Our Staff


 

Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi, PhD "Dr. O"

Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi, PhD "Dr. O"

International Psychologist, Clinical Director

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Dr. O is a  International Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach, and Consultant. She specializes in the area of systematic 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. O has traveled the world for leisure and conducting research on diverse populations and topics. In addition to international travel, Dr. O enjoys reading, riding her bike, skating, working out, writing and reciting poetry, exploring new resturants, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Brittany Bell, APC

Brittany Bell, APC

Professional Counselor

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Brittany has experience counseling adolescents, teens, adults, families and groups coping with physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma, as well as depression, and anxiety. Her theoretical orientation lies within a humanistic, mindfulness, and CBT approach that is tailored to the wants and needs of each individual client to help control and/or promote change in thoughts, feelings/emotions, and behaviors. Brittany believes once a person figures out the emotions behind an action, corrective behavior and triggers become easier to find and solve.

As a clinician, Brittany pairs her nonjudgmental demeanor with her uplifting, encouraging, and motivating spirit to create a space of peace for all clients. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys spending time with friends, family, and engaging in activities that allows her to let out her inner child. She also enjoys sleeping, eating out, watching TV, and playing Phase 10 on her phone or in person with friends.

Whitney Carrol, APC

Whitney Carrol, APC

Professional Counselor

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Whitney is a pre-licensed professional counselor, she graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with a BS in Clinical Psychology in 2017 and from Mercer University with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. Whitney is also a certified yoga instructor, completing 200-hours in yoga teacher training at Ebb and Flow Yoga, Spa, & Float in 2017.

Whitney has experience working with adolescent, young adult, and adult women in the field of eating disorders, mood disorders, depression, and anxiety. Whitney believes in mind and body works and incorporates her yoga teachings into her counseling where appropriate. Whitney strongly believes that a safe, empathetic, non-judgmental environment is a place that fosters acceptance and growth. Thus, she understands the importance of offering a compassionate ear, a variety of coping skills, and a safe place to process emotions.

Whitney is a mother, spouse, avid reader of crime fiction novels, counselor, yogi, daughter, and friend. Most importantly, she says “I am human, and I understand how difficult being human can be”. This helps her to bring compassion and understand to every session.

Evelyn Ellington, APC

Evelyn Ellington, APC

Professional Counselor

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Evelyn Ellington is a pre-licensed professional counselor, she graduated from Mercer University with a B.A.S. in Organizational Leadership in 2016, and a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor through NCC, with experience working with youth and adolescents experiencing trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Evelyn also has experience working with adults, couples, and families impacted by trauma. Evelyn’s theoretical orientation is primarily based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which allows clients to change their maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and substitute them with a more positive approach. She also enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques, where believes in the foundation of  breathing to allows the client to regroup.

Outside of the office, Evelyn loves to cook and try new recipes, as well as spend time with family and friends. She  enjoys reading for pleasure, and has a long to-do list of exciting and interesting books to read.

Evelyn takes a non-biased approach to therapy, which she believes helps clients feel at ease, as well as, establish a beneficial counselor/client relationship. Evelyn states that it is important for her clients to know that she is vested in their journey and will work hard to ensure that they can grow throughout the process.

Eunyoung "Grace" Han, PhD

Eunyoung "Grace" Han, PhD

Music Therapist

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Coming Soon!

Damaris Scott, LCSW

Damaris Scott, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Damaris Scott is a bilingual/bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker of Puerto Rican descent. She was born and raised in Connecticut and started her career in social work career in 2003. During this time, she worked in various populations including substance abuse, severe mental health residential programs, and the elderly. In 2004, Damaris, discovered her passion for working with children and families within a Child Protective Service (CPS) system and has learned a plethora of information regarding development, family dynamics, and trauma within the child and family system.

After 14 years in the field, Damaris wanted to do more, thus she pursued clinical experience to become a clinical social worker. Damaris continues to work with children, adolescents, couples, and families as a clinician and a doula. Damaris is passionate about providing mental healthcare treatment to all in need. She uses her experience as a wife (in a biracial marriage), mother of 5, including triplets, and being a part of a large blended family to help understand the needs of others. Her focus is on helping identify trauma, foster healing and growth, and reduce stigma on mental health.

Lorena Thomas, LPC

Lorena Thomas, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Lorena is a Licensed Professional Counselor,  with over 18 years of experience in the Mental Health field including Case Management. She graduated from Troy University with a M.S in Counseling and Psychology in 2005. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor through NBCC, with experience working with  adolescents, young adults,  and the geriatric population. Her experience includes  depression, anxiety, Dementia and chronic mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, other mood disorders.

Lorena also has experience working with adults and families. Her theoretical orientation is primarily based in Client Centered therapy, which allows clients to gain greater trust within him or herself, form healthier relationships, increase self esteem, and express their personal feelings and opinions. She also enjoys incorporating Gestalt therapy which is a client- centered approach to psychotherapy.

Lorena has real life experiences of trauma and sudden life changes in addition to being a natural “people person” which helps her to develop rapport quickly with clients which is beneficial for the counselor/client relationships. Lorena wants her clients to know she is here to ensure they will grow and gain insight and enlightenment throughout their counseling process. 

Outside of the office, Lorena loves to spend time with her son and daughter, family, and friends. She  enjoys reading, shopping online, watching law shows and suspense thriller movies. 

