At Perspectives CHT our team consists of our Psychotherapy Department, our Skills Development Department and our Medical Department. We are supported in our work by our Canine Therapy Assistants. Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC, CPCS oversees the Psychotherapy Department as well as directing the overall practice at Perspectives CHT. The Skills Development Department is directed by Lauren Zimet, M.S.,CCC/SLP. Susan Tanner has joined us and is now offering our clients Medical Consultation. Our clinicians have an abundance of training, experience, and expertise which allows us to develop truly individualized treatment plans to address the needs of the whole person and the systems that influence and support them.
Laurie Patrice, Founder/Director
Laurie Patrice is a psychotherapist and the founder of Perspectives Center for Holistic Therapy, LLC. She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and has been in professional practice for 28 years. She has her professional licensure through the State of Georgia. She is Board Certified by the American Psychotherapy Association. Laurie is a Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor. Postgraduate education includes Play Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Activity Therapy, Psychoenergetic Therapy, Mindfulness, and Hypnotherapy. Laurie has extensive experience in working with adults, children, and adolescents. Areas of specialization include spiritual exploration, life transitions, grief and loss, communication issues, anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA, personal growth, trauma, stress reactions, behavioral challenges, developmental challenges, autism spectrum disorders, challenges facing gifted individuals, and issues pertinent to families of children with neurodiversity (including sibling therapy). Laurie works with individuals, families, and groups. She consults with schools and businesses who are interested in creating more supportive and productive environments.
Laurie is a member of The American Psychotherapy Association, The Jung Society of Atlanta, and The Society for the Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy. She teaches Psychoenergetic Therapy. She is a field supervisor for graduate students in psychology. She provides supervision for those working toward their LPC in the state of Georgia, for clinicians trained in Psychoenergetic Therapy, and she offers clinical consultation for independently licensed psychotherapists. Laurie is a public speaker and teacher who presents at conferences, workshops, and seminars.
"As a psychotherapist working with adults, adolescents, and children for many years, I view my traditional training and experience in the field of psychology as the foundation upon which all effective clinical work is built. Throughout the years, as the field of psychology has grown, I have felt it important to stay abreast of current research findings and to continue my professional development through postgraduate studies in standard, adjunct, and progressive therapeutic techniques. In working with individuals and families I focus on the specific needs and unique strengths each presents and utilize the most appropriate therapeutic tools based on the personal goals of each client. I am guided by the philosophy that all individuals have the intrinsic desire for growth and balance. I work in partnership with my clients to develop the most effective treatment plans to help them reach their desired outcomes. Modalities I may utilize, as appropriate, in working with clients include Mindfulness, Cognitive Therapies, Behavioral Therapy, Psychoenergetic Therapy, Play Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Experiential Therapies."
Laurie can be reached at Laurie@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or 770-634-3285.
Rodney Larson LPC, NCC, CHt, specializes in Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) brain training, hypnosis and heart rate variability biofeedback for adults, young adults, adolescents, and pre-teens (10-12). His approach is holistic and compassionate; encouraging clients to explore the mind, body and wise self for positive change and growth.
Neurofeedback is a computer-based learning method that enables individuals to self-regulate brain wave frequencies which can otherwise determine the difference between optimal performance and dysfunction. You sit in a chair, facing a computer screen, while the clinician places sensors on pre-selected sites on your scalp which are connected to a computer programmed to respond to your brain's activity. The EEG feedback allows you to alter your own waves in parts of your brain that help you pay attention; that help you be calm; that help manage your mood and your emotions; or that help you sleep.
For children and adolescents, neurofeedback can be helpful in treating ADHD, emotional and behavioral issues, learning and developmental delays, and struggles in school. For adults, it is commonly used for anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and behaviors, and sleep problems. Research also supports its use in slowing the progression of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.
Rodney brings to his work in neurofeedback and psychotherapy over 25 years in human resources and executive administration. He has worked in a number of environments including a rural hospital and various clinics. His work with a prominent Fortune 500 company included managing employee health, injury rehabilitation, drug and alcohol recovery, staff training and healthcare professional placement.
Rodney is an engaging speaker who is active in the community. He enjoys presenting on topics related to the human brain. the body/brain connection, and holistic approaches to brain health. Rodney earned his Masters in Community Counseling from Argosy University and his B.A. in Psychology from L.S.U.
Rodney can be reached directly at 678-332-1221 or Rodney@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com.
