770-928-7300

About Us

Cherokee Center for Change Counseling, Inc., located in Woodstock, Georgia, was founded in 1993 by Ita Gilbert Dore’, LPC.  The vision for the center was to become an integral part of our Cherokee County community by committing our time and efforts in that area rather than statewide, which is often a “spread too thin” approach.  Our staff is chosen for their experience and varying areas of expertise, but most of all, on their ability to genuinely relate to the people we serve.  We recognize that our clients are people, not merely patients with treatment plans and we are committed to providing real solutions for real people rather than just a clinical diagnosis and a clinical plan.  A fundamental belief runs through our staff members that each person, regardless of their past or present troubles, deserves to be treated with dignity and understanding.  We provide an atmosphere of honesty and direct feedback while understanding that each person ultimately knows their own solutions.  Our ultimate goal is to empower our clients to create the life they want to have rather than to impose our will and our judgments.

Cherokee Center for Change Counseling, Inc. is known for being involved in our community and providing new programs and services on an evolving basis to stay in tune with ever-changing community needs.  We are on several major insurance plans and will file insurance for the convenience of our clients.  While our staff members are licensed by the state of Georgia, we receive no public funding and are completely self-supporting, freeing our center from the red tape and bureaucracy that can impose rules that often distract other facilities from the ultimate goal of helping others.

We are located on a peaceful farm setting in the convenient Towne Lake area of Woodstock close to Interstate 575.  This setting allows privacy for our clients not afforded by office park settings as well as a tranquil place with the flexibility to take children and families outside for counseling sessions, rather than being limited to “couch therapy” alone.  Our staff offers a variety of specialties and experience to meet almost any need. Being involved in our community for over 25 years, we also able to serve as a referral source to outside services, for those who simply don’t know where to start.  Above all, we are here to help.

 

Counseling & Support

  • Individual counseling with all age groups

  • Couples/Marriage counseling

  • Family counseling

  • Cooperative Parenting for divorced/separated parents

  • Christian counseling

  • Play Therapy

  • Bilingual Therapy for Spanish Speaking Clients

  • Drug and Alcohol Assessments and individual treatment

  • Anger Assessments and individual treatment

  • Mental Health Assessments and individual treatment

  • Domestic Violence Assessments and individual treatment

  • Supervised Visitation

 
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Counseling / Therapy Services

Individual counseling with all age groups

Couples/Marriage counseling

Family counseling

Cooperative Parenting for divorced/separated parents

Christian counseling

Play Therapy

Bilingual Therapy for Spanish Speaking Clients

Assessments & Treatments

Drug & Alcohol Assessment and individual treatment

Anger Assessments and individual treatments

Mental Health Assessment and individual treatments

Supervised Visitation

Predominant Areas of Expertise

Addiction

Adolescents / ADHD

Anxiety Disorders & Depression

Behavior Problems

Christian Counseling

Domestic Violence

Family Relationship

Grief Counseling

LGBTQ Counseling

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trauma

This is a partial list of our services.

 

Counselors

Ita Gilbert Dore

MS, LPC, Clinical Director

Jerry Cox

EdS, LPC, NCC

Debra W. Thompson

EdS, LPC, CPCS

Jodi Giuliano

LPC

Laurie Johnson

EdS, LPC

Mindy Gold

MA, LPC

Liz Shaw

LCSW

Donna W. Ratliff

EdS, LPC, NCSC

 Brenda Norton Hall

EdS,LAPC

Dr. Cindy Hatfield Fruits

Psy.D.

Bill Ratliff

MDiv, BCCC

Fredessa Figueroa

MA, LAPC

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Contact Us

(770) 928-7300

 

(770) 928-7300

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