Margaret Ast, M.A., LPC, RPT

Women • Children • Adolescents
770-218-9005 x103 •

Days: Thur-Sat
Fee: $80, sliding scale available

Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield. Out-of-network provider for most other plans.


B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Berry College.
M.A. in Professional Counseling with Specialization in Child and Adolescent Counseling, Richmont Graduate University.


Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia


National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBTC)
Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS)

Professional Membership

Association for Play Therapy (APT)

Previous Experience

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Facilitator. Ridgeview Institute Youth Services, Smyrna, Georgia.
Counseling Intern. Ridgeview Institute Youth Services, Smyrna, Georgia.
Counseling Intern. Hope Counseling Center at West Ridge, Dallas, Georgia.
Elementary School Teacher. Calvary Church, Alpharetta, Georgia.
Elementary School Teacher. Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta, Georgia.

Special Interests

Grief and loss
Emotional regulation
Self-harming behavior
Trauma recovery
Divorce issues
Spiritual growth and resiliency
Identity and self-esteem
Expressive and creative therapy including sand tray
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


A firm believer in recycling painful experiences, Margaret’s compassion and desire to help children began with her own parents’ divorce when she was a teenager. Given strong Christian roots by her mother, Margaret became a committed Christian when she was in college and has never looked back. She became a teacher, married, and then homeschooled her three children who are now grown. Having gone through painful times of sickness with her children, she discovered the importance of making every moment of life count. Therefore, she decided to pursue an old forgotten dream of becoming a Play Therapist and returned to graduate school for her degree in counseling. Margaret thrives on learning and best enjoys playing with her two granddaughters.


Margaret desires to create a place where people can come “as is” and find hope and healing for their brokenness. She believes that people are “fearfully and wonderfully made” – each a masterpiece of God – and longs to help restore the beauty of their original design. She invites people to lay down their hurts, their shame, and their sadness. She promises to walk alongside as the pain becomes recycled into something good and life is resurrected out of death.