I once read that counseling and psychotherapy is like a talk show and the client is the only guest. Although I am not quick with humor, I am warm, sincere, respectful and down to earth. I will honor you as a valued guest. If I’m not the right counselor for you, I will help you to find what you need.
As a counselor, I practice from an action oriented perspective focusing on wellness, client strengths and skill building to promote growth, develop resiliency and to master life challenges. We hear a lot these days about ‘positive psychology’. Counselors have always practiced positive psychology!
You and I are partners in an interactive process. The process often works best with weekly or every other week appointments. An interactive process produces results fairly quickly, usually months, not years. You will benefit from my feedback that allows you to quickly put into action what you learn.
My feedback allows you to use your insight for faster growth. In individual therapy, the time between sessions is where change occurs: we talk about things, you think them over, make some changes and we continue to refine the process. In couple and group therapy change occurs in real time, during the sessions.
Licensed Professional Counselor, Georgia LPC #001157
Member Of The Year Georgia EAPA 2016/17
This statement says a lot about how I work. I am primarily a cognitive behavioral therapist. CBT means that I won’t be a ‘silent partner’ in your growth who sits in silence with you except for the occasional question of “how do you feel?”
We both know how you feel – sad, depressed, angry, anxious, confused, lonely, and so forth. If you felt good you wouldn’t be coming to see me! Feelings are important; however, I also want to know “what are you thinking?” What are the negative thoughts that prevent you from living the life you that you want?
I believe that what we think causes what we feel and determines our behavior:
Thoughts > Emotions > Behavior
Driving north on Interstate 85 from downtown, inside the perimeter:
Exit 91, Clairmont Road and turn left (west) onto Clairmont Road; proceed three-tenths of a mile.
Right at the traffic light: Century Boulevard, which is the main entrance to the Century Center Office Park (the sign also lists the Marriott Hotel).
Left at the first parking lot inside the office park (it is the second break in the median). This is just a few car lengths from the entrance. Park immediately after turning into the lot.
The offices are shaped in a horseshoe around a small lake filled with ducks and geese. The buildings are tan stucco and have maroon awnings, balconies and porches with stairs on the outside.
The stairs to my second-floor suite are directly behind the blue/white U.S. Post Office box.
Please make yourself comfortable in the reception area and fill out paperwork I may have left for you. If you will be using health insurance, please have your card with you, your co pay (cash or check) and any authorization numbers.
It is a good idea to go over these directions with me on the telephone. A 50 minute appointment time will be exclusively reserved for you.
I am almost always on time. Unkept appointments (not cancelled with 24+ hour notice) or very late arrivals are not usually rescheduled.
In couples counseling the ‘relationship’ is the client, not each individual person. It is like a third person in the room. In individual counseling we talk about issues and the client goes back to the environment and implements change. In couples counseling real change occurs in the office, the real world is present. This promotes much faster growth and change.
The most common difficulties are communication, trust, infidelity and betrayal, financial problems, sex and intimacy issues, parenting and in-laws. Infidelity takes many forms, including non-physical/ romantic and online.
I have a great history of helping couples even when one refuses to come to counseling. I am skilled at teaching how to talk so your partner will hear you and how to listen to what your partner is saying or not saying, how to effectively argue and to learn about the differences between men and women.
I am trained in the John Gottman, Ph.D. Level 1 Clinical Training: (The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, What Makes Love Last, The Men’s Guide to Women, A Couples Guide To Communication). Gottman writes about the ‘sound marital house’ and the importance is not so much how couples communicate or argue but how they make up, the ability to repair difficulties.
I am a Certified Facilitator in Prepare/Enrich Building Strong Marriages: The program utilizes an online, in depth, individualized couples assessment as a starting point for professional sessions to reveal and interpret relationship strengths and areas for development. There are assessments to fit every kind of relationship, married, living together, with children and cultural. This is not a self-study program.
Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman: There are only a few self-help books that I can recommend and this is one of them. Chapman says that we have five different ways that each of us experience and give love: words of affirmation, quality time, touch, gifts, and acts of service. He generously offers a free, online assessment at: 5lovelanguages.com.
Attachment and Commitment in Couples: My most recent interests in marriage and couples work is influenced by the works of Dan Siegel, M.D. and Sue Johnson, Ed.D. Dr. Johnson believes that hurt is composed of anger, sadness and fear – the fear of being excluded, abandoned and rejected. For an interesting, self-help exploration I can recommend the free questionnaires on yourpersonality.net.
PET (Parent Effectiveness Training) I have been certified in the Thomas Gordon, Ph.D., Effectiveness Training Institute since the early 1980’s.
STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) by Dinkmeyer & McKay.
Active Parenting by Michael H. Popkin.
Are you trying to navigate a workplace where there are multiple generations
and struggling to understand the dynamics?
Are you in a frustrating work environment/situation?
Is your boss a bully?
Are you learning how to be a supervisor?
Are you wondering if you should submit your resignation?
Do you lack assertive communication skills at work?
Are you struggling to find a work & life balance?
Are you wondering why you haven’t been promoted?
Are you dealing with difficult people at work?
