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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Erika LaCaruba, MA

Masters in Mental Health Counseling

(Previously Erika Solloway)

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, ADHD, Autism, Marriage Counseling


Children, Couples, Adults, Adolescents

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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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Krista Clark, LAMFT

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Couples, Adult Trauma, Families


Adults, Veterans, Couples

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James King, LPC, CPCS, CPS

Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Certified Peer Specialist

Specializes in:

PTSD, Adult Trauma, Mental Health


Veterans, Adults, Adolescents

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Family Therapy


Children, Autism, Adolescents, Multiracial families

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Lindsey Richards, MEdu MSEdu

Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling Specialist in Aging and Geriatric Practice

Specializes In:

Mental Health, Geriatric Counseling, Greif, Trauma


Late Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric

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Allison Bates, LAPC

Licensed associate professional counselor

Specializes in:

Play Therapy, Individual Counseling, Art Therapy


Children, Adolescents, Adults, 

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 Rachel Butler

Masters Clinical Intern

Specializes in:

Couples Therapy, Adolescent & Adult Psychotherapy


Adolescents, Couples, Adults

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Lillie Palmer

Masters Level Clinical Intern

Specializes In:

Play Therapy, Individual Counseling, Adolescent Therapy


Children, Adolescents, Adults

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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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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 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:
Last Session is at 7 pm, and phone calls are returned between 11am – 9pm

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Erika Lacaruba, MA


 Erika LaCaruba (previously Erika Solloway) 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. She also offers help to parents looking for ways to create a calmer home using proven behavior modification techniques. 

Erika has received training to offer EFT, emotionally focused couple's therapy, to assist couples to increase their communication, repair connections 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 tap 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, LPC Supervisor, 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 

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Rachel Butler

Rachel specializes in Couples Therapy and Individual Psychotherapy with Teens and Adults. She helps couples with effective communication and helps couples understand why they get stuck in the same fights. Rachel is trained and certified through Prepare Enrich, a personalized assessment that helps couples increase relationship satisfaction and confidence.

Rachel also has experience providing Individual Counseling to adults and teens. Rachel works with Teenagers using talk therapy and keeps them engaged through interactive methods like art, sand, and various relaxation techniques. She is trained to offer counseling services with a wide range of concerns such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, and life transitions. Her experience ranges from issues such as: transitions like moving away from home, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, physical and verbal abuse, and addiction. She has worked in various treatment facilities such as a therapeutic boarding school, a community mental health agency, and an online platform, Crisis Text Line.

Rachel is our Masters Level Clinical Intern under the supervision of Erica Gregory, the owner of Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling. She is completing her Master of Science degree in Counseling at the University of North Georgia. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. She is actively pursuing her certification to be a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and is pursuing Sand Tray Therapy certification.

To contact Rachel Call 404-403-1622 or

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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:

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


Danielle M. Tidwell, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a graduate of Mercer’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program,  and is earning her PhD in art therapy at the University of Floridia. 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.


Lindsey works with young adults and across the life span to adults who are young at heart. She specializes in Mental Health, Geriatric care, and Trauma. She loves to work with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, finding purpose and meaning, recovering from the past, grief & loss, caregiver support, stress, anger, addiction, and LGBTQ concerns.

Lindsey completed her graduate coursework at the University of Florida, where she was awarded a Master of Education and Education Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling. Additionally, she completed a Graduate Certification in Aging and Geriatric Practice. During her time at UF she completed her clinicals at Florida Recovery Center, while coordinating multiple research studies at UF Institute on Aging. Throughout the past decade Lindsey has worked in many levels of care, which enables her to work with individuals struggling with an array of mental health concerns.

Lindsey’s therapeutic alignment is psychodynamic, providing clients with a specialized approach tailored to their individualized needs. While incorporating a holistic mind-body-spirit framework for her clients, she’s driven by neurobiological/ psychological/ social principals. Lindsey meets her clients where they are, providing an empathetic, non-judgmental, and transparent space. Her inquisitive nature allows her to use many diverse therapeutic approaches to identify the best fit for her clients’ needs.

She’s developed a strong approach to therapy using Mindfulness, Existential Therapy, Guided Imagery, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Office Hours:

Monday 9:00am- 8:00pm

Tuesday 3:00pm- 8:00pm

Friday 9:00am- 8:00pm

Saturday 9:00am- 1:00pm

Call: (470) 387- 1878 or Email:

Last Session on weekdays is 7pm, phone calls will be returned during business hours.


Allison is licensed as a associate professional counselor and she 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 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

Lillie Palmer, Clinical Intern

Lillie has experience providing individual counseling to teens and adults, couples counseling, family counseling, and play therapy with children. Lillie utilizes the evidence-based treatment of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, alongside a strengths-based approach, to help clients cope with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, 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. Lillie strives to provide all clients with an empathetic listening ear, compassionate understanding, and genuine caring attitude with the client’s best interest in mind.

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

Lillie Palmer is a Master Level Clinical Intern under the supervision of Erica Gregory, the owner and clinical director of Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling. Lillie is in the process of receiving her Master of Science 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 currently working towards her license in professional Counseling (LPC) and becoming certified as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and in Sand Tray Therapy.

Lillie can be contacted at 770-778-8175 or by email at

Office Hours

Wednesdays 11am- 7pm

Fridays 11am- 7pm


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

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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