Though you can't go back and change the beginning, you can have a fresh start to a new ending.

Our Mission and Vision

We understand that many people require support in understanding themselves or getting back on life’s track. However, few people actually seek the help to do so. We admire you for taking this first step.

Our providers use a range of modalities to help you get a “fresh start” in home, school, social, and relational areas. We believe in true, long-term, and effective change, not just improvements for the moment.



Why Choose Us

At Fresh Start for the Mind, we provide a comprehensive range of services that assist individuals in improving and transforming their lives.  Our expert team offers Psychiatry and Medication Management, ensuring personalized and effective treatment plans to address a variety of mental health needs. Our Psychological Evaluations and Academic Testing helps identify strengths and areas of growth, underlying influences to mental health symptoms, and differentiation between overlapping diagnoses – all leading to targeted recommendations for success in home, school, or work settings.  Through Counseling & Coaching, our providers utilize a variety of interventions to understand and empower individuals, fostering personal growth and life fulfillment. Additionally, our Nutrition Support aims to enhance overall well-being, recognizing the crucial connection between mental and physical health. At Fresh Start for the Mind, we are committed to empowering our clients with the tools and guidance they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Meet your Care Team

At Fresh Start for the Mind, our team stands out as a model of professionalism and expertise in the field of psychological services. Each member possesses exceptional qualifications and education, with a strong foundation in their respective specialties. Our licensed clinical psychologists bring a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge to craft comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment plans. Our psychiatrists are at the forefront of cutting-edge medication management, ensuring optimal outcomes for our clients. With unwavering dedication, our team is committed to the well-being and improvement of our clients’ lives, going above and beyond to provide the highest standard of care. We take great pride in being the best in our field, continuously honing our skills, and staying updated with the latest advancements to deliver transformative results that inspire lasting positive change.

J. Denise McKinney, Psy.D.

Natasha Thomas, M.D.

Dale R. Goodman, Ph.D., D. Min.

Janell Hargrove Brooks, PhD

What are you waiting for?

We understand that many people require support in understanding themselves or getting back on life’s track. However, few people actually seek the help to do so. We admire you for taking this first step

Frequently Asked Questions

Appointments and Scheduling

  • How do I make an appointment?

    Click on this link to complete an online request form. This is the quickest way to get a response and avoid playing phone tag. We understand that everyone is busy and can’t always answer phone calls. Please let us know on the form when is a convenient time for us to call regarding your appointment request. You may also call 404-808-1161 and follow the prompts.

  • What insurance do you accept?

    We accept most major insurance for psychological evaluations except for United Healthcare and Kaiser. Insurance coverage is NOT practice wide, it is by provider. Not all providers take the same insurance. Some of our providers are not in network with any insurance. Please see provider page for more information on network status.

Psychological Evaluations

  • What are some of the things you test for?

    You can find a list of things we test here - Psychological and Academic Testing 

  • How does the evaluation process work?

    Our evaluation process consist of 3 steps; Intake, Testing, and Feedback

    1. INTAKE - You (or parent/guardian of a minor) will meet with a psychologist for a one-hour virtual appointment to obtain information on health, history, and specific concerns. After discussing your (or a minor’s) history, the psychologist will discuss the evaluation process, scheduling, and costs based on the type of evaluation determined.  
    2. TESTING – Generally conducted across 1-3 appointment sessions (approximately 2-3 hours each) – sometimes less and sometimes more. Qualified psychometrists (evaluators) administer testing ordered by the psychologist, and these professionals work closely together to assess, score/interpret, and provide a final report of the findings.
    3. FEEDBACK – Generally scheduled 8 weeks from the last date of testing. You will receive a call or email from our administrative team for scheduling, at the request of the psychologist. In this appointment (usually virtual, using the same link as the intake appointment), the psychologist will discuss the report findings and next-step recommendations, and answer any questions you may have based on the process and results. 

Costs for Evaluation With and Without Insurance

  • If you will be using insurance.

    You will not get a real estimate until the intake appointment because there is clinical information that plays a part in the total estimate. The psychologist must know how much/what kind of testing is needed. An estimate is not a guarantee of payment by your insurance provider. If you would like to be proactive and call your insurance company for specific coverage, you can provide them with the psychological testing procedure codes: 96130, 96131, 96136, 96137, 96138, and 96139. The insurance company will give you costs per unit/code for testing. The amount of codes and type of testing needed will be determined at the time of intake. 

  • Private Pay Cost

    You will not get a real estimate until the intake appointment because there is clinical information that plays a part in the total estimate. The psychologist must know how much/what kind of testing is needed. Comprehensive evaluations for private pay patients generally range from $2000 to $3500, depending on the specific testing required. 


Our Happy Clients

2 months ago
Dr. McKinney and her team were amazing! She was able to get us appointments within the next week. The whole team is very friendly and the team who did in person testing with my son was great. You could tell they truly enjoy what they do and they were great with kids. The entire process was easy, as they were sure to let us know the expected turnaround time up front. Dr. McKinney is very knowledgeable and provided insight to any questions I had to help us move in the right direction. I would highly recommend if you are looking for testing for your child!
4 months ago
The staff at Fresh Start were all extremely attentive and empathetic. They've always leave room for me to show up in any state that my heart may be in. Incredibly kind, comforting, and easy to get along with! Always understands the points I am trying to make and helps me correct behaviors without making me feel inferior! 5 STARS!!
a year ago
Our family has had a wonderful experience with Fresh Start For The Mind! My son was initially evaluated in March 2020 by Dr. Brooke Jones (who is phenomenal) when he was three years old. We recently revisited for Play Therapy with their play therapist, Kristen, and had a wonderful experience. My son absolutely loved her, and looked forward to his visits each time. The room she does her therapy in is every child's idea of playroom Heaven, and she is great with the families and children! We couldn't recommend her more, and will definitely be back to see her in the future should the need arise! Fresh Start has been a wonderful experience for our family.
a year ago
I first started using Fresh Start in 2014 and my family has been coming here ever since. I had myself and 2 of my 3 children evaluated here and had a pleasant experience each time. From the scheduling, referrals, and front desk staff to the providers, I have nothing but great things to say about this office. When my daughter's school system received her report, the school psychologist said it was "the most thorough and beautiful report" she had ever seen. Since then I send everybody I know here. Highly recommend this office.