Camille Hankins is a psychotherapist focused on empowering survivors of trauma. Camille brings a person-centered and feminist approach to therapy that sees each client as a unique and capable individual. She fosters client's potential for wellness by including each part of a person’s identity in the therapy process—mental wellbeing, career actualization, spiritual growth, physical health, supportive relationships, and fulfilling sexuality. Camille’s approach also recognizes each client’s unique cultural context that affects their experience in the world. She is equipped to provide affirming support to clients experiencing crisis or feeling overwhelmed, including mindfulness training and solutions-focused counseling. Camille specializes in building strong therapeutic alliances with clients who have experienced sexual assault, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and emotional abuse. She is committed to cultivating a safe space for her clients free of shame or judgement. Camille is trained in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR, a framework that provides support for processing the root causes of conditions such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. She has experience supporting LGBTQIA clients and clients in non-traditional relationships.
Camille earned her BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University. Her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling was earned at Georgia State University, She is a licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She provides psychotherapy under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC,CPCS. Camille works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.
Camille can be reached directly at Camille@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy. com or at 678-230-6053.
Belinda Lee earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and her BA in psychology from Rutgers University. She is an Associate Licensed professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and practices under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC, CPCS.
Belinda sees her role as a psychotherapist as that of the catalyst for change. She skillfully integrates therapeutic techniques to foster a safe, non-judgmental counseling environment where clients are able to do their internal work. The approaches Belinda may utilize include Person-Centered Therapy, Depth Psychology, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Psychoenergetic Therapy.
Belinda’s roles in life have included being an elementary and middle school educator, caregiver, spouse, parent of adult children, and most recently grandparent. She is experienced in the dynamics of the ever evolving family system. She specializes in working with adults, older adults, couples, and families who may be experiencing: Transition, Grief and Loss, Healing Racial Wounds, Anxiety, Depression, Work Stress, Life/Work Balance, Multicultural Women’s Challenges, Single Living, Relationship Obstacles, Self -Regulation, and Spirituality.
Belinda enjoys working with individuals and is also experienced in facilitating group therapy. Over the years she has facilitated a variety of groups. She currently leads groups for mothers of out-of-the-box children and women’s processing groups. Belinda enjoys supporting group members as they find their voice, give and receive support, and learn to relate to others and self in ever expanding ways. Belinda leads workshops and in-services within the community. She is passionate about helping others heal, grow and live their best lives.
Belinda may have scale openings if needed. Evening and weekend appointments may be available upon request.
Contact Belinda directly at: Belinda@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or call 404-923-8008.
Michelle Shlafman has a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University. She is a Psychotherapist practicing under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC, CPCS. Michelle has a solid foundational background in Western Psychology and has extensive training in Holistic healing modalities rooted in Eastern Medicine philosophies. Michelle has a genuine love for helping others heal. She believes in the mind/body/soul connection and provides a heart-centered integrative approach. She facilitates client growth and transformation in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, by assisting individuals to find self-acceptance/awareness within their true being.
Michelle enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has a passion for helping adolescents and young women overcome trauma, relationship conflicts, self-esteem issues, emotional abuse, and life transitions. Specifically, Michelle uses a wide range of holistic therapy techniques to help treat in depth trauma, and is well versed in understanding how trauma functions/appears in the home, school, and public environments. Michelle’s prior work experience has included settings such as inpatient crisis units for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as residential substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant women. Michelle has facilitated group sessions on topics such as mindfulness, creative stress management, and energy hygiene techniques. Experientially, she spent over a year and a half living in numerous foreign countries, where she acquired a deeper knowledge of multicultural sensitivity and emotional experiences as well as deepening her understanding of communication variables.
Michelle specializes in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT-Tapping), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy (MSRB), Comprehensive Energy Psychology, Usui Reiki (Reiki Master), Positive Psychology, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (trauma-focused), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Experiential Therapy, Art Therapy Techniques, and Holistic Therapy. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology. Other areas of expertise include working within the LGBTQIA+ community, grief/loss, spirituality, depression, and anxiety. Michelle facilitates meditation groups and integrates meditation and mindfulness into session for clients interested. To hear some of Michelle’s guided meditations visit Insight Timer.
Michelle welcomes you to rediscover yourself in a new light and would be honored support you through your journey of healing. Evening and weekend appointments offered. Sliding scale openings may be available.
Michelle can be reached directly at Michelle@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or 404-490-0426.
Elizabeth Corbett, BSN, MS. is a psychotherapist whose focus lies in supporting individuals and families through life’s challenges, especially those challenges that arise due to transitions and unexpected stressors. She works with children, adolescents, and adults, with expertise in supporting the families of children diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, ASD, PANDAS, PANS, and other chronic conditions that impact day-to-day life experiences. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space that promotes healing, increases resiliency and coping, and cultivates self-confidence and joy. She considers it an honor to witness the shifts that occur when people are free to explore their life experiences from a lens that is free of judgment and expectation. Elizabeth works with individuals and groups, and also offer individualized parent coaching.
