Being a “grown up” isn’t easy these days.

At different stages of life, we are all faced with obstacles that keep us from achieving or maintaining our best mental well-being. Some of those obstacles might be:

  • Feeling isolated from friends and family
  • Experiencing a job loss or a change in your career
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one due to death or divorce
  • Having difficulty controlling alcohol or substance abuse
  • Experiencing trauma from a past shocking or painful event

Our therapists are here to walk beside you as you start addressing hard to face issues, working through change and improving your quality of life in some of the following areas:

Clinical Services

Our goal is to help you assess your need for addiction services by determining the level of care that best fits you. Our addiction specialists provide assessments, education, support, intervention, therapy, recovery planning, and accountability.

Navigating the Season of Success in Recovery

One of the most difficult moments to navigate in substance use recovery is a season of success. That may sound counterintuitive but imagine this: An addiction has destroyed your life. Alcohol, meth, or another substance...

Exploring Technology Addiction: Recognizing the Signs and Seeking Help

Technology addiction refers to various types of technology and its various methods of overuse. Our society’s reliance on technology is no secret. We use it to navigate to our next destination, connect with loved ones,...

Understanding Drug Use and Addiction

Drug use has become a concerning health issue in our society today. It is generally misunderstood to be a lack of moral principle or willpower when in reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and...

Are you or a loved one experiencing high levels of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, or both? Whether you need an ADHD screening assessment or treatment for your diagnosis, our team is here to help.

How ADHD Can Impact Emotions

We are accustomed to looking for the common symptoms of ADHD. In the health care field and the school systems, we commonly look for symptoms that include, fidgeting or restlessness, difficulty managing time, impulsive behavior,...

Effects of Medicating ADHD in Children

According to some pharmacies, antidepressants for teenagers have risen 38% from 2015 to 2019 (while adult prescriptions only rose 12% during that same period). As that study was pre-pandemic, the results now are expected to...

Understanding ADHD

In today’s culture, it is common to overuse and over-diagnose someone with ADHD. Many parents wonder what “ADHD” truly is and how can they help their child who struggles with it. According to the Child...

Bringing an adopted child into your family is wonderful and exciting, but with this comes new navigation and transition for everyone. Our therapists are here to walk with you during your adoption process and help address any adoption-based concerns you may have.

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents
Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience

Affairs and infidelity can cause significant strain on relationships and families. Whether you are working through reconciliation or separation, our team is here to help you through the process. We provide both individual and couples counseling.

Controlling your anger can feel easier said than done, and at times, it can seem like it has control over you. Anger management therapy can help take control of angry emotions and develop healthy ways of managing your anger.

Helping Your Child Deal with Anger

Anger and temper tantrums/meltdowns in young children, especially under the ages of 7-9, are to be expected and even healthy for a child. It is important for children to be able to experience all emotions....

Dealing With Acts of Aggression from Your Child

One issue I have a lot of my child clients working on is their anger (including tantrums). Some tantrums or outbursts are normal for children under the age of 5, while they are making sense of boundaries...

Why Your Kids Should Be Allowed To Tell You No Sometimes

One of the skills I end up having to teach almost all the kids I work with, no matter their presenting problem, is assertiveness. An anxious child may be too afraid to express how they...

Anxiety and panic can feel overwhelming and all-consuming at times. Our therapists are here to walk with you and provide you with the tools and skills needed to help manage the anxiety you are experiencing.

Can Chronic Pain Impact Social Relationships?

“And here you are living despite it all.” – Rupi Kaur, author and poet Chronic pain can impact social relationships in significant ways. In this blog, we will discuss the impact of chronic pain on...

Your Child's Anxiety: Signs and Strategies for Calming Their Mind and Body

Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychological problem that children experience? One in eight children suffer from a significant anxiety disorder (Wang, 2017). In an average sized classroom of...

De-Catastrophizing Your Thoughts

Sometimes what can cause us to feel anxious is our own thoughts. A common thought process we have when feeling anxious is going to the worst possible outcome in our heads for a situation that...

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with autism or need an assessment; our therapists are here to walk with you. We work with autism on all levels of the spectrum and are here to provide a therapeutic environment that works best for you and your family.

People with bipolar disorder experience high and low moods, known as mania and depression. Left untreated, bipolar disorder usually worsens. However, in most cases it can be managed with psychotherapy and in conjunction with medication when needed.

The process of merging two families can be both rewarding and challenging. Our therapists are here to help you navigate new family dynamics as you begin this new chapter together.

Work…it’s where we spend the majority of our days. How we work impacts every other area of our lives, including our faith, family, and health.

Whether you are caring for an aging parent or another loved one, being a caregiver can bring with it a lot of emotions and stress. If caregivers aren’t careful, they can jeopardize their own health. Our therapists are here to help you identify these stressors and provide the resources needed to improve your own wellbeing.

Transitions: How to Cope With Change and Set Realistic Expectations and Cope With Transition

Change is inevitable, in fact they say that the only thing in life that is constant is change. If we pay attention, we can see that even in nature things are constantly changing. The seasons...

Why Mindfulness?

Do you feel you often forget things or conversations?  Do you have difficulty staying focused or completing a task?  Do you find yourself feeling bored if you are not doing more than one thing at...

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or cancer; it can bring with it a lot of different emotions. Not only is it a lot to process and impacts your emotional health, it affects your physical health as well. Our therapists are here to walk with you during this difficult time.

How we communicate with others is one of the most important parts of any relationship. Our therapists are here to teach vital communication skills that will strengthen your relationships with others and help you communicate more effectively.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Childhood Cancer

Facing cancer is an immense challenge for anyone, but for children, it means grappling with their mortality at an age meant for dreams of being a princess or a superhero. For their parents it is...

Conquering Depression: A Comprehensive Guide to Relieving Symptoms

Depression is a complex and challenging condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Research shows that the best way to treat depression is through medication and talk therapy. On top of that there are several...

Can Chronic Pain Impact Social Relationships?

“And here you are living despite it all.” – Rupi Kaur, author and poet Chronic pain can impact social relationships in significant ways. In this blog, we will discuss the impact of chronic pain on...

It can be difficult to know how to handle conflict with friends, peers, and loved ones. Through therapy, you can learn the skills and tools to navigate and resolve conflict with others.

How to Build your Child’s Self-Esteem

A child’s self-esteem begins with a positive self-identity, which is critical for building a foundation for confidence, happiness, and emotional well-being. When children have a positive self-identity, they can navigate through life with a sense...

Unlocking Discipline: The 5 Critical Components

Discipline is often misconstrued as a form of punishment and what comes to mind most is spanking. However, the essence of discipline is teaching and guiding. At its core discipline means providing structure, consistency, and...

Finding a Place of Honesty, Authenticity, and Love

Can you tell your partner everything? When intimate relationships are built on a foundation of honesty, they can reach a level of profound authenticity and mutual understanding. But since the beginning of time, it seems,...

No matter what you and your partner are experiencing, we are here to help. We see couples involved in every stage of a relationship from healthy maintenance to navigating through separation and divorce.

3 Reasons for Premarital Counseling

Often when you find that special person that you are ready to marry ‘until death do you part,’ you’ll have plenty of input from others. Many of your friends and family will be telling you...

Depression can bring about feelings of overwhelming sadness, lack of joy, as well as mental and physical fatigue. Luckily, you do not have to go through it alone. Our therapists are here for you and can provide tools and skills that can help with what you are experiencing.

Conquering Depression: A Comprehensive Guide to Relieving Symptoms

Depression is a complex and challenging condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Research shows that the best way to treat depression is through medication and talk therapy. On top of that there are several...

Transformative Healing: How EMDR Therapy Can Alleviate Depression

Depression is a complex and challenging condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. While traditional talk therapy and medication have been staples in depression treatment, an approach known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)...

To be Young, Black and Depressed

There has been more acknowledgement, inclusion and research regarding the disproportionate rates of depression, lack of mental health accessibility and lack of individuals seeking therapy due to the stigma that still resides within the black...

Divorce can bring with it a lot of stress and complicated emotions for the couple and family. Our team of marriage and family therapists are here to provide a safe space to help adults, couples, and children navigate and process divorce and separation.

Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may be signs of an eating disorder. Persistent eating behaviors can negatively impact your emotions, your health, and your ability to function in important areas of your life.

Healing from Disordered Eating

How many people will struggle with an eating disorder during their lifetime? It’s a more complicated question than you might think. Since the vast majority of people with eating disorders either never seek formal treatment...

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.  ~G.K. Chesterton An adorned body without a sound...

Caring for a parent or elderly loved one can bring with it a lot of emotions and stress. Shifting roles from child to caregiver can be difficult. Our team is here to help you through this transition.

Transitions: How to Cope With Change and Set Realistic Expectations and Cope With Transition

Change is inevitable, in fact they say that the only thing in life that is constant is change. If we pay attention, we can see that even in nature things are constantly changing. The seasons...

Experiencing emotional abuse can create feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, and overall emotional distress. If you are currently or have experienced emotional abuse, do not be afraid to reach out for help.

Experiencing violence and abuse within a family can be traumatic and bring long-lasting psychological distress. If you or someone you love are currently or has experienced abuse, we are here for you. You do not need to be afraid to reach out for help.

Phobias are an overwhelming fear or anxiety regarding a specific situation or thing. The anxiety surrounding a phobia can seem uncontrollable. Our therapists are here to help you learn how to cope and eliminate the phobia and fear you are experiencing.

What Happens When it Feels Like the House is on Fire!

Human beings are magnificently designed. When we are in a life-threatening situation our body reacts while shutting down our prefrontal cortex where planning, analyzing and problem solving occur. This process allows us to react immediately...

If you are experiencing concerns regarding your sexuality or gender identity, The Summit is a safe place for you. Our therapists are here to hear you and walk with you on your journey.

Just as seasons are a natural part of each calendar year, change is also a part of the fabric of every life.

How to Cope with Grief during the Holidays

The holidays are “supposed to” bring joy and peace, but many people do not have that experience as they are coping with the loss of a loved one. No matter when the loss occurred, the...

Monkey Bars and the Normal Grief of Living Well

In playgrounds, there used to be a structure called the Monkey Bars. I believe they’re too dangerous to be included in most public spaces anymore, but they were the test of endurance and strength (and...

A Hole in Your Heart: Living with Grief and Loss 

I was talking with a client the other day, let’s call her Julie (not her real name), about the recent loss of a relationship which had affected her deeply. Our conversation went something like this: Me:...

Physical health concerns produce high levels of anxiety and worry. If you or a loved one are experiencing concerns with your physical health, our therapists are here to walk with you and provide tools to help you cope and manage your emotional health during this difficult time.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Childhood Cancer

Facing cancer is an immense challenge for anyone, but for children, it means grappling with their mortality at an age meant for dreams of being a princess or a superhero. For their parents it is...

Chronic Pain Series: The Importance of Pain-Validation

“…If only things would hurt in a clearer way.” – Excerpt of a poem by Fortesa Latifi titled “chronic illness” Chronic pain can be a truly debilitating experience. Whether you deal with pounding migraines, searing...

September: Sickle Cell Awareness Month

There’s a disease that affects approximately 100,000 people in this country and millions more across the globe. It’s an illness many have never even heard of, it’s entirely based on genetics, and it’s arguably the...

Infertility and IVF treatments create psychological, emotional, and physiological stressors. Given this, many women and couples find themselves with elevated levels of anxiety and depression. Our Summit therapists are here to walk with you during this difficult time.

Coping with the Anxiety of IVF

Research indicates that around 1 million babies were born in the United States between 1987 and 2015 through the use of IVF or other assisted reproductive technologies.  These procedures have given couples new hope; infertility...

Whether physical or emotional, intimacy is an important part of any romantic relationship. The Summit is here to help you feel safe in this complex part of life and relationships, respecting your values and integrating aspects of body, mind, and spirit perspectives into your understanding of intimacy issues.

Learning disabilities can bring with it difficulties in school, low self-esteem, and stress in peer relationships. If you or your child have been diagnosed or needs a psychological assessment, our therapists are here to help.

Low self-esteem can significantly impact your quality of life and negatively paint your view of yourself. You deserve to love yourself and live your life with confidence. Our therapists are here to help you develop a higher sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.

