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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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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Dr. Sandra Taylor-Anderson

Ph.D. LPC, CACII, CCS,  CAMS II, GA.

State DUI Evaluator 2085

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

Focus: Licensed Addiction Counselor, Adolescent/Adult Addiction Counseling

Dr. Sandra Taylor-Anderson is a therapist specializing in couples and family therapy, addiction as well as individual therapy. With over forty years of clinical experience, Sandra has worked with a broad spectrum of clients.  Among her area of expertise are couples therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, addiction, and DUI evaluations.

 

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Sandra has presented at national conferences on topics of Young Adults and Addiction, Family Addiction, Recovering Couples and DBT and Addiction.

 

Sandra is an interactive, solution focused therapist.  Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.  She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

 

Certified at both state and national levels, Sandra has more than 30 years of experience in the field of addictions. She has worked in treatment centers as a counselor, family therapist, and director of adolescent and adult chemical dependency units.  She has been Clinical Director of three treatment centers in Atlanta, GA.  Sandra was the Director of the first FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER for the US Air Force at Yokota Air Base in Japan. She has conducted in-service training programs and workshops on family issues. 

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Della Hightower, M.Div., LPC, CPCS

Masters: Counseling & Psychology

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

CPCS: Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Focus:  Women's Issues, Adolescents, Families, Parenting Christian Counseling& Crisis Counseling


Della is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 20 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University and a Masters of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Della primarily uses Solution Focused, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies to meet the unique needs of the client, but is also experienced in many other therapeutic modalities. She has extensive experience with women's issues, crisis counseling, children and adolescent concerns, parenting, and family struggles. Della has experience working with children all along the developmental spectrum.  She has experience helping with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, psychosis, and other issues that affect our ability to live joyfully.  Della uses both cognitive and behavioral modifications to equip clients in achieving positive change in their lives.  She provides families in crisis with assessments and a safety plan including recommendations for treatment. Della is willing to bring a Christian worldview to the counseling session when the client desires. She is currently providing Clinical Supervision to clinicians not yet licensed.

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Dr. Susanne Thurber, Ph.D, LPC, CPCS

PhD:  International Psychology

Masters: Clinical Psychology

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

CPCS: Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Focus:  Trauma, Adults, Couples, Groups & Families

Susanne has worked in the mental health field for 21 years (licensed for 15 years).  She is licensed as a professional counselor in Texas and Georgia.  Her experience includes working with children, teens, and adults in multiple settings including education, residential treatment, community mental health agencies, and private practice.  She is adept at managing crises and comfortable working with various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, self harm, interpersonal/relationship struggles.
 

Susanne uses an integrated approach to treatment, basing therapeutic interventions on each client’s clinical needs and personal preferences. She places a high degree of importance on the therapeutic relationship providing a safe space for clients to gain insight, heal, and find happiness.  She believes that instilling real hope is key to therapeutic progress.  

Susanne is trained in evidence-based practices to include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  Susanne has lived and studied internationally and genuinely enjoys being a therapist, helping people achieve their goals, and improve their lives.  Susanne also loves teaching/training and developing mental health programming.  She speaks Arabic and is a member of the LPC Association of Georgia and American Psychological Association.

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Jeremy Fox MA, LPC, EMDR Consultant

Masters:  Mental Health Therapy

LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor

EMDR Consultant

Focus: Trauma, EMDR, Christian Counseling, Men's Issues, Anxiety, Adults& Groups

Jeremy Fox is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner who is passionate about treating complex PTSD and trauma, in addition to anxiety and depression. He believes that you can become your best self when you leave the pain of your past behind. Jeremy brings a trauma-informed, collaborative approach to therapy. He supports clients in finding their strengths and in building new skills, so that the past does not interfere with their present or future successes. As an EMDR therapist, Jeremy helps clients overcome intrusive memories by reducing the emotional vividness of these recollections. He also draws from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to teach clients mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Jeremy believes in serving as a guide on the path to wellness, and in providing coping techniques based on relevant neuroscience and evidence-based practice.

Jeremy holds a Master of Arts in Mental Health Therapy from Colorado Christian University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.

He enjoys live music and concerts, film, art, literature, traveling, and going to the beach.

