Jessica Richards, M.A., LAPC, LAMFT

Couples • Families • Children • Adolescents
770-218-9005 x122 • cell 678-695-8580
jrichards@fountaingate.com

Days: Tues 1-9, Wed 10-9, Thur 1-9
Fee: $80, sliding scale available

Insurance: (none)

Web Site

Visit Jessica at Expedition Counseling Services

Education

B.S. in Counseling Psychology, Toccoa Falls College.
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with Specialization in Child and Adolescent Counseling, Richmont Graduate University.

License

Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) in the State of Georgia
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) in the State of Georgia

Certification

Prepare/Enrich (Pre-Marital and Marriage Counseling)

Professional Membership

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Previous Experience

Counseling Intern. Fountain Gate Counseling Center, Kennesaw, Georgia.
Counseling Intern. Hope Counseling Center at Mount Paran, Atlanta, Georgia.
Counseling Intern. North Georgia Angel House, Waleska, Georgia.
Teaching Assistant. Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Upward Basketball Coordinator and Coach. First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia.
Upward Cheerleading Coach. First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia.

Special Interests

Couples who are considering engagement, engaged, or newly wed
Family communication and teamwork
Emotional regulation for children and teens
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Separated or divorced parents with children and teens

Personal

Jessica grew up in the Church, placing her faith in Christ as a pre-teen. Her relationship with Jesus was strengthened throughout her high school and college years, as her family experienced several difficulties and transitions. She enjoys serving as a coach for the sports ministries of her church, along with her husband. They were recently blessed with their first child. Jessica loves to be in nature in any capacity: hiking, camping, rock climbing, gardening, and even loading hay with her family. She also enjoys sports of any kind, especially basketball, as well as baking, sewing, photography, drawing, and painting.

Vision

Jessica believes God has called and guided her into the counseling field, gifting and equipping her to minister through counseling. Jessica believes that all people face challenges that sometime seem overwhelming and insurmountable. She seeks to provide a safe environment where individuals, couples, and families can explore their challenges and move toward a place of greater wholeness and peace. Feeling especially called to work with children and teens and their families, Jessica seeks to use creative strategies to promote healthy communication and teamwork within family units. Jessica also believes that a healthy marriage is central to a well functioning, happy family; she enjoys helping couples begin their journey together with the skills necessary to build and maintain thriving marriages.