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 have completed the requisite Externship for Emotionally Focused Therapy and am pursuing certification in EFT. I am a member of the National Certified Counselors, American Counselors Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Association for Specialists in Group Work.
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.