About OCD Georgia
OCD Georgia, Inc., the Georgia affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), was founded in 2011 to increase awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its treatment, provide information to Georgians with OCD and related disorders and their families and friends, and offer OCD educational and outreach programs to mental health professionals and the Georgia community. Through providing resources at the local level, the goal of OCD Georgia is to help reduce the time it takes people suffering from OCD to find the right treatment.
Kathleen McKinney Clark, LPC, President of OCD Georgia, received Master of Science degrees from Georgia State University in Community Counseling and from Richmont Graduate University in Christian Counseling. She is currently working toward a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University, and her current research interests include perfectionism and OCD. Kathleen has provided psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of settings since 1990. She is currently in private practice and is passionate about working with people of all ages who have OCD, and she is particularly interested in OCD spectrum disorders and their co-occurrence with other issues. Kathleen is also on the Board of Directors for OCD Georgia. Please feel to contact her at kathleen (at) ocdgeorgia.org for more information.
Chris Noble, PhD, LPC, the VP of Therapist Outreach and Secretary for OCD Georgia, holds a Master's degree in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology from Emory University, a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. Chris is a therapist at the Anxiety and Stress Management Institute, is active in research on obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, and has presented at both national and international conferences. In addition to her work with OCD, Chris is particularly passionate about obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. She also serves on the Board of Directors for OCD Georgia. To learn more about Chris, please visit her bio on The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute website.
Christy Hall, PsyD, the VP of Member Outreach, obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tulane University and then went on to earn her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco. She completed an APA approved pre-doctoral internship program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and has worked with clients with OCD for several years. In 2009, she completed the Behavior Therapy Training Institute program offered by the International OCD Foundation. In addition, she has an interest in the treatment of children and adults with Trichotillomania. Dr. Hall is currently in private practice in midtown Atlanta and is dedicated to providing education about OCD, education about treatment options, and information about resources in Georgia for those struggling with OCD. Please feel to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kasey Brown, LMSW, the VP of Marketing and Public Relations, received her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Georgia. Kasey is currently in private practice as a therapist at the Georgia Center for OCD & Anxiety where she treats individuals with OCD and other Anxiety Disorders. Kasey also has an interest in related disorders such as trichotillomania, tics/Tourette Syndrome and hoarding. To learn more about Kasey, please visit her bio on the Georgia Center for OCD & Anxiety website.
Charlotte Janis, M.Ed., the VP of Volunteers, is the Career Counselor, Job Lead Developer, and Career Services Director at Parkaire Consultants in Marietta. She works with young adults and older adults who are in career transition and who have neurological disorders such as ADD/ADHD, OCD, Learning differences, Anxiety and Depression, Tourette’s, Mood disorders, Schizophrenia, and individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Charlotte received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Georgia State University with a specialty in Rehabilitation. To learn more about Charlotte, please visit her bio on the Parkaire Consultants website.
Shala Nicely, MS, Co-Founder, Past President, and OCD Spokesperson, has had OCD all of her life and is passionate about helping other people with OCD find the right treatment as quickly as possible. In addition, she experienced such tremendous relief from her OCD symptoms after doing ERP therapy that she decided to go back to school to get a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, so that she could help other people suffering from OCD. Shala is on the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) National Conference Planning Committee. She is honored to have been selected as the keynote speaker for the IOCDF national conference being held in Atlanta in July. Shala is an Associate Counselor at Cornerstone Family Services specializing in OCD and related disorders and anxiety disorders. To learn more about Shala, please visit her website.
Rebecca Beaton, PhD, who has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University, is Co-Founder and Past President of OCD Georgia and a Special Advisor for the organization. She is also the Founder and Director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute. Dr. Beaton has been providing exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy for clients with OCD for many years and is committed to raising awareness of OCD and its treatment. To learn more about Dr. Beaton, please visit her bio on The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute website.
We are looking forward to continuing to build the Georgia team so that we can offer more local programs and be the best resource possible for the Georgia community. If you’d like be a part of this growing team, please contact us at (404) 884-8042 or kathleen (at) ocdgeorgia.org. There are lots of opportunities to get involved!