Meet Our Therapists

Leadership Team

Erica Gregory's
ERICA GREGORY, LMFT
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST
JCAC OWNER & CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Couples Therapy, Public Speaking

Populations:

Children, Couples, Families

404-834-2363 Ext. 1
Erika LaCaruba
ERIKA LACARUBA, APC
ASSOCIATE LICENSED COUNSELOR
COMMUNITY OUTREACH LEAD

Specializes in:

Anxiety, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Parent Coaching, Social Skills/Communication

Populations:

Children, Couples, Adults, Adolescents

404-834-2363 Ext. 3
ERIN WILLIAMS, LMFT
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST
CLINICAL TEAM LEAD

Specializes in:

Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Premarital Counseling

Populations:

Couples, Adults, Adolescents

GINNY VOSE, M.Ed, MA
Certified Trauma Specialist
Onsite Intern Coordinator

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, PTSD & Trauma, Women's Issues

Populations:

Children, Adolescents, Adults

404-834-2363 Ext. 2

Admin Team

CHEYENNE LAND
CHEYENNE LAND-REQUIZ, BS
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
& INTAKE LINE MANAGER
Sreeya Kanthi
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Deandre Pasca
DEANDRE PASCA
FINANCIAL COORDINATOR & PAYROLL SPECIALIST

Clinical Team

LILLIE BAMBERG, LPC
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Individual Counseling, Adolescent Therapy,

Play Therapy

Populations:

Children 6+, Adolescents, Young Adults

404-834-2363 Ext. 8
ALEXANDRA “ALEX” MURPHY, LPC
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

Specializes in:

EMDR for Trauma, Postpartum,

Communication, Life Transitions, Grief/Loss,

Sexual Abuse, LGBTQ+

Populations:

Children, Adolescents, Adults

404-834-2363 Ext. 4
CHRISTI CAWLEY, APC
ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
ACCEPTING ONLINE CLIENTS

Specializes in:

EMDR for PTSD/Trauma, LGBTQIA+ Certified Therapist, Anxiety

Populations:

Adults

404-834-2363 Ext. 24
LEAH RYDEL
LEAH RYDEL, LPC, NCC
ASSOCIATE LICENSED COUNSELOR

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Parent Coaching, Anxiety,

Low Self-Esteem, Disordered Eating, Addiction

Populations:

Children, Adolescents, Adults

404-834-2363 Ext. 10
NEIL MONETTE
NEIL MONETTE, PH.D., LPC
 LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Life Transitions, Individual Counseling

Populations:

Children (4 ), Adolescents, & Adults

404-834-2363 Ext. 7
 JUSTIN HO, APC
JUSTIN HO, APC
ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
Specializes in:

Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Premarital Counseling

Populations:

Adults, Couples, Young Adults (18+)

404-834-2363 Ext. 14
MARLEY LOGUE, MFT
MARLEY POWALOWSKI, LAMFT
LICENSED ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Anxiety, Emotional Regulation, Self Esteem, Communication, Life Transitions, Family Dynamics

Populations:

Children and Adolescents

404-834-2363 Ext. 15
MIKAYLA MINEHART
MIKAYLA MINEHART, LPC, NCC
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Individual Counseling, Aggression,

Self-Esteem, and Trauma

Populations:

Individual Counseling, Aggression,

Self-Esteem, and Trauma

404-834-2363 Ext. 16
MARY ALICE ALLEN, MFT
MASTERS IN FAMILY THERAPY
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Adult Attachment, Couples Counseling, and Life Transitions

Populations:

Individual Adults and Couples

404-834-2363 Ext. 25
CAROLINE SANDERS, MFT
CAROLINE SANDERS, MFT
MASTERS IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Specializes in:

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Addiction

Populations:

Adolescents 12+, Young Adults, Couples, and Families

COLLEEN RITZ, APC
ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Individual Counseling, Life Transitions, Anxiety, and Depression

Populations:

 Adolescents 18+, Adults, Couples, Parents

RACHEL BRUNELLE, MA
MASTERS MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
ACCEPTING ONLINE CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Relationship Conflict, Self-esteem, Grief, Communication, and Life Transitions

