Credentials and Professional Experience:
Lynn Thompson Umstead is the founder and clinical director of Ray of Hope Counseling Services, Inc. She is a trained mental health professional, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. In addition, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a certification as an Imago Relationship Therapist (CIRT). Lynn also holds a certification as an Anger Management Specialist (CAMS). She is registered by the state of GA as a Civil and Divorce Mediator. Lynn is a National Certified Counselor and is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia. She has had experience in a wide variety of settings when working with individuals, couples, and families. These settings include in-home therapy, in-patient and out-patient hospitalization programs, group homes, administration of psychological testing in private practice and in a hospital environment. Lynn is also Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained (for More Info Click here). EMDR is a powerful psychotherapy approach that helps relieve many types of psychological distress as well as treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Currently Lynn treats clients in a private practice setting, and supervises interns and therapist working toward full licensure.
Lynn strives to meet clients where they are. She helps the client navigate through their past to help with a better understanding toward how to achieve goals for a happier healthier life. Lynn has extensive training and experience working with relationship issues and is a Certified Imago Couples Counselor. Lynn’s passion is working with blended families, couples, and or women who are experiencing infertility issues. Due to her own personal struggles with infertility she can provide both a level of professional and personal understanding in addition to a great deal of empathy when counseling her clients through such a difficult time.
Lynn’s educational training is primarily cognitive-behavioral, which means your thoughts and behaviors will be a focus in the therapy process. However, Lynn is eclectic in her approach in order to meet the individual needs of her clients. She believes exploring your emotions and feelings is of utmost importance. The ultimate goals of counseling would be to gain self-awareness into what is disturbing you; explore and understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; to seek a greater sense of happiness and contentment; and for you to choose and maintain behavioral changes.
Areas of Expertise:
- Blended Families
- Infertility Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Couples Counseling
- Pre-Martial Counseling
- Men’s Issues
- Women’s Issues
Kennesaw and East Cobb/Marietta Locations
- Adolescent Issues
- Life Transition
- Anger Management
- Divorce Issues (adults and children)
- Trauma/ EMDR
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Ray of Hope Counseling Services accepts most forms of insurance and Medicaid. We have eight convenient convenient locations in Georgia – Kennesaw, Canton, East Cobb/Marietta, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Athens, Conyers and Peachtree City, also serving the surrounding counties.
Call us at (678) 213-2194