Amy “Lori” Deter
I believe we live in a world that can be cruel and unkind to people that need help. I have desired to be a safe place for people to reach out to when they need it.
I was born and raised in Central Florida, close to Tampa. In 2007, my husband and I relocated to Georgia. I am a wife and mother of two boys who keep me busy, and help me to remember the small things in life that bring me joy. Some of my hobbies include cooking, photography, hiking, exercising, and gardening. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College. After which, I went on to receive my Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate Institute. I primarily work with adults who have experienced depression and anxiety, many of which have experienced traumatic events. I also have a passion for working with individuals who have been diagnosed with chronic health conditions.
Dana “Kip” Duke
Our life experiences often contribute to the quality of our lives. I believe that we are intended to live life thankfully and abundantly. Sometimes, experiences that we have had and the barriers that we put up to protect ourselves from similar experiences become the roadblocks to going further in our lives. I studied to become a counselor in order to help people remove the barriers to living a more abundant and fulfilling life.
I have a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Liberty University. My goal has been to learn how to help relationships to thrive. I am a certified Prepare & Enrich facilitator. Prepare & Enrich is one of the leading tools in relationship enhancement. I enjoy helping couples with pre-marriage counseling, with working through marital issues, and in general, with helping marriages thrive. I sincerely believe that when both parties are committed, there are no issues that cannot be overcome.
I also have a heart for working with trauma victims. I am trained to practice Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is the leading treatment modality for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you are suffering from traumatic experiences, I want to help you. I have worked with many combat veterans and first responders to help them cope with traumatic experiences.
I believe in the transformational power of God’s grace. I believe that the Bible is an important reference for our lives. There are many effective tools to help with individual and relationship counseling, and when they are combined with the healing power of God’s love, amazing change and improvement can occur.
My passion is to help others find peace in a chaotic world. We live in a time where many people struggle with various issues like depression, anxiety, grief, or hopelessness just to name a few.
Many people have read self-help books, blogs, listened to podcasts and sought counsel from friends, colleagues and family to no avail. Professional counseling provides real life applications to help the individual overcome a variety of issues. As a counselor, I look at each person holistically including your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
We all know that change is hard, but so often change can be a positive motivator in our lives. This has been the case for me. I retired from a career in the airline business to pursue my passion of helping others. I have received my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling, LPC from Liberty University.
My heart’s desire is to help those who are ready to change the narrative of their lives and write the best chapter of their life yet.
CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
- Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors
- Member of LPCA, the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
- Prepare Enrich Certified
- EMDR Trained
Jarvis Mejias (Co-Owner)
Have you ever felt that marriage should be better than what you’re currently experiencing? Has your marriage been affected by stress or busyness, or just become stalled, boring? Do you feel like you’re stuck with no hope?
I remember a time in my life when I believed my marriage was over, and it was all my fault. Lust, porn, and an affair almost destroyed my marriage and my family. I am so glad God brought a godly couple into our lives to help us walk through this difficult season. By God’s grace, we made it through.
Now fast forward 13 years, I am a certified Professional Life Coach with a passion to help people find hope and experience freedom from life’s sticky messes. Sometimes we just need someone to walk with us through the mess and help us find direction, give us accountability, and offer support.
My experience has given me a passion to help couples learn to trust each other again after the pain of infidelity, to help men break free from pornography and lust, and to become the men – husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, friends – God created them to be.
I have over 10 years experience in marriage ministry. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 15 years. We have three amazing children.
Certified Professional Life Coach
Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator
Meeting people where they are and helping them get to where they deserve to be is what I am all about. As a Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Christian Counselor, I combine evidence-based interventions with scriptural truths that will best help you. Having graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009, and working with individuals, couples, and dialysis patients provides me with an inclusive and diverse perspective. I am also certified to provide Telemental Health (online counseling) for clients who live too far or have difficulty coming into the office.
Disponible a la comunidad Latina
GCCA – Georgia Christian Counselors Association
EMDRIA – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
Jasmine Richard – Counseling Intern
Life is better lived when we seek to heal our brokenness and work to become whole. One of my greatest passions in life is to help individuals on their journey to become healed and whole. For this purpose I have chosen to work to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from Georgia State University with my Bachelor of Science in Education. I taught grades K-3 for six amazing years. While teaching, I began earning my Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy at Amridge University. My desire is to help others know their value and that their life is worth living.
Apart from therapy, I enjoy spending time with my husband, working out, and leading small groups at my church.
McKenna Jarrard – MSW Intern
I have a passion for helping others through times of struggle, and serving people right where they are on their journey of healing and recovery. In the future I hope to work with underserved populations that are working through trauma, depression, and suicidality.
I graduated from Covenant College in 2021 with a BA in Psychology, and I am currently pursuing my Masters of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Georgia, with an end goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I am grateful and excited to be a part of the team at Abundant Life, and I look forward to serving in this community.
In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Joan Whisenant – Client Care Specialist
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