Your team of Specialists can give you the support you need to help cope with life's challenges. Whether they relate to child, adolescent, adult, couples or family issues, our collaborative approach can help achieve balance and perspective.
Debbie is the Owner and Clinical Director of DK Counseling Services and is a licensed professional counselor. She graduated magna cum laude from Kennesaw State University and received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling at The Argosy University in Atlanta. Prior to Debbie opening her private practice, she was on staff at Northside Hospital Behavioral Health Services for over 18 years and supervised for Northside’s Intern Program.
Debbie continues to expand her professional development to utilize the most recent researched evidence based treatments. She holds several advanced certifications in anxiety related disorders specifically OCD through The International OCD Foundation. Additionally she has advanced certification through The Explosive Child Parenting Program (CPS), trained by Dr. Ross Greene for parenting the challenging child. She is also a certified DBT therapist. Debbie's expertise provides proven success in treating attentional difficulties and school related issues, developing behavior modification programs, oppositional defiant disorder, mood dysregulation, family crisis, adolescent issues, OCD, family and marriage therapy.
Debbie’s extensive experience and her warm uplifting approach to treatment makes her highly effective in her work with children, adolescents, families and adults. Debbie also utilizes pet therapy in her sessions and will most likely have her therapy dog Wallace joining the session.
Treatment Modalities: DBT, CBT, Collaborative Parenting for Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Exposure Response Prevention, Gottman Relationships and Emotion Focused Therapy, Positive Parenting and Emotion Coaching.
Molly is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s in Professional Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Molly works with children, adolescents, adults, and families; specializing in working with teens. She works with clients struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, peer relationships, self-injurious behaviors, low self-esteem or lack of confidence, trauma, emotion regulation, effective communication, codependency, boundaries, and body image issues. Molly enjoys directing and leading our highly sought after Adolescent Groups. Affectionately known as our "Teen Queen" Molly is fun, creative, down to earth, and enjoys working with challenging clients.
Jody is a skilled and practiced therapist with over 20+ years of clinical experience. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville, specializing in mental health and has held a clinical license since 1986. She has extensive experience working in private practice focusing on: anxiety, stress, depression, substance abuse, mood disorders, childhood abuse, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss and marital conflict.
She has received advanced training from the Family Therapy Institiute, Cincinnati, Ohio and is a Certified EMDR therapist which is an excellent therapy for “getting past your past” and healing old wounds and trauma. She is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist which is extremely helpful as an addition to CBT, ERP, or as a stand alone treatment. Hypnosis is very well documented as an effective treatment for a wide variety of issues including: phobias, panic attacks, anger management, weight management, pain control, sleep disorders, self confidence and self mastery . Jody works primarily with young adults, individuals , couples and seniors. She is warm, empathic and easy to talk to.
Allison is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Allison’s post-graduate work experience was in an intensive inpatient psychiatric hospital for children & teens where she provided a highly specialized therapy - DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to teach children & adolescents skills to manage intense emotions. Her skills and training has provided her the ability to be highly effective with clients who struggle significantly with emotional instability. Allison also works with adults and families to treat anxiety, depression, family conflict, school related stress, interpersonal effectiveness, and boundaries. She includes a broad base of empirically validated treatment modalities to help each client gain personal acceptance and live a more empowered life. Allison’s personality easily draws her clients to her through creativity, warmth and humor. Allison is easy to connect with and ready to be your biggest cheerleader!
Allison offers afternoon appointments and Saturdays to accommodate for afterschool or after work hours.
Dr. Jessica Baker, Ph.D., CEDS is a licensed psychologist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and iaedp (International Association for Eating Disordered Professionals) Approved Supervisor. She also serves on the Certification Committee internationally and is a board member for the Atlanta Chapter of iaedp. Dr. Baker started the eating disorders program at MARR Women’s Center before opening her private practice in 2007. Dr. Baker provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She is also active in outreach and training for local schools, parent groups, and other professionals. She has been treating eating disorders, addiction, and other mental health issues since 2001.
Dr. Baker graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters in Student Personnel in Higher Education and a Specialty in Counseling. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida in 2001. She returned to Georgia to complete her doctoral internship at Emory University and her post-doc at the University of Georgia, where she taught in the graduate Counseling Program.
