Sonya Waddell, LPC, DCC
Specializing in Anxiety and Trauma
Online Counseling is now offered

  Let me guess, you want someone that gets you. That understands what you have been struggling with. Someone that understands that you can be sitting down, calm and all of a sudden, your heart begins to beat rapidly for no reason and you are in a panic. Someone that understands that when you lay down to sleep that you cannot because of the bombardment of thoughts. Someone that understands you do not want worry to consume your life, but you do not know how to stop the thoughts. Someone that can help you to stop feeling stuck due to the past trauma. Someone that understands that you did study but when you sit down to take the test your mind goes blank.

I understand.
Do you worry a lot?

Do you prefer therapy in the comfort of your home?

Does all of a sudden your heart begins to pound out of your chest?

Do you frequently have panic attacks for no reason?

Has an event happened in your past and you feel stuck?
           If you answered yes to any of these questions.
                                     Give me a call!
                          THERE IS HOPE!
                           Call: 678-374-9727​​
* Individual Therapy (in person, ages 13 and up)
*Online Counseling (ages 20 and up)
*Family Therapy 
​*Christian Counseling

What makes us different? Dove Counseling Center uses Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT) which is a technique that is used to help clients resolve challenges they are facing rapidly. Some clients have had challenges resolved in one session. Others have seen amazing results in 1 to 6 sessions. This process is painless, which helps the client eliminate the emotional pain without reliving the traumatic or stressful event by telling the therapist over and over again. Clients are able to eliminate negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors which bring peace to the soul.

"Sonya was one of the names I was given through my employer's Employee Assistance Program. After speaking with her and one other, I was impressed with her warm and caring attitude. Once I was under her care, she immediately knew how to treat me and my anxiety. Through her visual tools and her scripture verses, she was able to help me focus on recovery instead of what was causing the anxiety. She also explained to me in terms I could understand why the anxiety/panic attacks were happening and how to gain control and move past them. Sonya was easy to talk to, kind, considerate, and sympathetic. She also has a gift of being able to discern what is happening and summarize and synthesize and give valuable feedback. She found her true calling!" 
C. C. Marietta


Mary’s chest is beating fast, she can’t breathe, is gasping for air, and she believes she’s having a heart attack. This is a very common thought when this is someone’s first time experiencing a panic attack. You cannot have a panic attack and a heart attack at the same time. Why do panic attacks happen? The mind is very powerful and cannot tell the difference between what is imagined and what is real. Let us first discuss anxiety.

Anxiety is when you experience intrusive thoughts of worry or fear about the future. A panic attack occurs because the mind believes that you are in danger and the body responds. See the body gets its cues from the mind. The body cannot rest if the mind is in distress. They are supposed to work together but there are times when they are not in harmony and that is where the conflict arises.

The mind has this built in alarm system and works well for us to get us out of danger. For example: You walk into your home but the alarm doesn’t go off and you hear noise. Your internal alarm will kick in and tell you there is danger, adrenaline rushes in and tells you to get out of danger, and run as fast as you can. Once you are in safety the alarm goes off. Your breathing slows down and your body is no longer in distress with the physical symptoms. That incident was a threat.

The problem is that when anxiety occurs there is no real threat. There is an illusion of a threat. Let me give you another example. Joe goes to class and his teacher tells them to take out a pencil and they are going to have a pop quiz. His thoughts go like this:
“Oh no, I don’t have a pencil, I’m going to have to borrow one but what if no one has a pencil, what if the teacher gets mad because I don’t have a pencil, I didn’t study, matter of fact I don’t have my book, I stayed up all night I’m tired, I’m going to flunk this test, no I’m going to flunk this class, I’m going to flunk out of school.” Joe’s hands begin to sweat, he feels that he can’t breathe, heart begins to beat fast, and he has a panic attack right in class that lasts a few minutes. The anxiety came from thoughts. That is how powerful the mind is.

I do understand that Joe may fail the quiz. But it is not a serious threat that warrants the physical symptoms like being held up at gunpoint or being in a terrible car accident. It is not normal for the mind to have a panic attack over a quiz. This could be someone’s normal if that has been a habit yet not a healthy habit.
The other way panic attacks occur is through associations. A lady was robbed 5 years ago and the guy used a knife. On yesterday she went to eat hibachi and had a panic attack at the dinner table. Why? Her emotional mind believes the event from 5 years ago is still happening. It’s not the same event nor the same knife but to the emotional mind all knives are a danger signal, a threat.

If you have experienced panic attacks or anxiety, evaluate if they come from thoughts, associations or both. Use breathing to calm down your emotional mind or picture a serene place so that your emotional mind can understand there is no real threat and can send that message to your body. Contact a therapist that specializes in anxiety disorders.