Welcome to Intown Counseling & Wellness. Our clinical staff is composed of a diverse team of highly-trained and specialized clinicians, each possessing a wide range of expertise and experience. You will find our staff includes licensed professional counselors (LPC), certified rehabilitation counselors (CRC), psychologists (Ph.D./Psy.D.), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). We understand that every individual is unique, and that’s why we have carefully selected our staff to ensure that we can meet the diverse needs of our clients. Our seasoned clinicians are passionate about their work and committed to helping you navigate life’s challenges. With their extensive training and experience, they bring a wealth of knowledge and skills. Our therapists are also committed to provide a safe, nurturing and affirming environment where you can feel comfortable to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Our specialized clinicians are equipped to address a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction, trauma, difficulty focusing, grief, and so much more.
At Intown Counseling & Wellness, we believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship. The magic of therapy occurs through human connection with someone who can use their professional training and experience, perspective, and objectivity to guide you. We invite you to explore the staff bios below to get a better understanding of the various areas of interest and expertise that our clinicians offer. We are confident that you will find a clinician who resonates with you and can provide the support and guidance you need on your journey towards wellness.
To schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment using your computer, phone or tablet, please call (404) 478-9890 or email us at [email protected]. To expedite an appointment request, please make your request using our website, http://intowncounseling.com/contact-us/. We generally process appointment inquiries Monday – Friday between 10 am – 6 pm. One of our staff members will match you with one of our therapists. Day or evening appointments are available Monday – Friday, and some of our clinical staff provide services on Saturdays.
Scott J. Leenan, MS, LPC, CRC
Executive Director, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, intensively trained in DBT
Scott Leenan’s approach to psychotherapy is rooted in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), 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 and priorities, beliefs, goals, and perceptions of reality. He also works with clients on stress management, personal growth and development, finding purpose, and cultivating balance and motivation. In every encounter, Scott seeks to understand what his clients want and need out of life, and help them to pursue those goals by actively listening, teaching, and encouraging.
For the past several years, Scott has led numerous dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills groups, drawing on a variety of effective treatments – including cognitive behavior 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.
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, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. For many years, Scott worked for several licensed psychologists, assisting with a variety of psychological, psycho-educational and forensic evaluations. He administered, scored and helped interpret a wide array of psychological assessments used for diagnostic clarification and treatment planning and recommendations. At the very beginning of his career in the mental health industry, he volunteered and worked at a national and local crisis hotline. While in college he worked for several years at a medical-surgical hospital, working both in the cardiac care/ telemetry unit and acute psychiatric unit.
Scott Leenan is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). For many years, Scott has mentored and supervised new counselors entering the field and was previously a certified professional counselor supervisor (CPCS). Scott received his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Georgia State University. He was intensively trained in DBT under the direction of Dr. Michael Maslar, director of the mindfulness and behavior therapies clinic at Northwestern University, and studied cognitively-based compassion training (CBCT) through the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.
Michelle DeVaul, MS, LPC
Senior Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
Michelle DeVaul is passionate about helping others on their journey towards holistic wellness. She helps her clients increase their self-awareness, as well as discover and develop personal strengths and capabilities through talk therapy. Michelle primarily draws on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing to help her clients recognize faulty beliefs and unresolved past experiences that manifest in maladaptive responses in their present day lives. These negative distortions create barriers to living one’s best life, and Michelle helps her clients cultivate awareness and insight.
Michelle DeVaul is a licensed professional counselor. Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in textile design with a minor in psychology from Syracuse University. She obtained her master’s degree in professional counseling from Argosy University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Michelle completed her graduate practicum at the Fulton County Center for Health and Rehabilitation, where she provided group and individual substance abuse treatment. She obtained extensive experience providing community-based services to youth and adults while working with the Department of Family & Children Services and various juvenile courts within the Atlanta metropolitan area. She also completed training in cognitive processing therapy and military culture training through the Center of Deployment Psychology. Michelle is 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 community projects.
Nancy Miller, MS, LPC, CRC
Senior Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Nancy Miller is a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor with 20+ years of clinical experience in the counseling field. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans and her master’s 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 with their families. Additionally, she previously led adjustment, emotional regulation and several support groups. Nancy is committed to bridging the gap between her clients’ current level of functioning and their potential. She primarily pulls from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Her treatment philosophy fosters the belief that each person’s healing power to improve emotional, physical and spiritual well-being lies within. Nancy is also fluent in Spanish.
Cassandra Lettenberger-Klein, Ph.D., LMFT
Senior Therapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Dr. Cassandra Lettenberger-Klein is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She 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 the 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, she has experience in leading parenting groups, and has also co-facilitated couple group therapy with her husband, Daniel Lettenberger-Klein, M.S., LMFT.