Timothy Whailen, LMSW

Timothy Whailen, LMSW

Social Worker

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Timothy has been practicing psychotherapy for 3 years currently under the clinical supervision of Shannon Mathis Meyer, LCSW. His holistic approach to therapy is grounded in neuroscience and systems theory. Timothy combines traditional practices with the latest research to help his clients grow beyond the obstacles they currently find in their paths, but also to ensure clients have tools that they can use on a daily basis to effect measurable change in their lives.

Timothy is well versed in helping adults, young adults, families, couples, and groups, experiencing symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. He is also experienced with helping clients with stress management and relationships-related concerns. Timothy employs evidence-based treatment modalities including DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness practices. 

Timothy believes in providing a safe environment for people of all walks of life. He is familiar with and support clients in the LGBTQIA+ community, non-traditional relationships, and those of non-mainstream religious affiliation. He takes pride in helping clients build stronger positive relationships, renew perspective, and step out of the box.

Sara Zambo, APC

Sara Zambo, APC

Professional Counselor

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Sara is a pre-licensed professional counselor, she graduated from Tiffin University with a BCJ in Forensic Psychology in 2016 and from Mercer University with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Sara has experience working with young adults experiencing trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, eating disorders, body image concerns, grief/loss, adjustment, and issues with self-esteem, identity, and relationships. Sara believes taking a person-centered approach creates a strong client-counselor relationship. In addition to taking a person-centered, she also incorporates techniques from CBT, DBT, and Narrative therapy as needed to address client’s unique needs and world view.

Sara is married and a dog-mom to 3 wonderful dogs! She enjoys being active and enjoying life to its fullest! Sara is not only passionate about life, but is also passionate about helping clients create a new path to self-acceptance, self-compassion, and fulfillment

Ebony Arceneaux

Ebony Arceneaux

Psychiatric Nurse Intern

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Ebony is a native of Columbus, Georgia. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Darton State College in 2015, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Columbus State University in 2017. Ebony has always been passionate about helping others. She is currently pursuing her degree in mental health. She is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental health.

Ebony has been married for 17 years and has two children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, baking and watching Hallmark and Lifetime movies.

 

Sharon Chapman-Bonilla

Sharon Chapman-Bonilla

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Intern

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Sharon is a registered nurse pursuing her degree in psychiatric nursing. Sharon graduated from Kennesaw State University nursing degree program in 2011. For the past 8 years, Sharon has been dedicated to working with patients within several local metro area hospitals. After several years in her field, Sharon was drawn to psychiatric nursing and decided to pursue her Master’s degree in psychiatric nursing. Sharon is currently in her last years of the Master’s degree program with an expectant graduation date of November 2020. Sharon has traveled the world working with international and diverse populations and has future aspirations to join OOTB as a full-time clinician providing psychiatric services to underserved and rural populations via telehealth.

Sharon is a dedicated wife and mother of two boys. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and singing karaoke.

Esther Houser

Esther Houser

Psychiatric Nurse, Intern

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Esther is a registered nurse pursuing her Master’s Degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Esther graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2014. She has worked as a registered nurse for six years and has experience in neurosurgical nursing, orthopedics, oncology, and psychiatric nursing. Esther has lived and traveled to over 20 countries providing humanitarian work, which has ignited her passion for providing mental healthcare without the negative stigma’s attached both Nationally and internationally. This passion drove her to begin her Master’s work, and she hopes to spend her career aiding individuals as they navigate their own mental, physical, and emotional  health. Esther is expected to November of 2021 and is excited to join Out of the Box Counseling as a full-time clinician.
  
Esther loves to be outside and on the water. You can find her kayaking, running, or going on long walks with close friends. She enjoys spending time with her significant other, nieces and nephews, siblings, and her close friends. 

 

Amara Onuorah

Amara Onuorah

Psychiatric Nurse, Intern

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Amara is a first-generation Nigerian-American. She is a registered nurse pursuing her dreams of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Amara obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from East Carolina University in 2015. She also studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. While in Australia, Amara became actively involved in wildlife preservation and habitat for humanity. Over the past five years, Amara has worked in ambulatory surgery as well as adult and pediatric psychiatry. Amara utilizes her holistic skills to nurture and treat the mind, body and soul. Amara believes that culturally competent care is essential in all aspects of care.

Amara is a full-time aunt, friend, and sister to many around the world. She enjoys documentaries and motivational novels. She also enjoys embroidery, arts and crafts, suspense thrillers, and traveling the tropics!

Barrett Smith

Barrett Smith

Clinical Social Worker, Intern

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Barrett is a first-year student in the Clinical Master’s Social Worker program at the University of Georgia (UGA). Barrett has worked in the social services and nonprofit field for the past 10 years and as a dedicated Christian Pastor for 4 years. In clinical practice, Barrett utilizes a dynamic, evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as he takes a client-centered, flexible, collaborative, and holistic therapeutic approach to meet the mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs of each individual client.

In his leisure, Barrett enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, basketball, and international travel. Barrett believes that lessons learned from international travel has shaped his worldview and therapeutic approach. Barrett currently spends his free time learn to fiddle with a ukulele and mandolin and playing with his newly adopted dog Lili.

 

Crystal Johnson

Crystal Johnson

Administrative Support

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Crystal has worked in the field of Human Services for over 20 years. She has a Degree in Sociology from San Francisco  University and a Certification in Patient  Advocacy from UCLA Extension. Crystal’s life passion is to promote overall wellness to underserved communities.

 

Teagan Kapadia

Teagan Kapadia

Administrative Support

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Teagan received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She is passionate about making mental health resources accessible, affordable, and effective. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, and visiting art museums.