Susan Macey, PhD, LPC, CNC
Clinical Director of the Center for Counseling Families and Manager of Supervision. She is an expert in obesity and trauma-related stressors. Dr. Macey uses a multifaceted approach to counseling, drawing from theoretical approaches such as cognitive behavioral theory, rapid resolution for trauma, and neuro-linguistic programming for lasting change. As a certified integrative nutritionist, Dr. Macey believes that nutrition is a cornerstone for healing the body and the mind. Nutritional therapies may be suggested in the form of dietary changes as well as supplements and amino acids.
Dr. Macey's research includes coping styles and weight loss surgery outcomes, and she is working on a study that measures mental health improvements as well as performance improvements over time using biologically correct lighting. She is the chief wellness officer for Antrospheres, an organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of employees through well-building and employee initiatives. She has worked with area schools, community municipals, as well as the Navy, Marine Corps, and the United Negro Foundation.
As an author and speaker, Dr. Macey has taught workshops and seminars for organizations both nationally and internationally. Her book Powerful Process, Positive Outcome is due out early 2017. Dr. Macey has authored workshops such as The Psychology of Overeating, Chatter that Doesn’t Matter, and Powerful Process, Positive Outcome. Her current book Keeping Weight off Forever is available on Amazon.
On line blog: www.susanmacyphd.com
Tammy Pruitt LCSW:
Superpower: Kaleidoscope eye sight. Situations are not always black and white, with kaleidoscope vision she is able to see the nuances of situations more clearly.
After earning her Master's of Social Work from Gallaudet University in 1999, Tammy worked with individuals who were deaf, hard of hearing, and other disabilities. Her expertise is in the area of grief & loss, death & dying, and transitional l life changes due to aging. Her experience also includes working with LGBT issues such as gender dysphoria and sexual identity issues. trauma work and high-risk behaviors, self harm and addiction. She employs a holistic method of working with mind, body, and spirit which includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and trauma resolution. Her goal is to assist clients to learn the skills necessary to navigate life's journey.
Resident Therapists: A resident therapist has a provisional license and is a post graduate therapist completing clinical hours under supervision. All residents have completed up to two years of clinical experience prior to joining our team. They have a plethora of clinical experiences, backgrounds, therapy insights, and knowledge.
Medora Frazier: LPC Resident (Doctorial Candidate)
Super power: Pain Eraser. The ability to help people live joyously in the here and now.
Medora currently attends Howard University pursuing her PhD in Neuropsychology. She attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore earning her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has experience working with adolescents and adults addressing concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, life transitions, trauma, and identity development and formation. Her treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based cognitive therapy.
Amanda Etube: MA, LPC Resident
Super power: Lasso of Truth, as a Wonder Woman fan, she uses the lasso of truth keeps things real and honest.
Amanda is a licensed resident counselor. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is outgoing and energetic and has extensive experience working with children and adolescents (ages 3 and up). As a board-certified behavior analyst, she employs creative and interactive therapeutic interventions as well as cognitive behavioral strategies for individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, school and sensory issues.
Her theoretical approach includes a variety of modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Sand Therapy. She has experience with trauma informed therapy and working with kids and families who have experienced trauma.
Her experience includes:
Autism Comprehensive Educational Services
Loudon County Youth Shelter
Loudon County Mental Health Substance Abuse and Developmental Serves
She provides individual counseling, couple counseling, group and family counseling.
Christine Rassa: MA, LPC Resident
Super power: Infinite learning. The ability to keep an open mind and learn new things fosters resilience and flexibility in thought and in life.
Christine earned her master’s in psychology and Clinical Counseling from The Citadel Graduate College in Charleston South Carolina and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania. She is experienced in Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response. Christine works with adolescents and adults. Her specialty includes trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, marriage/couples, and persons experiencing infertility or loss. Her therapeutic practice is to engage a holistic and collaborative approach when working with clients. She uses solution focused and cognitive behavioral techniques designed to support and empower her clients.
Abbigail Parker: MA, LPC Resident
Super power: Flying, able to be where I need to be to help those in need quickly and swiftly.
Abbi attended Loyola University and completed her master’s program in Clinical Mental Health at Neumann University. Her counseling experience includes working with clients of all ages, adults, couples, and families. She specializes in anxiety, depression, grief, and end of life issues. Abbi received her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University in Theater Arts. As a therapist she uses cognitive behavioral based interventions as well as psychodynamic, and active play therapy. She nurtures a collaborative and creative counseling environment for her clients so they can learn, resolve, and grow through experiences.
Ahyoka: Means she brings happiness
Super power: Unconditional love (Needs no explaining)
From time to time you might see this mighty little girl running about the office. She is energetic and curious and she loves to petted.