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Lauren Tison M.Ed, MA, APC

Masters: School and Guidance Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

APC: Associate Professional Counselor

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, Men 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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Shannon Michele Cazier EdS, APC

Masters: Specialist: Guidance and Counseling

APC : Associate Professional Counselor

Play Therapist in Training

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Shannon received her Specialist degree in Guidance and Counseling from University of West Georgia in July 2007.  Previously, she studied Public and Social Services at Kennesaw State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1998 and her Master’s in Guidance and Counseling in 2004 from the University of West Georgia.  Shannon had experience working in the school system as a Professional School Counselor for 13 years.  Shannon is working toward professional licensure under the supervision of Dr. Amanda.  She plans to pursue certification as a Registered Play Therapist.  She is passionate about working with children and adolescents and has experience working with individuals with challenges including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma and stress management. 

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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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Aparnna Hinduja MS, APC

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 Dr. Amanda.

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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 Dr. Amanda Slaughter, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS. 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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Brooke Cassanova MS

Masters: Clinical Social Work

LMSW Eligible

Focus: Adults and Couples

Brooke is a recent graduate of University of Georgia’s Master of Social Work program. She previously received a B.S in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. Brooke is currently studying to receive licensure to become a Licensed Master Level Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is dedicated to working with a diverse set of clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and overall life transitions. Brooke uses a variety of theories, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Person-Centered. She strives to do collaborative work with her clients to emphasize their strengths and abilities to cope with life’s obstacles. Brooke is under Supervision of Cristina.

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Zoe Burke

Masters: Degree in Psychology

APC Eligible

Focus: Adult

Zoe Burke received her Master’s degree from William Carey College in 2006. She has over 18 years experience working in a both a community mental health setting and an inpatient psychiatric facility.  She has worked with individuals who have struggled with numerous challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief, low-self esteem, and conflict resolution.  She has also worked with survivors of domestic violence and trauma as a result of childhood abuse.  She believes the therapeutic relationship is essential and emphasizes the importance of building an environment of trust and safety. Her therapeutic approach utilizes a combination of methodologies allowing the individuals she works with to reach their fullest potential. 

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Shelly Moses MA

Masters: Professional Counseling

APC Eligible

SYMBIS Certified

Focus: Adult Women’s Issues, Children, Couples, Parenting, Pre-Marital Counseling (SYMBIS), Christian Counseling & Multicultural Counseling

Play Therapist in Training

Shelly graduated with her degree in Professional Counseling through Liberty University. She has volunteered as Court Appointed Special Advocate, served as a domestic violence advocate and task force member.  She is passionate about working with adult women’s issues, children and couples, incorporating Christian counseling, upon request and being sensitive to her client’s culture.  Shelly has experience working with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, stress, marital issues, trauma, grief, life transition, ADHD, self-esteem, communication and parenting. Shelly is SYMBIS trained, Save Your Marriage Before It Starts. This tool gives couples a comprehensive report of their shared responses in a flexible and convenient format helping them with new insight, skills and keys to strengthen their bond. 

 

Shelly believes in creating a peaceful, non-judgmental, open-minded environment for her clients to feel safe and respected. Shelly aspires to see her clients grow to their desired potential by allowing themselves to be fully authentic in and out of sessions. She walks alongside her clients in supportive collaboration, empowering them through their process. Shelly hopes her client’s will be self-compassionate, motivated and encouraged as they become self-aware, guiding them toward their goals. By forming a therapeutic relationship with empathy, positive regard and good rapport she believes great progress can be made by each client.

 

As an avid ongoing learner, Shelly looks forward to becoming a registered play therapist as she trains and develops in this area.  In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, relaxing on the beach, singing with her church praise team, making cards, playing games with friends and family as well as leading ladies in a self-care group. Shelly is a member of the American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC). Shelly is under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.

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Kristen Lee MS, APC

Masters: Professional Counseling with Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescent Disorders

APC 

Play Therapist In Training 

Focus: Children and Adolescents, Autism Spectrum

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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Brittany Stephen MA Music, MA, MH, APC, NCC

Associate Professional Counselor 

Masters: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Masters: Music Therapy; currently pursuing MT-BC

Focus: Music Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Grief & Loss, Multicultural, Children, Adolescents, Adults and Couples

Brittany is a Licensed Associate Counselor with 4 years clinical experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College and a Dual master’s in Music Therapy and Clinical Mental Health at Immaculata University. 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-informed care. Brittany’s counseling approach is humanistic, collaborative and based on creative expression, acceptance, safety, and nonjudgment. Common models of treatment used include, but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy. She is also a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia and the American Counseling Association. Her passion is in working with individuals and families to address concerns that impacts quality of life and personal growth. Brittany is currently supervised by Liz Bradley MA, LPC, CPCS.

