At Perspectives CHT our team consists of our Psychotherapy Department and our Skills Development 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. 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. He holds his B.A. in Psychology from L.S.U. In addition to his training in psychology,
Rodney can be reached directly at 678-332-1221 or Rodney@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com.
Camille Hankins has a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University. She provides psychotherapy under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC,CPCS. Camille works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Camille brings a person-centered and feminist approach to therapy that focuses on the client as a unique and capable individual. She fosters each person's potential for holistic wellness, including career, spirituality, physical health, relationships, and sexuality. She is equipped to provide affirming support to clients experiencing crisis or feeling overwhelmed, including mindfulness training and solutions-focused counseling. She is committed to cultivating a safe space for her clients free of shame or judgement. Camille specializes in trauma healing and works to empower clients who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, and emotional abuse. Other areas of expertise include work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, those in the midst of major life transitions, and LGBTQIA individuals. Her previous work includes helping children, adolescents, and young adults who are struggling to adapt to educational settings, including transitions into college. Camille has her BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.
Camille can be reached directly at Camille@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy. com or at 678-230-6053.
Belinda Lee earned her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She is a psychotherapist practicing under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC, CPCS. Belinda holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University.
Belinda sees her role as a clinician as being a catalyst for change. She utilizes a person-centered approach to help individuals meet their goals for healing and growth. 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 both personally and professionally in the dynamics of the ever evolving family system. Belinda skillfully combines an integration of therapeutic techniques to foster a safe, non-judgmental counseling environment where clients are able to do their internal work.
Belinda specializes in working with adults, older adults, and couples dealing with: Transitions, Work Stress, Life/Work Balance, Multicultural Women’s Challenges, Single Living, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Obstacles, Grief and Loss , Self -Regulation, and Spirituality. She enjoys working with individuals and is also experienced in facilitating group therapy. She 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.
Sliding scale openings may be available. Evening and weekend appointments are offered.
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 genuine love for helping others heal. She believes in the mind/body/soul connection and provides a heart-centered integrative approach. Michelle’s therapeutic philosophy is grounded in the belief that each person is worthy of pure happiness and unconditional love, no matter what they have experienced in life. 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 teens, and women overcome trauma, relationship conflicts, self-esteem issues, emotional abuse, and life transitions. 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, energy-work, and visualization. Experientially, she spent more than a year overseas in numerous foreign countries, where she acquired a deeper knowledge of multicultural sensitivity and emotional experiences, through understanding body language and communication styles.
Michelle specializes in Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (trauma-focused), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Energy work, and Holistic Therapy. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology. Other areas of expertise include LGBTQIA population, grief/loss, spirituality, depression, and anxiety. Michelle has her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, and Minor in Piano Performance (from Stetson University). Her hobbies include freelance art, drawing mandalas, playing piano, taking hip-hop classes, and spending quality time with her family.
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.
Skills Development Department
Lauren Zimet, Skills Development Director
Lauren Zimet, 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. She works with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of interest and specialization include social navigation and self regulation skills, strategies to address picky eating (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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-944-9561.
Devyn Carter has joined Perspectives as a Behavioral Coach and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. He specializes in executive function coaching and parenting support. Devyn works with children, adolescents, and adults. He is available to meet in the home and in the community as well as in the office. Between sessions support options include video conferencing and phone check-ins.
Devyn’s educational background includes a B.A. and M.A. in anthropology, with emphases in biological and cultural studies. Devyn worked for five years as the Lead Research Specialist at the Living Links Center of Emory University where he conducted non-invasive behavioral and cognitive studies with socially housed chimpanzees. Other primate research includes a longitudinal case study of a unique chimpanzee affected by cerebral palsy at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.
In addition to his behavioral research and teaching, Devyn has conducted Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments (CCFA) for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). As a result of his training for his Positive Discipline certification, Jane Nelson (Author and Developer of the Positive Discipline training system) has asked Devyn’s permission to include some of his experiences and thoughts on parenting in her next book.
Devyn is an instructor at Georgia Perimeter College in addition to his work at Perspectives. He works closely with our therapists at Perspectives, helping bridge the work we do across environments.
If you are interested in working with Devyn, please call 770-634-3285. His email is Devyn@PerspectivesHolisticTherapy.com.
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 Regulationô, 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 parent training, staff training/school support, early intervention, social-pragmatic language difficulties, social communication groups, emotional and self-regulation, selective mutism, and executive functioning. She works with both children and adolescents.
Erica can be reached directly at Erica@PerspecivesHolisticTherapy.com or 404-913-5798.
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.