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Dr. Barnes and Associates






Dr. Shannon Barnes, LPC.  Dr. Barnes accepts most insurance.

To schedule with Dr. Barnes please use the contact tab to request an appointment by email.

Shannon Barnes, PhD, is the owner of Tranquility Counseling Services, LLC. She is a licensed professional counselor. Dr. Barnes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of North Georgia. Dr. Barnes continued to earn her Master of Science degree in clinical counseling from Brenau University. Dr. Barnes then obtained her state licensure as a professional counselor. In 2014 Dr. Barnes earned a doctorate degree in counseling studies. She continues to practice under her professional counselor license. Dr. Barnes has extensive experience with working with individuals and couples regarding a variety of needs. Dr. Barnes has obtained continued training to increase her effectiveness with marriage counseling, oppositional behaviors, substance abuse, and trauma. Dr. Barnes continues to increase her knowledge base through continued education and research studies. Dr. Barnes has developed a holistic treatment appraoch that has been show in her research to increase life satisfaction and increase marrital satisfaction while decreasiong depression and anxiety. 

Dr. Barnes is a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She offers supervision and consultation to other professionals as well as to her staff.

Dr. Barnes offers in office sessions. 

News Articles:

VoyageATL  http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-shannon-barnes-tranquility-counseling-services-woodstock-ga

Publications by Dr. Shannon Barnes: 

"Daily Dose of Meds: Thirty Days To Increase Life Satisfaction" - 2017.  Christian Faith Publishing.

"Four Primary Domains that Provoke Life Satisfaction or Mental Illness. 
- published in the Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, June 2015


"Balancing Me Myself and I plus One" - 
http://www.networktherapy.com/library/articles/Balancing-Me-Myself-and-I-plus-One/ r Primary Domains that Provoke Life Satisfaction or Mental Illness

Awards and Presentations:

2014 - Best of Dawsonville LPC

2016 - Featured Speaker at Harvard Professional Development Symposium

2016 - Best of Roswell Doctor

2017 - Best of Woodstock Doctor



Kim Meredith, LAPC.  In network insurance not accepted at this time.    Private pay.

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Kim Meredith is a Graduate with High Distinction from Liberty University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She was fortunate to be invited to come alongside families and individuals as a chaplain in a trauma hospital during her internship. She is currently under the direction and supervision of Dr. Shannon Barnes. 

Kim has experience working with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families. She is a trained Prepare-Enrich facilitator, providing couples, premarital, and blended family counseling. She has experience aiding others in discovering the strengths and overcoming the challenges involved in interacting with individuals who have different personalities from their own. Her approach to counseling is holistic, addressing mind, body, social, and spiritual well-being. Developing resilience, learning to access strengths, considering how thoughts influence choices, and finding meaning in the challenges of life, can all positively impact the quality of our lives. Weaving hope together through life experiences is key.

Kim enjoys swimming, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. She is an active volunteer in her church and community, which allows her to enjoy connection.


Neil Richey.  Intern In network insurance not accepted at this time.    Private pay only.

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Neil Richey is one of our interns. He is currently working on the M.A. degree in Professional Counseling from Amridge University. With his background in ministry, he has counseled with church members and people in the community for nearly two decades. He is experienced in working with clients from a variety of backgrounds.

Neil’s approach to psychotherapy is more traditional in nature. He uses talk therapy that is based on psychoanalytical theory. Philosophy is also an important part of Neil’s therapeutic approach. Additionally, he keeps up to date with new trends and research that are ever emerging in the counseling field. Neil finds that his therapeutic approach helps individuals and couples to achieve greater life satisfaction.

When Neil is not working with the church, or seeing clients, you will likely find him doing something fun with his family. He is married to his college sweetheart, and they have two children, and two dogs. They enjoy spending time together, whether it is traveling, going kayaking, fishing, or soaring in the sky. Neil is a licensed private pilot. Additionally, Neil spends a lot of time writing. He has contributed chapters to numerous books, and articles to several religious publications. He has authored and co-authored a number of books as well.

As Neil pursues his M.A. in Professional Counseling, he is excited to be working under the direction and supervision of Dr. Shannon Barnes and providing counseling services along with the excellent staff at Tranquility Counseling Services, LLC.

Neil’s wish for his clients is that they have a life that is well-lived. He believes in the adage, “A life well-lived is a life that is lived well.” He seeks to help individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with the “have-to’s” of life, learn how to “live well.” Neil is willing to work with most client needs. You are invited to schedule an initial appointment to see if he is a good fit for helping you with your needs.


Amelia DeRamus.  LAPC In network insurance not accepted at this time.    Private pay.  

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Amelia DeRamus, LAPC, is a graduate from the University of North Georgia where she did both her bachelor’s and master’s degree.

She is under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Barnes working with couples, families, adolescents, adults, and groups. Amelia has experience working with adolescents, young adults, and adults who are struggling with life stress. Amelia has experience with working in Adventure Based Counseling which implements adventure activities and incorporates them into counseling techniques and theories. She is also currently serving as a Chaplain Candidate in the USAF which opens the opportunity in her counseling office to see military and veteran clients.

Amelia’s goal in counseling is to promote a healthy lifestyle that is unique to each individual. She implements a holistic approach that opens the doors to looking at multiple areas within a client’s life for growth and improvement.

Areas concentrated upon include:-Depression- Anxiety- Anger Management- Behavioral Issue - Career Counseling- Coping Skills- Stress and Self harming - Self Esteem- Trauma-  Spirituality Christian Counseling- LGBT-  Veterans and Military.


Joseph Gandolfo, LPC.  Private Pay.   Ask about insurance coverage options.

To schedule an appointment with Joseph  call 678-640-0000.

Joseph Gandolfo is a conveyor of powerful ideas and principles that change lives.  For 30 years, he has engaged firsthand the human experience as a Licensed Counselor, Life Coach, Author, Professional Speaker, Professor and Consultant. Joe firmly believes that there is a structure to success, and his counseling, life coaching and successful living services and programs lead young people, young adults and adults to reach their greatest potential. He has coached, counseled and spoken to thousands of individuals and groups including youth, teenagers, college students, collegiate student-athletes, professional athletes, adults, parents, educators, public and private schools, organizations and associations. Joseph challenges, inspires and supports his clients to embrace their innate potential, to believe in their dreams and goals, to make effective impactful decisions and to create their lives in positive ways.  He also provides parents, educators, helping professionals, schools and organizations with the insights, ideas and information they need to understand, communicate with and support young people.

Joseph would like to work with children, adolescents, young adults, men and women.

Areas of concentration include:

Poor School Performance - Oppositional Behavior - Drugs & Alcohol Treatment and Recovery - Divorce & Blended Families - Anger Management - Stress Management - Social Skill Development - Self Esteem Issues - Depression/Anxiety - Poor Communication with parents - Loving Oneself.

Joseph can also work with student athletes who desire to play at the Collegiate Levle.





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