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Our Team of Counselors & Staff

Our Team of Counselors & Staff

Hello, I'm Jodie Ward

I enjoy working with individuals and couples. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationships. I practice from a strengths-based perspective and believe that therapy should be a safe space where clients feel supported and validated to express their feelings.

I am a Georgia Southern University double eagle with a Bachelor of Sociology and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working with college students and adults, most recently interning at Savannah College of Art and Design. I am a National Certified Counselor and am currently under clinical supervision as I work toward my Licensed Professional Counselor certification in Georgia.

Along with my husband and five children, I have called Savannah home since 2017. I love this community and am honored to be part of the Water’s Edge Counseling team.

Appointments are limited - please call for availability. 912.319.5552

Hello, I'm Alli Negaard

I have experience working with individuals and couples. My areas of expertise include trauma, substance use, sexual and domestic violence, depression, and anxiety. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and would be happy to explore this option with clients if appropriate.

 I believe in taking a holistic approach with a client when starting therapy in order to gain a full picture of the difficulties one is experiencing and adapting to a client’s needs and desires as their time in therapy progresses. Taking the first step to come to therapy can be intimidating so creating a safe and open space to process is my hope throughout the therapeutic process.

I am a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where I earned my Masters of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling as well as a Bachelors of Psychology and Religious Studies. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia as well as Virgina.  I am also credentialed as a National Certified Counselor.

I am honored to be on the Waters Edge Counseling team and serving the Savannah community. I look forward to meeting with you!

Appointments are limited - please call for availability. 912.319.5552

Hello, I'm Katie Clay

I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with children and their family system. I have passionate about helping military personnel and their loved ones, as I have personal experience in this area. I have worked with individuals struggling with a variety of addiction issues. My goal is to restore and strengthen one's current relationships. I help clients address their difficulties in order to improve their overall lifestyle.

I received my Master's of Science from Columbus State University in Community Counseling. During my Master's program, I completed a year long internship at the Chaplain Counseling Center in Fort Benning, where I had the privilege of working with military personnel and their families providing couples, family, and individual counseling. Post Master's, I worked with families affected by the foster care system in Macon. I am trained in several trauma-informed therapy interventions such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. I am also trained in Dan Wilde's Collaborative Couples Counseling. I am fully licensed in counseling in the state of Georgia and am a practicing LPC. Recently, I acquired my Clinical Supervision Certification and enjoy helping other therapists grow while they work toward their LPC.

I am originally from metro Atlanta but lived in Fort Riley, Kansas, and Fort Benning while my husband was serving in the Army.  I love working at Water's Edge Counseling and look forward to serving this community! Appointments are limited - please call for availability. 912.319.5552

Hello, I'm Logan Cheong

Logan Cheong

I enjoy helping clients work through trauma, grief, anxiety and life transitions. I also offer marriage counseling and enjoy bring couples together. 

I have a Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. While working at Waters Edge Counseling, I am under supervision working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

In my practicum and internship experience, I worked at Unbound Grace Ministries, a recovery ministry. I worked with clients in recovery and also family members impacted by addiction. I also served clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and life stressors. I am here to provide a safe space for clients and walk through the difficulties of life with you. 

I was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, and am a 2010 graduate of Savannah Country Day School. For my undergraduate degree, I attended the University of Georgia and majored in Exercise and Sports Science. My former career in medical sales eventually led me to Birmingham, Alabama. In the past two years, I changed career paths and am currently pursuing my dream job as a counselor.

I am appreciative of being a member of the Waters Edge Counseling team, and I look forward to
partnering with you. Please call 912.319.5552 or email to make an appointment with Logan.

Hello, I'm Derrick Campbell

derrick | counseling for teenagers in savannah, ga | therapist near me | 31405 | 31401 | 31411| 31406

With over 15 years of experience in providing guidance and support to both adolescents and adults, I utilize an integrative, solution-based, and plain talk approach to assist clients with finding the best versions of themselves. I believe in building strong therapeutic relationships based on trust, caring, and respect to form partnerships rooted in meeting the individual’s needs.

I am a graduate of The University of the Southwest where I obtained my Master of Science in
Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In addition to the educational components of the graduate
program, I was tasked with learning, understanding, and demonstrating the tenets of servant
leadership. I hold a National Counselor Certification and I am currently under clinical supervision as
a Georgia licensed Associate Professional Counselor.

Let me help you navigate the challenges that can sometimes accompany daily life. I look forward to
partnering with you. Please call 912.319.5552 or email to make an appointment with Derrick.

Hello, I'm Julie Roberts

Julie RobertsI am fond of working with adults and couples, and also enjoy working with older children (13 and up) as well. My main focus areas are grief, loss, substance abuse, and depression, but I am experienced in dealing with clients who have a myriad of concerns.

