Meet our therapists


Clinical Director And Owner

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy


Children, Couples, Families

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Crista Engelson, LMFT, RPT

Licensed marriage and Family therapist

Registered Play Therapist

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Parenting, Adult Trauma


Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families

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Laurie Swope, APC

Associate professional Counselor

Specializes in:
Play Therapy, Parenting, Women's issues


Children, Adolescents, Adult Women

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Sex Therapist

Specializes in:

Couples Therapy, Sex Therapy, Adult Anxiety


Adolescents, Adults, Families

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James King, LPC, CPS


Specializes in:

PTSD, Adult Trauma, Mental Health


Veterans, Adults, Adolescents

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Dr. Katrina Lokken, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Specializes In:

Psychological Testing for Children and Adult


Emotional Difficulties, Developmental Disabilities, Treatment Resistant Problems

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Masters in Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Family Therapy


Children, Autism, Adolescents, Multiracial families

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Allison Bates

Clinical Intern

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Individual Counseling, Art Therapy


Children, Adolescents, Adults, 

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Krista Clark, LAMFT

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Couples, Adult Trauma, Families


Adults, Veterans, Couples

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Jessica Whyte

Licensed Professional Counselor

NeuroBio Feedback Volunteer

Specializes in:

Neuro Bio-Feedback, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Counseling


Children, Adolescents, & Adults

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Owner of K-8 Tutoring and Homeschool Assistance

Certified Special Education Teacher

Specializes in:

Special Education Tutoring, IEP Goals, Organization and Focus Skills


ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Cognitive Delay, Executive Functioning

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Erica Gregory, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Director, & Owner

Erica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has been in practice since 2010 offering Couples Counseling & Play Therapy for Children. She offers AAMFT approved supervision for associate level counselors. She graduated from Mercer School of Medicine with a Masters in Family Therapy in 2010. She is the Clinical Director and Owner of JCAC.

Erica works with Couples by assisting them to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other allowing them to reestablish their emotional connection. She has worked with struggles ranging from communication breakdown, marital affairs, & previous traumas. She has specialized training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Couples Counseling and is working toward becoming a certified EFT therapist under Michael Burnett. She believes that a strong family is built upon a healthy and loving parental relationship.

Erica works with Children who struggle with depression, anxiety, bullying, trauma, and difficult transitions (divorce, adoption, or a move). She utilizes experiential and attachment based play therapy to work with children. She is working toward earning her RPT (registered play therapist) certification. She has practiced within the school system and creates a holistic approach to treatment by collaboratively working with parents and teachers. Erica works with parents offering tools created based on the needs of each child- that balance healthy boundaries (discipline) and nurture (empathy).

Furthermore, Erica has experience working with mental illness such as Depression, Anxiety, & Bipolar. She works with the client, their family, and the psychiatrist to create a holistic approach.

Office Hours: 

Monday 4pm - 8pm 

Tuesday 1pm - 8 pm 

Thursday 10am - 2pm 

Friday 11am - 7 pm 

Call: 404-512-2795 or Email:
Last Session is at 7 pm, and phone calls are returned between 11am – 8pm

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Laurie Swope, LAPC

Laurie Swope, M.S., NCC is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor currently working on her certification as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Her interests include working with children and families, as well as parenting education. Her areas of concentration include ADHD, attachment, foster and adoptive families, anxiety, trauma and Filial Therapy. As a child and family therapist, Laurie makes use of both directive and non-directive approaches with her child clients. She believes in treating the whole individual to address the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Her passion has always been to facilitate the healing of an individual’s past traumas and emotional wounds, as well as to enhance their resilience and growth towards overall well-being.


Laurie has a Master’s degree from Georgia State University in Professional Counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She has obtained professional experience in the field, over the last 15 years, working with children, adolescents and adults at schools, adoption agencies, medical missions, women’ s ministries, faith-based organizations, Emory University and The Emory Clinic. Her recent training had been focused on brain-based therapies, and how utilizing specific play therapy techniques can assist in this neural-physiological healing process.

