Pegge Riley holds a master's degree in counseling from Ohio University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Georgia. With over 15 years' experience in the counseling field, Pegge works with individuals and couples in psychotherapy and provides counseling and mentorship to counseling students and other professionals. She specializes in the resolution of trauma; treatment of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder; issues of personal growth and wellness; issues related to grief and loss; positive and adaptive communication in relationships with others; and the development of a nurturing and supportive relationship with the self.
Pegge believes that we are born striving to prosper and grow. We respond to our life experiences in ways that will protect us and allow us to cope with our environments. Often times, the coping strategies that were essential at one point in our lives become ineffective-and even maladaptive-at another part of our lives. The therapeutic process allows us to explore our past and the patterns that we have created through our life experience, and learn to choose healthier and more adaptive ways of coping and being. Pegge approaches her work with clients from a base of empathy, respect, and acceptance, creating a safe, supportive, and confidential environment in which to overcome obstacles-and allow for positive growth and lasting change.
Pegge's counseling approach involves an integrative mix drawn from the humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic psychotherapy models that emphasize the role of the relationship between therapist and client and a belief in individuals' ability to achieve their goals. Pegge is trained and certified in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and uses it in treatment wherever it is applicable, primarily in the resolution of trauma and the reduction of stress and anxiety.
Angela Wacht holds a Master's Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, Certified Breathwork Coach, and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ®. Angela began her work in mental health in 2005 while as a volunteer for Peace Corps in Honduras supporting individuals and families living with HIV/AIDs. From this, she began her own journey of exploration and growth, which led her to become a Certified Breathwork Coach in 2006. She began working within the community providing support to individuals living with a variety of challenges and those seeking for deeper connection with true self.
Since 2006, Angela has worked in private practice, community agencies, and hospice, providing counseling and psychotherapy. She also provides community support and Continuing Education workshops in the areas of self-care and grief/loss to the healthcare community in a variety of settings. Angela believes that "thought is creative"and utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy to support clients in releasing maladaptive thought processes.
Breathwork is a powerful, safe and gentle breathing technique which releases stress from the body and increases your energy level, for the purpose of experiencing more ease and pleasure in your life. Developed in the early 70's it has been practiced by many thousands of people throughout the world. In a Breathwork session, a professionally trained Breathwork Coach guides your breath in a manner that increases the level of oxygen in your body, which increases your energy. The increased levels of oxygen stimulate the body's natural ability to cleanse itself. Since 70% of body toxins are eliminated through breathing, it supports us to learn to breathe freely and fully. Breathwork also raises the blood's alkaline level, a result sought by many health care professionals.
Other substantial benefits of Breathwork are that it releases stored emotions from the body and accesses the part of the brain that stimulates memory. By learning to breathe consciously, one is able to uncover and release limiting thought patterns from the past. You can receive tremendous value from discovering how current issues in your life originated from decisions you may have made earlier on. By becoming aware of these decisions you are able to choose differently in present time. Becoming consciously aware of patterns or undesirable habits is the first step to change.
Each session with a Breathwork Coach involves a consultation and approximately an hour of connected breathing. In the consultation, your Breathwork Coach will have the opportunity to discuss with you where you are in your life now and how they can best support you. Your Breathwork Coach will collect information from you with the goal of supporting you in resolving current issues and changing undesirable patterns.
A Breathwork Coach is a professionally trained facilitator who will guide your breath in a way that enables you to process what occurs during the session. They will guide and support you through emotional releases, thoughts and memories that may surface and physical sensations that you may experience during a session. Your professional Breathwork Coach is highly skilled at helping you trace complex issues in your life to the origins of your subconscious mind. By becoming aware of this pertinent information, your Breathwork Coach will support you in finding solutions and resolutions.
There are already scores of medical practitioners who recognize the value of deep breathing and the list is growing. For example, world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish says in his book Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease that deep breathing is the best stress reducer known to man. It has been medically proven that stress has a direct impact on the immune system. When your stress level is up, your immune system is down: when your stress level is down, your immune system is up. We can reduce our stress through deep breathing, which then boosts the immune system. We need to keep our immune system strong so we can fight off sickness. The immune system is our number-one line of defense against the viruses, bacteria and other invaders that make us ill, causing everything from minor colds and flu to some major illnesses. Deep breathing increases the oxygen levels in the blood, which strengthens our immune systems.
Dr. Alec Borsenko states, "Oxygen gets rid of toxicity. Bacteria, viruses and parasites are destroyed in the presence of oxygen-especially cancer." Breathing controls the flow of the lymphatic system. We have four times more lymphatic fluid then blood. Lymphatic cells release toxins from the body.
Paul Bragg, author of Super Breathing for Super Energy and also the person who developed the first health food store in this country in the late 1930's says in his book that we are slowly committing suicide in this country because of the way we live and breath. According to Bragg, shallow breathing starves the body of vital oxygen and causes premature aging. Bragg notes that oxygen-starved people go to bed tired and wake up tired. They suffer from headaches, constipation, indigestion, muscular aches and pains, stiff joints, aching backs, and the list goes on.
