Counseling Services Atlanta & Alpharetta, GA
Atlanta Specialized Care is dedicated to helping those who struggle with mood, trauma, addiction, parenting, family, romance, executive functioning, or communication. We offer highly researched and specialized care tailored to each adult, adolescent, and child that we treat.
Specialized Counseling Services
Our therapists have well over 20 years of experience helping adults overcome anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, loss, co-dependency, relationship difficulties, stress management, and life transitions. Regardless of your current or past experiences, we can help you change your thinking, change your response, and change your life.
Childhood and adolescence in today's fast-paced and technology-filled world is wonderful beyond belief. It's also more challenging than ever before.
When your child or teen is expressing thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that concern you, early intervention yields the best results towards healing and growth.
Children deserve to get the help they need, and our therapists provide counseling that gets results. Their methods are research-based and proven to help adolescents change their behavior and their lives.
Tatiana Matthews, MS, LPC, CRC is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, an evidence-based technique shown to effectively reduce symptoms of:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- And more
Regardless of your past or current experiences, EMDR has been shown to relieve psychological stress. It can also help enhance your performance in your career, physical activity, and the arts.
EMDR has been used to help more than 2 million people worldwide. According to the EMDR International Association, the goal of EMDR therapy is to “process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health.”
One aspect through which EMDR retrains the brain is by bilateral stimulation that re-associates negative memories or associations with alternative positive or neutral images or thoughts. Attention is removed and retrained away from the negative memory or emotion, helping to weaken it, and teaching practical coping skills for the times when you need them.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a proven technique originally developed to treat clients with borderline personality disorder, and it is now widely recognized to successfully treat many other disorders, including:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Tatiana Matthews, MS, LPC, CRC is trained and experienced in dialectical behavioral therapy. She emphasizes practical, research-based therapies like DBT to help her clients who suffer from these disorders and other issues.
With its roots in cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT helps clients regulate their emotions without losing control or engaging in destructive behavior. During DBT, the client learns behavioral skills to be applied in real-life situations and when to use them. The four sets of skills that are taught include:
- Distress Tolerance
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Emotion Regulation
Progressive counting is a well-researched, effective, and efficient trauma intervention that allows for traumatic experiences to be processed so that healing can take place.
Progressive counting involves the visualization of safe and positive memories alongside traumatic memories for set increments of time with the supportive and grounding presence of a therapist.
CPS is an evidence-based treatment for challenging behaviors in children and adolescents. It is an approach that focuses on discovering the skills that the child is missing and the expectations that they are having trouble meeting, rather than the problematic behavior.
The approach improves communication, empathy, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills as the child and the parent work together as a team. This approach differs from other approaches that are driven by rewards and punishments.
Brainspotting is a well-researched, powerful, focused, and effective intervention that allows for rapid progress. It uses targeted eye positioning to access traumatic memories in the subcortical brain that can then be processed and released.
The approach is enhanced by using bilateral sound, which gently fades back and forth from the left and right ear through headphones. This alternately stimulates the different hemispheres of the brain.
As a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), Tatiana Matthews helps clients with mental health concerns, high-functioning autism, ADHD, and learning differences explore strength-based career and vocational paths. She supports the client in identifying appropriate accommodations for the workplace, increasing the likelihood of a successful employment outcome. Tatiana has maintained this certification for more than 20 years and believes with all of her heart that her neuro-diversified clients consistently make the best employees when their unique gifts are placed in the right environment to shine!
Mental Health Counselors in Atlanta & Alpharetta, GA
To learn more about our services or request more information from our office, please call Atlanta Specialized Care at (770) 815-6853, or you can request information directly online.