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Life can be difficult; we can help.
Our practice is different. We focus on helping people use their own strengths to find real solutions to problems. You can expect acceptance and caring at McConaghie Counseling, but we go beyond that to provide the expertise and guidance you need to make your life and relationships better.
Andrew and Tracy McConaghie have been married more than 30 years and have two adult children. They opened McConaghie Counseling in 2000 and the practice has grown into a group of caring, trusted professionals.
The therapists at McConaghie Counseling have a variety of specialties and skills but all share the same philosophy and approach to helping others. You can expect excellent customer service, real expertise, and to be treated with respect. We will work with you as partners to help you discover the new thoughts, actions and patterns that can help you make change a reality.
ALL of our therapists are experts in treating depression, anxiety, and personal growth issues.
Click on the names below for our individual approaches and specialties.
Works with: couples, adults, teens, parents, families
Specializes in: couples counseling, relationship challenges, recovery from affairs/betrayals, parenting plans for divorce
Works with: children, teens, adults, parents, families
Specializes in: child therapy, childhood anxiety and behavior problems, parenting, positive discipline, parenting plans for divorce, Upside Down Divorce
Works with: teens, young adults, adults, parents, families
Specializes in: teens, depression, anxiety, stress
Works with: couples, adults, families
Specializes in: couples counseling, recovery from affairs, premarital counseling, life transitions, family therapy, EMDR
Works (virtually only) with: couples, adults, families
Specializes in: couples counseling, relationship challenges, premarital counseling, life transitions
Works with: children, teens, adults, parents, and families
Specializes in: child therapy, childhood behavior and adjustment problems, parent coaching, eating disorders, and anxiety/depression
Works with: teens, adults, families
Specializes in: anxiety/depression, suicidal thoughts, teenage adjustment problems, family dynamics, mindfulness
Works with: children, teens, adults, and families
Specializes in: child therapy, play therapy, anxiety/depression, childhood behavior and adjustment problems, school aversion and refusal, children with ADHA and ASD
Works with: children, teens, adults, parents
Specializes in: play therapy, parent coaching, depression, behavioral issues, relationship issues, medical adjustment/chronic illness
Works with: couples, adults, teens and children with learning differences
Specializes in: couples counseling, school accommodations, individuals with relationship challenges.
Anita is a graduate of Rutgers University and mother of two adult children. She is looking forward to assisting you in any way to make your experience with our practice the best it can be.
Originally from Kentucky, Paula has made her home in Atlanta for more than 30 years. She is hoping to make each client’s visit to our office as peaceful and comfortable as possible.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
The purpose of the first session is to evaluate your situation and make recommendations about the best course of action to help you reach your goals. Your therapist will have many questions about your history and current situation, and will also strive to answer all of your questions.
The length of time an individual is in counseling varies greatly, depending on the nature of the problem and your participation. It can range from a few weeks to a year or more. At McConaghie Counseling, most people begin to see significant improvement in three to six months. Keep in mind that most emotional and/or relationship problems have evolved over several years, and it is unrealistic to expect them to be solved quickly. In most cases, sessions are scheduled weekly and then spaced farther apart as your goals begin to be met.
Our fees vary depending upon the therapist you see.
No, only a psychiatrist or your doctor can prescribe medication. Most problems can be solved without medication. However, some problems include a medical component and medication is a valuable resource. During the counseling process we can help you determine whether or not medication is indicated. If it is, we can refer you to a psychiatrist and collaborate with him or her in order to coordinate your care.
We are not members of any insurance panels. However, many of our clients use their out of network benefits to obtain reimbursement for our services. Most mental health services and psychotherapy are covered by insurance. Insurance coverage varies widely; we recommend that you review your benefits to determine your expected reimbursement.
If you wish to use your insurance benefits, it will be necessary for you to file for reimbursement directly with your carrier. You will receive an insurance form to attach to your claim form upon payment at the end of each session.
LMFT/LAMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists focus specifically on the relational and interpersonal dynamics within families, marriages, and couples. LAMFT is the license one works under while accruing their experience hours. An LAMFT has a Master’s Degree and passed the national exam, but is not eligible to take the state oral exam until they complete the supervised experience requirements.
LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker. These professionals have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and practice in a wide variety of settings to provide emotional support, mental health evaluations, therapy and case management services to people experiencing psychological, emotional, medical, social and/or familial challenges.
LMSW – Licensed Master Social Workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) and prove their skills in psychology, interpersonal communication, community organizing, and sociology through state licensing exams.
LPC/LAPC – An LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Both have earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from an accredited graduate program. After earning the Master’s Degree, applicants pass an exam to become an LAPC, and then have extensive supervised experience to become an LPC. Continuing education is required yearly to maintain licensure.
MAT – Master of Arts in Teaching is a degree program centered on practical skills and subject-specific information. A traditional MAT program takes two years to complete and may position students to earn initial state teaching certification.
M.Ed. – An M.Ed. degree is a graduate degree that many pursue to improve teaching practices, make a greater impact on cognition, learning and development, and explore effective approaches for creating inclusive learning environments.
NCC – National Certified Counselor. NCC’s have a master’s degree in counseling, and have met requirements for coursework, supervision, and clinical practice hours.
RPT/S – Registered Play Therapist. RPT’s are mental health professionals who have completed extensive additional training and supervision in play therapy. RPT/S is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, which involves additional experience and training to supervise play therapists.
…a wonderful and diverse set of comforting and professional therapists…
…I have never felt so much confidence in therapy as I do now…
…truly the best; has impacted our entire family and probably future generations in a very positive way…
…specific tools to use in real life….
…professional insight has helped us take the steps to save our marriage…
…helped me change my perspective and outlook and helped me develop and practice strategies to manage my symptoms without medication…
…we gained valuable parenting skills and an understanding of what our daughter needed…
…our entire family dynamic has changed for the better…
…a wonderful and diverse set of comforting and professional therapists…
…Ah ha moments from the very start…
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Our office is conveniently located in Alpharetta on North Point Parkway, one half mile north of Haynes Bridge Road. From 400, take exit 9, Haynes Bridge Road going East. Turn left on North Point Parkway, and then left into the North Point Park office complex. Follow the signs to Suite 75.