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