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Summit Gala

Save the date for our 9th annual gala: Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Thank you for another wonderful evening of hope at our 2023 gala on Saturday, March 25th!

About Summit Counseling

The Summit is a trusted 501(c)(3) nonprofit community counseling organization that has helped individuals, couples, and families experience hope, healing, and restoration since 1990. In fiscal year 2022/23, 30 therapists are projected to provide 22,500+ clinical hours to 2100+ individuals, couples, and families at 5 offices and 31 school-based locations.

Our Mission

The Summit Counseling Center provides professional counseling, psychological services, school-based mental health, and community education services utilizing an integrated approach to care for individuals and families – Body, Mind, Spirit, and Relationships.

Our Vision

The Summit envisions a community where everyone, without exception, will have full access to professional, integrative behavioral healthcare services.

Our Values

Development of a skilled workforce that delivers and supports the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based clinical services.

A shared vision of values, beliefs, and attitudes that drives engagement, impacts satisfaction, and improves both well-being and performance at work.

Intentional efforts to communicate, collaborate, and provide meaningful feedback, both internally and externally, to accomplish our shared mission.

Demonstration of thoughtful consideration for Summit staff, both at the team and individual level, so that each employee feels seen and heard.

Engaging with our stakeholders (clients, partners, and neighbors) in a way that allows them to feel cared for, valued, and respected.

Mental Health Facts & Statistics

Mental illness does not discriminate – anyone can be affected, regardless of age, race, religion, or income. The mental health crisis is a global problem for humanity, with major impact on our families locally.

Mental Health
  • 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24
  • The average delay from when symptoms first appear and intervention is approximately 11 years
  • 14% of Georgia youth (age 12-17) report suffering from at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in 2021
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
  • The estimated number of American adults with serious suicidal thoughts is over 11.4 million – an increase of 664,000 people from 2021
  • 93% of adults surveyed in the U.S. believe that suicide can be prevented
Access to Mental Health Care
  • Georgia ranks 48th in 50 states for access to mental health care, resources, and insurance
  • 2 out of 5 children in Georgia have trouble accessing the mental health treatment they need
  • 39% of Georgians were unable to access treatment due to financial restraints in 2021

Creating Hope in Our Community

By removing barriers, implementing prevention, and providing assessments and therapy, the Summit is striving to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in our community.

Removing Barriers
  • Removing financial barriers by raising Client Assistance Funds (CAF) to subsidize counseling for those in need
  • Removing barriers to accessibility by expanding community locations beyond our 5 office locations, 31 Summit On-Site school partnerships, and telehealth option
  • Removing barriers of stigma by providing vital mental health and suicide prevention education through our Mental Health Awareness Program
Implementing Prevention
  • Offering confidential, free online screenings to help identify signs of behavioral health concerns and refer those in need to resources
  • Providing free trainings to equip our community with the tools needed to recognize signs of suicide and respond with care
  • Facilitating group therapy for at-risk youth
Providing Assessments & Therapy
  • Providing individual and group therapy to children, teens, adults, and seniors
  • Offering couples and family counseling led by professional, caring clinicians
  • Conducting suicide risk crisis assessments to students at risk of harming themselves and providing assistance to help keep them safe

Our Sponsors

Monarch Level

Blue Morpho

Scott Vansant


Fran & Mary Millar

Red Admiral

Schaffer & Pam Hilton
Steve Powers


Dr. Chris Leggett
Chuck & Lori McElroy
The Corsetti Family
D.R. Grimes
Jim & Kathie Pope
Julie Smith
Justin & Laura Hester
Kevin & Margaret Hines
Marshall & Terri Turner
Michael Thompson
Policybright Solutions LLC
Quentin & Cynthia Jones
Renasant Bank
Steve & Sue Korb


Joe Modica
Mary Fazio
Thomas & Lisa Bever
For additional info contact Rachel Newcomer at
(770) 605-4504 or