Meet Our Team

 
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Dr. Amanda  Slaughter

Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor

MA: Master Degree in Professional Counseling

ED.D :Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

LPC :Licensed Professional Counselor)

RPT-S :Registered Play Therapist Supervisor)

CPCS: (Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor)

Dr. Amanda Slaughter ED.D, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS, goes by Dr. Amanda, she is the Clinical Director and a Clinical Supervisor for Family Counseling Associates of North Georgia​. Dr. Amanda, has been practicing as a Play Therapist Supervisor since 2006 when the Family Counseling Associates of North Georgia opened but has worked in the professional counseling field for nearly twenty years. Dr. Amanda hold a CPCS certification (Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor) since 2011. She currently does not see clients but focuses on Supervising beginning Clinician's. It is her goal to provide clients with the utmost quality of care while operating an efficient private practice.

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Cristina Lorenz-Hansen, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Masters:  Social Work

LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Focus: Spanish Speaking, Grief, Adults and Couples

Cristina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida International University and a Masters in Social Work degree from Barry University. Cristina is licensed in Georgia and Florida. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with various challenges such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationship conflicts and mediation, crisis management, grief and loss, and trauma resulting from physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse.  Cristina uses an Integrated Approach in therapy using models of treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy.  She is fluent in Spanish and English. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is passionate about helping and empowering others with an emphasis on one’s ability to be resilient despite obstacles and hardships.

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Tiffany Judkins MS, LCSW

Masters: Social Work

LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Supervisor

Focus: Women's Issue Specialty

Tiffany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 11 years of experience with children, adolescents, and adults. She has earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education/Psychology from Columbia Union College now called Washington Adventist University of Maryland. She has also earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Alabama A&M University of Alabama. She has been honored to work in a variety of populations and with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, PTSD, transition, relational issues, self-esteem/identity,  medical/terminal illness, substance dependency/use, crisis management, and incarceration. It is her life’s passion to assist and empower others to see past today’s unformationate moments and to see the internal growth along the way.

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Liz Bradley MA, LPC, CPCS

Masters: Counseling & Guidance

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

CPCS: Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor 

Focus: Children, Adolescent & Families

Liz has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for close to twenty years.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University.  She has many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, divorce, self-esteem, parenting, stress management, interpersonal relationship conflicts, and life transitions.  Liz uses an integrative approach tailoring treatment services to meet the client and family’s needs and clinical presentation.  Liz finds joy and purpose working with people in crisis and is driven to create a safe non-threatening atmosphere where children, teens, and families can tackle difficult situations, communicate freely, and heal.  Liz is licensed in both Georgia and Louisiana and is a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor as well as a Certified School Counselor in Georgia.  Liz is under the direct supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter to become a Registered Play Therapist.

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Laura May Hafner MS, LPC

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

 Trained in Filial (Child Parent Relationship, Training to be Registered Play Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor)

Focus: Children ages 2 to 6 years old

Laura obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia in May of 2015. Laura has a passion for counseling children and adolescents, and would like to help children and parents join together to overcome behavioral, relational, and emotional struggles and encourage a greater sense of overall wellness. Laura is a member of the American Counselor's Association and the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia. Laura is under the direct supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter to become a Registered Play Therapist. 

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Nicole Onorato MA, LPC

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

Focus:  Adolescent/Adult Counseling

Nicole holds a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and plans to pursue a License by the state of Georgia.  Nicole has experience working with children and adolescents as well as adults and families in the community that have significant behavioral disturbances, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, poor conflict resolution skills, and effective disorders. Nicole is passionate about her work in creating an environment that is fun, innovative, and helps people in making lasting changes! Nicole’s treatment plans focus strongly on creative therapies and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Nicole is a member of the American Counseling Association and is under the direct supervision of Darlene Cooper MS, LPC, CPCS

