to music, and taking walks.

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