Therapists

 

 

 


Cecelia Myers, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S, DCC, NCC, Owner 

Cecelia Myers, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S is the Owner of Marietta Counseling for Children and Adults. Cecelia strives to ensure that Marietta Counseling provides the highest quality therapeutic services with well trained and qualified professionals. Cecelia is a Registered Play Therapist and is an active member of the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of GA, The Association for Play Therapy, and the GA Association for Play Therapy. She can be reached at 770-971-9311 ext. 1.  Email at cecelia@mariettacounseling.com

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Susan Kerley, MS, LPC, DCC, NCC, Clinical Director

Susan Kerley, LPC, NCCSusan Kerley is a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Capella University with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Susan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Brockport, also Summa Cum Laude, and is an inducted member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International.

Susan draws upon an integrated and holistic approach to treatment in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are the primary orientations used in counseling adults, teens, and families. When working with children, Susan utilizes a combination of directive and nondirective play therapy and Adlerian play therapy approaches, depending on each child’s specific needs. Expressive, creative, and experiential therapies such as Gestalt, art, and narrative therapy are also incorporated based on the specific needs and goals of the client. Parenting support and training are an important component of treatment services and available for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as parents of young adults.

Additionally, Susan has 15 years of experience in the corporate business realm and is able to integrate this experience to help others with workplace issues, stress management stemming from less than ideal workplace environments, and career development plans.

Treatment services include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment/life transitions/divorce
  • Emotional regulation (including anger and self-injury)
  • Parenting training and support
  • Gifted children, adults, and families
  • Communication and interpersonal relationship skills
  • Self image/confidence
  • Stress management
  • Men’s issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Workplace problems and career development
  • ADHD and behavioral disorders
  • Developmental disabilities/autism spectrum/Asperger’s

Susan works with diverse lifestyles and family structures and aims to provide a safe, supportive environment for all clients. GLBT clients are welcome, as are all religious and spiritual beliefs. My goal is to work within your framework of values and beliefs to help you learn new ways to cope with challenges both now and in the future.

You can reach Susan directly by calling 770-971-9311 ext. 4 or via email at susan@mariettacounseling.com. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday. To register and schedule online, please visit https://susankerleylpc.secure-client-area.com. 

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Amy West, LPC, School and Community Outreach

Amy West, LPCAmy West LPC Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families using a systemic and internal family systems approach. Amy believes, “when a child struggles the whole family struggles.” Prior to joining Marietta Counseling for Children & Adults, Amy has worked in variety of settings including community mental health, and local state agencies. She has also worked in the school system as an elementary school counselor. In her years of experience she has also facilitated parenting classes, presented workshops on ADHD, Stress Management, and Bullying Prevention. She also has led many counseling groups on social skills, anger management, and self-esteem.

Amy has extensive background in dealing with a variety of presenting problems including behavioral and emotional disorders. She works closely with children that are having school problems, issues of trauma, anxiety and depression. In counseling Amy uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including Play/Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. She also counsels individually with women who are experiencing life transitions, mood disorders, or who wish to improve their parenting, and life skills. Amy tailors her approach to meet the needs of every client. She will work with you to explore new techniques for bringing new clarity to your life and for changing behaviors that may be preventing you from feeling successful and happy.

Amy continuously participates in continuing education to provide the highest quality service and most current and effective interventions for children, parents, and families. She is an active member and volunteer with the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA). Amy is also working to obtain her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential. Amy can be reached at 770-971-9311 ext. 9 or by email amy@mariettacounseling.com.

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Suzie Amacker, LPC, NCC

Suzie Amacker, LPC, NCCSuzie Amacker, LPC, NCC Suzie Amacker, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a School Counselor.

My approach to psychotherapy is practical and interactive, providing the support and insight to help you resolve current issues and historical patterns. Through empathy and direct communication, I seek to illuminate the internal world of my clients, while helping each individual connect to others and the world at large in a meaningful way. My practice combines traditional and contemporary approaches, drawing from multiple styles, techniques, and perspectives to integrate what will be the most comprehensive approach for your needs. In addition, my 20 plus years as a educator has prepared me to work with parents and families to address school and life problems. The focus of my interactive approach is to help you, your child, your family or couples, build upon their strengths in order to fulfill their potential, actualize their dreams, and achieve their life goals. For more information you may call me at 678-595-4727.  Email at suzie@mariettacounseling.com.

