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.
Dr. Kimberly Vay, Ed.D., LPC
Dr. Kimberly Vay is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working with children, adolescents, and families for over a decade. Dr. Vay provides DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) in group, individual and family settings and leads DBT classes for adolescents, adults, and parents/support persons. Parent DBT groups provide parents with the support and skills to most effectively deal with their own emotions.
Dr. Vay has specialized training in DBT, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®. She is the first therapist in the state of Georgia to have passed all parts of the DBT-Linehan Board Certification (DBT-LBC). She participated in Core Clinical training© and Case-Based clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy© with Shari Manning of Treatment Implementation Collaborative and formerly with Behavioral Tech. She also completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training© in 2014.
Dr. Vay received her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Edinboro University in PA, Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling at Argosy University and her Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Vay’s experience includes work in private practice, within the community, in a residential facility, and in a public school setting where she gained in-depth knowledge of IEPs and Section 504 Plans.
Dr. Vay enjoys working with children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults struggling with interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation and self-esteem to help them learn coping strategies and skills to effectively manage intense emotions and feelings and to build a Life Worth Living.
DBT-LBC is the only treatment-developer-approved DBT certification program in the U.S. and we are fortunate to have Dr. Vay’s expertise helping our clients at Balance & Potential.
Rock Nelson, LMSW
Mr. Rock Nelson, Licensed Master of Social Work, offers individual psychotherapy counseling and DBT at Balance & Potential. He also co-leads many of our DBT classes. Rock trained previously as a DBT co-therapist at Skyland Trail and has earned Masters degrees from both Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. Rock is a warm and compassionate therapist who treats teens and adults.
Lorlita Spann, LCSW
Lorlita Spann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Georgia and North Carolina. Mrs. Spann received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Spann’s approach is strength-based and collaborative in nature, assisting her clients in becoming their best self in the midst of emotional and behavioral challenges. Her clinical experience includes guiding people through challenges with stress, anxiety, depression, self image/perception issues, and anger/frustration tolerance.
Mrs. Spann has worked alongside clients in settings including: private practice, community based agencies, and schools delivering individual and group psychotherapy, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused treatment, and DBT influenced interventions. Mrs. Spann is a DBT class co-leader at Balance & Potential and is accepting family and individual adult and youth clients ages 8 and up.
Shannon Wallon, M.M.
Shannon Wallon is a therapist intern supervised by Dr. Kirsten Moore, Licensed Psychologist and DBT therapist. Shannon has a Master’s degree in Music and expects to complete a second Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health next year from the University of North Georgia to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Shannon is the current President of the LPCA-UNG Chapter. She has been co-leading DBT classes at Balance & Potential for over a year and provides supervised therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Shannon’s interests include trauma and abuse, PTSD, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Grief.
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.
Imhade is our trusted Office Administrator. Her friendly and calm personality will greet you at Balance & Potential weekday mornings and afternoons. Imhade handles the scheduling of appointments for all of our clinicians. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you might have about our practice at 678-644-0039.
We recently welcomed Naomi Braff to our staff as an Office Administrator. Naomi can help you afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays with your scheduling needs. She can be reached at 678-644-0039 or info@BalanceAndPotential.com