About Diane Chrestman

return to balance

about diane chrestman

I provide a variety of counseling services to foster the emotional and psychological well-being of individuals and families. I believe optimal health requires achieving balance between our mental, physical, emotional and social functioning. I consider it an honor to help people find this balance and improve their lives.

I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University and I am certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Energy Psychology. The alternative therapies that I practice have been shown in clinical trials to be effective treatments for a number of psychological conditions. Due to the side effects of psychotropic medication, many people are seeking alternative therapy options. I find combining traditional and alternative therapy provides a comprehensive and effective treatment for clients.

Prior to opening Authentic Life Counseling, I worked with local service providers to offer counseling and assessment services to adults, families, seniors, children and adolescents.

diane’s philosophy

I do not work within the confines of one theoretical perspective. My methods are eclectic and utilize interventions that range from classic to new-age models. Most importantly, I strive to find the most effective interventions to provide you with the results you desire. There is no one quite like you. Your experience in therapy should be as unique as you are. I also believe that in order see improvements you have to be an active participant in your work. I admire people who have the courage to seek help from a mental health professional when they are experiencing difficult period in their lives, desire change or just need new perspective.

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about tracy gainer

I provide counseling services tailored to the emotional needs and goals of my clients. I believe that awareness, education, and practical application bring clients into focus on the whole person they are meant to be. Support, whether emotional, companion, instrumental and informational relate to improved mental health.

I have a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am experienced in Client Center Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Prior to private practice, I worked with community mental health providers offering counseling and assessment to children, adolescents, and adults as well as clinical management as a Program Coordinator and Clinical Director.

tracy’s philosophy

I use a variety of theoretical perspectives to ensure a tailored and individual therapeutic outcome for each of my clients. It is vital that we work as a team to understand your expectations for therapy. This means a commitment is needed to journey though challenges as you work towards a transformation. Listening, hearing, and understanding your needs is my commitment to you.

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why we don’t use insurance

We have made a very conscious decision to not accept insurance for the following reasons:
  • Filing insurance requires mental health practitioners to give a “diagnostic impression” from the Diagnostic Statistical Disorder Manual. This becomes part of your permanent health record. It is impossible to predict how this may impact you in the future. Some people have been impacted in their ability to purchase life insurance, health insurance, and job and college applications.
  • Receiving a mental health diagnosis can have negative consequences such as lowering self-esteem and being stigmatized by others. Also, receiving a diagnosis can result in a self-fulfilling prophecy if people begin to internalize their diagnosis. Labels are very powerful!
  • Insurance providers may become privy you to your private and sensitive healthcare information if they require justification for filing claims.
  • Insurance “standards of care” often dictate the number of sessions allowed.
  • Partial reimbursement is often allowed when filing a claim with providers who are out of network.
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