Faculty & Staff
We have some of the best clinicians and staff members (in our humble opinion)! Below, you will find a directory of current Administrative Staff, Clinical Supervisors and Faculty, as well as Clinicians and Interns who practice in the clinic.
Adam Froerer, PhD LMFT
Associate Program Director, Associate Professor
Phone: (678) 547-6787
Samuel Baker, MSW
Phone: (678) 547-6881
Clinical Supervisors and Faculty
Bowden Templeton, PhD LMFT
Program Director, Associate Professor
Phone: (478) 301-4077
Christopher K. Belous, PhD LMFT
Phone: (678) 547-6779
Carla P. Smith, PhD LCSW LMFT
Phone: (678) 547-6788
Kara Z. McDaniel, PhD LPC
Adjunct Supervisor & Instructor
Phone: (678) 430-8089
Clinicians and Interns
Approach: I enjoy working with clients of all ages and stages of life. I know how difficult it can be to talk to a stranger about problems in your life, so I really focus on building a strong relationship with my clients. From there, I use an Internal Family Systems approach to help my clients gain insight into the meaning behind your thoughts and emotions. I don’t think change happens immediately, but I would like to help you on your journey.
About Lindsey: I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in Psychology and then obtained my Master of Science in Nursing. I currently work as a registered nurse in inpatient mental health in addition to my clinical work as a therapist. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, son, and dog, Palmer. I love to read and play the piano. I also serve as a board member for Georgia PKU Connect
Approach: I am compassionate when it comes to helping people, and I don’t see color or age – what I see is a person that is hurting and if I can help ease some of their pain, then it makes me happy. My goal is to join with my clients and gain a better insight of what they are feeling on the inside. My approach to therapy is Solution Focus Brief Therapy with some concentration in Experiential Therapy. I believe people are their own expert when it comes to their story and they have the solution, but just might sometimes require a different perspective. I want to help them navigate towards a healthier and positive solution when trying to figure out what is next. I am an advocate volunteer, and I believe “giving back” is a part of life. I have had the opportunity to volunteer in many various settings from Children homes to Substance abuse facilities, and the fact remains the same – people are in need of help regardless of their age or background.About Julia: I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from Shorter University, and currently pursing my Master s in Marriage and Family Therapy. The funny thing is the day of my graduation from Shorter was the same day as my orientation for the Master’s program at Mercer! My hobbies include spending time with my family and friends creating memories, I love to cook especially new recipes mainly from Pinterest and I love to bake!
Approach: I am a symbolic-experiential therapist, focused on change, breaking through, and self-exploration. It is important for me to be authentic with you during our sessions, and to collaborate with you in reaching your goals. Through this orientation, nothing is predetermined; you design the course of therapy.
About Taylor: I enjoy being active and working as a personal trainer. I have a dog named Sasha that I adopted when I moved down to Atlanta from Virginia. Unfortunately, my favorite shows are the Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop, but my favorite book is Anthem by Ayn Rand, which I believe makes up for my poor television choices.
Approach: Sometimes, we all need objective emotional assistance from a trained perspective to find new insights that can move us towards positive changes in our lives. I have been in the social services arena for 20 years with widely diverse populations experiencing crisis and life challenges. My approach is strength-based and client focused, working collaboratively to help my clients identify goals and take steps towards alleviating their stressors and improving their overall quality of life. I believe that therapy provides a safe, supportive, and guiding environment which can challenge us all to learn, heal, and change.
About David: Following the completion of a Master’s degree in Family Studies at Auburn University, David served two years overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He returned to Georgia in 1998 and has worked with families experiencing healthcare and disabilities for the last twenty years. When not working, he enjoys the gym, traveling, and scuba diving. But mostly he enjoys being a husband to his friend and wife, as well as being the luck father to two beautiful children.
Approach: My approach to therapy is that small incremental steps to ones desired outcome leads to big changes. Learning to bring our truest selves forward is a process that does not happen overnight. Small self-corrections create big changes. These self-corrections and solution-focused attempts lead us to our desired outcomes.
About Christie: In my free time I enjoy playing softball, exploring outdooes, and watching sports. I also like to cook and try new restaurants. I enjoy playing digeridoo and drums. I have a pekingese named Gabby who is my furbaby.
Approach: I strive to be an empathetic, caring listener and I believe in being both authentic and collaborative with my clients. Each counseling relationship is unique, so I tailor our work to your individual needs and situation. My approach to counseling is informed by a number of insight-oriented theories of counseling, as well as my understanding of attachment, interpersonal, internalized oppression, and contemporary modern and post-modern perspectives.
About Jessica: I am a native Midwesterner from Indiana, but I have lived much of my life abroad, where my love for cultural diversity blossomed and became a significant part of my worldview. Although I enjoy traveling and connecting with other cultures, the Atlanta area feels like home to me. Since college, I have also tried to understand my own personal struggles in navigating loss, life challenges, relationship difficulties, and the path to greater mental and physical wellness.
Approach: I believe that change is a multi-step process, rather than a one time phenomenon. Goals achieved in session will happen due to a collaborative effort between therapist and client. I believe clients are the experts of their own lives because no two people experience an event alike. We will use that expertise to gain insight to strengths and use those strengths to build resiliency.
About Rochelle: I am the first generation of my family to be born in the United States. My family origins can be traced back to the Caribbean and France. I have a two-year old Chihuahua greyhound and a love for poetry.
Approach: My goal is to provide therapy with a relaxed atmosphere so individuals can feel comfortable to be themselves. My therapeutic style is direct with humor and compassion. I have a passion for families with special needs and family development over the life span including relationships, sexuality, education, and aging
About Alexis: I have been a special education teacher for eleven years in Cobb County. I also have ten years’ experience as a youth and children’s minister in several local churches. In my free time I enjoy going on adventures to new places with my husband and two children.
Approach: I believe change is a gradual, transformative process that requires insight into one’s own experiences. Because of this, I work with helping my clients tap into their emotions and help them communicate those feelings in an effective way. I believe we communicate our joys, sadness, anger and the like, in a variety of ways that may not be easily recognized. Through a strong foundation of trust and collaboration, I strive to help my clients grow and reach their personal goals.
About Lauren: My family is originally from the West Indies and I understand the influences that culture can have on personal experiences and perspectives. Family is very important and I understand that a health family can lead to healthy, personal outlooks. After graduating with degrees in psychology and sociology, I wanted to incorporate my knowledge on individual and social influences on the human experience. It is my goal to help incorporate this knowledge to my practice.