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Amanda L. Marks, LPC, CPCS, RYT

Amanda Marks, LPC, CPCS, RYT

Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Psychology (with a Counseling speciality) from Argosy University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia and is also a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator, which is developed specifically for premarital counseling and for couples looking to enrich their relationship. Amanda is also a Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor and offers supervision and consultation services. She is also a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and completed her teacher training under the direction of Isabelle Casey at the Sama Yoga School.  Her yoga specialities include energetics, somatic work, and yin yoga.  Amanda has worked with the Department of Family and Children Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice providing parent training, family therapy, substance abuse/anger assessments, and individual therapy.  She has also worked as a psychometrist.  Amanda’s work experience also includes working at psychiatric hospitals and emergency rooms in the Atlanta area providing assessments and working on inpatient units and providing day programming to adolescents and women with eating disorders and trauma.   

 Amanda primarily utilizes an eclectic, individualized approach to therapy, which draws from Dialetical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and holistic approaches.  She is also highly influenced by Dr. Brené Brown and Dr. Kristen Neff and their work and research on shame and self-compassion. Yoga techniques and experiential activities (such as art) are also used in session.  

Treatment and Supervision/Consultation Services Include: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating
  • Substance Abuse
  • Yoga Psychotherapy
  • Self-Harm
  • Adjustment/life transitions
  • ;Issues
  • Young Adult Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Trauma
  • Shame Resilience
  • Stress Management
  • DBT
  • Self-worth/image
  • Perfectionism
  • Distance Counseling 

Amanda is passionate about guiding her clients to be the best versions of themselves through self-exploration, via traditional talk-therapy or yoga psychotherapy. She writes a blog at www.journeyintothearena.blogspot.com/. She can be reached by email at amanda@mariettacounseling.com or by calling her at 770-971-9311 Ext 3.

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Anthony Pearson, EdS, LPC, NCC

Anthony Pearson, EdS, LPC, NCCAnthony Pearson, EdS, LPC, NCC is a licensed professional counselor and is on track to be a Registered Play Therapist. He has experience as both a school counselor and a therapist in private practice providing services for children and adolescents. He believes that all children have the ability to rise above challenges given the right support. With a background in Solution Focused and Adlerian Therapy, Anthony incorporates an eclectic style in which he seeks to use the most effective, salient methods for making the greatest impact for his clients. While children come to therapy with presenting issues, they also come with dynamic resources, strengths, and abilities. By incorporating each child’s individual talents with their personalized goals, Anthony will help families and children strive for success.

Anthony was the Cobb County Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 2009-2012 and the CSCA Writer of the Year. He was selected as a Top 10 National Finalist for American School Counselor of the Year for 2010-2011. In 2011-2012 he was selected as the Region III Georgia Elementary School Counselor of the Year.

In addition to counseling, Anthony enjoys writing and has published two books. He is a published author of books for professionals and for children. You may reach Anthony at 770-971-9311 ext. 2 or by email at anthony@mariettacounseling.com.

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Karen Zimmerman, (LCSW)

Karen Zimmerman, (LCSW)Karen Zimmerman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who received her master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Karen has 12 years of extensive skill and training in working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Karen is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers), certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, and is on track to becoming a registered play therapist. Karen has extensive knowledge of treating anxiety and mood disorders has been effective in working closely with both individuals and families that have been impacted by emotional, physical, or sexual trauma. Karen provides individual, family and couples counseling as well as play therapy to address areas of ADHD, anger management, self-esteem, social skills, oppositional behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, grief, domestic violence, substance use and divorce. In addition, Karen has provided supervision, support, encouragement, and training of clinical skills to LMSW’s and LAPC professionals as well as education and training in assessment and diagnosis. It is Karen’s goal to combine her range of experience with her ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic therapist to assist clients and families in making positive changes in their lives.

Karen can be reached at 770-971-9311 ext 113 or by email at karen@mariettacounseling.com.

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Erica Gregory, LMFT

Erica Gregory, LMFTErica Gregory, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has been in practice since 2009 offering Couples Counseling and Play Therapy. She offers AAMFT approved supervision for associate level counselors. She graduated from Mercer School of Medicine with a Masters in Family Therapy.

Erica works with couples by assisting them to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other allowing them to reestablish their emotional connection. She has worked with struggles ranging from communication breakdown, marital affairs, and previous traumas. She has specialized training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Couples Counseling and is working toward becoming a certified EFT therapist under Michael Burnett. She believes that a strong family is built upon a healthy and loving parental relationship.

