Meet The Counselors



Kathy A. Howell, PhD, LPC, CPC

Dr. Howell grew up on a dairy farm in rural Arkansas. She was captain of the drill team, won the Miss Cabot crown, and graduated salutatorian from her High School. Although she earned an academic scholarship, it was 30 years, a successful landscaping career, and 4 daughters down the road before she would complete her undergraduate degree. As she debated about defining her career choice in college, she felt God’s influence to become a counselor. Her education and life experiences have equipped her to understand many of the issues facing those in need. After completing a M.A. in Counseling, she started her own practice in the Dawsonville area. Dr.Howell earned her PhD. in Psychotherapy in 1999, and has continually built upon that base by taking postgraduate certification courses covering a variety of areas (e.g. Nutrition Response Testing®, women’s issues, grief, inner memory healing, stress management, anxiety disorder, and divorce recovery.) Over the last 20 years in the profession, Dr. Howell’s experiences have been extensive; she has had the opportunity to counsel individuals with a wide range of needs and she had provided services for a number of local institutions/groups. She believes that for the maximum benefit, it is important to treat the individuals “whole person”~Spirit, Soul, and Body~.

Ph.D. Psychology & Counseling, Logos Christian College & Graduate School Jacksonville, FL
M.A. Counseling, Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
B.S. Psychology/Sociology, North Georgia College & State University Dahlonega, GA

Nutrition Response Testing® Practitioner                   Certified Professional Life/Wellness Health Coach
CISM- Critical Incident Stress Management                Crisis Care Ntwk-Disaster Victim Counselor
Theophostic (God’s Light) Inner Healing                      Stress & Trauma Crisis Certified (Military)
Sexual Addictions Certified Counselor                           Peacemakers Mediation/Conciliator
Prepare-Enrich Marriage/Pre-marital Counselor        Creation Therapy- Temperament Counselor
Splankna Emotional Energy Release Therapy              Grace Ministries International Counselor
Parenting: ADHD & Non-compliant Children                Seven Steps to Freedom in Christ (Neil Anderson)
Divorce Recovery Facilitator (Fresh Start)                     Certified Anxiety Disorder Specialist
Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist           Life Pathways Career Counseling

Affiliations: Licensed Professional Counselors Association; American Association of Christian Counselors, Ga Christian Counselors Association; Phi Kappa Phi; The Society of Christian Psychology; International Board of Professional & Pastoral Counselors; Board Certified Professional Life Coach Counselor (BCPCC); Ordained Minister (Logos Global Network Ministries)
*All associates are under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Howell. We meet as a treatment team to decide upon individualized plans




0627161157aSylvia Moose, MA

Sylvia is a counselor with Bachelors in Education and English from the University of Houston, Bachelors in Mental Health and Human Services from the University of Maine, and Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling from the University of North Georgia. After raising four children and teaching several elementary school grades, she made the adjustment of doing successful real estate work while caring for her elderly parents. Internships with NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness) and Avita Community Services, along with family- survivor suicide speakers’ bureau work followed, during further education. After a time of family trauma and upheaval, she found thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail to be healing and espouses using natural surroundings as part of therapy in a holistic counseling setting.  Sylvia  uses her experience with both family aging and trauma in working with people of all ages who are struggling to cope with depression, anxiety, and other mental health and life adjustment issues. She feels a special calling in working in a Christian-based way with those individuals and families who are feeling spiritually and otherwise challenged by what life has brought their way.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…They will soar on wings like eagles…They will run and not grow weary…

They will walk and not be faint.”   Isaiah 40:31




image1Jodi Cofer, MS

Jodi graduated in May 2017 with her Master of Science in Licensed Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She also has a Bachelors Degree in biblical studies from Liberty University.  Jodi is currently pursuing certification as an LAPC.  Jodi is currently serving as an intern in our office, learning and growing in her skills as a counselor.  She is willing to work with all groups and persons, she has special interest in substance abuse, marriage, women, and adolescents. When not counseling Jodi enjoys teaching 8th grade through a Christian home school organization and spending time with her family.  She also loves being outdoors and playing the piano.






Crystal Toombs, PhD, LAPC

Crystal Toombs, Ph.D. has worked extensively with young adults and adults, especially teen parents for over ten years. She seeks to empower, motivate, and encourage individuals in the fact that regardless of the barriers they face, they can be successful.  Her desire is to assist individuals in locating the keys to holistic living.  This is based on motivation, insight, and a transformed mind.  Crystal employs counseling techniques that will unleash hidden potential in every adult so that through empowerment they will be able to overcome life’s difficult circumstances.

Currently, she serves as an administrator at a local University in Gainesville, Georgia. She completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Mercer University, and also holds a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the Kent State University in Kent Ohio, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Mental Health, from Wilberforce University. She also has a Diploma in Christian Leadership from Alphacrucis Bible College in Auckland, New Zealand.

…”no matter what happens to you, no matter where you are, you can never be lost in God’s love. If you are suffering as an individual, spouse, or parent, don’t withdraw from God. Identify with Him and allow His love to reach you and heal you.”



Alice GeierAlice Geier, MS, LAPC

Alice Geier is a counselor who completed her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of North Georgia. Alice, who is originally from Athens, GA, has lived in Dahlonega with her husband and children for almost 10 years. She loves to garden in her free time and enjoys traveling and listening to live music. Her approach to counseling is one of a holistic nature, believing that every human being has the means to heal themselves through conscious self-awareness and accountability. She believes that happiness and fulfillment of purpose come from within and must always include a balance of attention to spirit, mind and body. She has spent many years working with individuals of all ages who have struggled with anxiety, depression, drug addiction, trauma and low self-worth.

“Just keep swimming” – Dory






Tori Beck-Administration

Tori is a senior undergraduate student at the University of North Georgia. After graduating with her bachelors of science in psychology in May 2017, she hopes to get her PhD in counseling psychology. Tori’s ultimate goal is to provide love and support for all in need, but with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. With a family history of depression and anxiety, Tori has come to understand the healing that can be provided by God’s love and peace and hopes to help others find their own peace and happiness. Outside of school and work, Tori enjoys baking, hiking with her dog Lucy, and spending time with her friends and family.






DyanDyan Auterson- Counselor Intern 

Dyan has a passion for supporting and encouraging others.  She attained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Colorado Christian University and is upon completion of her Masters of Science in Licensed Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Along with serving at ACCARES Wellness, she also runs a small business, Life Sculpting, providing Life Coaching, Exercise Therapy and Nutrition.  Dyan has worked with individuals from all backgrounds and has led corporate events such as Women’s Empowerment Conference in Atlanta for over 500 women.  She focuses on getting to the “root” of the pain and hurdles through compassion, grace, and understanding.  Personally, Dyan is originally from Southern California.  She now resides in North Georgia with her husband and four sons.