Meet our therapists

ERICA GREGORY, LMFT

Clinical Director And Owner

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy

Populations:

Children, Couples, Families

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Erika Solloway, MA

Masters in Mental Health Counseling

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, ADHD, Autism, Marriage Counseling

Populations:

Children, Couples, Adults, Adolescents

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Laurie Swope, APC

Associate professional Counselor

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

Populations:

Children, Adolescents, Adult Women

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BRITTANY YOUNG, LMFT, CST

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Sex Therapist

Specializes in:

Couples Therapy, Sex Therapy, Adult Anxiety

Populations:

Adolescents, Adults, Families

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James King, LPC, CPS

licensed PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Specializes in:

PTSD, Adult Trauma, Mental Health

Populations:

Veterans, Adults, Adolescents

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 JESSICA WHYTE, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

NeuroBio Feedback Specialist, Play Therapist

Specializes in:

Neuro Bio-Feedback, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Counseling

Populations:

Children, Adolescents, & Adults

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DANIELLE TIDWELL, LAMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Family Therapy

Populations:

Children, Autism, Adolescents, Multiracial families

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Allison Bates, MS

Masters in mental health counseling

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Individual Counseling, Art Therapy

Populations:

Children, Adolescents, Adults, 

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Krista Clark, LAMFT

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Couples, Adult Trauma, Families

Populations:

Adults, Veterans, Couples

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Dr. Katrina Lokken, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Specializes In:

Psychological Testing for Children and Adult

Populations:

Emotional Difficulties, Developmental Disabilities, Treatment Resistant Problems

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LORI SPENCER

Owner of K-8 Tutoring and Homeschool Assistance

Certified Special Education Teacher

Specializes in:

Special Education Tutoring, IEP Goals, Organization and Focus Skills

Populations:

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

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Erica Gregory, LMFT

 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Director and 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 

Friday 11am - 7 pm 

 

Call: 404-512-2795 or Email: AlpharettaCounseling1@gmail.com
Last Session is at 7 pm, and phone calls are returned between 11am – 9pm

 

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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: AtTheHeartCounseling@Gmail.com

 

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Erika Solloway, MA

 

Erika specializes in play therapy with children, couple's therapy, and individual adult therapy. Her work with children focuses on building self esteem, increasing coping skills, and decreasing angry or anxious behaviors all while fostering creativity. She specializes working with children who struggle with ADHD and Autism. She offers behavior modification therapy with play therapy to incorporate fun while guiding each child to make changes in key areas of life.

 

Erika has received training to offer EFT, emotionally focused couple's therapy, to assist couples increase their communication, repair connection in their relationships, and create a safe environment to heal together. She has experience working with individuals and couples who have experienced a trauma or affair, are struggling with anxiety or depression, or struggle with poor self esteem. Erika's work with individual adolescents and adults assists clients to decrease anxiety and depression symptoms, work through difficult periods in their lives, and cultivate hope for their future. Erika's strength is to tape into each persons innate power to positively change the course of their lives.

 

Erika has a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Bridgewater State University. She uses a combination of person-centered, strength based, and creative evidence based interventions to meet clients where they are at and assist them in meeting their goals. There's no better time than the present to start making positive changes. The first step is to call and find out if I'm the right fit for you. I am happy to hear from you and would be honored to help you on your journey to healing.

 Contact Erika to schedule an appointment: 561-374-0706 

 

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 JamesKingLPC@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

  



 

 

  

Jessica Whyte

 

Jessica Whyte is a licensed professional counselor that has been in practice since 1989 and offers Neuro Bio-Feedback and Play Therapy services. She graduated from University of West Alabama with a masters in School Counseling. She is working toward Neuro Biofeedback board certification under the supervision of Dr. Soutar and working toward earning her RPT (registered play therapist) certification under the supervision of Trudy Post-Sprunk, LMFT, RPT.
Jessica provides brain balancing services to adults and children (6+) using brain mapping and neuro-biofeedback services. She can help you understand the impact brain imbalance has on behavior, mood, and performance and provide treatment options that can decrease anxiety, improve sleep, increase emotion regulation, improve focus, improve motivation and energy. Neuro Biofeedback has been shown to work effectively with children and adults who struggle with ADHD, poor emotional regulation, acting out behaviors, anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, traumatic brain injuries, among many others. Jessica is proud to offer this service as it is has made a great impact on her own life.
Jessica also offers play therapy services for children. She offers therapy services with an insight into the school system as she has been a school counselor for 10 years. She is very excited to be able to facilitate healing and transformation in her clients by offering the combination Neuro Biofeedback therapy and counseling that is grounded in compassion, love, and the belief in the infinite potential of every human being.
You can contact Jessica to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment. Phone: 404-964-6733 Email:JessicaWhyte@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRITTANI YOUNG, LMFT, CST

 

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.

 

For more information on services offered by Brittanni visit: www.byoungtherapy.com.

 

She can be reached directly at 678-567-6997 or email at Brittanni@BYoungTherapy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANIELLE M. TIDWELL, LAMFT

 

 

 

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

 

Her 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 her connect with her clients on multiple different cultural levels. She feels privileged to work with multicultural clients who have 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.

 

She has 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 her  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.

 

She utilizes evidence-based client centered theories along with creative interventions. She loves being creative and using 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 she utilizes to help clients deal with attachment and trauma issues. She believes the use of artist creativity in therapy is essential, just as a pencil or brush is to an expressive artist.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLISON BATES

 

Allison completed her masters in Clinical Mental Health through Lubbock Christian University in May 2017.  She is currently working towards her license in Professional Counseling. Allison studied play therapy specializing in children who have experienced a trauma, children who experience depression, or children who struggle at school. Prior to completing her masters degree, Allison was teacher at Creek View Elementary in Alpharetta 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 also works with adults and teenagers who are experiencing a major life transition (divorce, recent move) as well as 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 CLARK, LAMFT

 

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 kristaclarkmft@gmail.com.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DR. KATRINA LOKKEN, PSY.D.

 

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 www.drlokken.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:
K8tutoring.com
404-542-2795

 

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Johns Creek & Alpharetta Counseling for Children and Adults

400 Prospect Pl,

Alpharetta, GA 30005

Phone. 4048342363

Email. Alpharettacounseling1@gmail.com