MEET OUR COUNSELORS
Lisa began her career working with Babies Can’t Wait program helping families adjust to the birth of a special needs child. She credits these amazing families with teaching her early in her career to respect and value the client as the experts in their lives. She learned her role is to assist others in reaching their identified goals together. Lisa then worked twelve years in adolescent and adult inpatient hospitalization where she developed strong skills working with individuals and families during some of the most difficult times of their lives. She has over 20 years’ experience helping with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, grief, family therapy, couples therapy, as well as employee related issues. Lisa believes in using client strengths to make changes in their lives. She applies both cognitive-behavioral and short-term solution focused therapy mostly in achieving those changes. Lisa has tremendous knowledge of resources in the community, and encourages referrals for medications, self-help groups, volunteer opportunities, etc as needed in each unique situation. Lisa enjoys working in a quaint, comfortable setting which clients report being comforting and easily accessible. Lisa is enthusiastic about working with you, and is easily reachable by phone and email.
Jessica joined NEGC in 2014 having over ten years’ experience working in GA, FL, and the United Kingdom. She feels that one of her greatest strengths as a counselor is her ability to provide counseling services to diverse populations. Jessica worked in London with families from various cultures, helping to assist the families in crisis obtain services and reduce conflict. She learned firsthand through these experiences how culture plays a role in helping others. Jessica has worked for such agencies as the Devereaux Center, Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Center for Drug Free Living, and Neighborhood Center for Families. These allowed her to provide individual and family therapy with both adolescents and adults. She has served as a liason to schools advocating for her clients and families she is working with, as well as advocating in the legal system for Child Protection cases needing parenting and marital assistance. Jessica has taught life skills classes to adolescents and adults and conducted group therapy to adolescents. She works with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, obesity, body image issues, family discourse, stress management, grief, and loss. Jessica is passionate about meeting the needs of her clients in whatever setting possible to invoke change. Jessica is energetic, skilled, and enjoys her career immensely.
Julie joined NEGC in May 2015 having over ten years experience working in both addictions and justice related issues in Colorado and Texas. Julie has a passion for helping people find the motivation and strength within them to overcome their addictions and maintain healthier lives.Julie worked with Mesa County Criminal Justice Services in Colorado as a Case Manager as well as a Counselor for Probation, Restorative Justice, and Community Corrections’ clients. Having worked on both the court side and therapeutic side of the justice system has allowed Julie to truly understand the struggles of her clients. She is able to help them navigate legal as well as relational problems created by substance abuse. Julie has extensive experience also as a group therapist treating addictions, anger management, and domestic violence offenders. Furthermore, Julie has worked in Substance Abuse Programs for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Colorado and Texas. She is skilled at assisting veterans with improving coping strategies in order to reconnect with families, return to work, an re-adjustment in their communities.
Julie has a very welcoming, non-judgemental style that invites clients to be honest with their problems when they desire change. Julie believes that external motivation can be a useful starting point, setting the stage for more permanent changes in the future. Julie is caring and compassionate, yet seasoned enough to be very effective, treating people with respect and dignity.
Julie is active enjoying tennis, hiking, and exploring the area as she is relatively new to the south. NEGC is fortunate to have her, and her clients find her to be quite an advocate for them.
Brittany Loggins has worked in the psychology/behavioral health field for 14 years with 11 years in counseling. She started her career at the University of Georgia working as a research assistant during her undergraduate studies. Brittany earned a masters of science degree in clinical/ counseling psychology from Valdosta State University in 2005, attained her license to practice in 2009. Brittany’s career has spanned numerous areas including: substance abuse, mood/ anxiety disorders, trauma, PTSD, LGBTQ, gender issues, life/ work balance, grief, anger management, and family issues. Brittany views counseling as providing a safe and neutral space for clients to empower themselves to make the best possible choices according to their values. Her confident style offers an easy beginning for a trusting, helpful relationship in which to improve client stressors and situations. Brittany enjoys art and will use art therapy when helpful with clients as well.
She loves reading and activities in the Athens area.
Amy joined NEGC in 2017 and has over 20 years of experience working in mental health. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with her Master’s degree in psychiatric social work. She previously worked in a variety of settings including, case manager, crisis clinician, and family and group therapist in hospitals and schools. She joins NEGC with incredible years of ability and knowledge.
Amy has a fun loving nature and a passion for empowering and assisting others to wellness. Amy applies a client centered approach with a warm non-judgmental atmosphere for her clients, and tailoring to meet the needs of each individual client. Amy works with children, adolescents, and adults, helping them manage the challenges that accompany anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post -traumatic stress disorder. She particularly enjoys helping others with grief and loss.
Amy spends much of her time enjoying raising three boys and time on the lake.
Anne Ford, M.Ed, LPC
Anne joined NEGC in 2017 after beginning her career in 2005 as a school counselor. She worked with students through individual, groups, and classroom settings in the educational sector while also counseling in private practice. She began in 2010 as a clinical therapist at Hillside United Methodist Counseling Center in Woodstock, GA. Anne specializes in working with children, as young as 3 years old, as well as adolescents and adults. Anne offers a safe, caring environment for clients to share, heal, grow ,and break any patterns holding them back. She views clients as unique and therefore applies multifaceted interventions to assist clients in change. Anne is especially passionate about her use of play therapy in helping children and teens solve problems.Anne feels humbled and honored to have a career that allow her to do what she enjoys so much, helping others.
Along with being a wife and a mother to three girls, Anne likes exercising, being outside, watching football, and going to church with her family.
Reva Manon Kraus, LCSW
Was raised in Micronesia and Utah. This Background led to the fascination with with all aspects of people and relationships. After living all over the United States, Manon settled in the south and received a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has been active in the community, having led the Chattanooga Psychotherapy Association in 2011 prior to her move to Atlanta. Manon served on the board of Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists ( AMCAP) from October 2014 to October 2015. She led the Atlanta Chapter of AMCAP from 2013 to 2015.
While raising her four children, Manon volunteered extensively at the Chattanooga Crisis Center where she was very involved as a crisis counselor in the sexual assault center. She also volunteered for LDS Family Services working extensively with birth parents and connecting local church members to community services. During her education, Manon worked as the in-house therapist in the Chattanooga Domestic Violence Shelter. After graduation, Manon worked in the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Cumberland area for LDS Family Services. She has extensive experience with inpatient and outpatient mental health.
During her time working in the community, Manon noticed two needs that are prominent, a need for pornography and sexual addiction treatment and a need to help people who struggled with overwhelming urges and overwhelming emotions. This led her to become extensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT is a therapy that helps people learn how to regulate emotions, behavior and thinking. Manon brought DBT training to the local community mental health service in Dekalb County, Georgia. She then implemented and ran a DBT program at a local mental health center. When funding was not available to continue to continue her DBT program, Manon started her private practice in order to provide this very effective treatment to individuals and families. When not helping people build lives worth living, Manon loves to play with her grandson, garden and hike. She has been married to her husband for 33 years and resides in the Atlanta area.