LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS
Teresa is the owner and clinical director of Art It Out. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She received her Undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Georgia and her Master's in Counseling & Art Therapy from the University of Louisville. Teresa has worked several therapeutic settings. Teresa started Art It Out in 2009 in hopes of providing a center where children, teens and adults could combine creativity with improving social and emotional well-being.
Teresa truly believes in making art for self-expression, as a way to communicate intense or negative feelings, and to use as a tangible reminder of coping skills. She combines making art with psychotherapy to help children, teens and adults increase self-esteem, develop anger management strategies, reduce anxiety, deal with major life transitions, work through grief and loss, and enhance communication skills. Teresa has extensive experience working with clients who have low self-esteem, anxiety, difficulty adjusting to parental divorce, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Developmental Disorders, or an acute or chronic medical illness. Teresa is active in the therapy community of Atlanta and serves on the board of Kate's Club, a non-profit for grieving children and families. Currently Teresa is not accepting new clients but supervises and trains other clinicians at Art It Out.
MS, NCC, LPC, CPCS
Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); a National Certified Counselor (NCC); and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She obtained her Master of Science in Community Counseling from the University of North Georgia and her Bachelor of Science 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 the Ridgeview Institute.
Erin enjoys working with individuals, groups, and with families. She has experience working with crisis, and mood disorders including anxiety, depression, and anger. She also loves working with family conflicts, behavioral difficulties, and resistant clients. She uses CBT and DBT techniques to help children and adolescents learn healthy coping skills so they can create a life worth living. Erin has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which can be greatly beneficial for all adolescents. It can help with all manipulative behaviors including but not limited to suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, explosive emotional outburst, isolation, anger outbursts, anxiety, panic attacks, and disordered eating. DBT can also help adolescents to more effectively communicate with their parents, handle difficult situations, and understand and control their emotions.
Erin believes that behaviors are meaningful rather than random. Often when children act-out they are trying to have a need met or trying to communicate with an adult. Understanding the cause of behavior can help implement positive and lasting change. Erin believes that the use of art and play therapy allows children and adolescents to communicate in a natural manner so that the cause of behavior can be understood. Also, she feels that using creative expressive therapies help put the needed changes into children’s lives.
MA, NCC, LPC
Nicole Wood is Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Nicole received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from The University of Georgia in 2000. Nicole works primarily with adolescents, young adults, and their families. Nicole has been a school counselor for 11 years in the Roswell area and has worked with a variety of adolescents including those with learning differences, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Having a teenage daughter herself, Nicole recognizes the stress that these issues can present to adolescents and their families and is very familiar with strategies on how to help things run more smoothly in the family system.
Nicole strives to help her clients recognize their self-worth and to be able to accomplish the goals they have set for themselves in life. Nicole has also owned her own photography business for over a decade and her goal is to be able to help adolescents and young adults express themselves through the use of photography as a way to connect with their emotions, increase their self-esteem, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. She uses an Adlerian and Cognitive-Behavioral approach and strives to help clients work through every day stressors with confidence and a strong sense of adequacy and self-worth.
MS, ATR-BC, LPC
Chelsea is a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and obtained her Masters of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University. Chelsea discovered her passion of using art to help others at a young age. She observed the power of art as an alternate form of communication and avenue for healing through programs offered at a local homeless shelter run by her father. Chelsea has experience working as an art therapist and counselor in multiple therapeutic settings, including Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Pediatric Rehabilitation Services, Progressive Pediatrics, and Pyramid, Inc. Her specialization is working with clients who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as individuals living with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.
Chelsea has experience helping individuals with anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, struggles with transitions, and friendship struggles. Chelsea previously was the Coordinator of the preschool program at Early Emory, the Emory Autism Center’s lab school. There, Chelsea developed an art-based program called Social and Adaptive Learning through Visual Expression (SALVE) for adults on the autism spectrum. She was awarded a grant from Autism Speaks in order to fund SALVE’s mission of teaching people with autism how to use visual arts as a method of expressing themselves to connect with the world around them. Chelsea has also conducted a number of research studies exploring art therapy as a treatment intervention for ASD including “Discovering Good Practice for Art Therapy with Children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Results of a Small Survey,” recently published in The Arts in Psychotherapy. Chelsea provides individual and group therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. These services focus on assessment, emotional recognition, coping skills, anxiety, empowerment, motor skills, communication skills, behavioral techniques, parental support, art therapy, social skills, attention span, and stress management. Chelsea assists parents and teachers in creating and implementing behavior management plans to encourage children to engage in more positive desired behavior.
