Dr. Amanda Slaughter ED.D, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS, goes by Dr. Amanda, she is the Clinical Director for Family Counseling Associates of North Georgia. She currently does not see clients.
M.Ed, LPC, CPCS Supervisor in Training
Masters Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor
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.
Cristina Lorenz-Hansen, MSW, LCSW
Masters Degree in Social Work,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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.
Laura May Hafner
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Trained in Filial (Child Parent Relationship, Training to be Registered Play Therapist, 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.
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, focus in Adolescent/Adult Counseling, Licensed 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 Degree in Professional Counseling, Associate Professional Counselor
"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." Brooke is under Supervision of Cristian Lorenz-Hansen.
Ph.D., MA, APC in progress
Doctorate and Master’s degree in Psychology
Dr. Aurélie Weinstein is a Developmental Psychologist and Child Therapist. She holds a Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Georgia State University and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of West Georgia.
Dr. Weinstein is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and parents work through challenging life circumstances which includes serious illness, disability, depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, self-esteem issues, social and behavioral difficulties, ADHD, and school problems. She practices through integrating multiple techniques as needed including Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Person-Centered, Drama Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. She fluently speaks French and Spanish and is available to work with clients in English, French, or Spanish. She has also developed parenting workshops for parents and training for teachers in child development.
Dr. Weinstein is currently a part-time faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College teaching typical and atypical child development courses. She has taught full time at both Georgia State University and Georgia Gwinnett College for undergraduate and graduate students in the Psychology and Counseling departments. Dr. Weinstein is also an expert researcher in resilience in children. She has ongoing research collaborations including St. Jude Research Hospital to improve life satisfaction and post traumatic growth for childhood cancer survivors, and Georgia State researchers to improve coping skills of children suffering from school bullying. Her research has been awarded by St Jude Research Hospital and is cited on their website (Most childhood cancer survivors report that they are highly satisfied with life).
Before becoming a Psychologist, Dr. Weinstein earned a Master’s degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources in France and served as an HR Director. She is also available to counsel individuals with workplace issues.
She is a member of the American Psychology Association, the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia, the Play Therapy Association, and the Georgia Association for Play Therapy. She is under supervision of Lindsey Mart.
MA, EdS, APC
Play Therapist in Training
Masters and Education Specialist in Mental Health Counseling, Training to be a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Associate Professional Counselor
Nicole obtained her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Gardner-Webb University in December 2017. She has a passion for counseling children and adolescents. She is experienced in working with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, self-esteem, anger management, interpersonal/social issues, life transitions, family issues, and grief and loss.
Through Expressive Arts and Play Therapy, it is Nicole’s goal to create a genuine connection with her clients, while allowing them to grow, heal, and develop healthy coping skills in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. She is under supervision of Lindsey Mart.
MA, MMFT Marriage and 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. She is receiving outside supervision.
Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work
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.
MA, MS, CHWC, NBC-HWC
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.
MS, Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Associate Professional Counselor Eligible
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). She is under supervision of Dr. Amanda.
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 Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health
Azar graduated from Mercer University with a Masters of science in Clinical Mental Health. She is a psychotherapist providing brief and long term Cognitive Behavior therapy for children, adolescence and couples. She helps treat depression, anxiety, bereavement, anger, addictions and trauma. Additionally, Azar is very passionate in helping her clients understand how life difficulties can affect their, self-esteem, self-worth, and their personal relationships. She believes that as human beings, we all strive to live happier, fuller and more meaningful lives. Gaining insight and understanding through therapy can make the process of amendment and transformation possible. Azar is experienced in working with people from diverse backgrounds, race, religion, culture.
She believes that collaboratively with her calm and warm personality, combine with her clinical expertise you will be in a safe space to address your concerns. If you decide to work with her, you will find that she is thoughtful, genuine and thorough. Azar truly loves what she does and cannot wait to be a part of your journey with you! Azar is being supervised by Lindsey Mart
Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Play Therapist in Training
Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider
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.
Masters in Social Work with emphasis on Trauma and Emergency Management
(Training to be Registered Play Therapist)
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.
Victoria "Vicki" Holloway
Applying for APC
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Play Therapist in training
Victoria (Vicki) graduated from Troy University with her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2019. She also holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in communications from the University of South Alabama. She is pursuing becoming a Registered Play Therapist, and coauthored “Play is Hard Work: Using Integrated Play Therapy to Build Social Skills” in November 2018. She is passionate about serving others by allowing them to find ways to cope with daily life in more healthy ways. She believes that serving children and adolescents helps to allow them to live more mentally healthy lives, for the rest of their lives. She has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Trust-Based Relational Intervention strategies. She enjoys reading, painting, and playing guitar in her free time, and is an animal lover. She is under supervision of Lindsey Mart.
Applying for APC
Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology
Adult & Couples
Georgia M. Harrison completed her BS in Psychology at Elizabeth City State University in May of 1988. Her Masters of Education: Counseling/Psychology was completed at Troy State University in June of 2004, after which she began working on her Doctorate Degree in Counseling at Argosy University. She is a certified foster parent, who also serves as a certified Life Coach, Career Coach and Executive Leadership Coach. Georgia is currently progressing towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Georgia brings over 30 years of clinical experience in the mental health field. She also continues to seek ongoing updates to her skills and knowledge base. She is invested in an approach emphasizing a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health.
Georgia is particularly concerned with and has gained experience in grief and loss, depression, ADHD/ADD, anger and stress management, behavior modification, crisis intervention, women’s issues, parent aide, self-image and esteem and anger management; utilizing a variety of modalities, including solution focused, diabolical, person/self-centered and cognitive therapy. She is particularly concerned with the impact of loss and trauma and improving intervention to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical and relationship health. She is under Supervision of Cristina Lorenz- Hansen.
Applying for APC
Masters Degree in Professional Counseling
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 Counselor is motivated by a desire to help people find balance, explore their gifts and passions, and embrace a positive outlook. He is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia (LPCGA), and is under the supervision of Lindsey Mart (LPC). She is under supervision of Cristina Lorenz-Hansen.
Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology
Play Therapist in Training
Applying for APC
Ciera holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Washington Adventist University. Ciera is working to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families. Ciera is a member of Psi Chi, a psychology honor society. Ciera has experience working in a multitude of settings including substance abuse, domestic violence and life skills building. She now has decided to direct her efforts towards her passion in helping children and families work to improve communication and facilitate behavioral change. Her subjects of interest include anxiety, co- parenting, trauma, self- esteem, family conflict, and depression. She is under Supervision of Christina Lorenz-Hansen.
Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Applying for APC
Play Therapist in training
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 Lindsey Mart.
Pursuing Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling & Psychology
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 Cristina Lorenz-Hansen.
Intern (Speaks Spanish)
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 Lindsey Mart.
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. She is under supervision of Lindsey Mart.
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). She is under supervision of Lindsey Mart.
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 Lindsey Mart.
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.
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.