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Kimberly

Lee - Okonya

About Me

Kimberly M. Lee-Okonya, LCSW, LMSW is a passionate psychotherapist who specializes in helping people find internal peace and understanding of self through utilizing several evidenced based practices. Kim is the founder of Life Begins Here and the lead therapist. She is also an adjunct Social Work professor and founder of The Melanated Mommy Tribe.

Experience

Kim has over 12 years of experience in the fields of Psychology and Social Work. Kim is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, The Gottman’s Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work, Bringing Baby Home and Gottman Couples levels 1, 2 and 3 trained. She has a wide range of valuable experience having worked in psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, university counseling centers, state agencies, private practice, and infectious disease clinics as well as in primary care settings. Kim primarily works with individuals, couples and groups.

Affliliations
  • International Association of Trauma Professionals

  • Postpartum Support International

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society

  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

  • Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor society

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Education
  • Georgia Southern University, B.S. in Psychology

  • University of Georgia, M.S. in Clinical Social Work

  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), current doctoral candidate

Specialties
  • Pregnant Women

  • Mothers

  • Couples and Relationships

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Identity and Minority Issues

  • LGBTQIA+

  • HIV / AIDS

Karen Heard

About Me

Karen Heard, LCSW is an insightful, caring and compassionate psychotherapist who will maintain a judgment free environment for individuals to express themselves openly.  Karen’s therapeutic process is a compassionate collaboration in which clients gain insight, build inner strength and assist with creating desired life changes. 

Experience

Karen has over 15 years in the social work field and has provided counseling services to adults, children, families, and geriatric populations.  Her extensive experience was acquired from working in shelters, in-home counseling, dual diagnosis programs, day program centers, state agencies, schools, and psychiatric facilities. 

She specializes in treating individuals seeking assistance with depression, anxiety, trauma, infertility, substance use, and work/life balance that interfere with everyday life.  She uses a wide range of therapeutic styles and techniques including; Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. 

Affiliations

•  National Association of Social Workers

•   Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Education

  • Missouri Western State College, B.S. in Social Work

  • Clark Atlanta University, M.S. in Social Work

Specialties

• Depression                      • Anger Management

• Anxiety                           • Substance Use

• Trauma                           • Infertility

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