(404) 874-8536 johnballew@gmail.com

Atlanta Professional Counselor

I’m John Ballew and my passion is helping my clients build happier lives and stronger relationships. I limit the number of individuals and couples I work with so I can provide each with the best possible care and attention. It is my joy to work with all sorts of people with a style that is engaged, supportive and nonjudgmental. I’ve been a professional counselor in private practice Atlanta and licensed by the State of Georgia for more than 25 years. I have a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University. I’m a member of the American Counseling Association.

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office small 2My approach is nonjudgmental and compassionate. One of the great things about being in Atlanta is the opportunity to work with a very diverse community – busy professionals, people of varied economic, ethnic or racial backgrounds, LGBT men and women, people who have relationships or sexual interests that come in all varieties. Our work together is determined by your goals, not a per-conceived or one-size-fits-all approach to emotional health.
Good therapy goes beyond just listening and support. I am engaged with my clients to help them gain greater self-understanding and make the changes that make life better.

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If you’ve never been in counseling or therapy before the process may seem intimidating.  It is important to have the information you need to make a good decision about selecting a therapist.  I welcome your questions about your specific situation or about me and my approach. to therapy.

Making things better can start with an email, or you can call me at (404) 874-8536.

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Feeling stuck?

If you find that the way you’re living no longer works for you, you are not alone.  Life can get off track in ways that leave us feeling anxious or unhappy.  If you’ve struggled without success in the past, maybe it’s time to get a fresh perspective and make some changes.  Counseling, psychotherapy and coaching are tools available to make your life healthier, happier and more meaningful.

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Relationship problems and couples counseling.

Whether it’s the challenge of dating or of strengthening a healthy relationship, our intimate relationships are sometimes places where we experience both joy and heartache. Human beings are built for relationships — but that doesn’t mean they are easy or simple. Sometimes relationship counseling or coaching can help. Whether it’s finding a partner, learning to communicate more effectively or figuring out how to fulfill one another’s needs, sometimes a fresh perspective is needed to get us back on track.

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Depression and anxiety

Treating depression and anxiety.

Everyone gets “the blues” from time to time, but if you find yourself feeling hopeless and unhappy for more than a few weeks, or if anxiety has become a problem, it’s likely time to get help from a psychotherapist.  Similarly, stress is a part of life – unavoidable and with us to varying degrees on most days.  But if stress has become a problem, getting help may be needed to get life back on track.  We’ll work together, side-by-side, to make life better.

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Resolutions, continued

What else can help to get the New Year off to a good start, creating and sustaining the sort of life you want? Expect change. Strive to live life on life’s terms, not your own. That means not throwing an emotional tantrum when you’re thrown a curve ball. Nothing lasts... read more