Dr. Amanda Slaughter ED.D, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS, goes by Dr. Amanda, has a
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a Specialty in Play Therapy (RPT-S), Canine Assisted Play Therapy (CAPT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, CPCS.
(Dr. Amanda) is the owner, Clinical Director and a Christian Counselor for FCANG and The Creative Spark Child Counseling Center. She holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Sarasota Florida. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) and a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor. She has conducted research, taught graduate level courses, conducted workshops, written articles and co-authored "Family Matter's Work Book and Clinicians Guide, 2010." She is considered an expert because of her extensive years of training and experience in the Christian Counseling Psychology, Play Therapy, Child Behavior, Adolescent Creative Expressive Therapy & Clinical Supervisory field. Dr. Amanda has worked with over 5,000 children and supervised over 10,000 cases. She has been deemed an expert in several areas, including trauma & abuse, foster care & adoption, anxiety and difficult issues in children. She operates and trains her staff to be mindful of quality and high standards when offering counseling services at Family Counseling Associates of North Georgia and The Creative Spark Child Counseling Center
Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor
ED.D, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology Specialty in Play
Therapy (RPT-S), Canine Assisted Play Therapy (CAPT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, Certified Therapy Dog Handler
Lindsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with almost 20 years experience in a wide variety of topics including women’s issues, parenting, anxiety, depression, relationships, and addictions. She is also well versed in workplace issues such as conflict resolution, stress management, and employee morale. Her therapeutic knowledge as well as her curiosity, kindness, and compassion allow her to walk with people towards healing in a way that promotes lasting change.
Lindsey is licensed to practice in both Georgia and South Carolina. She is also a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
M.Ed, LPC, Supervisor in Training
Masters Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor
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.
Cristina Lorenz-Hansen, MSW, LCSW
Masters Degree in Social Work,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Carisma has a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY and is currently working on her Doctorates in Advanced Human Behavior at Capella University. She is licensed in the State of New York, and is pursuing her licensure in the State of Georgia.
She has over 10 years of experience in the human services industry working closely with families, adults, adolescents, and children (including individuals with learning and/ or emotional disabilities, and dual disorders, and developing long and short term solution focused care plans for individuals with mental health issues and substance abuse).
Carisma implements participation in the sanctuary model, which is theory-based trauma informed, and trauma responsive. Carisma is passionate about assisting individuals to function independently with stability in their personal lives and careers by bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic/stressful experiences.
Carisma Garrett LPC, ABD
Licensed Professional Counselor
Doctoral Program, ABD
Michele is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. Michele earned her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio Christian University. She is an empathetic, strength oriented counselor dedicated to providing exceptional care. Her main focus in treatment is to empower and motivate clients to fulfill their own potential as well as encouraging mindful recovery in all healing journeys.
Michele’s current specialties: Relationships including affair repair, anxiety, healthy parenting, dependency and abuse.
Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor
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.
Laura May Hafner
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Trained in Filial (Child Parent Relationship, Training to be Registered Play Therapist, Associate Professional Counselor)
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
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, focus in Adolescent/Adult Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor
Stephanie Lorenc holds a Masters of Science degree from Loyola College, where she also attended their Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She has received extensive training from Johns Hopkins, Kennedy Krieger Institute, in Applied Behavior Analysis, which she utilized during her work those diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has a highly developed skill set in formulating diagnostic impressions by using both Intelligence and psychological assessments. She has expertise in crisis counseling, as well as in treating those with alcohol and drug addiction. Furthermore, she completed research and has provided counsel in the specific focus area of eating disorders. She taught college level courses, supervised cases, and written articles. She is very excited about having just recently become a part of the expert, clinical team at FCANG.
MS, Doctoral Student for Clinical Psychology
"Brooke graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She obtained her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Counseling is an incredible tool, she feels, to assisting people to find wholeness, joy, and self-awareness. Brooke hopes that she may be a guide to those who feel lost, troubled, or hurt. Counseling takes an immense amount of courage and she feels humbled and grateful to come alongside people who take this brave first step. Brooke specializes in Christian counseling, anxiety, depression, relational issues, interpersonal conflict, and life transitions. She sees older adolescents, adults and couples."
Masters Degree in Professional Counseling, Associate Professional Counselor
Erich graduated from Capella University with a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also a graduate of Kaplan University where he received his B.A. in Applied Behavioral Analysis. He has experience in working with severe eating disorders, anxiety, depression, couples and family, suicide, intimacy and relationship issues, children and adolescents with behavioral issues, drug addiction, grief and loss, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and self-esteem issues. He has a passion for working with couples and families in order to restore and maintain healthy relationships that can lead to the mental well-being and growth of the family system for current and future generations. Erich has experience using systemic family models of therapy which include: Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Multigenerational Family Therapy (MFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Erich is currently a member of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (GAMFT) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).
MS, AMFT Eligible
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
Focus in Adolescent Male and Men's Issues, Autism & Marriage/Family
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.
MA, MMFT Marriage and Family
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.
Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work
Chantelle graduated from Walden University where she received her M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also a graduate of Troy University where she received her B.S. degree in Psychology/Sociology. Chantelle’s background consists of working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety/depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), parenting issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), family systems, behavioral issues, social/self-esteem challenges, and women empowerment. Her passion is to assist individuals, couples and families to live their best life through developing person-centered coping strategies to restore overall health. Chantelle practices from an integrated model consisting of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered and Mindfulness.Chantelle graduated from Walden University where she received her M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also a graduate of Troy University where she received her B.S. degree in Psychology/Sociology. Chantelle’s background consists of working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety/depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), parenting issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), family systems, behavioral issues, social/self-esteem challenges, and women empowerment. Her passion is to assist individuals, couples and families to live their best life through developing person-centered coping strategies to restore overall health. Chantelle practices from an integrated model consisting of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered and Mindfulness.
MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Claire is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also a graduate of Loyola University where she received her B.A. in Psychology.
She has experienced working with children, adolescents, groups, and adults with a variety of life challenges including anger management, behavioral problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), grief and loss, divorce, anxiety, depression, social/interpersonal issues, self-esteem, family issues, and trauma.
Through nonjudgmental listening, her goal is to create a safe environment and genuine connection with children, adolescents, and adults while evaluating current issues to facilitate healing and growth. She believes collaborating with clients is essential in empowering them to make changes, cultivate their potential, and reach their goals. She is also employed within the foster care system to assess families for the appropriate counseling interventions to facilitate reunification. She desires to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC).
MS, Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Associate Professional Counselor Eligible
Daphney received her B.S.Ed. with a dual degree in regular education and special education Pre-K- 12th from Georgia State University. She is in the process of obtaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Brenau University and plans to graduate in May of 2020. Daphney is currently a high school educator who values the opportunity to work with a diverse population of people that include children, adolescents, adults, older adults and couples. Daphney is passionate about the opportunity to assist people in expressing their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, desires, goals, and fears in order to better understand themselves, their experiences and the world around them. She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association. After graduation, she hopes to obtain a second degree in Gerontology. She also desires to become a licensed professional counselor(LPC). She is under supervision of Darlene Cooper.
Pursuing Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling & Psychology
Jenny holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Brenau University. She enjoys helping children and adolescents overcome their struggles by working towards healing and growth. Her desired treatment focus is anxiety, trauma, divorce, and parenting. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Jenny is under the direct supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter to become a Registered Play Therapist.
Associate Professional Counselor, Play Therapist in Training (SPEAKS RUSSIAN)
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Associate Professional Counselor, Training to become a Registered Play Therapist. Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Georgia and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Katie is passionate about helping families cultivate strong, healthy relationships where they can join together to overcome the challenges of life. She enjoys utilizing creative elements in her sessions and views each and every client as valuable and worthy of respect. Katie is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter to become a Registered Play Therapist.
Associate Professional Counselor, Play Therapist in Training
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.
Kelsey Lee APC
Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Play Therapist in Training
Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider
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.
Masters in Social Work with emphasis on Trauma and Emergency Management
(Training to be Registered Play Therapist)
John holds a BA in Music Performance and a Masters in Theological Studies, and has a decade of experience in the field of education. In his personal time, John enjoys reading, hiking, and playing music. His passion for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor is motivated by a desire to help people find balance in their daily life, explore their gifts and passions, and embrace a positive outlook. He is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.
Pursuing Masters Degree in Professional Counseling
Rachel is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and plans to graduate in December 2019. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in English and Journalism. Rachel hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Play Therapist, and Registered Art Therapist. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families. Subjects of interest are anxiety, social phobia, depression, life transition, family tension, divorce, blended families, and learning disabilities. Rachel believes in a holistic, strengths-based approach. Rachel is under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.
Pursuing Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Natalia graduated from the Catholic University of Argentina with a B.S. in Accounting. She moved to the US in 2000. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and plans to graduate in May of 2020. Natalia was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and she is bilingual. 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 10 years. After graduation, she hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Natalia is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, a counseling honor society, and the American Counseling Association. She is under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.
Intern (Speaks Spanish)
Herani graduated from Point University with a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services. She is currently pursuing a M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and will graduate in May 2020. Herani hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist and she is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families. After years of working with children and adolescents non-clinically, Herani is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and families work towards healing and growth. Her subjects of interest include anxiety, divorce, trauma, life transition, blended families, and depression.
Holly received her B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of North Georgia and plans to graduate in May of 2020. Holly is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has been practicing as a certified as a Life Coach since 2012. After graduation, Holly plans to become a Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and obtain certifications in Play Therapy and Positive Psychology. Holly is excited to take her passion to the next level working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages, stages, backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems. Her aim is bringing healing and empowerment to all those who cross her path. Holly is a member of Chi Sigma Iota (A counseling honors society), the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Intern for Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Development with specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Victoria believes in the integration of variety of psychological strategies focusing on helping adolescents and young adults achieve their overall ideal wellness.
Kristen graduated from Barclay College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Family Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis of Adolescent and Childhood Disorders from Grand Canyon University. Kristen hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Her passions are children and working with families. She believes that the family is the greatest resource for an individual and that everyone deserves to be heard and understood. Kristen has experience working with children for over a decade with nannying and education avenues. She is under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.
Judy graduated from Liberty University where she received her MS degree in Human Services Counseling with specialization in Military Resilience. She has specialized training to work effectively with military, veterans and their families. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Counseling therapy. Judy is passionate about horses and is convinced that horses provide a metaphoric experience that promotes emotional growth. She is planning to get the Equine therapy certification when she completes her doctoral degree. Her desired treatment focus is PTSD, SUD, ADHD and comorbid disorder. She also graduates from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary studies and foreign languages. Judy speaks fluently Spanish, is a certified yoga instructor and practices meditation. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and American Psychology Association (APA). She specializes in: behavioral problems, marriage therapy, emotional outbursts, anxiety, sibling conflict, and poor peer relations, singles issues, grief, co-parenting, anxiety, adjustment issues, aging concerns and depression. Judy’s extensive travel abroad and studies at the University of Cadiz in Spain brings cultural diversity to the practice. She is passionate about helping families improve communication, and reduce conflict. She is a doctoral level interning under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.
Pursuing Doctoral Degree in Marriage and family Counseling /Therapy
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.
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.
Certified Therapy Dog, National Service Dog, Dr. Amanda's Co-Therapist