Jessica Tomlinson, LPC

Assistant Clinical Director

My Background

I became a therapist because I knew from a young age that I wanted to help other people. My own history, family, and journey influence me as a therapist. This makes me real. The therapy chair is a special place to wrestle with life’s conflicts. A place to grieve our pains, explore where we feel misunderstood, and struggle through trust that’s been broken. Through my own trials, I have found that hope and grace have anchored me, and this is what I seek for my clients. Because my life has been impacted by the challenges and issues I strive to help others conquer, I intend to ensure you feel safe and deeply understood. I have overcome, and you can too.

My early clinical training included an internship at Highland Rivers Health Crisis Unit where I worked under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph Seals, caring for adults and teens with addictions and mood disorders. I have also practiced previously in a private setting as well as the Hope Center at Richmont Graduate University. Inpatient, outpatient, private practice, and hospital – all of my professional experiences with teens and my service with church youth, have sharpened my ability to step into family conflict and restore relationships that seem to be coming apart. My years at Family Renewal Counseling and training in EFT have strengthened my conviction that connection with self, with God, with family, and with others is where healing begins. Feeling lost? Overwhelmed? Alone in your struggles? Yes, I get that. I believe God creates each human being with a purpose and calling. Being a therapist is mine. Becoming renewed and restored is yours.

 

My Education And Approach

I hold a master’s degree from Richmont Graduate University. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the most effective form of couples’ therapy backed by 20 years of research. According to The International Centre For Excellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT),  “…EFT works very well, results last, we know HOW it works so we can train therapists to intervene efficiently and we know it works across different populations and problems.” EFT operates under the systemic assumption that our primary relationships shape us and are essential to our well-being; I carry this systems approach into my practice because I believe it works.

 

The Role Of Faith In My Practice

My faith and my family are most important to me, and it is my faith that most heavily influences my work. I have seen the impact of God’s grace in my life and want to share that grace with other people. As an adult, I have always been active in local ministries and charities with my husband and our sons. We enjoy living life and sharing our journey with those whom God sends our way. My education is from a Christian university and I strive to use my training each day to better the lives of those around me. I understand that not everyone shares my beliefs and that is OK. Grace plays a major role in all lives even if religion or spirituality does not. It is my goal to serve my community – serving others is my definition of truly living.

 

Who I Help

Teens, adults, couples, and families working through relational and emotional challenges – that’s my passion. My experience at Highland Rivers equipped me holistically for the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, addictions, and follow-up care. Feeling stressed out, constantly on edge, or really down? Maybe numb from feeling “all the things” and you can’t do it anymore? At any stage, I’m here to help. Couples and families – I hear you. You feel disconnected and it’s lonely. You don’t want to be in this place anymore. Of course you don’t, and I can use EFT to help you restore your relationship again. Parents, I enjoy working directly with you to set goals and better understand your teen’s challenges. Teens, are you needing a shelter from all the storms that leave you feeling like you are drowning? I’ve got you. I specialize in anxiety, depression, bipolar/mood disorders in teens, adults, and young adults, addictions, couples therapy, and human sexuality. If you are looking for someone who understands, call me at 678-631-7639.

 

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