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Charika Arthur MA, PH.D

Masters: Counseling & Human Relations

PH.D: Educational Psychology

APC in progress

Focus: Play Therapist in training, Child & Adolescents

Dr. Arthur obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Liberty University, where she was trained in mental health counseling with a Christian perspective. Dr. Arthur also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Walden University, specializing in teaching psychology. Her doctoral training has equipped her to teach and examine social, physical, emotional, and cognitive issues impacting human behavior. Dr. Arthur’s research interests includes educational equality, minority initiative’s impact on academic success, and behavior and learning in the classroom. She has also worked as a psychology instructor at Lanier Technical College, teaching online and hybrid courses including Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

 

Dr. Arthur has over 12 years of experience working with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, trauma, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also worked with issues including self-esteem, physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and bullying. Dr. Arthur enjoys being creative in her sessions, while utilizing a strength-based approach with her clients. She is most passionate about helping children reach their fullest potential and equipping families with the tools and resources they need to live their best lives. Dr. Arthur is currently pursuing licensure in the state of Georgia and is in training to be a play therapist. She is under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.  

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Lauren Tison M.Ed, MA

Masters: School and Guidance Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

APC in progress

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Certified

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Play Therapist in Training

Focus: Children, Adolescents & Parenting

Lauren received her Master’s of Education degree in School and Guidance Counseling from the University of West Georgia in 1995.  In 2018 Lauren received her Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lauren obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure in Texas in 2020.  Lauren enjoys helping children to heal and feel heard and strengthening the parent/child bond. She worked for over 2 years with children and adolescents who had experienced either sexual or physical abuse as part of an advocacy center team. Lauren also has worked with children experiencing grief or divorce . She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the American Counseling Association.  Lauren is pursuing Registered Play Therapy status as well as LPC status in Georgia. She is supervised by Dr. Amanda Slaughter.

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Keesha Shine MA, APC, AMFT

Masters:  Marriage and Family Therapy

APC: Associate Professional Counselor

AMFT : Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Focus: Christian Counseling and Couples

Keesha obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide. Since graduating Keesha has experience working with addiction counseling, depression, parenting techniques, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety. Keesha is passionate about helping couples generate a positive relationship while being able to build a stronger bond. Keesha has a passion of working with teenagers, with helping them overcome depression while building their self-esteem. Keesha practices from a variety of theories; Humanistic Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy as well as Person-Centered, with the ultimate goal to help her clients develop a healthier sense of self to help understand their feelings to help gain a sense of their meaning of life. She is receiving outside supervision.

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Kim Peery MS, LMSW

Masters: Clinical Social Work

LMSW: Licensed Master Social Worker

Focus: Elderly Specialty

Kim obtained her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University May of 2016 and received her LMSW in May of 2017.  She is a member of the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.  Kim also participates with the Georgia Counsel Against Domestic Violence Child Witness Committee working to address early childhood trauma at a system level.  Having worked with both professional and educational systems, Kim is dedicated to addressing the needs of children and parents within their community.

 

Kim has experience working with adults of all ages and stages of life and individual challenges.  Kim utilizes a strength focused approach, assisting clients to overcome obstacles and foster each client's individual potential.  Kim is pursuing her LCSW, and is under the direct supervision of Polly Hart, LCSW.

 

Kim has continued her specialization with training in Gottman Principles and Tools, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Introduction to Internal Family Systems and specialization in Telemental Health Therapy. She is under supervision of Cristina Lorenz-Hansen.

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Amorette Jones MS, APC, AMFT

Masters: Marriage, Family and Couples Therapy

CHWC: Certified Wellness Coach

NBC-HWC: National Medical Board Wellness Coach

APC : Associate Professional Counselor

AMFT: Associate Marriage Family Therapist

Focus: Christian Counseling, Couples, Adult & Family

Amorette obtained her master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Couple’s Therapy from Capella University and is currently pursuing her licensure by the State of Georgia.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples who have challenges in areas of addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, communication, and grief.  Amorette is known as having a positive therapeutic approach that focuses on meeting clients where they are in life.  She is also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as well as being a National and International Board-Certified Wellness Coach.  She has also attended Moral Recognition Training and has utilized Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model for group therapy courses.  Amorette is motivated by her desire to assist people in becoming the best version of themselves and is always excited to celebrate the victories of her clients. She is under supervision of Cristina Lorenz-Hansen.

