Meet The Counselors

Phil Zaffos, MA, LPC, CPCS

Director/Supervisor of Foundation Counseling, LLC


Safety. Honesty. Freedom. Come as you are. I believe in creating a safe atmosphere without judgment, allowing you to freely come for the help you want and deserve. In this safety, we will journey together honestly to the root of these burdens facing you, seeking healing and insight in order to create true and lasting freedom in your life. Every person is different and therefore the process for each will be unique. Knowing this, I enjoy helping each person by adapting to his or her personality and comfort zone in order to make the process the most effective and fulfilling.

I enjoy helping people overcome issues with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self-esteem, men’s issues, social skills, substance abuse, anger management and domestic violence. I also perform court/probation mandated evaluations and counseling for anger management, alcohol/drug and domestic violence.

*Phil takes BlueCross and BlueShield Insurance

To schedule an appointment, call Phil at (678) 923-2885 or email at

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Heidi Zaffos, MA, LMFT, LPC


I believe that difficulties, hurts and pains do not have to immobilize my clients but can serve to transform their lives into deeper meaning and fulfillment. I understand that talking about deep hurts, struggles, fears and secrets can sometimes place people in a vulnerable and uncomfortable place, so I seek to provide the safest environment to help my clients feel open and safe.

My areas of interest lie with counseling adolescents, young adults, women, families, and couples who are facing a variety of issues including: relationship concerns, life transitions, personal and spiritual growth, grief/loss issues, depression and anxiety.

To schedule an appointment, call Heidi at (828) 230-7194 or email at

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Stephen Barber, MA

I am passionate about the healing process of counseling, both personally and professionally, and would be honored to walk with you through your journey. There is something tremendously healing in just being heard and I am committed to providing a safe place for that to happen. I would love to assist you in the process of finding your answers and give you the support you need as you struggle with life and relationships.

I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University with a certificate in Trauma Counseling. I am able to incorporate my knowledge of trauma and its effects into the counseling session. I understand how thoroughly trauma and abuse can affect many areas of our lives. My extensive experience with other cultures allows me to understand the multicultural aspects of my clients as well. I am passionate about working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, porn and sex addiction, bullying and self-esteem, men’s issues, spirituality, grief and trauma recovery. I also have experience working with couples and families and enjoy seeing the healing that can occur in relationships through counseling.

To reach Stephen and schedule an appointment call him at (678) 886-2550 or email at

Alex Blizzard, MA, LPC

My practice is dedicated to guiding women through the hardest parts of life, and empowering them to build on their own strengths to become more fulfilled.  I understand the dark, unexpected feelings that can arise from women’s issues, and the isolation and self-judgment that can accompany them. And, I know how effective and powerful it can be to feel validated and heard.  

I offer individual counseling in a safe and supportive environment and specialize in infertility, maternal mental health, and postpartum depression & anxiety. I also can help with issues such as: grief/loss, relationship issues, codependency, sexual abuse, and trauma/PSTD. I enjoy working with women in a collaborative, non-judgmental, and empathetic way that helps them feel empowered and valued.

To schedule an appointment please call Alex at (678) 777-4846 or email her at

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Ashlyn Burns, MA, LAPC

Given that all of our lives include the ebb and flow of joy and hardship, it makes sense that at one point or another, we will need extra care to process what we are facing. Whether you are navigating a difficult relationship, desiring to learn more about yourself and understand your story, address past or present trauma, or just need skills to cope with present-day, I provide a warm, non-judgemental, safe space to address whatever life has thrown your way.

My work is primarily with adolescents and adults desiring to address past or present abuse or neglect. I am trained in a Somatic and Attachment-Based EMDR-an effective and evidence-based treatment for trauma. I enjoy working with individuals wanting to understand how their history impacts their present. I also work with individuals facing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and family of origin issues. I am also a certified facilitator of the Prepare and Enrich assessment which is a helpful tool for pre-marital and married couples to look at areas of strength and areas for growth in their relationship. Finally, I have a special interest in helping women make peace with their body and food by moving away from diet culture and embracing intuitive eating.

