Our Licensed Team

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

 

Monica Chambers

About Me

Monica Chambers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who believes in the power of the human spirit and commitment to personal growth. Her training includes rehabilitation counseling for people with disabilities and general vocational counseling for those in need of career assessment or guidance. Monica is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Personally, Monica practices transcendental meditation, and encourages mindfulness exercises with her clientele. It is her belief that through education, advocacy, and commitment to diversity in the field, clinicians are able to remove the stigma of mental illness and facilitate recovery for all.

Experience

Monica's experience includes work with children, adolescents, adults and family systems. She has worked with Vocational Rehabilitation, outpatient substance abuse clinics, private non-profit agencies, and a crisis/advocacy center for Children’s Home Society of FL.

Education
  • Spelman College, B.A. in Philosophy and Women’s Studies

  • University of South Florida, M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Specialties
  • Adolescents

  • Emerging Adults/Change-of-Life Issues

  • Rehabilitation & Vocational Counseling

  • People with Disabilities

  • LGBTQIA+ Issues

  • Multicultural Counseling

  • Parent Coaching

Amber Belle

About Me

Amber Belle, LCSW is a therapist that has dedicated her career to advancing mental health and overall well-being. Amber strives to empower her clients to use their voice and set personal life goals outside of societal pressures. She believes in dreaming big and encourages her clients to do the same. Amber lives by the following quote, “Kindness is just love with its work boots on.” She can’t wait to get to work with you.

Experience

Amber is skilled in individual, marriage, and family therapy; crisis management; and group facilitation. Her main treatment modalities are solution-focused, motivational interviewing, family systems theory with components of cognitive behavioral therapy. Amber has been fortunate to practice in a variety of settings (e.g., outpatient counseling practice, K-12 education, US Department of Veteran Affairs) and facilitates trainings across North America in crisis intervention.

Education

  • University of West Georgia, B.A. Psychology

  • New York University, Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Women Issues

  • Crisis Management

  • Couples Counseling

  • Adolescents

  • Education

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

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