MS, LPC, NCC, CCH, DBTC
Owner, Clinical Director, Therapist, Group Leader, Workshop Facilitator
Clerissa Cooper is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist who provides individual, group, and family-centered counseling for teens and adults. Clerissa received a B.A. in English Literature, Psychology, and Creative Writing and a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and has provided therapy in private practice, residential, day treatment/partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings.
Clerissa specializes in helping individuals and their families overcome the difficulties associated with mood disorders (e.g., Major Depression and Bipolar), anxiety disorders including Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, personality disorders (i.e., Borderline, Histrionic, Dependent, Avoidant, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders), and issues associated with adoption, trauma, anger, and relationships primarily utilizing mindfulness, cognitive, behavioral, exposure, hypnotherapy, interpersonal, and somatic approaches. Clerissa has received specialized and extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and clinical hypnotherapy. She is currently working toward certification in Somatic Experiencing, a holistic body-based approach to resolving trauma.
Clerissa has past professional experience in the women's health field, which very much informs how she approaches her work with clients. Clerissa values honest and thoughtful communication, which means she communicates in an attentive, supportive, compassionate, empowering, and non-judgmental manner while being authentic, direct, and transparent. She utilizes both validation and humor in therapy to foster connection and to create space for healthy, long-lasting change and personal growth. She seeks to help her clients deeply accept and understand their own thoughts, emotions, actions, and experiences so they can more effectively navigate their relationships with Self and the world.
Clerissa also provides consultation and continuing education workshops to assist other mental health clinicians and members of the community better understand Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and clinical hypnotherapy. Clerissa is available to provide specialized training and speaking engagements upon request.
Essence Fiddemon, MA, APC
DBT Skills Group Co-Leader
Essence Fiddemon, MA, LAPC, is an Associate Professional Counselor in the State of GA who is passionate about meeting the mental health needs of the community. During her career, Essence has worked in various settings to include residential and outpatient treatment, as well as in women's shelters and in the foster care system of DFCS. Essence has experience with individual and group counseling using CBT and DBT therapeutic approaches. Essence has a passion for living and thrives on using her vivacious personality to teach skills. Essence received a M.A. in Clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University and a B.A. in psychology from Russell Sage College.
Winter Foddrell, MA, LPC, NCC
DBT Skills Group Co-Leader
Winter Foddrell is board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has completed Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and has been practicing DBT-informed therapy for over 4 years.
Her approach to psychotherapy is based on helping her clients experience growth and healing through a focus on mindfulness and the “here and now.” Clients work collaboratively with Winter to become empowered in finding their voice and to seek meaning, value and worth in their lives. Social justice is a top priority for Winter, and she is a proud advocate for the Black community, women, and LGBTQ persons. Winter provides support utilizing compassion, authenticity, and honest and direct communication.