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Kelsey Myers MS. APC

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

APC: Associate Professional Counselor

Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider

Play Therapist in Training

Focus: Children, Autism, Anxiety

Kelsey is an Associate Professional Counselor and obtained her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia. Kelsey is enthusiastic about following her passion for supporting children, teens, and families. She focuses on creating a caring, understanding, and creative environment to empower growth. She has experience working with trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, divorce, and self-esteem. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, License Professional Counselors Association, and the American Counseling Association. Kelsey is training to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and is working under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.

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Aleece Holliman MSW, LMSW

Masters: Social Work with emphasis on Trauma and Emergency Management

LMSW: Licensed Master Social Worker

Focus: Telehealth Video Counseling

Aleece Holliman received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she started training in the nursing field at the Center for Progressive Training as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She worked as a CNA in a private home for 2 years, with a paraplegic client during her time in graduate school. Her passion for helping people goes beyond her clinical interest. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Trauma and Emergency Management. Aleece became an Associate Licensed Social Worker in the Fall of 2018. Aleece is passionate about helping children and adolescents with dealing depression, anxiety, anger management and collaborating with them on coping mechanisms that can help them function day to day. Aleece hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play therapist. She is under the supervision of Cristina Hansen, LCSW.

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Cahner Manns  MA, MSW, LMSW 

Masters: Psychology

Masters: Social Work

LMSW: Licensed Master Social Worker

Play Therapist in Training

Focus: Children and adolescents

Play Therapist in Training

Cahner Manns received her Master’s Degree in Psychology at American University in Washington, D.C. After graduation she attended Ohio State University where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work in May 2020. She is passionate about working with children who struggle with depression and anxiety along with ADHD and ASD. Cahner is also interested in the benefits of pets and wishes to incorporate animals into practice. Cahner hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Registered Play Therapist, and train towards Canine Assisted Play Therapy. She will be under the supervision of Dr. Amanda for Play Therapy and Cristina for licensure.

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Brooke Ferreira MA, AMFT

Masters: Marriage and Family Therapy

AMFT: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Focus: Adult women's issues and Couples

My name is Brooke Ferreira and I am currently pursuing licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. My passion lies in working alongside women and couples as they navigate all that life has to offer (the beauty and the darkness).

Individual Focus: Self-esteem, Self-worth, anxiety, depression, generational trauma: I practice from an Experiential lens and believe in the power of healing through intimate relationships. Everyone has all of the tools and resources needed to achieve their best self, it is part of our work together to unlock the gifts and potential within that are at times hidden by our own trauma.

Couples Focus: Pre-Martial Counseling, life transitions, families with young children: I offer Pre-Martial Counseling through Prepare-Enrich which helps engaged couples form a strong foundation, understand expectations and grow closer to one another before marriage. Couples will also be provided with a certificate which they can use towards a discount on their marriage license. Also, I have completed Level 1 training in Gottman Methods, a couple’s therapy approach that integrates research-based interventions.

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Rachel Bevels MS, APC

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 APC: Associate Professional Counselor

Play Therapist in training

Focus: Children

Rachel received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in December 2019. She previously graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in English and journalism. Rachel is working toward professional licensure under the supervision of Lindsey Mart, LPC. She plans to also pursue certification as a Registered Play Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families. Subjects of clinical focus are generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, self-esteem, and family conflict. Rachel believes in a holistic, strengths-based approach. She is under supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter

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Charles Luther MS, CRC

Masters: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

 APC Eligible

Gottman Level  1 and 2 trained

Prepare and Enrich Certified

Focus: Christian Counseling, Men's Issues and Couples

Charlie received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in 2012. He spent over seven years in the field of Professional Sales, before pursuing his Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Mercer University. His passion for becoming a counselor is motivated by a desire to help people find balance, explore their personal gifts, and find new perspectives to better meet life on life’s terms. Charlie’s clinical areas of interest include career planning and development, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, life transition, blended families, foster care, and men’s issues. 

 

After years of working with and managing others within the fast-paced Tech Industry, Charlie is experienced in helping individuals overcome challenges and obstacles in their careers. In addition, Charlie possesses increased insight and understanding about children exposed to trauma, as well as raising a blended family, as he and his wife are foster parents. 

 

Charlie is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia (LPCGA), National Counsel on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), Georgia Christian Counseling Association (GCCA), and the Georgia Rehabilitation Association (GRA). Charlie is a certified facilitator in Prepare and Enrich premarital counseling and has currently completed training in Gottman Method Levels 1 & 2 for couples counseling. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys running, backpacking, cooking, and spending time on the lake. Charlie is under the supervision of Cristina Lorenz Hensen.

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Lindsay Hanna Hamilton MS, LMSW

Masters: Social Work

LMSW: Licensed Masters Social Worker

Play Therapist in training

Focus: Children

Lindsay received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia in August of 2020. Upon graduation, she obtained her associate therapist’s license (LMSW) from the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists. She has over 3 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings. She is passionate about helping children manage anxiety and depression through advocacy, empowerment, and play. Lindsay believes that no one is “one-size-fits-all,” and will take the time to address each client with an approach that will best serve their needs. Her clinical areas of interest include depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, abuse, and trauma. She will be pursuing clinical licensure and play therapy certification under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.

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Brittany Stephen MA, 

Masters: Music Therapy and Clinical Mental Health 

 APC eligible

Music Therapist in training, Certificate Pending

Focus: Music Therapy, Adults, Couples, Multicultural

Counseling

Brittany recently graduated from Immaculata University with a dual Master’s in Music Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her passion is in working with individuals and families to address concerns that impacts quality of life and personal growth. Brittany’s counseling approach is collaborative and based on creative expression, acceptance, safety, and nonjudgment. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, communication skill building, anger management and trauma-informed care. Her future goals include pursuing certifications in music therapy and counseling as well as state licensure in Georgia. Brittany is currently a member of the American Counseling Association.

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Daphney Predvil MS, 

Masters: Clinical Counseling & Psychology

EMDR Trained

APC Eligible

Focus: EMDR, Trauma, Christian Counseling

As a post graduate, Daphney has developed a deeper passion for serving people via multiple theoretical perspectives. Daphney has education and training in working with older adults, adolescents, couples, grief and has a special interest in trauma.  Daphney attends training via seminars through the school, Family Counseling of North Georgia, Georgia Christian Counseling Association, as well as through the American Counseling Association.  Daphney also continues consult and participate in supervision of Dr. Amanda and Mrs. Cristina. Daphney values the opportunity to work with a diverse population of people that come from an array of experiences. Daphney values the opportunity to assist people in processing their trauma’s. expressing their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, desires, goals, and fears in order to better understand themselves, their experiences and the world around them. Her Clinical Supervisor is Cristina.

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Natalia Barrero MS, APC, NCC

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

APC: Associate Professional Counselor

NCC: National Certified Counselor

Focus: Christian Counseling, Adults, Couples and 

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Natalia graduated from the Catholic University of Argentina with a B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Natalia was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and she is bilingual in Spanish.  Besides her corporate background, she worked as an immersion Spanish teacher for 4 years and was the director of an Immersion Spanish preschool for 6 years. Children’s development and helping parents with the beautiful challenges of parenting have been her passions for the last 11 years. Natalia helps adults and couples being her areas of interest, parenting, relationships, communications, anxiety, depression, life transition and trauma. Natalia is under the supervision of Lindsey Mart, LPC.

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Aparnna Hinduja MS,

Masters: Education Mental Health Counseling

APC: Associate Professional Counselor

Focus: Adults, Multicultural Counseling

Aparnna graduated from the University of Miami with a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling. She has volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem in the past.

 

Her passion is in working with adolescents, adults, and families. She believes in a holistic, safe, and non-judgmental environment to foster healing and growth. She believes that everyone has the inner strength and potential to grow to their fullest extent. Her areas of clinical interest are depression, anxiety, communication skill building, anger management, sexual abuse, trauma, and gender issues. She plans to pursue certification in Trauma Therapy, Transgender Care, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

 

She is a member of Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia and ACA (American Counseling Association). She is under supervision of Tiffany Judkins.

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Kristen Lee MS, 

Masters: Professional Counseling with Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescent Disorders

APC Eligible

Play Therapist In Training 

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis of Adolescent and Childhood Disorders. Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Family Studies. Paid Intern for Master’s in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis of Adolescent and Childhood Disorders. Kristen is passionate about helping children, adolescents, families, and adults realize their greatest potentials as individuals and units. She has experience working with children of all ages throughout church and other extracurricular activities; and helping those with anxiety, depression, and familial issues. She has recently graduated with her Master’s and is APC eligible and is a Play Therapist in training. Dr. Amanda Slaughter is her supervisor.

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Amy Dyer MS, 

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

APC Eligible

Play Therapist In Training 

Focus: Children, Adolescents & Young Adults

Amy received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University where she also studied Marriage and Family Therapy. Previously, she studied Biological Science at the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2000. She’s been serving the community for many years in children’s ministry where she’s had the opportunity to work with many families including those with special needs children. Her experience working with adolescents, families, and couples as well as those who struggle with anxiety and depression has given her a broader perspective of how family dynamics can impact each member of a particular family. Having a passion to help families identify what will lead them to healthier family functioning is what drives Amy’s desire as a clinician to come alongside her clients and work toward a more fulfilled and purpose-driven life. She enjoys being creative and resourceful during sessions while also utilizing some CBT techniques. Amy is under the Supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter and is in training to be a Play Therapist.

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Natalie Delgado MA, 

Masters: Clinical Mental Health

APC  Eligible

Focus: Adolescents, Adults

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Belhaven University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health through Liberty University.  As a lifelong lover of the arts, Natalie firmly believes deep emotions and complex circumstances can be challenging for many to verbally articulate.  Therefore, she seeks to promote inter- and intrapersonal understanding and healing through non-traditional methods such as play therapy and creative therapies.  Natalie is passionate about working with children and adolescents and their families. 

Prior to working with FCANG, she gained experience in residential and inpatient programs.  During her time at Eagle Ranch (Flowery Branch, GA), Natalie served as a program assistant for teen girls with behavioral concerns.  In addition to her internship with FCANG, Natalie currently works as a therapeutic assistant at Veritas Collaborative (Dunwoody, GA) where she works with children and adolescents with eating disorders. She is under supervision of Cristina Lorenz-Hansen.

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Jacqueline Roberts MA,

Masters: Clinical Mental Health

APC Eligible

Focus: Women's issues and Couples, Multicultural Counseling

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the same university. She is passionate about assisting families, couples, and individuals identify and understand their unique concerns through collaboration and building a positive rapport. Jacqueline’s counseling approach is based on acceptance, safety, and nonjudgment. She believes that it is essential to establish a therapeutic relationship constructed on empathy and positive regard to produce development, change, and empowerment. After graduation, her goal is to pursue licensure in the state of Georgia. Jacqueline is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.

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Sue Rose

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adults and Couples

Sue is working on her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University.  She also holds a Masters degree in education and retired this year after teaching elementary school for the past 30 years.  Sue plans to work with adults, adolescents, couples, and families going through difficult times and transitions.  She has a passion for helping people heal and embrace their new normal after a loss.  She is a trained Survivor of Suicide (SOS) support group facilitator and advocates for suicide awareness and prevention through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the SAMs Hope Foundation.  She also wants to support families going through the challenges of divorce and blended families.  Sue is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA). Sue is supervised by Christina Lorenz-Hansen.