Populations:

Adolescent to College girls, Adults, and Couples

LYLA MILLS
LYLA MILLS, LMSW
LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKER
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Adoption, Anxiety, Life transitions, Relationship conflict, Self esteem

Populations:

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples

404-834-2363 Ext. 20
CLAIRE BOOZ, MFT
MASTERS IN FAMILY THERAPY
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Specializes in:

Anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, family conflict

Populations:

Adolescents, Adults, Couples, and Family Therapy

404-834-2363
Kathy Giles, MA
MASTERS IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Specializes in:

Trauma, Individual Counseling, Grief/Loss, Attachment

Sarah Morris
Sarah Morris, ma
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
MASTERS IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Specializes in:

Individual Counseling, Life Transitions, Anxiety, and Depression

Populations

Children, Adolescents and Adults

GRACE LEE
MASTERS LEVEL CLINICAL INTERN

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Family Dynamics, Anxiety, Life Transitions

Populations:

Children, Adults, Couples, & Families

470-485-6433

Clinical Interns

KORINA CALBAY
MASTERS LEVEL CLINICAL INTERN

Specializes in:

Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Play Therapy

Populations

Children, Adolescents, Adults

404-834-2363 Ext. 27
Holland Wiersma
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
MASTERS LEVEL CLINICAL INTERN

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Life Transitions, Trauma, Individual Counseling

Populations

Children, Adolescent, Adults

770-765-7503
Danielle Shook
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
Masters Level Clinical Intern

Specializes in:

Anxiety, Depression, Play Therapy, Life Transitions

Populations

Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Carla Russell
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
Masters Level Clinical Intern

Specializes in:

Trauma, Addiction, Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling

Populations

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples

Alexandria Melnyk
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
MASTERS LEVEL CLINICAL INTERN

Specializes in:

Individual Counseling, Life Transitions, SYMBIS Assessments for Couples

Populations

Children, Adolescent, Adults

LORI SPENCER
OWNER OF TEACHERS AS TUTORS
CERTIFIED SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Specializes in:

Special Education Tutoring, IEP Goals, Organization and Focus Skills

Populations

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

ERICA GREGORY, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Director and Owner of Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling

Erica Gregory's

Erica is a counselor, the owner of JCAC, a public speaker, the owner of the YouTube channel JCACounseling, and a counseling business owner consultant. Her mission is to “Help people grow into who they are meant to be… to their best selves.” 

As a Counselor, Erica assists couples to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other allowing them to reestablish their emotional connection using EFT therapy, and she helps children using play therapy and has been in practice since 2010. Erica earned her masters in Family Therapy in 2010 from Mercer School of Medicine. She has been fully licensed as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Georgia since 2013. Erica is not accepting new clients at this time.

As the owner of JCAC, Erica has created a teaching model to help educate and mentor the next generation of counselors. She loves to help interns and staff find their niche and grow into the counselor they are called to be. Her mission of JCAC is to change the structure of the counseling business away from the agency/ insurance style of practice back to a healthy, intentional, and impactful one. One where the counselor operates in a healthy work environment, is intentional about the training they receive to become specialized in the populations they work with, and make a life changing impact on the clients they serve.

The YouTube channel is Erica’s passion project to spread no cost mental health education and challenge the stigma of mental health. Also, to empower parents, couples, teens, and adults to live their best life. In addition, Erica hopes to inspire young adults to enter the mental health field and make a difference.

As a public Speaker, Erica has hosted continuing education workshops, spoken at teacher conferences, given parents education workshops at schools, and spoken at mental health symposiums. Erica speaks on topics ranging from depression & anxiety in adults & children, parenting, grief, & suicide prevention. Her goal is to open the door to mental health awareness in the community, to create understanding and an “I can do this” empowerment of heavier and darker topics.

Erica’s next goal is to continue to change the structure of the counseling field by empowering women to start their own counseling practice grounded in the principles of healthy, intentional, and impactful. She offers counseling business consultation and soon will offer Business Starting Packages to help women start their own JCAC.


