Question and Answer Session with Sage Center Atlanta therapist, Kelly pierce, M.A.
Each month moving forward, Sage Speaks, will focus on one of our Sage Center Atlanta therapists. It can be hard to choose a therapist and our hope is that by spotlighting each of our therapists and some of the types of therapy they practice and their specialties, you will have a better understanding of which therapist might be the best fit for you.
For the month of January our Sage Spotlight is, Kelly Pierce, M.A.
Kelly has her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Kelly specializes in helping clients heal from emotional trauma, and she is passionate about teaching others to process their emotional experiences in order to live the meaningful and fulfilling lives they deserve. Her approach incorporates evidence-based research from interpersonal neurobiology, somatic experiencing, emotional intelligence training, and trauma-informed psychodynamic theory. Kelly is proud to be an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist, and she actively works to create inclusive spaces for all genders and all identities.
Question: How would you describe your counseling style?
Answer: My style is emotion-focused and growth-oriented. I focus a lot on emotions and emotional experiences. I think our American culture teaches us to suppress our emotions, and I think a lot of us humans are in pain because of that. When our emotions are ignored or pushed away, they get stuck. When emotions get stuck, they live in the unconscious and impact us and our actions daily without our knowledge or control. Therefore, my style focuses on encouraging emotional experiences, validating these experiences, and learning the tools to let our emotions come and go without getting stuck. This opens us humans up to living bigger, brighter, more fulfilling lives.
Question: What is the most important part of your practice?
Answer: Making sure my clients feel unconditional positive regard. I am 100% on their side and want the absolute best for them. As a result, I want them to learn to feel the same way about themselves.
Question: What do you hope your clients gain from therapy sessions with you?
Answer: I hope my clients feel supported unconditionally. I also hope that together we can continue taking small steps toward the healing they desire in every session.
Question: What is something that you continue to learn about as a therapist?
Answer: I continue to be amazed by the human capacity to heal.
Question: What type of therapy do you provide?
Answer: I provide insight-oriented therapy. This means that we will often look back at your past to understand how your past experiences influence the present you. With this insight, we can heal or make subtle changes to expand the potential for present and future you.
Question: What type of clients do you see? Age, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, life events, diagnosis, issues, personality etc.
Answer: I work with adults who are looking to heal from emotional trauma. I am affirmative of all identities and genders.
My ideal client is a millennial who is looking to heal from past emotional trauma (emotional neglect, emotional abuse, narcissistic abuse, manipulation). Often they feel lonely and misunderstood, or they feel like something is wrong with them. Sometimes they are stressed out people pleasers; sometimes they are really tough on themselves. They feel plagued by certain emotions and terrified of others. All of these experiences come as a result of emotional trauma, and they all can be resolved by learning to feel your feelings.
Question: Do you take insurance? If so which ones?
Answer: No, private pay only.
Question: Do you provide therapy in person, virtually, or both?
Answer: Currently in January 2021, I am only seeing clients virtually.
For more information about our Sage Center Atlanta therapists, check out our team page here.
If you or a loved one would like to reach out to a Kelly Pierce, M.A. or another Sage Center Atlanta therapist you can contact us via phone or email.
Phone: 404-419-6221 or Email: info@SageCenterAtlanta.com
*If you are a Georgia resident and in crisis please call the Georgia Crisis Access Line 1-800-715-4225. If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911.
*Please note this blog or any social media posts from Sage Center Atlanta do not serve in the place of therapy or mental health services.
Amber Amick, APC, NCC, Professional School Counselor serves as the Director of Marketing and PR for Sage Center Atlanta. Amber is a practicing Sace Center Atlanta clinician and school counselor in the Metro Atlanta area. Amber is under the supervision of Sage Center Atlanta co-founder, Pegge Riley, LPC, CPCS and the direction of Sage Center Atlanta co-founder, Angela Wacht, LPC, NCC.
Welcome to the Sage Center Blog: Sage Speaks! We are so happy you found us!
This blog is meant to be a meaningful place where the reader can find information about: Sage Center and our team members, therapy services, therapy techniques, mental health, and information about upcoming events. We may sometimes list resources, ideas, and coping techniques that are meant for those who are working with a therapist or a treatment team. Every person is different and every therapist is different, there is not a one size fits all and the information on this blog will also vary.
This blog does not take the place of therapy and we ask that if you or someone you know is seeking therapeutic services from Sage Center, please reachout to us via our contact page. If you are not currently looking for treatment but enjoy reading our posts, please stick around and know that if the time ever comes where you want or need support from one of our therapists, our door will be open to you.
Now that all of that you have gotten to know a little bit about what this blog is about, we want to take a moment to introduce Sage Center.
About Sage Center
Several years ago, the seeds of Sage Center were planted when Angela and Pegge began a lighthearted conversation about each of their dreams of creating the ideal counseling center. The more they talked, the more they realized a shared vision: to create a safe space in which to support clients in facing challenges and overcoming obstacles; a place where those seeking help could find hope and strength in order to become who they wished or never knew they could be; a place where seasoned counselors not only provide support for clients but also create a nurturing environment in which to guide and mentor beginning counselors; a place where all types of helping professionals thrive together in a spirit of collaboration, sharing the techniques and philosophies of their disciplines toward a common goal of helping others; a place where the values and standards of the counseling profession are embraced and the process of assisting others on their journeys is honored with integrity.
Over the years the dialogue about their hopes and dreams continued, creating the conditions ripe for change, until one pivotal conversation, when Angela looked at Pegge and said, "Why 'one day'...why not now?" The energy in the room became intense, full...alive! At that moment, they both realized that the seed had sprouted. From that day forward, Sage Center was no longer a dream but a reality in the making.
The founders of Sage Center created the the following mission statement and all therapists on our team stand by their words. Sage Center promotes comprehensive wellness in the community by providing quality support services through counseling, consultation, education, and mentorship to individuals, professionals and organizations. Sage Center is committed to serving with integrity, compassion and respect in a balanced and collaborative environment.
About Our Team
Sage Center has grown significantly since Pegge and Angela began their journey. Sage Center currently has ten therapists and a chiropractor as a part of our team. Each therapist comes with their own set of skills, experiences, and knowledge that provides our clients with care and confidence that their therapist will do their best while walking along side you on your journey in therapy. For more information about our team members, click here.
Each month a different Sage Center therapist will be highlighted in our blog so that you can have a better idea of who each team member is and how they work. We are excited to introduce our first therapist later this week!
Services Offered at Sage Center Atlanta
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The Sage Center Team
If you are in crisis please call the Georgia Crisis Access Line 1-800-715-4225.
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Sage Speaks is authored by Amber Amick a nationally certified counselor, associate professional counselor, and professional school counselor, under the supervision of Pegge Riley, LPC, CPCS and the direction of Angela Wacht, LPC, NCC. Amber has been practicing at Sage Center Atlanta over a year.