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Letese Council

Masters: Marriage and Family Therapy

APC Eligible

Focus: Children and Families

Play Therapist in Training

LeTese obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University. received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Georgia State University. She enjoys working with children, teens, adolescents, families, and couples. She has experience working with anxiety, stress, martial conflict, family conflict, gender issues, emotion regulation and trauma. LeTese’s counseling approach focuses on creating and facilitating a safe, open-minded, calm, respectful, curious and a nonjudgment environment for everyone. She enjoys Mindfulness practices to help recenter one’s physical and emotional state when reliving stressful situations.  She is under supervision of Dr. Amanda.

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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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Gwendolyn Ligon (Gwen), MS, CRC

Masters: Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

APC Eligible

Focus: Christian Counseling, Pre-marital counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Parenting, Post-secondary vocational counseling and Career Transitions

Gwen received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Thomas University in 2015. Prior to that, she homeschooled her children from middle-school through completion of high school; then she returned to graduate to pursue her master’s degree. Upon graduation, she sat for and passed the National Rehabilitation Counseling exam and is credentialed as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

 

Gwen has over 20 years of experience in the human services field and has worked with a broad spectrum of clients ranging from infants and their parents, school-aged, post-secondary students, adults and seniors. In addition, she has worked in various lay positions within her church providing pre-marital counseling and marriage mentoring. Gwen plans to pursue training in the Gottman Method of couples therapy and Prepare and Enrich premarital counseling. She is passionate about helping engaged couples lay a solid foundation for their marriage, supporting married couples wanting to develop a healthy marriage, post-secondary students (both with and without disabilities) to transition from high school to college and/or employment and individuals desiring a career change. She has been married for 35 years and has two adult children, one daughter-in-love and one grandson. She is also a proud dog mom.

 

Gwen practices from a Narrative theoretic approach, is pursuing training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and will continue to explore and expand her identity as a therapist. She is under the supervision of Cristina..

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John Cathy MA, MTS

Masters: Clinical Mental Health

APC Eligible

Focus: Men's Issues, Christian 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 Association of Georgia (LPCGA), and is under the supervision of Della Hightower (LPC).

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Sue Rose M.ed, MS, APC, NCC

APC: Associate Level Professional Counselor

Focus: Adults,  Couples & Families

Sue is an Associate Licensed Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University.  She also holds a Masters degree in education and is a 3 0 year veteran of the Gwinnett County Public Schools.   Sue enjoys working with adults, couples, and families going through difficult times and family changes.  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.  Sue also finds joy providing support, resources, and hope to individuals and families going through the challenges of divorce and blending 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 MS, APC

 APC: Associate Level Professional Counselor

Focus: Adolescents and Adults, Christian 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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Breanna Klein MS, APC, NCC

Masters in Mental Health Counseling

APC: Associate Professional Counselor

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Play Therapist in Training

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. She is training to be a Child Centered Therapist and an Adlerian Therapist.

 

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

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Heather Mainard MS, CRC, NCC

Masters: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

APC Eligible

Focus: Adolescents, Adults and Couples

Heather earned her Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Mercer University. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Heather has always been passionate about helping others and previously worked as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. She believes in treating all of her clients as individuals with unique needs, strengths, and goals. Her clinical interests include neurodivergence (ADHD, ASD, etc.), anxiety, depression, grief, substance abuse, trauma, and the relationship between physical and mental health. Heather enjoys using a holistic approach to help adolescents and adults build their self-awareness and take steps toward living more authentic, fulfilling lives. In addition to serving non-disabled clients, Heather’s educational background and work experience allow her to effectively support clients with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Heather is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). She is under the supervision of Cristina Lorenz-Hansen.

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Ashli Burke MS

APC Eligible

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Play Therapist in Training

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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Yessica Ross MS, APC 

Spanish Speaking

Focus:  Adolescents, Adults & NCC

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 MS

APC Eligible

Focus: Adolescents and Adults

Play Therapist in Training

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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Alyssa Ealy

Masters Level Intern Team Lead

Focus:  Children & Adolescents, Creative Expressive

Therapies

Play Therapist in Training

 

Alyssa holds a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from the University of West Georgia. She is working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. She has experience working with children as a part-time nanny and volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Fulton county juvenile court system.