To schedule an appointment, call Ashlyn at 470-210-7555 or email her at You can also visit her website at

Kelly Cave, MA, LPC


My office is a place of acceptance, hope, and freedom. In here, we will explore together any issues in life that you are facing or have faced in the past. I believe there is so much value in each and everyone’s story and that there is nothing that can’t be overcome. I enjoy working with adolescents, individuals, and couples toward healing and restoration. Some of the issues that I work with include depression and anxiety, bullying and isolation, and sexual problems including low desire and pornography/sex addiction.

I have a passion for those who have gotten caught up in the tangled web of the internet. From social media, to cyber bullying, to pornography or internet gambling, the internet does not discriminate between it’s victims. Studies have shown more and more people feeling depressed and isolated with the increase in internet use and it is my goal to help people get reconnected with one another in genuine relationship again.

To schedule an appointment, call Kelly at (770) 769-2796 or email her at

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Lydia Minear, MA, LPC


In my time sitting with people, I have noticed a common theme: a deep desire to be real.  In the presence of a safe, attentive person, you are allowed the opportunity to share openly about who you are and what difficulties you currently face. I focus on your individual needs and strive to create a place of warmth and openness where you can tell your story freely. In the counseling hour, we will be intentional to understand what feelings you experience in a sensitive, meaningful way. I invite you to take this step of investing in your wellbeing and to move forward with greater clarity, power, and hope.

My areas of interest include: adolescents, young adults, fears & anxiety, grief & loss, depression, developing independence & self-esteem, and exploring deeper issues of meaning and fulfillment.
*Lydia takes Aetna and Cigna insurance.

To schedule an appointment, call Lydia at (770) 617-0253 or email at

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Dara Stockton, MA, LPC, LMFT


I am passionate about marriage and helping couples establish emotional and physical intimacy. Although I believe every relationship and marriage must be nurtured and can benefit from practicing skills such as effective communication and conflict resolution, I particularly enjoy assisting distressed couples confronting crises that require more than mere skill building to overcome.  Recovering from an affair or betrayal, maintaining and reestablishing intimacy, negotiating life transitions, healing from the effects of pornography, overcoming profound loss—all such issues can destroy a marriage without guided intervention, but I am available to join a couple in the fight to preserve their marriage and establish a more intimate and satisfying partnership.  I am a certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator, have completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and have a specialization in sex therapy—all tools specifically chosen to equip me to best support couples.  My husband, Jim, also a counselor at Foundation, and I are available for co-therapy.

In individual therapy I assist those who have experienced abuse, trauma, codependency, depression, anxiety, or relational problems.   I have received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to enhance my skills in working with clients striving to overcome the effects of trauma including those resulting from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.  

To schedule an appointment call Dara at (770) 617-5145 or email her at

RJ Thaxton, MA, LAPC

Life is often filled with challenges and difficulties. It’s my desire to be a place where hope and healing can be found, regardless of your situation and regardless of the circumstances. Through working through your past and your present together, we can build momentum towards the life you have wanted to live. I believe that it is important to look at the four major aspects of each person (mentally, physically, spiritually, and relationally), and through that lens develop a unique path to healing and restoration.

I enjoy working with people who feel “stuck” for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it’s because of depression, anxiety, grief or even your career. I work with couples to create deeper and more intimate marriages. I also work with people dealing with sexual addiction, marriage and family issues, and helping them to cultivate their purpose and live out of it.

To schedule an appointment, call RJ at (770) 462-0696 or email at

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Elizabeth Uhles, MA, LPC

Life can be overwhelmingly painful, messy, and challenging and take you to a place you would have never expected, but I firmly believe you can heal. In my office you will find compassion, authenticity, and a freedom to be yourself. There is no one else on this planet exactly like you and therefore, how you experience challenges will be unique to you. I believe in journeying together with you in your challenges just as you are and allowing for them to be a catalyst for hope and growth toward becoming the person you want to be.

I am passionate about walking alongside those going through a major life transition. I also work with adolescents, adults and couples struggling with depression and anxiety, grief and loss, anger, stress, relationship concerns, and substance abuse.

To schedule an appointment, call Elizabeth at (678) 969-4188 or email at

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