Counseling/Therapy Services:

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  • Individual counseling with all age groups
  • Couples/Marriage counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Cooperative Parenting for divorced/separated parents
  • Adolescent female group counseling
  • Christian counseling upon request
  • Play Therapy
  • Bilingual Therapy for Spanish Speaking Clients

  • Court Mandated Assessments & Treatment:

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  • Drug and Alcohol Assessments and individual treatment
  • Anger Assessments and individual treatment
  • Mental Health Assessments and individual treatment
  • Domestic Violence Assessments and individual treatment
  • Supervised Visitation
  • Alcohol and Drug testing

  • Other services/common concerns we address:

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  • ADD/ADHD Evaluations and Treatment
  • Expert Testimony for child custody hearings
  • Domestic Abuse/Family Violence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Grief & Loss
  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders
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  • Ita Gilbert Dore’
    MS, LPC, Clinical Director

    Ita specializes in adolescent, adult, and family counseling.  She employs a strong inter-agency approach to treatment by coordinating services with school, legal, public, and private agencies as needed.  She has been in private practice in the North Georgia area for over 20 years and has extensive experience working with substance abuse, parenting, adolescents, women’s issues, domestic violence,and helping divorced parents/blended families keep the best interest of the child first.  She qualifies as an expert witness in the areas of domestic violence, child custody and visitation, and other related issues in several counties in Georgia.

    Ita is known to be very frank and genuine with the clients she serves, fostering a very mutually open experience for clients to explore and discover the root causes of their issues.  She approaches therapy with a, “teach them to fish rather than giving them the fish” perspective in order to empower her clients to take concepts discovered and apply them on their own.  She uses her personal experiences to create a non-judgmental atmosphere with an, “I’ve been there and done that too” spirit.  Personally, Ita is the mother of six children in a blended family giving her real life experience with step parenting and maintaining the family beyond divorce.  Having a practice on a farm setting, she developed the belief that, “the only difference between manure and good fertilizer is what you do with it.”  She knows and teaches clients that the struggles in a person’s life can be fertile soil for great growth.l


    Published: May 28, 2015

    Donna W Ratliff

    Restoring hope and rebuilding lives, Donna has been in practice for twenty years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Nationally Certified School Counselor.

    She provides counseling services on a variety of issues, including; anxiety, depression, teen issues, and grief and loss. She provides help to hurting adolescents, marriages, families and women. She offers conventional or Christian counseling in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.

    Donna’s approach to counseling is empathetic and growth oriented. Her goal is to empower clients to develop their personal strengths and skills to help them resolve life issues so they will be able to live a healthy and fulfilling life.


    Published: May 28, 2015

    Jerry Cox
    Ed.S, LPC, NCC

    “I don’t judge, talk in phony psychobabble, or give up. I am about authenticity, insight, and empowerment. There are utilities inside of us that lead us toward growth. Sometimes we lose sight of our own capacities. I am good at helping people use those utilities to take charge of their lives. Life should not be about coping, it should be about possibilities! I work with adolescents and adults on a wide range of issues.”


    Published: May 28, 2015

    Jodi Giuliano

    As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Jodi works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Particular areas of focus include: victims of domestic violence, adolescents and their families struggling with relationships during a critical time, young adults transitioning into a new stage in life, co-parenting, whether as a result of divorce or couples just needing to get on the same page where it involves their children as well as individuals wrestling with personal issues in their everyday lives. In addition, Jodi manages the supervised visitation area of our center, coordinating the legal and individual aspects between parents and attorneys.
    Jodi received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Community Counseling through Argosy University. Jodi understands every individual has a unique set of circumstances and goals with equally unique ways of striving for them. Jodi seeks to meet individuals and families where they are and help them reach happier and more fulfilled lives.


    Published: May 28, 2015

    Debra W. Thompson

    Debra is a Certified Trauma Counselor and she specializes in trauma and grief counseling for children, women and families. She also works with attachment issues, anxiety, and parenting. Debra provides counseling to couples who are struggling to remain together for their children.

    Debra is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University, a master’s degree in Counseling from University of Southern Mississippi and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University.  Debra has worked for more than fifteen years in schools and private settings.


    Published: May 28, 2015

    Laurie Johnson
    LAPC, MEd., NCC

    Laurie works with adolescents and adults through individual, family and couples therapy. Laurie received her undergraduate from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta.

    Her areas of specialization include grief and loss, walking through divorce, PTSD, and addiction. Laurie likes to empower her clients to move forward while also recognizing how significant experiences from the past may be inhibiting their potential in the present.

    Laurie also received a Master’s in Education from Georgia State University. Using this educational perspective, she enjoys working with adolescents, giving them a visual perspective of how and why the brain creates emotion. She believes that clients need to understand the nature of their feelings as well as gain relief from sharing them. Through her own life experience, Laurie’s outlook is to view change as a positive experience! She enjoys creating an authentic relationship with all of her clients.


    Published: June 11, 2014

    Catalina Laurenzano

    Catalina Laurenzano is a licensed professional counselor. She received her masters in Counseling Psychology in Boulder, Colorado. Catalina is originally from Colombia and comes to Cherokee Center for Change Counseling with over 8 years of counseling experience working with traumatized clients. She is fluent in both English and her native Spanish.
    For the last 4 years, Catalina has specialized in working with children ages 3 to 17 treating not only trauma, but a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, social skills, irritability, outbursts, experiences of bullying, and divorce/separation of parents. She is committed to find creative and experiential methods to help children and adolescents reach their full potential. Catalina has experience consulting with schools, child welfare, and supporting parents to assure the children have the environment necessary to flourish.


    Published: July 15, 2011

    Therese Wyatt
    MS, LPC, NCC

    Therese holds a BA degree in Psychology form University of Tennessee and a MS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She specializes in treating adolescents, young adults and adult women of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression and past unresolved trauma. She also works with individuals and couples struggling with relationship issues. Therese recognizes that humans were made to be in relationship with others and many relationship, mental health and emotional issues stem from unhealthy relationships, with self or others.
    Therese takes a holistic approach to counseling integrating the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of a client’s life. As an Adlerian Therapist, Therese uses a strength base, positive approach to counseling. She is trained in trauma resolution and equine assisted psychotherapy, bringing a unique perspective into the office and counseling relationship. With appropriate tools and insight, client can make changes, moving towards better mental health and healthier relationships.
    Therese has received training in the Natural Lifemanship model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and works in the TRoT program at CCCCI.


    Published: November 10, 2010