Deva Gouss is a Clinical Social Worker and therapist who views therapy as ‘a powerful commitment to one’s own healing and personal evolution’. She says that ideally clients should be highly motivated and ready to implement positive changes in their life no matter what current circumstances they’re facing. These problems include grief, sexual identity issues, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and life transitions among others. Ms. Gouss views her role as a therapist as an active listener who’ll provide feedback and demonstrate alternate coping skills.
Ms. Gouss strives to create an environment that allows her clients to be ‘courageously honest’ with themselves as they free themselves from outmoded beliefs and defenses and reconnect with their ‘inner strengths’. This process is the first step to a happier, more fulfilling life and deeper, more satisfying relationships. Ms. Gouss is a graduate of Tulane University and practices in Atlanta, Georgia.
ROBERT W. PATTERSON:
Robert W. Patterson is a marriage and family therapist that understands the complexity of romantic relationships. These relationships can be the most powerful and rewarding components of the human experience but have the potential to be the most frustrating and draining. Mr. Patterson utilizes a treatment methodology derived from Dr. Harvell Hendrix. As a Certified Imago Therapist and Workshop Presenter, Mr. Patterson helps couples revive “the safety, compassion and energy that brought them together in the first place.”
Mr. Patterson has a special focus on the needs of men in a relationship. In a cultural context, men aren’t taught to value trusting, bonded relationships to the same degree as women. This belief, Mr. Patterson feels, is a mistake. Mr. Patterson also presents workshops entitled “Getting The Love You Want” in conjunction with his marriage partner of more than two decades, Wendy Palmer Patterson. Mr. Patterson is a graduate of Georgia State University and practices in Atlanta, Georga.
Kathy Lucy is a marriage and family therapist that understand the unhappiness that relationship problems can cause in the lives of her clients. The reality is that much of our happiness and sense of well-being comes from happy, secure intimate relationships. Her role as a therapist is to strengthen relationships and help couples fix troubled ones. Building a strong, loving union is the goal of every couple but requires dedication and work. Toward this end, she utilizes the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) in her therapeutic practice. She has experience dealing with relationships that are facing challenges from emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety or low self-esteem.
Ms. Lucy also uses lessons and experiences from her own marriage of over 25 years to benefit her clients. She also provides counseling for individuals, children, and families if that is appropriate for a given situation. Ms. Lucy is a graduate of the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and practices in Marietta, Georga.
Randy Smith is a marriage and relationship counselor who understands the many challenges that a personal union can face. He has experience in helping couples who are facing relationship difficulties from emotional conditions such as stress, anxiety, self-esteem issues, grief, trauma and life transitions. He hopes that with his treatment that couples will enjoy “increased self-understanding, emotional balance, improved communication and the confidence to deal with life difficulties in a positive manner. Much of his treatment methodology comes from the Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).
Mr. Smith understands that finding the right therapist/client fit is essential for positive change. To help prospective clients better determine if he is the right therapist for their needs he offers a free 50-minute consultation to new clients. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Richmond Graduate University and practices in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jessica Sheridan is a Clinical Social Worker and therapist with experience helping individuals and couples from all age groups and life stages. She and her clients jointly establish goals for the therapeutic process and work toward them in a mutually agreeable manner. Ms. Sheridan has experience with serious relationship challenges such as grief, domestic violence, and substance abuse. She can also help couples address emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor communication skills.
Ms. Sheridan is of the opinion that clients already have the strength and tools within them to live the life that they want. Her job is to help them understand the current situation and reach an emotional place where they can start to move beyond their troubles and formulate a plan for the future. Ms. Sheridan is a graduate of the University of Georgia and practices in Atlanta, Georga.