Our staff consists of a diverse team of highly trained and specialized clinicians, each possessing a wide range of expertise and experience. We provide services that are individually tailored to meet your specific needs with the belief that everyone can lead a more fulfilling and mindful life
To make an appointment for services, or to find out more information about Intown Counseling and Wellness and our therapists, please call (404) 478-9890. One of our staff members will then do a telephone intake with you, and match you as best as possible with one of our therapists. If there is a particular therapist you would like to work with, please mention his or her name when you call. Feel free to read our staff bios if you would like a better understanding of the different areas of interest and expertise that our staff offers. Day or evening appointments are available Monday through Friday and some of our staff also provides services on Saturdays.
Scott J. Leenan, MS, LPC, CRC, CPCS
Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Intensively Trained in DBT, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
Scott Leenan’s approach to psychotherapy is rooted in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), positive psychology, narrative therapy, and existentialism. For Scott, becoming human is a project; our task is not so much to discover who we are, but rather to create ourselves. During therapy sessions, he works with clients to identify and examine their personal values, beliefs, goals, and perceptions of reality. He also works with clients on stress management, personal growth, finding balance, and motivation. In every encounter, Scott seeks to understand what his clients want out of life (their goals) and then helps them to pursue those goals by actively listening, teaching, and encouraging.
Since 2007, Scott has owned and operated a private group practice. Prior to branching out on his own, he worked at Peachford Behavioral Hospital in Dunwoody and Talbott Recovery Campus, a local alcohol and drug rehabilitation center for medical professionals. Scott has always embraced diversity in its many forms and has enjoyed working with a wide array of clients. Much of his career has been spent working with medical and business professionals, undergrad and graduate college students, and the LGBTQ community. Scott also works with individuals with various physical and mental health issues to help them gain and maintain competitive employment so that they may participate more fully in their communities.
For the past several years, Scott has led numerous DBT skills groups. Pulling from a variety of effective treatments – including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), assertiveness training, validation strategies, and Buddhist mindfulness. Through these groups, individuals improve their ability to regulate emotions, tolerate distressing and negative emotions, become mindful and present in the moment, and communicate and interact more effectively with others.
Scott Leenan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) at the national level. As a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS), Scott mentors and supervises new counselors entering the field. Scott received his Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University and was intensively trained in DBT under the supervision of Dr. Michael Maslar, Director of the Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies at Northwestern University. Scott also studied cognitively-based compassion training (CBCT) through the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. currently, Scott is continuing his studies and practice of mindfulness through course work offered by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School.
Michelle DeVaul, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Michelle DeVaul is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Design with a minor in psychology from Syracuse University, and her Master’s Degree from Argosy University, GA School of Professional Psychology in professional counseling. Michelle is passionate about helping others on their journey to self-awareness, and believes once an individual recognizes their strengths and capabilities the sky is the limit. Michelle has worked with a variety of mental health populations to include: military service members and their families, children & adolescents in foster care, adults with co-occurring disorders, and families in underserved areas with minimal resources, and expresses a deep compassion for those in need of an advocate.
Michelle completed 900+ hours of practicum training at the Fulton County Center for Health & Rehabilitation; providing group & individual substance abuse treatment to adults with a dual diagnosis. Michelle has extensive experience providing community-based services to the youth and adult population including: Department of Family & Children Services, various Juvenile Courts within the Atlanta metropolitan area. Michelle’s areas of expertise include: adults with a dual diagnosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD and behavior disorders in children, self-esteem issues, and depression & anxiety. Michelle also completed training in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Military Culture Training presented by the Center of Deployment Psychology through Star Behavioral Health Providers. Michelle is also a member of Chi Sigma Iota and former President of the College Park Woman’s Club, a federation of women’s clubs providing charitable support through fundraising and projects to help those in the community in need.
