COVID-19 Response

Loss. Anxiety. Depression. Grief. These are the emotional symptoms of COVID-19. And none of us is
immune. Are you struggling under the load? Or do you simply need a place to process your anxieties in
order prevent putting further stress on your family? Christie is specifically equipped to help you. Is your
marriage or family feeling the strain? Her skills in Emotionally Focused Therapy, are intentionally
designed to meet your needs.Christie is a former home school mom who knows the pressures that come with the territory. As a small
business owner, she understands the threat to your livelihood. Her experience with those in the helping
fields – other therapists, physicians, nurses, medical techs and first responders – has fully equipped her
to serve you in this crisis. You are not alone. She will meet you where you are through online therapy.

Call her at 678.631.7639, ext 2.

Christie M. Poole

My Background

As far back as I can remember, I have wondered what makes people who they are. Even as a kid, I was convinced that our emotions and well-being had something to do with our families. I also cared deeply for other people, fueling my interest in the role of how we all impact each other. The more I explored, the more convinced I became of the great power our relationships hold in shaping us. My desire to unlock this mystery took me to Auburn University where I obtained my degree and specialization in marriage and family therapy.

My personal experiences and early career also informed my work as a therapist. I worked as a Program Coordinator for a non-profit for teens, have provided therapy in a church setting and have established a private practice. I have taught college courses, led Bible studies and organized other church programs. I also spent many years raising a family—being a wife, homeschooling three children, and experiencing the joys and sorrows that accompany this life. These experiences have reaffirmed my belief in the importance of relationships, family, and faith to personal fulfillment.

My Education and Approach

I hold a master’s degree and a license in Marriage and Family Therapy and am a Clinical Fellow and Supervisor in Training with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I am a member of the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family (GAMFT), the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ACEFT). I am a Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator and am also nearing completion of a certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), allowing me to work effectively with individuals, couples and families in a highly specialized and effective way. Designed to restore intimacy, not just stop the fighting, EFT is considered the No. 1 form of couple’s therapy  backed by more than 20 years of research. According to the ICEEFT, “Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.” Originally designed for couples, its use has since been extended to families and individuals experiencing a wide variety of symptoms including depression, anxiety and emotional pain. As a therapist, I have seen EFT succeed where other methods have failed. The training is extensive, but because of its efficacy, I have devoted myself to it.

The Role of Faith in My Practice

Although my professional education was secular, it is not lost on me that as spiritual beings made in the image of God, our primary relationship is with Him. I also recognize that faith plays a major role in our ability to heal, forgive, and find peace. So, even though my training is secular, my Christian faith is a major influence on how I see the world. As such, it is an import factor in how I approach the therapy process.

I have worked successfully with people from a variety of faiths–Jewish, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Agnostic, and Atheist. I have also worked with many people in the process of deconstruction or leaving their faith. It is especially important to me to come alongside those who are struggling spiritually. I understand the frustration, the fear, and the shame that often come when what we once believed no longer makes sense in light of our current circumstances. It is my desire to provide a place where you can grapple with life’s toughest issues without judgement.

Who I Help

Since opening Family Renewal Counseling, LLC, I have worked with women, men, teens, families and couples. I work with both couples and individuals, all with the shared goal of getting better.

I work regularly with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or chronic illness. I help clients work through difficult life challenges and transitions including the effects of menopause and empty nest, miscarriage, abortion recovery, family conflict, caregiving and spiritual abuse. I also work with couples who are searching for a way back to happiness in the wake of these issues as well as the challenges of infidelity or growing apart.

I’ve been blessed to work with people from all walks of life, from stay-at-home moms to part-time workers to CEOs and busy entrepreneurs. I’ve worked with health care providers (doctors, nurses, and other therapists), educators, church ministers, politicians, professional athletes, and those in the entertainment industry. I’ve also worked with first responders and military personnel and their families. In other words, people just like you.

I care deeply for every client and will come alongside you to help you heal. Please feel free to call me at 678-631-7639 to set up an appointment.

Testimonials

Christie Poole is a valued colleague who not only holds the credentials to offer superior services, but the kind of person who is safe and easy to talk to, always offering care and empathy. I have grown professionally and personally from her friendship and professionalism, and I believe she would be an asset to anyone seeking counseling services.

Kim McMillan, MA, LPC

Damascus Road Counseling, LLC

As a therapist it is necessary to have a list of high quality referrals for clients that you can’t serve. I am very particular about who I will include on my referral list and Christie is at the top of it! Christie is a skilled therapist who genuinely cares about the well being of her clients. She is highly trained in family therapy, particularly Emotionally Focused Therapy and that training is demonstrated through the progress she achieves with those she serves. Christie is a talented individual.

Jessica Hallam Anderson, MS, LPC

Owner/Director, Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting Plus, LLC

Christie is a highly skilled clinician with a caring and approachable nature. I highly recommend her!

Angela Brettschneider, MSW, LCSW

Owner/Director, Finding Freedom Now, LLC

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