Therapists

 

Susan Kerley, LPC, CPCS, NCC, BC-TMH, Clinical Director

Susan KerleySusan 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. LGBTQ+ 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 as a new client 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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Dr. Craig Kerley, Psy.D.


Dr. Kerley is a therapist who has been working in private practice in the Atlanta area since 2003. Prior to this, he was employed as a School Psychologist for public schools in Georgia, Virginia, and New York.

Dr. Kerley graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Psychology from Alfred University, in Alfred, NY, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University.

Over the past 19 years, Dr. Kerley has helped children, families, and adults, in clinic, residential, and school settings. Dr. Kerley works with persons with a wide array of presenting challenges, including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Difficult Children, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Difficulties, Learning Differences, and Chronic Health Problems. Additionally, Dr. Kerley has conducted over 1,000 Psychological Evaluations, investigating concerns related to Attention Problems, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Emotional Concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Developmental Delays, among others.

Dr. Kerley has served as co-chair of the Legislative Action Committee of the Georgia Association of School Psychologists. He has also taught as an Adjunct Professor, instructing graduate students on the principals of educational and psychological assessment. Additionally, Dr. Kerley provides in-service training to teachers, parents, and other psychologists on various issues related to child and family adjustment.

For more information and to schedule an evaluation or therapy appointment, please visit Dr. Kerley’s website at< a href=”https://www.drkerley.com/” target=”_blank”>www.drkerley.com.


 

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, RPT

Karen Zimmerman, (LCSW)Karen Zimmerman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) 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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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.

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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

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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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John Ward, MS, LAPC, 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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Monique Wischusen, LMFT

Monique Wischusen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently licensed in the state of Georgia. Monique is trained in PREPARE/ENRICH, an assessment and counseling approach for couples preparing for marriage or seeking to improve their marriage. Additionally, she is currently working on her play therapy certification. Monique has received training in a variety of therapy models including: Family Functional Therapy, Play Therapy, Systems, and Sand Tray Therapy and believes that it is especially important in her field to always be expanding her therapeutic repertoire.

Monique has experience working with clients with a variety of different treatment needs including: substance abuse, grief, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, severe mental illnesses, and school behavioral problems. She has passionately served in a variety of mental health agencies, a substance abuse treatment center, and Head Start schools. Monique’s style of therapy is integrational which includes a mixture of structural, experiential, and solution-focused therapy models. She offers both short and long term therapy depending on the client’s needs.

Monique aspires to assist couples, families, and individuals in gaining insight into what is driving their symptoms and behaviors. She believes that the mind, body, and spirit are connected and must all be involved in the healing and growth processes. Monique respects the client’s individual journey and she enjoys working with a broad spectrum of clients with a wide variety of religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds.

Treatment Services Include:

  • relationship difficulties
  • depression and anxiety
  • grief and loss
  • life transitions
  • setting boundaries
  • stress management
  • personal growth
  • Christian counseling
  • parenting
  • anger management
  • premarital

Contact Monique at 770-971-9311 ext. 112 or schedule online at https://moniquewischusen.SecurePatientArea.com.

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Ashley Brewer, MS


Ashley graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgia State University, and she obtained her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University. She uses an integrative and holistic approach to therapy, including Reality Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She believes that the approach to therapy changes with each client, tailored to best suit their individual needs.

Ashley enjoys working with people from all walks of life. She has experience working with Bipolar Disorder, gender issues, sexual orientation issues, self-image, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief and loss, and others. She has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ population, believing that a positive and judgement free environment allows for a healthy development of both orientation and gender identity.

Ashley is a second career individual, spending more than a decade in the corporate world before becoming a therapist. She believes that this aids her ability to connect with people through therapy. Having this experience helps her understand career development, stress management, time management, and a host of other issues the workforce faces on a daily basis.

Ashley can be reached at 770-971-9311 extension 114 or ashley@mariettacounseling.com.

