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My professional background:
The human condition has always been a deep interest of mine, so naturally, I became a psychotherapist. I have been in the field of mental health and psychotherapy since earning my Master's degree in Community Counseling from Georgia State University in 1986. My Professional Counselor license, number 1731, was first earned in 1991. Extensive hospital, clinic and private practice work has given me a wide range of training and experience. I have received specialized trainings in cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential psychology, trauma informed therapy, grief therapy, dual diagnosis disorders, and much more. This learning has helped me to help many hundreds of people for well over 30 years.
I am a long-standing member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, with certification as a professional counselor supervisor.
My therapeutic philosophy:
A belief I hold dear is that we can learn to become more mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually healthy and whole, regardless of past or present circumstances. My aim is to use whatever therapeutic modalities fit the individual’s needs to empower them to work through barriers to happiness and health; to connect with their inner strengths and become Whole.
Counseling can help with alleviating the symptoms of:
Stress (I like helping people improve self-care and stress management!)
Anxiety and panic attacks
Grief and loss
Trauma, especially complex trauma
Recovery maintenance to assist with sobriety.
Founded in 2001, G.R.E.A.T. D.A.Y. (GA Resources, Education, Advocacy, and Treatment for Deaf Adults and Youth) served as a counseling and resource provider to the general public. Our special focus and experience was serving people who communicate in Sign Language, as well as their families and communities.
Since 2020, Great Day is the private practice of Kinga Rose Sherrill, LPC, accepting private insurance and private pay. Sign Language users with Medicaid or Medicare seeking counseling and case management are eligible to receive accessible services from Avita Community Partners. Avita provides services throughout the State of Georgia. Referral forms are available HERE. Paper and online referral forms can then be found on the Dropdown Menu by selecting Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Great Day Works, LLC: From 2017 to 2020, Great Day Works provided vocational rehabilitation training and support services to individuals with hearing loss and developmental disabilities. Great Day Works helped many clients find fulfilling work in their communities until the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alexis Whalen was a founding member of Great Day. Her energy, enthusiasm and ready laughter were always contagious. Without her vision and motivation there would be no Great Day. As a skilled and committed licensed clinical counselor, Ms. Whalen made a positive impact with her loving energy on the many adults, children, adolescents and their families with whom she worked and on those she came in contact with. She passed away too soon at the age of 42, after a long illness, on January 1, 2009, and leaves behind her husband and young children, Oscar and Sophie. She is loved and sorely missed.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Great Day is utilizing the confidential tele-health application TherapyMate, and is currently scheduling limited in-person sessions.
Call 404-377-9224 or go to Contact Us at bottom of page to send an email. Sign Language users call VP 404-381-8421.
Mental health counseling, also known as psychotherapy, is a shared effort between the counselor and the individual, family or couple. Professional counselors help consumers:
People may see a counselor to resolve issues that result from a particular situation, such as the death of a loved one, divorce of parents, or the loss of a job. Other times, people may need to seek counseling to deal with issues that have been on-going problems, such as continued sadness or depression, substance abuse, anger, or feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious. Whatever the reason, counseling can help a person deal with their feelings and resolve the problems causing emotional pain.
ADHD - Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common childhood brain disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.
Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). These symptoms can make it difficult for a child with ADHD to succeed in school, get along with other children or adults, or finish tasks at home.
Anxiety is a reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive. A person with anxiety disorder may have difficulty controlling it and the continued anxiety may negatively affect their day-to-day living. Anxiety disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder to name a few. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans.
Bipolar disorder — sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania.
Depression is more than just having “bad day” or a normal response to grief or loss. Depression is a mood disorder that affects the individual as well as families and friends. A severe form called Major Depression frequently goes unrecognized and untreated and may lead to impaired interpersonal relationships at work and at home, as well as tragic consequences such as suicide.
This disorder is still misunderstood as a sign of weakness, rather than being recognized as an illness. It is diagnosed when at least five of the symptoms below are present continuously for more than two weeks: