Our Highly Trained Staff of Therapists

Our Mission

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.

Skip Cole, LCSW, treats individuals, couples, families and groups.  Anger management, stress management marital problems, trauma recovery, mood disorders, child parent conflict
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 treats older adolescents, college students and adults.  Marital and family therapy, women's issues
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 treats discipline problems, anger management, communication problems, marital difficulties, divorce recovery and depression
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)
councels children, adolescents and adults dealing with OCD, anxiety, depression, poopsitional-defiant behavior and relationship difficulties
Candace Couch, LPC received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and went on to receive her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. She has a great deal of experience working with children/adolescents and their families to decrease conflict and difficulties while increasing connection and understanding. Candace works with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with issues related to OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional-Defiant Behavior, and difficulties in relationships. Candace works from a Family Systems & Structural Family Therapy perspective. (Athens Office)
To find out more about Candace visit her web site. To reach Candace call the StressCare office at (706) 552-0706 ext 212. (Athens Office)
counseling for adults, adolescents, couples and families in the areas of spiritual concerns, men's issues, grief and loss, marital conflict, parent conflict, group therapy and career problems
Tara Lowry, LPC received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Family and Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in Child and Family Development. She went on to receive her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Tara has experience working with older adolescents, young adults, and adults who are struggling with issues related to anxiety, stress, depression, trauma surrounding emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, relationship issues, family of origin issues, adjustment to life transitions, spiritual issues and issues pertaining to addiction. Tara's passion is to provide a safe space for clients to explore how their relationships and life experiences, both past and present, are influencing who they are and how they want to live life with meaning and purpose. Her belief is that personal growth and emotional healing occur in the context of relationship, therefore she desires to collaborate with clients to achieve their goals of becoming who they want to be. In addition, Tara is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and EMDR, which both allow clients to connect their bodies and brains to find healing and freedom from past traumas. To reach Tara call the StressCare office at (706) 552-0706 ext 213. (Athens Office)
Erica Dell
Erica Dell 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 or call the StressCare office at (706) 552-0706 ext 207. (Athens Office)
Donna Slaboda specializes in addiction counseling, recovery from trauma and addictions, women, familes and adolescents impacted by substance misuse and substance abuse
Donna Slaboda is a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC-II), who earned her Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS). Her training is oriented around person centered, evidence based models for recovery from alcohol and substance misuse and abuse, trauma, and unhealthy relationships. She believes in meeting people where they are in relation to change, while honoring their unique needs and goals. Some of her many interests are women and families impacted by substance misuse/abuse and recovery counseling with a spiritual focus. To find out more about Donna visit her FaceBook page. To reach Donna call or text (706) 350-1078, email donna@addictionandfamilycounseling.com, or call the StressCare office at (706) 552-0706 ext 211. (Athens Office)
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 ddukelpc@gmail.com. (Athens & Jefferson Offices)

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for the Whole Family

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