The Cornerstone Difference

Why is coming to Cornerstone Family Services for therapy and treatment for OCD & related disorders and anxiety a good choice for you?

Up-to-date treatment. I work to stay up-to-date on the latest research about treatment for OCD and anxiety by CFS Logo Rocksgoing to between 1 and 3 national conferences a year. For instance, last year I went to these national conferences:

  • The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • The International OCD Foundation (where I was keynote speaker at the conference)
  • The Anxiety & Depression Association of America (where I was given a Clinician Trainee Award for my work when I was an intern)

Support between sessions included. One of the benefits of coming to Cornerstone is that phone support for doing exposure and response prevention (ERP) exercises between sessions is included as part of coming to therapy. Practicing exposure and response prevention exercises between sessions is one of the keys to getting better. I want you to be able to ask questions as you go along, so you don’t have to wait until our next weekly session to keep making progress.

130720ocdconferenceeditalrm-0007I have OCD, too. Not only do I provide therapy and treatment for OCD and anxiety, I also have OCD, and I do advocacy work to increase awareness of OCD and its appropriate treatment. So I understand what it feels like to have OCD and the anxiety and distress that accompanies it, how it can impact your life, and how hard it can be to find relief. In fact, according to the IOCDF, on average it takes someone suffering from OCD 14-17 years to find the right treatment!

That’s one of the reasons that I decided to go back to school to become a therapist — to help people with OCD get the right treatment faster. And there’s yet another plus to my first-hand knowledge of OCD….I have an “insider advantage” when it comes to helping you develop exposure and response prevention exercises, because I know from experience how OCD and anxiety operates.

Expert supervision. I am fortunate to have the support and guidance of two experienced therapists as supervisors. It’s like having not just one, but two or three therapists on your team!

  • Kathleen McKinney Clark, LPC has been a therapist for 20 years, and she’s the current President of OCD Georgia. Kathleen is also currently working toward a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University, and her current research interests include perfectionism and OCD. She provides expert guidance on a variety of issues that clients may encounter during the course of therapy.
  • Jennifer D. Vann, LMFT, is the Director of Services at Cornerstone Family Services. While only one family member may be diagnosed with OCD or anxiety, it unfortunately tends to affect the entire family. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Jennifer provides expert guidance on family issues that clients with OCD and anxiety may be experiencing.Gigi the Therapy Dog

HoppersPets are welcome. We love pets at Cornerstone! In fact, when you’re in our waiting room you might see the energetic doggie mascot of our building, Hoppers (left), who is owned by Ace Gutter Cleaning. Therese Wyatt, MS, LAPC, NCC brings her therapy dog, Gigi (right), to session with her clients. But what’s great is you can also bring your pet to session with me, and several clients do bring their pooches on a regular basis. A fresh water bowl and gourmet treats await all pets who come to session at Cornerstone!
A nice, warm drink. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, or hot cider for all clients, including for parents hanging out in our waiting room.

Would you like to experience the Cornerstone difference for yourself? If so, please give me a call at 404-632-4804 or fill out the Contact Me form. I look forward to speaking with you!