Not only do most people breathe shallowly, barely using one-fifth of the lungs' capacity to increase oxygen flow to their bodies, but, on top of everything else, there is much less oxygen in the air to breath. Two hundred years ago, our air was composed of 38 percent oxygen and 1 percent carbon dioxide. Today, because of pollution and other factors, it is 19 percent oxygen and 25 percent carbon dioxide.
Dr. McVea explains the importance of oxygen this way: "More than anything else, good health and well-being is dependent on the maximum production, maintenance and flow of energy, which is produced by oxygen. Oxygen contributes to proper metabolic function, better circulation, assimilation, digestion and elimination. It helps purify the blood, keeping it free from cellular build-up. Sufficient oxygen gives the body a chance to rebuild itself and strengthen its immune system. It is our natural defense against disease. Medical research shows that over 90 percent of the body's energy is produced by oxygen, and that the more oxygen we have in our system, the more energy we produce. Our ability to think, feel, and act comes from the energy created by oxygen.
The Breathwork technique that we use, delivers vital oxygen to the body, delivering it to the blood, which in turn delivers it to our cells. Breathwork is one of the greatest catalysts to keeping the immune system peaked. It also has a calming and energizing effect on the nervous system. A Breathwork session is a total package for stress reduction, relaxation, good health and well being. Oxygenation is the key to living a healthy and balanced life.
Doreen S. Marshall, PhD is a licensed psychologist and professional counselor whose clinical work has been informed by extensive training in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, sudden loss and difficulty with life transitions. She helps clients to examine life events in order to understand their impact and to empower the client to make changes to improve his or her life. She works with clients to decide the direction and goals of counseling while always viewing the client as the expert on his or her own life.
Lisa Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University. She began her tenure at Sage Center as a counseling intern in 2015 serving clients through Sage Center's STEP (Sage Education and Therapy Partnership) program. She currently provides individual counseling for children and adults and facilitates a divorce support group for women and men who are in the middle of or have experienced divorce. Her counseling experience also includes interning at a metro Atlanta hospice agency where she provided counseling services for patients and their families and serving as a paraprofessional at a community mental health services agency.
In addition to completing her Master’s Degree in mental health counseling, Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University and spent 12 years working in non-profit and public sector management. Lisa views counseling as a collaborative process and her role is to support clients in identifying obstacles in their paths and finding new routes around them.
With a passion for working with adults in transition, Julie takes a holistic approach to therapy, assessing needs of the mind, body and spirit. Her training includes a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Alabama, a Health Coaching certificate, graduate theological training, a certificate in Job and Career Transition, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training. She is a Diplomate in the American Association of Integrative Medicine and recently completed Level 1 training as a Qigong Instructor.
For the past 25 years, Julie has made a career in the helping professions. She has experience as an inpatient and outpatient psychotherapist, hospice and community chaplain, and university administrator and counselor. Julie works from a humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based orientation. Her specializations include working with professional and personal caregivers, mood disorders, spiritual concerns, personal growth, health challenges, career transition, and counselor supervision.
Julie values the client’s insight and innate potential to heal and grow. She enjoys working collaboratively with other practitioners to provide personalized care and assist clients in creating a plan for sustainable wellness.
David holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and is currently Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. He completed internships at the Hope Counseling Center and the Transitions Senior Program at Emory-Wesley Woods, an older adult focused Partial Hospitalization Program. Prior to becoming a counselor, David retired from GlaxoSmithKline after 24 years in sales and marketing. He proudly embraces his deep roots in the community, having graduated from Lakeside High School before attaining a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and an MBA from the University of Georgia.
David works with adults and older adults in individual and group settings, as well as with couples. His work includes helping those experiencing a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, self-improvement, and life transitions. David enjoys helping couples with premarital counseling, conflict resolution, and communication skills. He is a certified Prepare/Enrich premarital counselor. David employs an integrative therapeutic orientation including psychodynamic, person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, he has received additional training in incorporating the client’s Christian beliefs into the counseling session when requested by the client. David believes that the clients are their own agents of change. Thus, the role of the therapist is to gently walk beside them through the process of self-discovery and insight, and ultimately empowering clients to resolve future life challenges with new coping skills. It is his hope that he can provide clients a safe space for growth, authenticity, and emotional healing. David has a special interest in working with older adults and has received extensive training with that population. He enjoys speaking to professional groups about mental health and well-being for seniors. David is currently an active member of the Aging and Behavioral Health Care Collaborative.
David Webber is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University and is in his first year of practicum training at Sage Center: Counseling, Consulting and Creative Community Wellness. He provides counseling through the Sage Therapy and Education Partnership (STEP Program) supporting individuals and families with a variety of challenges and from various socioeconomic backgrounds.
He receives supervision and direction from Sage Center co-founding Directors, Pegge Riley, LPC and Angela Wacht, LPC. David’s passion to support others began as a youth while assisting his mother and community and church leaders at summer enrichment programs in the inner cities of Detroit, Michigan. He has also served in Nairobi, Kenya, and Oradea, Romania.
David’s background in the music industry has supported and continues to support him in creating harmony and balance in all areas of life and he will strive bring this harmony to all of his clinical and professional relationships. David’s strengths, sincerity, personal experience, and background, along with current education and extensive supervision, provides a beautiful foundation to serve our community and support lasting and positive change with those he counsels.
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