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Meet Our Team
Dawsonville Office
800 Old Dawson Village Road, Suite 010 & 020, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Lisa Sackellares
LCSW
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
Taking that first step and asking for help can feel scary.  Therefore, my approach to therapy begins by developing a trusting, reciprocal relationship with my clients. 
I believe trust is fostered through honesty, support, connection, acceptance, and understanding.  The formation of this relationship is the agent of positive change.  Witnessing this change and empowering people to improve their relationships and the quality of their lives is my greatest passion.  My goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to remove uncomfortable symptoms, alleviate emotional pain, increase self-awareness, and promote personal growth. 
I specialize in working with adults and teenagers dealing with a myriad of issues including substance abuse/chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, grief/loss, and relational conflicts.  I hold a BS degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a Master's Degree in social work from the University of Georgia.  
You may contact Lisa at 706-265-2244 or by email at
lisa.lcsw@wellspringcounselingnga.com
 
Cheryl A. O'Connell
LPC, DCC
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
I am a Georgia state Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of therapeutic experience. My overall passion is helping individuals, couples and families discover the truth of their current struggling circumstances and together develop a peaceful, livable solution.  
I have worked therapeutically with a variety of populations ranging from young children grieving the loss of a loved one to cancer, traveling as an in-house individual and family therapist, paraprofessional with Georgia Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) aiding in family reunification within the foster care system.  Responsible for court ordered supervised parental visitations, parent-aid, client/family/housing evaluations, conducting drug/alcohol evaluations, drug screening, coordinating housing, jobs and basic needs for clients unable to do for themselves. 
Originally from Buffalo, New York I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007 continuing my professional growth in Counseling. I started my career from a legal, advocating prospective graduating from Erie Community College - Buffalo, NY with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Paralegal Studies.  Discovering a passion to advocate and help others from an emotional perspective I pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hilbert College -  Hamburg, NY.  I received a Master of Arts in Professional Community Counseling and an additional Certificate of Marriage and Family Therapy, from Argosy University - Atlanta, GA.  
You may contact Cheryl at (706) 265-2244 or by email at cheryl@wellspringcounselingnga.com
Danny Boylan
MS, NCC, CRC, LPC
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
Seeking counseling help can be a confusing and scary experience. How do you choose the right counselor? What do all the acronyms after names mean? What will the counseling experience actually be like? Can counseling actually help me? It is with these questions and concerns in mind that I always start with my primary objective being to create a completely safe, private, confidential, accepting, non-judgmental, valuing, understanding, and empowering relationship with my clients. I believe that these components alone can often be enough to bring the change that you seek to make in your life. Whatever you are struggling with, I strive to meet you where you are, understand your experience, and help you achieve your goals for change. We can work together to get through your anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues, relationship difficulties, career concerns, disability complications, and general life dissatisfaction.
My name is Danny Boylan and I am a National Certified Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor. I have significant experience working with individuals on the above issues, as well years of training working with disabilities of all types. I spent the first half of my career in the business world of finance, and have both the personal and professional experience to help individuals struggling with career issues. I also enjoy working with the LGBT community, as well as those struggling with existential concerns. I have a Bachelor of Finance degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Community Counseling degree from the University of North Georgia. I grew up in Austin, TX, but have called Georgia my home for the past 16 years. I am an avid fisherman, woodworker, and musician, and have 2 wonderful cats and an amazing dog. I would be honored to work with you on whatever you are struggling with. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
  You may contact Danny at 706-265-2244 or by email at 

