Diane Hilleary, LCSW, CEDS-S
I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Brookhaven. I have been teaching mindfulness and emotion regulation skills for over 10 years in therapy, and in groups and workshops. After getting my BA at Emory and my MSW at the University of Georgia, I started my therapy career at Ridgeview Institute working on the women's program. I worked at Ridgeview for 8 years and in 2013, I left my role as the Clinical Coordinator of the program to focus on my private practice full time.
In private practice I provide psychotherapy for individuals and groups with a specialization in women's issues, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and lead weekly DBT groups. I am also trained to teach Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). I have been involved in the Atlanta chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders (iaedp) since its formation in 2014 and I am currently the president.
I founded the Atlanta Center for Self-Compassion because I believe so strongly in the profound transformative power of the MSC program. All of us struggle with an inner critic that nags us about the ways we are falling short. Our brain is even evolutionarily designed to pay close attention to these negative thoughts. Mindful self-compassion is the first step in emotional healing—being able to befriend oneself, turn inwardly and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness, curiosity and love, rather than self-judgment, or self-criticism.
Lindsey Knowlton, MA, MFTC, APC
If you should find yourself walking through a season of loneliness, conflict, or darkness and depression, know that you do not walk alone. I aim to offer empathetic, nonjudgmental support and guidance to those who are navigating such challenges. Using evidence-based therapeutic tools, I work to help clients see their own worth, gain a deeper sense of wholeness and belonging, and draw upon inner resources that lead to growth and healing. The counseling room is a place where you can feel safe enough to voice your needs, process what burdens you, and be fully yourself in the presence of another human being.
My work relies heavily upon family systems and attachment theory, which allow me to understand the internal beliefs that shape my clients' views of themselves and others. I have experience working with various issues including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, self-worth/identity, family/marital conflict, and life transitions. I work with individuals and couples, and can integrate clients' spirituality for those who are interested. I am particularly passionate about working with adolescents and young adults.
I earned my BS in Biology and Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, and went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to working with clients in a group counseling practice, I have also worked in several outpatient centers for adults and teens in recovery from addiction and mental health issues, and served as a case manager for adults with serious mental illness. I am an Atlanta native, and am glad to be back in the city I love, serving the individuals with whom I share it.