Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Summit Onsite School Based Therapist – Northwood Elementary School
“It is a privilege to work with children and help provide a creative, yet safe space to explore their emotions. Building on the child’s own strength can create such positive change. I also enjoy strengthening the parent-child relationship and watching it grow because I think a parent can be a child’s best resource at home.”
Janie primarily works with children using play therapy techniques. Her areas of concentration are anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, self-harm, divorce, ADHD, and life transitions.
As a counselor, Janie puts emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and creating an environment for the client to feel safe no matter what is going on. She strives to create a genuine space to share and grow. Janie specializes in working with children because she believes in helping kids find their voice when they feel control has been lost. She strives to be a tool to help a child find their inner strengths to grow into who they want to be. Janie also sees the family as an important aspect of the relationship process. A child’s parents can be their biggest supporters, so they need to be incorporated into counseling and the growth process. Through this process Janie combines Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Person Centered theoretical techniques to create specialized plans for each individual client and needs.
Janie completed her undergraduate work with a bachelor’s degree from University of Georgia in Family and Consumer Sciences. She completed her master’s program with a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Janie has a certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling and has a passion for using play to accentuate every child’s strength.
Janie enjoys spending her free time with family and friends! She loves eating family meals, going to the lake, reading, arts and crafts, and baking.
Janie is under the supervision of Erin Nicolas.
- Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta, GA
Licensure, Certifications, and Professional Affiliations:
- Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling, Richmont Graduate University
- Member of American Counseling Association
- Member of Association for Play Therapy, Georgia Chapter
- Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, GA
- “How to Relieve the Worries” Workshop