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, LAPC
Carlyn PhotoCarlyn is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor at Village Counseling and offers therapeutic services to children, 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.

Cost
-Set fee per 50-minute session

-Please contact Carlyn for payment and fee structure details


Jim Payne, M.Div.
As a Pastoral Counselor with Village CounselingPayne2015Sept03, I am honored to work with adult individuals and couples on their journeys toward deep healing and restoration. Having personally experienced much suffering and healing in my own life, I have 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, depression, anxiety, addiction, marital struggles, and relational distress.

Over the years, I have counseled and walked alongside adults struggling with a variety of issues, first as a campus minister at Oglethorpe University (my own alma mater) in Atlanta, GA, and then for several years as a pastor at Crosspoint Encuentro Church in Smyrna, GA. Prior to that, I graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri with a Master of Divinity degree and became ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). I am authorized as a Pastoral Counselor and practice as such 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, there is a real Joy that can find us even in the deepest sorrow. In the words of an old Scottish song, “O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be.” May this Joy find you and me today, right where we are.

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

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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.

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