Sarah was born and raised in Marietta, GA and strongly believes in investing her time and energy into making her community a better place. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Human Services and Master’s of Clinical Social Work from Kennesaw State University. Sarah’s passion for working with children and families started while working as a family preservation specialist, advocating for the well-being of children and connecting their families to community resources, counseling services, and parent education programs. After obtaining her LMSW, she began conducting in-home therapeutic services for Hillside’s Community Intervention Programs. Her services included crisis intervention, skills coaching, individual and family therapy, parent education and support, and connecting families to appropriate community support.
Sarah has nine years of experience working with children, teens, young adults, and parents. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Dr. Sherri Manning and is also an accredited provider of Triple P (Positive Parenting Program). She uses DBT and CBT techniques in her practice to help clients learn and develop skills needed to cope with painful emotions and feelings and navigate the struggles and stresses that life presents on a daily basis. Sarah utilizes mindfulness in her practice to help create emotional awareness and help clients experience life in the present moment.
Sarah is passionate about helping children, teens and their families develop positive interpersonal relationships, increase communication, set appropriate boundaries, and form their homes into a safe, loving, and supportive environment for all members of the family. She has worked with individuals who experience life with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and other emotional and behavioral difficulties. She has worked with clients on social skills, grief and loss, challenges with life transitions, school-based anxiety, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, non-suicidal self-injury, suicidal thoughts/ideation, aggression and parenting skills. When Sarah is not working you can find her spending time with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs. She loves hiking and being outdoors, reading, attempting to cook new recipes and trying new restaurants.
BROOKE LARSON JOHNSON
Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who completed her Master of Social Work at Kennesaw State University with a focus in Children and Family Services in 2015. Brooke is passionate about helping children and families and increasing communication between family members. Brooke loves to create dynamic hands-on therapeutic interventions to help her clients gain coping skills as well as skills for managing and regulating emotions. She has extensive experience working with children and families who struggle with grief, loss, separation from a loved one, anxiety, depression, social skill struggles, low self-esteem, and difficulty adjusting to transitions.
Brooke is compassionate and kind. She uses a strengths-based approach to help her clients recognize their positive qualities so they can achieve success. Before her work at Art It Out, Brooke worked with numerous families at her various roles at the Cherokee Family Violence Center (CFVC). She was the Family Support Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator and Children's Program Director. Brooke is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and was the Secretary of the 2016 Domestic Violence Task Force for Cherokee County.
MA, CMHC, LPC
Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Heather has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State University. After completing her undergraduate degree, Heather worked as a family preservation specialist, advocating for families and connecting them with community resources and counseling services. Heather believes in empowering clients by focusing on their positive qualities and personal strengths. Heather continued her education at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During her graduate program, she received special commendations for exhibiting strengths in Group Counseling Theory and Practice. Heather values creativity and its ability to express and process even life’s most difficult emotions. Heather believes group therapy is impactful because it allows clients to acquire and practice skills in the here-and-now surrounded by a safe, supportive environment.
Heather specializes in working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety and fears, intrusive negative thoughts, social interactions, defiant behaviors, and sibling discord. She uses a psychodynamic approach, creating a space for clients to explore and process their emotions and behaviors within a therapeutic session. In her free time, Heather loves to read, play outdoors, and spend time with her husband and daughter. She is the published author and illustrator of “Purple People,” a book which encourages multicultural awareness and growth.
Hope received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and obtained her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Georgia. Hope has worked as a counselor in a variety of settings, including: Beyond Words Center for Social Skills, Center Point (providing therapy in the school system), The Community School (a specialized learning environment for adolescents with developmental disabilities), and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (in the Transitions Program for adults with developmental disabilities). Hope has provided group and individual therapy, led social skills groups, and created group therapy curriculum for over five years.
She truly enjoys seeing positive change occur as her clients begin utilizing skills in a group setting. She specializes in helping children, adolescents, and young adults with emotional awareness, anxiety, ADHD, depression, physical and developmental disabilities (including autism), opposition and behavioral struggles. She emphasizes increasing emotional awareness alongside social skills to better form meaningful relationships with others. Hope believes in a holistic approach that involves all aspects of the child’s life including parents, teachers, and other service providers. She enjoys engaging the entire family in therapy by creating parenting plans and helping open the lines of communication between parents and their children. Hope strongly believes in tailoring her approach to the individual needs and strengths of every client and their families.