ERIKA LACARUBA, APC

Erika LaCaruba

Erika has experience working with children, teens, and adults in healthcare for the last decade. She's passionate about working with a wide variety of clients from all different backgrounds. Her work can include focusing on building self esteem, increasing coping skills, and decreasing angry or anxious behaviors, all while fostering creativity and peace. She specializes in working with individuals who struggle with navigating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Autism's challenges at home, work, or in school. She offers behavior modification therapy as well to guide each client to make changes in key areas of their lives. She often consults with parents looking for ways to create a calmer home using proven behavior modification techniques from her education and years of experience with Applied Behavior Analysis principles.

Erika works with her adolescent and adult 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 tap into each person's innate power to positively change the course of their lives, taking things one step at a time, no matter where they begin.

Erika is an Associate Licensed Counselor in the state of Georgia & has a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Bridgewater State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She uses a combination of person-centered, strength based, and creative evidence based interventions to meet clients where they're 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 walk alongside you on your journey to healing. Contact Erika to schedule an appointment: 561-374-0706

LILLIE BAMBERG, LPC

Lillie has experience providing individual counseling to teens and young adults, and play therapy with children, utilizing the evidence-based treatment of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Person-Centered techniques to help clients cope with anxiety, depression, mild eating disorders, mild trauma, grief, struggling relationships, faulty communication, behavioral issues, and navigating difficult life transitions (divorce, moving, death of a parent). Lillie works with clients to help them gain the power back over their circumstances and make positive changes in perspective by understanding their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Lillie strives to provide all clients with an empathetic listening ear, compassionate understanding, and a genuine caring attitude with the client’s best interest in mind.

With children, Lillie utilizes play therapy and sand tray therapy to build a trusting relationship that helps children process through traumatic/difficult events/emotions, become aware and expressive of their feelings and emotions, and build upon their strengths and resiliency.

Lillie Bamberg has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the University of the Cumberlands. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. She is a current member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Lillie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). 

Lillie is practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT and under the supervision of Kara McDaniel.

Lillie can be contacted at 770-240-1036 or by email at lpalmercounseling@gmail.com

Office Hours:

Mondays 10am – 6pm

Tuesday 10am – 6pm

Wednesdays 10am – 7pm

Thursday 10am – 7pm

Fridays 10am – 6:30pm

GINNY VOSE, M.Ed, MA

Ginny Vose

As a Certified Trauma Counselor, Ginny has a heart for people of all ages who are survivors of complex trauma and PTSD. Ginny loves to empower all age survivors and to help them to become free from the chains of trauma. Ginny uses EMDR, EFIT, and DBT to help her clients to overcome the inner pain of trauma.

Ginny uses child centered play therapy and playful EMDR to help children to deal with many hard issues such as navigating parental divorce, self-esteem issues, bullying and other school- related problems. Additionally, she enjoys working with parents to help them with everyday issues that arise in parenting, co-parenting with an ex, and parenting in this digital age.

As a 25-year veteran teacher, Ginny understands how hard it can be for adolescents and teens to deal with peers, teachers, and just the process of going to school today. Because she has taught in those classrooms and stood in those hallways, she understands just what it is like to be in school today. She enjoys walking along with children who struggle just to get up and go to school each day. She also enjoys walking with students who self-harm, struggle with suicide ideology, bullying, and navigating peer and parental relationships.

Ginny’s heart is to help adults who suffer from the effects of any trauma. As a certified Traumatologist, she has seen sexual assault survivors, people who have been through traumatic car accidents, those who are grieving, and many other trauma survivors leave therapy stronger and changed. Additionally, she feels honored to work with firefighters, police officers, and first responders who have been traumatized by things that they have seen on the job.

Ginny offers Animal Assisted therapy with her dog, Zoey. Using a dog in therapy adds another layer of assistance to clients. Zoey can help improve motivation and engagement in therapy, perhaps resulting in a shorter recovery process and lower costs. Zoey can also provide a sense of security and emotional support. Dogs in particular offer unconditional acceptance and positive regard. Having a session with Zoey can promote relaxation. Zoey can help the client learn frustration tolerance and other anger management techniques. Zoey can be an instrument of learning, which can increase self-confidence and self-esteem. More than anything, Zoey always offers humor and fun due to her playful nature. Ginny is practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT and under the supervision of Brandy Rogers, CPCS, LPC.