Cassandra Lettenberger-Klein, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Dr. Cassandra Lettenberger-Klein is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. Dr. Lettenberger-Klein is specifically trained to work with couples and families, as well as individuals. She earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, and her doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Dr. Lettenberger-Klein has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including a Domestic Relations Bureau in Indiana, two university clinics, a short-term inpatient psychiatric hospital in Florida, and several community agencies in Indiana, Illinois, and Florida. Additionally, Dr. Lettenberger-Klein has experience in leading parenting groups. Dr. Lettenberger-Klein has also co-facilitated couple group therapy with her husband, Daniel Lettenberger-Klein, M.S., LMFT. After receiving the state-required training, Dr. Lettenberger-Klein is now offering telemental health services to self-pay clients.
Dr. Lettenberger-Klein’s areas of expertise include couples experiencing relational discord or those interested in pre-marital treatment; families facing divorce/separation or in which a child is displaying behavioral problems; and individuals suffering from emotional or behavioral issues. These areas of expertise have been honed through clinical work and extensive research. Specifically, Dr. Lettenberger-Klein researches parent-child and parent-adolescent relationships concentrating primarily on everyday stressors, family communication, and social support. Dr. Lettenberger-Klein has been published in the Journal of Family Violence, the American Journal of Family Therapy, the Journal of Creativity and Mental Health, and the Family Journal. Dr. Lettenberger-Klein continues to work towards future publications in the area of family relations. Additionally, Dr. Lettenberger-Klein has presented at several national and regional conferences on working with families within the child welfare system and parent-child/parent-adolescent relationships.
Dr. Lettenberger-Klein uses a client-centered integrated treatment model that focuses on cognitions, emotions, and behavior, and believes in accessing all relevant components of the client system throughout treatment. All treatment includes a component of accessing resources clients already possess, while offering additional resources to facilitate growth and overall health.
Her professional affiliations and certifications include: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Council on Family Relations, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychological First Aide Training and Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy- Former Treasurer.
Pamela Saxena, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Pam Saxena completed her Masters in Social Work at New York University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, originally from New Jersey. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families at mental health agencies, sexual violence centers, and in private practice. In addition to her clinical experience she has facilitated continuing education workshops for both the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.
Pam has spent her social work career working with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling working through experiences of abuse, violence, and other traumas. She specializes in working with issues such as trauma-related anxiety or depression, school/work efficacy and productivity, and relationship issues. Her passion is helping clients navigate the difficult waters of betrayal, shame, guilt, and heartbreak.
Pam aims to provide a safe space for clients to feel their emotions, look at their stories, explore different perspectives, challenge unhelpful patterns, and cultivate more peace. She believes that each of us is the expert of our own lives and uses a variety of techniques from empowerment theory and trauma-informed theories to help individuals experience a deeper understanding of themselves, develop their own unique voice and create fulfilling relationships.
Nichole Pass, Psy.D.
Dr. Nicole Davis Pass is a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia. She earned a Masters degree from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, in Health Policy and Management. Dr. Pass completed her doctoral degree at Argosy University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, in the area of clinical psychology. Her work experience has included servicing children of all ages and their families. In therapy, Dr. Pass utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques; however, her primary orientation is client-centered with a focus on the client’s cognitions, emotions, and behavior.
Dr. Pass also has extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Pass has worked in a variety of clinical settings including various governmental agencies such as the Department of Children and Family Services, Social Security Administration, and the Municipal Court. Additionally, Dr. Pass’ other interests include mental health policy and children’s advocacy. By bringing awareness to mental health issues, we can begin to heal and restore families in our community. It is of the upmost importance to assist clients in reaching their personal goals and develop the skill set to maximize their potential, by helping them improve their mental health and overall well-being.
Nancy Miller, LPC, CRC
Licensed Professional Counselor & Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Nancy Miller is a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor with 15 years of clinical experience in the counseling field. She earned her bachelor degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans and her master degree in rehabilitation counseling from Georgia State University. Additionally, she completed a post-graduate counseling internship at Shepherd Pathways, which is part of Shepherd Center continuum of care. Nancy enjoys helping adults and adolescents struggling with life transitions and adjustment difficulties who may also be suffering from anxiety or depression. She has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing all levels of brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions as well as their families. She has led adjustment, emotional regulation and support groups.
