Dr. Kirsten Moore


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


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.




Melissa Lawrence, APC


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.”


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 by Board-Certified DBT therapist Dr. Kim Vay, Ed.D., LPC.

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, APC


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).

Dr. Kimberly Vay, Ed.D., LPC


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.

Elizabeth Lopez, LCSW


Elizabeth Lopez, LCSW

Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. Elizabeth enjoys working with children and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide ideation, ADHD, PTSD and complex interpersonal trauma. Elizabeth is skilled in working with and empowering families to create behavior changes in the home and school environments. Elizabeth also specializes in working with children and families throughout the continuum of foster care and adoption, focusing on attachment, relationships and transitions. Elizabeth provides a compassionate environment meeting the client’s needs as they are and balancing acceptance with change.

Elizabeth received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia with a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Elizabeth’s experience includes work in a private practice, within the community, and in a residential setting. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Cedar Koons, LISW and Janice Kuo, PhD of Behavioral Tech, run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan. Elizabeth completed advanced training in DBT for Prolonged Exposure and Exposure for Emotional Avoidance with Shari Manning, PhD and Annie McCall, LMHC of Treatment Implementation Collaborative. Elizabeth recently completed an 8-week Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy Course with Stephanie Swann, PhD and Helen Vantine, PhD.

Elizabeth provides DBT in the group, individual and family settings and leads adolescent and family skills groups, incorporating mindfulness in all her work. She has been trained in Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®, as well. Following training, she was involved in extensive supervision with a certified Theraplay® therapist. She has been practicing Theraplay® in groups, individual and family therapy for over 5 years. Theraplay® is a specialized treatment of play therapy, focusing on attachment and the caregiver-child relationship.

Allyse Russell, LMSW


Allyse Russell, LCSW

Allyse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. Allyse enjoys working with children and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide ideation, and PTSD. Allyse also specializes in working with families to manage their own emotions in caring for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues. Allyse enjoys working with families to develop plans and strategies targeting sustainable behavior change in the home and school settings.

She received her Bachelor’s of Psychology and Spanish at Georgia Southern University and her Masters of Social Work at Kennesaw State University. She received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Shari Manning, PhD and Annie McCall, LMHC of Treatment Implementation Collaborative in 2015. She was recently trained in DBT for Prolonged Exposure and Exposure for Emotional Avoidance with Shari Manning, PhD and Annie McCall, LMHC of Treatment Implementation Collaborative.

Allyse provides DBT in the group, individual and family settings and leads adolescent skills groups aiming to support children and their families in balancing acceptance and change. Allyse has been trained in Level One Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®, as well. She has been practicing Theraplay® in groups, individual and family therapy for over 2 years.

Allyse looks forward to providing a non-judgmental and validating environment for her clients and helping them to decrease emotional suffering and work towards attaining their goals.


S. Rock Nelson, LMSW


“I believe we all have the knowledge and power within us to solve our problems and may, at times, seek support and guidance. Clients and I work collaboratively, focusing on the quality of life they wish to achieve and their desired treatment goals.

I am a gay friendly and affirming therapist who also works with the LGBTQ population searching for a better understanding of their sexual identity and how to reconcile who they are with their beliefs, values, family and societal norms. Client work centers on self-understanding and acceptance, self-esteem and creating a positive life experience.”

Rock graduated with Honors in 2016 from the University of Georgia with a Master of Social Work Degree. His study concentration was Clinical Social Work (Psychotherapy) and he completed his DBT clinical training at the notable Skyland Trail, Atlanta, GA. He holds a License Masters of Social Work in the state of Georgia (LMSW) and is working toward his LCSW license.


Clinical Approaches: DBT, CBT, Family Systems, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy
Sexual Orientation: Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Straight/Hetero
Mental Health Issues: Panic, Relationship/Intimacy issues, Trauma/PTSD, Mood Disorders, Grief/Loss,
Family Issues, Divorce, Depression, Coming Out, Anxiety/Stress, and Emotional Dysregulation
Client age range: Adolescents/Teenagers (14-19) and adults (18-65 years old)


Anita Kleinert

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



Mona Krug

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