Trish Bellante
LMFT
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
My name is Trish and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2007 from University of Phoenix in San Diego, CA.  I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001 with a BA in Sociology and an AA in Criminal Justice.  I have been working in the counseling field since 2005 and recently relocated to Georgia from Southern California.  My experience includes hospice counseling, in patient psychiatric counseling, in home counseling of children and families, substance abuse, dual diagnosis and couples.  I have extensive experience in working with substance abuse and dual diagnosis and worked for many years with that population both in patient and in the out patient setting.  I love seeing my clients make positive changes in their lives and the lives of their family that both empower them and provide more meaning to their lives.  When I’m not at work, I enjoy exploring beautiful Georgia, spending time with my family, and running marathons.  I look forward to working with you and your family to help you foster change.
  you may contact Trish at 706-265-2244 or by email at 
Marcia Jaudon, MSW
LCSW
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
I believe it is possible to find healing from our past, health for the present, and hope for the future.  One of the most powerful tools for reaching this goal is the therapeutic relationship.  Congratulations for having the courage to explore professional counseling.  
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience.  I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Baylor University and my Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University.   Over half of my experience has been in private practice.  Prior to that, I worked in various medical settings with both pediatric and adult patients, with diagnoses of cancer, renal disease, cardiac disease and chronic pain.   
My areas of specialty include the following:  Christian counseling, depression, anxiety, OCD, parenting, medical issues, grief/loss, ADHD, divorce care for adults and children, and trauma.  I work with clients ranging from school aged children to the elderly providing individual, couples, and family counseling.  I utilize predominantly a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy and incorporate one’s faith into therapy as desired. 
I would be honored to walk along-side you as we collaboratively address your goals.  I will provide an accepting, safe, caring, and confidential environment in which you can pursue healing, health, and hope.
You may contact Marcia at 706-265-2244 or by email at 
marcia@wellspringcounselingnga.com
Jessica B. Sheridan
LCSW
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
Reaching out for help can be a difficult step and considering therapy is probably not the first action you have taken on your journey towards recovery. It won’t be your last either. There are remarkable benefits to gain from working with a therapist, but it takes effort from us both. I am committed to the therapeutic process and, most importantly, I am committed to you. I would be honored to walk alongside you during this process and provide guidance, understanding, and a listening ear while building a therapeutic relationship that you can trust.
I am very passionate about the clients I serve and have dedicated myself to finding an array of helpful tools that will aide you on your path to self-discovery and change. I was always the “go-to-person” for advice while growing up, so I decided to turn my passion into my career. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 and my Master’s Degree in 2012 from The University of Georgia, where I rapidly made a way for myself in the field of Social Work. I embraced opportunities to help women and children cope with domestic violence, school issues, legal trouble, parenting struggles, family conflict, and emotional and physical trauma. As my career developed, I became specialized in grief and loss, coping with terminal illness, substance abuse, and anxiety.  I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and could not be happier with where I am working today!
My desire is that, here at Wellspring Counseling, I will provide you with a comfortable, non-judgmental, and compassionate atmosphere for you to face your current challenges. I work with curious, young children up to wise and aging seniors. We will work as partners to tailor a plan that is as unique as you and your struggles then begin our journey towards those goals. I look forward to working with you! Thank you for entrusting me with your care.
  You may contact Jessica at 706-265-2244 or by email at 
jessica@wellspringcounselingnga.com
Gary Sullivan
LPC
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
I have an A.A. from Bainbridge (Ga) Jr. College, a B.S. from Georgia College (Milledgeville, Ga), & an M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va). I am also Certified in School Counseling by the State of Georgia. I have over 27 years experience helping youths and their parents, and other adults as a state employee (including as a Mental Health Counselor) as well as over 13 years as a Alcohol/Drug group and individual Counselor. I am certified in Matrix Substance Abuse Early Recovery Skills & Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and have training in Childhood Traumatic Grief, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I work with Crime Victims, Children of Incarcerated Parents (and their caregivers/guardians). I am excited about soon starting to do online Video/TeleTherapy. I believe in providing caring and compassionate services. I want you to be comfortable with me and my services. I'm here to help you. You are stronger than you think. We will work together to try to make things better.
You may contact Gary at 706-265-2244 or by email at
gary@wellspringcounselingnga.com
 
Paul Schlachter
PhD
Psychologist, Dawsonville, GA
You may contact Paul at 706-265-2244 or by email at
paul@wellspringcounselingnga.com
 
Lynn Lane
LCSW
Counselor, Dawsonville, GA
I have a Master of Divinity degree with a specialty in Pastoral Counseling from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN and a Master of Social Work from Smith College for Social Work in Northampton, MA.  I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years learning from my clients, as they were able to make peace with the challenges of life.  I believe therapy is a mutual experience of respect and trust where we explore the creative potential that can bring healing and hope.

I maintained a private practice in Atlanta for a number of years working with the Emory University young adult community, meeting with individuals and facilitating groups for cancer patients, consulting with hospitals and hospices on issues of grief, elder care and end of life care and working with a diverse group of clients with spiritual, physical, and emotional cares. I have recently returned to the Atlanta area. 

 Wherever I have been, my clients were confused, grieving, bereaved, lost, anxious, tired, stressed, like all of us, trying to cope with the realities of life and looking for help, for hope, for answers.  I have worked with individuals and couples in all stages of relationships, and with both gay and straight couples and blended families. I have worked with lesbian individuals and couples who were trying to find their way in a world of mixed messages.  I meet people wherever they are, and we explore the goals and dreams that each person or each couple express as their hope for contentment and fulfillment.   Finding a path to attain the goals is what we do together in the therapy process.

Frequently, our community does not make room for the reality of our mourning, our losses, our suffering, or whatever life transitions we might be experiencing.  Well meaning people offer advice, friends tell us their stories, pastors tell us what they think should be comforting, and yet often we feel isolated in our grief or confusion or pain.  Sadly, we can even feel ashamed that we are not "doing it right", not "moving on", or not able to function as others judge we should.   I am a therapist who believes that each of us has a unique capacity to not only tell our own story, but find meaning in it that resonates with who we are. I make room for clients to get in touch with their own center, or intuition, or spot of grace, and find the language that gives meaning to their own narrative, as they write the next chapter.
I look forward to hearing your story and helping you find healing and hope.
  
