Michael Johns CAC-II, NCAC-I, CE, TP, Director
Director, Founder, CEO/Clinician
Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Psychology; three years of Graduate Educational Studies in Ministry and Ministry Development; 33 years of training and experience in various forms of substance abuse, treatment and mental health recovery processes; supervised staff in residential medical model programs and intensive outpatient programs; National and state certified addictions counselor, state approved treatment provider and state approved clinical DUI evaluator.
Jeanie Johns BS
BS in psychology and extensive training in psychiatric nursing; 34 years experience as a nurse manager, coordinator, and director of mental health and substance abuse recovery programs in hospitals and correctional facilities in the state of Georgia; extensively trained in aiding in the healing of women from trauma and abuse issues; trained and experienced in couples’ counseling, along with her husband, Michael Johns, to aid in the healing of families.
Robin Whisnant, LPC, TF-CBT, CAMS
Manager of Children & Adolescent Programs
Robin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who dedicates her time working with the children of Northeast Georgia. She specializes in working with children in recovery from trauma, and helps those who struggle with anxiety and divorce. Robin graduated from Brenau University with a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling. She is nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is passionate about working with children, teens and their families. Play therapy, art therapy, and solution focused therapy helps Robin engage children, teens and their families. These evidence based practices help Robin empower families to identify problems and find solutions.
David Abbot PPS, CAMS, MS, AC
Masters in Addiction Studies; work with families on communication helping men improve their leadership in the family; Certified Anger Management specialist; Certified Domestic Violence Educator.
State approved to provide court ordered classes on domestic violence treatment program.
Howard Bernstein PhD
Clinical psychologist; over 35 years with extensive knowledge of substance abuse treatment and mental health illness recovery; director of various hospital based and intensive outpatient and outpatient recovery programs; active consultant for The Mustard Seed Counseling Services intensive outpatient program.
Kim Blackburn Jr., CADCII
Over 20 years in the field of substance abuse and mental health providing assessments, individual/group counseling for adolescents & adults.
Ricky J. Bright CAC I, CAMS, RPS
Relapse Prevention Specialist; specializes in working with defiant teens making bad choices; works with adults in substance abuse recovery; Anger Management specialist; Ricky and his wife, Kendra, also offer marriage counseling to families.
Janis Calloway NCAC II, CAC II, CCS
Over 20 years in the field of substance abuse and mental health providing assessments, individual/group; clinical supervisor of interns and clinicians to aid in their attaining state and national addiction counselor certifications.
Alexia Fisher LPC, EDS
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, REBT, Individual, Couples, and Group Counselor
Many mental distress issues are based on intense emotions, if these emotions are not processed we often get stuck in trauma/grief patterns. In my practice,we do a lot of trauma work to help you grieve and move past these stuck emotions. Also, Dialetical Behavior Therapy(DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can successfully help ease the pain of emotions run amuck. DBT, CBT can be used to treat personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, spiritual, self-esteem & identity issues, life- transitions, PTSD, substance abuse, grief, marital & family relationship issues and more. Emotions are normal and natural, they are part of God’s creation.
Learning how and when to act on your emotions can enhance your life and lead you down the royal road of peace, satisfaction, joy and strength that God has planned for you. Together, we can help you learn skills that will soon have you feeling emotional regulation and victory
Many mental distress issues are based on intense emotions, if these emotions are not processed we often get stuck in trauma/grief patterns. In my practice, we do a lot of trauma work to help you grieve and move past these stuck emotions. Also, Dialetical Behavior Therapy(DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can successfully help ease the pain of emotions run amuck. DBT, CBT can be used to treat personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, spiritual, self-esteem & identity issues, life- transitions, PTSD, substance abuse, grief, marital & family relationship issues and more. Emotions are normal and natural, they are part of God’s creation.
Kevin Kurtz MA, BCCC, CAMS
I am a graduate of Toccoa Falls College with a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Skills and a minor in Pastoral Ministries. I also have a master’s degree from Liberty University in Counseling. I am a Board Certified Christian Counselor working with people in the areas of personal addiction, relationships and more.
Marty Wilson CAC
Chaplain, Habersham County Detention Center; educator and counselor within Habersham County Detention Center training in the healing of women with trauma issues; liaison to aid in interconnections with supportive agencies along with the Director and Co-director.
Pastor Peggy Sue Menzel
Ordained minister, CEO of Fire Mountain Ministries, and Volunteer for Blended Families
Peggy Sue Menzel is an Ordained Minister for over 20 years and a Pastoral Counselor. She was the Children’s Church Pastor for seven years. She and her former husband, Les pastored together at Fire Mountain Church and were together for more than 20 years prior to his graduating to heaven in 2015.
She has traveled over seas and to more than half of the United States teaching and breaking strongholds from the lives of thousands that come to receive her teaching.
Office Administrator, Grant writer
Linda Diamond has worked in ministry over 25 years as an office administrator in both New York and Georgia for pastors, evangelists, as well as in a recovery center for women.
Asst. Office Mgr.
Asst. Office Mgr.
ASAM Level I, Co-occurring Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Blended Family
Intern for Mustard Seed Counseling