OUR EFFECTIVE & CARING PROVIDERS:
Dr. Jones is a Licensed Psychologist, who specializes in psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. As an evaluator, Dr. Jones takes pride in offering comprehensive and thorough assessments, and considering all areas of functioning, including physical health and environmental/cultural issues that may mimic or underlie psychological disorders. She writes comprehensive and clear reports that offer solid insight and helpful recommendations for individuals with Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Disorders, ADHD/ADD, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Trauma Impacts. Dr. Jones earned her Doctorate & Master of Arts degrees in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University Atlanta). She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hampton University in Virginia. In 2009, she completed an APA-approved internship in Chicago, IL, while completing her dissertation, “Attributational Styles in Sexually Abused Children: Age, Gender, & Ethnicity Differences.” She has also held clinical positions in group practices and taught undergraduate studies in psychology. Personally, Dr. Jones comes from a big, loving family. She is an active Christian and youth group leader. She enjoys watching football, training in HapKiDo martial arts, and traveling with her husband and toddler son.
Dr. Goodman provides solution-focused and cognitive behavioral counseling for individuals, couples and families. His approach is to explore underlying issues hindering life and relationships, and to provide sound solutions that work. Clients improve greatly in their thoughts, perceptions, emotions, behavior and relationships. Dr. Goodman has an extensive background in counseling education, training and experience. His vision is to help clients overcome and pursue their God-given potential. Dr. Goodman’s broken childhood and years of recovery have provided enormous empathy for the broken, deep insights for their wounds and the work necessary to heal. He has expertise in counseling for couples, adults and teens. He is a trained marriage facilitator for PREPARE/ENRICH, a marital assessment tool for couples.
Dr. Goodman is licensed through the National Christian Counselors Association as a Clinical Pastoral Counselor with Advanced Certification. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance, Adjunct Professor with Olivet Nazarene University, and founder of Eden Ministries International, authored several Kindle books; speaks, teaches and develops resources for couples and parents of teens. Dr. Goodman is married to his wife, Linda. They have one daughter, Shannon, and four grandchildren living in the Chicago area.
Dr. Ramey is an Adlerian counselor, who specializes in healthy family preservation. Although she enjoys working with all members of the family, she focuses on counseling teens, who often have difficulty communicating with parents and adults in general. Dr. Ramey’s approach is down to earth, interactive and strength based. Since no two clients are alike, she uses an individualized and highly personalized approach to treatment. Dr. Ramey has worked for ten years to help clients with problems such as: Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Familial Discord, Abuse (victim and perpetrator), Communication, Anger Management, Grief, Anxiety, and Depression.
In addition to counseling, Dr. Ramey works as a social interest filmmaker and a counselor educator. She had led many seminars for stress management and parenting and she supervises LAPCs for licensure. Her book, “Got 5,” is a practical parenting guide that she uses to teach parents and caretakers how to effectively parent “strong willed” kids and teens. Dr. Ramey is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling, both from Argosy University. Dr. Ramey lives in Roswell with her husband and four daughters.
Dr. Breanne Dugger is a Postdoctoral Fellow, under the direct supervision of Dr. Jones. She conducts thorough psychological evaluations and provides effective therapy. She has a passion for clinical work and a commitment to providing thoughtful and comprehensive psychological assessments. Her experiences range from completing psychological assessments for adults, adolescents, and children to providing individual and group therapy and outreach and consultation services to late adolescents and adults. She also has an interest in couples work. As an assessor, Dr. Dugger strives to write reports that answer referral questions in a clear and concise manner, while taking a strength-based approach and providing helpful and in-depth recommendations. As a therapist, Dr. Dugger’s ultimate goal is to build a collaborative and trusting relationship by assisting her clients in feeling safe and supported. Together she works with each of her clients toward growth through new experiences and self-understanding by exploring past and present interpersonal experiences. Dr. Dugger often incorporates mindfulness and other relaxation and coping techniques into treatment in order to assist clients in working through stressors outside of the therapy room. Dr. Dugger completed her Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at GSPP at Argosy University-Atlanta and her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Alabama State University. She completed her Doctoral Internship at the University of California, Merced’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Dugger’s clinical interests include: Interpersonal-Dynamic psychotherapy, Feminist theory, cultural diversity, social justice, women’s issues, identity development, LGBTQ and questioning, relationship/attachment issues, and self-esteem/self-image. Dr. Dugger is passionate about the services she provides and is inspired by the stories and journeys of her clients.
Dr. Dugger works solely at the Stockbridge location.
Dr. Thomas has had a life-long love for the understanding of biology and medicine. She is a Daytona Beach, Florida native and began her educational career at Spelman College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and also minored in Writing. In 2006, she graduated from Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami with her Doctor of Medicine degree and a passion to pursue training in Psychiatry. She was accepted into the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Maryland/Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, which is rated as one of the top 10 psychiatric hospitals in the United States (#6). While there, she was selected to serve as a Chief Resident. Dr. Thomas has enjoyed practicing in the Metro Atlanta area for the past 6 years and in 2014 earned a certificate in sex therapy from the Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Thomas believes it is an honor to serve as a psychiatrist and truly enjoys her work with her patients. She also enjoys family time, reading, travel, dining, and the arts.
Having worked across schools, hospitals and universities in Australia, India, and UK, Dr. David is a Psychologist with a breath of international practice expertise. She can assist in trans-cultural issues, life transitions, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and trauma, & attachment concerns for adolescents and adults. She also welcomes providing service to couples and individuals who practice alternative sexual lifestyles.
