You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affections than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. -Gautama Buddha
Meet our team
Pegge Riley, LPC, CPCS Co-Founder and Co-Director of Sage Center Licensed Professional Counselor Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor EMDR Clinician
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 20 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, LPC Co-Founder and Co-Director of Sage Center Licensed Professional Counselor Certified Breathwork Coach Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ®
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 a psychodynamic approach to support clients in releasing maladaptive thought processes and to recover from grief.
She specializes in Breathwork & Grief Recovery Method ®, treatment of Severe Persistent Mental Illness and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), issues of personal growth and wellness, positive and adaptive methods of communication in relationships with others, issues related to grief and loss, and the development of a nurturing and supportive relationship with self. Her theoretical orientation is an integrative mix drawn mostly from the cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic psychotherapy models. Angela believes that therapy begins with a solid foundation of trust, sincerity and open communication. She draws from her personal and professional experiences to provide the highest quality of care possible and support clients in (re)discovering their innocence and highest self.
LISA WILSON, LPC, NCC Licensed PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR NATIONAL CERTIFIED COUNSELOR
Lisa Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. 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, separation, or a breakup.
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.
Lisa accepts Aetna, Cigna, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield insurances. Please call 678-902-5472 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
David Webber, LPC Licensed professional counselor
David Webber graduated with a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. He works under the direction and supervision of Sage Center co-founding Directors, Pegge Riley, LPC, CPCS and Angela Wacht, LPC. David has worked with Sage Center since 2016, providing counseling for adults, adolescents, and families with a variety of challenges from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
David's commitment and devotion to support others began as a youth while assisting his mother, community, and church leaders through summer enrichment programs in Detroit, Michigan. He has also served on mission trips in Nairobi, Kenya and Oradea, Romania. As a byproduct of his early work, David discovered his purpose: helping empower children to be the best version of themselves.
David's passion for helping children, particularly those from under-served communities, has served him well as an advocate for affordable housing, access to high quality education, clean air and water, economic and business opportunities, and community empowerment in places like Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Negril, Jamaica. David is also the clinical director for Experience Camps, a week long camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent and/or sibling. David's background in the music industry has also supported and continues to support him in creating harmony and balance in all areas of life and he strives to bring this harmony to all of his clinical and professional relationships. David's strength, sincerity, personal experience, and background, along with current education and extensive supervision, provide a beautiful foundation to serve our community and support lasting and positive change with those he counsels.
David Mueller, LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
David holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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 couples as well as adults and older adults in individual and group settings. 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 utilizes Gottman theory to assist couples with conflict management, communication skills, and relationship building. He treats the relationship as the client and focuses on healing and growth. For premarital counseling, David is a certified Prepare/Enrich therapist. With individuals, David employs an integrative therapeutic orientation including psychodynamic, person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, he has received specialized 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.
A Bates Canon, LPC, CPCS Licensed Professional Counselor Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
Bates Canon holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Community Counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the State of Georgia. Bates has worked with a diverse range of clients from high school age through senior citizens primarily through twenty-eight years of experience within higher education, where he has served as director of counseling within four different colleges and universities. His experience at the university level extends to work in academic advising, career services, disability services, plus college student development instruction. Operating as mysaturdaytherapist.com, Bates is available by appointment on Saturdays at Sage Center Atlanta, and offers standard appointments of sixty-minutes in length. On Bates’ Psychology Today profile, he writes: I use an integrative approach grounded in Mindful Presence (see mindfulpresence.com for more). My hope is to develop a safe and comfortable space for you to feel heard and understood so together we can discover and help you do what's best for you and your success.
Bates works with clients on a range of issues including: career visioning; changing relationships; creative problem-solving; life and work transitions; stress, anxiety, and depression; and spirituality and wellness.
Kelly Pierce, APC, NCC Chief Growth Officer Associate Professional Counselor National Certified Counselor emdr Practitioner
Kelly holds a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. She is an Associate Professional Counselor working under the supervision of Pegge Riley, LPC, CPCS, and direction of Angela Wacht, LPC.
