Find the Right Fit!

Below you will find a variety of practitioners for children, adolescents, and parents (adults and couples coming soon). I recommend speaking with at least three therapists in order to find the right fit for your needs.


Deciding what type of support a child needs depends on their life experience, onset of challenges, and nature of their struggles. Please explore the following information as a guide for how to find support for the child in your life.

A child who has experienced any form of trauma, such as medical trauma, abuse, or witnessing violence, will likely benefit most from play therapy. Play is a child's language, and through play they are able to work through the fearful experience and reconsolidate the memory. See therapist recommendations below.

A child who was born into the world emotionally and/or physically intense, including kids who get suspended from preschool, often need a full evaluation and treatment from an Occupational Therapist  (OT) to determine if their sensory system or reflexes need integration therapy. I recommend contacting We Play Atlanta for evaluation and treatment, or a referral.

A child with a sudden onset of emotional and physical intensity following a tick bite or strep throat is best served by a professional who specializes in PANS/PANDAS and/or is Lyme Literate. I recommend contacting Dr. Eric Frier for treatment or a referral.

A child who struggles with focus and regulation in school or with school work will like benefit from a Psychoeducational evaluation. A child who is gifted, has a learning difference, or is neurodivergent will need more support than schools typically offer students. I recommend contacting Dr. Paul Cohen for a full evaluation or a referral.

A child who struggles with producing speech sounds, receptive or expressive language, social communication, cognitive communication, or swallowing disorders often need a full evaluation and treatment from a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP). I recommend contacting Anita Bullock-Morley & Associates for an evaluation or referral.

Child Therapists

Rita Patel 404-319-0053
Julie Carnes 404-329-5020
Laura Ladefian 404-823-5621
Karen Murphy 404-913-2006

Tween/Teen Therapists

Gaelyn Hurd 404-213-4776
Christy Burkett 404-783-2079
Bill Colombo

Couples Counseling

 Counseling ATL (Group Practice)
Angelique L. Burke



Parenting is hard because nurting the growing needs of young people is physically and emotionally demanding. And it also often shows us the areas in our own lives, and possibly from our own childhoods, that need some attention and care.

Parent-focused counseling centers around exploring healing triggers that get in the way of your long-term parenting goals. The Inner Work group is for moms ready to explore their shadow side and heal their triggers in a supportive hypnotherapy group.

Parent Coaching helps you understand your child's needs and skills, develop your long-term parenting goals, and use your goals to guide the way you teach and connect with your unique children.

Parent Coaches

Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand  Coaching, workshops and support circles for BIPOC and biracial parents.

Sheena Hill
Responsive parenting and holistic sleep coach. Develop skills in emotional intelligence, effective limit setting, and therapeutic play.

Sarah MacLaughlin
Compassion-based coaching for building skills, decoding behavior, and support.

Amy Phoenix
Coaching on mindfulness, parenting, and mindful parenting.

Shonnie Lavender
Coaching and classes for parents tired of struggling with their kids.

Vivek Patel & Sujai Johnston
Group coaching calls, podcasts, workshops and support for parents.

Tiffanie Noonan
Coaching & workshops to shift from conflict, struggle, and control to empowered, peaceful, and connected.

Parenting for Liberation
A virtual community that connects, inspires, and uplifts Black folks as they navigate and negotiate raising Black children within the social and political context of the US.

Cindy Brandt
Blog and podcast about learning to raise our children with justice, mercy, and kindness.

Lori Petro
TEACH Through Love

Online courses for learning conscious parenting tools.