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Diane Chrestman, LCSW

Traditional and Alternative Mental Health Services

Diane Chrestman, LCSW, DCEP, CcHT, is a licensed mental health counselor that has been verified by Psychology Today. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University and is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Energy Psychology. Diane has practiced Meditation and Mindfulness Training with Zen Buddhist Monks for the past ten years.

In 2019 while at a retreat at Plum Village Monastery in Loubes-Bernac France,  Diane received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings and the Dharma name of Caring Presence of the Heart. 

She has also received training & certification from the Association of Energy Psychology in 2013. In 2019, she published her first book, Zenergy Mindfulness - The Intersection of Buddhist and Energy Psychology for Mental Health and Wellness.

Prior to opening Authentic-Life Counseling in Suwanee, GA, Diane worked with local service providers to offer counseling and assessment services to adults, families, seniors, children and adolescents.

It is an honor to empower clients by teaching them techniques to improve their mental health and overall sense of well-being. The alternative therapies I practice, including energy psychology, 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.

My Therapy 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 tools to provide you with the results you desire. I also believe that in order see improvements, you have to be an active participant in your work. There is no one quite like you. Your experience in therapy should be as unique as you are. 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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