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Shannon Arputharaj

Lead Masters Level Intern 

Focus: Adolescents and Adults, Christian Counseling

Couples Counseling

Shannon offers to be a safe space to welcome your most authentic, unfiltered self. She believes that her job is to help you untangle your thoughts and experiences so you are empowered to live a life that you love.

 

Shannon guides her clients in understanding their place in their own stories, reframing how they think about those experiences. By rewriting negative beliefs, Shannon hopes each client grows lasting resiliency and learns deeper self-compassion.

 

Shannon holds a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in English. She is working towards her LPC at Mercer University by pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Experiences working in the mental health field at Kate’s Club, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Denver Health have inspired Shannon’s heart for healing. She works with adults, couples, and older adolescents!  She is in Supervision with Cristina.

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Sydnee Keys

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Sydnee graduated from Georgia State University with B.A. in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University. Sydnee hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. After years of working with children non-clinically at the advocacy center and in school settings, she has a passion to continue to work with children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Sydnee is passionate about helping families work towards healing and growth. Her interest include life transitions, divorce, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

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Breanna Klein

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Breanna has a Bachelors in psychology with a minor in sociology from Georgia State University. She is working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University, with plans to gain her LPC. She has experience working with children as a community babysitter. She also works with Fulton County Schools as a substitute teacher.

 

Breanna was adopted at a young age and was raised Jewish by her parents. This has instilled in her a love for children and wanting to make a difference in the world anyway she can. Her upbringing lead her to the counseling field. She has a strong sense of compassion and empathy. Her goal is to help her clients reach their desired goals while also helping them learn new helpful life- long skills.

 

Breanna is receiving supervision from Dr. Amanda as she works towards her Master’s degree.

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Casey Reynolds-Purcell

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Casey Received her B.S. in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2012. Currently she is pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She plans to graduate in July 2021. She is excited to complete her internship and practicum at Family Counseling Associates of North Georgia!  Her career goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and obtain her certification in Play Therapy. She is excited to work with children in a therapeutic compacity and helping families achieve a healthy dynamic.

Casey has over decade of working with children and families in a variety of environments. She has experience in direct care, education, and in an inpatient mental health facility. She enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds including various ages, cultures, and belief systems. Her aim is to help clients find a healthy way of communicating with others while helping them find methods of coping with the demands of life in a therapeutic and positive way. Currently she is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

In her personal life Casey lives in the city of Atlanta with her husband and two dogs. She loves to explore the city, especially the Beltline. Her hobbies include crocheting, gardening, walking, hiking, and being outside. She is under the Supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.

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Heather Mainard

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adolescents, Adults and Couples

Heather earned her B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Mercer University. She has always had a passion for helping others and previously worked as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. Heather believes every individual has their own unique abilities, and she enjoys helping people realize their strengths. Her clinical interests include depression, grief, addiction, trauma, resilience, and the relationship between physical and mental health. She is particularly interested in the ways disability and chronic illness affect psychological well-being. Heather is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). After graduation, she hopes to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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Justin Ho

Masters Level Intern 

Focus: Men's Issues, Adolescents and Adults

Justin is currently a graduate student pursuing a M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. He previously received a B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University. Upon graduation, Justin aspires to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He is passionate about helping couples find joy in their relationships together by developing effective communication skills and establishing emotional connections. Justin also seeks to work with adult and adolescent individuals who are navigating through struggles like anxiety, depression, and men’s issues. He loves to work with clients who come from diverse backgrounds and cultures and are ready to start working towards their goals.

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Ashli Burke

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Ashli is received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett college in 2017. She is now pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. Ashli plans to also attain her LPC (License Professional Counselor) and graduate from Mercer University by July of 2021 and is a current member of the ACA (American Counseling Association). She is highly motivated to provide clients with a safe as well as supportive environment in order to help them work towards their goals. Ashli seeks to work with adult as well as adolescent populations who could benefit from a caring and compassionate counselor. Her main goal is to help clients work through their problems while also helping them understand their own potential for growth and change.

