Jalyssa McDonald, M.A. Candidate

Children • Families • Adults
770-218-9005 x0 • jmcdonald@fountaingate.com

Days: Tues, Thur
Fee: $40, sliding scale available

Insurance: (none)


B.A. in Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.
Candidate for M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University.

Current and Previous Experience

Current: Cognitive Counselor Coach, working with children ages 6-18 with Asperger's Syndome, autism, ADHD, and behavioral disorders. The Brain Balance, Roswell, Georgia.
Child Advocate Assistant Lead. Childnet, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Assistant Teacher. KinderCare Learning Center, Plantation, Florida.
Child and Youth Worker. 4kids of South Florida, Plantation, Florida.
Recreation Leader. City of Tamarac Parks and Recreation, Tamarac, Florida.

Special Interests

Child and adolescent therapy
Family connection
Marriage and relationships
Sexuality and intimacy
Conflict resolution
Women's issues
Self-esteem and identity
Expressive and Dance Therapies


Jalyssa felt called to become a counselor while serving as a mentor to children and teenagers within the foster system, and to teenage girls on the streets in her community. Jalyssa herself grew up in a loving, supportive family, and often seemed to be the person her peers came to for advice and encouragement. She developed a passion to help children and adolescents heal from their difficult experiences, and to come to know how much each one is loved by God. Jalyssa loves to dance; she has been a dance leader in her church, and thrives when she has the opportunity to share her love of dance with others.


Jalyssa believes that every person has the ability to resolve both the inner and outer conflicts in their lives if given support and understanding. She sees the therapeutic relationship as the primary means for growth and change, and strives to be open, humble, and a good listener for her clients. Jalyssa's commitment to Christ provides the firm foundation for her worldview, and she wants each client to be able to experience love and care through her help and guidance. One day, in addition to her counseling skills, Jalyssa hopes she will be able to use her expressive dance background as a therapeutic tool for healing.