Laurie has been married for more than 15 years and has three children of her own. She is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of GA, and the Association for Play Therapy.

Contact Laurie at 678-772-9988 or Email:



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Crista Engelson, LMFT, RPT

Crista is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist. She earned her Master’s degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Georgia and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. Crista worked in community mental health agencies primarily as an in-home therapist for children and their families before entering into private practice. She is trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including client-centered therapy, Play Therapy, Theraplay, Cognitive Behavioral, and Structural Family Therapy.

Crista utilizes Family Systems and holistic approach, and is a strong believer in helping parents become part of their child’s healing process through building the emotional connection that is vital in helping children feel secure and confident. Crista specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families who struggle with managing behavioral issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Crista provides clarity to parents learning to understand their child’s behavior, and how to manage their own stress in the face of difficult behaviors.

Crista provides a nurturing, genuine, and empathetic environment, always encouraging clients to express themselves comfortably and creatively without judgment. Crista is an active member of the Association for Play Therapy and the Georgia Association for Play Therapy and is a Registered Play Therapist.

Crista can be reached at 678-252-8087 or

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James king, LPC

James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Peer Specialist. He graduated from North Georgia College & State University in 2011 and completed the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Program in 2012. James has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, and families with issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, anger management, substance abuse, grief/loss and interpersonal conflicts. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served two tours in Iraq. He utilizes his experience and insight of the military to help veterans and their families combat PTSD, trauma, and mental health struggles.

James has a passion for working with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives and helping them develop the means to overcome it. He has extensive experience working with military veterans and their families, as well as those who have experienced physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse or other types of trauma. James provides a safe, non-judgmental environment to help individuals and families set and reach realistic goals for positive change in their lives.

James utilizes a combination of therapeutic approaches including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. James has a personal experience with mental health and substance abuse, which he uses to help others in their process of self-growth and recovery.

You can reach James by phone at 678-559-5439 or by email at 



Dr. Lokken is a clinical psychologist specializing in psychological evaluations. She earned both her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology with a concentration on children and families.

During her training, she worked in the area of pediatric psychology, with a focus on assessment and treatment of children with chronic illnesses. She has worked with children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders, trauma victimization, learning disorders and developmental delays, and severe behavioral and emotional disorders. She has worked within inpatient (psychiatric and medical hospitals) and outpatient settings. Additionally, Dr. Lokken received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder during her APA-accredited internship.

Since being licensed in the State of Georgia, Dr. Lokken evaluates individuals of multiple ages, from adults to young children, for problems with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and general emotional concerns. Her recent experiences include supervising and training the psychological assessment team at a Metro-Atlanta based private practice. She currently conducts psychoeducational evaluations within several Atlanta charter schools, as well as participates in ongoing IEP meetings. She consults with and educates parents of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Lokken is a member of the Georgia Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

To obtain additional information or to speak with Dr. Lokken, please call 678-820-8386 or contact her through her website at



Brittanni Young is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and Clinical Sexologist. Brittanni has been working in the mental health field since 2010 in Florida, South Carolina and most recently in Georgia. She graduated from Mercer School of Medicine with a Masters in Family Therapy in 2011. Brittanni obtained her certification training as a Clinical Sexologist and Board Certified Sex Therapist from the Sex Therapy Training Institute located in Miami, Florida. She is certified by the Therapist Certification Association which was first obtained in 2014.

Brittanni works with adolescents, adults and elderly within individual, family, group and couple's therapy. Her passion is to offer her clients insight into their own strength and resources and empower them to achieve their full potential. Brittanni helps people struggling with anxiety, trauma, grief, codependency, and addiction. Sex therapy treatment areas range from sexual dysfunction such as issues with desire, pain or arousal to speaking to youth about setting healthy personal boundaries. Contact Brittanni to learn more about these services. 