Dr. Lettenberger-Klein’s areas of expertise include couples experiencing relational discord or those interested in pre-marital treatment; families facing divorce/separation; families 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, she 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. Additionally, she 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.
Nichole Pass, Psy.D.
Dr. Nicole Davis Pass is a licensed psychologist. She earned a master’s 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. Dr. Pass 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. Dr. Pass’s 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.
Samantha Latty, MBA, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Samantha Latty works with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, relationship challenges, post-traumatic stress and those wanting to feel more safe, comfortable and confident in their own skin. Using a holistic approach to counseling, she helps her clients develop kinder and more compassionate relationships with themselves as they explore aspects of their lives, patterns and strategies that are no longer serving them. Samantha helps her clients identify, grow and utilize their strengths and internal resources to develop more positive and effective habits for a healthy and fulfilling life.
Samantha aims to create an environment of trust and compassion that is conducive to healing, growth and empowerment. Using a holistic approach to counseling, she combines talk therapy with somatic awareness and movement techniques to access non-verbal parts of the brain and harness the innate wisdom of the body. She works collaboratively with her clients to explore their cognitive and somatic narratives, cultivate strengths, develop healthy coping mechanisms and process and release trauma so they may experience more comfortable and fulfilling lives. She has a gentle style and honors and respects individuals’ unique differences.
While honoring what is important to clients at the time of each session and allowing space for what organically arises, she utilizes techniques from sensorimotor psychotherapy and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Both modalities offer insights and tools for acknowledging and accepting current challenges as well as working toward positive change and transformation. Sam has a gentle yet analytic style which shows honor and respect for the unique differences of others. She aims to meet folks where they are and, with compassion and curiosity, help them move toward their goals.
Samantha’s background in mental health began at a Rhode Island mental health agency where she worked with children and adults to develop behavior improvement treatment plans. While in New England, she also conducted psychophysiological research, focusing on mindfulness-based treatments for depression and the role of mindfulness in leadership. Sam then worked in health & benefits consulting before returning to the mental health field as a counselor. She has worked with individual clients at Intown Counseling & Wellness since 2017. Sam 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 degree in neuroscience and economics from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Leighton Gilling, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
For more than a decade, Leighton Gilling has assisted both adolescents and adults through challenges with depression, grief, trauma, life changes, anxiety, substance use and recovery, relationship issues and identity development. Leighton understands the importance of providing a safe, non-judgmental, and welcoming space for his clients. He believes that growth occurs within an environment of trust and support. With Leighton, you will find a compassionate ally who encourages and guides you throughout your journey. Leighton’s primary therapeutic modalities include person-centered therapy (Rogerian therapy), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and he is committed to a trauma-informed and collaborative-based practice, recognizing the significance of trauma in shaping one’s experiences. Leighton forges genuine partnerships with his clients, assisting them in gaining clarity and understanding, while empowering them to confront challenges head-on. Together, you and he will create a personalized action plan to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals in a healthy and rewarding manner.
Leighton is a licensed professional counselor. 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. Born and raised in Jamaica, Leighton values and embraces diversity. He believes that every client is an expert in their own life, possessing unique perspectives and life experiences that can be harnessed for transformative growth and development. With Leighton, you will be treated with the utmost respect and cultural sensitivity, ensuring that your individuality is honored throughout the therapeutic process.
Monica Bestawros, MAMFT, LMFT
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 Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Existential Psychology, Psychodynamic Theories and Art Therapy techniques. She seeks to empower her 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 when she worked 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). Monica obtained her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Richmont Graduate University and a bachelor in political science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Colin Freeland, MS, LAPC, NCC, MAC, CACII
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Level II state board Certified Addiction Counselor
Colin Freeland provides individual therapy to young adults and adults experiencing a range of concerns including substance use, trauma, depression, identity development, difficult life transitions, and the unique stressors that individuals face, as well as the often not-so-healthy ways we deal with them. Colin also enjoys helping people find clarity when they may not have their finger on exactly what they hope to work on, yet know they are seeking growth and change.
Colin provides a warm and inviting space to explore these feelings and experiences in session so that individualized goals can be developed. He believes therapy isn’t just for when things feel difficult, it can also be beneficial for people seeking insight into their worldviews, interpersonal patterns, and self-concept. Colin’s approach to counseling is person-centered and emphasizes trust, connection, and authenticity in the relationship, while highlighting and reconnecting people to their intrinsic strengths to help them attain optimal wellness. He also utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing.
Colin is a graduate of Mercer University’s clinical mental health counseling program. He also has extensive substance use training as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) and a Level II state board Certified Addiction Counselor (CACII). Additionally, he holds credentials as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and has intensive training in treating trauma and related symptoms with Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR (S.A.F.E.).