Deanna Granger, M. Ed, LPC, DCC, CAMS, CPCS
In order for you to begin to become comfortable with counseling services, it is important for you to have some knowledge about the person who will be providing services.
I have had the pleasure of servicing individuals in the counseling profession for over 15 years. Currently a licensed professional counselor and certified professional counselor supervisor, I received a Master’s in Counselor Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. During this time, I was a member of Chi Sigma Iota, a counseling honor society. My undergraduate studies were in Social Work, with a minor in Psychology from Southern University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I am a current member of many different organizations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia and Louisiana, the National Association for Professional Women, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. It is important to me to act as an advocate for clients serviced in addition to providing effective counseling services.
I enjoy counseling because it gives me an opportunity to help others as well as meet new and exciting people. I see counseling as a process in which the Client and the Counselor develop a relationship of trust and understanding by building rapport, identifying the problem, and developing solutions/goals feasible for your journey of change. My approach toward “mental wellness” in my professional and personal life is as follows: (1) What is important to you to be in a state of “calmness and mental well-being”, (2) What emotions can you tap into to achieve this goal, and (3) What goals or steps can you take to achieve this goal.
I am interested in working with families from a systemic (outside and inside resources working together) approach. The understanding of my way of thinking was introduced to me in Counseling Theories. In this class, I was able to understand how I view the world and what my theoretical approach is going to be. It linked my understanding of thinking to a theoretical approach. In other words, counseling education gave me insight into how I can effectively help clients in my own way.
Question to You
What affects change in individuals? Change happens by focusing on how outside systems affect the individual. My passion is assisting clients in realizing this so they can understand how this affects them. I have always liked working in the profession of counseling and believe outside systems trigger our positive and negative reactions in life.
My main focus is to create a safe and inviting way for you to achieve goals that assist you in leading a productive life.
George Granger is a native of Ne w Orleans, Louisiana and has had the pleasure of servicing individuals in the mentoring profession for over 10 years. His journey began after observing a need for this profession in his New Orleans neighborhood. He became a founding member of the organization, Brothers on a Mission, and served as the Vice President, Program Director of Recreational Activities, and member of this organization for nine years. During his time, he was instrumental in developing after school programs for elementarygrade youth. After receiving recognition for his efforts, he then assisted in the organization of after school programs for neighborhood community centers in the Greater New Orleans area. George also acted in the role of assistant coach for the New Orleans Recreational Department to assist in providing youth with learning social skills in a team setting through participation in social activities. In addition to servicing after school programs, George has also embedded himself as a motivational leader and male role model for single-parent households to aid in providing positive skill building for at-risk youth. George has also been a devoted volunteer at various churches and lower income neighborhood areas in the Greater Atlanta area to assist at-risk youth withdeveloping a positive determine to succeed.
George currently provides mentoring services in the Greater Atlanta, Southwest Georgia, and Louisiana regions to assist young males with overcoming barriers of low socioeconomic status, educational challenges, poor social bonding, and other major factors that contribute to aggressive tendencies among our youth. George provides conflict management and social skill building to assist our youth with being productive both mentally and physically in our society. In addition, George also works with various out-based community mental health teams in the Greater Atlanta area as a family support partner. His duties include assisting the families with gaining family cohesiveness by providing cognitive-behavioral teaching strategies for developing tools necessary to cope with kids with serious mental health disorders.