Reed began in the field of addiction first as Director of Admissions and Interventionist, but quickly became highly sought out for teaching and training for his unusual wit and expertise in mindfulness. Reed is an internationally known speaker in the field of addiction and mindfulness, and his personal story allows him to bring his own unique style and passion to his classes. He is passionate about helping people recover their physical and mental health through mindfulness, and serves as an educational speaker for the recovery industry in North Georgia.
Krista has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and is currently finishing a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from Troy University. She has worked in the field of addiction for 4 years, as Lead Course Facilitator, Author and Social Media Manager, and has developed the Centered Recovery Program in conjunction with clinically proven Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.
Luke has worked in the addiction recovery field for the past 19 years, most recently providing consulting services for multiple treatment centers throughout the country. He has a passion for mindfulness-based practices and co-founded Centered Recovery Programs to help bring more solutions for people who have otherwise been pigeon-holed into one label or another. He feels there is a tremendous need for mindfulness in the field of recovery, and beyond.
Matt is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia and North Carolina, and a National Certified Counselor. He received his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2013 from Appalachian State University, where he also completed a certificate in Addictions Counseling. Matt has worked in a variety of settings and is currently in private practice in Decatur as well. Using a combination of Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Techniques, Matt seeks to help clients create a deeper understanding of themselves in order to strengthen their recovery.
Brittany has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, all from Georgia State University. She has experience working as a counselor in an acute care setting with mental health and substance abuse populations. Brittany has also worked as a primary counselor for the disordered eating program at a long-term residential treatment center for women. It was in this setting that she developed a passion for helping clients in recovery from substance use disorders and co-occurring disordered eating and body image concerns. Brittany is passionate about helping clients in early recovery gain insight around their struggles and patterns and challenging them to try new approaches that can lead to positive changes in their lives. In her personal life, Brittany enjoys staying active in her personal yoga practice, trying new restaurants with friends and family, and spending time outside with her dog Sadie.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Kennesaw State University in 2014 and her Master of Family Therapy from Mercer University in 2017. Rachel has experience in working with domestic violence and trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce recovery, behavior problems (such as ADHD), mindfulness meditation, and self-compassion across various mental health settings including private practice, community residential services, and nonprofit agencies. Rachel believes that clients are the experts of their own lives and strives towards helping clients recognize their unique skills and resources. Rachel also believes in empowering her clients by creating a safe space in the therapy room to explore their stories with compassion and a non-judgmental attitude. Rachel’s greatest joy is helping clients regain hope and re-envision their lives as they would prefer. Rachel is also in private practice at Cura Couples & Family Therapy Center in Dunwoody where she also is under the clinical supervision of Crystal Gillery, LMFT.
Bridget moved from Australia to Atlanta, Georgia in February 2017. She has worked in the addiction field for the last 10 years, starting out in a research capacity and later practicing as a Psychologist in Australia. Bridget completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Criminology and a Bachelor in Psychology (Honors) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She later completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Bridget is passionate about working with clients experiencing mental health and substance use issues, and particularly enjoys working within a mindfulness-based framework. Having recently become certified as 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Bridget also enjoys incorporating different forms of mindful movement into her group work.
Rebekah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from Milligan College in 2009 and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Kennesaw State University. Currently a Licensed Master Social Worker, Rebekah has experience working within inpatient and outpatient settings, both with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Rebekah strives to partner with clients and their families to identify reasons for becoming stagnant, gain motivation to move towards change and courage to maintain progress. Having grown up in Senegal, Rebekah is passionate in utilizing unique, alternative therapies including therapeutic drumming in an effort to aid clients and families feel empowered to work towards lasting change. Rebekah works through a combination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skill-building with an emphasis on utilizing mindfulness-based techniques and Motivational Interviewing. Dialectical Behavior Therapy has been proven to be effective in substance abuse treatment and co-occurring disorders, targeting the client’s emotion dysregulation leading to impulsivity, exploring coping strategies to manage crisis situations and navigating conflictual interpersonal relationships.
Allison Venoy earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2015 from Kennesaw State University with honors. In addition, Allison received a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies which led to a passion for working with marginalized populations and identifying gaps in service in treatment paradigms. Specific areas of education include human sexuality, queer theory, addictive disorders, and psychosocial frameworks. While attending Kennesaw State, she was a research and teachers assistant. Allison’s research focused mainly on mental health, stress, and addiction. Allison has over two years’ experience in addiction treatment and within that time has successfully implemented LGBT (+) specific curriculum and programs that instruct inclusive/informed care for that population. She has a passion for leading others toward recovery through a mindfulness-based practices and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University.
Colin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Public Relations with a focus in Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans.
His exposure to the human condition across multiple industries including publication, public relations, financial services sales, and hospitality provides a unique perspective and capacity to achieve meaningful client engagement.
He holds a heartfelt passion for people and their well being. His personal story of capturing and sustaining a value-centered lifestyle after overcoming the thralls of addiction resonates honorably with those he encounters. Helping others to recapture their health and their happiness brings him incredible joy and fulfillment.
Dr. Cummings received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and completed medical school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1986. He has a private practice in Roswell where he has been providing high-quality care to his patients for over 15 years. He was voted as one of America’s Top Physicians by the Consumer’s Research Council for ten consecutive years.
Leisha graduated from Mid-Manhattan Nursing School in New York in 1994 and has been an LPN for the past 24 years. After gaining a wealth of experience in pediatrics for over 20 years, and in addition to working at Centered Recovery she works with cancer patients. She loves bringing a positive energy to the patients and clients she works with to help them find their own positivity and strength in their recovery and healing.
Mariah earned her practical nursing degree at Knoedler School of Practical Nurse Education in Jefferson,Ohio. She relocated to Georgia with her husband and three young children to start a new chapter in their life. Mariah’s passion for helping others is what motivated her to become a nurse.
In addition to her desire to advocate for her clients, She hopes that her positivity and enthusiastic attitude will uplift others up and help them through their journey.
Mariah is eager to learn and grow in the mindfulness community here at Centered Recovery Programs.