Heather V Youngblood, LCSW

YoungbloodHeather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds a Masters of Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania. She has a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University. She began working as a therapist in 1994 and has been working in a private practice setting since 2000.

Her resume includes working in a variety of settings with clients ranging from adolescents to geriatrics. Some of her work experience includes:

  • Providing individual and group therapy in the inpatient psychiatric unit at Underwood Memorial Hospital
  • Working as an outpatient therapist for the University of Pennsylvania’s Employee Assistance Program
  • Providing individual and group therapy for seniors at The Philadelphia Geriatric Center
  • Leading a team of therapists at South Fulton Medical Center's inpatient rehabilitation unit
  • Counseling pregnant teens at The Los Angeles Free Clinic
  • Contracting as an outpatient therapist at Jewish Family and Career Services in Atlanta
  • Providing therapy with The Atlanta Behavior Therapy Clinic in Roswell

Heather formed her own private practice in 2002 and expanded to form Perimeter Therapy Associates, LLC in 2010.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Depression/Postpartum Depression
  • Relationship Issues/Couples Counseling
  • Adjustment to Marriage/Parenthood
  • Parenting
  • Life Transitions
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss
  • Assertiveness
  • Coping Skills/Stress Management
  • Anxiety
 
Lori Ayling, LCSW

Lori-Ayling-photoLori is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds a Masters of Social Work from The University of Georgia. She has a BA in psychology from Oglethorpe University. She began working as a therapist in 2003. Lori has experience providing services in a variety of settings including home-based services, community-based services, hospitals, and women’s shelters.

Lori’s resume includes:

  • Individual, couples, family, and group counseling
  • Voluntary and court-ordered assessments for substance abuse, anger management, and family violence
  • Psychoeducational seminars on co-parenting during and after a divorce
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefings and Crisis Line
  • Working with children in DFCS custody
  • Direct care for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Areas of Specialty:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Family Therapy
  • Marital/Couples Therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • General Parenting
  • Co-Parenting During and After Divorce
  • Parenting Children with Special Needs
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress Reduction
 
Martha Baker, LPC

Martha Baker, LPC

Martha is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts in 1988 and her Master of Arts in Agency Counseling from the University of Colorado in 1997. She holds a certification for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Martha has worked providing counseling to individuals of all ages, couples and families in private practice, therapeutic foster care, community health care, and an outpatient opiate addictions clinic. She is skilled in many techniques to engage in building a safe and compassionate environment in order to assist those who take the difficult step to enter into the therapeutic relationship. Some people seek her help with the following:

Areas of Specialty:

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Anger
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Chronic Pain and Health Challenges
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting
  • Spirituality
 
Elise Carlson, LPC

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Elise is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Ball State University. Since graduating in 2004, she has continued to grow as an individual and clinician with additional graduate-level coursework, professional trainings, and volunteer work. Her compassionate, non-judgmental approach in therapy allows a safe environment where healing and growth can take place. Elise specializes in depression, anxiety, and assisting those who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Elise’s resume includes:

  • Individual counseling with youth and adults in various outpatient settings
  • Crisis management counseling with youth in an emergency shelter
  • Group counseling for survivors of sexual abuse/assault
  • Family counseling
  • Completing psychological evaluations under the supervision of a psychologist
  • Individual and group counseling at a college counseling center
  • "Training volunteers in the community on the issue of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)

Areas of Specialty:

  • Abuse/Trauma/PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Spirituality
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-injury
 
Patricia Gaya, LMFT

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Patricia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of Georgia. She has experience providing therapy in English, Spanish, and Portuguese to children, adolescents, individuals and families. Patricia is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as well as The Association for Play Therapy. Patricia uses Play Therapy techniques to help children process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds. Play Therapy is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Patricia also has experience providing therapy to the LGBTQ Community.

Patricia's resume includes:

  • Counseling children, teens, couples, individuals and families in private practice in English, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Supervising therapists working with children
  • Counseling children and adolescents in an Outpatient Community Center
  • Providing individual and group therapy at The League Against Cancer/Mercy Hospital
  • Acting as Primary Therapist in a Juvenile Addiction Facility

Areas of Specialty:

  • Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • ADHD, Inattention, Impulsivity and Hyperactivity
  • Anger Management
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting
  • Bullying
  • Adjusting to Change/Life Transitions
 
Michael Weiland, LPC

Mike-Weiland-1Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia College & State University, Master of Education in Special Education from Georgia Southwestern State University, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont University, and Education Specialist in School Counseling from Valdosta State University. He provides client-centered care through an open, supportive, and non-judgmental approach where clients can address concerns and discover solutions. Michael specializes in depression, anxiety, anger problems, adjustment issues, childhood trauma, behavior problems, men’s issues, substance abuse, and spiritual issues.

