Affirming Mental Health Therapy
Maybe you don't feel like you have that courage right now, and that's ok. We're here to help.
We understand that expressing yourself isn't as easy as buying that pair of Converse you've been longing for, or throwing up an Instagram post with an inspiring quote (something like "be yourself - everyone else is taken!")
Loving, and living as, your true self is challenging sometimes, but absolutely worth it.
We created our Georgia-based affirming therapy practice to help you handle the challenges and reap the rewards of living life your way.
When you lean in to who you are, you start living life more vividly, more boldly, and more fully than ever before. Our mission is to help you get there.
We all wonder if we’re good enough sometimes
If you've ever wondered if you’re good enough, or whether people you love will accept the true you, you're not alone. Many of us wrestle with fear of rejection sometimes. It's a frightening place to be. Being afraid that our friends, colleagues, and even our family will reject us is enough to leave anyone stressed or depressed. Sometimes we even feel like who we are isn't enough. Our identity becomes a burden.
It doesn't have to be this way
Here at True You Southeast, we firmly believe that living fully and openly as yourself is possible.
We also know hearing that might be challenging. After all, it's easy for us to say that being yourself is the best way to enjoy your life, but actually doing it is much harder.
Fall in love with taking care of yourself
We’re here to listen, and believe
You might feel like you don't know where to start, or where to turn for help. Or perhaps you're unsure about trying therapy. That's completely normal, too. You might have some preconceived ideas about therapy (possibly involving lying on a couch.) Before they start therapy our clients sometimes tell us that they're worried about being judged, or not knowing what to say.
That's why the core principles of our practice are non-judgment, acceptance, and affirmation. We believe you when you tell us who you are.
The simple act of sitting with someone and being heard, seen, and acknowledged is powerful and affirming. If you don't know what to say or how to start, that's ok. We gently guide the conversation, and if you need quiet time to simply think and ponder, that's ok too.
Finding the courage to meet any challenge
We're not going to give you platitudes about living from your heart, or anything like that. We know that life isn't always easy. Some days are challenging. The aim of therapy isn't to take away obstacles, because they're part of life. Instead, we help you discover real, practical ideas and tools you can use to navigate life with grit, grace and joy.
This isn't about changing who you are at your core
It's about affirming who you are, so you can express that more fully. We use a range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques (including cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions focused therapy, and DBT) to bring you into a closer and more loving relationship with yourself.
We work with people from all walks of life. We're LGBTQ and transgender-affirming and all our therapists have been trained in working with the LGBTQ and transgender communities. Our practice is also non-religious, and open to people of all faiths, and none. We also accept insurance.
Life doesn't have to feel heavy and gray. Love and appreciation for who you are, and the courage to live from that, are possible.
You deserve to be yourself. Would you like to explore how we can help you do that?
Meet Our Team
MS, LPC, CRC, NCC
James Elliott, MS, LPC, CRC, NCCMental pain can be as be as bad as physical pain. If you have ever been stuck, felt helpless, desperate, or shamed, you know that it can be truly immobilizing. Anxiety, depression, and trauma can make moving forward, or simply being in the moment, seem unbearable. The right therapist can help you move through this. I can Read more
Shama Panjwani, LPC, NCC, CCMHCStress, depression, and anxiety are more normal than you think. When you experience issues in one area of your life, the rest can also suffer. The struggle you experience as you work on determining your identity, how to handle any trauma, and how to live in a genuine manner can leave you feeling lost, alone, Read more
Katie LeikamGender Therapist & LGBTQ Specialist Helping people live authentically is something that I have loved doing all my life. I am passionate about working with the LGBTQIA community, particularly people who are transgender and queer. If you need a gender therapist, I can help you with your transition. If you are experiencing anxiety or are Read more