Meet The Counselors
Kathy A. Howell, PhD, LPC, CPSC
Dr. Howell earned an academic scholarship righ out of high school…but it was 30 years, a successful landscaping career, and four daughters down the road before she would complete her undergraduate degree. As she debated about defining her career choice, 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
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
Jodi Cofer, LAPC
As an LAPC in the state of Georgia, Jodi has a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Having experienced healing herself through the counseling process it is Jodi’s goal to walk alongside others on a journey of restoration. Jodi provides both individual and family counseling in a safe and confidential environment. Jodi has been working at ACCARES as an independently contracted counselor since August of 2017. She also previously completed her internship and practicum at ACCARES. Jodi believes in a holistic approach to counseling and believes that personal healing and a transformed life is possible for anyone who is willing. As a counselor Jodi has a history of working with adults and adolescents dealing with depression and anxiety, relational stress, and other concerns. When Jodi is not counseling Jodi enjoys teaching 8th grade through a Christian home school organization and spending time with her family. Jodi loves being outdoors and playing the piano.
Dyan Auterson, LAPC
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. Originally, Dyan is originally from Southern California. She now resides in North Georgia with her four sons.
Mark Craig, MA
Mark has been in positions to help others for several new years now. In his time at the University of North Georgia, where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Psychology, he maintained a job as a Resident Assistant where he helped incoming students adjust to life as a new college student living in traditional dormitories. After obtaining his degree, Mark pursued a Masters level degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia. For the past two years he has been completing classes that help better his counseling skills, and he is now entering his third year in the program where he maintains an internship at his chosen counseling site. During this time, he will be receiving supervision from a school supervisor and his onsite supervisor to ensure that he is providing the best possible counseling. When not working, Mark enjoys spending time outdoors with his friends and travelling North Georgia.
Tina Jones, MA
Tina graduated from State University of West Georgia with a B.A. in French and Sociology. For over 20 years, she has worked in the travel industry. After a change of personal events in her life, she was led to enroll at Liberty University. Tina is presently pursuing a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her experience includes educational counseling experience, as well as life experience. Tina enjoys traveling and painting in her free time