Michael’s resume includes:

  • Individual counseling with children, adolescent, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Team Leader for Crisis Services at Oconee Regional Medical Center Emergency Department
  • Group counseling with youth and adults in both residential and outpatient settings
  • Family counseling
  • Providing Alcohol & Drug Treatment, and Anger Management for court mandated adolescents and adults
  • Providing Domestic Violence Intervention Services for individuals appointed through the courts

Areas of Specialty:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Marital and Couples Counseling
  • Parenting/Concerns about children
  • EAP
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance Abuse
  • Court Assessments
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career/Professional Growth
  • Spirituality
  • Life Transitions
  • Providing Continuing Education seminars
  • Teaching Masters-level students in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program
 
Sandra Pascual, LPC, CPCS

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Sandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She received her Bachelors in Arts from Georgia State University and a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta. Sandra was born and raised in Argentina, and Spanish is her first language. After graduation, and following her passion for working with the Hispanic and Latino population, Sandra joined a non-profit organization that provided mental health services for Hispanics/Latinos where she provided individual counseling to adults and young adults with mood disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, bipolar disorder) and personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder.

Between 2013 and 2015 Sandra moved to Mexico City, where she completed a certification in Sex Therapy. Back in the US, she joined a private practice and started working with individuals and couples struggling with sexual issues, following the principles and regulations of the American Association for Sex Therapist (AASECT). Sandra offers a safe and non-judgmental environment to talk about the most private and in some cases, taboo topics for individuals, couples and even therapists: intimacy and sex.

 
Jessica Schmoll, LPC, CPCS

jessicaJessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds two Masters degrees of Science, one from Northeastern University in Boston and one from Georgia State in Atlanta. She has a BA in Communications from UNC Chapel Hill. She has worked in everything from career counseling to rehabilitation (mental, physical, emotional, medical) counseling.

Her resume includes working in a variety of settings with clients, particularly with adults. Some of her work experience includes:

  • Providing individual and group therapy regarding career exploration at Boston Career Link
  • Providing individual and group therapy in an inpatient psychiatric agency, Skyland Trail, as a counseling intern
  • Working as a graduate research assistant at Georgia State, studying the impact of HIV/AIDS on Atlanta's transgendered community.
  • Working as a Primary Therapist, Family Therapist, and Residential Manager in a long-term residential substance abuse/dual diagnoses treatment center, Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Inc.
  • She is currently the Director of the Women's Recovery Center at MARR.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Addiction
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Personal and Professional growth
  • LAPC supervision
 
Tia Thomas LCSW, CHT

tiaTia Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree from Georgia State University. She also is a Certified Hypnotherapist awarded by the National Guild of Hypnotists. She has over five years of post graduate degree experience in a variety of settings such as government agencies, psychiatric hospitals to private practice. Her resume includes:

  • Providing individual, couples and family therapy in a private practice setting
  • Providing hypnotherapy to clients to assist with relaxation, sleep problems, anxiety reduction, self compassion and acceptance and empowerment.
  • Providing group therapy to adolescent females struggling with self esteem, depression, peer acceptance
  • Providing supportive and therapeutic services to acutely mentally ill patients and their families in an inpatient psychiatric setting
  • Providing comprehensive diagnostic assessments to ensure accurate diagnosis of mental illness
  • Providing educational and supportive services to Foster and/or Adoptive Parents

She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and strongly utilizes Solution Focused Treatment.

Tia also has experience working with persons struggling with eating disorders. She has attended and received training from the Southeastern Eating Disorder Conference. She has worked mainly with adult and adolescent females to aid in the development of coping skills and strategies proven helpful in treating eating disorders. She uses a multifaceted approach which can include CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, DBT and hypnosis where appropriate. In treating adolescent females, a family systems approach is also often included in the treatment.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Depression and other Mood Disorders such as BiPolar
  • Self Harming Behaviors
  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Marital and Couples Counseling
  • Grief and Loss Counseling
  • Life Transitions such as Retirement, Divorce, and Career Changes
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Abuse/Trauma-PTSD
  • Adoption Related Issues
  • Women’s Issues