Wendy Failor, MACMHC, LAPC, NCC
My journey to becoming a therapist began as a desire to help others through encouragement when I was very young. As an educator, mother, and minister’s wife, I have been in the process of learning what it takes to create and sustain a spiritually and emotionally healthy life, marriage, and family for over 28 years. My family and I spent more than 12 years living in a cross-cultural environment. I know what it is to feel like an outsider, be misunderstood, and face circumstances beyond our control.
My compassion for others has grown as I have faced trials of my own that have taught me to let go of fear and judgment. I strive to live in a spirit of grace towards myself and others daily, remembering the grace that I have been given throughout my lifetime.
My Education and Approach
I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1993. After returning from three separate tours as a cross-cultural worker in Central Asia, I attended Richmont Graduate University, graduating with a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Certificate of Marriage and Family Therapy. I worked with children, adolescents, and families under Board Certified Art Therapist Teresa Woodruff’s direction at Art It Out Therapy in East Cobb. There I learned to incorporate creative expression into various therapy modalities, including CBT, DBT, Person-Centered, and Group Therapy. I also worked with couples and adults at Hope Counseling Center in Marietta. To further my work with couples and families and gain a better understanding of the role of attachment in relationships, I also studied Emotionally Focused Therapy under Doctor James Hawk and am in the certification process for EFT.
The Role of Faith in My Practice
I receive strength and encouragement from my faith in Christ and believe that it informs every area of my life. As a follower of Christ, I am compelled to love others as I have been loved. To me, that includes respecting the personal beliefs of others, even if they differ from my own. I hope that every person I am with experiences compassion and a nonjudgmental spirit from me. If incorporating your personal faith into therapy is something you want, I will gladly do so. However, I will not force my beliefs on you. I welcome clients from any faith or with no faith background at all.
Who I Help
I love working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. I believe that play is the primary language of children, and I incorporate creative expression, play therapy, and games into my work with them. I also use media and art therapy with adolescents and even adults! Everyone can benefit from creative expression! I also have a passion for working with couples and families and have chosen EFT as my primary therapy model. According to Beasley and Anger (2019), EFT is one of the most effective, researched-based, relational therapies for couples. Having experienced EFT as both a client and a therapist, I can vouch for its effectiveness.
At Family Renewal Counseling, I am currently under the direction and supervision of Christie Poole, MS, LMFT, and the supervision of Erin Holcomb, MS, LPC, and Board Certified Supervisor. If you feel that I may be a good fit for you, please feel free to give me a call at 678-661-5291.