Out of the Box, Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting

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Out of the Box, Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting is a not for profit 501(c) organization in conjunction with To Get Her Empowered, Inc. We are a minority-founded organization consisting of a diverse group of professionals committed to serving our community. Our team consists of licensed psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, coaches, and consultants. We believe in breaking barriers, bridging gaps, and removing stigmatizations surrounding therapy by providing optimal and effective services mental health to individuals, families, couples, children, businesses, and organizations in Metro Atlanta despite race, creed, color, sexual identity or orientation, access, affordability, ability or disability.

We take a holistic approach to therapy because of our belief that therapy is not just about “fixing the mind”, but understanding the relationship between our physical health, personal affairs, and mental well being. Thus, we use a balanced technique of incorporating wellness and harmony in your mind, body, and personal affairs, by including various coaching and consulting services within our practice.

Working with one of our skilled professionals is a collaborative effort. We believe in the importance of partnership and creating treatment plans to meet your personal, professional and/or business goals. We understand that not everyone is familiar with therapy, or on the same level of recovery, so we do not conform to traditional counseling, coaching, and consulting practices instead we believe in stepping Outside of the Box of traditional “talk” therapy, “follow me” coaching, or “listen to me” consulting, taking a unique and fresh, client-centered, “Meet me where I am” perspective, doing whatever it takes to meet the unique and individualized needs of our clients. 

We offer an array of services tailored to meet the unique and individualistic needs of our clients. Below is a brief list of the services we offer and the populations we serve.
We offer Individual, Couples, Family, and Group counseling services to children, adolescents, adult, and geriatric populations. Our experienced counselors, social workers, and psychologist are trained in several theories and techniques including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, EFT Tapping, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Personality Disorders, Assessments, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Sex Therapy, Cognitive Process Theory, Meditation, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Somatic, Brainspotting, Hypnotherapy, Gottman, and Mindfulness.

We are trained and experienced in using these theories while working with clients who experience Trauma, Depression, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Divorce, Grief and Loss, Sexual Trauma, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Issues, ADHD, Body Image Disorders, PTSD, Self-harm, Suicide, Relationship problems, Family Conflicts, Parenting Issues, Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction, Intimacy Related Issues, Women’s Issues, Postpartum, Fertility Issues, Adoption, LGBTQA, Sleeping Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Stress, Life-changes, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Motivation, Self-esteem and Confidence, Personality Disorders, Bipolar, and Psychiatric diagnoses.

We also offer three different types of coaching: personal, career, and business. To learn about the differences between our coaching services to determine which may be the best fit for your needs, click here

 We also offer an array of consulting services in the areas of Mental Health, Diversity & Inclusion, Activism, and Entrepreneurship. To find out more about our consulting services click here.

 We also offer supervision, training, and guest speaking services. To find out more about these services, please contact our Clinical Director, Dr. Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi.


At Out of the Box Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting we believe in partnering with our clients and meeting them where they are both literally and figuratively. Therefore, we offer virtual, in-office, and in-home services to meet the needs of our clients. You can virtually connect with us from anywhere in the state of GA! We currently serve over 11 counties in the Metro Atlanta area through our virtual and in-home services, and have office locations in Johns Creek (Main office), Duluth, Atlanta, and Tucker (Satelite offices).

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Dr. O holds a Doctoral Degree in International Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach, and Consultant who specializes in systemic, complex, and developmental trauma, regulating emotional distress, helping individuals reach their personal and professional goals, minority and race-based issues, and nonprofit business development. Dr. O is passionate about human and civil rights equality and takes a Global approach incorporating a persons’ culture, belief system, and values into individualized services provided.

Dr. Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi

International Psychologist, Founder & Clinical Director

Amara Onuorah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her background includes child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Amara’s clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of children with autism to older adults with chronic depression. Her expertise lies in psychopharmacology and crisis management. Amara enjoys hiking, bowling, and cooking authentic Nigerian cuisines in her free time.

Amara Onuorah, PMHNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Nicole is a Registered Behavior Technician with numerous years of customer service experience and working with children of all ages, primarily focusing the last 4 years on Special Needs students. She is committed to helping those in any need with any ability. She is passionate about inclusiveness and visibility for all. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys writing, watching sports, and exploring African American History through travel. She is wife to an educator and mother to three college students.

Nicole Shakespeare

Office Manager

Subha is an Administrative Intern that assists with all of the general office duties. He strengths in this industry is solid knowledge for customer service and eagerness to continuously learn. He is a part-time teacher who utilize his time connecting with others through effective communication and planning. Subha enjoys boating, football, and all variations of water sports.

Subha Sundaram

Administrative Intern

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