  You may contact Lynn at 706-265-2244 or by email at
lynn@wellspringcounselingnga.com
 
Roswell Office
601 Bombay Lane, Suite 601, Roswell, GA 30076
Trish Monahan
LPC, DCC, MAC
Counselor, Roswell, GA
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Georgia as well as a nationally, distance credentialed counselor (DCC). I have over 15 years experience working with children and families. I have been in private practice since 2011. Outside of my private practice, I am a therapist and assistant program director at an outpatient treatment facility in Roswell.
I am focused on providing individuals, couples, and families the tools necessary to transition (work through) and overcome obstacles which tend to keep them stagnant in their day to day life. Learning to transition from one aspect of your life to another can be very scary and intimidating. Working together, we can regain the motivation and determination to learn to let go of the things holding you back and learn a healthy way to navigate through life. Throughout the therapeutic process, I utilize Animal Assisted Therapy as an aide during my sessions. My dog, Minnie, is a 2.5lb Chihuahua who loves belly rubs and being held. She helps reduce stress, build rapport, and creates a sense of trust and belonging.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University.
If you are interested in counseling, you may contact Trish at 706-265-2244 or by email at 
trish@wellspringcounselingnga.com
Nona Ghazban
M.A., LPC
Counselor, Roswell, GA
I believe that life is about a journey. The more skills we develop the greater our ability to navigate through life’s challenges. “If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed.”
I strongly believe that effective therapy is a two way street. It takes a cooperative effort by both the person receiving therapy and the therapist. And it takes a commitment to make sometimes difficult changes in behavior or thinking patterns. The kind of therapy I practice centers on the principles of personal responsibility, honesty and self-respect.
I graduated from McMaster University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Shortly after, I pursued my passion and graduated from Argosy University with a Master of Arts in Community Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Professional counselor with over eight years of counseling experience specializing with individuals, couples and families with substance dependency and recovery. I have extensive experience working with people of all ages, whether working through grief, depression, anxiety, anger, a life transition or an addiction, I am committed to helping you develop the skills you need to create the life you want.
If you are interested in counseling, you may contact Nona at (706)-265-2244 or by email at 
nona@wellspringcounselingnga.com
Dianne S. Johnson, 
LCSW
Counselor, Roswell, GA
It has been said that "truth is not for everyone but only those who seek it."  If you are seeking truth in yourself and in your relationships with the goal of leading a fulfilled purposeful life, I look forward to meeting you.  Our goals and dreams are often closer than we imagine.
My aim is to provide an effective therapeutic experience for you in an environment that is inviting, secure, and comfortable.  It is my belief that the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of therapy.  My orientation is person-centered and strength focused.  My goal is to provide you with a setting of safety, confidentiality, and acceptance.  I work together with my clients to find the best course of action to meet their goals in a similar way that a personal trainer may give input and direction but the client must put in the effort and do the work. 

I graduated from the University of Florida and received my Master of Social Work degree from Kennesaw State University. I have been married for over 30 years and have three adult children. I have over 30 years of counseling experience working with individuals and families. 
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If you are interested in counseling, you may contact Dianne at (706)-265-2244 or by email at 
dianne@wellspringcounselingnga.com

 

Our South Carolina office is now open!
6156 St. Andrews Road, Suite 105, Columbia SC 29212
Kellie M. Moore
LPC
Counselor, Columbia, SC
I believe all individuals have the skills within them to face any challenge they may encounter in their lives. Through counseling, it is my desire to help people discover these skills and learn to apply them more effectively to overcome their obstacles.  I specialize in helping children, adolescents and their families work through the daily struggles of life to improve relationships both with themselves and each other.  I have over five years experience using play therapy as an effective treatment method with children and adolescents.  I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Therefore, in addition to working with children and adolescents, I have extensive knowledge and experience working with adults through individual, family and marital counseling.  I believe counseling can be beneficial to everyone.  There is no problem too big or too small.  Please contact me to schedule an appointment to begin overcoming the challenges in your life.  If you are interested in counseling, you may contact Kellie, at 800-456-2723 or by email at 
kellie@wellspringcounselingnga.com
Meet Our Owners
Jennifer L. Fingar
Owner, Chief Financial Officer
Kathy R. McKee
Owner, Chief Operating Officer
You may email Kathy at kathy@wellspringcounselingnga.com
Lisa Lamb
Owner, Chief Administrative Officer
Joan Palazzolo 
Owner, Shareholder
You may email Jennifer at jennifer@wellspringcounselingnga.com
You may email Lisa at lisa@wellspringcounselingnga.com