 

Alyssa values empathy and acceptance, she has always had a passion for working with children and adolescents. In her clinical work she strives to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for clients to feel understood and share their experiences. Alyssa hopes to make clients feel heard and work collaboratively to build resilience, achieve goals, and focus on strengths. Alyssa clinical interests with children and adolescent include anxiety, depression, self-esteem and self-worth, grief, family issues, and trauma. However, working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma has allows been a career goal and what drew her to counseling. Alyssa is currently a member of Chi Sigma Iota, after graduation she hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and obtain her certification in Play Therapy and is under Supervision with Dr. Amanda

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Casey Reynolds-Purcell

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children and Adolescents

Play Therapist in Training

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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Haley McCoy

Masters Level Intern

Focus:  Adolescents, Adults and Families, 

Haley earner her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Gordon College in 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Liberty University. Haley’s passion is in walking with you through the twists and turns that life throws all while encouraging you to embrace your uniqueness and grow deeper in your understanding of self. She is a firm believer that health and healing is a holistic journey that incorporates  aspects of every section of our lives. She spent the last two years serving her community through a nonprofit that provided support through life’s everyday bumps and through the hardships that come from crisis and trauma. Living and serving alongside those she was helping give her a better understanding of how every aspect of our lives are interwoven. Haley loves ways of finding simple pleasure and creative outlets and hopes her experience as a farmer, artist, and florist encourages clients to find creativity and simple places of joy in their lives while growing a therapeutic relationship in an open, safe, and empathetic space. She is under the supervision of Cristina.

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Christy Hertzler

Masters Level Intern

Focus:  Children and Families

Play Therapist in Training

Christy is currently a graduate student at Liberty University and is pursuing an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She has previously taught in the early childhood setting for over 20 years.  She has a BA in Liberal Studies- Elementary Education from California State University, Long Beach.  Once graduated Christy plans on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  Her passion is working with children, adolescents, and families.  Christy hopes to support individuals who are dealing with anxiety, depression, family issues and emotional trauma.  It is her passion to create an environment where individuals can feel comfortable and grow into their purpose.  She looks forward to becoming a certified play therapist and will be working under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.   

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Rachel  (Rae) McClelland

Masters Level Intern

Focus:  Adolescents, Adults and Families, 

Rae is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2019. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is the Newsletter Lead Writer and Editor for and a member of Chi Sigma Iota (Mercer Chapter). Upon graduation, Rachel’s goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Rachel has an immense passion for wanting to help people live to their upmost potential. She aims to work with her clients through a holistic lens pulling from Narrative Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, and additional creative outlets where clients can rewrite their unique stories by reframing their thoughts to support growth and change. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is imperative for successful outcomes and strives to ensure her clients have a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental space where their voices are heard and validated.

Rachel has a special interest in working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, body image, communication, eating disorders, inter- and intrapersonal relationships, self-esteem, stress and more. She believes in leading her clients to resiliency and resolution and aspires to do so by guiding them along their healing journey, instilling hope that change is possible, and helping them reach their desired goals.

She is currently an Intern for Family Counseling of North Georgia and is under the supervision of Cristina.

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Mary Caldwell

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adolescents, Adults & Families

Mary earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Florida with a concentration in clinical and applied movement sciences.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.  WIth her experience in both mental and physiological health, she is passionate about the importance of a healthy mind and body connection.  Mary offers her experience with adolescents, teens, adults, and families in a wide array of concerns such as anxiety, depression, confidence, life management, transitions, marital and relationship stress, and parenting.  She also treats individuals with autism spectrum disorder and provides support for their families.

 

Mary meets her clients where they are on their journey and uses a strengths-based approach to facilitate change.  She is experienced in helping clients enhance their quality of life through the use of developing organizational skills and restructuring abilities.  Mary guides her clients through goal setting and life modifications to help clients achieve their desired outcomes.  After change has been made, she will assist in navigating through the new normal and break through negative recurring pattern difficulties.  With an authentic and pragmatic approach, Mary helps her clients view  their concerns through a different lens.

 

Mary is pursuing her graduate degree and licensure in the state of Georgia.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota honor society.  She is in an internship position for Family Counseling Associates of North Georgia and is under the direct supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter. 

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Hollie Suggs

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adolescents & Adults

Hollie is currently pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling. She earned her Bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Gerontology at the University of North Georgia. Hollie is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.

As a first responders' wife, she understands how the job impacts individuals and their loved ones. Hollies' focus is to work with the adolescent and adult population with a clinical interest in anxiety, trauma, depression, PTSD, and parenting. She looks forward to a career in counseling where she aspires to obtain her LPC after completing her internships at Family Counseling Associated of North Georgia. She is currently under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter.

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Victoria (Tori) Worley

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children & Adolescents

Play Therapist in Training

Victoria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Upon graduation Victoria’s goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has a background of working with special education students at the high school level and feels that this has fueled her desire to work with children and adolescents of all ages. She desires to work alongside her clients and meet them where they are to work and grow as an individual to reach their goals. Volunteering at therapeutic riding centers over the years she has learned to enjoy the non-traditional routes to get to an end goal and learn that there’s always more than one way to do something. Victoria wants to create an inviting space where clients can come and feel open to share and grow. Seeing how life can take one a different direction she hopes to work with her clients to see a variety of ways to work towards an end goal. Outside of working and school she enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, crafting and being with her horses and goats. She is a member of ACA and LPCA of Georgia. 