ALEX MURPHY, LPC

Alex Murphy

Alex specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, client-centered talk therapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Alex works with children, adolescents and adults with a focus on trauma processing, Complex PTSD, stress, anxiety, grief, depression and LGBTQ concerns. Alex believes in working alongside her clients in order to facilitate healing and growth. She works to create a safe and brave space for clients.

Alex is also passionate about working with one or both parents from pre-conception through early childhood. From hospital or assault trauma impacting anxiety around birth to post-partum mood disorders to general stress about starting a family, Alex is committed to making all her clients feel comfortable and respected throughout this process.

Alex is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia in 2016 and her Master’s degree in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver in 2020. She worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Phnom Phen, Cambodia during the summer of 2019 and was heavily involved in research on parenting and perinatal populations during the course of her Master’s degree. 

Alex is practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT and under the supervision of Lauren Dack.

Alex can be contacted at 781-469-1507 or A.MurphyCounseling@gmail.com.

Office Hours:

Monday: 8am-4pm

Thursday: 8am-2pm

Friday: 9am-8pm

Erin Williams, LMFT

Erin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with couples, individual adults, and adolescents. She loves working with individuals and couples who are ready to take the next steps towards emotional or relational health. This includes working with teens, young adults, and adults for things such as anxiety, depression, grief, stress, family relationships, or life transitions, as well as couples who are looking for help due to marital conflict, communication, trust, or infidelity issues. She also enjoys working with engaged couples through premarital counseling.

Erin has received training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an approach that focuses on strengthening a couple’s connection and building emotional trust and safety between partners. She is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator and has completed Gottman Level 1. She has also received training in Discernment Counseling, a type of counseling for couples who are uncertain about whether or not to pursue couples therapy or to get a divorce.

Erin earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling at Nyack College. As a systemically trained therapist, she approaches therapy in a holistic way to help her clients reach their goals both individually and in their relationships. She strives to create a safe space for each of her clients by being supportive, empathetic, and encouraging them towards growth.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Erin, call 678-509-3803 or email erin@ewilliamstherapy.com

NEIL MONETTE, PH.D., NCC, LPC

NEIL MONETTE, PH.D., NCC, APC

Neil is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has always had a passion for helping people. In addition to working with adults, he also has extensive experience helping children and adolescents. He frequently works with clients who are going through anxiety, grief, depression, issues with self-identity, life transitions, and many other types of situations. He also enjoys working with children and adolescents who could benefit from learning healthy boundaries, communication skills, experiencing family struggles, difficulty at school, and much more.

Growing up in a large adoptive family, Neil also has personal and professional experience with the foster care system and the process of adoption. Using many research-based techniques, Neil is an eclectic therapist who believes each client has a completely unique set of needs. Therefore, their treatment plan should be a collaborative effort, specifically and uniquely geared towards meeting each client’s needs while also reaching his or her goals. He is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

Neil attended the University of Georgia and received a degree in Psychology. He also has degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education & Supervision. While finishing his doctorate, his dissertation research was focused on the spiritual coping skills that can be utilized while working with clients who have experienced trauma. Neil also has training certifications in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Leah Rydel, MA, LPC

Leah is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with individuals throughout the entire lifespan. Leah’s modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Strength Based Counseling and Mindfulness Approach to work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma. She is passionate about connecting with clients on an emotional and empathic level to building strong, lasting relationships with them.

Leah is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia & holds a Master’s of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Nutrition Science from The University of Georgia.

To schedule a time to talk with Leah, call 404-834-2363.

JUSTIN HO, APC

Justin is an associate licensed counselor who works with individual young adults, older adults and couples. He graduated from Mercer University in 2021 after receiving a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Justin is passionate about helping people grow, learn and find ways to become their best selves through empathy and empowerment. He supports individuals through anxiety, depression, communication issues and life transitions. Justin does premarital counseling and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. He has experience in dealing with men's issues and improving social skills as well. He utilizes a person-centered approach and incorporates cognitive-behavioral interventions in accordance with what works best for his clients.

