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Erin Holcomb

Erin Holcomb

Path for Peace

Holly Springs, GA

Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); a National Certified Counselor (NCC); and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She earned a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of North Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and special education from the University of North Georgia.  Erin has dedicated her career to helping children and adolescents overcome hardships, regardless of the severity of the issue. While working in the school system, she helped elementary-aged children meet their academic goals. Later she helped adolescents and their families achieve stability while working as the Assistant Director of Cottage A/Youth Services for both the inpatient and partial programs at Ridgeview Institute. Erin enjoys working with individuals, groups, and families. She has experience working with clients in crisis and with mood disorders including anxiety, depression, and anger. She also enjoys working with families in conflict, clients with behavioral difficulties, and resistant clients.  She uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques to help children and adolescents learn healthy coping skills. Erin has extensive training in DBT, which can be greatly beneficial for adolescents. The technique can help with issues, including but not limited to suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, anger or explosive emotional outbursts, isolation, anxiety, panic attacks, and disordered eating. DBT can also help adolescents more effectively communicate with their parents, handle difficult situations, and understand and navigate their emotions.  ​ ​Erin believes that behaviors are meaningful rather than random. Often when children act out, they are trying to get a need met or communicate with someone. Understanding the cause of behavior can help bring positive and lasting change. Erin believes that the use of art therapy allows children and adolescents to communicate in a natural manner so that the cause of behavior can be understood. She also feels that using creative expressive therapies can help bring positive change into children’s lives. 

Anxiety College and Student Affairs Depression Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Self Harm
Gracile Dawes

Gracile Dawes

Alpharetta Counseling

Alpharetta, GA

I bring over 15 years of experience to my work. I completed my Master’s in Professional Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in 2004 after obtaining a Bachelor in Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion at Furman University in 2002. I am trained in DBT and EMDR. If your faith is important to you, we can certainly incorporate that into our therapy. My approach integrates more concrete aspects of cognitive behavior therapy and more abstract and integrative components of faith and mindfulness. Being a person-centered therapist, I know that each of us has the desire and capacity for growth and change and I bring that knowledge to each session.

Anxiety Trauma Depression Infertility
Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips

Drew Phillips Therapy

Atlanta, GA

Drew is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been working in the field of relationship health for over eight years. He believes in the power of a safe, connected, and honest relationship. Incorporating one's own personal strengths, support systems, and/or spiritual resources can be part of the process of healing and growth. He sees children (6 years old and up), families, couples, and adult men. In his work with children and families, he addresses issues including depression, anxiety, anger, family conflict, screen time, social skills, emotional dysregulation, self-destructive behaviors, learning disorders, and more. For couples and adult men, he sees those with issues including difficulty with intimacy/closeness with others, anger, depression, anxiety, too low or high self-esteem, perfectionism, knowing and expressing needs and wants, childhood abuse, addictions, codependency, communication, and/or couples conflict. Some male clients especially seek support after a big life event such as a new child, retirement, aging parents, grief, divorce, career change, job loss, or a change in "identity." A message from Drew: "If you are hurting, please keep seeking help; it will come."

Codependency Anxiety Anger Management Depression Men's Issues
Cheryl Fordham

Cheryl Fordham

Cheryl Fordham, MS, LPC

Cumming, GA

Cheryl is a licensed professional counselor and clinical hypnotherapist who has been in private practice for over 25 years. Her goal is to help her clients become their best self, the way God intended. She believes the intimate connection created in a therapy relationship is an ideal place to problem-solve, try new behaviors, change negative beliefs, let go of unhealthy patterns and habits, grieve past losses and heal unresolved trauma. With experience in several counseling approaches, Cheryl has many therapy tools in her "toolbox" she has perfected over the years, and experienced herself in her own healing work. Her specialties include anxiety disorders/ panic disorders, post-traumatic stress, (PTSD), relational issues, childhood trauma, grief and adoptive parenting. In addition, Cheryl also offers womens' groups for those who wish to deepen their connections with, and get support from, other women. As a mother of an adopted teenager, she brings a unique perspective to parenting. When a client enters her office, they enter a "non-judgmental zone" where they can be free to be themselves. All are welcome!

Trauma Anxiety PTSD Grief Adoption

Richard Douglas

Celebration Christian Counseling

Suwanee, GA

In Private practice since 1997 Board Certified Christian Counselor by AACC. Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor CADCII

Addiction Anger Management Anxiety
Phil Ehle

Phil Ehle

Renewed Foundation Counseling & Coaching

Cumming, GA

You feel stuck in life and you are unsure how to move forward. You may feel alone or that you can’t talk about your more personal problems with your friends or family out of fear of judgment. Worries and self-judgments feel like weights that continually keep you down and exhaust you.  You desire a life that is not dictated by emotions. You want to be kinder to yourself and to be more effective within your relationships.  You are fully aware of just how hard it is to be human, and you are seeking someone to walk alongside you as you navigate and make sense of your life experience.   Relationships (missing and broken), life demands/expectations, trauma, depression, anxiety, undesired behaviors, and low self-esteem are a few of the common barriers that interfere with individuals experiencing greater lives filled with purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. Phil’s hope is to partner with people who are curious about change and are willing to explore. Through a collaborative relationship, he seeks to understand his client’s experience and utilizes practical skills to achieve the change his clients are seeking.   Phil utilizes an integrated approach with his clients that includes elements from person-centered, existentialism, DBT, and ACT therapy. Change is hard on its own and made more difficult when attempted alone. The best chance at moving through tough times is through connection with others. Phil looks forward to connecting with you and offers services both in person and virtually.

