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 Clinical Supervisor
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.
Tom Mott LPC, CPCS, CAADC, CPCS, MAC, SAP
Specialty in Addiction, Men's Issues and Christian Counseling.
Tom Mott brings 15 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. After earning a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2007, Tom launched his career working in community mental health, non-profit agencies, residential drug treatment facilities, primary care treatment centers and private practice. Eager to continue to learn and develop new clinical skills, Tom pursued dual certifications in mental health and addiction counseling to be able to work with teenagers, adults, couples and families before moving to North Georgia.
Tom's clinical specialilties include anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and PTSD, marriage counseling, men's issues, sexual addiction, grief and anger managment. Tom is currently accepting new clients and helping people achieve their personal goals and increasing their enjoyment of life.
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.
Masters Degree in Social Work
Holley is a Licensed Masters Social Worker with 25 years of counseling experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University and a Masters in Social Work degree from Clark- Atlanta University. She has an insatiable thirst for life and she welcomes the challenges that often hydrate the opportunity for personal growth. She uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and Psycho- Analytic treatment modalities in her day-to- day delivery of counseling services. She believes in a strengths based approach that is holistic, eclectic and guided by the individual needs of her client. Her counseling experience has been obtained within a wide range of counseling settings including out-patient substance abuse, medical social work, and community based counseling settings.
She has a broad range of experience working with individuals and groups across the life span in the following areas: (1) Substance abuse/addiction (2) Grief and Loss (3) Health Issues (4) Women’s issues and (5) Couples Issues. Holley taught Human Services courses to non-traditional students at Shorter College in the Atlanta Ga. area and she provides supervision to social work interns. Holley’s theory is that growth is the outcome of our ability to reorganize our perceptions, thoughts, and attitudes and literally show up to receive all of the amazing gifts that the universe has in store for us. She enjoys singing and song writing and she believes that the incorporation of artistic expression into the therapeutic process is extremely cathartic; thus allows the opportunity for a more open and honest level of communication.
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.
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.
Cahner Manns, MA, MSW, LMSW (LMSW is pending)
Play Therapist in Training
Play Therapist in Training
Cahner Manns received her Master’s Degree in Psychology at American University in Washington, D.C. After graduation she attended Ohio State University where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work in May 2020. She is passionate about working with children who struggle with depression and anxiety along with ADHD and ASD. Cahner is also interested in the benefits of pets and wishes to incorporate animals into practice. Cahner hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Registered Play Therapist, and train towards Canine Assisted Play Therapy. She will be under the supervision of Cristina Hansen, LCSW.
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.
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.
M.A. IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING APPLYING FOR APC
PLAY THERAPIST IN TRAINING
Herani graduated from Point University with a B.S. in
Counseling and Human Services and a M.S. in Clinical Mental
Health Counseling from Mercer University. She is APC eligible
and a Play Therapist in training. She is passionate about
working with children and adolescents. She focuses on building
a caring, nonjudgmental environment to help children and teens
feel accepted and empowered. Her goal is to come along side
families and parents in order to help their children work
towards healing and growth. Her subjects of interest include
trauma, anxiety, divorce, life transition, blended families, and
depression. Herani is under the direct supervision of Lindsey
Mart, LPC, CPCS.
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.
Sue is working on her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. She also holds a Masters degree in education and retired this year after teaching elementary school for the past 30 years. Sue hopes to work with individuals, couples, and families going through difficult times and transitions. She has a passion for helping people heal and embrace their new normal after a loss. She is a trained Survivor of Suicide (SOS) support group facilitator and advocates for suicide awareness and prevention through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the SAMs Hope Foundation. She also wants to support families going through the challenges of divorce and blended families. Sue is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA).
Aparnna graduated from the University of Miami in 2005 with a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling. She previously graduated from Oral Roberts University with a BS in Computer Science. She plans to focus on adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy. Her primary 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 believes in a holistic and non-judgement environment to foster healing and growth.
Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the same university. She is passionate about assisting families, couples, and individuals identify and understand their unique concerns through collaboration and building a positive rapport. Jacqueline’s counseling approach is based on acceptance, safety, and nonjudgment. She believes that it is essential to establish a therapeutic relationship constructed on empathy and positive regard to produce development, change, and empowerment. After graduation, her goal is to pursue licensure in the state of Georgia. Jacqueline is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
Shannon strives 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.
Sydnee graduated from Georgia State University with B.A. in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University. Sydnee hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. After years of working with children non-clinically at the advocacy center and in school settings, she has a passion to continue to work with children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Sydnee is passionate about helping families work towards healing and growth. Her interest include life transitions, divorce, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
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.
Charlie received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in 2012. He spent over seven years in the field of Professional Sales, before pursuing his Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Mercer University. His passion for becoming a counselor is motivated by a desire to help people find balance, explore their personal gifts, and find new perspectives to better meet life on life’s terms. Charlie’s clinical areas of interest include career planning and development, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, life transition, blended families, foster care, and men’s issues.
After years of working with and managing others within the fast-paced Tech Industry, Charlie is experienced in helping individuals overcome challenges and obstacles in their careers. In addition, Charlie possesses increased insight and understanding about children exposed to trauma, as well as raising a blended family, as he and his wife are foster parents.
Charlie is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia (LPCGA), National Counsel on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), Georgia Christian Counseling Association (GCCA), and the Georgia Rehabilitation Association (GRA). Charlie is certified in Prepare and Enrich premarital counseling and is currently completing his training in the Gottman Method for couples counseling. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys running, backpacking, cooking, and spending time on the lake.
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.