My Child is Struggling with Their Body Image - How Can I Help Them?

Anyone can struggle with body image; Research shows that children as young as 3 years old can have body image concerns. As a therapist who works with children and teens, this question comes up a...

Self-Esteem and Self-Actualization versus the Transcendent Self 

In my counseling practice, I am often asked about the importance of a healthy self-esteem, and how to get a “better” one: “My performance (in school, in sports, in social situations) suffers because I don’t...

10 Tips to Boost your Child’s Self-Esteem

Wanting your child to grow and develop into a happy, confident individual is normal for many parents. Though this is a common goal for most parents, it’s not always clear how to help your child...

All marriages have their ups and downs and therapy can help you strengthen the relationship between you and your spouse. Through marriage therapy, we will help you gain a new perspective about yourself, your partner, and your relationship.

3 Reasons for Premarital Counseling

Often when you find that special person that you are ready to marry ‘until death do you part,’ you’ll have plenty of input from others. Many of your friends and family will be telling you...

Engagement - NOT The Ring-Giving Kind!

When we hear the word “engagement” in the context of a marriage relationship, we usually think about that memorable occassion where a guy gives a girl a ring to start the whole matrimonial process!  But...

Love Cycles, Fear Cycles: Reduce Conflict and Increase Connection in Your Relationship
The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship
Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

Good mental health helps you get through life’s challenges, to have healthy relationships with others and to enjoy life. The Summit is here to help promote a general, overall mental wellness for men in our community.

The parent-child bond is one of the most important relationships we have. It is important we know how to effectively navigate and strengthen these relationships with our parents and children.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Childhood Cancer

Facing cancer is an immense challenge for anyone, but for children, it means grappling with their mortality at an age meant for dreams of being a princess or a superhero. For their parents it is...

How to Build your Child’s Self-Esteem

A child’s self-esteem begins with a positive self-identity, which is critical for building a foundation for confidence, happiness, and emotional well-being. When children have a positive self-identity, they can navigate through life with a sense...

Unlocking Discipline: The 5 Critical Components

Discipline is often misconstrued as a form of punishment and what comes to mind most is spanking. However, the essence of discipline is teaching and guiding. At its core discipline means providing structure, consistency, and...

Parenting is the “role” of a lifetime. It begins when you have your first child and it never really ends. Becoming parents is the most significant change that the majority of couples experience in their marriage. It brings both incredible rewards and some of life’s most difficult challenges.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Childhood Cancer

Facing cancer is an immense challenge for anyone, but for children, it means grappling with their mortality at an age meant for dreams of being a princess or a superhero. For their parents it is...

Creating a Values-Based Summer Plan

One of the tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is identifying your values, or the things that are most important to you, and taking action steps toward living out those values in your everyday...

How ADHD Can Impact Emotions

We are accustomed to looking for the common symptoms of ADHD. In the health care field and the school systems, we commonly look for symptoms that include, fidgeting or restlessness, difficulty managing time, impulsive behavior,...

The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child’s Problems into Strengths
Head Strong: A Parenting Survival Kit for Reducing Tension and Building Self-Esteem

Personality disorders involve long-term patterns of thinking and behaving that result in impaired relationships with others and often cause distress for the individual who experiences them. Through Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) our therapists can help you see your behavior in a new way and learn healthier ways of reacting to situations.  

DBT Explained

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of cognitive behavioral therapy originally developed by Marsha Linehan to treat those who suffer with repeated suicidal thoughts and urges. According to an article by the New...

Physical abuse can leave lasting negative effects not only physically, but emotionally as well. If you or someone you love is currently or has experienced physical abuse, we are here for you. You do not need to be afraid to reach out for help.

PTSD and Intimate Partner Violence (Excerpt from PTSD Monthly Update from the US Dept. of VA)

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers specifically to violence and aggression between intimate partners. IPV can include physical, sexual or psychological abuse or stalking. In the United States, about 1 in 4 women (or 27%) and...

Pregnancy and giving birth is an incredible feat, but it can also bring with it unexpected changes like depression, hopelessness, anger, fatigue and anxiety. Our therapists are here to walk with you and navigate this new season of life and motherhood.

Individuals with an addiction to gambling, gaming, or compulsion issues can be successfully treated with a recovery plan built around individual, couple, and/or family therapy.

Navigating romantic relationships can be complicated. No matter what you and your partner are experiencing, The Summit is here for you.

Excuses, Excuses: How to Move from Defensiveness to Understanding in Relationships

Fred: “What’s the big deal, anyway? Why do we have to keep rehashing this? Just let it go!” Joan: “No! I can’t just let it go. You hurt me and all you do is keep...

Healing from Divorce

The old Greek poet named Menander said, “Time is the healer of all necessary evils.” More modern authors have altered the proverb, “Time heals all wounds.” Just because something is a proverb does not make...

Secrets Destroy

There is a big difference between privacy and secrecy. Privacy is when someone goes into the bathroom, locks the door, and comes out 5 minutes later. Everyone knows what you’re doing, you just did it...

When life seems overwhelming and depression and anxiety seem uncontrollable, people sometimes turn to self-harm and self-injurious behavior to combat these feelings. We are here to help you find healthy alternative coping skills.

You Don’t Have to Be Alone

September 10, 2019 was World Suicide Prevention Day. I work with many clients that deal with trauma and/or depression. I’ve worked with many clients that have contemplated or attempted suicide. Previous to my career as...

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is an epidemic that has been impacting our nation and community. It’s important to take some time to touch on this difficult topic. A big part of this is learning to be intentional about...

No Longer Wanting to Die (excerpt from New York Times)

No Longer Wanting to Die By Will Lippinscott New York Times – May 16, 2015 After decades of therapy and in patient hospitalization, Mr. Lippincott describes his experience of being suicidal and how dialectical behavior...

Sex and pornography addiction can strain romantic relationships and affects your overall mental health.

We are here to help individuals and couples feel safe and their values respected in this complex part of life and relationships; integrating body, mind, and spirit into your understanding of sexual issues

The Summit offers a spiritually integrated approach to counseling based on the client’s personal spirituality and religion. If you are experiencing spiritual issues or concerns, our therapists are here to provide counseling and support.

Stress can have physical, mental and emotional symptoms. Our therapists are here to help you learn to reduce and manage your stress.

Five Quick Tools to Alleviate Stress at Work

In today’s fast-paced work environment, it’s crucial to have quick and effective strategies to alleviate stress. Below are five tools you can use in around ten minutes to improve your mental health during a work...

Preparing for Finals

As finals are approaching, it is a common time where students might get overly stressed and burnt out. Here are some tips to help prevent burnout and reduce stress. Since this is a higher-pressure time,...

Resiliency for Adults

Resiliency can be a buzzword for many. What does it mean? Well, Webster defines resiliency as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change.” In counseling, we look at things like...

Our goal is to help you assess your need for substance abuse and addiction services, or other addiction services (like sexual addiction or gambling addiction). We also help those with compulsive disorders such as eating disorders or compulsive spending. We help you to determine the level of care that best fits your needs and we either provide that care or refer you to someone who can.

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors, know that you are not alone. The Summit is here to help assess and manage suicide risk, develop a safety plan and teach you affective coping skills If you are experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress and cannot reach anyone at our office, call the Georgia Crisis Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or visit your nearest emergency room.

How to Help a Loved One with Suicidal Thoughts

In the United States, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among individuals aged 10-14 and 25-34, according to a 2020 study by the CDC. Suicide has become such a common topic for kids...

How to Show Up for Your Suicidal Loved One

When someone you love expresses to you their deep emotional pain or shares their thoughts of suicide, it can be extremely difficult. People experiencing such emotions are vulnerable and need their support network to show...

Children’s Hospitals See More Cases of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Written by, Nancy Clanton As schools shifted to distance learning and extracurricular activities were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, many kids lost vital resources for maintaining their mental health. Government figures show the proportion of...

Psychological and physical trauma can impact us in more ways than we realize. The trauma we experience can tremendously impact our quality of life and overall mental wellbeing. Our therapists are here to walk with you and help you develop healthy tools and ways to cope. You are not alone.

Women face a multitude of gender specific issues and our team of therapists are here to work with you through every age and stage of life.