Nancy is committed to bridging the gap between clients’ current level of functioning and their potential. She uses cognitive behavioral techniques, positive psychology and her extensive knowledge of brain functioning to develop a treatment philosophy that fosters each person’s healing power to improve emotional, physical and spiritual well- being. Nancy is also fluent in Spanish.
Erin Richter, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Erin Richter, MSW, LCSW, specializes in couples and individual therapy.
Erin aims to provide a space for safe processing in a non-judgmental environment. She comes from a strength-based, compassionate approach when working with clients. She is trauma-informed and uses insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral techniques to support stress reduction and promote enhanced quality of life. Erin invites clients to identify their best selves and supports self-acceptance, healing, intimacy, and the ability to cultivate better relationships
For the last ten years, Erin gained experience in public service working in Veteran’s Administration Hospital Settings and non- profit organizations where she worked with individuals and couples of diverse backgrounds. Erin treats adolescents, young adults, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life changes, and relationship problems. Erin specializes in working with LGBTQI individuals and couples.
Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology from Hampshire College, Amherst Massachusetts, 2003. It was her academic focus on intimate relationships specifically in queer communities at Hampshire College that inspired her to pursue a Masters in Social Work from Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts in 2009.
Samantha Latty, MBA, MS, APC
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Associate Professional Counselor
Samantha aims to create an environment of trust and compassion that is conducive to healing, growth and empowerment. Using a holistic approach to therapy that is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and existentialism, she works side by side with her clients to facilitate exploration and implementation of strategies for healthy change.
Samantha’s background in mental health began at a Rhode Island mental health agency where she worked with children and adults to develop and implement individualized behavior improvement treatment plans. Her passion for mental well-being inspired subsequent psychophysiology research on the mechanism by which mindfulness based treatments can reduce risk of relapse in depression through enhanced emotion regulation. She went on to study the role of mindfulness in teamwork, leadership and the workplace and gain experience in Health & Benefits Consulting before returning to the mental health field as an Associate Professional Counselor. She has spent the past year at Intown Counseling & Wellness working with individual clients, leading groups and conducting comprehensive vocational evaluations.
Samantha earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Economics from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Leighton Gilling, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
For more than a decade, Leighton Gilling has assisted both adolescents and adults through challengeswith depression, grief, trauma, life changes, anxiety, substance use and recovery, relationship issues and identity development. He aims to create a safe, non-judgmental and welcoming space where clients feel comfortable exploring and growing into their most honest selves, with the guidance and support.
Leighton practices from a Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral techniques lens, with a trauma-informed and collaborative-based approach. He believes in forming partnerships with hisclients, where he serves to not only help them gain clarity and understanding of their lives and decision making, but to also challenge them to face impediments and difficulties in order to create a plan of action to best work toward and meet their goals in a healthy and rewarding manner. Originally from Jamaica, Leighton believes strongly in the importance of honoring and embracing diversity, and believes in treating all clients as experts in their own lives, and finding ways to use their unique life experiences for transformative growth and development.
Leighton is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia. He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Central Florida. He earned his master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University.
Monica Bestawros, MAMFT, LMFT
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Monica aspires to establish a healing atmosphere with her clients grounded in a variety of therapeutic interventions including Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy), Family Systems Theory, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Existential Psychology, Psychodynamic Theories, and Art Therapy techniques. She seeks to empowerher clients to become the best versions of themselves, especially during times of adversity. Monica works with her clients to evaluate their life goals and to gain insight and clarity about factors that might influence their success.
Monica’s career in mental health started in 2006 as a contractor for the Department of Children and Family Services. Since that time, Monica has worked with individuals, couples, families, children, and groups in a variety of settings, including private practice, college, outpatient psychiatric centers,inpatient psychiatric hospitals, emergency rooms, and clinics.
Monica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Georgia. Monica received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.