Ita Gilbert Dore
MS, LPC, Clinical Director
Ita specializes in marriage, divorce, co-parenting, adult, and family counseling. She employs a strong inter-agency approach to treatment by coordinating services with school, legal, public, and private agencies as needed. She has been in private practice in the North Georgia area for over 25 years and has extensive experience working with substance abuse, parenting, adolescents, women’s issues, domestic violence, and helping divorced parents/blended families keep the best interest of the child first. She qualifies as an expert witness in the areas of domestic violence, child custody and visitation, and other related issues in several counties in Georgia.
Ita is known to be very frank and genuine with the clients she serves, fostering a very mutually open experience for clients to explore and discover the root causes of their issues. She approaches therapy with a, “teach them to fish rather than giving them the fish” perspective in order to empower her clients to take realizations discovered in session and set themselves free from beliefs and thought patterns that may have worked at one time but only hold people back now. She uses her personal experiences to create a non-judgmental atmosphere with an, “I’ve been there and done that too” spirit. Personally, Ita is not only a breast cancer survivor but also the mother of six children in a blended family giving her real-life experience with step-parenting and maintaining the family beyond divorce. Having a practice in a farm setting, she developed the belief that, “the only difference between manure and good fertilizer is what you do with it.” She knows and teaches clients from her own experience that the struggles in a person’s life can be fertile soil for great growth.