When it comes to therapy, Justin approaches each session with a collaborative mindset. He aims to create connections on an emotional level that are open, honest, and judgement free. Justin hopes to cultivate a safe space for each client to speak freely and work on their personal development. 

Justin is practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT and under the supervision of Natasha LaMarr & Jamie Hall.

To schedule a time to talk with Justin, call 404-834-2363.

KATHY GILES

Kathy finds deep joy in connecting with people as they pursue healing and wholeness in their lives through facing their fears, learning how to regulate their emotions, and being empowered to thrive in their journey. She leverages her life experience and education to attune to the needs of clients and determine what interventions might best guide her clients toward healing. Kathy has a strong attachment mindset and views the world through a trauma- informed lens. She believes the most impactful part of therapy is the bond created in the counseling room. Kathy works with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults utilizing modalities such as psychodynamic theory, person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in addition to attachment theory.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Berry College. She currently attends Richmont Graduate University seeking a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a master’s level clinical intern, Kathy works under the supervision of the owner and clinical director of Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling, Erica Gregory. When Kathy isn’t working with clients, she’s usually spending time with her kids through involvement in their schools, extracurriculars, and other things they enjoy. She has been married for 18 years, and she and her husband delight in hanging out with friends and family. In her downtime, Kathy loves watching sports, reading, or being at the beach.

MARLEY POWALOWSKI, LAMFT

Marley specializes in play therapy and adolescent/teen therapy. Her work with this population is aimed to increase coping skills, build self-efficacy, and decrease maladaptive functioning. She is very passionate about working with children, adolescents, and teens who deal with anxiety/depression, ADD, adjustment disorders, and Autism. Marley offers play therapy, talk therapy, and behavioral modification for her clients. She also offers sessions with the families of her clients to aid and promote functional skills that can be used at home.

Marley has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Mercer University School of Medicine. She uses play therapy, as well as a combination of solution-focused and narrative therapies to help her clients meet their goals and promote positive change in their lives.

Marley can be contacted at 404-941-0661.

MIKAYLA MINEHART, LPC, NCC

Mikayla has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ball State University and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Alabama. Mikayla is passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She has experience working with a variety of mental health concerns such as trauma, aggression, grief, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Mikayla utilizes a vast array of approaches with her clients such as Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT, and Solution-Focused therapy. She values providing a safe and supportive space to promote opportunities for positive change. Mikayla strives to establish a collaborative, trusting therapeutic relationship with clients in order to help them reach their goals. Each person has a unique story and Mikayla hopes to create a place for her clients to explore sensitive areas of their lives in a judgment free environment. During her free time, Mikayla enjoys watching sporting events, spending time with family, and trying out new restaurants. 

Mikayla is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT and under the supervision of Jeanine Rousso.

Mikayla Minehart can be reached  at 678-667-2553, or mminehartcounseling@gmail.com 

Christi Cawley, APC

Christi has over 15 years of counseling experience and is a LGBTQIA+ Certified Therapist.  Her areas of specialty include anxiety, trauma processing, life transitions, social skills, situational mutism, and working with LGBTQIA individuals. She creates a safe, supportive, empathetic space for each of her clients and has worked with individuals of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Christi brings a client-centered, strength-based, mindfulness approach to her counseling services.

She specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and Rogerian modalities, empowering her clients to improve their well-being, coping strategies, self-efficacy, and relationships. She holds an honors Master’s degree in Counseling from Marymount University and an honors Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech. 

Christi is practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT and under the supervision of Celia Webb, MS, LPC, CPCS.

Christi sees clients (18+) online. She can be reached directly at 404-919-9902 or ChristiCawleyCounseling@gmail.com

CAROLINE SANDERS, MFT

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy

Caroline is a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her greatest desire is to help peoplelive a life that allows them to achieve their goals and thrive emotionally andrelationally. Caroline is experienced working with individuals that may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, stress, or a life-transition. She also works with couples who are struggling with marital conflict, infidelity, communication, and stress, or are looking for premarital counseling. Caroline loves working with families who need help with interpersonal relationships, boundaries, and have a desire to strengthen the family unit.

