Our Clinical Team

Tiffany Derrick, LPC CPCS

Owner/ Clinical Director

Tiffany Derrick, LPC, LCPC, CPCS  is a skilled and experienced licensed professional counselor with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. This includes treating individuals in traditional outpatient, inpatient in a psychiatric hospital, in partial-hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, and in residential and group home facilities.

Tiffany Derrick is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She uses informed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) treatment models.

Amber Rice, BA

Office Manager

As the office assistant, Amber cares for our staff behind the scenes. She handles billing, scheduling, and other administrative tasks.  When you arrive at the Gainesville office, you may see her smiling face there.

Amber earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Aurora University.  When she is away from the office, she enjoys photography, traveling, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

Wendy Smith, MSW

Primary Therapist

Wendy has devoted herself to the behavioral health field for over twenty years. She has successfully worked with the evidenced based approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  and incorporates faith based interventions as appropriate.

She has worked with individuals and groups in various settings. Her experience includes working with issues of addiction, anger management, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), grief, and mood disorders. While Wendy has worked with individuals of all ages,  her niche is working with adolescents and young adults, ages 10-21.  Wendy understands the various challenges and struggles of this growing population, and sincerely believes they are our present as well as our future.

Wendy earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Walden University. She is currently being supervised by Tiffany Derrick, LPC CPCS, consistent with GA Rule 135.

Ashley Murphy, MS

Primary Therapist

Ashley is passionate about helping women, children, teens and their families develop positive interpersonal relationships, increase communication, set appropriate boundaries, and form their homes into a safe, loving, and supportive environment for all.

She understands the power of expressive arts as an alternative form of communication and often implements that expression in the therapeutic process. She uses DBT and CBT techniques in her practice to help clients learn and develop the skills needed to cope with emotions and navigate life’s stressors. She also utilizes Mindfulness techniques to help create emotional awareness and help clients experience life in the present moment.

Ashley obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University.

Her clinical experience includes working with children, teens, and adults of all ages in multiple settings providing individual and group counseling. She has worked with clients on social skills, grief and loss, life transitions, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, suicidal thoughts/ideation, aggression and parenting skills.

*Ashley is under the direction and supervision of Tiffany Derrick, MS, LPC, CPCS consistent with GA Rule 135.

Rakiya Williams, LPC NCC

Licensed Therapist

Rakiya Williams, LPC NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

She has experience with a variety of populations in many different treatment settings such as residential, outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health agencies. She has worked with individuals with a broad range of disorders and issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, self-esteem, body image, and co-dependency.

She utilizes an eclectic approach with traditional techniques to therapy, and relies heavily on a cognitive-behavioral interventions. She also uses creative modalities.

Sarah Pratts, MS

Primary Therapist

Sarah believes that each client is the author of his or her own life experiences, and has the capability of maneuvering and pushing forward through circumstances in life. She recognizes it can be difficult and scary learning and implementing the tools needed to accomplish this feat.  “It’s like exercising a new muscle. It may hurt and get sore by working-out, but the muscle grows stronger the more effort you put into working on it.” She has extensively researched the concept of empathy to help clients work through their trauma to develop a secure attachment style.

Sarah has experience providing care for individuals and families within the foster care system, adolescents, adults, and couples. Some of the concerns Sarah has worked with includes: stress and anxiety, trauma, anger management, addictions, depression and self-harm, Autism, ADHD, Borderline Personality, Bipolar Mood disorder, and PTSD. Sarah utilizes interventions from evidence based approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to work with her clients towards their treatment goals.

In addition to her professional work, Sarah volunteers within the community by assisting women who have been survivors of sexual assault and helping couples with premarital and marriage group sessions.

Sarah obtained her Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University.

*Ashley is under the direction and supervision of Tiffany Derrick, MS, LPC, CPCS consistent with GA Rule 135.

Emily Spooner-Mitchell, LMFT

Telehealth provider

Philosophy of Care

Emily Spooner-Mitchell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia who has 18 years experience collaborating with with adults and couples to improve lives and help people live the best lives possible. Emily is skilled at helping those seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions/challenges, marital/relationship issues and grief and loss issues. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Westfield State University and received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University.  

Emily prides herself, and is especially skilled, in selecting the best suited  theoretical approach for each person; as each individual is unique and  has a different personality, personal background, life experiences and way of viewing themselves, their experiences and the world around them.

Emily utilizes several different theoretical approaches with her clients. The ones she has found to be most effective in producing long-lasting, positive change are: Narrative, Brief Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

Emily’s goal is to begin working together to establish therapeutic rapport. The hope is to begin by establishing the client’s goals and expectations for the therapy process. This will ensure that a clear conceptual framework is developed which will help guide the therapy process. Emily looks forward to working collaboratively with you toward meeting your goals and living the happiest, productive, meaningful life you desire. 

Emily’s specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem/Self Confidence
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Couples issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss

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We offer flexible appointment days and times.

3675 Crestwood Parkway Suite 400 Duluth Ga 30096