Alex obtained both her Master’s of Education in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. She is working under the supervision of Teresa Woodruff, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS. She has worked with children and teens with a variety of goals and needs, such as: improving self-esteem and body image, observing and reframing negative self-talk, fostering resiliency, developing healthy coping skills, behavioral management, emotional recognition and regulation, flexible thinking, and developing social skills.
Alex also has a specialty in working with children and teens with anxiety and depression. Alex has a unique skill of using creative art, empathy and positive regard within the therapy setting to help individuals gain positive coping skills. She believes in the importance of the counseling relationship and truly values trust and open communication as key aspects for therapeutic progress.
Alex utilizes mindfulness-based techniques in supporting individuals to better achieve their goals. She is CBT-focused and encourages individuals to recognize how their own thinking affects their mood, relationships with others, and behaviors. She believes that stability and happiness come from challenging dysfunctional thinking and practicing positive thinking and coping skills.
In addition to supporting children and teens, Alex fosters communication among the entire family. She provides support and skills to parents to aid in the healthy functioning of their family and truly values helping parents improve their relationship with their child or teen. Alex has experience working with both individuals and leading social skills groups. When she is not at work, you can find Alex hanging out with her husband and dog at home, watching movies. She loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and yoga.
Missy Curtis specializes in working with children, teenagers, young adults, and families who are facing challenges, such as anxiety, depression, grief/loss, low self-esteem, social and emotional, and spiritual crises. She is a compassionate therapist who readily connects with young people and understands the importance of building a steady, nurturing environment where individuals can safely explore their feelings and move towards growth and healing. She has a relational and creative approach to therapy from a holistic perspective tailoring the sessions to each individual.
Missy holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and over twenty years of professional experience in the non-profit sector providing personal and spiritual guidance to adolescents and young adults. Missy has her LAPC and is working under supervision. In recent years, Missy worked as a school counselor where she provided individual and group counseling for students, taught guidance lessons, and consulted with parents and teachers regarding their child’s academic, social and emotional needs.
Missy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling, being outdoors, creating art, and listening to live music.
MS, LPC, ATR
Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist. Jessica received her Master of Science degree in Art Therapy from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Art from Florida State University. Jessica has worked in a variety of clinical settings including Centerstone’s intensive in-home program, a child advocacy center, pediatric unit of a hospital, non-profit centers, and in elementary, middle, and high schools. Most recently, Jessica worked within Cobb County schools providing individual and family therapy services. She worked with the families, social workers, teachers, and school counselors, to best serve the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of her clients. Jessica has found that with open communication between parents, schools, and the child more insight is gained, needs are quickly addressed, and a child can thrive in both their home and school environments.
Jessica has over eleven years of experience working with children and families and has provided therapy to all ages. Jessica feels it is both a joy and a privilege each time she develops a trusting relationship with a child and can provide a safe space for change to occur. Her experiences include helping children and teens with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, anger management, self-esteem issues, trauma, and bereavement. She has additional training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and crisis intervention training. In session, she primarily utilizes both a Client-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach while often incorporating art therapy and creative interventions.
Jessica believes creativity is an essential part of growth and thus an important part of the therapy process. She believes using art in session provides a child with a non-verbal and developmentally-appropriate method to communicate and process difficult emotions and life circumstances. It can also be a way to cultivate self-worth, improve focus, and practice mindfulness techniques. Jessica is passionate about educating and empowering her clients so they are able to take the skills gained in session and effectively cope with all of life’s stressors. When she is not in session, Jessica can be found with her husband and two dogs, hiking, traveling, taking pictures, and cheering on her Seminoles.
NICOLE DIEGUEZ SHEEHAN
Nicole is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) who worked as an EBD Clinician/Art Therapist for Miami-Dade Public Schools since graduating with her Master’s in Art Therapy from Florida State University in August 2016. She is currently working on her dissertation for a PhD in Special Education from Barry University. Nicole is also applying for licensure as a counselor through state endorsement.
While working with Miami-Dade Public Schools, Nicole gained experience working with diverse clients and families. Nicole sought to effectively help children and adolescents work towards their social and emotional goals. Through her clinical work, Nicole emphasized building and maintaining rapport in order to help her clients gain significant progress through communication, trust, and engagement.
