Meet Our Therapists
Joe Bucha, Phyllis Kiser, Jared Bryant, Rebeca Gilbert, Kim Horner, Michelle Peteet, Beth Dean & Sarah Walsh.
Here at Stonegate Counseling Associates, our therapists seek to provide you with excellent care that will help bring healing and wholeness to your life. We are a Christian counseling center located in Athens, Georgia that desires to provide loving and gentle gospel-centered counseling while integrating psychological principles.
Our team includes:
Joe Bucha: a Licensed Professional Counselor who desires to help individuals and couples with the skills, gifts, and abilities God has given him. Joe provides help with issues including sexual concerns, marriage difficulties, anxiety, depression, relational problems, marriage preparation, career and life direction, and spiritual growth.
Phyllis Kiser: a Licensed Professional Counselor who enjoys helping individuals and couples find healing and wholeness through counseling. Phyllis is a sex therapist and has specialized training in human sexuality and in helping people with difficulties related to sex.
Jared Bryant: an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America, serves at Stonegate Counseling as a Pastoral Counselor. Jared loves to help others connect the hope of the gospel with everyday life. Jared focuses primarily on helping with pre-marital counseling, early marriage counseling, depression, stress, and spiritual growth.
Rebeca Gilbert: a Licensed Professional Counselor, has a heart for helping parents who want to connect with their children, couples who want to experience deeper intimacy, and overall, people who want authentic and wholehearted living. Rebeca works with people who have abuse or neglect in their history, individuals and families with attachment issues, anxiety and worry, depression, self-injurious behavior, grief, crisis and trauma, relational issues, spiritual issues, and helping women work through issues around their identity.
Kim Horner: a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia. She believes relationships provide unique opportunities for personal growth, and has a passion for working with teens and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, relational difficulties and women’s issues. Kim is especially interested in counseling older teenagers, college students and women struggling with low self-worth and body image, excessive worrying, grief and loss, depressed mood, and social, family and other relationship challenges.
Michelle Peteet: a Masters Level Marriage and Family Intern who is currently pursuing a graduate degree from Liberty University. She has a heart for coming along side people wrestling with relational and spiritual issues, transition, grief, trauma, depression and anxiety. She also enjoys helping clients work though identity issues towards wholehearted living.
Beth Dean: a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her graduate degree from the University of Georgia. She offers calm and focus as she engages clients and address their issues. She utilizes an eclectic, culturally sensitive style including cognitive behavioral therapy with individuals 14 and above, couples, and families regarding issues of Grief and Loss, Caregiver Stress, Codependency, Infertility, Anxiety, Stress, Abuse & Neglect, Holistic Wellness, Spiritual Issues, Eating Disorders, Self Esteem Issues, Conflict Resolution, Christian Counseling, Family Therapy and Pre-marital Counseling.
Sarah Walsh: She enjoys working with adults, families, teens and kids ages 7+. Some examples of issues that she treats would be: identity development, anxiety, depression, issues in the family system, communication, issues in children of divorce, and spiritual integration. I assist in supporting parents in their decisions about home organization, discipline, boundaries, co-parenting, parenting after divorce/blended families, and creating a healthy and safe home life. I work with adults, teens and children who have issues with anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, self-harm, self-loathing or trauma (including abuse). She is trained in EMDR, a revolutionary treatment for trauma and other issues.