Our Therapists

REBECCA MUYRES, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS


I am a warm, passionate, and creative therapist who strives to make the counseling process a positive healing experience.  I specialize in play therapy and working with children (3+). As the Owner and CEO of Creative Family Counseling,  I am a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS),  Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S) with a specialization in Sandtray and AutPlay Certified Provider. My therapy dog Cavalier King Charles “Buddy” accompanies me in many sessions and adds another layer of healing and comfort. My other specialties include anxiety and depression, self-esteem, ADHD, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, social skills training, child-parent relationship training (CPRT), parenting concerns, young adult issues and cross-cultural transitions. I hold certifications in Biblical Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and premarital counseling through Prepare-Enrich.
I have taught parenting classes for 10 years and have 14 years of volunteer experience in Christian ministry working with youth and young adults. Raised in France and having studied in Chile, I am a Trilingual therapist, fluent in Spanish and French, culturally sensitive to diverse populations.I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from Wake Forest University and my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I utilize an eclectic approach that draws from Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Trauma Focused and Client-Centered Therapy.  My desire is for you to develop the skills and confidence to handle life’s concerns and challenges. I will walk beside you and your child, encouraging and coaching you as you heal and grow. My goal is for families to walk in freedom, live more fulfilling lives, satisfying and healthy relationships and have an increased awareness of who they are and God’s purpose for their life.

CHRIS KANGAS, MS, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in both Wisconsin and Georgia with over 28 years working therapeutically serving youth, adults, couples and families.  My style is compassionate, mindful, creative and empowering.  I also value integrating the individual’s spiritual faith or existential sense of purpose into the therapeutic process. I have served clients experiencing a variety of issues including but not limited to adverse childhood experiences, complex trauma, marital discord, family dysfunction, grief & loss, as well as struggles specific to youth & families in foster care and challenges faced by Military Veteran’s reacclimating home.  I am inclusive when working with human diversity, having served a varied range of individual identities, cultures and demographics across four different states throughout my career (Wisconsin, Virginia, California and Georgia).  I am also a peacetime veteran of the United States Army and Army National Guard, serving honorably as a medic in the mechanized infantry from 1986 to 1995. I went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994, a Master of Science in Counseling from San Diego State University in 2002. I completed my trauma certification using the NeuroSequential Model of Therapeutics in 2011 and have remained a Clinical Fellow in good standing with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT) since 2014. I am certified to facilitate comprehensive trauma assessments using the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), which offers a framework to help guide a holistic approach to Trauma Informed Care.    

NIKKI MCDONALD, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for helping others.  I am happy to work with children, adolescents, adults, or the whole family together.  I have specialized training in working with children with Autism and their families. The best training I receive is at home as I am also the mother of a son with Autism.  I have experience in a wide array of areas including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, relationship struggles, parenting, divorce and blended families, foster care/adoption and many typical life transitions a person may experience.  I also provide Christian Counseling for those who would like for their faith to be part of the therapeutic journey.  I work from a person centered and family systems perspective while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University and my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University.  It would be my honor to walk alongside you and your family as you work through a time of growth.

 

KATIE RICHARD, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about working with children, adults, and families to help them heal, grow, and thrive. My specialty is play therapy, and I have experience helping kids work through family transitions, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, social skills, and emotional regulation. I have specialized training in play therapy and am working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist under the supervision of Rebecca Muyres, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS. I also provide Child-Parent Relationship Therapy and other parenting services to support the family as a whole. I have experience working with young adults as they navigate adjustment to independence, stress management, relationships, and college and career choices. I offer counseling from a Christian perspective for clients and families who choose to incorporate their faith into their counseling experience.  I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of North Georgia and my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. I work from a family systems perspective, and incorporate Child Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Creative Expressive/Art Therapy. I consider it an honor to walk alongside children, adults, and families on their journeys toward wellness and freedom. 

 

KELLEY DODSON, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with children and families struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, anger management, low self-esteem, social skills, divorce and family transitions. I have a passion for helping children and their families grow and develop. I have worked in a variety of settings including home-based services, drug-rehabilitation programs, and community-based organizations.  I also have specialized training in play therapy and attachment concerns.  I received my undergraduate degree at Georgia State University and graduate degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

I specialize in Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Attachment Concerns and Child Development, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Foster care and Adoption, Career counseling, Life Skills, Grief Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, and Stress Management, Self-Esteem/Personal Growth, Divorce/Blended Families, and Women’s Issues.