STEPHANIE COOK, LCSW, CGT
Executive Director, Couples Counseling ATL
ATLANTA’S COUPLES & MARRIAGE THERAPY EXPERT
a leader who cares
As the Executive Director of Couples Counseling ATL, I am passionate about helping people improve their relationships. I know that an amazing therapist can help.
I founded Couples Counseling ATL because there is a need for expert couples therapy using proven, research based methods. We have a small group of highly trained, talented, dedicated couples therapists who provide the best possible couples therapy to their clients. Using the Gottman Method, we teach practical tools all relationships need for for healthy communication, conflict, and intimacy-building, with the goal of creating real connection and lasting happiness.
As a supervisor, I believe in being both “caring” and “direct”. I strive to be straight-forward, and to help our couples therapists to be this way, too. Couples thrive when their therapist helps them learn how to discuss difficult truths with each other while also striving to be as empathetic and non-judgmental as possible, and a good therapist can show them just how to do this.
I work hard to help our therapists to help their clients see themselves and their relationships clearly, learn from their experiences, become better partners, and get the most out of counseling. I am proud to be the first Certified Gottman Couples Therapist (CGT) in the state of Georgia.
I first knew that I wanted to help people by my freshman year in high school, when I began volunteering as a peer educator at the Oasis Center, a crisis shelter for homeless and runaway teens in Nashville, TN. I answered the crisis hotline, spent time with the residents, and learned the value of listening. This experience sparked my interest in counseling and changed my life forever. Later, I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English from Vanderbilt University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia.
After college, I worked as an in-home family therapist at Youth Villages, a nonprofit serving emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families. I was later promoted to managing a mentoring program for children in Tennessee's foster care system.
I attended graduate school with funding through a research assistantship, during which time I studied the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing, a creative counseling style designed to increase the likelihood of someone changing problem behaviors, such as alcohol abuse. After graduate school, I worked for Ridgeview Institute, a psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facility, in Atlanta, GA, where I provided individual, group, and family counseling. I primarily worked with teens who were seeking inpatient and outpatient treatment for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
Following my work at Ridgeview, I was selected for a 2-year clinical fellowship at Emory University, where I provided counseling to employees, staff, faculty, and students. In 2013, I chose to start my own private counseling practice thanks in large part to the encouragement of my husband, who has been my best friend and biggest supporter for over 15 years.
I know what it's like to seek professional help and challenge myself. In my life, I have personally benefited from individual, couples, group and family counseling. I believe that everyone can benefit from one form of counseling or another, as long as they are willing. Most of all, I believe that everyone can change, heal, grow, and we can learn from all experiences—sometimes we just need to have more support, knowledge, or expert guidance to do so.
I am not accepting new clients at this time, as I primarily supervise our couples therapists, teach couples workshops, and provide speaking engagements. On occasion, I will accept new clients for “marathon style therapy” (1-2 days of straight therapy).
Grant Park Office: 470 Cherokee Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30312
To schedule supervision, workshops, or speaking engagements, please either call my assistant, Tiffany Evans, at 678-999-3390 or email her at Tiffany@CounselingATL.com.
COUPLES THERAPY & MARRIAGE COUNSELING IN ATLANTA
Couples Counseling ATL provides couples therapy and marriage counseling in Atlanta from two offices in Grant Park and Poncey Highlands. We also serve Morningside, Midtown, Buckhead, Virginia Highlands, Kirkwood, and the surrounding communities.
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