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AK Counseling and Consulting: Primary Care for your Mind

By Elisha Neubauer

Life isn't always easy. Times get tough, decisions become complicated, and in some cases, tragedy can occur. When traditional coping methods no longer seem to work, working with a trained psychologist can be a beneficial way to get back on track.

Watkinsville's AK Counseling and Consulting first got its start in 2003. The company was founded by Doctors J. Kip Matthews and Angela Londoño-McConnell, both licensed psychologists. "We envisioned a behavioral health practice that would provide a number of services to our local community with an ethical, research-driven and evidence-based focus," Matthews and Londoño-McConnell explain. With that goal, AK Counseling & Consulting, Inc. offers a variety of services including individual counseling, consulting to profit and non-profit organizations, and continuing education programs for health care providers.

Dr. J. Kip Matthews

Dr. Angela Londoño-McConnell

"We believe that each person we serve is a unique individual, with strengths and distinctive life experiences," say Matthews and Londoño-McConnell. It is these individual influences - such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, and physical ability - which impact and influence the various aspects of the person and should be considered in their counseling treatment plans. Situations frequently handled by the established firm include problem-solving in areas of concern and challenge, relationship struggles, anxiety and mood concerns, and challenging life transitions.

"As psychologists, we are experts at helping individuals move towards positive lifestyle changes," say the doctors. The practice is particularly known for career counseling, sport psychology and performance enhancement services, and bilingual counseling (Spanish).

Matthews and Londoño-McConnell believe that mental health needs to take a front seat in any approach to healthcare. "It is critically important for people to think of psychological counseling as primary care," they insist. "Just as you may need to regularly visit the doctor for physicals and check-ups, it can be just as important to surround yourself with the knowledge and expertise that we can provide as psychologists to help people in their personal growth and development."

Dr. Londoño-McConnell and Dr. Matthews are currently listed as spokespersons for the American Psychological Association's Mind-Body Public Education Campaigns and the facility's psychologists regularly serve as guest experts for the media in their fields of expertise. The company also offers continuing education courses to local health care providers which have been approved by National Accrediting Organizations.

AK Consulting and Counseling is located at 1551 Jennings Mill Road, Unit 3100-A in Watkinsville, GA.

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