“Your guidance and support has benefited the mission of educating the public to the role of mental health professionals in enhancing the quality of life.”
– Phillip McGraw, Ph.D. “Dr. Phil”
“With our most sincere appreciation, thank you for contributing to the mental health and well being of our guests and all who enjoy the Dr. Phil Show.”
– Anthony Haskins
J.D., Resource Director & Frank Lawlis, A.B.P.P., Ph.D., Chief Adivsor & Content Supervisor, Dr. Phil TV show
“Judy is the regional referral therapist for the Dr. Phil Show.”
“Judy is someone who listens to your goals and helps you get to where you want to go. She is warm, caring, a good listener, supportive and pushes you to reach your potential. I recommend her for assistance with personal issues and especially with issues related to transitioning back to the US after living overseas.”
“I’ve been working with Judy over a year now, and I know I’m much stronger and more assertive than when I began. She has helped me through some hard decisions with her insight and empathy.“
“For providing hope and inspiration in our mission of strengthening refugee families, Jewish Family & Career Services Healthy Families Program gratefully honors Judy Cantwell.”
“You helped me tremendously about ten years ago. I have thought of you often through the years and I have been so grateful for our time that we spent together in counseling. You gave me some terrific nuggets that I have held onto and that have helped me through some rough moments. I often think about how you helped me to regain myself. Things are going well for me these days and I’m happy for all of my blessings.”
“I have been working with Judy for almost a year now. She has helped me with severe depression, anxiety and grief. I am feeling much better now but continue to see her for help with the day to day struggles of life. She is insightful, straight forward and non-judgemental in a very relaxed and casual setting. I used to dread the soul baring honesty of my appointments when I began treatment, I now look forward to a “visit” with an honest, caring, knowledgeable and very helpful friend who listens.“
“Judy has been very helpful during my time with her. I am pleased to say that many breakthroughs have been made thanks to her insight and approach. Judy is very well educated and is always there for me. She makes me feel important and is always right on schedule. If you are looking for a skilled counselor give Judy Cantwell a call.“
“Thank you so much for listening and being the light that I so needed. When life hands me challenges, I reflect on our sessions, smile and know that everything will be just fine. You’re the best.”
“Recently you provided an onsite service for one of our companies due to the death of an employee. The feedback received was extremely positive, as employees felt that you were very understanding of their needs and provided a gentle touch during a difficult time. Thank you very much for the kindness and dedication that you demonstrated to our employees. An event like this is never easy but you have made a difference with our employees and we are very grateful for your response.”
“I found Judy via the employee assistance office where I work. Through working with her off & on for the past several years, I feel like I’ve managed to unscramble the incredible tangle that my life had become. THANKS A MILLION!“
“Judy is an incredibly caring, insightful person. When I started with her, I was dealing with anxiety and depression. She met me where I was, listening, probing and commenting, without condemnation. She is very knowledgeable and easy to speak with. As our therapy progressed, Judy offered helpful advice about a range of topics, including some insights into my professional strengths that led me to a new career. Thanks for everything, Judy!”
“I’ve known Judy for about 2 years now and I think she is one of the most honest yet reasonable people I know. She gave me truths about myself and my illness that no one else had bothered to give me. My experience with her was one I will eternally be grateful for. She helped me help myself get my life back.“
“Thank you for your expertise and insight facilitating our live webinar! Your ability to relate the scenarios to different people’s experiences and incorporate different perspectives was extremely helpful to the course attendees and me. Please accept my sincere gratitude for the crucial role you played in the success of this workshop.”
“I found Judy to be so warm, non-judgmental and supportive. Even more so, I learned to grow and solve my issues. I’ve stayed in touch with her for years as I value her as a person and a therapist.”
“I’ve been working with Judy for six months and I can’t express the difference she has made in my life. Her non-judgmental approach makes it easy to open up. And before you know it, you’re learning and growing and are better than when you started.“
“Judy, you have helped and saved my marriage; your lessons and your sessions are amazing; you are fair and cut no shorts. We appreciate you.”
Thanks to Judy’s persistence, patience and professional expertise she has gained an understanding of my condition and the right psychiatrist for me. By working together we have developed a solid plan of action when anxiety presents. I can honestly say that with Judy’s coaching I have developed a level of confidence that I never dreamed of. With our success, Judy’s recommendation is to see her on an ‘as-needed’ basis. Judy possesses the ability to bring out ‘the best in me’, which no other professional has been able to conquer. Through Judy’s coaching I now feel stable and live a normal, enjoyable life. I am thankful I found Judy and my family is extremely grateful!
“When it all looks bleak, uphill and too foreboding to even try, Judy Cantwell is an oasis of reason, understanding and thoughtful guidance. She helps make sense out of nonsense and provides comments and suggestions to view life’s events in a new perspective. Her skill is in understanding the nuances of psychological theory and applying it to real human conditions. Compassionate, kind, caring and most important, skilled in helping people find peace.”
“I have been working with Judy for over a year now, and she is just amazing! I have suffered from anxiety for most of my life & it’s nice to breathe again! I would highly recommend her, she is very comforting, level-headed & knowledgeable.”