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Evalin Rhodes Hanshew, PH.D.

Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor of Counseling. Licensed Psychologist. Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor. Approved Clinical Supervisor recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., Georgia State University (CACREP Accredited Master’s); Diploma in Christian Counseling, Psychological Studies Institute. Specializations: anxiety, mood, personality, and marital issues.

If you would like to contact Evalin, you can do so at 404-835-6110.

Keny Felix, PH.D.

Dean of the School of Counseling and Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor, Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate, Guidance and Counseling. Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; M.S.Ed., B.S., University Miami.

If you would like to contact Keny, you can do so at 404-835-6136.

Mary K. Plisco, PH.D.

Dr. Plisco earned her B.A. degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from the University of Florida’s APA approved Clinical and Health Psychology Graduate Program. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University’s School of Medicine and Training Program in Professional Psychology. Dr. Plisco works with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment that has proven effectiveness for the treatment of many psychological conditions, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and anger management issues. In addition to CBT, she has specialized training in exposure with response prevention  (E/RP), which is an evidence-based treatment specifically developed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If you would like to contact Mary, you can do so at 404-835-6135.

Debbie Emerson, MA, LPC

Marriage and Family Therapy, Child and Adolescent Specialization. Training in Emotion Focused Couples and Family Therapy and PREPARE/ENRICH certified. Practice includes couples, pre-marital, relationship coaching, play therapy, parenting through divorce, women’s struggles, and spiritual issues.

If you would like to contact Debbie, you can do so at 404-512-1972.

S. LaShay Dowley, MA, LPC

Shay provides individual, couples, family and group counseling services. Practice includes sexual issues, identity challenges, trauma, addictions, spiritual struggles, life transitions, severe mental illness, work-related stress, women’s’ issues, depression, and family mediation.

If you would like to contact LaShay, you can do so at 404-266-0695 ext. 6236.

Joannah Sadler, LMFT, NCC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and National Certified Counselor. Certified PREP instructor. Practice includes adolescent family therapy, eating disorders, grief work, spiritual concerns, pre-marital and relationship enrichment therapy.

If you would like to contact Joannah, you can do so at 404-835-6149.

Associate Counselors

Novell Blain, MA, LAPC

Professional counseling supervisee. Practice includes effective communication, developing improved coping and decision-making skills, addiction recovery, and women’s issues such as self-esteem and body image concerns.

If you would like to contact Novell, you can do so at 404-835-6111.

Cheryl Elkins, MA, LAPC

Provides counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Cheryl has a heart for and additional training in working with victims of trauma or abuse. Practice also includes depression, anxiety and fear, adolescent issues, relationship struggles, grief work, spiritual issues as well as co-depenency and boundary problems. Certified in Prepare and Enrich.

If you would like to contact Cheryl, you can do so at 678-617-1382.

Amanda Newman, MA, LAMFT

Amanda provides counseling services for individuals, couples, and families.  Her practice focuses on the following areas:  premarital preparation, marital enrichment, singleness, anxiety, codependency, self-esteem, relationship concerns, stress-management, spiritual formation, and personal growth.  Amanda is Prepare-Enrich certified.  For more information, visit

If you would like to contact Amanda, you can do so at 678-744-6124.

Liza Wright, MAMFT, LAPC

Professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, and Christian sex therapist supervisee. Liza focuses her work with individuals, couples, and families on concerns of trauma & abuse, marital intimacy, sexual identity & addiction, communication & conflict resolution, and life transitions. She also works with students and is certified in Prepare/Enrich. More information can be found at

If you would like to contact Liza, you can do so at 678-439-7732.

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