Dr. Baker specializes in clients with disordered eating and addiction. In her private practice she also often works with women’s issues, couples and families in transition, and trauma. She is experienced with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, stress management and interpersonal difficulties. Together with each client, Dr. Baker creates an individualized program that is geared towards growth and development of one’s own true voice. Using an empowerment model, she focuses on emotional, social, physical, and spiritual development. She challenges clients to learn to navigate the difficulties in their lives with new coping strategies and to turn away from disordered eating, addiction, and other self-harming behaviors. Ultimately, her goal is to help clients find peace within themselves and their relationships; which allows them to live fully satisfying lives.
Kim is a certified special education teacher who has over 30 years of experience serving students and families in Georgia public schools. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Emotional/Behavior Disorders from Auburn University and her MEd. in Learning Disabilities from Georgia State University. Kim has served students of all ages K-12, with a passion of working with teenagers who struggle to thrive in the academic setting. Her experience includes working with students with severe emotional/behavior disorders in the psychoeducational setting as well as residential treatment. Additionally, she has 23 years’ experience assisting in the coordination special education services in Fulton County Schools. Parenting a child with learning disabilities herself, Kim’s knowledge and approach to helping children succeed has been enhanced with practical first- hand experience. Kim’s background includes educational assessment, interpretation and educational planning. Clients in need of skill training in areas of executive functioning can benefit from individual study help sessions with Kim.
Kim offers after school sessions on Monday and Thursday.
Madison obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama. She obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology from Brenau University. Madison strongly believes engagement in the therapeutic relationship is a catalyst for change. She strives to make this relationship collaborative, genuine, and encouraging in order provide a safe environment for individuals to explore, gain insight, and grow. Madison specializes in utilizing creative interventions and art therapy to aid in emotional expression and to provide a tangible reminder of skills. She especially enjoys and finds this approach especially effective and engaging with children and adolescents. Madison treats children, adolescents, and adults working with a variety of concerns including behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, ADHD, social skills deficits, life transitions, grief, and trauma. Madison also has research experience in the realm of child development and education and experience providing neuropsychological assessments.
Madison practices from an Adlerian perspective, but utilizes CBT, behavioral therapy, DBT skills, play therapy, and art therapy techniques often. She believes strongly in focusing on the here and now during sessions to facilitate experiential awareness and mindfulness that translates into change outside of the therapy room.
Madison enjoys tailoring treatment to the unique needs of each individual and family. She strives to help each client and family feel accepted, validated, and empowered. She sees individual clients, families, and leads groups. Her warm and upbeat personality combined with her expertise contribute to her clients meeting their treatment goals.
I specialize in working with adolescents struggling with issues such as low self-esteem, self-identity, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, body image, personal relationships, and emotional dysregulation, to name a few. I also help with academic planning and life coaching. In addition, I work with children, young adults, and families as well.
I have a passion for helping clients discover their strengths and talents to promote personal growth. By using a nonjudgmental approach, my goal is to create an environment where clients feel welcome, safe, and comfortable. Clients have described me as fun, energetic, compassionate, and easy to talk to. In addition to other therapies, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), I also use creative therapies (art, music, and play) to tailor each individual’s treatment plan.
Sometimes, we feel like we must be able to do things on our own. Admitting you need help is not always easy, but I believe that reaching out for help is an act of strength, not weakness! Whatever challenges you may be facing, you do not have to face them alone. As an overcomer of anxiety, depression, and perfectionism, I can relate in ways others cannot. I have been where you are, and I would love to help you find your best self!
Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years in the field of social work. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus with a B.A. in Psychology and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in New York. She is also a member of the International OCD Foundation.
Lisa has been in private practice for 11 years. Prior to this, Lisa has worked in various treatment settings including long-term residential treatment, care management, substance abuse in both outpatient and Intensive Outpatient programs, in the school setting and for non-profit community agencies. Lisa works with various presenting problems including OCD, anxiety, adjustment to new motherhood, infertility, miscarriage, parenting, marital issues, low self-esteem, depression, sexuality or gender identity issues, substance abuse, trauma and life transitions.
Lisa provides individual, couples and group therapy. Her real-life approach is non-threatening and includes humor and heart. She has completed training through the BTTI (Behavior Therapy Training Institute) through the IOCDF in a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) known as Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), which is the gold standard method of treatment for OCD and related anxiety disorders. She is especially passionate about providing individual and group therapy to parents and loved ones of people with OCD.
Wallace has been a part of the practice since his Forever Mom (Debbie Kolbrener) adopted him in March 2014. He is a Buttercream Retriever and he loves to give big hugs and kisses to anyone who comes into the office. Although he is not an official therapy dog, most clients feel he is a welcomed addition to any session. Wallace is at the office most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (i.e., when he hasn’t been sitting in the pond outside his house!)