Caroline received her Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Alabama. 

Caroline is practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT and under the supervision of Ashley Moore.

Caroline's office hours are Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. 

COLLEEN RITZ, APC

Colleen believes every individual deserves a safe space to tell their story and a non-judgmental witness to join them on their path to healing. She is dedicated to assisting couples in rediscovering lost connection and intimacy by helping them access and regulate their emotions. In addition, she supports individuals (18+) by helping them alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress that arise from life's inevitable challenges.

Colleen draws upon various theories such as Rogerian, CBT, and Emotion-Focused Therapy to ensure she meets each of her clients exactly where they are. She aims to provide a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment where her clients feel comfortable opening up. As a firm believer in the healing power of laughter, Colleen often incorporates humor as a tool for connection and healing

Colleen graduated from Antioch University in 2022 and works under the supervision of Dr. Margo Rice. When she isn’t in the office you can find her walking trails with her family, enjoying a cup (or three) of coffee, trying out new restaurants, and traveling.

Rachel Brunelle, MA

Rachel is a master's level clinical mental health counselor under the supervision of Vanessa Snyder, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, ACS, AAMFT-S, CST, MT, and Clinical Director of Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling, Erica Gregory, LMFT. Rachel is passionate about coming alongside adolescent girls, college-aged, and adult women dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem struggles, relationship conflict, grief, co-dependency, and life transitions. She also enjoys seeing couples and helping foster a safe space to process, heal, and grow with each other.

Rachel's approach to clients is eclectic. While she views the client with a person-centered approach, she utilizes a variety of therapeutic tools and techniques, such as CBT, DBT, ACT, Gottman Institute, and EFT, depending on the presenting concerns and goals of the client. Applying empathy and curiosity to connect and empower her clients, Rachel desires to journey with you toward the direction of healing, growth, and your personal goals.

Rachel came to the counseling field by way of journalism. However, long before broadcasting, she yearned to serve. Her curious nature and longing for genuine connection ignited during a mission to Brazil. During her television reporting experience post-hurricanes and covering traumatic events, her desire to meet her community's needs and bring healing was continuously reaffirmed.

Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Auburn University and a master's in clinical mental health counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Richmont trains and equips clinicians to integrate the Christian faith with psychology when the client prefers. Rachel and her husband, Carter, live in Atlanta with their English Springer Spaniel, Maggie. They enjoy being with family and friends, serving at church, watching football, grilling at home, and traveling together.

LYLA MILLS, LMSW

Masters in Social Work

Lyla Mills is a Licensed Master Social Worker and believes in a compassionate approach to therapy. She is committed to understanding your goals. Her goal as a therapist is to make sure clients feel comfortable, safe, and accepted as they start their therapeutic journey. She wants to applaud you for taking a step towards healing, growth, and discovery of self.

Along with other modalities, she finds herself utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) frequently. However, Lyla utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, pulling from different modalities to better fit your needs. She provides clients tools to practice in the safe environment of the therapy office as well as to help them in their personal lives outside of the office.

Lyla works with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. Her specialties include, but are not limited to: adoption/foster care, relationship conflict/marital conflict (codependency, narcissism, attachment, etc.), self-esteem, life transitions (divorce, changing schools, new job, etc.), trauma (familial, acute or complex), and history of disordered eating behaviors, anxiety, and depression. Lyla had experience working in an eating disorder treatment facility as an intern. As well as being an adoptee herself, Lyla is passionate about working with adoptees, adoptive families, and foster families.

A few of the specialized trainings, in addition to regular degree-required coursework, Lyla has completed: Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy; EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) related courses; Mindfulness courses addressing trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, ADHD; and an in-depth cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) course.

Lyla graduated with a B.A from the University of Alabama in Criminal Justice. She had experience in the legal field, working with victims of crimes, before she switched gears and started working in therapy. Lyla received her Masters in Social Work from Louisiana State University.

Lyla is practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, owner of JCAC and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as supervision of Caylin Broome, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Ann Pearl, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

She is an Alpharetta native, having attended Mt. Pisgah Christian School for high school. She enjoys exploring new places, reading, writing and furthering her career through taking specialized training.

