Johanna Wendell, Clinical Mental Health Therapist, M.A. Clinical Psychology, LAPC
My goal as a mental health counselor is to help you achieve your goals. I will certainly help you define goals if right now if you are simply not sure what is wrong and/or what you want to change, but my place is not to impose my values, judgments, or goals on you. I am here for you. My purpose is to help you figure out what the problem(s) is that is impacting your life, which you may already know, (e.g., chronic depression, a painful trauma history, overwhelming anxiety, problems at home, a stressful work environment, etc) and how you and I can collaboratively work together to treat the problem, whether it be externally, internally, or in most cases both. I can offer techniques and strategies that I have learned are most helpful for particular concerns (e.g., coping techniques for anxiety), but the bulk of our therapy will be working through issues, such as identifying the root of the problem, what is maintaining the problem, and identifying feasible, do-able, effective ways to treat the problem that appeal to your strengths and preferences. We will consistently monitor your progress with regard to your goals and accordingly direct our future sessions. I will provide the utmost support, empathy, and care I can to help you get to where you want to be.
I would never recommend something unless I had personally tried it, and therapy has transformed my life. It is a way for us to solve our problems in the long-term, identify blind spots we have lived with our entire lives and change thoughts/behaviors that may have been negatively impacting us without our awareness for years, and help us recognize and enhance our strengths (e.g., increase work productivity, increase social skills). I have been where you may be right now-feeling like all hope is lost and that things could never possibly change or get better. A therapist changed my mind when he helped change my life, and I have been dedicated to this field ever since.
Anyone can benefit from counseling, as we all can benefit from self-improvement, and counseling is simply deciding to take measures to improve ourselves, by enhancing our coping skills, strengths, work-life balance, relationships, holistic well-being and happiness. Through personal experience and seeing the lives of my clients dramatically improve, I know our time spent together will be beneficial. I have had severely depressed clients who had lost all hope and contemplated suicide become some of the most positive, happy people I have ever met. I have had clients who suffered from severe anxiety disorders (OCD, panic disorder, social phobia) overcome their fears, which they never would have imagined possible. It is amazing to just have the opportunity to work with you and be a part of your life journey of self-improvement and see the positive transformations that take place.
I received my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University. Over the past five years, I have worked at Grady Hospital, leading groups to individuals suffering from severe mental disorders, Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders, an outpatient eating disorder facility in which I provided individual as well as many different group therapies to clients suffering from eating and other related disorders, and Emory University's Counseling center, where I counseled undergraduate and graduate students with an array of mental health concerns. I also worked at the Regents Center for Learning Disorders, where under the supervision of licensed psychologists, I provided comprehensive neuro-psychological evaluations to college students, scored and interpreted results, wrote reports, held feedback sessions, and provided recommendations for accommodations. I also worked at the Georgia State University Psychology Clinic for three years, providing long-term individual counseling services to members of the community. I now work in two locations: 1) Marietta, GA 30060 under the direction and supervision of Dr. Richard Shook at his private practice and 2) Atlanta, GA 30305 under the direction of Katie Truax, LPC at TRU Integrative Health & Wellness. I will obtain my LPC in August 2014.
I utilize different theoretical orientations (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, psychodynamic) contingent upon the clients' needs. I have extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and counseling adolescents and adults with eating disorders, anxiety disorders (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, specific phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), PTSD, trauma, severe depression, ADHD, substance use disorders (primarily alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana dependence), relationship/marital difficulties, insomnia, addictions, grief, low self-esteem, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders. Much of my counseling has also focused on replacing maladaptive coping with more adaptive and long-lasting effective coping strategies, improving relationship problems, parenting, social skills, assertive communication, and anger/rage difficulties. I also engage in life coaching and guidance counseling for those who would like assistance with present and future life (e.g., career, relationship, education, spirituality, finance, etc.) goals.
I also conduct mental health/psychological evaluations for those who are interested in being assessed for learning disorders, mental health/personality disorders, or who are court-ordered to receive mental health evaluations.
I currently do not take insurance, so my sessions are all self-pay. That being said, I am aware of financial difficulties and will do everything I can to ensure that we can work something out so that you can come in at a price you can afford. I offer affordable sessions as well as a sliding scale. My goal is to provide affordable therapy because I do not want paying for sessions to be an additional stressor and hinder you from receiving services, especially when financial difficulties may be one of your primary concerns. Please feel free to call me to discuss further if money is a concern; I am confident we can work something out.
I have available times Monday through Saturday and offer phone sessions, as I realize sometimes it is not feasible to schedule appointments during typical work hours or drive to my office locations. I am happy to see you at your convenience. I am extremely flexible and will do my best to ensure that you can be seen at a convenient time, as I am happy to work with your schedule. I have seen so many clients who desire to receive and would benefit from counseling, but not be able to because they cannot afford it or they cannot come in during the typically available 9-5 Mon-Fri times because they need to work to provide for their families and pay the bills. My goal is to decrease these barriers by offering affordable therapy at convenient times because I do not want that to be a deterrence for those who desire to receive help but are unable to do so for these reasons. If you do not have transportation or the means to make it to one of my office locations, I also offer phone sessions Mon-Sun.
My two locations are easily accesible from Smyrna, Vinings, Roswell, Calhoun, Sandy Springs, Powder Springs, Lithia Springs, Acworth, Woodstock, Mableton, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Hiram, Villa Rica, Dunwoody, Norcross, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Clarkston, Alpharetta, Duluth, Canton, Milton, Decatur, Midtown, Downtown and other parts of the Atlanta metro area. If neither of my office locations are conveniently located/accessible for you, I am happy to schedule phone sessions Mon-Sun.
I look forward to speaking to and meeting with you soon!
Years in Practice: 5 Years
Avg Cost (per session): $90-$130
Private Practice of Dr. Richard E. Shook
TRU Integrative Health & Wellness, LLC
Email Johanna Wendell:
Call Johanna Wendell:
Dates / Times: