Our Team

Kimberly
Lee - Okonya

Clinical Director

About Me

Kimberly M. Lee-Okonya, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is the clinical director and owner of Life Begins Here TCS. She is a passionate psychotherapist who specializes in helping people find internal peace and understanding of self through utilizing several evidenced based practices. She is also an adjunct Social Work professor and founder of The Melanated Mommy Tribe.

 
Experience

Kim has well over a decade 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.

  • Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society

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

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

  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), current doctoral candidate

  • Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University

Specialties
  • Pregnant Women

  • Mothers

  • Couples and Relationships

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Identity and Minority Issues

  • LGBTQIA+

  • HIV / AIDS

 

Monica Chambers

Licensed Therapist 

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+

  • Multicultural Counseling

  • Parent Coaching

Amber Belle

Licensed Therapist

About Me

Amber Belle, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (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

Monica Walcott

 
 
 

Associate Therapist

About Me

 

Monica is an Associate Professional Counselor (APC)  and uses she, her, and hers pronouns. Monica is a compassionate therapist with a strong background in psychology, counseling, and crisis intervention. Monica prioritizes taking an integrative anti-oppression, social justice, life-affirming and consent-based approach to therapy. Her preferred modalities include liberation psychology, multicultural counseling, person centered therapy, trauma-informed narrative therapy and critical race theory.

 
 
 
 

Experience

 

Monica has experience working as a mental health therapist on the University of Georgia’s campus, providing culturally-competent, collaborative and affirming therapy to the diverse members of her community. Additionally, she has experience with providing empathetic, culturally-relevant support to people who are experiencing mental health crises through her work as a certified crisis counselor at the Crisis Textline, a Crisis Lifeline Supervisor at the Trevor Project, and as a counselor at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Atlanta, GA. Monica holds additional experience in facilitating healing circles for Students of Color at the Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation at the University of Georgia. In addition to this, she has been involved in conducting clinical research that focused on providing culturally, linguistically, and politically relevant health services to Black and Brown immigrant families of the Athens, GA community.

 
 

Education

 
  • University of Georgia, B.S. in Psychology, Minor in African American Studies

  • University of Georgia, M. Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 
 
 

Specialities

 
  • LGBTQ+ Affirming

  • Black, Indigenous, and other people of color

  • Racial Identity Development

  • Immigration

  • Suicidality and self-harm

  • Body Image/ Body Positivity

  • Self-esteem

  • Neurodiversity

 
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Sidney Minor

Administrative Assistant

Sidney is a graduate student at Mercer University pursuing a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Sidney feels as if her purpose in life is to help people heal from their pasts, restore themselves, and grow into the best version of themselves. She is passionate in her work, and she aims to align herself with organizations and opportunities that support her purpose.

When she is not engaged in her academic responsibilities or working, she enjoys spending time writing, painting, and spending time with her family, friends, and sorority sisters. 

 

 

Her favorite quote to live by is, "trust the process."

Santanius Nance

Administrative Assistant

Santanius is a graduate of the University of North Alabama. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Child and Family studies. She enjoys reading, acquiring new things, being a social media mental health advocate and running her own online business in her spare time. 

 

Her favorite quote is "Breathe. Refocus. And remember, it’s just a bad day, not a bad life."

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CONTACT US

1900 The Exchange SE, Suite 405, Atlanta, GA 30339

Office Phone: 404-738-6526

Fax: 678-686-9220

Mailing Address: PO Box 722 Austell, GA 30168

Email: Info@LifeBeginsHereTCS.com