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Caroline Young, MS, RD, LD, RYT


Caroline is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist (RDN) specializing in eating disorders and disordered eating. She has a master’s of science in nutrition from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Caroline completed a professionals training to specialize in eating issues, including disordered eating behaviors, diagnosed eating disorders and body image struggles. She continues to educate herself and train in the area of eating disorders. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT), and strives to integrate yogic principles and practices into her work with clients.

Caroline has experience in both inpatient and outpatient eating disorder counseling. She takes a compassionate, whole-self approach to counseling her clients with eating and body image troubles. Caroline firmly believes in intuitive eating and movement, as well as a health-centered, versus weight-centered, approach to nutrition.

Caroline believes once clients are adequately nourished and stabilized on a biological level, they can then learn to re-connect with their body’s cues and trust them to guide their nutrition choices. She believes a well-balanced and non-restrictive diet will nourish all parts of the self, and that eating well is one of many forms of self-care. Caroline also believes in full recovery, and takes great joy in watching others heal and be free – both in their bodies and around food.

Depending on each client’s needs, Caroline will provide personalized nutrition counseling, self-care and nutrition tools, yoga and meditation techniques, meal planning, and meal- and snack-time support.

Caroline’s deepest hope is to empower clients to be free from eating disorders and/or chronic dieting, so they can live the lives they truly desire and deserve. Her intention is to walk side-by-side with each client as he or she bravely endures the recovery journey.

Caroline is a member of Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian Professionals (EDRDPro), The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) and the Yoga Alliance (YA).

Caroline can be reached at 770-971-9311 ext. 115.

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Lindsay Burstein, MS


Lindsay graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Child and Family Studies from State University of New York College at Oneonta, and she obtained her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher College. Lindsay is license eligible and working towards her LPC. She specializes in working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She is working on completing her certification in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Lindsay believes that therapy should be individualized and utilizes a creative approach to make each therapy session helpful for each individual client whom she works with. She works from a strength based perspective, to help you build off of your strengths to improve overall mental health.>

Lindsay has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults in the mental health field. She is comfortable with working with a range of mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, grief and loss, disruptive mood dysregulation, Bipolar disorder, etc. She has worked in residential treatment, community based treatment, and outpatient treatment settings. Lindsay utilizes games, toys, worksheets, and active listening skills to help work towards individualized therapy goals.

Lindsay works from a person-centered framework, meaning that she focuses on the individual’s needs and wants in the therapy setting. She believes that each person is capable of making positive changes through the therapy process. Lindsay will work hand in hand with children and families to help them achieve positive behavior changes within the home and school environments. She will also work with individuals whom have a past history of trauma and help them process the traumatic events that have taken place.

Treatment Services Include:

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Self-Esteem
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Behavior Concerns
  • Personal Growth

Lindsay can be reached at 770-971-9311 ext.5 or ltburstein@gmail.com.

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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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Brian Santiago


Brian Santiago graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Valdosta State University and is nearing the completion of his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta. He is currently a Graduate Counseling Intern at Marietta Counseling. As a current graduate student, Brian is up to date with the most recent therapy research and evidence-based approaches. Also, as a Counseling Intern, Brian is able to offer reduced fee rates while under the supervision of the both the Clinical Director and University educators. He is also an inducted member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International.

Brian has a holistic, person center approach to counseling. His passion lies in providing meaningful skills and tools to families, couples, individuals, and children that allow a reframing of challenges. Being a new recent father, he is excited to work with young children in a play therapy setting. After spending more than a decade in the corporate supply chain field, he decided to transition into the field of clinical mental health. His time with Fortune 500 companies has uniquely positioned him to help individuals and families navigate the challenges and stressors related to the various impact careers have on healthy well being.

Brian is currently accepting new clients and is in the office from Wednesday through Friday. He can be reached at 770-971-9311 ext. 117 or brian@mariettacounseling.com.

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