Erica works with children who struggle with depression, anxiety, bullying, trauma, and difficult transitions (divorce, adoption, or a move). She utilizes experiential and attachment based play therapy to work with children. She is working toward earning her RPT (registered play therapist) certification. Her work with children focuses on trauma, loss, divorce, adoption, anxiety, and acting out behavior. She has practiced within the school system and creates a holistic approach to treatment by collaboratively working with parents and teachers.

Furthermore, Erica has extensive experience working with mental illness such as Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar. She works with both the client, their family, and the psychiatrist to create a holistic approach or by email at erica@mariettacounseling.com.

Office Hours:

Monday 12pm-9pm in Marietta

Tuesday 12pm- 9pm in Alpharetta

Thursday 12pm-9pm in Marietta

Friday 3pm-8pm in Marietta (soon transitioning to Alpharetta)

To contact Erica call 404-834-2363 or alpharettacounseling1@gmail.com

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Scott Pennington, MA, LPC

Scott Pennington, MA, LAPCScott graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Professional Counseling. Utilizing a Client-Centered approach, he maintains an optimistic perspective of individuals and believes that a person’s behaviors, healthy or unhealthy, are an attempt to cope with life’s challenges. While providing an environment of acceptance, respect and understanding, Scott incorporates directive and nondirective techniques that will promote personal growth and lasting life change. Scott’s extensive experience working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families who are coping with anxiety, depressive disorders, anger issues, abuse, and chemical dependency provides a base of knowledge for a greater understanding regarding the devastating impact addictive and emotional disorder can have individually and collectively.

Scott is a second career individual who is able to integrate his knowledge and experience of working for a Fortune 500 Company with the challenges and pressures men face balancing careers, relationships, marriages and families. As a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator, Scott works with pre-marital couples to build a healthy foundation for their lives together, and couples who want to improve their marital relationships. Throughout his career, he has lead parent-teen communication workshops, Celebrate Recovery, Men’s support groups and taught Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Scott is certified in Aggressive Replacement Therapy (ART) to help individuals with the social skills, anger management and moral reasoning attributes which negatively challenges interpersonal relationships. In an effort to provide optimal care for his clients, Scott continuously seeks to increase his knowledge and improve his therapeutic approach. He is currently undergoing additional Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training and maintains compliance with the state of Georgia’s requirements for Associate Professional Counselors.

Scott can be reached at 770-971-9311 extension 8 or by email at scott@mariettacounseling.com.

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James King, LPC, CPS

James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Peer Specialist. He graduated from North Georgia College & State University in 2011 and completed the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Program in 2012. James has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, anger management, substance abuse, grief/loss and interpersonal conflicts. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served two tours in Iraq. He utilizes his experience and insight of the military to help veterans and their families combat PTSD, trauma, and mental health struggles.

James has a passion for working with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives and helping them develop the means to overcome it. He has extensive experience working with military veterans and their families, as well as those who have experienced physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse or other types of trauma. James provides a safe, non-judgmental environment to help individuals, couples and families set and reach realistic goals for positive change in their lives.

James utilizes a combination of therapeutic approaches including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. James has a personal experience with mental health and substance abuse, which he uses to help others in their process of self-growth and recovery.

You can reach James by phone at 770-971-9311 ext. 110 or by email at james@mariettacounseling.com. 

 

Annai Tavira,  LMFT

Annai Tavira, LAMFTAnnai earned her Master of Family Therapy degree from Mercer University School of Medicine’s Atlanta/Piedmont campus. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. Annai utilizes a systemic approach and enjoys supporting individuals and the relational systems they are a part of. She is trained in a number of therapeutic models including Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, Client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing).

Annai’s training and clinical experience has prepared her well for working with children, adolescents, couples, families, parents, and individuals. Annai is a bilingual therapist (Spanish-English) who provides competencies in areas of trauma, attachment, relationship conflict, intimacy, anxiety, family concerns, self-harm, self-regulation, depression, self-esteem, identity, sexual concerns, and anger. She uses fun and unique activities such as play, art, and other expressive therapies in order to engage her clients and eliminate the pressures of traditional talk therapy. Annai strives to provide a safe and nurturing space for her clients.

Annai has been described as empathetic, collaborative, understanding, and perceptive. She is an active member of the Association for Play Therapy and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Annai also plans on working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist and is currently working on her EMDR certification.  She can be reached by email at annai@mariettacounseling.com.

