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About Our Staff

Tamela R. McDonald is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS),  National Certified Counselor (NCC), Clinical Certified Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) and Sexuality Educator specializing in individual, couples and group therapy. 

With over 8 years experience as a therapist; over 16 years experience as a sexuality educator and as a graduate of Troy University specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Sexuality Studies; she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, Sexual Dysfunctions, 

In addition to being a prominent sexuality therapist, Tamela has presented to general audiences speaking on the topics of College Students and their Self-Efficacy on Condom Negotiation, Coping with Depression, Keeping the Intimacy in the relationship of Prostate Cancer Survivors and more. 

Tamela is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Education
Bachelors of Science in Sociology with a Minor in Music 
Columbus State University

Masters of Science in Counseling and Psychology emphasis in Sexuality Studies  Troy University


License

GA LPC009009

CPCS 1527

Professional Activities and Memberships

American Counseling Association

American Association of Sexuality, Educators, Counselors and Therapist

Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia

National Board for Certified Counselors

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc

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Diamond Crider is a counselor in training at Northwestern University working towards becoming a Licensed Assoicate Professional Counselor (LAPC). Currently, she is working under the license of Tamela McDonald at Matlock Resource Center in Duluth, Georgia. Counseling is a cohesive relationship that helps individuals, couples, families, and groups accomplish mental health wellness and career/life goals. At Matlock Resource center, Diamond currently work with adults that struggle with conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD and assist individuals and couples solve life and work issues. Diamond is a United States Airforce veteran and is comfortable working with vets and current military members.

Diamond is working to become a multicultural solution focused counselor.  In the future, she will work with groups and children with a range of issues, from anxiety to PTSD. Diamond is due to graduate in spring 2021, and plan to work with children and their parents to help develop reliable family units where children can grow and thrive in healthy environments. Diamond is a strong student counselor and future associate license counselor because Northwestern’s master's program is CACREP accredited, and she is working under extremely knowledgeable supervisors and professors.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina

Master of Art in Counseling, Northwestern University

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