Emotional Disturbance Men's Issues Stress Anxiety Life Transitions
Becky Nguyen

Becky Nguyen

Becky Nguyen, LLC

Atlanta, GA

Becky is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in practice for over 18 years. Because she believes we were made for connection, she views pain and struggle through a relational lens. She enjoys helping individual adults and couples grow within the context of their primary relationships (with themselves, others, and God), often shifting from a "survive" mindset to a "thrive" mindset. She works with a variety of presenting concerns, including marital conflict, premarital preparation, parenting, stress/anxiety, depression, self-worth, life transitions, family of origin concerns, shame/guilt, codependency, personal growth, spiritual concerns, etc. She is a Certified Restoration Therapist, DISC Facilitator, and PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator. She has spoken at many churches, schools, and organizations around Atlanta on various topics of well-being and healthy relationships. She lives in Atlanta with her husband of 15 years and their two children.

Marital and Premarital Anxiety Depression Codependency Grief
Luke Durain

Luke Durain

Building Intimate Marriages, Inc.

Suwanee, GA

Dr. Luke has a passion for empowering couples, individuals, and adolescents who desire healing and growth. He strives to provide a safe and compassionate space to promote greater insight, resilience skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and recovery from emotional wounds. Dr. Luke is committed to honoring “the whole person” regardless of their past and present journey. This approach has allowed many people to feel comfortable with him as they explore faith, sexuality, race, or autism. Dr. Luke also has extensive experience helping couples navigate relationship difficulties and helping families or individuals on the autism spectrum. Dr. Luke has gone through rigorous doctoral training in clinical psychology, which included psychological assessments, testing, and scientific research. This experience created a passion for assessing and working with individuals with ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Luke also holds a master’s degree in theology. He has years of youth ministry experience in a Korean church and with providing therapy to church members, seminary students, and pastors. He has walked alongside people in many different seasons of their spiritual journey and listened with an open heart to stories of people from diverse racial backgrounds. For many years, Dr. Luke provided in-home and in-class therapy to youth on the autism spectrum or with ADHD. He has walked alongside parents and youth as they encounter the day-to-day joys and struggles common for the autistic community. These experiences inform his current therapy, parenting skills, and psychological assessments for autism, ADHD, and beyond. As a marriage counselor, Dr. Luke draws from the emotionally focused therapy and imago relationship therapy approaches. His therapy style equips couples with healthy communication skills, addresses old conflict patterns, and fosters deeper levels of understanding and intimacy. Dr. Luke says, “Whether you are wrestling with relationship conflict, spiritual doubt, have had painful church experiences, or painful racial experiences, I believe your pain and voice matter. I also believe that healing and empowerment are possible, one gentle step at a time. I would be honored to walk alongside you.” Dr. Luke grew up in Texas, enjoying soccer and reading. He went to California to study psychology, theology, and filmmaking. He feels blessed to be married to a wife who shares his love for dogs and the show Survivor.

Marital and Premarital Psychological Testing and Evaluation Depression Anxiety Trauma
Mike Spessard

Mike Spessard

Grace Summit

Roswell, GA

Mike has been a pastoral counselor and life coach for over 10 years. His passion for an individual's story and his desire for their freedom is what drives his work at Hidden River Counseling. Mike provides a safe and inviting environment for people of all walks of life and faith backgrounds. Walking with individuals and couples in their time of deep distress and need is something Mike believes he is made to do. Nothing brings him more satisfaction than helping individuals and couples find and live from their true identity. In particular, helping men discover authentic masculinity and their potential as husbands and fathers is his wheelhouse. He sincerely loves what he does.

Marital and Premarital Infidelity Men's Issues Parenting Spirituality
JoJo Nelson

JoJo Nelson

Cultivate Counseling

Atlanta, GA

JoJo specializes in working with women who are experiencing challenges related to life transitions, grief, divorce, and parenting issues, particularly those that involve parenting a child with special needs. She is particularly sensitive to the needs of parents who are dealing with the grief and adjustment of struggling to incorporate the special needs of their child with the larger needs of the family. JoJo is also a Prepare-Enrich Facilitator. In her current practice, JoJo desires to walk with women who are discovering, or rediscovering, their true self as they navigate grief, loss, and life transitions.

Divorce Recovery Grief Marital and Premarital Trauma Adjustment