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Cecil Davison II, LAPC                              resumevita-photo-2016

Cecil Davison II, MA, MBA, LAPC earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Child Development from the University of Alabama and master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University where his study primarily centered on sound therapeutic intervention with children/toddlers, preteens, adolescents, and families. In fact, Cecil has devoted his career to serving children and families through the use of play therapy, sand tray therapy, individual and family therapy, art therapy, and parent/primary caregiver-centered therapy (also known as filial therapy).

Play is the universal language of children and teens (and adults, too!). It is how we engage in the work of therapeutic intervention. Your child’s therapy session with Cecil uses play to place a particular focus on dealing with many challenges, including depression, anxiety, grief, crisis, trauma, and even difficulties with attachment where he helps clients to deal with their circumstances through various coping and reframing skills as well as making changes and improvements in their daily lives using therapeutic interventions with a strong focus on Play Therapy.

Additionally, Cecil carries a strong background in working with families affected by domestic violence. He specializes in working with children who have experienced grief and loss and has also done considerable work with LGBT youth.

For an appointment with Cecil, call 404-919-9827 or by email at cecil@mariettacounseling.com.

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Danielle Tidwell, LAMFTDanielle Tidwell, MFT

Danielle M. Tidwell, LAMFT is a graduate of Mercer’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program working towards Expressive Arts Degree and Play Therapy Certification.

I am an accomplished artist with a background in neuropsychology, business and earned a degree in Psychology and concentration in General Art from Georgia State University. I currently work with children and families as a multicultural marriage and family therapist.

My diverse experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents and children from all different cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Being a multiracial woman helps me connect with my clients on multiple different cultural levels. I enjoy being privileged to work with clients with all types of diagnoses, including (but not limited to): autism, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD.

I have extensive experience in working with young children and teens with symptoms of anger/aggression, impulsivity, low self-esteem, communication struggles and family/social relational conflicts. I work with children who identify as transgender and provide support to clients from the LGBT community. Being an MFT helps me think of the family as a system, and being able to help create positive and effective change amongst the whole family instead of just one individual.

I utilize evidence-based client centered theories along with creative interventions. I love being creative and use artistic techniques to join with clients and help express thoughts and emotions that might be too complex or abstract to verbalize. Interventions such as sandtray and puppet play are techniques that I am utilizing to help clients deal with attachment and trauma issues. I believe that the use of artist creativity in therapy is essential, just as a pencil or brush is to an expressive artist.

You can reach Danielle at 770-971-9311 ext 111 or by email at danielle@mariettacounseling.com.

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John Ward – MS, NCC, CCMHC
John Ward, CCMHC, NCC

John graduated from Capella University earning a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and is an inducted member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International, and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). John is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor(CCMHC).

John works with children, adolescents, adults, and families and uses a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) believing that the client is the best person to express and interpret their story and experiences. John utilizes Play Therapy with children, as it is excellent in building trust and rapport with children in order for them to grow and thrive. John’s clinical areas of interest are PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Stress-Management, Self-Esteem, OCD, Substance Abuse, and Adjustment/Life Transition/Divorce.

Contact John at john@mariettacounseling.com or 770-971-9311 ext 118

 

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Katrina Lokken – Psy.D. – Psychologist contracted with Marietta Counseling to provide psychological testing services

Katrina Lokken - Psy.D. - Psychologist contracted with Marietta Counseling to provide psychological testing servicesDr. Lokken is a clinical psychologist specializing in psychological evaluations. She earned both her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology with a concentration on children and families. During her training, she worked in the area of pediatric psychology, with a focus on assessment and treatment of children with chronic illnesses. She has worked with children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders, trauma victimization, learning disorders and developmental delays, and severe behavioral and emotional disorders. She has worked within inpatient (psychiatric and medical hospitals) and outpatient settings. Additionally, Dr. Lokken received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders during her APA-accredited internship. Since being licensed in the State of Georgia, Dr. Lokken has assessed individuals involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). She has developed and conducted assessments in the areas of substance abuse, parental fitness, and custody disputes with adults. Dr. Lokken evaluates individuals of multiple ages, from adults to young children, for problems with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and general emotional concerns. Her recent experiences include supervising and training the psychological assessment team at a Metro-Atlanta based private practice. She currently conducts psychoeducational evaluations within the Atlanta Public School System charter schools, as well as participates in ongoing IEP meetings. She consults with and educates parents of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Lokken is a member of the Georgia Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. To obtain additional information or to speak with Dr. Lokken, please call 678-820-8386 and her email is katrinalokkenpsyd@gmail.com.

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