CLAIRE BOOZ

Masters in Family Therapy

Claire is passionate about making her clients feel safe, seen, and empowered to thrive as the most authentic and confident version of themselves. Claire has experience in working with individuals of all ages and specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and families. Claire uses Family Systems Theory, Experiential Therapy, Play Therapy, and Structural Therapy perspectives to guide her work with clients experiencing difficulty with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, and conflict in the family. Claire believes that therapy is collaborative and is passionate about truly connecting with clients to create long-lasting growth and change.

Claire is a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine, where she received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is working towards licensure to become an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Before getting her Masters Degree, Claire received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Human Services from the University of Georgia.

To schedule a time to talk with Claire, call 404-834-2363.

MARY ALICE ALLEN, MFT

Masters in Family Therapy

Mary Alice is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with individual adults and couples in areas that include adult attachment, anxiety, relational issues, and life transitions. She practices from a family systems approach that prioritizes the impact of family and relationships on the individual. In all of her work, she prioritizes a person-centered approach that strives to create a safe and empathetic space where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of judgment. She is deeply passionate about helping her clients cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness, develop healthier relationships, and navigate life's challenges with resilience and authenticity.

Mary Alice graduated with a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from the Mercer University School of Medicine following a 15+ year career in higher education. She works under the supervision of Danielle Chen, LMFT and direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT.

Mary Alice sees clients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She can be reached directly at 404-620-0686 or MaryAliceAllen@gmail.com.

SARAH MORRIS

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Sarah Morris

Sarah is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults to help them navigate life transitions and challenges, maintain strong interpersonal relationships, and achieve their personal goals. She strives to create a warm and safe environment where she uses approaches and techniques such as play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered and strengths-based approaches, and mindfulness-based stress reduction to help clients achieve positive change.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Human and Family Development from the University of Georgia and is currently seeking her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Sarah previously obtained a master’s in Industrial/Organizational psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and completed research in the neuropsychology department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Child Health and Medical Pain lab at Georgia State University.

KORINA CALBAY

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Korina enjoys empowering adolescents, couples, and families seeking help for relationship issues, family transitions, parenting, and anxiety. She works with clients to untangle relational issues such as codependency, conflict resolution, and family adjustments. When clients determine their needs and align them with their boundaries and feelings, they can achieve greater well-being. She offers a range of counseling models involving CBT, EFT, IFS, and person-centered therapy. As a counselor in training, Korina hopes to deepen her knowledge of marriage and family issues. She believes in honoring the human experience of emotions and using them to achieve personal flourishment.

Korina is a master’s level clinical intern working under the supervision of the owner and clinical director of Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling, Erica Gregory. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Georgia. She attends Divine Mercy University and is working towards a graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling.

Korina’s office hours are Friday and Saturday. To schedule an appointment with Korina, please call 470-607-2912, or email kcalbaycounseling@gmail.com.

Grace Lee

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Grace Lee

Grace is passionate about helping people thrive and reach their goals by promoting authenticity and empowerment in her clients’ lives. Grace enjoys working with a broad range of populations including children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She specializes in helping individuals and families strengthen their relationships, work through difficult life transitions, and build coping skills for managing anxiety. Grace practices through a family systems lens that prioritizes relational and contextual factors in conceptualizing her clients’ path to healing and growth. She utilizes play therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and attachment theory in her practice.

Grace is a master’s level clinical intern practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT. Grace earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University. She currently attends Mercer University and is working towards a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Grace sees clients virtually or in-person Friday-Sunday. Reach out to Grace directly at 470-485-6433 or Grace.JCAC.Counseling@outlook.com.

HOLLAND WIERSMA

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Holland is passionate about empowering individuals, instilling hope, and providing an authentic, welcoming environment for her clients. Holland enjoys working with a broad range of populations including children, adolescents, and adults. She works with clients through strength-based approaches along with techniques from play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and person-centered therapy. Holland views her clients through a holistic lens and believes that each client is the expert of their life. Her goal is to work with her clients to achieve healing and growth in their daily lives.