Dr. David’s approach is based on current proven strategies in addressing emotional, behavioral and psychological problems. She will provide verified skills and tools to help you handle your individual circumstances. Her facilitative approach uses a number of techniques that compliment Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. Dr. David considers you as the expert of your life and is strongly committed to being open and genuine in her approach to you whilst also being creative in structuring her therapy sessions.
“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” This is another quote that Dr. McKinney believes in wholeheartedly, which is why, in addition to her own schooling and past experience, she enlists the help of her therapy dog, Dutch, an Irish Cream Golden Retriever. Dutch doesn’t see issues or struggles. He sees a person. He sees a child. And without saying a word, he can offer a gentle paw or a soothing sigh or gentle comfort to someone who desperately needs a friend. All simple gestures, which can work miracles in the mind and heart of a hurting person.
Dr. Denise McKinney, Psy.D., earned her Doctorate from Argosy University in Atlanta. She completed her Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology at East Tennessee State University and received her Bachelors of Art from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Clinical Psychology within in a vast range of settings. She has assessed and worked with ages ranging from 2 to 85 with an array of difficulties. During her graduate work, she specialized in child and adolescents with focus on trauma-related issues as well as many different types of family, school and emotional struggles. Dr. McKinney also has extensive experience working with adults with issues including substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, and marital problems. Dr. McKinney has conducted assessments on children, adolescents and adults to help determine functioning and to drive treatment planning. Dr. McKinney is experienced in assessing disorders of attention-deficit/hyperactivity, behavioral and emotional functioning, cognitive or academic abilities (including learning disabilities), autism-spectrum, trauma impacts, and personality. Her experience in these areas offers her clients a comprehensive evaluation with extensive recommendations for how to manage any diagnoses discovered throughout the evaluation process.
As a psychologist, Dr. McKinney strives to develop a trusting and lasting relationship with her clients and she feels this is the cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship. Once a therapeutic relationship has been established, she will use a variety of techniques to help you make the desired change you are striving to meet in your life. Dr. McKinney uses a mindfulness approach along with cognitive behavioral techniques to help you meet your goals that brought you to seek therapy. She also utilizes play and art therapy with children and adolescents to help them engage and also develop a strong therapeutic relationship. When working with this age group she sees the family as an integral part of the therapeutic process and actively includes them in the process.
Dr. McKinney works solely at the Canton location.
Ysannia Hendrix, M.A. is under the direct supervision of Dr. Jones, as a Psychometrist. Ysannia obtained a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies from Western Michigan University. Some of her previous experience includes working with children at various learning centers and extensive involvement with diverse populations. She received a M.A. in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. While attaining her graduate degree, Ysannia worked as an instructor at a school for children with Autism. In this role she provided evidence-based educational programming and behavior support services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in an enriched, multifaceted learning environment to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University to earn a second Masters degree to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with an Emphasis in Children and Adolescence Disorders. Ysannia is also fluent in Spanish and loves translating for Spanish speaking individuals.
Chelsea completed her internship year at Mercer University where she offered individual and group therapy for clients experiencing various issues including: depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, perfectionism, boundary setting, marital conflict, and parenting concerns. She believes in developing a therapeutic relationship that allows her clients to feel safe, accepted, and motivated to make the changes they are seeking in therapy. Chelsea is passionate about providing holistic psychotherapy by utilizing a strengths-based approach where she focuses on helping children, adolescents, and adults make desired changes and thrive in their lives. Counseling from a Christian perspective is available at client’s request.
Ms. Rhyne has been in the educational field for over 15 years. In 2002, she began assessing and tutoring students with learning differences. Shortly after that, she became an educational consultant and was instrumental in helping families find the best schools, tutors, and therapist for their children. In 2007, she opened a home-school enrichment facility for families in the Alpharetta/Cumming area. In 2010, she opened Hayden’s Way, a school for children with learning differences, where she created a multi-sensory curriculum that catered to students who were academically challenged. While at Hayden’s Way, Ms. Rhyne created and administered a peer mentoring program and other social groups specifically for students with autism and other learning differences. She also helped to create improvisation activities to aid such students in understanding body language and making eye contact, two skills that are difficult for autistic students, but crucial in life. Ms. Rhyne constructed complete behavioral programs that were implemented by staff and parents. Ms. Rhyne has also been instrumental in helping students transition from high school into college or vocational school. Ms. Rhyne enjoys working with students and enabling them to reach their fullest potential. When not helping families, she enjoys reading, music, traveling and being on the lake with her husband and two children.
Krissy is the Office Manager for Fresh Start for the Mind. She has 10 years of clinical management experience for regular medical and behavioral health services. She has extensive knowledge in medical office management, insurance research and verification, and scheduling management for our Fresh Start providers. She resides in Cumming with her husband, teen-age son and rescue pup. She enjoys snorkeling, reading and watching NFL football. Her passion and commitment to helping others is apparent in her day-to-day interaction with our clients and her co-workers.
Jenny has over 30 years of experience in Customer Service and Office Operations. She believes in nurturing the mind, body and spirit to help people succeed. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Georgia is where she calls home. She enjoys spending time with her husband, large family and friends. She is also an avid animal advocate and is a volunteer and Board Member of BullsEye Rescue in Atlanta, GA.