Nicole specialized in working with children and teens with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disabilities (IND), and anxiety. Nicole has experience with children and teens who want to improve their coping skills, social skills, emotional regulation, impulse control, anxiety, and anger management. Nicole utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as behavioral techniques, including art therapy directives and counseling activities, to help her clients reach their social and emotional goals. In addition to an emphasis on rapport, trust, and communication, Nicole can help clients acquire and practice appropriate interpersonal and intrapersonal skills through her positive rapport and engaging directives. Nicole is fluent in English and Spanish.
Alexandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She obtained her Masters of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia in 2014 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University in 2012.
Alexandra has 9 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Alexandra is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Alexandra has also been trained in Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA). The majority of Alexandra’s experience has been working with high risk youth and adolescents. Alexandra has experience working with crisis behaviors, suicidality, self-harm, depression, mood dysregulation, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety. Alexandra truly believes that familial involvement in therapy is key to producing change with children and adolescents. Alexandra will often incorporate family sessions into treatment for that reason. Alexandra also believes in approaching therapy from a strength-based perspective in order to help children, adolescents, and families identify their strengths in order to utilize them to create positive changes in their lives.
MS, NCC, LAPC
Samantha received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University. She is currently working under the supervision of Erin Holcomb, LPC, CPCS. Her clinical experience includes working with children, teens, and adults (ages 3 to 40) in multiple settings providing individual, family, and group counseling, as well as, psychological assessment.
Samantha has a passion for working with children and teens. She has focused her work on helping others learn coping skills for anxiety, manage depression, improve prosocial behaviors, improve self-esteem, manage mood disorders and manage anger. She also has worked with children and families in crisis and those who have experienced trauma or grief.
Samantha has completed extensive research in eating disorders, positive body image, and healthy habits. She feels passionately about helping young girls and women appreciate their bodies and learn to love themselves for their positive characteristics. She helps her clients recognize their inner strengths and resiliency to improve self-esteem, reduce negative self-talk, and find motivation. Samantha combines creative forms of therapy and incorporates art into many sessions, using Positive Psychology as well as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
MS, NCC, LAPC
Chelyan is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC). She is currently working under the supervision of Erin Holcomb, LPC, CPCS. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and her Bachelor’s degree in English from Kennesaw State University. She has an extensive background in working with children and families. Chelyan realized her passion for helping children identify and understand their emotions while working as a teacher. She supports collaboration with parents and teachers to help children feel comfortable and successful in their learning environments with peers and at home.
Chelyan leads grief support groups for Kate’s Club with elementary and middle school students in local schools. She deeply values the therapeutic relationship and builds upon connecting with clients to foster change. She aims to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for all clients to feel supported and able to grow.
Chelyan has experience working with children, adolescents, and teens and she specializes in generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, low self-esteem, transitions, changes in family structure, and grief. She utilizes expressive art activities along with Cognitive-Behavioral techniques in sessions. Chelyan frequently utilizes strengths-based approaches, building upon clients' strengths to help them work through difficult life transitions and learn new coping skills.
MA, LAPC, ATR-BC
Elise Roche is an Associate Licensed Professional Counselor (LAPC) and Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and is currently working under the supervision of Erin Holcomb, LPC, CPCS. Elise received her Master’s of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Georgia. Elise has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings. Elise has found her work most impactful with children and teens experiencing mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (including OCD), as well as those who have experienced traumatic events and are seeking new ways to process and recover from such events.
Elise began her mental health career by partnering with a local non-profit and an Atlanta High School to provide trauma counseling to adolescents, and by providing monthly training for school staff on trauma-informed care. She found that often when a child is experiencing challenges, it can significantly impact their system of care, and vice-versa. Elise is passionate about not only empowering the individual client to increase resiliency, but also working with the family to create structures and communication strategies in the home that will continue to support the individual needs of each family member. Elise then went on to build an evidence-based DBT Art Therapy program at a residential facility for adolescents in crisis, that were experiencing mood and anxiety disorders. Elise co-created the family programming model for the facility, which included creative workshops centered on re-building parent-child relationships and applying DBT skills within the home.
Elise has training and experience working in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness Based Art Therapy (MBAT) frameworks. Elise has experience working with individuals and families who identify as LGBTQIA and supporting them in accepting and developing their identity. Elise believes in using strengths-based approaches with her clients and discovering interests and passions to use as a vehicle for change. Through a combination of talk, art, and play therapy, relationships can be strengthened and adolescents and families can be empowered to use past experiences to increase resiliency.
Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University. Lauren is an Associate License and is under supervision. Lauren offers a warm, empathic, and nonjudgmental ear to her clients. She creates a safe place for her clients to be themselves while meeting their goals.
Lauren has a passion for guiding children and adolescents through their journey while encouraging and supporting them along the way. She believes creating rapport, giving her clients unconditional positive regard, and identifying their strengths are the foundations of the therapeutic relationship and working towards change. Lauren believes that counseling can be beneficial and unique to each client and strives to stay creative to find the best method for them! She approaches therapy with a collection of theoretical perspectives including Person-Centered Therapy, Expressive Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Lauren has worked in schools as well as private practice.
She works with a diverse range of stressors and diagnoses including anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, trauma, behavioral challenges, disconnection, and social skills. Lauren aspires to combine art with traditional therapeutic methods as art often encourages us to express ourselves in ways we cannot put into words. Lauren pushes herself daily to stay curious and provide a genuine environment where her clients can thrive.
Kaylee is an Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) working under the supervision of Erin Holcomb, LPC, CPCS. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Treatment from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Kaylee prioritizes a safe and supportive environment for children and adolescents to feel freedom to explore, express, and challenge themselves. Kaylee believes that each child has natural strengths and abilities that can be their guiding force through difficult times.
Kaylee operates from a holistic and integrative approach because she believes that with each unique child, there is a unique treatment. She finds it helpful to use a Client-Centered perspective to learn about presenting issues through the lens of the child and family. She frequently uses art, music, and play in therapy as a window into a child’s world.
Kaylee is trained in Trauma-Focused CBT techniques and often employs these techniques in her therapy work. As a Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Rainbow Children’s Yoga Instructor, Kaylee incorporates yoga and mindfulness activities for individuals and groups of children and adolescents dealing with anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, and trauma. Kaylee also integrates knowledge of brain development into therapy to understand the needs of each child. Kaylee enjoys connecting with parents in co-creating goals and developing treatment solutions that meet the needs of the child and the family.
Prior to working at Art It Out, Kaylee gained experience in play therapy at a Erie Neighborhood House, a non-profit based in Chicago. She has experience working with anxiety, anger, oppositional behaviors, aggression, grief, trauma, low self-esteem, high conflict families, and children with disabilities. Kaylee is open and comfortable working with diverse children, adolescents, and families (i.e., age, race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation). She also has experience in outpatient group and inpatient hospital settings using DBT and CBT techniques with children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and various other mood and behavior disorders. In her spare time, Kaylee enjoys creative projects in the kitchen, spending time with family, and teaching yoga classes.
Chelsea is a Licensed Master Social Worker who received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Master of Clinical Social Work from Kennesaw State University. Chelsea began her career as a second-grade special education paraprofessional and fifth grade general education teacher. Her clinical experience includes working alongside children, teenagers, adults, and families in school-based settings, community, and office settings. She has offered individual, group, and family therapy to those with diverse mental health diagnosis. Her experience and expertise include assisting individuals overcoming trauma, supporting blended families, and empowering children and teenagers who live with unlearned social skills, anxiety, and emotional dysregulation to find their strengths so they may live their lives to the fullest. Chelsea believes that the best path to success is to create an environment where an individual is safe to express themselves without fear of judgement and can trust they will be seen with unconditional positive regard.
Chelsea utilizes holistic and prescriptive approaches to treatment. To maximize positive outcomes, she believes in providing family therapy and advocacy in all life domains. Her clinical modalities pull techniques from Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Mindfulness, Play Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where creativity is used as an outlet for self-exploration and healing.
Andilyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Andilyn is working towards her Licensed Associate Professional Counselor credential and is currently under supervision. Her experience includes working with children and teens in a private practice setting, with a focus on various issues such as anxiety, body image + self-esteem, attachment, Autism Spectrum concerns, and depression.
Andilyn is passionate about serving her clients as an empathetic fellow traveler in their unique journeys and is committed to a holistic approach to therapy in order to serve the whole person, not just the presenting issue. Andilyn strives to create a judgement-free, nurturing space for clients through practices such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy, expressive art techniques and a person-centered approach. Andilyn is dedicated to meeting each client where they are and to serve them as an advocate by fostering a trusting therapeutic alliance with each family. Andilyn genuinely believes that mental health counseling is not a one size fits all process, and she can’t wait to walk alongside your child in their special story.
