Depression and anxiety practice that specializing in CBT, IFS informed and DBT in Atlanta, Sandy Springs and the state of Georgia.
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Anxiety and Depression therapy in Sandy Springs, Georgia

Feeling stuck? Are you having trouble controlling your thoughts or behaviors?  We are our own biggest critics. Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Our cognitive behavioral therapists at Towler Counseling help clients understand their thoughts and behaviors through cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. The purpose of CBT and DBT is to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and to provide yourself with grace. CBT sessions focus on teaching people skills to interrupt and change negative or problematic thoughts and behaviors that feed into mental health problems. Cognitive behavioral therapists tend to be more structured in their approach. They use sessions to teach specific CBT skills and concepts and encourage the client to apply what they learn in between sessions. Some therapists will assign homework or CBT skills to use outside the session. 

At some point in our lives, we all deal with anxiety, but how we respond to it and deal with it is what matters. Therapy can assist us in learning how to live freely without allowing anxiety to control our lives. We are here to help you take the next step to overcome your anxiety! Therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you break down your anxiety and examine your thoughts. A large amount of research has accumulated on the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. 

Do you feel sluggish or tired with no motivation? Do you find you suffer from seasonal affect disorder? Depression does not have to limit you. CBT and DBT therapies are proven to help. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 264 million people are in need of depression treatment for major depression disorder, which is sometimes referred to as “clinical depression” or just “depression.” In the U.S. alone, more than 17 million adults suffer from depression, and those are only individuals that seek help. Depression does not have to control you. Let us help you overcome depression with treatments that are proven to work! 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT? CBT is a psychotherapeutic treatment used to help people learn to identify and reframe negative or disturbing thoughts. By

breaking down these warped thoughts, clients can more clearly see how negative thoughts affect their behaviors. Then, clients can work to

reframe their thoughts to exert greater control over their behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapists use techniques and skillPaul assists his clients in confronting and healing the underlying causes of addiction. A variety of factors contribute to substance abuse, including anxiety, depression, grief, and many others. Paul also specializes in marriage and family counseling and uses both Gottman and EFT methods in his couples counseling. From couples considering marriage to those who have been together for decades, he works with all types of couples. He works with couples who are dealing with addictions. He uses EFT and other therapy modules to assist clients struggling with life transitions, trust and communication issues, and other relationship and marital struggles that have been proven to reduce depression, anxiety, and an assortment of mental health problems that clients might be facing. CBT therapists will work with clients to understand their past and how that affects their current state of mind. While working through this, clients will be learning skills that can help with faulty thinking, recognize distorted thinking that creates problems, and then reevaluate that thinking. Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others. Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations. Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s abilities. 

Who can benefit from CBT? CBT is proven to be effective for treating a range of problems and mental health conditions, including, but not limited


  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic/anxiety attacks

  • Substance abuse

  • Eating disorders

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Personality disorders

CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. We uses a few of the following strategies to assist our clients. 
Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate them in light of reality.
Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others. Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations. Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities. Breaking down negative thoughts and self-talk.
CBT treatment also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include: Facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them. Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others. Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body. With CBT, clients report a sense of relief that they are able to let go or challenge the negative thinking that has been a part of their life. CBT helps lessen the depression and anxiety that clients feel. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Our therapists are also trained in dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT,  skills which can help clients develop healthy coping mechanisms.

What is DBT? DBT is a psychotherapy approach modified from CBT focused on regulating one’s emotions through self-acceptance and changing negative thought patterns. Therapists that use DBT work specifically on understanding and validating a client’s individual experience. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.

Who can benefit from DBT? DBT can be beneficial in treating a number of problems and mental health conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Eating disorders

  • Substance abuse disorders

  • Mood instability (for all ages, but specifically in teens)

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Life transitions

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Self-harm 

  • With DBT, your therapist will provide you with easy, everyday tools to use. Clients report after completing DBT, they see a change in moods and have the right tools to better deal with depression and anxiety. 

                           Art Therapy

Art therapy is a mental health profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change. You do not have to be a artist or have any artistic talents to benefit from art therapy.
                        IFS Internal Family Systems 

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach to psychotherapy that identifies and addresses multiple sub-personalities or families within each person’s mental system.  The founder of IFS therapy, Dr. Richard Schwartz, thought of the mind as an inner family and began applying techniques to individuals that he usually used with families. The underlying concept of this theory is that we all have several parts living within us that fulfill both healthy and unhealthy roles. Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome.  Life events or trauma, however, can force us out of those healthy roles into extreme roles. These sub-personalities consist of wounded parts and painful emotions such as anger and shame, and parts that try to control and protect the person from the pain of the wounded parts. The sub-personalities are often in conflict with each other and with one’s core Self, a concept that describes the confident, compassionate, whole person that is at the core of every individual. IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create discord among the sub-personalities and the Self. (taken from psy. today) Your first session of IFS therapy will often cover basic information about the process and an initial assessment. Your therapist will ask background questions that will help them better understand what you need help with and what you hope to get out of therapy. The therapeutic relationship is essential for the success of therapy, so it is important to build a comfortable, trusting rapport with your therapist. IFS is used to treat the following disorders: Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Bi-Polar, DID, Eating disorders and Addictions. There are many benefits when seeking help from a trained IFS therapist. IFS works on assisting the client to gain a self-awareness, promotes self-compassion, and help a client better understand who they are. 


Frequently asked questions?

What type of therapy is best for me? 
A great question, that most of us ask. When you call us, we will discuss with you and find which type of therapy and therapist will work best for you and your needs. Our therapist are trained in many areas and we can help guide you to what therapy will be best. 

How long will each session be? Does the different types of therapy determine how long I will be in session?
The first session is around 45-60 minutes. Some first sessions and couple session can be a hour and a half.
No, most of all of our sessions are less than a hour long. 

Can all of theses types of therapy be completed virtually? Yes that can be. 


We specialize in treating a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, addictions,  trauma, motherhood, life changes, postpartum, child therapy, post traumatic trauma, and mood disorders. We help clients in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, and Sandy Springs, Georgia.  


Towler Counseling LLC

8046 Roswell Road Suite 101 C Sandy Springs, GA. 30350

Phone: 404-580-7150 or 770-800-7362