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.
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.
Krystal is a four year old Great Pyrenese mix who is an important addition to the services provided at NEGC. Krystal has obedience and therapy dog training from Scent Imprints. (www.scentimprint.com) Scent imprints is an international organization that trains dogs to do specific tasks. Krystal spent 6 months in training in order to be safe and effective at her job as a therapy dog. Krystal’s job is to interrupt panic attacks, reduce anxiety, and help the clients at NEGC to feel connected when they struggle. Krystal is a gentle giant who loves to lean into humans and give hugs. Krystal is handled by Manon Krause, LCSW. She welcomes opportunities to help!
Jason Bussey, Extern
Jason is the newest counselor to Northeast Ga Counseling. Jason, however, comes to us with a myriad of expertises! Jason received his masters degree from Adams State in Clinical Mental Health and is presently completing his LPC. He has worked in numerous executive positions that have provided him with tremendous knowledge of people. Over two decades, he worked as a business management consultant and coach, advising individual and corporate companies in physical business design, as well as sales and service. He ultimately assisted companies to improve their functioning and wealth. Jason believes it is through this process he began to learn that life is more than a series of numbers. He grew acutely aware that his passion was in inspiring positive change both physically and mentally in individual people rather than corporations. He much preferred building relationships and implementing goals to navigate life’s obstacles. Jason aspires through solution focused counseling to assist others to live with intention and overcome negative beliefs and patterns. Jason particularly enjoys working with older adolescent and young males struggling with anxiety, depression, isolation, excessive video gaming, etc. He enjoys helping them find direction and coping and ultimately living their “best life.”
As a four time Ironman triathlete, Jason truly understands what commitment and dedication can do to help you overcome challenges and thrive. Jason lives” his best life” as he counsels others to do the same. He has lived in multiple cities in the USA, but calls Atlanta his home. When not serving in his office as a counselor or coach, he can be found on the back of a motorcycle enjoying the world, or spending time with his wife. Northeast Ga Counseling is fortunate to have the energy and compassion he gives to our clients!