BRITTON (BRITT) McCURDY
Britt obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wofford College and earned her Master’s in Education and Education Specialist degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. Prior to earning her Master’s, Britt gained clinical experience while working at the Marcus Autism Center (MAC) in Atlanta as a behavioral data analyst. At MAC, Britt had the opportunity to utilize Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) treatment on the Severe Behavior Unit, working with children, adolescents and young adults with severe behavioral difficulties. Britt then spent a year working at Art It Out as the Clinical and Administrative Assistant. This role provided Britt the rare opportunity to assist in facilitating social skills and DBT groups. In her administrative role, Britt enjoyed the process of helping families and individual clients alike find the right counselor to meet their specific needs. Seeing all the wonderful work the counselors at Art It Out did helped Britt discover that counseling was her passion, too! After experiencing firsthand the important work being done by the counselors at Art It Out, Britt made it her goal to pursue her Master’s degree and return to the company as a counselor.
While earning her Master’s degree, Britt added to her clinical experience by completing a practicum at Carolina Family Services in Greenville, SC. She then served as an intern at Converse College Wellness Center, providing individual therapy to college-aged students.
Britt leverages the power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and expressive arts techniques to help her clients and their families achieve their goals. Britt believes in the importance of taking a person-centered approach to therapy and creating a climate for growth by being genuine and nonjudgmental. Britt has experience and enjoys helping individuals with anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, family or relational issues, gender identity exploration, grief, and trauma.
Adrianna is an intern therapist, and currently working under the supervision of Teresa Woodruff (LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS) and Heather Elson (MA, CMHC, LPC). Adrianna is finishing up her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Mercer University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders with a minor in human development from The University of Alabama. Adrianna is also a member of the American Counseling Association.
Adrianna has a background in working with children, beginning during her time at The University of Alabama where she studied the physical, social, and cognitive development of children. Upon graduation from her undergraduate program, Adrianna began working at Academics Plus as an educational therapist, assisting children with learning differences to prepare them to thrive in an academic setting and provide them with skills necessary to build a bright future. Through her work at Academics Plus, Adrianna uncovered her love of connecting with and understanding the social-emotional health of her clients, leading her to her current career.
Adrianna believes each child has their own unique strengths, making them valuable and irreplaceable. She believes that the wellbeing of each child largely relies on their ability to connect with and relate to those around them and on their ability to recognize their talents and contributions to the world. Adrianna has experience in working with children struggling with learning differences, anxiety, self-esteem, social skills, life-transitions, and behavioral challenges. Adrianna uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and a psychodynamic approach to help children realize their value and reach their goals through art and creativity.
Alisha is obtaining her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of West Georgia. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. Alisha is interested in working with individuals and groups ranging from children, adolescents, and adults. She is also interested in addressing a variety of needs and goals such as stress, anxiety, and depression management, developing social skills, improving impulse control, and emotional awareness.
Alisha believes that the therapeutic relationship is essential and adjusts the therapeutic process to pertain to each client. She believes in client empowerment and supporting clients to reach their goals. Alisha is CBT and person-centered oriented. Alisha is supervised by Teresa Woodruff (LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS).
Angelique is an intern and completing her last semester of graduate school. She graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She continued her education at Richmont Graduate University and will receive a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Trauma Counseling in May 2021. She is under the supervision of Heather Elson (MA, CMHC, LPC).
During her time at Georgia Tech, Angelique was heavily involved in research in the Visual Language Lab, was a member of the marching band, and worked at the Campus Recreation Center as a Group Fitness Instructor and Student Manager over the G.I.T. FIT Programs. Each of these experiences, along with her education, shaped her passion for the brain, human development, mental wellness, physical wellness, and the power of the creative arts. She worked with children in both individual and group settings throughout high school and college. While she considered pursuing a variety of careers, she always knew that she wanted to work with children and adolescents.
Angelique is completing her counseling internship at Art It Out and at Hope Counseling Center at Riverside. She has gained experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from all different backgrounds, both in group and individual sessions. She has experience working with individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, intrusive negative thoughts and self-talk, healthy relationships, self-esteem, body image, and adjusting to change and transitions. She utilizes a variety of treatment modalities, including trauma-focused, person-centered, psychodynamic, mindfulness, CBT, DBT, expressive arts and play, attachment-based, and IFS therapies. She enjoys incorporating movement, such as yoga or walking, into sessions. Angelique truly believes in holistic wellness and adjusts to the needs of the individual.
