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Nicole Hopkins, M. Ed, LPC
Regional Director

Nicole Hopkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters Degree in Family Counseling from the College of William and Mary. Nicole began her career as a counselor in North Carolina as an intensive in-home family therapist before joining the Clinical Team at Auldern Academy, a therapeutic boarding school outside of Raleigh, NC. Through experience, she recognized the importance of having a solid transition plan for students leaving the program and designed and conducted a workshop around managing transitions. Nicole moved to Atlanta in 2012 and joined the team at Brandon Hall School, where she continued to support students and families as they navigated through the challenges of transitioning out of therapeutic programs and into traditional school settings. In her spare time, Nicole is an avid traveler, reader, aspiring yogi, and an adoring Aunt to her niece and nephews.


Christopher Goodson, MS, LAPC
Family Coach

Chris Goodson is a Master’s level clinician with a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Chris has nearly a decade of experience mentoring adolescents in a variety of capacities and environments. He enjoys applying his past experience in counseling by engaging clients in a safe and comfortable environment and allowing them to express themselves in a way with which they are most comfortable. Most recently, Chris has developed a strong aptitude for crisis intervention while working with mental health patients in DeKalb Medical Center’s Emergency Room and throughout the hospital at large. In addition to these experiences, Chris is currently also working to become certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor to enable him to educate others on how to effectively help adolescents who are dealing with crises. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and dog on the Chattahoochee River.


Erica Turner, MS
Family Coach

Erica Turner has a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Erica’s passion for working with children and adolescents began during her time spent abroad in Spain teaching English at the elementary and middle school level. Her clinical experience includes therapy with individuals and couples as well as leading psycho-educational groups. Erica has experience providing therapeutic intervention with teens on various issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, anger management, assertive communication, social anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and developing coping skills. During her time as a Therapist Intern at Georgia State University, Erica became adept in crisis intervention, specifically with suicidal ideation and sexual assault victims. Erica takes a client-centered approach to therapy in order to foster an environment that is comfortable, non-judgmental, and empathetic. She utilizes aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, based on her belief that dysfunctional thinking leads to dysfunctional emotions and behaviors. Erica is currently working towards completing her post-graduate requirements in order to become a Licensed Personal Counselor. When she is not working, Erica enjoys going to concerts, spending time with friends, and doing anything outdoors, from hiking to spending a day on Lake Lanier.


Ava Griffiths, LCSW
Family Therapist

Ava Griffiths is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work Degree from New York University. For over fifteen years, Ava has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with emotional and behavioral challenges in various outpatient settings. Ava holds a Post Masters training on working with Children, Adolescents, Adults and Families, which she completed while working at Jewish Board of Children and Family Services in NYC. Ava has worked with a variety of populations including survivors of domestic violence, older adults with disabilities, as well as forensics clients in a detention center. She is supports her clients on a daily basis by enhancing and helping them practice their self-advocacy and coping skills. In her spare time, Ava is a photographer and makeup artist, both grounding and fun, a yogi enthusiast and a single mother of two, one of whom she adopted.

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Monica Stricklen, LPC
Family Therapist

Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
and a Master of Science in Community Counseling from Mount Mary University. She holds a
special certification in Recreational Therapy.
Monica is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving Metro Atlanta. She is an energetic advocate
for assisting individuals with discovering their strengths and incorporating daily self-care to
reach their full potential. She loves working with people of all ages and is passionate about
teaching communication skills, techniques to better manage stress and challenging life
transitions. She believes that all individuals can use their authentic life-passions to build a happy
and satisfying life.
Her deep experience is working with individuals of all ages in the mental health field, including
depression, anxiety and severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). These have guided her
clinical style. She has gained experience doing individual therapy, group work, residential and
community family therapy. Her clinical approach is simple; no two people are the same. Each
client will receive a treatment plan to meet their specific needs.
When she’s not working Monica enjoys spending time with her husband and dog. She enjoys
traveling, hiking, running and being outdoors.


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