Holland received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Childhood and Family Development from Georgia Southern University. She currently attends Mercer University and is working towards a graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Holland’s office hours are Friday and Saturday. To reach out to Holland directly, please call 770-765-7503, or email HWiersmaCounseling@gmail.com.

Danielle Shook

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Danielle is deeply committed to guiding individuals of all ages towards achieving their full potential and life goals. She aims to provide a safe and authentic environment where clients can feel comfortable sharing their stories. Danielle works with her clients through different therapeutic techniques from person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and play therapy. Danielle recognizes that each individual is unique and deserves to have a counseling experience that is tailored to them and their needs. Her goal is to support clients in overcoming obstacles and fostering positive growth in their lives.

Danielle earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Berry College. She currently attends Mercer University and is working towards a graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Danielle’s office hours are Friday and Saturday. To reach out to Danielle directly, please call 678-235-8798, or email DSHOOKCOUNSELING@GMAIL.COM.

Carla Russell

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Carla Russell

Carla is devoted to providing compassionate care and a safe space where her clients can find healing and freedom from addiction, trauma, relational dysfunction, emotional dysregulation, and negative self-talk. She desires to walk alongside her clients as they embark on the journey of finding their “true, authentic self.”

Carla enjoys working with a broad range of populations including, children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She utilizes modalities such as play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment theory, and mindfulness-based stress reduction to help clients achieve meaningful changes.

Carla is a master’s level clinical intern practicing under the clinical direction of Erica Gregory, LMFT. Carla currently attends Liberty University and is working towards a graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Alexandria Melnyk

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Alexandria Melnyk

Alexandria (“Alex”) is passionate about helping her clients achieve growth and healing through providing a safe, warm environment and authentic listening ear. Her goal is for her clients to see positive change, strengthening, and flourishment within their lives.

While Alex counsels from an integrative approach (selecting modalities and theories that work best for each individual client), she tends to utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, strength-based approaches, and person-centered approaches. She enjoys working with a broad range of populations including children, adolescents, and adults. She is also a certified SYMBIS Facilitator for couples.

Alex received her bachelor's degree in biology from Georgia Tech, and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Liberty University.

Alex has office hours on Friday (all day), Saturday (8 a.m - 2 p.m), and Wednesday evenings. She also has virtual availability.

LORI SPENCER

Owner of Teachers As Tutors

Certified Special Education Teacher

Lori is the owner and founder of Teachers As Tutors which is partnered with Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling. Lori 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 at the link below or call 470-546-3320

TEACHERS AS TUTORS

Cheyenne Land-Requiz, BS

Cheyenne Land

Cheyenne is the Intake Line Manager at Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development/Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University. Cheyenne’s unique skill set includes experience in customer service/guest relations, social services and early learning. She is responsible for handling client inquiries and scheduling at JCAC. Cheyenne is a mom of 3 and a passionate early childhood advocate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering with the Early Learning Alliance Network, exploring outdoors, and blogging about all things early learning!

Sreeya Kanthi

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Sreeya is the Marketing & Communications Specialist at JCAC. Working with Leadership and Administrative teams, Sreeya is dedicated to making mental health resources accessible to all, breaking down barriers of race, gender, ethnicity, age, and more. As a young intern, Sreeya hopes to deepen her understanding of counseling, as both a concept and a clinical practice/business. As a high school senior at Alliance Academy for Innovation, her goal is to major in Psychology or HDFS in her undergraduate studies, driven by a strong desire to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. Sreeya actively collaborates with JCAC and the community, advocating for inclusive environments that prioritize mental well-being. She works towards creating a world where mental health is celebrated, fostering a more compassionate and understanding community. In her free time, Sreeya enjoys planning family/friends gatherings, singing and dancing, giving back to the community, and exploring global cultural travel destinations.

DEANDRE PASCA

Financial Coordinator & Payroll Specialist

Deandre Pasca

Receive all the information you need! Sign up to: Learn what to expect in your first session, get book recommendations, parenting support, depression and anxiety 101, & coping skill tools.

* indicates required