Ashley is a graduate student at Georgia College and State University studying art therapy. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art from the University of West Georgia where she found a passion for art and psychology. Ashley chose art therapy because of her experiences with using art as her own form of a therapy and the power that it can elicit. Ashley believes that art therapy can bring out thoughts and feelings that we might unconsciously hold onto. Ashley is under the supervision of Teresa Woodruff (LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS).
Ashley is also a calligraphy artist and believes that the physical and mindful aspects of creating calligraphy can be therapeutic. She is developing a capstone project on calligraphy and the benefits it can have for art therapists and other mental health professionals as a coping skill for burnout. She believes it can help with self-esteem, confidence, relieving stress and act as a mindful art. Ashley hopes to one day integrate calligraphy into her art therapy practice.
Christine is a Graduate of Oglethorpe University and is completing her Master’s of Clinical Mental Health at the University of West Georgia. Christine is under the supervision of Chelsea Harris (MS, ATR-BC, LPC). Christine has been a career photographer for 20 years. She is married and is the mother of three young adults. She was inspired to become a counselor after her children all faced different challenges during middle school.
Christine has received additional training in CBT, DBT, and LGBTQ+. She has experience with Adult Coaching, Parent Coaching, College Planning, and Executive Functioning. Christine’s hobbies include travel and interior design. Christine will graduate in May 2021.
Jenna is a Graduate student at Mercer University earning her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her undergraduate degree from Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to pursuing her Masters, Jenna is also a preschool teacher at the Atlanta Speech School. Jenna’s experience as a preschool teacher has provided a number of opportunities to observe and interact with a wide variety of children and parents. She found that as a teacher, her passion truly lied in the social and emotional growth of her students. Jenna’s mission is to aid children, teens and adults as they navigate the ups and downs of life and provide a safe and warm environment for personal growth and development. Jenna is under the supervision of Erin Holcomb (MS, NCC, LPC, CPCS).
Meagan Turner is an intern who enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She is currently enrolled as a student at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta to earn her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, along with a certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling. Meagan graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and previously worked in the legal field.
She works with adults in a community counseling agency as well as with children and adolescents at Art It Out. She has experience supporting clients with trauma, grief, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD, parent/child relationship problems, emotional regulation, and developing healthy coping skills and social skills. Meagan has received additional training outside of her traditional coursework in Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, ADHD treatment modalities, sexual orientation and gender identity, and has completed extensive research regarding how PTSD in veterans effects relational intimacy.
Meagan approaches counseling from a strengths-based perspective, drawing on the intrinsic assets her clients already have. She takes a collaborative approach with her clients and wants to come alongside and journey with them as they grow. She is currently under the supervision of Nicole Wood (MA, NCC, LPC). In her free time, Meagan enjoys reading, trying new recipes, riding her motorcycle, and spending time with her family and friends.
MADISON (MADDY) SEYRES
Maddy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of West Georgia is currently competing her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of West Georgia. Maddy is under the supervision of Erin Holcomb (MS, NCC, LPC, CPCS). Maddy has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an ABA Therapist. Her interests include working with children and teens with a variety of goals and needs, such as: developing social skills, anxiety, developing healthy coping skills, emotional recognition, and impulse control. Maddy's theoretical approach is CBT and person-centered.
Natasha is an intern currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Mercer. She has her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Augusta University. Natasha is under the supervision of Chelsea Harris (MS, ATR-BC, LPC). At Art It Out, she currently is co-leading groups that works with children and adolescents who are in need of improving self-esteem, developing healthy coping skills, flexible thinking, and anxiety. She also co-leads a CBT and DBT group that focuses on social skills. Upon graduating in May, Natasha hopes to dedicate her career to helping children and adolescents dealing with anxiety, depression, and anger.
Wendy is a former teacher who earned a B.S. in Education and spent many years abroad living in a cross-cultural setting. She currently attends Richmont Graduate University where she expects to graduate in May with a Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and specialize in Marriage and Family Therapy. Wendy is under the supervision of Nicole Wood (MA, NCC, LPC).
Wendy loves working with children, teens, and families. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy alongside creative art prompts in her work with clients. When she is not seeing clients, Wendy enjoys art, music, appreciating nature, and puppies.