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Veronica Pausa

Masters Level Intern

Focus:  Adolescents, Adults, Couples, and Families, Catholic/Christian Counseling, Trauma focus (EMDR trained), Creative Therapies

Veronica earned her B.S in Dental Hygiene from Augusta University and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Divine Mercy University. Her dental hygiene background has served as a foundation for working with diverse others and recognizing the importance of comprehensive care. She desires to meet her clients where they are and approach them uniquely and holistically! Veronica is currently working to become a certified clinical traumatologist with Green Cross through Divine Mercy University. She believes that a trauma focus is foundational for clinical therapy and desires to incorporate the best treatment modalities for her clients’. Her approach fundamentally begins with the therapeutic relationship! Creating an empathetic and non-judgmental space for clients to be themselves and express their concerns comfortability is vital. Veronica is open to working with all individuals. Her focus is Catholic/Christian counseling, trauma-focused therapy and believes strongly in the integration of creative therapies! She is currently under the supervision of Cristina.

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Josh Thames

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adolescents & Men

Josh Thames is pursuing a degree in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University. He was a teacher and a coach for 15 years before transitioning to counseling. Those experiences sharpened his skills as a listener and a relationship-builder and developed a sense of compassion and awareness in him. He has experience with teens, children, families, couples, the LGBTQ community, adoptive parents, adopted children, and a heart for those who feel outcast, alone, or afraid. Josh is a member of the American Counseling Association and will pursue a LPC licence after graduation. He is supervised by Della Hightower.

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Desiree Lewis

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children & Adolescents

Play Therapist in Training

Desiree’ is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Savannah State University in 2017. Desiree’ is certified in Mental Health First Aid for both youth and adults. She is currently a member of the Mu Upsilon Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society.

Desiree’ has always had a passion for helping others and working with children and adolescents since her younger years. She has experience working at various settings with Dekalb County Schools. She is excited to be working with clients in a therapeutic setting with hopes of making them feel safe and heard while focusing on their strengths and achieving their personal goals.

After graduation, Desiree’s goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Registered Play Therapist working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She is supervised by Dr. Amanda.

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Eshani Brahmbhatt 

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children & Adolescents

Play Therapist in Training

Eshani is a graduate student working on completing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. Eshani hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor upon graduation in July 2022 and also aspires to become a Registered Play Therapist in the near future. She wants to work with adolescents, families, couples, and young adults.  She has a lot of experience working with children and adolescents as a babysitter, camp counselor, tutor, and a dance instructor within the community for over 10 years. She aspires to provide a positive and accepting environment for her clients to open up and reach their goals. Mindfulness and authenticity are a huge proponent in the way she builds rapport with clients for them to feel comfortable, so they are able to incorporate what they learn in sessions into their personal lives. She is a huge advocate of mental health and strives to counsel with a more holistic approach.

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Rochelle Peet

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Children and Families

Play Therapist in Training

Rochelle currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from Liberty University and is currently in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health counseling from Liberty University. With a passion for helping others, and heart for children, Rochelle has focused on aiding and helping children and families through various roles. Once graduated, Rochelle looks forward to becoming a licensed mental health counselor who is equipped and prepared to help children and families overcome and heal from various hurts and traumas. To grow her professional toolbox, Rochelle looks forward to becoming a certified play therapist and will be working under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter

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Nia Carnegie 

Masters Level Intern

Focus: Adults

Nia is graduate from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services and a concentration in Case Management. She currently is pursuing a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Nia also is a Certified Peer Specialist with a focus on Mental Health. She has experience in working with individuals as a Behavioral Health Technician with all age ranges with a wide range of issues such as behavior challenges, addiction, trauma, and depression and anxiety. She has also served as a Certified Peer Specialist Case Manager and assisted individuals in poverty create long term goals for their future as well as develop crisis plans.

Nia’s passion is helping others understand that they too have a purpose in this world and that all recovery is unique and accepted. Nia’s biggest values also are acceptance, empathy, and genuineness. Nia plans to complete her internship under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Slaughter at Family Counseling Associates of North Georgia in hopes of obtaining her LPC and having a focus on adults or adolescents with depression, relationships concerns, anxiety, self-image issues, trauma, and life transitions.

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Tazo is a 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.