Brittani is a Gottman Level 1 therapist, which is a research-based couples therapy program. Brittanni is also trained in Trauma-focused Cognitive behavioral therapy, which is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. Other therapeutic modalities used include Crucible marriage therapy, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Brittanni is currently taking new clients in the Alpharetta office with open availability on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

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She can be reached directly at 678-567-6997 or email at




Danielle M. Tidwell, MFT is a graduate of Mercer’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program working towards Expressive Arts Degree and Play Therapy Certification. I am an accomplished artist with a background in neuropsychology, business and earned a degree in Psychology and concentration in General Art from Georgia State University. I currently work with children and families as a multicultural marriage and family therapist.

My diverse experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents and children from all different cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Being a multiracial woman helps me connect with my clients on multiple different cultural levels. I enjoy being privileged to work with multicultural clients with all types of diagnoses, including (but not limited to): autism, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD.

I have extensive experience in working with young children and teens with symptoms of anger/aggression, impulsivity, low self-esteem, communication struggles and family/social relational conflicts. Being an MFT helps me think of the family as a system, and being able to help create positive and effective change amongst the whole family instead of just one individual.

I utilize evidence-based client centered theories along with creative interventions. I love being creative and use artistic techniques to join with clients and help express thoughts and emotions that might be too complex or abstract to verbalize. Interventions such as sandtray and puppet play are techniques that I am utilizing to help clients deal with attachment and trauma issues. I believe that the use of artist creativity in therapy is essential, just as a pencil or brush is to an expressive artist.





Allison is a Masters Clinical Intern completing her masters in Clinical Mental Health at Lubbock Christian University working towards her license in Professional Counseling. Allison is studying play therapy specializing in children who have experienced a trauma, children who experience depression, or children who struggle at school. Currently Allison is a teacher at Creek View Elementary and has experience helping children in the school system. She can help create a plan with your school counselor to best meet the needs of your child

Allison is also works with adults and teenagers who are experiencing a major life transition (divorce, recent move) and to work with depression, anxiety, and grief. Clients describe Allison as warm and caring while offering hope that change is possible. Her approach centers around using awareness, practicing compassion, and acceptance of deeper emotions to create connection and change.





Krista is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist providing therapy services to couples, adults, and families. She works with couples experiencing issues such as infidelity, family conflict, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Krista received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech and has experience working with military families and providing community based therapy services to at-risk youth.

When working with couples, Krista often uses Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. This model is based in attachment theory and helps clients to develop a deeper connection with one another as each partner’s needs are addressed.

Krista operates from a systemic perspective and seeks to help clients make change not only on an individual level, but within the systems that they live as well. Krista utilizes models such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Collaborative Therapy, and Play Therapy to help client’s reach their goals and to make positive, long-lasting changes in their lives. In addition to working with couples, Krista also works with families, adults, and teenagers experiencing a wide array of issues such as anxiety, grief/bereavement, life transitions, depression, trauma, self-worth, family conflict, and communication issues.

Krista can be reached at (404) 832-0058 or






Lori Spencer

Certified Special Education Teacher

Lori is the owner and founder of K-8 Tutoring and Homeschool Assistance which is partnered with Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling. She is a Georgia Certified Teacher who is passionate about helping children learn, grow, and thrive. She is a mother of two wonderful daughters, and two beautiful grandchildren. She utilizes her unconditional acceptance and patience to help each child achieve success in academics and in life.
Lori graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in special education. She has worked in the school system for 19 years: 8 years in high school, 8 years in elementary, and 3 years in middle school. She has taught self contained classrooms and has headed interrelated programs. Lori has written IEPs for 19 years and understands the complexities of the school system. She is highly qualified to assist any child with an IEP meet their goals, and increase confidence in the curriculum- all while having fun.
Lori can combine her experience and skill with a counselor to assist a child with their emotion, organization, classroom skills, and education. For more information visit her webpage or call:


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Johns Creek & Alpharetta Counseling for Children and Adults

400 Prospect Pl,

Alpharetta, GA 30005

Phone. 4048342363