I am a certified palliative care, oncology and clinical social worker who believes in the benefit of improving quality-of-life for persons living with serious and chronic illness. I am proud and fortunate to be transitioning to a clinical therapy role.

I graduated from Bowling Green University with a BA and went on to receive my Masters in Guidance and Counseling (with a Focus in Mental Health and Substance Abuse). I got my Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and also my Masters in Research (Research and Palliative Care) from Lancaster University in the UK.

I have 24 years of social work experience in acute care and hospice.  I am licensed in Georgia, Ohio and Michigan and am also available for Clinical Supervision as I am also an LCSW.  I am excited to join the Waters Edge team and looking forward to meeting you.

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Hello, I'm Leigh Serroka

This is a picture of Leigh Serroka, a counselor near you in Savannah, Ga 31401I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and college students in therapy. I believe therapy is a safe space where we can discuss current issues and practice different strategies and develop healthy habits and relationships.

I received a Bachelor of Human Development in Childhood and Adolescence from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Social Work from George Mason University. I have over five years of experience working with children and teens in multiple settings including schools, residential centers and in client's homes. I am currently working toward my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification.

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Hello, I’m Gamu Postell

Counselor Gamu Postell

I love to help children, teenagers, and college students work through life’s challenges and struggles. Anxiety and depression are real issues that young people face, especially during major life events and transitions. I enjoy providing the tools and support they need to work through their emotions in order to help them succeed in all areas of their lives. In addition, I know that oftentimes parents need extra support and direction as their children and loved ones sort through their struggles. I not only treat the client but also help the family to find resources and skills to assist their child.

Based on the client’s presenting concern, I create a specific plan to address each problem. I give treatment based on the needs and age of the client. For example, I use play therapy techniques to help children resolve internal conflicts that create unwanted symptoms. I find that children and adolescents enjoy art therapy and storytelling to help accomplish treatment goals. I have been known to pull out the sand tray with younger children. With college students, I focus more on talk therapy and give specific skills to help face challenges. My goal in therapy is to create a safe space that enables clients to explore difficult feelings and help increase their resilience and sense of self.

I completed my Masters in Education at the University of Cambridge in England where I trained as an Integrative Counselor and Psychotherapist. The foundation of my work is Person-Centered, but I also use other therapeutic techniques such as Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  I am currently a counselor under supervision as I pursue my license in the state of Georgia. My work experience includes working in a mental health treatment center and working in high schools with students. Because I grew up and worked in one of the most diverse cities in the world (London), I have a lot of experience working with families and young people from diverse backgrounds.

I moved to Savannah from London to be with my husband who is local and serves in the National Guard. I am excited to be part of Water's Edge Counseling and honored to work alongside such extraordinary professionals who serve the community so well.

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Hello, I'm Amanda Baskin

I love working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in therapy. I aim to encourage and empower each and every one of my clients to achieve their goals. I advocate for therapy being a collaborative effort between the therapist and client, regardless of the client’s age. 

I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Georgia College and State University. I then obtained a Masters in Social Work and a Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate from the University of Georgia. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Georgia. I have worked with clients in a variety of outpatient settings, including providing individual, group, and family therapies. 

In my practice, I apply a strengths-based approach for all my clients, as I have found that each client I have worked with has more to offer than they realize. I apply a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as Play Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoeducation, and Solution-Focused Therapy. In the past, I also provided social skills-based therapy for children and adolescents. Appointments are limited - please call for availability. 912.319.5552

 

Hello, I'm Hunter Bickers

Hunter Bickers

I work with adults and adolescents and focus mainly on substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and trauma. I strive to encourage clients and help them overcome obstacles in their lives while aiding them develop lasting coping skills to do so. I believe that everyone has the answers within them. Sometimes we just need a little help finding them. I team up with clients to create a positive relationship that can help them overcome issues and reach their goals.

I received a Bachelor of History from the University of Georgia. I then obtained a Masters in Counseling and Development from Lamar University. I am a Certified Master Addiction Counselor with the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings, including providing individual, group, and family therapies. My therapeutic approach comes from cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, solution focused therapy, and reality therapy.

I most recently served as a Substance Abuse Counselor with Penfield Addiction Ministries for over three years. Helping people is my passion, and I look forward to hearing about how I can work with you. Click here to make an appointment with Hunter.

Hello, I’m Camie Goodes

I am passionate about helping individuals and families struggling in the trenches of life’s issues. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I help clients dealing with trauma anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and angry outbursts.  I enjoy working with clients suffering from a variety of personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder. I work with couples by providing a variety of techniques to decrease destructive patterns. Partners learn tools to build and rebuild their relationship.

Although I have experience with an array of issues, I am most passionate about couples in conflict, disengaged families, individuals with substance abuse, and those healing from sexual infidelity and addiction. I provide a wide variety of counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Systems Approach, Psychoeducation, and meditation. I also offer Christian counseling to those that are wanting a faith-based perspective in their healing.

I am a graduate of Liberty University where I earned my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. I have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor as well. In addition to counseling, I have helped organize a mental health camp for children and adolescents in need, led support groups, and helped couples find healing within relationships.  Additionally, I enjoy teaching and working with families to better understand the specific needs of their loved one.

I am honored to be a part of The Water’s Edge Team, and I look forward to working with you!!

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Hello, I’m Lisa Clark

I have worked in the mental health field for a number of years, and am passionate about providing a
safe environment where clients and their families can feel heard and supported on a consistent
basis. I provide services for teenagers and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, family issues,
and eating disorders.

Prior to joining the team at Waters Edge Counseling, I worked at both inpatient
and outpatient settings, providing individual and group therapy. I also spent some time in hospital
management and treatment program development.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I received a Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1988, and obtained a Master of Arts in
Community Counseling from The University of Maryland in 1990. I am also a Certified Professional
Counselor Supervisor in the State of Georgia, and offer clinical supervision to those working towards
licensure.
It is a privilege to be a part of the Waters Edge team and I look forward to working with you.

Click here to make an appointment with Lisa.

Hello, I'm Whitney Owens

I enjoy working with both adults and adolescents on an individual basis. I have experience working with those suffering from depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviors, identity formation, relational issues, and other mood disorders. I use a variety of therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy.

I have been seeing clients since 2009 in a variety of settings. While earning my Master in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University, I saw young adults at a residential treatment facility. In 2010 I moved to Colorado where I spent four years working at an inpatient and day treatment facility. Also while in Colorado, I joined a group practice and saw teenagers and adults.

In 2014 I moved back to Savannah and started Water's Edge Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and a member of the American Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia.

In addition to counseling, I also offer a number of other services including trainings and speaking engagements. I have been invited to local organizations such as churches and schools to educate on leadership, adolescent issues, parenting, family concerns, and mental health. As well, I have spoken at retreats focused on helping women heal and find themselves. I have also spoken at youth meetings to adolescents. Please let me know about your next event and how I can help. Appointments are limited - please call for availability. 912.319.5552

Hello, I'm Missy Chapman

Missy Chapman represents a counselor near you in Savannah, GA

I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families in therapy. I believe in creating a space where people feel comfortable in seeking support that can create healing as well as develop healthy lifestyles.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Longwood University in Farmville, VA. I recently finished my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. I am comfortable working with both couples and individuals to achieve their therapeutic goals. 

Previously, I have worked in therapy with families involved in the court systems. I also have experience in providing behavioral therapy to children with Autism.

I am excited to be working with Waters Edge Counseling and I look forward to hearing from you! Please call 912.319.5552 or email to make an appointment with Missy.

Hello, I'm Lisa Gardner

Intake Specialist Lisa Gardner

I am in the business of helping people. In my role as Director of Operations for Waters Edge Counseling, I can do just that. As a former Dental Assistant, school Administrative Assistant and Front Desk Manager, I have a vast amount of experience in talking with people from all walks of life. And, being a people person, I have found a great spot with Waters Edge Counseling.

Originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, I eventually made my way down south to Savannah and have enjoyed building a life here with my husband, Kip, and our two children, Olivia and Kade. I am passionate about family life but also like a good work-life balance.

When you call Waters Edge Counseling, I will most likely be your first point-of-contact. I strive to make everyone feel at ease and help you find what you're looking for in a counselor. I am so happy to have joined the Waters Edge Counseling team and look forward to talking with you.

Hello, I'm Sarah Labrot

Sarah Labrot, Marketing Director of Water's Edge Counseling

Driven by a desire to help other people and over 15 years of marketing experience, the Marketing Director position at Water’s Edge Counseling is perfect for me. I am dedicated to getting our message out to as many people as possible. Whether it be through social media, website updates, e-newsletters, outreach and more, I strive to connect our therapists with the individuals in need of their help. 

In the past, I have worked at Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Bars, Jaguar, MillerCoors and many more while living in Chicago. A couple of years ago I went back to school at Georgia Tech to become a Full Stack Developer. Since then I have created and managed websites in the low country, and enjoyed adding another skillset to my marketing expertise. 

I am so excited to apply this knowledge and experience to our mission at Water’s Edge Counseling. At the end of the day, whatever challenges you are facing matter and you are not alone.