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Childhood Drama: Don’t Let It Become the Role of a Lifetime

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC

ChildhoodDramaCase History: A Childhood Drama
Gia was raised by unhappy parents. They were unhappy as individuals and unhappy as husband and wife. Her father, a functioning alcoholic with a corporate job, had low self-esteem. He frequently humiliated his wife and children in order to bolster his sagging ego. His anger was constant and his sarcasm was caustic. As a child, Gia tried hard to please him, and part of that effort involved becoming like him.

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What Color is ‘Never’? What Rhymes with ‘Empty’? What Lies Behind Art?

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC

Myths of Creativity: Art History, English Lit, Introduction to Classical Dance, and Music AppreciationMyths of Creativity: Art History, English Lit, Introduction to Classical Dance, and Music Appreciation
In many academic courses – especially those taught in this country and in this century – the professors would have us believe that painters paint in order to entertain and instruct us, to document a time and place, to distinguish themselves, or (best case scenario) to sell their paintings for $250 million, which was the going price for Paul Cézanne”s The Card Players in 2011. Similarly, teachers and critics of literature appear preoccupied with anecdote, form, technique, and other externals. Music and dance theorists invariably praise composers, performers, and choreographers for the “beauty”, “interest”, or “relevancy” of their efforts.

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Step Back from Crisis : The Cognitive and Emotional Benefits of Physical Exercise

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCCO

The Cognitive and Emotional Benefits of Physical ExerciseExtreme Mental and Emotional Symptoms
Depression, mood instability, compulsions, constant anxiety, and other mental and emotional symptoms are horribly uncomfortable. Swirling, spiraling, interconnected, intrusive, obsessive thoughts of sadness, anger, fear, and even impending death and disaster can make life seem hopeless and not worth living.

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The Patterns of Life and the Challenges of Change

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC, DCC


It is often said that change is the most difficult thing that we do. A reason for this could be our uncertainty about what is new – our fear that the new job or person or habit is not going to be as satisfying or as fulfilling as the old. Or perhaps we doubt our ability to adapt to something as yet unknown, even if it promises to be better than what preceded it. Whatever it is that makes us avoid change, some of us would rather be miserable in the old, accustomed way than to move forward resolutely toward a new joy. When I am having trouble with a change, it helps me to think in terms of patterns.

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Dieting for Health

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

Diet is a prevalent concern for most North Americans. If you watch television, you will see just how prevalent it is, and you may even see why. Two-thirds of us are obese. Forty-one percent of us get cancer. Over eight percent of us are diabetic. Five to eight percent of us have an autoimmune disorder. Most of us are interested in diet because it is a major factor in our health. I am also professionally interested in it because I believe that there is a strong correlation between diet and mental health. Anything that could affect my Clients is of interest to me.

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4255 Wade Green Road Northwest #414, Kennesaw

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  • AvatarDanielle P★★★★★a week ago
    Jamie Jenkins is great! I feel like she is the perfect therapist for me. Validating and open-minded. She knows I like my conversations to be more casual and she is accommodating in that way because formality makes me shut down.
  • AvatarNelli Vergilis★★★★★a week ago
    I loved my tele session. It was easy to connect and talking to my therapist felt even more productive, as I was not stressed by traffic. Ms.James made me feel supported and heard. And I learned how to handle my hurdles better at the … More very first session. I recommend this practice. You can live anywhere and have a wonderful therapist at your fingertips. THANK YOU.
  • AvatarWaeni Watuma★★★★★a week ago
    I have been going to Ray of Hope for a year now and it has changed my life honestly - everyone there is so nice and I love my therapist she is amazing ! Misty is honestly heaven sent.
  • AvatarPhoenix Bray★★★★★a week ago
    Love Ray of Hope Counseling. Meghan Michalewicz has helped me through some tough stuff and I am so appreciative of the advice.
  • AvatarErica★★★★★2 weeks ago
    Ray of Hope has been really great for myself and my kids to have an outlet you talk about life and the challenges we face. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for someone to talk too. It is well worth it.
  • AvatarMichaela Estes★★★★★2 months ago
    I see Mrs Gianna and she is Absolutely AMAZING!!
    By far the BEST counselor I ever had. She genuinely cares and she shows it every session... I had a rough past before I got to her, and she makes the progression to a better you, much more
    … More easy.. she walks you through how to better yourself and never fails to remind you she is there. I’d give her 10 stars if I could. DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND
  • AvatarNina Cantrell★★★★★3 months ago
    Giada Martini is a very genuine, kind person that makes you really feel she's there for you personally & not just professionally. Her office is very easy space to be in to boot!
  • AvatarVictoria Thomas★★★★★a year ago
    This place is such a tranquil respite if you need somewhere safe to unwind, process grief, heal, or feel strengthened on your journey. Gianna Martini has been an absolute godsend, and I don't think you'll find anyone more caring, … More empathetic, and compassionate. She's kindhearted, an intuitive listener, insightful, and wise. Gianna truly cares about her clients, and I've so appreciated her support and wisdom.
  • AvatarAnonymous Anonymous★★★★★8 months ago
    Lane Gormely is the absolute best. Her experience is undeniable-hands down.
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    Great counseling service for my son who is dealing with some hard problems. Very helpful.

Ray of Hope Counseling Services
2.5
Based on 15 Reviews
Ashley T.
Ashley T.
2020-01-14 12:03:44
I can't attest to the qualifications of the therapists, but the office staff isn't the best. I left two messages (because no one ever answered the phone) to...
Vicki T.
Vicki T.
2019-07-26 22:36:28
I love this place and feel especially grateful for Gianna Martini who has been a godsend to me. A very intuitive listener, she's kind, caring, and...
Shelly K.
Shelly K.
2019-03-22 11:46:51
Receptionist extremely rude and unhelpful, needs some training on customer service.
Lisa S.
Lisa S.
2018-05-01 09:56:20
I am going here for a multitude of reasons. Mainly for my almost 9 year old to have someone to talk to. Lauren Sanders is AMAZING. We both love her and...
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