Dr. Kirsten Moore, Psy.D.
Dr. Kirsten Moore, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, has specialized training providing assessment testing and psychotherapy. She has expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness therapy, which she provides to children, adults, and families. Dr. Moore also teaches DBT classes and Coping Skills classes to adults, adolescents, and children. DBT and CBT are particularly effective in treating anxiety and depression, eliminating suicidality and self-harming behaviors, improving interpersonal difficulties, treating trauma and abuse, and living a Life Worth Living. Dr. Moore uses DBT and mindfulness skills in her everyday life and has found these skills can be useful to anyone.
Dr. Moore is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her Bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University and her Doctorate from Georgia School of Professional Psychology / Argosy University in Atlanta. Her training includes work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish-Rite, community mental health centers, private practice settings, and numerous schools in Atlanta and Los Angeles. She specialized in Child and Family Clinical Psychology and is well-versed in assessment testing and the creation of IEPs and Section 504 Plans.
Beth Black, LCSW
Elizabeth (Beth) Black, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a caring and empathetic counselor who provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Beth offers individual DBT therapy, play therapy, sand play therapy, and DBT classes for teens and young adults.
Beth earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia along with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her experience includes working in coordination with schools, juvenile courts, juvenile probation programs, and DFCS. Beth incorporates play therapy techniques and sand tray play therapy techniques into her play therapy sessions. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy provided at Balance & Potential is a compassionate and scientifically valid treatment developed by Psychologist Marsha Linehan.
Shannon Wallon, L.A.P.C.
Do you or your child struggle with sadness, worry, grief, or mood swings? Have you experienced trauma or abuse? Shannon is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor dedicated to helping you. Shannon leads our children’s coping skills class and has served here as a DBT class co-leader for children, adolescents, and adults. She teaches people about feelings and how to tolerate unwanted or intense emotions. Shannon has been trained and is supervised and clinically directed by Licensed Clinical Psychologist and DBT therapist Dr. Kirsten Moore, Psy.D.
A graduate of the Master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health at the University of North Georgia, Shannon also has a Master’s degree in Music. She is a vocalist at her church and is able to provide therapy from a Christian perspective for clients who would like this.
Shannon gained over 20 years of experience working with school age children, adolescents and young adults as a classroom teacher, group leader, and individual instructor. She has worked with institutions including the Fulton County School System, the Massachusetts State School for the Blind, and the Newton, Massachusetts Public School System. Shannon is married and has raised four children.
Melissa Lawrence, LPC, CAMS
“Do you feel lost, confused, and uncertain about your life? Are you unsure where to turn? You’re not alone. I’m here to help you discover a path towards recovery. Perhaps you’ve experienced situations that have led you to wondering how you’ve ended up here! Let’s travel on this journey together and face the obstacles ahead of you. It’s time to view life’s challenges as opportunities for change and growth rather than obstacles that hinder your path to success!”
Melissa Lawrence is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Level II Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS), culturally-sensitive therapist who enjoys working with adults, university/college-aged students, and older adults from a person-centered approach who are struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, cultural/racial identity, career, or family issues. She earned her Bachelor’s from Georgia State University and received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University with a specialization in Applied Gerontology. Her certificate in Addiction Counseling is from Albany State University.
Melissa has worked in various settings such as private practice, inpatient/residential treatment, community agencies, health clinics, substance abuse detox, and university counseling centers.
“I will work with you to promote change by helping you understand your behavior in the past, find meaning in the present, and increase hope for the future.”
Michelle Pintado, LMSW, CADC-II, CSSW
“You’re broken down and tired of living life on a merry-go-round? You can’t find the fighter? But I see it in you. It’s time for your breakthrough! I know radical change is possible through effective therapy. I’ll listen patiently and attentively to provide you with an experience that allows you to feel seen and heard, while providing a safe, non-judgmental, and warm environment for you to BE YOU.”
Michelle Pintado is a Licensed Master Social Worker, with over 10 years of experience specializing in the treatment of children, adults, and families struggling with a variety of issues affecting their daily lives. She specializes in the treatment of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, primarily utilizing cognitive, dialectical and solution-focused therapies. Michelle co-leads the Kids’ Skills classes at Balance & Potential, based on the teachings of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
She received her graduate degree from Marywood University School of Social Work. She is a Georgia State Certified School Social Worker and a Credentialed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Level II. She also completed intensive training in DBT with Dr. Jean Eich, Psy.D., LP in 2017.
Michelle believes, “DBT decreases behaviors that disrupt the quality of life, and increases positive relationships and awareness to the present moment; it helps teach how emotions function, how to experience them in a healthy way, and how to tolerate emotional pain.”
She currently maintains professional memberships with the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
We are so fortunate to have Anita’s help as our Administrative Assistant. She is here weekdays to greet you at the door, answer your phone calls, and help you with scheduling. Please call 678-644-0039 or reach us at info@BalanceAndPotential.com
We recently had the fortune of welcoming Mona to our staff as an Assistant. Mona is here weekday afternoons and evenings, and can help with your scheduling needs. She can be reached at 678-644-0039 or info@BalanceAndPotential.com