“Having feelings does not make you a negative person. It makes you human.” – Lori Deschene
The goal in life is not to ignore, but to connect, process, and forge forward. There is a saying that Lanota states: “If you ignore the fact that the kitchen is on fire, the whole house will burn.” In life, everyone will face challenges and experiences that impact their lives. For some, those life experiences are more challenging and internally impactful than others. For others, their mental health is something that has plagued them from an early age. What you are feeling is real, and ignoring it will not shift it – or you. Through the use of DBT, CBT, reality therapy, and other clinical modalities, Lanota works with clients on acknowledging, processing, and creating ways to not solely be defined by their mental health.
Lanota is a dual master-level clinician. She received her MPA from the University of Maryland System in 2012. She received an M.Ed in 2017 from Liberty University. Lanota is a fully-licensed professional counselor who for the last several years has worked in the field serving in several roles from therapist to enrollment. In addition, she is a GACE-certified school counselor. Prior to working in the mental health field, she served as a department chair for the Exceptional Education Department in Dekalb County. Within this role, she worked with all departments within the school to ensure that students were provided with FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education). Lanota is currently in the process of becoming CPCS certified so that she will be able to supervise other clinicians.
In her spare time, Lanota loves to spend time with her family and friends. Within these two groups, she spends a great amount of time with her nieces and nephews learning and enjoying their interests as well as the newest family members, the twins (her niece’s son and daughter). When not spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys traveling. Her additional interests include volunteering with two nonprofits and singing in the choir.