Meet Our Staff

Get to know the staff at A Place for Me Counseling

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Erlese Caruth, LPC, NCC, C-MFT

Director and Therapist

ErleseErlese has a passion for play and expressive therapies because it acts as a vehicle that allows the passenger to journey through insecurities, fears, anger and sadness all in a safe place. Imagine the vehicle coming to a stop, and the child or adolescent emerging stronger, more confident, and able to face the challenges that await him or her. As she engages daily with children, parents, and educators, she has the privilege of conceptualizing presenting issues, developing treatment goals, and most of all, sharing the experience of watching the progress of the child or teen unfold.

As a parent, Erlese believes in giving children every opportunity to express their true selves. As a therapist, operating from a holistic approach, she provides a safe place for children and adolescents to explore and discover self-determined goals through mindful choices and the resolution of problems.

 Erlese is the Director and therapist at A Place For Me Counseling.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) providing support for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Erlese has a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling, is certified as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a National Certified Counselor and specializes as a play therapist.  Erlese has experience working in both outpatient, and inpatient settings, including private practice,  hospitals, local agencies, and schools.

 

Natasha Powell, MS

Therapist

NatashaNatasha is joining AP4Me with several years of experience counseling couples and families, with an additional 13 years of experience as a college academic counselor. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. While counseling clients at AP4Me, she is under the supervision of our director Erlese Caruth, NCC, LPC, C-MFT.
Natasha is a professional and critically conscientious therapist who focuses on emotional restoration for individuals, couples, and families. She is proficient in providing individually-tailored, evidence-based counseling through the facilitation and fostering of a safe, confidential, and caring environment. Though she has a significant knowledge base of therapeutic theory, her approach to counseling is eclectic in that she never tries to fit a client to one type of model. Instead, she joins with clients; meeting them where they are and together they can construct their unique counseling journeys.
Natasha is curious about her clients and their perspective, so she asks many questions to engage them in therapeutic conversations. She believes that establishing trust in the therapeutic process empowers clients and heightens their awareness of the inter-connectivity between their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Natasha welcomes clients from diverse backgrounds and she is experienced in working with adult and youth LGBTQIA+ populations. Natasha says that her ideal client is anyone who allows her the privilege to assist them in fulfilling their unique goals and enriching their lives.

 

Shelida Johnson, BS

Therapist – Master’s Level Intern

FB_IMG_1494522432530-1Shelida Johnson is joining AP4Me from Argosy University and is in the final stages of receiving her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She will be under the supervision of our director Erlese Caruth, NCC, LPC, C-MFT. Shelida received her BS in psychology from Georgia State University in 2004. After several years of working in the field of property management/real estate development, Shelida decided to return to her passion and is currently a contracting mental health paraprofessional, where she teaches skills to children and adults. Shelida’s experience includes anger management, grief management, and teaching coping skills related to anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Shelida firmly believes in providing an atmosphere where individuals may express themselves in a non-judgmental environment. Although Shelida takes a person-centered approach to counseling, she also utilizes techniques related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Adlerian Theory.

 

 

Joi Turner, MA

Academic Counselor

joi's picJoi Turner is an academic counselor who has helped hundreds of students prepare for college and their careers. She had the pleasure of coordinating over 50 college tours in California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Alabama. Joi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling, and a Georgia School Counselor’s certificate. Ms. Turner is also a member of the Georgia School Counselor Association and the Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel. Over the past ten years, she has held positions as a Guidance Counselor, College/Career Counselor, Career Manager, and Post-Secondary Program Manager. These experiences have provided her with insight on how the educational system works, and her purpose in life is to share insight with families. Many of her former students have received scholarships that have covered their college expenses, including the Gates Millennium Scholarship, the Governor’s award and the Posse Scholarship.  Joi Turner’s passion is creating success stories for families, and she looks forward to working with you.

 

Amanda Murray, BS

Office Manager

fullsizerender-1Amanda is the office manager for A Place for Me Counseling and keeps the practice organized and running smoothly. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She is currently in her final year of graduate school at Argosy University. After 5 years of teaching public high school, Amanda decided to answer her calling to the field of counseling. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and licensure towards becoming a licensed therapist. Amanda has had experience working in a mental health agency setting where she taught social skills and provided educational support to young clients. Amanda is very experienced with the knowledge of confidentiality, as this was a strong standard she was held to as a teacher, and she respects AP4ME clients’ privacy. She is also skilled in various organizational methods and practices, many of which she picked up from running an efficient high school classroom. Amanda strives to provide an organized and friendly atmosphere for our clients and welcoming them into a supportive and helpful practice.

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