Staff

Executive Director:  Dr. Boyd Whaley, M.Div., Ph.D., L.M.F.T   

Dr. Boyd Whaley

Dr. Boyd Whaley

Boyd Whaley earned a B.A. in Psychology from Emory College (1974) and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (1977).  He was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1977.  Dr. Whaley earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Hebrew Bible from Emory University (1989).  He trained as a therapist at Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Inc., where he served as Director of Pastoral Care from 1981 to 1991.  Dr. Whaley became a State of Georgia licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1988.  From 1991 to 2007 he served as pastor of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Norcross.  He became the Executive Director of the North Georgia Family Counseling Centers in 2007.

Boyd’s e-mail:  ngfccumc@gmail.com

 

Affiliated Therapists:

 

Rev. Judy Colyer Wolfe, M.Div., C.T., B.C.C., A.C.C. 

Judy Colyer Wolfe

Rev. Judy Colyer Wolfe

Judy Colyer Wolfe is a grief therapist and pastoral counselor.  She provides confidential counseling for children, youth, and adults.  Judy earned a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Mercer University (1984) and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (1988).  Judy was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1991.  She served as the Associate Pastor of Birmingham United Methodist Church from 1998 to 2008.  Before that, Judy served as the Oncology Staff Chaplain at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite from 1988 to 1998.  Judy is a Certified Thanatologist with The Association of Death Education and Counseling and a Certified Chaplain in the Academy of Certified Chaplains.

 

Judy’s e-mail:  ifls@mindspring.com

Judy’s phone:  (678) 549-9653

 

 

Rev. Holly Tickle, M.Div., L.M.F.T.  

Holly Tickle

Rev. Holly Tickle

Holly Tickle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  She received a B.A. in Psychology from Flagler College (1983) and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary with specialized training in Pastoral Care and Counseling in 1990.  Holly has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1990 serving as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.   She has taught parenting classes and led support groups for people caring for aging parents, grief groups, marriage seminars, spiritual growth groups, and retreats.  Holly’s areas of expertise include:  Individual Psychotherapy, Family Counseling, Couples Counseling, Personal and Spiritual Growth, Teen and Young Adult Issues, Loss and Grief, Parenting, Life Transitions, Depression and Anxiety, and Caring for Aging Parents.

Holly’s e-mail:  hollytickle@gmail.com

Holly’s website: http://www.hollytickle.com

 

Minister of Education:  Rev. Lynne E. Smith, M.Div.

Rev. Lynne Smith

Rev. Lynne Smith

Lynne Smith earned a B.A. in Spanish and Economics from Furman University (1988) and a Master of Divinity from Emory University Candler School of Theology (2006).  She was ordained a Deacon in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2009.  Lynne served as Minister of Education at Birmingham United Methodist Church after graduating from Candler, and then served as the Spiritual Life Director of The Academy, a private Christian school, before being appointed to North Georgia Family Counseling Centers.  Lynne is a Certified Gottman Educator, completed Levels 1 and 2 Clinical Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and is an independent facilitator of Parenting the Love & Logic Way and Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun.  Lynne facilitates educational workshops and works to support communities of faith as they nurture the wellbeing of the families that they serve.

 

 

Recovery Support Specialist:  Meghan Robinson, BPsych, CADC-T, CPRC

Meghan Robinson

Meghan’s personal experience in recovery in and her long term sobriety narrowed her focus to the addiction and recovery field. With a desire to help those facing the same challenges she faced, she pursued her psychology degree at Arizona State University. Turning her darkest pain in to her passion, hoping to help end the stigma surrounding addiction Meghan continued her career focus in the recovery and intervention industry at Hayes, Davidson and Associates and Intervention ASAP. She provided patient and family support for those suffering from substance abuse, mental health issues and process addictions. Meghan also works with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia, a non-profit committee that provides informative and educational continuing education for treatment providers.  Meghan is a member of the American Psychological Association, holds dual membership in the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association and the National Association for Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Counseling. She is a Peer Recovery Coach and currently pursuing her certification in Georgia to be a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.

Meghan’s e-mail: meghan@yourrecovery-coach.com

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