Village Counseling is a ministry of The Village Church at Vinings that provides professional and pastoral counseling to individuals in Atlanta, GA.  Our services are open to all, regardless of your affiliation with The Village Church or your spiritual background.

Carlyn Clawson, MA, LPCView More:

Carlyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Village Counseling and offers therapeutic services to adolescents and adults.  She works with a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, relational distress, grief/loss, and various types of trauma.  Carlyn’s laid-back and friendly approach encourages emotional safety and client-counselor collaboration.

Carlyn graduated with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA. Her clinical experience includes counseling at Wellspring Living for Girls, a therapeutic program for teenage victims of sex trafficking. Carlyn is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and desires to continue helping victims of sexual abuse and other types of trauma.  She has also worked at the Hope Counseling Center at Mount Paran, where she counseled adult individuals and couples on a variety of issues.

While Carlyn enjoys working with all ages, she has years of experience working with adolescents.  While attaining her undergraduate degree at Furman University, she spent many hours mentoring high school students as a volunteer leader for Young Life.  After college, she worked for four years in full-time ministry with middle school students in the Buckhead/Vinings area.  She understands the daily pressures and challenges of today’s adolescents and loves helping them move toward wholeness.

In 2011, Carlyn launched Village Counseling, a counseling ministry of The Village Church at Vinings, where she practices today, offering therapeutic services to those in her local church and the community.

-$75 per 50-minute session

-Please contact Carlyn for sliding scale option

Jim Payne, M.Div.
As a Pastoral Counselor with Village Counseling, I am honored to work with adults andPayne2015Sept03teenagers on their journeys toward healing and restoration. Having personally experienced much pain and healing in my own life, I feel great compassion for fellow strugglers and would count it a privilege to walk with you on the road toward renewed hope, joy, and love.

My areas of focus include, but are not limited to, individuals, couples, and families facing depression, anxiety, addiction, men’s issues, marital struggles, and relational distress. I also have a special passion for helping men (especially, men in ministry) know the freedom and wholeness that come from living honestly in authentic relationships with other men. This is accomplished through various men’s support/recovery groups held around town.

Over the years, in addition to personally facing all of the issues listed above, I have counseled and walked alongside adults and teenagers struggling with those and other issues, first as a campus minister at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, and then for several years as a pastor in Atlanta before practicing as a Pastoral Counselor. I graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and am ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America. I am authorized as a Pastoral Counselor under GA State Law (GA Code Title 43-10A-7, b, 10, 11).

My conviction in counseling and in life is that no matter what we are facing, we are not meant to face it alone, and we don’t have to. What this takes is asking for help – again and again. Often, I still find it hard to ask for help, both from God and from people who love me, but I am slowly learning that healing and real life are found not in trying to fix myself but in mutual relationships of help and love.

-Set fee per 60 or 90 minute session
-Please contact Jim for payment and fee structure details


Morgan Wilkinson, Ph.D, LAPC

Dr. Wilkinson is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor at Village Counseling and offers counseling services to adolescents, adults, couples and groups. She has a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. She works with a variety of issues including career-related issues, anxiety, depression, relational issues and trauma. Morgan is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She takes an integrative approach with her clients with a focus on creating a safe, relaxed environment where clients can feel accepted and free to pursue health and wholeness. When working with couples she utilizes an Emotionally-Focused approach. She also provides formal and informal career assessments for students and adults.

Morgan has experience in private practice and Rainbow House Advocacy Center. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor of Graduate Counseling at Faulkner University and Adjunct Instructor for Richmont Graduate University.

-Set fee per 50-minute session
-Please contact Morgan for payment and fee structure details