LPC, NCC, C-MFT Director and Therapis
Erlese 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 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.
Do you often doubt yourself or feel that those around you do not understand what you are experiencing? Do you find it difficult to express your thoughts and emotions or experience periods of sadness that affect your ability to enjoy or engage in day to day activities. If so, then perhaps I can provide some assistance.
My specialty is adolescents and women’s issues. I utilize a feminist multicultural approach to therapy that focuses on the client as a whole person working to cultivate a space where clients feel validated and encouraged to show up in their lives and stand firm in who they are.I provide a safe space for my clients to feel empowered while offering them tools to identify healthy coping skills to combat depression, intrusive thoughts, and enhance self-worth. I will be facilitating groups to aid in the overall wellness of adolescents to assist them with learning emotional regulation skills to navigate middle/high school.
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with my Associates License in Professional Counseling (LAPC). I received my Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia Southern University, as well as a B.S in Psychology with a focus in Child and Family Development.