Kelly specializes in working with adults who have experienced emotional trauma such as emotional neglect, emotional abuse, narcissistic abuse, or manipulation. When we are impacted by emotional trauma, it can lead to feeling empty, lonely, over-stressed, or lacking meaning in life. Sometimes these feelings turn into persistent anxiety, depression, or even what feels like PTSD. Kelly utilizes safety in the therapeutic relationship to work through the feeling that something is missing in your life. She will work with you to process past experiences, rebuild emotional development, and set the foundation for the happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life you deserve.
Her therapeutic approach is supportive and engaging, adapting to what works best for you. Kelly focuses on validating your feelings and exploring your past to see how it influences your present. She will help you gain both the insight and the skills to effectively support yourself in living the meaningful life you've always dreamed of.
Kelly is proud to be an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist.
Amber Amick, APC, NCC Director of marketing and PR Licensed Associate Professional Counselor National Certified Counselor Professional School Counselor
Amber holds a Master's of Science degree in School Counseling from Mercer University. She is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Professional School Counselor in the state of Georgia. She works under the supervision of Pegge Riley, LPC, CPCS, and direction of Angela Wacht, LPC.
Amber specializes in providing therapy for teen and adult females who are seeking a psychotherapist to walk with them on their journey to becoming the most authentic and whole version of themselves. Amber’s clients are often healing from: women’s issues, traumas from childhood and adulthood, sexual abuse, autoimmune illnesses, unbalanced or unhealthy relationships, fertility and/or motherhood concerns, perfectionism, people pleasing, living an unbalanced life, exploring and/or finding their sexual identity, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression. Amber serves clients through one on one counseling sessions, group therapy, and workshops. Amber is a holistic psychotherapist and believes in creating a open and trusting environment where clients can feel safe to express themselves honestly. Amber’s practice often includes a mind-body-soul approach. She uses a blend of techniques and theories when working with clients including: mindfulness, somatic experiencing, art therapy, internal family systems, existential theory, prayer, meditation, and talk therapy.
Amber meets her clients with warmth, compassion and empathy. In session Amber listens intently and provides reflective feedback to clients resulting in validation, healthy challenge, or further exploration of the topic. Amber offers support and education for clients in order for them to become the healthiest and truest version of themselves in all aspects of their lives.
Amber serves as the Director of Marketing and PR for Sage Center Atlanta. Her duties include providing mental health resources, tools, techniques, and advocating for mental health and the counseling community. Amber is the author of our, “Sage Speaks”, blog and manages our Sage Center Atlanta social media websites. If you have questions about or ideas for posts, or if you would like to collaborate with Sage Center Atlanta to promote mental health or the counseling community, please reach out to: Amber@SageCenterAtlanta.com.
Afshan holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling from Northwestern University. Prior to pursuing a career in the field of counseling and mental health, she worked with non-profits focusing on youth advancement and education. Through her non-profit experience, Afshan has worked with youth from various backgrounds including youth working through family challenges, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and identity development.
As a servant leader, Afshan has a deep history of community outreach and volunteerism, demonstrating the value of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. She is energetic, personable, and dedicated to the well-being and holistic development for all those around her. Afshan has the instinct, intuition, and experience to spark the very best in individuals and the teams she works with. She aspires to offer counseling and therapy services that will support everyone she works with to become the best version of themselves and live a quality lifestyle.
Afshan is providing counseling services at Sage Center Atlanta through Sage Therapy and Education Partnership (STEP) under the supervision of Pegge Riley, LPC and Angela Wacht, LPC.
Dr. Kristie Pszczola Chiropractor
Dr. Kristie has practiced in the Woodstock area since 1997 and has developed a unique approach that combines skilled manipulation (with energetic, soft tissue, and skeletal components), gentle coaching, and encouragement with powerful insight.
This approach allows patients to obtain quick results with treatment schedules that are much less frequent than most chiropractic techniques. Dr. Kristie’s special focus and passion is helping people change the patterns and habits that are preventing the body from healing itself. Dr. Kristie’s broad knowledge in nutrition, sports injury, pregnancy, early childhood, neck and back injury, as well as her experience in personal growth, allows Dr. Kristie to partner with each patient to help them achieve their desired health goals.