At StressCare, we desire to provide counsel and healing to all people directed to our practice; to be a recognized and utilized counseling resource in our community; to deliver quality counseling and stress management services for the entire family; and to bring these services to an expanding Northeast Georgia area and beyond.
Paul “Skip” Cole, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Skip received his undergraduate
degree in Psychology at Bethany College and completed his Master of Social Work degree at the
University of Georgia. He is knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of therapeutic approaches
including Solution Focused Therapy, Strategic Interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as
well as spiritually grounded paths to health and wellness. Having expertise in individual, marital
and family modes of therapy has enabled him to facilitate change from a variety of
perspectives. Skip specializes in diagnosing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder,
ADHD, behavior disorders, child and parent conflict, anger issues, and stress. During his long
career as a psychotherapist, he has had the opportunity to help children, teenagers, adults and
seniors experience emotional healing and reconciled relationships. To reach Skip call the StressCare office at (706) 552-0706 ext 206. (Athens Office)
Betsy Wicklein, RN, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who also brings to her practice many years of experience as an RN, having practiced in varied settings, including inpatient psychiatry. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and her master's degree is from the University of Georgia. She treats older adolescents, college students, and adults throughout the life span. Betsy provides individual, marital, and family therapy, with specialties in women's issues, anxiety, depression, stress management, grief work, relationship concerns, as well as counseling from a Biblical perspective. To reach Betsy call the StressCare office at (706) 552-0706 ext 205. (Athens Office)
Marty Plog, LPC
is a Licensed Professional Counselor counseling full time since 1985 working with individual and family issues such as discipline problems, anger management, communication problems, marital difficulties, divorce recovery and depression. He has extensive experience working with single parents, teenagers and adults, especially in the Christian community, and provides individual, group and family therapy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Geneva College in 1983 and his master’s degree in 1985 from Georgia State University. To find out more about Marty visit his website. To reach Marty call or text (678) 316-9806.
(Jefferson, Loganville & Winder Offices)
Erica is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor and has been providing counseling services in private practice and behavioral healthcare settings since 2013. Her passion is to provide a safe space for adolescents, adults and couples to explore how their relationships and life experiences impact who they are and the direction they desire their life to lead. Her aim is to provide a therapeutic relationship that is collaborative and personal to each client’s needs and goals by considering all aspects of their life including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Her specialties include individuals who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, grief and loss, conflict resolution, identity, and relationship and marriage concerns. To request a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation or an appointment with Erica visit her website. You can also text or call (706) 247-5264.
Douglas Duke, LPC is a veteran counselor with over thirty years of professional practice
experience. He loves working with couples (Marriage) families and individuals. He works with
adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety and depression and other stress management
issues. To reach Doug call or text (706) 296-4166
or email email@example.com. (Athens & Jefferson Offices)
Chris Williams, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose approach focuses on relationships and is client-centered in order to empower you to take steps towards the healing and growth that you desire. He trusts you to be the expert in your life as you and he walk together towards achieving your goals. In his work, he uses an eclectic blend of techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) to best meet your needs. Common reasons for coming to counseling with Chris include, depression, anxiety, trauma and post-traumatic stress, couples working through conflict and looking for improved communication, infidelity and other marriage/relationship difficulties, pre-marriage/pre-engagement counseling and building a healthy relationship, school/work stress, college and other life transitions, and spiritual/faith challenges or traumas. To schedule an appointment with Chris call or text (404) 580-2697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Athens Office)
Elizabeth Thacker is an Associate Professional Counselor and has been providing counseling services in the Athens area since 2019. Her counseling style is empathetic and client-centered, with clients taking an active role in the change process. She hopes to create a space for her clients where they feel both accepted as they are while being challenged to grow. She draws on therapeutic techniques from a number of different modalities, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Elizabeth works with college students, emerging adults, and adults. She has experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, life transitions, emotional instability, relationship concerns, and those questioning their faith or experiencing hurt in religious settings. To schedule an appointment with Elizabeth you can email email@example.com or call 706-389-0194. (Athens Office)
MacKenzie King is a graduate-level intern working towards her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Georgia. She is anticipated to graduate in May of 2023. MacKenzie graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017 and moved to Georgia shortly after. She worked as a high school teacher for three years and followed her passion for people into the field of therapy. MacKenzie counsels using a person-centered, warm and accepting approach. Her goal is to empower and motivate clients to grow through the counseling process. She believes that all people have strengths and works with clients to identify those strengths and brainstorm how their strengths can help them through a variety of challenges. She values self-awareness, and works with clients to develop healthy perceptions about themselves that will last long beyond their time in counseling. MacKenzie primarily works with adolescents and adults in an individual counseling format. To schedule an appointment with MacKenzie you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call 706-363-0330. (Athens Office)