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.




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.

Melissa Lawrence, APC


Melissa Lawrence, APC

Melissa Lawrence is an associate professional counselor (APC) and a level two certified anger management specialist (CAMS) who has experience working with all age ranges. Her clinical background consists of performing on-call crisis intervention services, providing individual and group counseling, testing and assessment, case management, college/university counseling, anger management, severe and persistent mental illness, mental health outreach, and chemical dependency services. Melissa also enjoys working with young adults, adults, and older adults from a person-centered approach who are struggling with mood disorders, addiction, identity, career, and family issues. She works to promote change by helping clients understand their behavior in the past, find meaning in their present, and increase hope for their future.

Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Georgia State University. She also received a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Applied Gerontology from Brenau University. She completed her graduate internship as a DBT counselor intern at Skyland Trail, a residential psychiatric center for adults. Melissa completed a certificate in Addiction Counseling from Albany State University, and has experience working as a substance abuse counselor in both university counseling and residential detox treatment centers.


Denise “Nina” Goglucci, Psy.D.

For almost two decades, Dr. Goglucci, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, has helped clients recover from addiction and mood disorders while working with a diverse population at a variety of clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals, Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP’s), Intensive Outpatient Settings, Non-Profit Organizations and private practice. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Goglucci completed her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at the Miami Institute of Psychology DBA the Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida and undergraduate studies at Nova Southeastern University in Community Psychology. While still a student at Nova Southeastern, Dr. Goglucci also volunteered for six weeks in Homestead, Florida where she opened a children’s shelter for families to leave their children while getting their affairs together during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

Upon completion of her graduate studies, Dr. Goglucci worked for ten years at the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center (SBA) as a Chemical Dependency Supervisor. The Susan B. Anthony Center is a state-of-the-art long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment center for woman with children. While at this employment, Dr. Goglucci, not only was a practicing psychologist but also was involved in the development of an evidence-based treatment program, writing policies and procedures, conducting program outcome studies and employment evaluations, staff supervision and ongoing staff education. In addition, Dr. Goglucci was a client advocate for clients as they navigated through the various court programs such as Pre-Trial Release Program, Probation or Parole and Drug Court.

After the devastation of Hurricane Wilma, Dr. Goglucci relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and opened a thriving private practice where she continues to work with individuals on stress management, interpersonal relationships, career counseling, and communication skills using Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Hypnotherapy. We welcome Dr. Goglucci as a new member of our team at Balance & Potential. She brings a vast amount of experience not only in the management of mood disorders but also as an addiction specialist.

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, LMSW

Allyse is a Licensed Master 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)


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.


Naomi Braff

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