Elizabeth endeavors to develop therapeutic relationships that value connection and collaboration. Her theoretical approach is eclectic, and designed to best serve the individualized needs of her clients. Her areas of focus include Emotionally Focused counseling, Mindfulness, Positive Discipline, and Play Therapy. She also believes the natural world to be a tremendous source of healing and restoration, and offers Nature-based Psychotherapy, in addition to talk therapy and play therapy. Elizabeth is experienced in providing support and advocacy of her pediatric/adolescent clients in academic settings.
Elizabeth has a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University, as well as a BSN from Emory University. She is currently working on certification in Trauma-Focused Equine Therapy. Prior to entering the field of counseling, Elizabeth worked across multiple settings as a RN for 20 years. Her personal and professional experiences have informed her view of wellbeing, and she values the integration of traditional and progressive treatment modalities to best serve her clients.
Elizabeth can be reached at Elizabeth@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or 404-245-0122.
JoAnna has a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and holds credentials as a LISW-S in Ohio and a LCSW in Georgia. JoAnna has been working in the Mental Health field since 2001 and has experience working with the mental health needs of children, adolescents and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has experience and skills in clinical social work, working with diverse populations in community practice, residential treatment, school-based settings and private practice.
She supports a compassionate, non-judging approach to therapy, creating a therapeutic alliance that encourages individuals to explore concerns and assists in their journey toward empowerment and wellness. She offers a variety of therapeutic techniques to support healing for a more balanced life and her integrative approach supports the uniqueness of each individual.
JoAnna can be reached at JoAnna@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or 440-813-5263.
Karen Irvine has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University with a specialization in Somatic Psychology and a Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. She is a Psychotherapist practicing under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC, CPCS.
Karen works for the premise that there are multiple ways of knowing, learning, and being in the world; and that the differences among us can be celebrated. She believes that person-centered therapy requires compassion, relationship, and individualized care that is creative and non-judgmental.
Karen is also a 200-hour registered Yoga teacher, has studied Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and has a special interest in how the mind and body are inherently connected. Karen trusts in art as a means of creatively expressing things that are often difficult to put into words. Though she is versed in Expressive Arts Therapy, you are not required to be an expert in any art modality. Karen believes creativity is a process that is often expressive and intrinsically healing regardless of the product.
Karen welcomes working with children and adolescents and can be reached at Karen@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or 720-333-7288.
Erica is a graduate intern enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Mercer University, working under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC, CPCS. She completed her BA in psychology at Georgia State University. Erica enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and children in group and individual settings. She strives to provide a supportive and nonjudgmental environment to facilitate personal growth.
Erica can be reached at: EricaWebb@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or 770-634-3285
Tiffany is completing her internship at Perspectives Holistic Therapy as part of her MS graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. Tiffany earned both a BS in Psychology and BS in Biology from the University of Georgia (UGA). During her time at UGA, she served as a health promoter through the Department of Kinesiology, helping clients with special needs create and motivate themselves to maintain wellness plans. Tiffany's counseling interests involve assisting people of all ages and backgrounds in navigating life's stressors, through the utilization of empathetic listening and feedback. Tiffany works under the direct clinical supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC,BCPC,CPCS.
Tiffany can be reached at: Tiffany@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com or 770-634-3285
Skills Development Department
Lauren Foster, Skills Development Director
Lauren Foster, M.S.,CCC/SLP serves as the Director of Skills Development at Perspectives, overseeing the Early Insights Program and The Powerful Project. Lauren is licensed as a speech, language and early communication specialist. She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Training (NDT), certified as a Natural Health Care Practitioner, is a certified parenting coach, and is a registered Better Brains for Babies (BBB) trainer. Lauren has over 2 decades of professional experience in the helping fields.
Lauren earned herMasters degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC/SLP). She has augmented her education by studying nutrition and brain health, EFT (tapping), in-depth education within the speech and language arena, and over time has developed an integrative and holistic approach to her work with clients.
Lauren is the co-developer of The Personal Power Tools curriculum which focuses on social navigation and self regulation. It is utilized in schools and camps, as well as by private practitioners. Lauren’s work has been featured in several books, including The LCP Solution, Baby Love and The Late Talker and in numerous magazines including Parenting, Autism File, and Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists.
Lauren enjoys empowering families through parent coaching, nutritional education, and skills development. Lauren is certified as a Positive Discipline Educator Trainer. She works with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of interest and specialization include social navigation and self regulation skills, strategies to address picky eating and ARFID, brain health, and functional communication.
Lauren is an educator who motivates children to learn and grow through an energetic and authentic interest in them as people. Whether the goal is increasing communication skills or promoting a child’s ability to eat solid foods or try new textures, Lauren helps children reach their developmental milestones with both a sense of mastery and delight.
Lauren can be reached directly at email@example.com or 404-944-9561.
