Robin Dees, MS/LPC
Robin Dees, M.S., L.P.C. is a native of Lowndes County. After graduating from Lowndes High School, she attended Valdosta State University where she received her B.A. (2000) and M.S. (2002) Degrees in Clinical Psychology. While enrolled in the master's program she completed an internship and practicum at Behavioral Health Services, a local community mental health service board. While working as an intern, she was hired as a full time therapist and remained working in that capacity for 4 years providing mental health counseling services and ongoing case management services. Deciding to advance her experience and growth as a clinician, she accepted a position at Greenleaf Counseling Center as the Partial Hospitalization Program Director at the Valdosta Outpatient office. She has worked there for the last five years and has gained a clinically and personally diversified experience. She supervised a team of therapists and case managers serving a range of ages from children to adults with both mental health and substances abuse issues. Her clinical path has helped her to gain significant knowledge and experience in the field of clinical counseling. She has provided ongoing care in the areas of marriage, individual, family and group treatments options with a focus on the specialty areas and psychopathology of addiction, personality disorders, depression and anxiety. She has focused on the co-morbidity of lifestyle complications that arise due to these issues. She specializes in a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy utilizing a focus on thinking patterns and behavioral interventions with a strong reality base.
Kelly D. Jones, LCSW
Kelly D. Jones, LCSW is a native of Tifton, Georgia, but has been a resident of Valdosta since 1998. Upon graduating from high school, she began her pursuit of her career choice, which resulted in receipt of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2003), and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Work from Valdosta State University (2006). While enrolled in the Master Social Work program at Valdosta State, she completed two full length practicum placements, one with a local school system, as well as one with a local mental health facility/program (Greenleaf Counseling Center). While working as an intern, she was employed full-time as a Program Specialist at the inpatient facility of Greenleaf Center. Following her work as an intern at Greenleaf Counseling Center, she was hired as a full time therapist and remained working in that capacity for 7 years providing individual, family, and group mental health counseling services, with a primary focus on the adult and addiction populations. She has been fully licensed in the State of Georgia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2010. She also continues to contribute to Valdosta State University as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Social Work when needed. Her goal is to provide a safe, therapeutic environment where one can share their innermost struggles and challenges without feeling judged or criticized, and to empower each client with education, confidence and self-awareness. Her clinical experience has included a strong focus on the various addictions that individuals struggles with, as well as a wide range of anxiety and mood disorders, and the various maladaptive coping strategies and thought/behavior patterns that form around these disorders. She also works with couples and other significant relationships to navigate through the common challenges of effective communication and conflict resolution, to either build or re-build a strong relational foundation and promote relational enrichment.
Bethany McElyea, M.S., L.P.C.
Bethany McElyea, M.S., L.P.C. moved to Valdosta after receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wichita State University. She attended graduate school at Valdosta State University where she obtained a Masters degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology while working as a Graduate Assistant for the Valdosta State Psychology Department and interning under the direction of Patty Cosey at Greenleaf Counseling Center. After graduation, she began working with families in the community providing in-home based wrap around counseling services for both parents and children. She also has two years experience working as a Psychometrist for Dr Gregory Pye. In 2010, she began working as a clinical therapy coordinator for Choices for Life of GA, providing individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling for teens as well as providing therapeutic services for foster families. During this time, she also worked as a substance abuse counselor for Redirect Counseling Services, where she facilitated adult groups focused on providing substance abuse education as well as treatment for addiction disorders. Bethany began working with Therapy Center of Valdosta in April of 2013 where she provides ongoing individual, family and marriage therapy services focused on counseling persons with mental health issues related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addiction, anger management, and behavior management. Her therapeutic approach utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family systems therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy.