Hope Springs Counseling
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About

Meet our team of dedicated professionals

History

For years now, Hope Springs has functioned as a more “traditional” counseling practice in a restored, historic office space in downtown Monroe, Georgia.  Seeking the opportunity to offer clients many of the therapeutic activities that we typically recommend, we began exploring spaces that could allow for this dream to grow.  Recently, a beautiful, historic church building built in the early 1900’s became available as a step towards this vision.  The space lives out that which it fosters for its guests…the beauty of changing the original thought or feeling, and making it into something new.  Hope Springs now utilizes this sacred space for healing work of the mind, body, and spirit and to honor the long-standing tradition of transformation within it.

As Hope Springs Counseling, LLC has evolved into Hope Springs, Mind-Body-Spirit, this evolution was born out of the desire to allow for a more organic therapeutic experience.  An experience where a person has the freedom to choose their therapeutic space…whether walking through trails, sitting by the creek, or meeting in a traditional counseling space (perhaps joined by a therapy animal!).  

Hope Springs offers a “whole person” health experience with activities for the mind, body, and spirit.


 

Services

Mind:  Ongoing special interest groups, workshops, and trainings.

Professional Counseling Services by licensed masters and Ph.D. level clinicians. Counseling services by supervised masters level interns.

Body:  Nutritional Coaching, Exercise groups, Aromatherapy

Spirit:  Musical Performances, Special Topic Discussion Groups, Listening Prayer, Grief Work, Drum Circle

All products used and sold at Hope Springs are sourced locally and are comprised of organic materials as well as DoTerra therapeutic grade essential oils.

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Sherie Hawkins

“Joining you in your journey towards your best life possible…”

Activities & Affiliations

Nationally Certified Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Education

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Bachelor of Arts Psychology

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Master of Science in Professional Counseling

REGENT UNIVERSITY
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision

FOUNDER

"Joining You in Your Journey Towards your Best Life Possible.."

Years ago, as I created this phrase to describe what we do at Hope Springs, I held in mind the honor that I feel in being invited into a person’s story.  Whether it is my friend that I wrap in my arms as we process the storms of life, my children as I nurture them towards adulthood, or my clients as I enter into their crossroads moments with them and brainstorm solutions, strengths, and challenges of their chosen road ahead….it is a gift to me.  I cherish those moments because they are fragile, precious demonstrations of vulnerability and trust.  I hold with the highest honor that trust that people have in me as they open up their stories.

I began preparing myself academically to hold skills in joining people in their journeys by graduating from the University of Georgia in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  A year later, I began the pursuit of my Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Western Carolina University.  While attending WCA, I taught a Study Skills/Introduction to College course to incoming Freshmen.  This was the beginning of my love for teaching!  It would be years before I realized this personal dream, but I now serve as an Adjunct Professor for Adams State University in Colorado educating future Masters level counselors. 

I graduated in 1998 and began working with Sylvan Learning Systems in Atlanta.  This pursuit honed my leadership and management skills as I opened or acquired 15 locations throughout Atlanta and served as Vice President of Operations for over 6 years.  After that time, I felt the pull of individual therapy beckoning again, and returned my focus to therapy-based counseling services.  Throughout the years, this has included leading groups, seminars and workshops on various topics related to personal growth, and conducting individual counseling.  I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Anger Management Specialist, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2014 in a CACREP accredited Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision through Regent University.  Through this coursework, I honed my counseling skills as well as developed specialized ability in conducting comprehensive and Psycho-sexual evaluations.  Recently, I have received training in EMDR (http://emdria.site-ym.com/?page=emdr_therapy) which is a powerful technique that can help heal trauma, anxiety, and many other psychological issues often with short-term therapy as the norm.  In order to further my modalities to help initiate the healing process, I have also begun training in Yoga Therapy with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (http://pryt.com/about-pryt/whatispryt/) . 

Over the past few years, I have found myself desiring a more “organic” approach to therapeutic space that we hold for counseling work.  As such, I have begun training in nature-based counseling work, and we will begin offering opportunities for our clients to join us in more natural settings for their sessions as well as to join us on “Quests” and “Retreats”. 

I believe that as we progress through life, we accumulate responsibilities.  As we do this, we often lose our sense of mindfulness regarding our own innate needs…the need for comfort, variety, significance, love, growth, contribution, and belonging.  In essence, we then “lose ourselves”.  Hope Springs was created to help you find yourself again…or maybe discover who you are for the first time.  I have witnessed through the years of working with people as well as in my own life journey, true change tends to occur best when we embrace simpler times…before the pressures of life, noise, and responsibility took over.  True change occurs when we nurture our minds, our bodies, and our spirits.  Given this belief, we will offer our clients many opportunities to engage in grounding activities within our practice so that our clients may revitalize as the innate needs are understood and met.  Then, one has the opportunity to truly find oneself and find balance and harmony. 

 
 
 

Associates


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Bethany Kline, APC, NCC

My name is Bethany Kline and I am an Associate Professional Counselor at Hope Springs Counseling, LLC. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Christian Counseling, and I obtained my Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. I am trained in individual, couples, and group therapy in a number of different counseling approaches.

In my view, counseling is an opportunity for a counselor to come alongside someone and join them in their journey. Throughout this process, they are provided with compassion and a safe space to express themselves, under an umbrella of unconditional positive regard. Therapy is a relationship that exists within certain boundaries. These boundaries create safety and support clients in making changes that they desire and becoming empowered. I adhere to an eclectic approach to counseling because I firmly believe that not all interventions and approaches are effective with every client. Counseling should be a personalized experience, and thusly I prefer to draw from which ever approach is best suited to my client and their needs! I am humbled by the opportunity to help my clients through whatever storm they are experiencing. I consider the therapeutic alliance between a counselor and a client to be similar to that of a team in which a goal is set and we then work together using our joint strengths to achieve that goal.

I am a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator, and take great joy in working with couples and other individuals dealing with relationship problems. It has been my mantra since embarking on my journey to become a counselor that I want to help people to love each other better. Sometimes that means working with a couple through premarital counseling, or with enriching the relationship of couples that have been together for many years. Sometimes helping people love each other better looks like helping an individual address some past pains to allow them to be more present in their relationship now. And I honestly believe that if we can love ourselves well, we can love other immensely more!

I love Art, crafting and basically doing anything with my hands and color. I have hosted Creative Journaling classes in the past and am looking forward to doing more art-based therapy in the future. I am happily married and my husband and I have 3 beautiful rambunctious children together who keep us on our toes and seeing the world through their eyes daily.

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Kimberly Slape, APC, HAIS

Life experiences have led me to where I am today, a place where I have been able to grow and learn from my past hurts, and mistakes, and life events I had no control over. I realized in college the importance of finding professional counseling help when needed. It was frankly, a “relationship” I didn’t want to enter at all. I was going to face a stranger, put all my “dirt” on the table, and he or she was going to judge me. Obviously, I did not have a very good idea of what it meant to enter a therapeutic relationship. Since that first meeting, I began to realize therapy didn’t mean I was “crazy” or that I was going to be judged. It meant I was strong because I reached out to get help and there was a person willing to collaborate with me to help me get well. Years past, and I found myself divorced and alone. Once again, I sought out counseling. This time knowing the benefits of a professional counseling relationship. I met a wonderful Christian counselor who taught me we are all broken, but that doesn’t have to define us or how we choose to live our lives. She provided me with tools, and counseling expertise that I now aspire to emulate.

For many years, everything was going well with my life. I was teaching children, I had remarried and was living a blessed life, and then I received a phone call from my sister informing me my brother had committed suicide, and my world crashed down around me. This was an event I didn’t play a part in and had no control over. After his death, I was “sick” all the time, I was “depressed” all the time, I had no desire to live and I began to feel a pull to wanting to be where he was, thinking maybe he made a good choice. In the therapy world, that is called suicidal ideation. I KNEW I needed help beyond the anti-depressant my doctor had prescribed. I searched my area for a counselor to help me but in my immediate area at the time I was unable to locate one. I began to pray, and think a lot about my future.

After finding and getting the help needed, I began to feel better, I found myself wanting to be able to do more to help people in my community and nearby. I didn’t want them to experience the struggles of finding help that I had endured. Specifically, I wanted to help women and children with the challenges of their lives. I knew all the struggles I went through as a woman and wished I had knew there was help to be had. My time working at an elementary school also left me feeling that there was a missing piece to helping children and I wanted to serve as the missing piece, helping kids in times of need. I decided to return to school and received my M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I was blessed to receive a practicum and an internship position with Dr. Sherie Hawkins Malcom at Hope Springs Counseling, LLC and now work as a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) directly under her supervision.

I knew as I entered the counseling profession, I wanted to move beyond the four walls of a room and incorporate new and exciting, sometimes unconventional therapy practices. One of the “homework” assignments I had received in therapy was to get outside and get moving. I knew incorporating the outdoors in therapy was going to be important in my career and therefore I am working to incorporate Nature-Based Therapy when appropriate in my work. I also found that my dogs were an unconditional support through the tough times I experienced, and as a previous dog trainer, and animal lover, I wanted to incorporate Animal-Assisted Therapy into my practice when appropriate. Currently, I am completing Animal-Assisted Therapy training through Oakland University and will complete the continuing education courses in March 2018. I believe, in some instances, animals provide a more comfortable environment and my dogs, Xena and King, can assist in some therapeutic goals within the counseling session for both children and adults.

I think it is important to recognize that everyone has unique experiences in life and being “normal” can be overrated. I believe there is an ebb and flow to life and sometimes we reach a point where we cannot manage it alone. I am here to help and it is my desire to provide a holistic approach that helps people to improve their lives in mind, body, and spirit. I hope when you are ready you will reach out to me and start your own healing journey.

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Nick Savage, APC

I came to the counseling profession later in my life. I spent over 30 years working as a professional cosmetologist and salon owner, which is to say that I have probably been “counseling” informally for over thirty years. My focus as a hairstylist and consultant was to help people not just look good but to feel good about the way they look when they see themselves in the mirror. More than enough times, people have shared that there is a very personal, intimate, and therapeutic relationship associated with being someone’s hairdresser.

Around twenty years ago, I had a very dear friend pass away. The experience prompted profound changes in me, seeking a deeper walk of faith in Christ. I began discipleship training under the leadership of Jack L. Larson, Restorative Director; Head of Curriculum Development at WDA (Worldwide Discipleship Association). I completed the developmental training, leadership training, as well as small group leadership training. After having completed the WDA curriculum and their advanced leadership training. I continued to volunteer assisting WDA in implementing their programs at various churches. Almost immediately, doors were opening for me to get involved in church ministry and missions. 

I accepted a leadership role with Zaccheus Ministries, and began working with kids, helping them to make good decisions and reach their potential. I led mission trips to Mexico to help teens develop positive character attributes, while building houses and churches in poor neighborhoods in that country. In 2005, I founded Mind Altering Love Ministry. The ministry was principled after Romans 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”, which resembles a cognitive approach to changing a person’s circumstances and learning more about God’s will for their life. This ministry’s outreach utilized art, music, and drama to develop relationships with people and to help children and adults experience God in a deeper way. I believe that art, music, and drama are powerful communication tools that convey strong messages and can be utilized to help facilitate healing and spiritual growth. It has become part of my focus as a counselor.

I made the decision to get a degree in theology. I attended Liberty University and in 2015 received a Bachelor of Science in Religion, where I graduated magna cum laude with top honors. My desire was to use the knowledge that I acquired to help people grow both personally and spiritually. I served as an associate pastor at a church in Lilburn, Georgia for three years in discipleship and outreach ministry. As well, I worked with the homeless in Little Five Points for 3 years with Intown Ministry’s IF Coffeehouse. In this time, I began to realize that the magnitude of people’s struggles and past pains needed more than simple words and messages from a pulpit. I really wanted to help people get the healing that they needed to overcome and have victory in their lives.

I enrolled in graduate school for a master’s degree in counseling so that I could have the competencies needed to assist people further in healing. I have been in my practicum and internship at Hope Springs Counseling since May of 2017, and I hope to be able to listen to people’s hearts and help guide them to the answers that they are seeking for their life. My prayer is that God will use me to help people establish hope, goals and be able to meet them, help bring support, healing, comfort and peace to their lives.


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Coleen Dixon, APC

As a therapist, I enjoy walking beside my clients on their journey toward wellness and wholeness. When you step into the therapeutic process, my hope is for you to have a space that makes you feel safe and encouraged. I also enjoy finding out my client's strengths, and being able to bring those into the therapy room to help you grow and construct solutions that work for your life. When you have reached the end of your journey in therapy, my hope is that you will leave feeling more connected in relationships and living wholeheartedly, with a better understanding of yourself. I completed my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA and am currently pursuing licensure as both an Associate Professional Counselor and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I also have an undergraduate degree in Psychology with an art minor from Georgia State University. I work well with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples and families at many stages of life. I see clients with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, eating concerns, body image, substance use, spiritual concerns, career and education concerns, chronic illness and sports injuries, abuse, trauma, grief & loss, marital dissatisfaction, parent/child relationships, setting boundaries, and other life transitions. I am also in the process of completing EMDR basic training. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is the gold standard of care for treatment of trauma, and is particularly effective in physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, natural disasters, PTSD, as well as many other issues. Clients describe my style as warm, inviting, and present. I strive to create an environment where we can explore the parts of yourself that you enjoy, as well as those that may be more difficult to understand or accept. My goal is that when you are ready to exit the therapy relationship, you will leave with confidence, knowing yourself, and feeling more connected in the relationships that are important to you. When I'm not working as a therapist, you can find me spending time with my husband, son, family, and friends, riding bikes, hiking, or finding a do-it-yourself project to complete!

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