Erica Bland, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech, language, and social cognitive specialist. She has received certification in the SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Supports) Model, and The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk for language intervention and More Than Words , which is a family-centered, social-pragmatic intervention for children with autism and social communication disorders. Additionally, she is trained in the principles of DIR Floortime, The Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking, Kimochis, executive functioning, and early intervention. Erica has 20 years of experience working with children with a range of special needs (i.e. intellectual impairments, autism, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, etc.), and 10 years in the field of speech-language pathology.
Erica is a graduate of California State University, East Bay with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Erica received her Bachelor’s Degree in special education at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. During that time, she developed an interest in the area of autism while working at Emory University in the Walden Program. Additionally, Erica spent time in San Diego, California, as an in-home therapist. She is trained in techniques of floor time therapy, discrete trial training, and applied behavioral analysis with children with autism (ranging in age from toddlers to school-age children), as well as served as a site supervisor for a social skills training program for children with autism. Erica recently moved back to Atlanta from the Bay Area, where she was an Assistant Clinical Director for a private practice specializing in working with children both individually and in groups to support early intervention, Social Thinking®, social-pragmatic language, self and emotional regulation, executive functioning, parent and staff collaboration/training.
Erica has also developed a musical CD and instructional workbook, The Friend Ship, to support young children in developing social communication and emotional regulation skills. It has been utilized by therapists, educators, and parents.
Erica’s areas of focus include social-pragmatic language, social communication groups, emotional and self-regulation, oral-motor/ articulation, selective mutism, executive functioning, parent training, staff training/school support, and early intervention,. She works with both children and adolescents.
Erica can be reached directly at Erica@PerspecivesHolisticTherapy.com or 404-944-9561.
Medical Consultation Department
Susan Tanner, M.D. has practiced medicine for over 33 years, concentrating primarily on chronic illness and the impacts on the individual, the family and the community.
Her formal education was completed in a variety of locales, including Emory University in Atlanta, the Dominican Republic, Brooklyn, NY, and Atlantic City, NJ. She returned to the Atlanta area in 1983 and has remained in her home state of Georgia ever since.
A driving curiosity into why people are made ill revolutionized her family practice; she then pursued her education in Environmental Medicine. completing coursework, exams, and necessary practice years to earn board certification in this area in 2009. Her own struggles with mold-related illness have increased empathy and a desire to teach those similarly affected.
Writing and contributing to a number of publications on environmental health, preparing narratives for understanding in legal matters, and researching new techniques in modulating the body’s ability to clear toxins and infections are all part of her experience.
Dr. Tanner enjoys research and professional growth, and has joined Perspectives Center for Holistic Therapy as an important contributor to the mind/body connection promoted here. Dr. Tanner also has launched a website www.thebodynexus.com, where articles are published examining the connection of the various body systems into overall improved health. Dr. Tanner focuses on a common sense approach to getting well and living well. If you are lucky, her canine companion, Willow, may be with Dr. Tanner on certain days in the office.
To schedule an appointment, please call 770-634-3285.
Canine Therapy Assistants
Mopsy was rescued in 2012 through Canine Crusaders. He was fostered for a year by a kind kennel owner at Bark Avenue in Smyrna because foster homes were in short supply. Once adopted he began his training to help others through Perspectives CHT. There is speculation that he may have originally been a circus dog as he knew several unique and interesting tricks when he joined Perspectives. Mopsy is gentle, highly intuitive and kind.
Mopsy's DNA testing indicates that he is a combination of Havanese, Shih Tzu, and Poodle. Mopsy is hypo-allergenic. He is regularly groomed and usually smells pretty good. In the winter he likes to wear sweaters. He earned his credentials as a Registered Service Dog in 2013.
Mopsy enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. He specializes in TLC.
Luna was rescued in 2018 through the Havanese Angel League Organization (HALO)...http://www.rescuedhavanese.org/. Luna is fully Havanese and hypo-allergenic. She was rescued from a puppy mill in Ohio where she was scheduled to be euthanized...if not for the amazing work of HALO volunteers who brought her to safety. Luna was placed in a loving foster home in Maine where she was nurtured back to health. There she learned what it meant to live outside a cage, to begin to trust, and to understand what being loved felt like. When she was ready for her next steps in life, Luna was adopted and flew with her forever family here to Atlanta. After adjusting to her new home, Luna has now begun her training to be a service dog.
Luna is currently being mentored by Mopsy and works closely under his supervision. She is about the happiest and most energetic pup you may ever want to meet. She is incredibly curious and loves to meet new people. She is particularly interested in learning how to support humans as they heal and grow. Luna watches Mopsy closely and aspires to be as skilled at her work one day as Mopsy has become.
Luna's specialization is yet to be determined as we all watch her skills develop. She is working toward her full credentials as a service dog. Right now she is incredibly good at being cute and making us all laugh.