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LG Gonzalez

Masters Level Intern

Spanish Speaking

Focus: Adolescents and Adults

Lindsay is currently a graduate student pursuing a M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. She previously taught in the high school setting for ten years and received two bachelors degree from Valdosta State University. She received a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S.Ed. in Foreign Language Ed. with a concentration in Spanish and courses in Women and gender studies. Upon graduation Lindsay aspires to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and work with adolescents, young adults, couples and parents. She is passionate about helping individuals and couples find joy and maintain hope in their personal lives, thus leading them on their journey to personal success. Lindsay also enjoys working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially as a Spanish-speaker. She is also eager to help adolescents, young adults and parents navigate anxiety, depression, women’s issues, LGBTQ issues, and academic related issues as they search for tranquility in their home and social life.

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Yessica Ross

Masters Level Intern 

Spanish Speaking

Focus:  Adolescents and Adults

Yessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College, and
is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from
Mercer University. Yessica is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has great empathy for
anyone struggling with mental health. She strives to build a client- centered therapeutic
relationship where treatment is tailored to the individual. She believes therapy should give clients
a safe, non-judgmental space where healing can take place. After graduation, her goal is to
pursue licensure in the state of Georgia and continue to learn and refine skills and knowledge of
CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness. Yessica is currently a member of Psi Chi Honor Society (GGC
Chapter) and Program Representative for Chi Sigma Iota at Mercer.

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Gabrielle Talley

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adolescents and Adults

Gabrielle is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Prescott College. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication and spent over eleven years in Marketing, Graphic Design, and coaching. Her passion for helping people comes from years of coaching and energy healing with individuals seeking their identity, overcoming challenges, and finding autonomy. Gabby enjoys helping others take back their life from anxiety, depression, trauma, co-dependent relationships to experience more joy in life. She believes that learning more about yourself and establishing routines that bring you happiness and peace is key to mental health. She loves to help people tap into their brain’s inner healing through creativity and play using expressive arts to resolve inner conflicts and past experiences. Her interests are in helping adolescents, young adults, and adults with transitions, mental health, women’s issues, and social justice. She’s worked with clients from diverse cultures and beliefs to integrate care within their goals.

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Lei Rhyne

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adolescents and Adults

Lei Rhyne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Assessment and Measurement and will graduate from the University of West Georgia in the Fall of 2021 with a second Master’s in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. 

Lei has been in the educational field for over 18 years. From 2002 until 2018 she assessed and tutored students with learning differences, worked as an educational consultant, opened a home-school enrichment facility for families in the Alpharetta/Cumming area, created a multi-sensory curriculum that catered to students with learning challenges, and opened a school for children with learning differences. Lei has led group sessions for students with anxiety and depression and created improvisation activities to help individuals improve social skills.

Lei enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal relationships. She is certificated in Trauma-Focused CBT, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means, and Psychological First Aid.  She believes that there is good in every person and with the proper guidance people can change their habits, negative talk, and actions with the use of various techniques such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, and meditation. She creates a holistic and safe environment and believes in treating the whole person – mind, body, and soul. Her goals are to help empower individuals by helping them find their voice and enabling them to reach their fullest potential.

After graduating from the University of West Georgia, Lei plans to pursue her LPC and certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

Lei is currently a member of the Gamma Zeta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, APA, ACA, and LAPCA. When not helping others, Lei enjoys reading, yoga, meditating, music, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Certified Therapy Dog, National Service Dog, Dr. Amanda's Co-Therapist

Tazo is the lead Co-Therapist in Dr. Amanda's play room and office. He has nearly two years of service dog training. He focuses intently on each child who comes to us for help. Tazo is a Certified & Registered Pet Therapist under the direct supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter (mommy). He can't wait to meet you and your child. Just like all of our clinicians, Tazo focuses on delivering the highest quality counseling available in the North Georgia area. He loves dog treats, chew toys and a nice scratch behind the ears. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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