children

Find the Right Fit!

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

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Children

Finding the right support for your child depends on their life experience, onset of challenges, and nature of their struggles. Please explore the following information as a guide, and scroll down for recommended mental health care professionals and parent coaches.

We Play Atlanta (Occupational Therapy)
Was your child born into the world emotionally and/or physically intense? Are they constantly on the move or running in to things? Do they seem clumsy, or avoid certain textures or foods? If any of this sounds familiar, your child will likely benefit from working with an  Occupational Therapist  for sensory system / reflex integration therapy.

Anita Bullock-Morley (Speech & Language)
Does your child struggles with receptive or expressive language, social or cognitive communication, or producing speech sounds? If so, If so, your child will likely benefit from working with a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP).

Dr. Eric Frier (Neuroimmune Infections)
If your child has a sudden onset of emotional and physical intensity, I recommend an evaluation by a Lyme Literate professional who specializes in recognizing and treating  PANS/PANDAS and other neuroimmune infections.

Paul Cohen, PhD (Psychologist)
If your child struggles with academic engagement, homework, motivation, or emotional regulation, but does not have any of the above challenges, I recommend reaching out to a neurodivergent affirming psychologist for a full psychoeducational evaluation. Children who are gifted, have learning differences, or are neurodivergent deserve more support than schools typically offer students.

Child & Adolescent Therapists

Children and adolescents need a therapist who understands child development, neurodiversity, how they experience the world, and the importance of their sense of belonging and significance. Below you will find therapists who understand the the role of somatic experiencing, play, art, and connection in a therapeutic relationship that allows children to grow and heal.

Children who are struggling emotionally or behaviorally, or who experienced medical trauma, abuse, or witness to violence, are best served through a play therapist. Play is a child's language, and through play they are able to work through the experience and reconsolidate the memory.
Teens and preteens need a therapist who is able to see, hear and believe their experience, and who is aligned with the neurobiological approach to trauma-healing and/or empowering, using talk therapy, art, sandtray, co-regulation and relational safety, and therapeutic movement.

Julie Carnes, LPC

Julie works primarily with preschool and elementary aged children and their parents using a DIR/Floortime approach. Julie offers individual counseling, and parent coaching. She also does school observations and consultations.

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Rita Patel, LCSW, RPT, SE

Rita uses somatic psychotherapy, play therapy, yoga, sandtray and art to address anxiety, chronic illness, depression, stress management, self-esteem, trauma, grief and loss, parenting, and relationship concerns.

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Ryan Allen, LPC

Ryan helps little kids with big emotions and their families. Although he mostly works with 2-5 year olds, he also works with kids of all ages. Check out his free resources available on social media:
TikTok: @preschooltherapy
Instagram: @preschooltherapist
Podcast: Little Tots Big Talks
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Janie Mardis, MSW, LCSW

Janie helps adolescents and adults navigate stress, grief, and life transitions using a  nonjudgmental, research-informed approach to healing. Her work is rooted in humanistic, Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology, influenced by "third wave" CBTs like MBCT and DBT, creatively-guided by a love of philosophy, the arts, humor, and play.

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Laura Ladefian, EdS, LPC, RPT

Laura works with children, teens and families with grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, and depression. She specializes in play therapy and parent-child relationships, and uses a strengths-based collaborative approach with teens.

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Robbi Anne Strauss, LPC

Robbi specializes in working with parents of toddlers and therapy for moms. She helps parents feel equipped and empowered to approach parenting with confidence and connection.

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Lauren Stinson, MS, LPC

Lauren uses a collaborative approach to help adolescents and adults understand their struggles and develop coping skills to manage strong emotions. She utilizes evidence-based approaches to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, and overwhelm, including talk therapy, Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR and Hypnotherapy.

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Rebecca Pollock, MS, LPC

Rebecca Pollock, MS, LPC specializes in working with adolescents and adults, treating anxiety, depression, and trauma using hypnotherapy, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and a client-centered approach to talk therapy.
rpollock@pactatl.com

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Angie Miles, MA, LAPC, NCC

Angie works with LGBTQI+ adolescents,  providing a non-judgmental, compassionate and safe space to work through life’s challenges. She specializes in depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, and life transitions. She offers a Teen Resiliency Group for anxiety and depression, and is  trained in the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment model.
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Elise Roche, LPC, ATR-BC

Elise works with adolescents and understand it is a time with feelings are their biggest, impulsivity it's strongest and self-esteem the lowest. It's exciting and excruciating and messy - and she helps teens make it good mess.

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Group Practices

Summit's Edge is a counseling center comprised of a diverse group of therapist offering specialties ranging from individual and marriage counseling, to adolescent DBT Skills Groups and LGBTQI Support Groups.

Fleurish is a group practice who meets the diverse needs of children, adolescents, college students, families and more. Trans + NB, Black therapy, LGBTQIA+, and more.

Wellspring Counseling  is a collection of professional counselors and change makers who value diversity, authenticity, and safe space. They work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, and specialize in various therapeutic modalities. Their uniting style is a positive and accepting attitude towards sexuality and gender.

Hirt Psychology  is a collection of  therapists who offer individual, couples and group therapy for people of all ages and needs. They use evidence-based and collaborative treatment approaches aimed at helping people cope with various life challenges and/or mental health issues. 

Parents

Parenting is hard because nurting the growing needs of young people is physically and emotionally demanding. You may also notice that becoming a parent revealed to you the areas in your that need your attention and care. Sometimes parents need a therapist, and other times they need a parent coach.

Parent-focused counseling centers around exploring healing triggers that get in the way of your long-term parenting goals.

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. Check out my parent coaching cohort services.

You can also find my  parent coach referrals below, as well as other communities and resources.

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

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

Sheena Hill
Responsive parenting & holistic sleep coach. Emotional intelligence, effective limit setting, and therapeutic play.

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

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

Robyn Gobbel
Robyn helps families struggling with big, baffling behaviors using relational neuroscience.

Lori Petro
TEACH Through Love
Online courses for learning conscious communication skills and parenting tools.

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

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

Trina Greene Brown
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.